Prem Big Six attack ‘rebels’ with clubs split over restart in video call

first_img3PREMIER LEAGUE rebels were silenced as the split between clubs over ending the season early was laid bare.Yesterday’s meeting of the 20 teams saw one Big Six executive call out the sides who proposed a June 30 finish date.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Manchester United are leading the Big Six’s power play over the Prem seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyThey were considering asking for a full debate on a forced closure amid concern over around 80 Prem players’ contracts expiring and causing “chaos”.But instead the leading club chief tore into them on the video call to demand they stick with the League’s position of playing out the season.In an outburst that signalled the anger of the Big Six — Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham — the exec told them: “Our aim is to finish this season and protect the start of next season.“Everybody should get on board and those who don’t, or who are suggesting other things, are being totally disingenuous and unbelievable.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today attack opened the door for a response but instead the June 30 issue was not raised at all as the vast majority of clubs on the conference call signalled their backing for the Prem’s position.But the rebels still intend to come back to the issue at the next meeting on May 1.They feel the reality of life under extended lockdown will give licence for them to demand a debate on when the season ends.The growing divide comes despite chief executive Richard Masters’ unopposed backing for his stance that the League remains determined to play out the remaining 92 games of this campaign.Most Read In FootballTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic3During yesterday’s two-hour meeting, club bosses were run through scenarios of how a resumption might be completed.The best-case scenario would see the first games take place on Monday, June 8, meaning training would resume in mid-May.A Prem spokesperson said: “It is our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but all dates are tentative while the impact of Covid-19 develops.”CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Three ways Premier League could be decided without playing including top six, relegation and Liverpool winning titlelast_img read more

Doping report: Corruption was ’embedded’ in IAAF

first_imgMUNICH (AP):Track and field’s governing body was corrupted from the inside by a “powerful rogue group” led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe reported yesterday.Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel’s damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.”It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged,” said the report, written by former WADA president Dick Pound and presented at a news conference in Munich.key questionA key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA’s investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organisation in denial.”The corruption was embedded in the organisation. It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on its own,” the report said.Coe is not accused of corrupt wrongdoing. But, as an IAAF vice-president under Diack, he was part of its Council, its oversight body, that took a hammering from the investigators’ report. The Council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping” and the breaking of anti-doping rules and “could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism” under Diack, it said.With a “close inner circle” including two of his sons, Papa Massata and Khalil, and his personal legal counsel, Habib Cisse, Diack led an “informal illegitimate” government that took over the handling of Russian doping cases, opening the door for athletes to then be blackmailed, the report said.Cisse, the lawyer, called the investigation “unfair”. Speaking to The Associated Press, he said the commission never questioned him or allowed him to contest any of its findings before publication.Lamine Diack was taken into custody by French authorities in November on corruption and money-laundering charges.A contrite Coe later thanked Pound for the hard-hitting findings.”The whole sorry saga is about cover-up,” Coe said. The WADA probe’s findings, he added, will help the IAAF with the “very complex, deeply painful process” of recovering.last_img read more

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Shortage of staff, drugs plaguing Diamond hospital

