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Importers Protest Deliberate Delays at Freeport

first_imgPandemonium erupted yesterday when news spread that importers in Monrovia have blocked the Waterside commercial hub, demanding reduction in taxes the government has recently imposed on their goods.The situation nearly brought the entire commercial activities at the Freeport of Monrovia and Water Street to a standstill when some of the importers forced stores and petty traders to close down and leave the vicinity in solidarity with the protesters.The protesters blamed their action on difficulties they experience in clearing their goods from the port. They claimed that the process to release containers is associated with illegal financial deals during clearing and forwarding.Several of the frustrated importers said they have tried to clear their containers for the festive season, but customs authorities had levied high fees on each of the containers, amounts none of them was willing to pay.“You see this whole container issue is making me mad, because our government should have known by this time that we are trying to improve the economy, so I am surprised that our containers have overstayed at the port,” Morris Johnson, a consignee voiced out in anger. “Some of the containers,” he said, were sent by overseas business partners to their Liberian counterparts. “For which some of us took the lead to free those containers, but the government agents have created bottleneck to delay the clearing process,” he added.According to Johnson, the port charges US$5,000 to release a container; and added that after making the payment, the goods would still be detained by customs officers seeking kickbacks. He said some of the containers carried only toys for children, while others rarely contain heavy goods such as used vehicles and household materials for family members.“Until the government can intervene directly by restructuring the system, we will continue our protest; and no one, we dare, should open any business here.”Some of the protesters have also blamed authorities at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for the new regulation on in-bound money transfers, for which money transfer agents would pay 25 percent in local currency, calling it “unacceptable.”They also blamed the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), the Ministry of Commerce and its surrogate, Bureau Veritas (BIVAC) and the APM Terminals, for the increase in clearing and forwarding.It can be recalled that importers recently expressed frustrations over difficulties they experienced getting their goods into the country via the Free Port of Monrovia. Most of the importers abandoned their consignments at the Port due to said frustrations.Madam Lucia Moore, another businesswoman who trades in used cars, said she brought in a 40ft container with several items to sell for the festive season, but that the high storage charges have delayed its clearing from the Freeport.She has since attempted to free her container and, although she has spent over US$10,000, the container is still being held at the port. Although the vehicle was not released, it still accrued an additional fee of US$600 “as storage fees for only three weeks,” she complained. In view of yesterday’s situation, LRA meanwhile informed the business community and the general public that the Freeport of Monrovia and all customs and tax offices across the country remain open to the public for normal business contrary to rumors that activities at the Freeport have been shut down. The LRA, in a release, said the European Union is not conducting any customs inspection services at the port or at any other customs offices in Liberia, as it has been alleged in the media by few importers.The LRA said the European Union, at the request of the Government of Liberia, is providing the Customs Department technical assistance worth over 2 million euros through a private consulting firm. The LRA, through technical coaching by the contract consultants, has been able to independently uncover potential revenue leakage at the Freeport of Monrovia. The source of the revenue leakage is several small scale importers mainly from China and the United States who have provided false declarations and fake commercial invoices to customs. None of the shipments in question underwent the required pre-shipment inspection, contrary to claims in the media by few importers, adding that the “LRA would like to remind the business community and the general public that false declaration and fake documentation is a crime punishable by the Laws of Liberia. The public is therefore encouraged to make voluntary andtruthful declarations to the tax authority in order to avoid embarrassment. The LRA remains at the service of the business community and the public for tax education as we facilitate legitimate trade in a fair, lawful and transparent manner,” the revenue authority said. Ministries of Commerce, the CBL and the APM management are yet to comment on claims by the protestors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Dr. Brownell’s Criticisms Taught Me Lessons’

