English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsStandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 26 15 8 3 48 29 19 532 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 26 14 9 3 47 20 27 513 (3) Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 18 514 (4) Manchester City 26 14 5 7 48 28 20 475 (5) Manchester United 26 11 8 7 33 24 9 416 (6) Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 10 407 (7) West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 9 408 (11) Liverpool 26 10 8 8 38 36 2 389 (8) Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 1 3610 (9) Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 -5 3611 (10) Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 11 3512 (12) Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 2 3313 (13) Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 -5 3214 (14) West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 24 32 -8 3215 (15) Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 -14 2816 (16) Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 -10 2717 (17) Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 -20 2418 (18) Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 -22 2419 (19) Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 -18 2320 (20) Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 -26 16last_img read more

La Salle stuns Adamson in OT to end first round in solo fourth

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle maintained sole ownership of the fourth spot after stunning Adamson University, 79-78, in overtime at the end of the first round of eliminations in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Aljun Melecio led the way for the Green Archers with 22 points, including a floater that sent the game into overtime, 64-all, with 13.6 left in regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Baltazar had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks while Santillan had 16 points, eight in the fourth, nine boards, and two blocks.Ahanmisi finished with 27 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons while Manganti finished with 23 points and seven boards. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Jerrick Ahanmisi’s last ditch three for the final score line didn’t matter much as there was just 0.5 seconds remaining.La Salle head coach Louie Gonzalez said they took lessons from their loss to the Blue Eagles and implemented what they’ve learned against the Soaring Falcons.“We made sure whatever we learned from the Ateneo game we would correct for this one and this is the end of the first round so we should already be competing,” said Gonzalez in Filipino. “This is the middle of the season so we should already be competitive and that there should be chemistry on the floor.”“Good thing the composure was there, and although there were glitches in the end because no matter what happens Adamson will push you to the limit.”La Salle’s main fault in its loss to the Blue Eagles was it relied too much on just one scorer and that changed in against the Falcons as Melecio received much needed support from big men Baltazar and Santi Santillan.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Archers recovered from their 71-55 loss to archrival Ateneo and chalked up a 4-3 record creating distance from fifth-running University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines, who have similar 3-4 slates.Adamson, meanwhile, dropped to a 5-2 record and settled for a three-way tie with Ateneo and Far Eastern University for the first seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Green Archers wasted no time in taking control of overtime racing to a 9-0 run to take a 73-64 lead after Justine Baltazar’s free throws with 2:08 remaining.Adamson soared back and cut the lead to just two, 77-75, after Sean Manganti’s three with 18.1 seconds left but time ultimately went by the Green Archers’ side. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio 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 Taal Jarin, former deputy Silva reunite in NU rout of UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