first_imgThe Diamond Diagnostic Centre continues to be plagued with operational issues with the facility reportedly facing staff shortages and lacks the basic services and equipment necessary to offer adequate medical services to members of the public.Nurses attached to the East Demerara Regional Hospital reached out to Guyana Times over the weekend and complained that all of the operations of the hospital are being done by only a few nurses, who are left to multitask and are forced to work long hours beyond their shifts in order to get the work completed.One of the nurses, who wished to remain anonymous due to fear of victimisation, told this publication that a majority of the staff of the hospital have been migrating to England through agencies soliciting medical personnel for overseas jobs while others have sought transfers to escape the “stressful” environment at the Diamond hospital.“A lot of the nurses gone away to work in England and others are seeking time off to study at University, and others are taking transfers because they can’t continue to work at Diamond. This place is like a slave camp with no proper facilities to carry out the job. It’s just a few of us doing all the work. It’s like one person doing four persons’ job. We don’t even have basic medication to give to patients. It’s a very ridiculous situation here,” the nurse stressed.Further, the nurses added that machines and other vital equipment have been out of order for an extended period of time despite several reports to the administration about seeking repairs.“The X-ray and EKG machines are not working for a long time now. We keep reporting over and over, but nobody cares about getting it fixed. There are no proper facilities here and when patients come, we have to send them away or refer them to GPHC. We have nothing here really. It’s an exhausting situation here and the condition of this hospital and is getting from bad to worse,” another nurse decried.Additionally, the nurses related that there is a major shortage of drugs and other medication at the institution and this greatly limits their ability to treat patients in need of medical attention.The nurses contended that the Diamond hospital has a negative stigma attached. The blame for this, they insisted, should be placed at the feet of the administration that is responsible for ensuring the hospital is properly equipped with nurses, doctors, and supplies to perform its services effectively.“People always have something negative to say about this [Diamond] hospital but it’s not our fault. We can only do so much. When patients come, sometimes we don’t have anything to treat them with… and other times, a doctor isn’t even on duty and they have to wait and people get agitated by these things. If we are taken care of and are properly supplied with the necessary tools, we can carry out our job efficiently”, one nurse posited.This is not the first time staff are complaining about the condition of the East Bank medical facility. In fact, back in 2017, medical workers had staged a strike in order to have their concerns and issues addressed. This led to the Public Health Ministry and regional officials hosting a meeting with staff to iron out the matter.That meeting was headed by then Junior Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings, who had noted that the main concern of the Ministry is to ensure that patients and staff are treated with care and respect at all health facilities throughout Guyana and that necessary systems should be in place to ensure that health services are provided in an unhindered manner.The issues that affected the hospital at that time were the lack of security presence, non-functional sewerage systems and faulty electricity supply due to poor installation.Now, less than two years later, the hospital is once again facing issues hampering the effective delivery of healthcare services.This comes on the heels of Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, recently boasting of her Government’s commitment to improving access to primary healthcare to all of Guyana. The Minister’s statement comes at a time when the healthcare system is experiencing the longest and most widespread shortage of drugs in recent history.Furthermore, the credibility of the public hospitals is under much fire owing to the alarming number of reported deaths of children and newborns.Nonetheless, the Minister acknowledged that these problems exist and undertook to continue working to address them.last_img read more

Taylor workers on standby for rain event

first_imgPreparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.That’s how Taylor’s Director of Community Services and Emergency Preparedness Co-ordinator Bryant Bird says the District is dealing with the current rainfall event.- Advertisement -Bird says he has been monitoring discharge levels for the Pine and Peace rivers, which will help determine whether Peace Island Park needs to be evacuated. He also says he has been keeping in contact with the Provincial Emergency Program and Environment Canada to discuss changes in the forecast.Since Taylor’s topography means most precipitation flows over land and into the Peace River, he says the District doesn’t anticipate any need for an emergency response. However, vac trucks, crews and the fire department will be on standby throughout the weekend.He also says the Ministry of Transportation will have someone in the area to monitor the South Taylor Hill in case of any problems.The brunt of the storm is set to hit Grande Prairie, with officials predicting anywhere between 160 – 200 mm of rain over Friday and Saturday.Advertisement Bird urges any residents who experience significant damage or require assistance to call the District at 250-263-3333 or the emergency after hours line at 250-789-9282.last_img read more

There’s an egg-citing giveaway at Greenes Shoes!

first_imgGreenes Shoes in Letterkenny are running a wonderful competition this Easter: For the next 10 days, Greenes Shoes would like to give each customer who makes a purchase in store a chance to enter their Easter Giveaway.The giveaway includes: a hamper full of easter goodies and a family pass to Lurgybrack Open Farm. To be in with a chance of winning, just simply fill out an entry slip instore after you complete your purchase. The winner will be drawn from each store next Saturday the 15th of April and the lucky customer will then be contacted in order to collect their hamper just in time for Easter Sunday.New Spring/Summer styles are arriving in store each day and with a huge variety of brands including Amy Huberman, Tommy Bowe, Kate Appleby, Base London, Ecco, Vans and many, many more, Let Greenes help you find the perfect pair for that special occasion. Keep update with all news and competitions on Facebook: also check the new Spring Summer ranges on their website There’s an egg-citing giveaway at Greenes Shoes! was last modified: April 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionEastergreene shoeslast_img read more


first_imgSenate District 20: Cindy Monta ez Assembly District 41: Barry Groveman Assembly District 42: Mike Feuer Assembly District 43: Frank Quintero Republican primary: Treasurer: Keith Richman Controller: Abel Maldonado Assembly District 38: Cameron Smyth Ballot propositions: Prop. 81, state library bond: No Prop. 82, tax hike for preschool: No160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAILY NEWS PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS THANKS to gerrymandering and the overwhelming power of incumbency, there are, sadly, a good many races in Tuesday’s primary that are either noncompetitive or irrelevant. These include minority party races in legislative campaigns and all county and state races featuring entrenched incumbents or party stalwarts who face no serious opposition. As a matter of policy, the Daily News only endorses in campaigns that are truly contested – that is, races in which your vote will make a difference. Below is a list of our picks. To read the endorsements in full, please visit ——— Democratic primary: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Governor: Steve Westly Lieutenant governor: Jackie Speier Attorney general: Jerry Brown Secretary of state: Debra Bowen Controller: John Chiang last_img read more