first_imgPresident Sirleaf with Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara and mourners at the funeral of the late Mary Brownell, held at Trinity Cathedral, Monrovia.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Saturday praised Dr. Mary Nema Brownell, acknowledging that her letters of advice, and in particular those that criticized her, inspired her and a lot of women in the country.In a tribute to her memory, at the official funeral held at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Monrovia, President Sirleaf said Mother Brownell was an outstanding advisor who guided her well and sometimes criticized her through letters. She said Mother Brownell impacted her life, along with many others and played a leading role in peace building efforts in Liberia and the world recognized what she had done.“I had great affection for Sister Mary and the love we shared will forever live with me and, I guess all of you, too who when she was alive were fortunate to meet her,” President Sirleaf said.“Sister Mary did not fear to tell me the truth at all times, not even as the President. She treated me like her little sister that she wanted to see do her best at all times to serve the nation,” she stated.President Sirleaf said even though Mother Brownell is gone, her life still lives on. “Mother’s lives on through every Liberian woman in what they do, and what they say; how they act; how they prepare themselves; how they behave. It lives on in every young girl who goes to school and aspires to be a leader; who can go back and read what she has done and be inspired and motivated to be able to achieve what they see in life,” she said.She consoled the bereaved family and encouraged them to take solace in the Lord and in God’s strength because God did not bring them this far to leave them.President Sirleaf said the late Mary Brownell distinguished her as a role model like Angie Brooks-Randolph, Madam Nehn Suakoko, and and D. Musuleng Cooper.Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara, on behalf of the Government of Liberia, described the peace activist as one of Liberia’s foremost women advocates that served served her country diligently with truthfulness, decency and commitment. She also described Mrs. Brownell’s death as a national loss.Delivering the Funeral Discourse, the Very Rev. Canon James B. Sele, Dean, Trinity Cathedral who spoke on the theme, “The Mark of a Successful Christian Life: Faith and Service,” described the late peace icon as a ‘humble servant and humanitarian’ who impacted the Church and her environment meaningfully – offering her time, life and services to the advancement of God’s work and humanity.Rev. Fr. Sellee quoted Psalm 19:10, “More to be desired are they, the virtuous women than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”“She exemplified the qualities of a great leader, a mother and stateswoman,” Dean Sellee recalled.  “She took the affairs of her church as her personal affairs and treated each with great respect, a vacuum has been created which might be very difficult to refill.”Delivering the family tribute, Mitta Fahnbulleh said, “What speaks to the selflessness of my mother today are not the praises here, because they are common at almost every funeral; but the educated men and women among us here who received her mentoring and instructions, the school houses around Monrovia and beyond that received her as their administrator, other institutions of government, including the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) and most importantly, her advocacy for social justice and peace in this country and the sub region.”Dr. Mary Brownell served the University of Liberia as instructor, administrator and later took the principal post at the Botswain Elementary and Junior High School after leaving the Bong High School as its principal in 1978.The official gazette, prepared by the Government of Liberia to her memory, states that with distinction, she served the National Elections Commission as Commissioner during the 2005 presidential and general elections.  Before that, she was the founder and national chairperson of Liberia Women’s Initiative (LWI); President, Women Development Association of Liberia (WODAL); Principal, Boatswain Elementary and Junior High School, Monrovia and Bong Mines School, respectively; patriot, administrator, humanitarian, disciplinarian, octogenarian, eminent civil rights and peace advocate, devout Christian and dedicated public servant.Dr. Brownell, who died at age 88 at the J.F.K. Medical Center on March 14, 2017, was born unto the union of Counselor Nete-Sie Brownell and Mother Elizabeth Wede Wallace on March 12, 1929 in Cavalla, Maryland County. Burial took place at the Brownell Farm in Cinta, Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Elderly man released on bail for allegedly stealing bull

first_imgRyan Robinson was charged and released on bail on Wednesday when he made his first court appearance before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Ryan RobinsonThe 55-year-old man of Charlestown, Georgetown, denied the charge, which stated that on August 11, 2019, at Georgetown, he stole one bull valued at $180,000, which was the property of Abdul Azeez.In his address to the court, the man stated, “I had to do what I had to do.”The prosecution is contending that at about 23:45h on August 11, the Virtual Complainant heard a noise coming from his backyard and upon checking, he observed Robinson tying a rope around the bull’s neck and pulling the animal out of the yard.According to the prosecution’s case, the VC shouted at Robinson but he continued pulling the bull. A report was made and following an investigation, Robinson was charged. While the prosecutor did not object to bail being granted to the defendant, she asked that conditions be imposed.Robinson was released on $50,000 bail on the condition that he reports every Monday to the Ruimveldt Police Station until the hearing and determination of the case. The case will continue on September 25, 2019.last_img read more

