Somalia: MPs table President impeachment motion

first_imgMore than 90 lawmakers in Somalia lodged a vote of no confidence in President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, accusing him of violating the constitution, two members of parliament said.The 9-paged motion was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament on Wednesday evening by a group of Parliamentarians after meeting the requirements of the number of MPs to table in a motion.According to reports, the no-confidence motion was signed by a total of 115-MPs.  Somali legislators have accused the President of rampant corruption, political nepotism and incompetence since he came to power in 2006.‘’We have been preparing this motion for the last six months and we believe that there is no other way of solving what is going on in the Presidential office,’’ said MP Abdi Hosh.Impeaching the President would require the submission of a notice signed by not less than one third of the Parliament eligible to vote to the speaker of Parliament for the process to get underway.But obtaining the minimum number of 125 signatures will be a massive boost for the MPs.Last year, Somali MPs called for the President to step down after failing to address growing insecurity. It is understood that the President managed to divide the lawmakers who had moved to table a no-confidence motion against him.last_img read more

Comolli questions Reds transfers

first_imgLiverpool’s former director of football Damien Comolli claims the club are risking a second successive season of disappointment with their summer transfer policy. He said: “When you gamble as much money as they did last summer, you have got to give players a chance, and changing everything again sends the message to the players brought in last summer that they will not get a chance. “By the time everyone settles into the team, and the players coming from abroad get used to the Premier League, they might be well behind fourth place. “It is a huge risk. If you look at the stability of City, Chelsea, Arsenal throughout the years – the proof is in the pudding.” Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, meanwhile, has welcomed the arrival of his Belgium international team-mate Benteke. Striker Benteke, 24, was the Reds’ top target and has a good reputation in England after scoring 49 goals in 101 appearances for Aston Villa. Mignolet told the club’s website, www.liverpoolfc.com: “I’m very pleased that he’s signed. “I’m sure there’ll be a lot of Belgian fans coming to Anfield next season. I’m looking forward to that. “We had some good duels against each other with Aston Villa. I won’t be challenging him any more, like I did last season, so that’s nice!” Comolli has questioned the wisdom of bringing in so many new players when such an approach failed to bring the desired results last year. Liverpool’s £32.5million signing of Christian Benteke this week took their number of new players for the summer to seven after deals for James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez. Some of the spending has been facilitated by the £49million sale of Raheem Sterling but Comolli fears the mistakes made after the club received £75million for Luis Suarez in 2014 could be repeated. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic were among last year’s disappointments. Comolli told talkSPORT: “Without talking about individual players, it is always a big risk to make so many changes during one transfer window. “I thought it was a huge risk last year after selling Suarez and bringing in, I think, nine. Now they have decided to change a lot again and totally rebuild. That is always a massive, massive risk. “They have bought in players who have got talent, but they are going to compete against some very settled teams. “Arsenal, (Manchester) United, (Manchester) City and Chelsea are making some very subtle adjustments to their squad and Liverpool are changing everything every year. I’m not convinced it is the right approach. It is too much in two off-seasons.” Comolli was brought in by Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group after their takeover of the club in 2010 but left 18 months later after mixed results in the transfer market. Suarez was the headline success story during his tenure but other players such as Andy Carroll, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Sebastian Coates made little or no impact at Anfield. Jordan Henderson, signed for £16million in 2011, was also considered a disappointment at the time but has since blossomed to become one of the team’s integral players and was appointed captain this summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bennett stands tall for Badgers in game 2

first_imgAfter a 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Gophers Friday, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves knew his team needed a shake-up.So Brett Bennett was given the start in-net for the Badgers Saturday, replacing Scott Gudmandson, who owned the WCHA’s top marks in goals against average and save percentage heading into the weekend.The switch paid off.Bennett made 28 saves and played one of his best games of the year to lead the Badgers to a much-needed tie with the rival Gophers.“Scott Gudmandson in his last few games has given up four goals and five goals and probably wasn’t as good as he had been, and with the effort that we had last night, it was time for a change. It was just, pure and simple, time for a change,” Eaves explained. “And the other ingredient in that decision was that [Bennett] has been good in practice. He deserves it based on the way he’s looked in practice, and he played terrific.”In the game’s critical moments, Bennett was at his best.Late in the second period, the Badgers took two penalties in quick succession, giving Minnesota just over one minute with a 5-on-3 power play.With the game tied at two-a-piece, the Gophers poured on the pressure with the two-man advantage, firing shots from all angles, but Bennett stood tall.“Without his effort, especially on the 5-on-3, I don’t know if we would’ve survived,” Eaves said.Bennett’s best save of the night came during that pressure-packed penalty kill as the senior netminder slid from post to post to make a diving save, preventing what appeared to be a wide-open scoring chance.“He definitely gave us a boost, especially in the second period when we were down a couple of guys for almost 1:30,” sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz said. “When he came flying across the crease and stopped that one, it was a huge part of the game. He played unbelievable tonight and I give a lot of credit to him.”Bennett was the Badgers’ best penalty killer during the 5-on-3 and throughout the game, but he was quick to praise the teammates in front of him who laid out to block some shots of their own.“Especially on that 5-on-3, guys were blocking a lot of shots. That goes a long way in the game,” Bennett said. “That puck might hit me, and then maybe a guy taps in a rebound or I don’t see it and it goes in. It’s just a team effort, and it’s huge on the penalty kill.”It’s been a tough season for Bennett, who has started only 10 games as a result of Gudmandson’s consistently effective play between the pipes. But in a game the Badgers couldn’t afford to lose, Bennett made a positive impact.There was a playoff atmosphere in the packed Kohl Center Saturday, and he rose to the challenge.“It was a good game. I wish I had a few back, of course, like every goalie that gets scored on,” Bennett said. “But it was too bad we couldn’t come out with the win. The guys really worked hard tonight, and it was a pleasure playing in front of the crowd. It was awesome.”last_img read more