Burglar likely stole veterans data

first_imgThe department is spending many millions of dollars to undo the damage caused by a seemingly ordinary burglary, including $11 million to $12 million just to send warning letters to those whose personal information was compromised. There are other costs. Nicholson, who has expressed outrage at the data analyst’s flouting of regulations in taking the data home and more outrage that he himself was not told of the burglary for almost two weeks, told the House committee that two people in the data analyst’s section had been fired because of the incident. The data analyst, a 34-year department employee who took the information home to work on a project, has also been dismissed, Nicholson said. The secretary said he and his top aides were intensifying training throughout the department on security issues, and reviewing who had access to sensitive data, and why. Nicholson, who has been secretary only since January 2005, promised again to “change the culture” of the department to avert further data breaches. “It won’t be easy, and it won’t be overnight,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – If the police are right, a high school or college student in the Washington area recently bought a laptop computer at a bargain price, unaware that it would become, in a sense, one of the most expensive computers of our time. Jim Nicholson, the secretary of veterans affairs, summoned to Capitol Hill again on Thursday to talk to lawmakers about the recent theft of personal information on some 26.5 million military people, said the police in Montgomery County, Md., had offered a theory on why the now-famous laptop was stolen. The thieves were most likely “young burglars whose goal was to get computers,” then “clean them up and fence them at colleges and high schools,” Nicholson said, using police jargon for disposing of stolen goods. He did not speculate on the possibility that the data had been erased. Nicholson noted, in his testimony before the House Government Reform Committee, that several similar daytime burglaries were reported in the vicinity on May 3, the day the computer and detachable hard drive with the sensitive information were stolen from the house of a data analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He noted, too, that whoever had taken the computer and hard drive had ignored other things of value. So on the surface, the crime was a minor one, committed by someone who was sure that a buyer for the computer could be found – ideally, a buyer whose eye for a bargain would overcome any pangs of conscience. Nicholson’s account led Rep. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to marvel aloud at the trouble caused by “a garden-variety burglary in suburban Maryland,” and it touched off a free-ranging discussion among the legislators on the need for better information security throughout the federal bureaucracy. “Secure information is the lifeblood of effective government policy and management, yet federal agencies continue to hemorrhage vital data,” said Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, a Republican whose district in Northern Virginia includes many military people. Davis called the data breach caused by the Maryland burglary “potentially catastrophic,” and Nicholson did not disagree, although he emphasized that so far there had been no signs that any of the stolen data had been used for illicit purposes. The data included names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers for an estimated 26.5 million veterans and active-duty military personnel, and there has been widespread concern that the information could be used for identity theft. last_img read more