Joint Services raid GT, NA prisons

first_img… weapons, weed, cell phones, wine among contrabands foundAs Government heightens security activities across the country following credible information of a potential domestic threat, the Joint Services conducted raids at the Georgetown and New Amsterdam Prisons, during which several contraband items were unearthed.Some of the contraband items recovered by the Joint Services during raids at the Georgetown and New Amsterdam PrisonsThis was disclosed in a release from the Ministry of the Presidency on Saturday. The joint exercise – ‘Operation Safe Guard’ – was conducted by ranks from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in collaboration with the Guyana Prison Service.Among the contraband items found and seized at the Georgetown Prison were 21 improvised weapons and knives, 20 razor blades, 558 grams of marijuana, 22 cellular phones and five gallons of homemade wine, along with a number of other banned items.However, a lesser number of items were found at the New Amsterdam Prison during the impromptu search exercise, which concluded sometime around 11:30h on Saturday at the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) penitentiary.In total, the raids unearthed 21 weapons, 22 cellular phones and eight phone chargers, as well as four phone batteries and five SIM cards, 558 grams marijuana along with a quantity of ziplock bags and bamboo wrapper, nine packets of cigarettes and 45 lighters, one arrow, two scissors, four grabber hooks, 20 razor blades, one tattoo machine, $300 and TT$200 in cash, and some five gallons of homemade whine.According to the statement from the Ministry of the Presidency, the security forces are concerned about the fact that the Georgetown Prison was last searched on September 23, 2016, which means that the contraband items accumulated in just under two months.Nevertheless, Government is assuring the public that it will continue to work closely with the Guyana Prison Service and the Joint Services to address on-going security weaknesses at the nation’s correctional facilities.“The Guyana Police Force, along with the Joint Services where necessary, will continue to scale up security activities in targeted areas to ensure the security of residents and visitors across Guyana as the country enters the holiday season and in light of the up tick in criminal activity. The Government of Guyana continues to urge citizens to cooperate with the security forces,” the statement from the Ministry detailed.In March, a similar raid at the Georgetown Prison resulted in one of the most deadly unrests in the country, causing the death of 17 inmates and injuring several others, including prison officers at the city penitentiary.Inmates on remand at the facility started to protest after prison officials seized several contraband items during a raid at the Capital A section on March 2, 2016. In retaliation, the prisoners started several fires that night and another the following morning, which turned out to be deadly.Then on March 4, 2016, angry inmates lashed out again, kicking out the entire wooden wall of one of the buildings located South in the compound. This behaviour prompted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Minister of State Joseph Harmon to meet with 18 prisoners who voiced their concerns about the living conditions in the Camp Street penitentiary.Government subsequently conducted a $13 million Commission of Inquiry into the prison unrests, which highlighted some of the main issues affecting the penal facility such as overcrowding and relapse into criminal behaviour after serving time.last_img read more

Anti-HST petition signing slated for Tuesday

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staff Organizers are hoping to collect as many signatures as possible at the anti-HST rally on Tuesday.- Advertisement -Participants are trying to recruit residents to drop by the Lido and sign a Citizens Initiative Petition, which was started by former Premier, Bill Vander Zalm.Vander Zalm says the petition is registered with Elections B.C., so the Liberal government has to take it seriously.The petition requires the signatures of 10% of registered voters in every riding. If successful, it would be submitted to a Legislative Standing Committee. Vander Zalm says that should result in a province-wide referendum on the HST, or a vote in the legislature to stop the tax from coming into effect on July 1st.Anyone in interested in signing the petition can stop by the Lido on April 6th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and midnight. Advertisementlast_img read more

