Carver makes Williamson claim

first_img Press Association Williamson was dismissed just after the hour when he collected a second yellow card for a late, knee-high challenge on Leicester’s Jamie Vardy on the touchline. He was followed off the pitch by Daryl Janmaat who was also sent off in injury time of what proved another dismal afternoon for the crisis-hit Magpies. Newcastle boss John Carver accused defender Mike Williamson of getting sent off deliberately in a blistering attack on his players after their 3-0 loss at Leicester. After eight successive Barclays Premier League defeats, Newcastle are nosediving towards relegation and Carver was furious after the final whistle at the King Power Stadium, with Williamson the prime target of his ire. “I thought he meant it,” Carver said in his post-match press conference. “When the ball went onto that left-hand side, my first reaction, five yards before making the tackle was, ‘Don’t do it’ – and he did it. “Vardy was off the pitch, Willo was off the pitch, the ball was off the pitch. There was no need to do it. I am not accepting that, especially in the situation we are in.” Asked why Williamson might have done something like that on purpose, Carver said: “I don’t really know. It was just my thought when it happened. I thought he meant that and I have told him so. I have actually said this to his face.” Newcastle fell behind within a minute as resurgent Leicester, fully fired up and determined to maintain their survival charge, stole the ball from the kick-off and Leonardo Ulloa headed from a corner. Wes Morgan added a second after 17 minutes and an Ulloa penalty put the result beyond doubt early in the second half. Newcastle were booed off the field by their increasingly angry fans, some of whom held up a banner accusing the team of not trying. Some of the players were later jeered as “cowards” as they boarded the team bus on their way out of the stadium. Carver, who has won just two of 16 games since succeeding Alan Pardew, said: “I can’t disagree with them. I know some of them went over at full-time and the fans had a go, and more or less said, ‘We don’t want to see you’. “If I was sitting in the stand with them I would be doing the same thing. “We are a soft touch. We are a soft touch when the ball comes into the box because we are not prepared to put our heads on it. “We can talk and talk – We need to grow up and we need to accept it. The ones that don’t want to grow up and accept it can stay at home.” Newcastle have been locked on 35 points since February while Leicester, adrift on 19 points and seemingly doomed at the start of April, are now just a point behind them after five wins from six. Carver said: “It is in our hands to do something about it. We have got to do something about it. The minute it is out of our hands then we are in trouble. I don’t want to have to rely on anyone else.” Opposite number Nigel Pearson offered a word of sympathy for Carver, who was also the subject of fierce criticism from Newcastle fans. Pearson said: “Whatever happens this season I can guarantee John Carver will have done everything in his power to make sure things are right for Newcastle United. He is a pretty selfless man.” Newcastle’s capitulation arguably took the attention away from Leicester’s superb performance, which was fuelled by a passionate crowd. In such form they are heading towards safety although Pearson is taking nothing for granted, noting his side are still below Newcastle. He said: “We have a more realistic chance than we did before we kicked off today. Newcastle are having a difficult time but they have still got one more point than us at the moment. “Momentum is important but off the back of a defeat in midweek – had we not got this result, then again (you can find) things can change quickly. We have given ourselves a better chance. “The result is the most important thing but the performance I thought was very good.” Pearson himself has had a difficult week after putting himself in the spotlight with his bizarre ‘ostrich’ confrontation with a journalist following the Chelsea loss on Wednesday. He later apologised but a further exchange with a different reporter on Thursday kept the matter in the news. He said: “If I make an apology, I make an apology based on what I think is the right thing to do. There is no smoke and mirrors on that. “What I do and what I am is what I am and I have to live with that, and I don’t necessarily want to change. “But we all learn from what we do, good and bad. I don’t see too much mileage in going much further with that. “It was important to get back to winning ways today. Anything else, side issue-wise, is not really as significant.” last_img read more