Mourinho is ‘not interested’ what Paul Scholes has to say after attack

first_img 3 But while Scholes shot from the hip, Mourinho did not return fire after the game.“I don’t need to know what he said,” said the United boss.“He says what he wants to say. I’m not interested.“Honestly, I’m not interested.“Freedom of speech, free country, you can say what you want.”Mourinho returned to that theme when asked about the disgruntled Old Trafford faithful.Home fans were heard chanting “attack, attack, attack” throughout the game, cheered when under-performing Alexis Sanchez was substituted and then booed the team off at full-time. Jose Mourinho said he is ‘not interested’ in what Paul Scholes has to say after the Manchester United blasted the manager in a furious attack.The former Red Devils labelled the under-fire boss an embarrassment to the club, and said he is surprise he is still in the job following Saturday’s shocking defeat to West Ham. 3 How long will Jose Mourinho last as Manchester United manager? Man United legend Paul Scholes is surprised Jose Mourinho is still in charge at Old Trafford center_img “Freedom of speech, especially Manchester United fans that I respect 200 per cent,” Mourinno added.The Portuguese does not normally mind expressing his opinion, having questioned how much some of his players cared about United’s poor form on the eve of the match.Such comments are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the outspoken manager, but he was unusually controlled when asked if the performance against Valencia was due to dented confidence.“I think there are things that is difficult for me to say and if I say it’s not good for me – and even yourself would be getting another reason to criticise me,” Mourinho said.“I think you have had enough, so I prefer just to say that when last season we finish second, we finished runners-up in the FA Cup, we won our group in the Champions League, and I told was a fantastic season, I knew why I was telling that.” United have now gone four games without victory following Tuesday night’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Valencia, where Mourinho’s men left the pitch to a chorus of boos.The result keeps the pressure on the Portuguese, who was the subject of a scathing pre-match attack by Scholes, who said on BT Sport:“I’m surprised he survived after Saturday [the 3-1 loss to West Ham], the performance was that bad.“His mouth is out of control and I think he is embarrassing the club.” It was another game to forget for Alexis Sanchez, who has scored just three goals since joining United in January 3last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal-based Garda who sexually assaulted a fellow female officer and harassed another at a local Garda station has been given a six month jail sentence and fined a total of €10,000.Letterkenny District Court.Married father-of-three Kevin Corby showed no emotion as sentence was passed at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. Corby then had his jail term substituted for 240 hours community service.Corby, who is in his mid-30s and originally from Co Leitrim, had been found guilty of the offences by a jury back in October and the case had been adjourned for sentence.The offences took place while Corby and the two female victims were working as part of a team in a North Donegal Garda station in 2010 and 2011.Passing sentence Judge John O’Hagan said the public needed to have the trust of those people who wore a uniform – be it green or blue.He said Corby, with an address at Stranorlar, Co Donegal, must have realised the impact his harassment was having on his two female colleagues describing his actions as “persistent and consistent.”He said the job of a Garda was a stressful enough one without having to have the added pressure of harassment or sexual assault.But he said the probation report into Corby was positive and to ask the court for the “pound of flesh would be a bit extreme.”He fined Corby €5,000 on each of the harassment charges and sentenced him to six months in jail but substituted that with 240 hours community service.Both of Corby’s victims sat on the opposite side of the courtroom from him.Their victim impact statements were not read out in court but Judge John O’Hagan did read one line from the statements.It read the were “tormented and sickened by the remarks and sexual innuendo.”The court heard how Corby was now suspended on three quarters of his pay.Superintendent Jimmy Coen, who oversaw the investigation, said there will now be a separate internal enquiry carried out by the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.Various references were read out to the court by defence barrister Peter Nolan on behalf of Corby including letters from a priest, the chairman of a GAA club and an ex-Garda.Mr Nolan said his client had become something of a pariah and his original circle of friends had dwindled.He was also asked to stand down from his local GAA club.However he said his client was still of the opinion that the whole affair centred around horseplay.The court previously heard how the married officer insulted the women about their sex-life and their weight.The women said they dreaded going to work because of the alleged harassment and one of them even tried to take her own life.He jibed them about needing to “get a good ride” and not eating too much or they wouldn’t get a man.The court also heard how Corby, on two different occasions, pushed them along a corridor in a swivel chair and pushed his groin up against them.He was said to have pushed himself up against one of the women from behind and she could feel his erect penis pressing against her.One of the women also claimed that he put his hand into her garda vest on one occasion and touched her breast.On another occasion, while in a patrol car, Corby put his hand on one of the female Garda’s leg and then moved it up towards her groin area and told her if her husband didn’t do it then he would.However, the court also heard from three different male gardaí who also worked with Corby in the same station.One of the gardaí said he had never heard such remarks in his numerous years as a serving member.Another said he told Corby to give it a break after he “crossed the line” with the female colleagues.Barrister for Corby, Peter Nolan said previously that the case was a “storm in a teacup” and “political correctness gone mad”.He also referred to the fact that one of the female gardaí had bought Corby red Santa boxer shorts as a present for Christmas – just weeks after some of the alleged incidents.“If you are going to join the guards then you have to be able for a bit of banter. This is a ridiculous case for prosecution to bring before the people of Ireland.“If we were all to be done for putting our hands on someone’s knee then we would all be in jail,” he had said.But State barrister Patricia McLaughlin had asked the jury that if it was their wife, daughter or sister, would they not think it was indecent.The jury unanimously found Corby guilty of one charge of sexual assault and two charges of harassment leading to yesterday’s sentencing.Corby’s wife hugged him as Judge O’Hagan passed sentence but the accused showed no emotion.On the opposite side of the courtroom, one of Corby’s victims broke down in tears.DONEGAL GARDA WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED COLLEAGUE FINED €10,000 was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalharassmentJUdge John O’HaganKevin CorbyLetterkenny Circuit Courtsexual assaultlast_img read more