Real clinch world record deal for Mbappe

first_imgFrench newspapers Le Parisien and Nice Matin were quick to announce that Monaco had denied the report. But in the cloak and dagger climate of rumour and innuendo that characterises football’s transfer operations, the latest twist revived speculation surrounding the future of Europe’s most-eligible young star.Only the rumour mill surrounding Neymar and the massive sums involved have come close to eclipsing the buzz generated by Mbappe in recent weeks.Neymar, Barcelona’s 25-year-old Brazilian superstar, is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record 222 million euros, the price of his buyout clause.– Circling predators –The likelihood of that deal looks to have receded in the past few days as the Mbappe move takes centre stage. And if it goes through, Real will have completed a major coup by snatching one of the most coveted young players in football from under the noses of top European clubs including PSG and Premier League giants including Manchester City.Real midfielder Casemiro, on tour with the European champions in United States, refused to be drawn on the speculation ahead of Wednesday’s friendly clash against Manchester City in Los Angeles.“Mbappe is not a Real Madrid player so I can’t speak about him,” said Casemiro.But Marca, known to have strong links to the Madrid club, insisted that Real are set to pay between 150-160m euros with add-ons of between 20 and 30m for Mbappe, dwarfing the current world transfer record of 105m Manchester United paid to lure Paul Pogba from Juventus last year.Real are looking to fill the void left by Alvaro Morata, who joined Premier League champions Chelsea last Friday in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, asked about Mbappe last week, said that Real were short one attacker after Morata’s departure but chose his words carefully.“I am not saying we are lacking a centre forward but we are short of one attacker, that’s how things are,” he said. “We will see how we will manage that.”If he does arrive at Zidane’s European champions the 18-year-old will be on a net annual salary of “seven million” euros, Marca said.Mbappe, under contract at Monaco until 2019, has been wooed so hard by some of Europe’s top clubs that Monaco raised the red card and warned the circling predators that they could be reported to FIFA, world football’s governing body.“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website.The club said they wanted to remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to French and international regulations.Mbappe scored six goals in six Champions League starts and 15 in Ligue 1 as he exploded onto the scene in the second half of last season.On Monday, Monaco lost full-back Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City in a world record £52 million deal for a defender.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe is reportedly on the brink of a move to Real Madrid © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIPARIS, France, Jul 25 – Real Madrid have reportedly reached a world record deal in principle to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for Sh21.6b (£160m), closing one of the hottest transfer sagas of the summer.Spanish sports daily Marca, citing sources close to the negotiations, said the gifted teenage striker who shot to stardom last season is expected to join Real “in the next few days” on a six-year deal.last_img read more

Sarri sets sights on Liverpool after West Ham stifle Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass (left) battles with Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta during their Premier League clash at the London Stadium © AFP / Ben STANSALLLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Maurizio Sarri laughed off suggestions that next week’s summit meeting with Liverpool is a “must-win” game after seeing Chelsea’s 100 percent Premier League record ended by stubborn West Ham in a 0-0 draw on Sunday.Chelsea had won all five of their league matches before the weekend, going toe to toe with Liverpool, who beat Southampton on Saturday to make it six wins out of six. The visitors enjoyed 72 percent of possession at the London Stadium but failed to break down a determined West Ham side, who created enough clear-cut chances to win the game themselves.Sarri said West Ham, who beat Everton last week after losing their first four league games of the season, had been tough opponents, adding that his team needed to find a way to move the ball more quickly.Turning his thoughts to Saturday’s match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, Sarri, in his first season in the job, said it would be tough to compete with a side that had been developing for three years under Jurgen Klopp.Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri marshalls his men in the goalless draw at West Ham © AFP / Ben STANSALL“They are a step forward than us in this moment,” he said. “We have started to work all together 35, 40 days ago.“So for us I think it’s a bit early. We have to work. We need to improve and then maybe in one year we will be at the same level of Liverpool.”The Chelsea boss said he was unsure how many changes he would make for the midweek third-round League Cup tie, also against Liverpool.– Giroud picked –Olivier Giroud won his battle with Alvaro Morata for a starting spot up front for Chelsea, keeping his place for the second Premier League match in succession. But Marko Arnautovic, West Ham’s leading goalscorer this season, missed out after failing to recover from an injury he sustained in the victory against Everton last week.Despite Chelsea’s control, the home side could have taken a lead against the run of play just before the half hour. Felipe Anderson was quick to seize on a loose ball and played in Michail Antonio, who blasted over with his left foot. That chance breathed new life into the home crowd and the players and Antonio drew a smart save from Kepa Arrizabalaga in the West Ham goal just two minutes later after a fine run from Andriy Yarmolenko.N’Golo Kante nearly gave Chelsea the lead with a headed effort but the sides were goalless at the break.The match fell into a similar pattern in the second half, with Chelsea dominating possession, but Giroud — picked for his more physical threat — struggled to make an impression.The French World Cup winner was replaced 20 minutes into the second half by Morata, who went close to breaking the deadlock moments after coming on only to see Lukasz Fabianski pull off a stunning stop from close range.With about 13 minutes to go West Ham had a wonderful chance to win the match, when the unmarked Yarmolenko headed just wide at the far post. Fabianski pulled off another fine save as the clock ticked into injury time, diving to his left to deny substitute Ross Barkley and Willian blazed wide as Chelsea applied intense late pressure.West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has managed to stop the rot with four points from the past two matches, said his side had to make their chances count.“When you have such clear chances against big teams you must score one of them,” he said.“And we had three clear chances before they created one chance but you must score.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PL 2016/17: The best bargain signings so far… including Man Utd and Liverpool

