Mike Leach apologizes for ‘offensive’ tweet that included image of noose (UPDATED)

first_imgCohen also said that Leach will meet with take part in “listening sessions with student, alumni, and community groups” and will be provided “opportunities to expand his cultural awareness of Mississippi.”ORIGINAL ARTICLE:Mike Leach often posts strange memes on his Twitter account, but his tweet Wednesday made a lot of people upset.The first-year Mississippi State coach tweeted out a meme regarding the coronavirus quarantine. The meme showed a black-and-white photo of a woman knitting a noose with the caption: “After 2 weeks of quarantine with her husband, Gertrude decided to knit him a scarf.” MORE: Dr. Fauci: “We’re not even at halftime” of coronavirus battleLeach’s own Mississippi State players seemed bothered by the tweet. Erroll Thompson, who was a team captain in 2019, responded with a thinking face emoji (before deleting it). Defensive lineman Fabien Lovett and defensive end Kobe Jones replied to Leach’s tweets with “WTF” and “he tripping.”Facts. He tripping. 🤦🏾‍♂️ @Im3Fly— Kobe Jones (@IAmKobeJones) April 2, 2020Margaret A. Hagerman, a professor at Mississippi State (who has since gone into a private Twitter account), explained why the tweet was troublesome. UPDATE, April 7: Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said in a prepared statement that the university was “disappointed” in Leach for using an image of a noose in his since-deleted tweet.”No matter the context, for many Americans the image of a noose is never appropriate and that’s particularly true in the South and in Mississippi,” Cohen said. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/83/mike-leach-tweet_18xnl0s9nt4w512by9swbsljgu.png?t=1074237473&w=500&quality=80 From the Clarion-Ledger:Margaret A. Hagerman, an assistant professor of sociology at MSU who received a Ph.D from Emory University in 2014, was much more profound in her response to Leach’s tweet.She said “lynching ‘jokes’ are incredibly offensive anywhere” and “especially in Mississippi.” She also suggested that Leach delete the tweet and visit The National Memorial for Peace and Justice to learn about “this brutal history.”Leach eventually deleted the tweet and offered up an apology the next day.I sincerely regret if my choice of images in my tweets were found offensive. I had no intention of offending anyone.— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) April 2, 2020This isn’t the first time Leach has drawn criticism for something he’s posted to Twitter. In February he ended up deleting tweets he sent about Mitt Romney. In 2018 he tweeted a fake video of President Barack Obama that USA Today reports cost his school $1.6 million.last_img read more

IB Bank to Provide Sherman’s USD Account Statement Today

first_imgVarney Sherman’s bank statements are in questionInternational Bank (IB), one of several banking institutions operating in the country, is expected to today, Wednesday, March 22, appear before Criminal Court ‘C’ to give the status of Senator Varney Sherman’s United States dollar account.Global Witness had accused Sen. Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County and others including former House Speaker Alex Tyler of Bomi County of soliciting bribes in the Sable Mining saga.The bank was among eight banking institutions that were on December 23, 2016 issued a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender all the United States dollar bank statements of defendant Sherman and the others accused, including Tyler.The management of IB Bank had informed the court that Sherman holds an account with the bank.Up to yesterday, according to information the Daily Observer gathered, the bank is yet to produce in court all the documents the court had requested from them.Although the other financial institutions have complied with the court’s demand, IB had managed to submit only 14 of the 26 bank statements for some of the defendants, including Sherman and Tyler.It was the bank’s attitude that prompted Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay, who serves as both judge and jury, to authorize the bank to appear and give reasons why it has not complied with the court’s mandate.The bank’s management was also seen yesterday holding discussions with Judge Gbeisay in his chamber.The GW bribery report alleged that “the defendants received bribes in the amount of over US$950,000 from Sable Mining to alter the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) procedures to award the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County to the company without going through a competitive bidding process.”The report alleged that the money was placed into the bank account of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, owned by defendant Sherman, at those commercial banking institutions, of which IB is yet to comply.The court action was due to a request by state lawyers to allow them access the defendants’ bank accounts, despite the defense team’s contention. The Supreme Court had authorized the banks to comply with the order.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL COURT CLERK LOSES APPEAL OVER THREATS TO KILL MAN

