Lambert offers backing to Moyes

first_img United, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, have so far had a hugely disappointing 2013/14 campaign following Moyes’ appointment as manager over the summer, and ahead of Sunday’s trip to Villa the Red Devils are ninth in the table, 13 points adrift of leaders Arsenal. The way things have gone for the Old Trafford club under their new boss has generated plenty of talk of a crisis, but Lambert said: “I think people are getting carried away by where United are in the table. “They are still a top club with top players. “Any manager going in there – it doesn’t matter who it was, what country they came from, anything – after probably the most successful manager Britain has ever produced (Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson) was always going to find that really hard to do. “So I think the criticism is a bit over the top. “They have had success for years and years, and when you fall below that really high standard, then people jump on the bandwagon and say they are a spent force. I never really buy into that. “I’m pretty sure David Moyes will get that job right. “He is a really good manager and a good guy – I’m convinced he will get that job right. “He is just in the door. I think some of the criticism has been pretty harsh.” Lambert dismissed the suggestion that the presence of Ferguson, who guided United to 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles, watching the club’s games from the stands this season was unhelpful for his Red Devils successor. Press Association Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has backed David Moyes to “get the job right” at Manchester United and branded criticism of his fellow Scot as “pretty harsh”. The Villa boss also stressed his confidence in Moyes’ man-management skills. Pundit Mark Lawrenson recently suggested United striker Robin van Persie is keen for a transfer – something Moyes subsequently described as “absolute nonsense”. And, asked about that situation, Lambert made reference to Wayne Rooney, the United frontman who had looked set to possibly move on over the summer but has been in impressive form for them this term. Lambert said: “He (Moyes) went into a situation with Wayne Rooney and Rooney has been playing really well. “David Moyes has been in the game longer than I have and he will know how to handle it.” Van Persie will not feature against Villa, with it emerging on Friday that the Holland international will be sidelined for a month due to a thigh injury. Asked for his reaction to that news, Lambert once more pointed to Rooney, who is available in the league again after suspension and, like Van Persie, has scored 10 goals for United in all competitions this season. “He (Van Persie) is a great player, but they have great players to come in,” Lambert said. “Rooney comes in from suspension – they still have great players.” Villa – currently 11th in the table, three points worse off than United – will be without midfielder Fabian Delph for the contest. Delph is suspended having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend. In terms of injuries in his squad, Lambert has reported that centre-back Ron Vlaar is “struggling” with his calf problem, but indicated that full-back Antonio Luna and striker Libor Kozak – recently sidelined by groin and toe complaints respectively – may be available on Sunday. last_img read more

(Updated 6 p.m., Friday) Spencer Weikal enters guilty plea to second degree murder

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Spencer Weikal, 25, of Wellington pled no contest which was essentially a guilty plea to second degree murder of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster at Sumner County District Court today.The guilty plea comes nearly two years after the death of Foster, who died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita stemming from alleged abuse on Nov. 29, 2011.The motion resulted from a plea agreement between prosecuting attorney Lee Davidson of the Kansas Attorney’s General office and Weikal’s attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City. Weikal could spend anywhere from 147 months to 653 months in prison for the second degree murder charge.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin has set Weikal’s sentencing date for Jan. 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.Officially, Weikal has pled no contest to three counts:•The alternative felony charge of second degree murder — “the unintentional but reckless under circumstances, and manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” That charge as mentioned above could result in Weikal being in prison for as little as 12.25 years or as long as 54.42 years.•The alternative felony charge of abuse of a child could result in 31 to 34 months of prison time.•The felony charge of endangering a child could result from 5 to 7 months of prison time.At the sentencing, McQuin will decide whether to make these charges consecutive – time served for each charge separately; or concurrently meaning that the three charges will be served at the same time.Weikal also must pay all court costs and medical expenses to the victim’s family. McQuin also raised the bond for Weikal from $250,000 to $500,000 at the hearing.Weikal was scheduled to go to a jury trial on Dec. 3, before a plea bargain agreement was reached. Davidson said afterwards this is not unusual. The original charge of first degree murder was reduced to second degree as part of the plea agreement.Friday’s court hearing was an emotional one for both families, who were in attendance. Weikal, who was wearing a gray jumpsuit with a black bead neckless, was stoic at the beginning of the hearing. But as McQuin asked him several questions about the understanding of the court pleas he was about to make, he became visibly more upset.Afterwards, Williams — his lawyer — would not say why his client pleaded no contest to the three charges instead of taking it to a jury trial – citing attorney-client privileges.Weikal’s family was unavailable for comment after the proceeding.Debbie Murphy the grandmother of Larrissa, expressed sorrow afterwards.