April 25 Rendezvous with Kate

first_imgDeep down my heart I was living large, following the meeting with Kate at the local restaurant in downtown Monrovia. But the problem was I could not or rather we could not make any conclusive decision about the future of the relationship. Evidently, the main reason I had invited Kate to lunch with me was to inform her about how much I admired her and would like to start an enduring relationship with her.But since she had come to the meeting with a friend, I shifted to Plan B, and therefore five minutes after our meeting and we were away from each other, I fished out my Chinese made cellular phone and dialed her number.“It’s me Joe,” I said, when I heard her cool voice at the other end of her expensive phone. “I appreciate our meeting today, but you realized that we could not hold any discussion as anticipated.”“Yes,” Kate responded in her distance voice.I saw the opening with that answer and therefore I decided to risk it. “I suggest that we meet tomorrow,” that was me, “so that we can, at least end our discussion or the reason for our meeting earlier today.” Evidently, she was aware of my intent and therefore making things easy for both of us, she replied.“Ok,” she said, and I could feel the running echo of a light breeze sweeping about me. My eyes lighted with excitement and I could not wait for the next day. But in the end, the day came, and I looked up for the second meeting with Kate. In fact I had specifically informed her that since three was a crowd, I hoped that we could reduce the number to two, since that was the magic number for lovers or for any couple that would want to share intimate times together.And she agreed with me.On the appointed time, Kate arrived. She was in her brown blouse and a marching slack that held her body firmly. Her hair was folded back as usual indicating she had placed considerable amount of time to get herself ready. Her eyes were still the blazing type, the kind that seemed to look into me, urging me to speak my mind. As we walked towards our rendezvous, we came across another secluded area that I concluded was fit for lovers and therefore, I hurriedly suggested that since we were about to hold our second discussions, it would be necessary we changed the venue and she agreed with me.Of interest was the fact that the new area also sold what I came to know was fresh donuts and meat pie and initially Kate had refused to taste one, instead requesting for a plate of rice, she eventually acceded when I told her that what I had tasted was nice. There were both fish and meat pie and so while I took fish pie, Kate decided to go with the meat pie, and later admitted to me that it was nice.Again, like ritual the previous day, we began to munch our food, and this time it was both of us. But then I realized there was an intruder. When entered, there was a woman who I thought had completed her lunch and would be leaving, but I was wrong. From the corner of my eye, I watched as she took a deep glance at my partner and though it was not like being jealous or anything, I did not feel comfortable for what was happening. But I knew that it was a public place and therefore, I pretended I did not care.Our order came with two bottles of soft drinks and after some minutes, having done justice to my fish pie, I cleared my throat and began an epistle, though brief, the angels in heaven might have commended me. You see, I have been around the world for a while and could tell quality from the ordinary. Though I have no revulsion for the supernatural and am not inclined to believe that one’s fortune or misfortune originates from the unknown, I knew that since quality is not by accident, I must do and act according to the dictates of my heart. Hence, I subscribe to the famous saying that when the heart decides, there is no turning back, I have always encouraged myself to follow the dictates of my heart. Having examined the situation so far, I came to a point where I had to advanced a proposition to Kate about how much I cared about her and how exceedingly important I was dying to have her as my better half.“I’m sure deep down your heart you should be aware of all what I have done so far with you,” I said, staring directly into her eyes, “being a woman, I’m sure you may have concluded that my exceptional interest in you is simply because, I’m in love with you, if you know what I mean.” Kate diverted her eyes from mine and while placing a bottle of sprite on the table before her, she nodded.It indicated I was doing fine and the plan was working, so with her encouragement, I moved on.“I must confess my admiration for you,” I said, with remarkable appreciation that I could feel it in her eyes, “and my plan which should eventually become yours if that I am in love with you, and that is the reason I have gone through all this trouble to get you here.“While I have felt compelled to go through the last couple of days with you, I want you to know that I really care about you, and giving me the opportunity, I will be prepared to be there and share this mysterious life that we call a gift from God with you.” I ended with a smile as she swept her head away and readjusted herself on the chair. Of course I was expecting a response since it was a situation that she had to give either her consent or otherwise. In any case, I knew I was making much progress and therefore, I did not anticipate any untoward response. My cautious approach to the issue of love was because many women and of course some men have gone through poor experiences with their loved ones and many people, majority of them women have suffered so much that they had resigned themselves to the mercy of God. Consequently, the popular gospel music, Lord Give Me A New Day, has been their consoling message, pleading with God to give them a new day, minus the old painful experiences.Kate then interrupted my thought with the comment, “I am clearly aware of your intent when the whole exchanges started and therefore, I am not surprised of what you have said.”I nodded with the remark, “I thought the same too.”And she smiled.“I appreciate your interest in me and being human I think it is normal for you to expect and for me also to provide a positive response to your request. “I am too ignorant of your attention, and while I think it will be in good taste for me to say something to cool your heart as well as my own, you should rather know, and I believe in the saying that ‘action speaks louder than words’ and being two matured persons, my willingness to respond to your invitations is enough to conclude that I am also interested in the relationship that you are or want to build with me.”With those words, Kate relapsed into silence and I could feel that we were both on the same course. I could not read her mind, but I was impressed with her statement that her positive responses to my invitations should let me to know that she was also interested in a relationship. On second thought I knew her reaction was pregnant with a surprise and it was confirmed when she pulled her black handbag and removed the flap and I saw her fishing into it. I did not know what she had in the bag, and therefore, as she busied herself searching for whatever it was, I grabbed the bottle of soft drink on the table and began to sip it.The exercise took about two minutes and when she finally found what she was searching, she handed me a white envelope and I gleefully accepted it from her.“You can either read it now or later,” she instructed, and fell back in her chair. I was initially not sure what to do but since she said I could read it or another time, I chose to open and have a look at the content. Pulling the letter out of the envelope, I relaxed my body and adjusted my chair and the first thing I saw on top of the letter was, “I want a new day, Lord.” Still surprised at her letter, I did not realize the young man who had sneaked into the restaurant and was staring at her.All I heard from her was, “I told you I have told God to give me a new day.” The young man turned to look at me, and unable to make a respond to Kate’s statement, he turned away from me and began to weep.And what I heard from his weeping voice was, “If the Lord can give you a new day, then I can also go get a new day.” With a slight glance, he stormed out of the restaurant, and turning to my direction, Kate said, “I think I am now free to be with you.”I held her hand and squeezed it with a smile. “I think you are,” I said, “what a new day for everyone.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President should seek unbribable Ministers – Jagdeo