first_imgFormer court clerk Ciaran Waldron leaves court at an earlier sitting. PIc by North West Newspix.A former Donegal court clerk fined for threatening to kill a man he thought was having an affair with his wife has lost an appeal against his conviction.Father-of-four Ciaran Waldron (59), of Riverview, Buncrana, had found his now ex-wife sitting in a car by the seaside in Buncrana with another man on August 7 2006. He had pleaded not guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court to reckless endangerment by driving his vehicle deliberately at Christine O’Kane and Anthony McColgan and threatening to kill Mr McColgan in Buncrana.Waldron was acquitted of reckless endangerment but unanimously found guilty by a jury of making a threat to kill Mr McColgan and was fined €1,000 by Judge John O’Hagan on July 12 2011.Dismissing his appeal against conviction today, Mr Justice George Birmingham said Christine O’Kane was the estranged wife of Waldron and was at the time of the offence “in a form of relationship with Anthony McColgan”.The Irish Independent reports Mr Justice Birmingham said he used the term “form of relationship” because Ms O’Kane “baulked at the term ‘relationship’” when it was put to her in the witness box.Ms O’Kane had said during her evidence that she was afraid of Waldron because she had been in a very abusive marriage to him for 25 years.Objections to the comment had been raised and the trial judge said he would deal with it later on in the trial.However, Mr Justice Birmingham said the remark, which should not have been made, was volunteered by the witness and the impact, if anything, must have been limited.He said the introduction of the material was not such that would bring into question the verdict or fairness of the trial and the trial judge had acted well within his discretion.The judge had said that the remark was made in the context of long-running marital disharmony and an acrimonious break up. For one party to characterise the relationship as abusive was hardly surprising.Waldron’s legal team further submitted that the trial judge erred in law in describing to the jury the ingredients of the offence of making a threat.The judge had told the jury that it wasn’t Mr McColgan who had to believe the threat was real but Waldron.That direction, taken in isolation, was certainly wrong, Mr Justice Birmingham said, but defence counsel said at the time that he was very happy with it.In circumstances where the defence resisted a request for clarification and said they were very happy with what was said “this ground (of appeal) must fail”, Mr Justice Birmingham said.Accordingly, Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Alan Mahon, dismissed the appeal.The Director of Public Prosecutions had originally applied for a review of Waldron’s sentence on grounds that it was unduly lenient.However, on foot of queries from Mr Justice Birmingham, who asked whether the DPP still wished to proceed with the review in circumstances were the incident occured in 2006 and “we’re now approaching the 10th anniversary”, the DPP withdrew their application.DONEGAL COURT CLERK LOSES APPEAL OVER THREATS TO KILL MAN was last modified: October 20th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Environment officials warn of wildfire risk due to strong winds

first_imgRelated posts:Wildfire destroys 5 hectares of Costa Rica’s Palo Verde National Park More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year Costa Rica sees increase in wildfires this past season Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areas The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) on Tuesday urged the population to refrain from starting fires in open spaces as strong gusts in various parts of Costa Rica could cause wildfires.Gusts caused by a cold front that entered the country from the Caribbean on Monday likely will remain throughout the week, according to forecasts from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN).Strong winds on Tuesday morning reached speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in the northern Pacific region and up to 90 kph in the Central Valley.Wildfires usually spike during the country’s dry season, December to May. SINAC’s coordinator of the National Commission on Wildfires, Luis Diego Román Madriz, said firefighters have already had to put down three fires inside protected areas in Guanacaste province this year.IMN experts warned that dry and windy conditions are also expected to increase due to the influence of an El Niño weather phenomenon. This year is expected to see higher temperatures, stronger winds and also a drop in humidity levels.Strong gusts on Tuesday morning also knocked down a street sign at a McDonald’s restaurant in Guadalupe, northeast of San José, but there were no reports of injured people or further damaged property. Facebook Commentscenter_img Fuertes vientos en Guadalupe provocan la caída de este “rótulo” de @McDonalds pic.twitter.com/AmxFhD3m60— David Roverssi (@droverssi11) January 19, 2016last_img read more