first_img Steve Mandanda – Marseille to Crystal Palace (£1.5m) – The Daily Mail report Mandanda cost Crystal Palace just £1.5 million, which is an excellent deal for a goalkeeper regarded as one of the best in Europe. The position has been the weakest in the Palace squad for a while now, and the Frenchman will provide a solid base for the Eagles to seriously challenge for European football this season. Oleksandr Zinchenko – UFA to Manchester City (£1.7m) – The Manchester Evening News claim Zinchenko arrived at the Etihad for just £1.7 million, with Pep Guardiola forcing through the move. He clearly believes the midfielder is already good enough for his team, and at just 19, the Ukrainian can be a key player for City for the next decade. Viktor Fischer – Ajax to Middlesbrough (£3.8m) – A former prodigy who has so far failed to reach his potential, Fischer is still just 22 and the Guardian claim he moved to Boro for £3.8 million. The change of scenery could be perfect for the playmaker, and if he can finally overcome his injury hell, Aitor Karanka will have a truly top class talent at his disposal. 15 15 Victor Wanyama – Southampton to Tottenham (£11m) – Wanyama arrives at Spurs as the archetypal Mauricio Pochettino player, for a fee of £11m – as per the Guardian – far below his true worth. He is an energetic ball winner to fit seamlessly into Tottenham’s midfield, and provides the much needed depth which cost the North London side the Premier League title last season. Havard Nordtveit – Borussia Monchengladbach to West Ham (Free) – The former Arsenal prospect has consistently impressed in the Bundesliga, and provides depth in both defence and midfielder for Slaven Bilic, who rued the number of injuries his squad suffered last year on the hunt for Champions League football. 15 Ron-Robert Zieler – Hannover to Leicester (£2.6m) – Consistently one of the best goalkeepers in the Bundesliga, the Foxes signed Zieler for just £2.6 million – as per the Guardian. Will provide real competition to Kasper Schmeichel, either forcing the Dane to become even better, or claiming the starting role as his own. Granit Xhaka – Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal (£30m) – Whilst the Mirror reported fee of £30 million is expensive in relation to many bargains, Xhaka arrives at Arsenal as a top quality midfielder, who will provide physicality and defensive talent to a team sorely lacking in those qualities. Could be the signing which finally secures the Premier League title for the Gunners. 15 15 15 Premier League clubs have already spent over £300 million in the transfer window this summer, showing the financial strength in the division.However, money doesn’t always guarantee success, and sometimes the best transfers are signed for small fees – or even on a free.With all the money spent on players, sometimes the lesser deals go under the radar, and we take a look at the the 15 best bargain deals completed so far.Click the right arrow, above, to see the 15 best bargain deals… 15 Jerome Sinclair – Liverpool to Watford (£4m) – As per the Liverpool Echo, a £4m compensation fee was agreed between the Reds and Watford for the transfer of Sinclair, who arrives at Vicarage Road as a talented striker who is both young and English. Failed to reach his potential with the Reds, but the transfer could work wonders for him. Click the right arrow, above, to see the best bargain signings 15 15 Victor Valdes – Manchester United to Middlesbrough (Free) – Valdes has not enjoyed the greatest time since leaving Barcelona, playing just one league game for Manchester United, but he could prove to be an inspired signing for Boro. Low risk on a free transfer, on his day he can be an exceptional keeper, and provides Aitor Karanka with a more experienced option than Dimi Konstantopoulos. 15 15 15 15 Nampalys Mendy – Nice to Leicester (£10m) – Leicester continue to fear losing N’Golo Kante to a number of giant European clubs, but in Mendy, Claudio Ranieri has signed a mix between the French midfielder and teammate Danny Drinkwater, both of whom led the Foxes to the Premier League title, for a fee the Guardian claim to be just £10m. Lewis Cook – Leeds to Bournemouth (£6m) – Considered one of the brightest talents in English football, Bournemouth agreed just a £6 million fee for Cook according to the Daily Mail. An energetic midfielder with an eye for goal, he is almost guaranteed to be a Three Lions international in the future, and is already good enough to be a starter for the Cherries. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – PSG to Manchester United (Free) – A free transfer, but one which is costing the Red Devils a load in wages, Ibrahimovic brings leadership, a winning mentality and an excellent goal record to Old Trafford. However, he could flop, having spent the past few seasons playing in the French Ligue 1, a division far from the quality of the Premier League. 15 Joel Matip – Schalke to Liverpool (Free) – Considering the defensive issues which have plagued Liverpool for the last few years, signing Matip on a free was excellent business. Able to play in both defence and midfield, he will provide solidity to a team always lacking in their composure at the back. 15 Loris Karius – Mainz to Liverpool (£4.7m) – Also one of the best Bundesliga goalkeepers, 23-year-old Karius should finally fix the ongoing keeper problem at Anfield – all for a fee of £4.7 million as reported by Sky. He is a solid shot stopper, but what really sets him apart from Simon Mignolet is his commanding presence in the penalty area. Sofiane Feghouli – Valencia to West Ham (Free) – West Ham have completed one of the signings of the season in bringing in Feghouli, and it is only better seeing as he was a free transfer. A player who has often been linked to much bigger clubs than the Hammers, he can be the man who pushes Slaven Bilic’s men into real top-four contenders.last_img read more