first_img…says Granger’s comment on Top Cop search disparages losing candidatesThe search for a substantive Commissioner of Police continues, as President David Granger has said he is seeking someone who is un-bribable.This publicly-expressed characterisation is, however, not sitting well with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who feels that the comment will leave room for judgment to be passed on the unselected candidates. On Thursday at his weekly press conference, he had this to say:“The first thought that crossed my head is that he’s (Granger’s) taking a very long time to find an un-bribable commissioner. What is he saying about the candidates who are there? In a way, it’s disparaging to the people there; and whoever he selects, people will feel that the other candidates were bribable, that’s why they were not selected.”Jagdeo opined that the Head of State should really be applying the “un-bribable” requirement to members of his own Cabinet.“If the President had applied this same criterion to his Cabinet, he might not have a Cabinet today. He should focus on un-bribable ministers; but, again, this is another lame excuse on the part of the President for the long delay that we have seen in appointing a substantive Commissioner of Police,” the Opposition Leader pointed out.Last week, President Granger told members of the media that among the qualities the new Police Commissioner should possess are integrity, intelligence and impartiality. Article 211 (1) of the Constitution vests the President with the authority to appoint the Commissioner of Police and every Deputy Commissioner of Police; but only after “meaningful consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, and (with) the Chairperson of the Police Service Commission, after (that) Chairperson has consulted with the other members of the Commission.”Now that the Police Service Commission has been reconstituted, President Granger had promised the process will move forward.He has also noted that he has already spoken with the Chairman of the new Police Service Commission, Paul Slowe, on the matter.“He has just been sworn in, so he has to now meet with his colleagues of the Police Service Commission and review the potential candidates before he can consult with me.I told him that I am ready at any time, because such [appointments] are prohibited from proceeding without the consultations,” the President said recently.PSC Chairman Paul Slowe has said he would be consulting with his fellow Commission members before approaching the President with any recommendation for an official Top Cop.He, however, noted that the PSC would be looking for a competent candidate, one who can earn respect not only within the Force, but outside as well.Former Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud went into pre-retirement leave back in February, and officially retired two months later. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Administration, David Ramnarine, has since been acting in the post.He and seven other Assistant Commissioners have each been interviewed for the post.The other ACPs are: Crime Chief Paul Williams; ACP – Operations, Clifton Hicken; Force’s Finance Officer, Nigel Hoppie; ‘A’ Division Commander (ag), Leslie James; substantive ‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman, who is currently on leave; ‘B’ Division Commander Lyndon Alves; and, for the first time ever, a female contender in ACP-Administration II, Maxine Graham.last_img read more