Defense Requests to Delay Parkland Shooting Trial, Judge Refuses

first_imgThe defense team for confessed Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz insisted to the judge on Wednesday that they are not ready to go to trial in January, and said it is possible they might not participate in the proceedings.Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer responded that the trial has been a priority for all of the parties involved, and said she would maintain the current trial date.Cruz was not at the hearing, as his attorneys waived his presence. He faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for the February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Defense attorney David Frankel told Scherer, “I don’t think there’s any way that we’re going to be ready for trial on January 27, or anytime near that.”Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill, who is also representing Cruz, explained that the defense team still has a few hundred witnesses to potentially interview. She added that her team is waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to address their appeal of one of the judge’s rulings. That issue could determine whether the defense chooses to pursue an insanity defense.Frankel says the defense may not participate in a trial, which could lead to appeal issues, if they lack sufficient time to prepare.McNeill plans to file a motion soon to move the trial date.Judge Scherer responded that the case had received special priority by everyone, including the Public Defender’s office. She continued, “Not every case has that many lawyers. You all need to do your best. Whatever you have to do, you need to get it ready.”Frankel explained after the hearing, “Believe me that we’re sensitive to the people in the community and we’re working towards just trying to get ready and get it done. What we really want to do is avoid not doing it right the first time, and forcing the community to have to go through it again a second time.”One of the factors that is expanding preparation time is the likelihood that the trial will have a second death penalty phase.The defense told Scherer again on Wednesday that their client is willing to plead guilty in exchange for receiving a life sentence.However, prosecutors remain committed to pursuing the death penalty.“This could be over tomorrow,” Frankel says. “It’s just a question of the death penalty.”Judge Scherer ordered the defense to develop a list of its potential witnesses. She set another status hearing for November 18.last_img read more

Flight attendants arrested in money laundering scheme at MIA

first_imgFour flight attendants were arrested at Miami International Airport Monday evening  after authorities seized more than $22,000 in cash from the suspects during a routine Customs check.Miami-Dade police said the suspects did not have the proper license to transmit money.They are identified as Carlos Alberto Munoz Moyano, Maria Del Pilar Roman-Strick, Maria Wilson, and Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar.The four came to the US on a flight from Chile, and work for American Airlines.The airline is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.The suspects are being held on a $10,000 bond with an immigration hold.last_img

12-year-old arrested after threatening to kill several fellow students

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a 12-year-old girl who reportedly used her social media account to threaten to kill several students at her middle school.The incident was reported Friday by a parent and a student of Falcon Cove Middle School.Officials say the young girl first posted a list of students who she would like to kill to her Snapchat. She then created a second post warning students that they would die on Monday.The child has since been arrested and faces two counts of making a written threat to kill and making a false report about a firearm.last_img

Police officer honored after paying for shoplifters’ groceries

first_imgAn officer in the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was handed an Employee of the Month award after he helped a family who allegedly tried to steal groceries.Officer Kenneth Martin was with a training officer at a Walmart on Nov. 30 when he detained a mother and father who got caught attempting to steal groceries with their kids.The father was arrested, but the mother was let go because she was with their two kids. Officer Martin ended up paying for the stolen food items. Fort Smith City Director Neal Martin said ” FTO Martin is a wonderful example of what we all strive for,”…” Thank you FTO Martin for setting the example for each and every one of us! Let’s use his example of kindness to treat each other better in 2020.last_img