MVP Alexander cleared to play

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardAlexander, who rushed for a team-record 1,880 yards in the regular season, joked he learned something about himself over a four-day battery of doctors’ tests. PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter won’t be fined by the NFL for criticizing officials after the Steelers beat Indianapolis. NFL coaches are subject to fines for criticizing officials, but players usually aren’t fined. Porter, a Pro Bowl selection and one of the Steelers’ co-captains, criticized referee Pete Morelli’s crew repeatedly during a series of postgame interviews following a 21-18 win in the AFC divisional round. Among other comments, Porter said, “The whole world wanted Indy to win so bad, they were going to do whatever they had to do.” ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman interviewed Wednesday with the Buffalo Bills. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold confirmed Sherman met with the team at its headquarters, but wouldn’t provide details. Sherman was the third candidate, and second with NFL head-coaching experience, to interview for the job to replace Mike Mularkey. Detroit Lions interim coach Dick Jauron, who previously spent five years as head coach of the Chicago Bears, interviewed with the Bills on Tuesday. SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers fired offensive line coach Carl Mauck and assistant secondary coach Albert Lewis on Wednesday. Mauck was hired last off-season after Hudson Houck took a big-money offer from Miami. CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers was one of seven players to miss practice Wednesday as the Panthers prepared to play Seattle in the NFC championship. Peppers injured his shoulder in the third quarter of Carolina’s win over Chicago when he knocked Thomas Jones out of bounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Holmgren said Wednesday the All-Pro back will be ready for the Panthers. “Shaun’s full go,” the coach said. “He passed some tests we gave him yesterday. He participated in our walk-through this morning. He’s going to be fine.” center_img KIRKLAND, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren removed all doubt Wednesday: NFL MVP Shaun Alexander will play in Sunday’s conference championship game against Carolina. The league rushing champion sustained a concussion last Saturday in the first quarter of Seattle’s win over Washington. Alexander later said he was unconscious initially and then “out” of it for about 20 minutes. last_img read more

Mino Raiola claims Man United just one of 11 clubs chasing AC Milan starlet

first_imgManchester United are just one of ELEVEN clubs interested in signing AC Milan’s prodigious goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to his agent.With the future of No.1 David de Gea unclear, it has been suggested that United will turn to the Italian as his long-term successor.At just 18 years old, Donnarumma has already played 68 times in Serie A, has been compared to Gianluigi Buffon and tipped as a future all-time great.As such, interest levels in the teenager are through the roof and with his current deal set to expire in a little over a year, Milan are currently sweating.And now his agent Mino Raiola has revealed that the list of clubs keeping tabs on his situation is now into double figures.He told Corriere dello Sport: “There are 11 top clubs which are interested in him.“Gigio is the Maradona of goalkeepers. He can only grow and he has to be left alone to grow in peace. He’s not a slave, nor a robot.“I understand the stress and the expectations of the fans, Gigio is already a symbol for the club and for the new owners it would be ideal to seal a renewal today. Yesterday, in fact.“If you ask me: ‘is there a chance Donnarumma will sign with Milan again?’ then the answer is yes.“If you ask me: ‘is there a chance Donnarumma will leave Milan?’ the answer is yes.” 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma is a wanted man last_img read more