Granger reshuffles Cabinet

first_img…Norton for Social Cohesion Ministry…Lawrence new Public Health Minister…Ally leads Social Protection Ministryafter declaring late last year that there would be no changes to his Cabinet, President David Granger in a surprise move on Tuesday made some significant changes to his pool of decision makers.Among the changes within Cabinet is the removal of Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, who will now be taking over the Social Cohesion Ministry.Dr Norton continuously found himself in “hot water” over the past months, especially as it relates to the controversial rental of the pharmaceutical bond at Sussex Street, Georgetown, which is billing Government in excess of $14 million per month.In fact, only last month during the consideration of the 2017 Budget estimates, a visit to the facility by a delegation set up by the Speaker of the National Assembly revealed that no actual drugs or pharmaceuticals were being stored there.This came in light of the fact that the Minister had said that there was an urgent need for the facility hence it was single-sourced from Linden Holdings Inc, a company owned by People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) member Larry Singh.Meanwhile, Minister Volda Lawrence will now be heading the Public Health Ministry while Minister Amna Ally will be taking over the Social Protection Ministry.This reshuffling comes less than a month after President Granger told reporters on the Public Interest programme that there would be no changes to Cabinet and he was “confident going into 2017 with the same team”, a position he had also taken back in September.Not reshuffle but adjustmentsThe Head of State explained on Tuesday that it was his responsibility to continuously assess the ability of his Cabinet; hence, he found it necessary to look at the way the Public Health, Social Protection and Social Cohesion Ministries were performing and made some adjustments accordingly.“It’s not a reshuffle, I would call it a shift to ensure that Government continues to deliver quality of public service to the people of Guyana… As you know in 2016, there were some criticisms and I felt the criticisms were detracting from the Cabinet as a whole and as a result, I thought it prudent and healthy to make the changes at the beginning of 2017,” the President pointed out.According to President Granger, this is a positive move aimed at improving the delivery of public service to Guyanese.Against the backdrop of criticisms on the quality of national unity and social cohesion in Guyana, the President is of the belief that Dr Norton, given his background as Leader of the Guyanese Organisation of Indigenous People (GOIP), a partner in the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition, would make critical contributions in bringing about social cohesion, especially with his depth of knowledge on the hinterland.”So when we look at social cohesion, we’re not just looking at African/Indian, we are not just looking at ethnic or religious problem, we are looking at the spatial dimension and I felt that he had an advantage in the knowledge of the hinterland because our Administration has always spoken about closing the gap between coastland and hinterland. I believe he is ideally suited for that,” Granger posited.Norton’s takeHowever, when contacted on Tuesday, the former Health Minister related that the announcement was dropped suddenly on him by the Government and as such, he would now be entering a field that was very foreign to him.“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I don’t know anything about the (Social Cohesion) Ministry. It’s not only new to me but to everyone…all I know in my life is health care. That’s my expertise, my forte,” he asserted. The Minister further explained that the only explanation provided to him about his demotion was that the Government was trying to protect him from the “Opposition and the media”; however, he posited those attacks only made him stronger.“They said the kind of attack I was getting was not permitting me to perform…I was even more prepared. I’m not a failure. I was doing a great job and worked beyond the call of duty across the country!” said the seemingly distraught Norton.On the other hand, the Head of State pointed out that Minister Lawrence would be taking some managerial skills to the Public Health Ministry. “Largely, it’s a problem in terms of materials and human resources and the delivery of services to the various regions of Guyana and I believe she will be ideally suited to that Ministry,” he noted.Controversial situationsLike her predecessor at the Public Health Ministry, Minister Lawrence had foundPublic Health Minister,Dr George Nortonherself in several controversial situations last year. She came under fire after throwing her support behind an alleged child molester who had contested and was elected in his constituency during the March 2016 Local Government Elections. This issue sparked much public outrage, particularly among rights groups and activists who staged several protests outside the Ministry calling for Lawrence to be removed from office.However, she found herself back into the limelight more recently when she counter-protested a vigil held by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) against Government’s move to revoke the lease on the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre Inc (CJRCI) on Friday last.With regard to Ally’s transfer, President Granger outlined that Minister Ally has a good knowledge of the needs of the ordinary people in the urban and rural areas. “So I believe, in terms of social protection, she will be able to bring skills in terms of her ability to interact with people, her knowledge in terms of the problems affecting poor people and I’m very confident she will supplement the work that had been done before,” he stated.PPP/C unimpressedMeanwhile, in its reaction to the new changes to the Administration’s pool of Cabinet members, the PPP/Civic posited that this move was nothing but a diversion from the Red House saga as well as the end-of-year crippling anti-people budget, both of which have projected the regime in an unfavourable light to its own supporters and the public at large.The Opposition added that it was unimpressed by the changes, while calling on Guyanese to remain vigilant against the political antics of the Granger Administration. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