“I’m not happy about sending a young man to prison,” Murphy said. “I’m OK with the prison time he will receive.”She said it was time for the family to heal.The court hearing did bring out some new details that had not been presented earlier in the preliminary hearings or in court documents.Davidson described the actions of Weikal during the night in question to the court to be inconsistent.According to earlier court documents submitted by Davidson, Weikal was the live-in boyfriend of Kayla Murphy, mother of Larrissa Foster. On Nov. 29, 2011, Murphy and Weikal spent most of the day together at his uncle Brian Brown’s house. In the late afternoon, Weikal drove Foster and Murphy to the Oak Tree Inn where Murphy was scheduled to work the evening shift. Weikal and Foster allegedly returned to Brown’s home. Murphy then talked to Foster on the phone at about 8 p.m.“It was the last time she would speak to her daughter,” the document said.Allegedly, at 10 p.m. the defendant drove Foster back to the Oak Tree Inn and had a co-worker find Murphy because Foster was having trouble breathing, according to the court document.On Friday in court, Davidson added that Weikal was angry with Larrissa around 9 p.m. and that was when the alleged abuse occurred. He said his cousin, Nick Weikal, had arrived at the house at 10 p.m. to see that Foster was not breathing correctly and moving in and out of consciousness. Yet, Davidson said, Weikal was sitting on a couch smoking a cigarette.“There is no guarantee that Larrissa would have survived,” Davidson said. “Yet there was no sense of urgency from Weikal. Perhaps, things could have been different had he sought immediate medical attention.”According to earlier testimony, Weikal and Murphy took the toddler to Sumner Regional Medical Center where the staff found the child to be unresponsive and in cardiopulmonary arrest at 10:51 p.m. The medical staff intubated the child and readied her for transport to Wesley.According to the document, Weikal and Murphy returned to the Oak Tree Inn to borrow money for gasoline for the trip to Wichita. After fueling up their vehicle, the two drove to Wichita and eventually located Wesley.At Wesley, medical workers questioned the two about Foster’s injuries and eventually called law enforcement. Before the Wichita Police officers could question him, Weikal allegedly left the hospital without telling Murphy. He returned to Wellington.Meanwhile, Sumner County E911 broadcasted a “be on the lookout” alert for Weikal, who reportedly was driving Murphy’s red Toyota Corolla.According to the document, Sumner County Sheriff Deputy Lee Patterson was parked in the SRMC parking lot visiting with Wellington police officer Kurt Vogel. He spotted the Corolla traveling southbound on A Street at a high rate of speed. By the time Patterson was at the corner of 15th and B Street, the car was traveling south on B Street just crossing 10th Street, still at a high rate of speed.Patterson tried to catch up to the vehicle as it turned east onto Lincoln Street then south on Ash Street then east on First Street then south onto Cherry Street where Weikal ran the stop sign and turned east on Mill Street before coming to a stop at 901 S. Cherry Street, the Brown residence.Weikal then, allegedly, fled the Corolla and hid near a parked vehicle. Patterson found him hiding a short time later and placed him under arrest. Patterson had E911 search for Weikal’s driving record and learned that his license was suspended.Patterson read Weikal his Miranda Rights and briefly questioned him at the scene, according to the document. In the process, Patterson recounted Weikal’s driving violations. Patterson then transported Weikal to the Wellington Police Department for further questioning.Later that morning, Wellington Police Department Detective John Defore and Sumner County Sheriff’s Detective Frances Stevenson interviewed Weikal. They asked him about his departure and he explained he was traveling to Wellington to pick up his mother for emotional support and getting some clothes before returning to Wesley.Davidson told the court Friday that his interviews with law enforcement about the circumstances of the evening had changed throughout the questioning, and in the end was inconsistent with the injuries Foster incurred.Davidson told Judge McQuin because of Weikal’s actions throughout the evening that a guilty plea is justified. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (15) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +19 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 350 weeks ago He will never serve enough time, to make up for the loss of such a precious lil girl…who was put through such horrible pain. I believe an eye for an eye…sorry for his family but never did a innocent child deserve this kind of treatment. If it was my grandbaby…he would of never made it to jail…just saying… Report Reply 1 reply · active 350 weeks ago -20 Vote up Vote down Effyou · 350 weeks ago Actually you didnt evem TRY to speak to the Weikal family. I was there. You were trying to take pictures of spencer with your phone and got told no pics were allowed to be taken in the courtroom. Also he did not say weikal had no urgency to get here there. He said it was unlikely that she would have made it had he sought immediate medical attention but that her chances would have been higher. Report Reply 1 reply · active 350 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down good by spencer · 350 weeks ago throw away the key when the door slams shut Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Nosleeptilbrooklyn · 350 weeks ago I do feel bad for the guy though. It is just an unfortunate event that occured. The mom should get some sort of punishment in my opinion as well. Who is to say she wasn’t abusing her child or that she made a bad decision to leave her daughter with him. She is just as at fault in my opinion as he is. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down AngerManagement · 350 weeks ago There has been very good coverage here, that I have appreciated. I wouldn’t blame Tracy if he did skip asking you for an interview. All you’ve done since this began is spew hatred and profess Spencer’s innocence. Not sure what the point of the pricey attorney was, maybe he finally talked sense into you all. Spencer told the police he was angry, he told the police he banged the girls head on the wall “pretty hard” then dropped her the rest of the way down the stairs. I don’t know that there’s much left for you folks to say. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down big papi · 350 weeks ago Effyou…your using deflection to try and take away the fact that a human life was lost. Why because of tbe gross negligent actions of one person. You can try and blame a reporter for doing his job. But this story is not about the reporter or weikals family. This story is about guilt and a life lost.. no amount of time can change that. So effyou please set your anger aside. He took a plea. That means his attorney knew he could not win. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down friend · 350 weeks ago I know both families sorry for what they are going thur but where is kayla where does she come in on all this the little girl was staying with aunt uncle why did they let her go back.they knew what was going on with abuse everybody wants to point a finger at spencer why not point else where.i don’t think spencer would hurt anybody.Lets get everyone that knew abuse was going on iy start way berfore that right I wont mention names at this time but they all know who iam talking about bring piuters out you have while she was with her mother Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Clyde J · 350 weeks ago I hope that both families can gain some closure with the plea. I will have to give Spencer a little credit because now both families don’t have to go through the pain of a trial. Remember our prayers are with everybody. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 350 weeks ago OK, I’m going to clamp down on this pretty quick. No more back and forth between the families. If you want to yell at me or write about the trial itself, I’ll allow that. Effyou I tried to get hold of you afterwards. I did get hold of your lawyer but you were gone. If you want to talk, I’ll let you have your say. You can call me at 620-326-0717 if you promise not to be mean. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down concerned aunt · 350 weeks ago I think everyone should remember that a little girls life was lost in this situation and that Weikal caused this tragedy. He should pay for this loss of life. I can’t imagine what this little girl went thru and I don’t want to know. Yes he should be put behind bars and it is no ones fault but his OWN!!! No I don’t and won’t feel sorry for him. Glad he is behind bars and he needs to STAY there!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Don Peebles Launches 500M Fund For Underrepresented Developers

first_img Twitter Finds Sweet Irony In Cops Complaining Arizona Starbucks Asked Them To Leave Black Entrepreneur , Developer , Don Peebles , entrepreneur , Real Estate , Real Estate Developer Peebles—who owns the real estate development firm Peebles Corp.—says he’s on a mission to level the playing field when it comes to access to capital. Through the fund he wants to work with developers from different cities throughout the country on projects that will be built on underdeveloped or vacant land. The projects will be a mix of commercial and residential buildings; some of which will have affordable housing units. According to Peebles, the fund will be supported by investors. He’s aiming to work on 60 different projects which will be between $10 million and $70 million each.“The idea is to create this business model that shows that investing in emerging developers and investing in diversity will result in higher returns with less risk,” he said while unveiling his plan at The Real Deal’s annual residential real estate event. “It’s a very positive thing to have the developments that are taking place in communities of color, to have the projects be developed by people of color. We see this as a win-win and an untapped market.”There are several entrepreneurs who are on a mission to make the real estate industry diverse. Johnetta G. Paye, Esq. and Ernestine Johnson created the first Black-owned real estate crowdfunding company to help individuals from underserved communities overcome the obstacles of gentrification by helping them make low-cost real estate investments.SEE ALSO:These Women Are Running The First Black-Owned Real Estate Crowdfunding CompanyBlack Entrepreneurs Raise $8 Million For Barbershop-Focused App Starbucks Introduces New Line Of Iced Beverages center_img Black entrepreneur Don Peebles is investing in the futures of women and people of color in the real estate industry. According to The Real Deal, he’s launching a $500 million fund to support developers from underrepresented groups in South Florida, Los Angeles, New York and other cities. The new fund is another example of how Don Peebles has been a long-time game changer in his industry.— Black Enterprise (@blackenterprise) June 29, 2019last_img read more