Wrongful Death Lawsuit against PBSO Heads to Federal Court Next Week

first_imgThe civil wrongful death trial of former Palm Beach County Deputy Justin Rigney in the fatal shooting of a Loxahatchee man is set to begin on January 13th.Both Rigney and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office are defendants in the case brought by Whidden’s family. Criminal defense attorney Stuart Kaplan of Palm Beach Gardens is representing the family. He explains the case in Karen Curtis’ Full Rigor Podcast.According to investigators, Rigney shot Whidden when a suicidal Whidden charged at him with a knife during an emergency call made by Whidden’s mother in 2016.Rigney was cleared of wrongdoing and did not face criminal charges.But, Kaplan says videos that captured the final moments of Ricky Whidden’s life raise doubts about a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy’s claims that he had good reason to shoot the mentally ill Loxahatchee man in 2016 and an appeals court agreed.The ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals sets the stage for a federal jury to decide whether then-Corporal Justin Rigney used excessive force when he shot the 42-year-old eight times after Whidden’s parents summoned deputies for help.Two videos, shot from a neighbor’s security cameras, show Whidden running away from Rigney and other deputies, the Atlanta-based appeals court said. While Rigney claims Whidden threatened him with a knife, the videos don’t show the threat and other deputies disputed it, the court wrote.“Several of the deputies on the scene testified that they did not see Whidden’s knife until after they rolled over his dead body, which is evidence that could support a finding, for example, that Whidden had the knife tucked into his jacket,” the appeals court wrote.Further, they said, even if Whidden had threatened Rigney with a knife, the officer was in no danger.“There was at least 15 feet between him and Rigney, which included a three-foot tall hedge that he would have had to get over to attack Rigney,” they wrote.Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said deputies receive crisis intervention training so they know how to deal with people with psychological problems.Kaplan said he is hopeful that the family prevails at trial and declined to say how much he would be seeking.PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has settled roughly a dozen excessive force lawsuits in recent years. The last time one when to trial, a jury in 2016 ordered the agency to pay $22.4 million to shooting victim Dontrell Stephens, who was paralyzed from the waist down when a deputy’s bullet severed his spine. Bradshaw has blocked Stephens’ efforts to recover the money.last_img read more

Florida Teen Fatally Overdoses at Teacher Aide’s Apartment

first_imgA 20-year-old teaching assistant in Pasco County is accused of possessing fentanyl and heroin, after an 18-year-old man died in her apartment from a potential overdose, according to reports.Deputies found the drugs and paraphernalia at Marina Deetz’s home during the death investigation. A 17-year-old who was also at the apartment on that day told deputies that Deetz gave him and the 18-year-old fentanyl in exchange for cocaine and $50.The 17-year-old also told authorities the three of them did the drugs together.According to WTSP-TV in Tampa, investigators searched the woman’s apartment and found freshly washed dishes, a straw that tested positive for fentanyl, and a rubber container with a substance that tested positive for heroin. They also discovered $50 in her wallet.Deetz told deputies she lived in the apartment with her boyfriend, who has been in jail since January 27.She is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession/delivery of controlled substances.last_img read more