Guyanese fears of rigged elections valid – Opposition Leader

first_imgWith the legitimacy of the last Regional and General Elections being challenged by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and with renewed talks on the ground over the upcoming election cycle, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that fears of rigged elections are legitimate.He said recently, these fears expressed by various pockets of people across the country are not unreasonable and points right back to previous rigged elections, which occurred in Guyana under the leadership of the People’s National Congress (PNC).Jagdeo, General Secretary of the PPP, said too that some of the key players during that period in the 1980s are still prominent in the current Government. He said this gives more reasons why citizens across Guyana may have that level of fear about election rigging.But the former President said such fears are compounded by the fact that President David Granger unilaterally appointed a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), in the person of retired Justice James Patterson, 84, who is accused of being aligned to the PNC.“What we have said to people is that because of that fear, we have to work harder, be more vigilant and block any attempt to rig… that is what we are doing now,” he stressed. The PPP General Secretary has in the past called on Guyanese to be alert and work hard toward preventing this.Jagdeo has vowed to fight against any form of election rigging. He has accused the coalition of allegedly crafting certain strategies that have the potential to jeopardise the entire electoral process, citing the appointment of Patterson as the GECOM head.“We expected this; we have lived with this a very long time. But they (Government) are not going to deter us from fighting aggressively for free and fair elections. They are not going to break our spirit with these appointments. And there will be consequences,” he had stated.He said if the Government chose not to live by the rules and took power without observing the rules, then the PPP would not be bound by any rules, because it would basically be a freedom struggle. “It changes from a struggle within an established democracy to one of fighting for freedom.”Although he believes that the stage is being set to rig the 2020 elections, Jagdeo has made clear that such a task could not stand in an open and democratic society. “There will be an attempt given the nature of the PNC, an attempt to try to tamper with the elections,” he added.The PPP has also raised concerns in relation to Government’s attempt to allegedly pad the Voters’ List. Only recently, Jagdeo also raised concerns again about thousands of Haitian nationals who arrived in Guyana, but many of them have not left the country. He alleged that they may have been trafficked here.He also raised concerns over Government’s moves to create new townships as a means of trying to tamper with the current system and create an avenue for them to allegedly tamper with the votes. Although this has happened previously, the PPP still managed to sweep a major victory at the last Local Government Elections (LGE). The next LGE is set for November 11.But President David Granger has brushed aside suggestions that he would follow in the footsteps of the late President Forbes Burnham. Burnham was accused of rigging elections to stay in power. He ruled Guyana from 1964 until his death in 1985.“I have never rigged an election in my life; I have no intention of ever doing so… I am not aware that rigged elections was an ideal of Forbes Burnham,” he said. Granger has repeatedly pointed to the ideals of Burnham, but said as far as the rigging of elections was concerned, “I don’t see how that is applicable to anything that I have said or intend to do.”last_img read more

Suspect arrested in boy’s shooting

first_imgMarta Gallardo, the victim’s mother, said she was happy that an arrest had been made. She said the family was still shocked by the shooting, but is focusing on her son’s recovery. “I am just thankful he is OK,” Gallardo said. After her son underwent surgery Monday, Gallardo said he asked relatives why someone shot him. “He doesn’t understand why someone did this,” she said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Police have arrested a 17-year-old suspected of shooting a 12-year-old boy in the stomach as he took out the trash, officials said Thursday. The victim was in the front yard of his home in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue when shots were fired into the yard about 10:20 p.m. Monday. He was hit in the abdomen. Detectives “made the arrest in about 19 hours” after the incident, said Montebello police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez. “They arrested the shooter, got the gun and got a confession,” he said. He said he would not identify the suspect because he is a minor. However, Couso-Vasquez said detectives will seek to have the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charge him as an adult. He said investigators will seek charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon against the suspect. Detectives believe the shooting was motivated by a gang and tagging crew rivalry. “I’m very proud of my department because, in a time like this when gang and tagging assaults are on an increase and we don’t have many resources, we were able to mobilize, get the gun and the confession,” said Couso-Vasquez. Investigators said the victim was released from the Beverly Hospital on Thursday afternoon. last_img read more

Bratton draws kudos in front of commission

first_imgThe city and county’s most influential leaders lined up Monday to support LAPD Chief William Bratton’s bid for a second term, praising his reform- minded leadership and commitment to diversity. “I don’t know of another police professional anywhere in the United States as committed to reform, as committed to the idea that police departments are of service to people at the end of the day,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said during a lengthy public hearing. Bratton also drew kudos from Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, county District Attorney Steve Cooley and City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. The Police Commission has 90 days to decide whether to reappoint Bratton to his $300,442-a-year post. “These 4 1/2 years have been good, but they are a beginning,” Bratton said. “I want to continue to travel with you.” More than a dozen people complained about the LAPD’s aggressive tactics on Skid Row; the department’s decision not to punish Officer Steven Garcia, who fatally shot 13-year-old car-theft suspect Devin Brown; and the shooting death of 19-month-old Suzie Pe a. “When are we going to see a police officer held accountable?” railed Pedro Baez, a Harbor City resident who spoke against a second term. Dozens of letters poured in to the Police Commission in support of Bratton, including a letter from the former deputy general counsel of the Christopher Commission. With widespread support for Bratton, even from some of the LAPD’s toughest critics, his bid for a second term appears certain. In a letter, longtime critic Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, praised Bratton for his commitment to transparency and his leadership style. “While the ACLU has disagreed with Chief Bratton on a number of issues and has at times questioned the LAPD actions and policies during his tenure, it is our belief that Chief Bratton has overall been effective in leading the department in the direction of needed reform,” Ripston wrote. On Monday, the commission released its criteria to evaluate Bratton, including his ability to continue the progress of reform, compliance with a federal consent decree put in place after the Rampart scandal, anti-terrorism efforts, crime reduction and recruitment of officers. Bratton came to Los Angeles as then-Mayor James Hahn and former Police Chief Bernard Parks were feuding over rising crime and a disciplinary system that angered the rank and file. The LAPD was critically understaffed, and officer morale was dismal. Bratton managed to change attitudes among officers, reverse the crime trend and win plaudits for his willingness to listen to the opposition. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fiorentina thrash ‘shameful’ Roma 7-1 in Coppa Italia

first_imgColombian Luis Muriel and Marco Benassi also found the net against a Roma side who were reeling after throwing away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Atalanta at the weekend in Serie A.“I’m bitter, but I won’t quit,” said Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco.“I’m disappointed in the team, there are no excuses.“I struggle to explain what happened, as it was a game we got wrong in every conceivable way. It was shameful.”Di Francesco’s side had fought back after a difficult start to the season with four straight wins in Serie A and the Coppa Italia, and are now fifth in the league.“The frustrating thing is it’s so inexplicable,” said the Roma boss. “Every time we think we are healed, we discover the illness is still there.”Chiesa got the first goal after seven minutes from a Cristiano Biraghi cross.A Bryan Cristante header rattled the post before the 21-year-old Chiesa lobbed in his second over Olsen just after quarter of an hour.Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for Roma after half an hour, but Fiorentina were soon two goals ahead again through Muriel.The Colombian set up Benassi afer 66 minutes, with Simeone coming off the bench to pile more misery on Roma who finished the game with ten men after second-half substitute Edin Dzeko was sent off for a second yellow card.“It’s the hardest day of my career as sporting director,” said Roma sporting director Monchi.“I’ve never experienced anything quite like that and we can only apologise to all the Roma fans. I can only repeat sorry, sorry, sorry.”Fiorentina will play either four-time reigning champions Juventus or Atalanta in the semi-finals.New signing Krzysztof Piatek scored a brace on Tuesday as AC Milan beat Napoli 2-0 at the San Siro.Five-time winners Milan will face either Inter Milan or Lazio, who play on Thursday, over two legs in the last four.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa scored a first-half brace © AFP / Isabella BONOTTOMILAN, Italy, Jan 31 – Federico Chiesa scored a hat-trick as Fiorentina crushed “shameful” Roma 7-1 to cruise into the Coppa Italia semi-finals on Wednesday.Chiesa scored two early on, adding a third in the second half past overwhelmed Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen, with Giovanni Simeone bagging a brace in the last ten minutes.last_img read more

Rescued shelter dog saves owner’s life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I’m a janitor in town,” she said. “I had everyone’s keys in my backpack. I had to go back and get them.” She crawled back into her burning home in Idaho City, about 40 miles northeast of Boise, with Anna close at her side. But Jennings said she became disoriented and was nearly overcome by smoke. She tried to get back out but crawled in the wrong direction, heading toward the pantry instead of the door. Anna showed her the way out. “She pushed on me; she nudged me out the door,” Jennings said. BOISE, Idaho – Sometimes rescuers need to be rescued, too. Candace Jennings was sleeping on the couch when she was nudged awake by her dog, Anna, to find her mobile home engulfed in flames early Thanksgiving Day. The blond heeler, an abused stray dog Jennings had adopted from an animal shelter, whined and howled until they ran outside. “I had an awful headache. The place was filled with smoke,” she told the Idaho Statesman for a story published Saturday. But Jennings said she ran back into her burning home to save some items. The roof collapsed as Jennings, barefoot and wearing only pajamas, ran to some trees in the 15-degree weather. Jennings suffered burns to her feet and then frostbite. Anna and two other dogs Jennings has were not injured.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more