Getting Things Done Around The House, Quarantine Edition

first_imgCOURTESY STEPHANIE PONTES Stephanie Pontes and her fiancé, Nino Zangari, recently completed several home improvement projects, like painting their deck and creating a cabana under it. With most everyday activities and routines temporarily shut down, the Striffolinos are finally getting back to the planned upgrades they have wanted to make over the past several years. They went online, filled up their Pinterest boards and found cost-friendly ways to get the looks they wanted starting with the yard. MIDDLETOWN – Fiveyears ago, Kate and RichStriffolino moved into ahouse in the Fairview sectionof Middletown with plans torenovate the space and makeit their dream home. While working on the yard, the couple decided to start a blog to document the evolution of their home. The goal is to make a loving, colorful and creative space for their family, said Kate. “Instead of focusing on what we don’t have, after watching hours of home renovation shows with unlimited budgets, we decided to focus on what we do have,” she said. However, that changed when the COVID-19 pandemic began. And they are not the only ones finding now to be a perfect time to start overdue renovations and projects. “We had an interesting fenced-in area of our yard we lovingly referred to as the corral,” Kate said sarcastically. Rich took down the fencing and repurposed it into garden boxes. They then created a stone patio, put in two small koi ponds, planted more landscaping and added an arbor. They also opted for outdoor solar lighting, which creates “beautiful Mandali-like lighting at night around our home,” she said. But the “most important part” of the journey, Kate said, has been teaching their 4 and 6-year-old boys to “jump in” to new ideas and skills, even if it means trial and error. “When I look back at my parents, who were very self-motivated and did most of their own work around my childhood home, it comes down to trial and error,” she said. “How do you grow a perfect garden? Do you spend hours on the internet researching, or does it come down to this concept of ‘we will see’ ” what happens? And Port Monmouth native Matthew Hetherington decided now would be a great time to add a creative flair to his living room. After moving out of his childhood home this fall, he finally organize his video gaming equipment in his new home. What was recently a chaotic pile of tangled wires and controllers is now stacked in a row of cubicles, separating individual gaming systems and controllers, said Hetherington. And she’s very happywith the result, she said. “If I didn’t have the free time due to quarantine, I wouldn’t have that space in my brain to be more creative,” she said. “In the last year or two between renovating and moving in, I really didn’t have the time to dedicate to it.” “There are such talented women decorating their houses that just make you want to hop on Amazon and get the supplies,” she said. center_img By Allison Perrine The Striffolinos are justone family of many in thetownship and beyond whoare taking this time to beproductive around thehouse. Here are some oftheir stories and ideas. Sheri Nocelli had been wanting to give her Lincroft home a makeover for about five years, but she didn’t get to do it until this week. She started by painting her kitchen, which she said was a “huge undertaking” and overdue. She also cleaned out her closets, wallpapered them, organized them and turned them into closets you would see on Pinterest, she joked. But she found her inspiration on another social media site: Instagram. The article originally appeared in the May 7th – May 13th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. He also decided to put LED lights on the top of the shelves, giving each shelf its own color. Red lights surround his Nintendo systems, blue lights around his PlayStation Ones and so on. “Everything is nice, organized and easy to find,” said Hetherington. “It’s also just nicer to look at,” he added with a laugh. Stephanie Pontes and her fiancé bought a foreclosed home in Belford two years ago, knowing that they would have some fixing up to do. Luckily, several of her family members are in construction plus, she knows her way around a how-to YouTube video. With the pandemic freeing up their time, the two used inspiration from homes in the Hamptons, New York, to build a cabana under their deck and a firepit from slate, as well as paint their deck and porch, and landscape their front yard. Pontes also decided to “borrow” white rocks from her sister’s mountainside home to adorn her driveway. But the couple had twoyoung boys, full-time jobsand a small budget, so thoseplans had to be tucked awayfor awhile. “I almost don’t know if I can enjoy it yet,” Pontes said, fearing she might mess it up almost like having to get into a beautifully made bed, she joked. last_img read more

SA’s Baker is Mavericks champ

first_img8 February 2006Durban surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker has claimed the prestigious Mavericks surf title at Half Moon Bay in California, in a contest dubbed “The Super Bowl of Surfing”.Baker made it into the big wave contest, often labelled “the most dangerous surf contest on the globe,” only after online voters of Surfer Magazine decided he deserved a spot in the line-up. He didn’t disappoint those who showed their support for him.‘An impossible dream’Twice he scored perfect 10s to walk away with the win and $30 000 in prize money. “I never thought this was possible for me,” Baker said. “For someone from South Africa, this is an impossible dream.”As is the case for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa (BWA), surfed at Dungeons off Cape Point in South Africa, the Mavericks contest is surfed only when the conditions are deemed right and on Tuesday they were.Baker came up big early on, scoring his first perfect wave in the third heat of the first round. Then, when it counted most, he notched his second 10 in the final to capture the honours.It was the first time a non-Santa Cruz-based surfer has claimed the victory. With the local guys (Santa Cruz is about 100 kilometres from Mavericks) having the opportunity to experience the testing waves year round, they had always previously won, but not this time as Baker delivered a magical performance.‘The best I’ve ever surfed’“That’s the best I’ve ever surfed,” said Baker afterwards. “There were 20-foot waves out there.big bombs. I had a hideous wipeout. I made a couple rides that I shouldn’t have. What a day!”Contest organiser Jeff Clark, the man who discovered the break at Mavericks, commented: “Every wave at Mavericks is a challenge.”Daryl ‘Flea’ Virostko, a three-time winner of the event, and a visitor to South Africa for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa, failed to make an impression this time round, while defending champion Anthony Tashnick, who has also contested the BWA, was knocked out early on.Santa Cruz local Tyler Smith finished second to Baker and took home $10 000 for his efforts, while Brock Little pocketed $5 000 for third place.last_img read more