Thursday, 12 December 2013

Poyet weary of complacency as his Black Cats face a West Ham side missing their stars

GUS POYET has warned Sunderland not to underestimate West Ham just because Sam Allardyce’s side are missing their big names.

Gus Poyet, Sunderland Manager, Gus Poyet has warned his team not to be complacent even though West Ham are missing some big name players [GETTY]
With Kevin Nolan banned, Stewart Downing facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Andy Carroll still not ready to return, the Black Cats will be coming up against a depleted Hammers side at Upton Park tomorrow.
Poyet admits it represents a great opportunity for Sunderland to pick up their first away win of the season and close the gap on their fellow strugglers.
But he insists that for a side with just two league wins so far, West Ham will still provide a tough test.
He said: “On paper, it will be better for us just as if you play Barcelona, it is better if Messi doesn’t play or if you are playing Real Madrid, you chances look better without Ronaldo in their side.
“But it is what happens out on the pitch that matters, not the teamsheet.
“Sam Allardyce will still pick a side of Premier League players and those who come in will be giving 100 per cent to stay in the side so it won’t be easy.”
Andy Carrol, Kevin Nolan, West HamAndy Carrol and Kevin Nolan are two big-name players to miss West Ham's tie against Sunderland [GETTY]
After beating Manchester City, the Black Cats have managed just a point from four games and are five points adrift at the foot of the table.
Poyet is looking for a maximum return from this weekend and next Saturday’s home game against Norwich.
“They are must-win,” he added. “We have to be man enough to accept we are in a really bad situation.
“So we cannot allow it to continue for much longer.
“We need to string a few results together.”

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish lifts lid on what it's like to manage Luis Suarez

KENNY DALGLISH spent £23m on bringing Luis Suarez to Liverpool. It was to prove a master-stroke.

Luis SuarezKenny Dalglish shares an embrace with Luis Suarez [GETTY]
Suarez, wearing the same No.7 shirt that legendary Dalglish made his own at Anfield, is now regarded as one of the best players on the planet.
On the same day as Suarez was unveiled on Merseyside, so was Andy Carroll. He cost £12m more than the Uruguayan - but flopped.
Carroll found the net 11 times for the Reds at a cost of more than £3m a goal.
Luis Suarez, Kenny Daglish, Andy CarrollKenny Dalglish signed Luis Suarez back in 2011 [GETTY]
Suarez, meanwhile, has 65 - and a stunning 14 Premier League goals already in a season where he missed the first six games through suspension.
The star striker's brilliance couldn't keep Dalglish in his job and he sacked in May 2012.
But now he's back at Anfield as a director and is loving watching the man he splashed the cash on.
Dalglish said: "Luis has been fantastic. He's a great entertainer and he's a humble guy.
"He's somebody that really enjoys working in training, he is never a problem in training. And he's fantastic on the pitch.
"It's a real joy to see him play sometimes. The goals he has scored have been hugely influential on the position that Liverpool are holding in the league at the moment."
Luis SuarezSuarez has netted 14 Premier League goals this season [PA]
While Scotland were missing from the World Cup draw last week, Dalglish was watching on with interest as Uruguay were paired with England.
Italy and Costa Rica make up the group of death and Dalglish said: "I would have thought that when the World Cup draw was made, there were a few English defenders thinking 'Oh no, I've got to play him again - it's bad enough twice during the season.'
"You couldn't write the script."
Liverpool travel to Tottenham on Sunday (4pm).

Philippe Coutinho is just like Ronaldinho! Spurs star Sandro hails Liverpool playmaker

TOTTENHAM ace Sandro reckons Philippe Coutinho is just like Ronaldinho.

Philippe CoutinhoSandro is wary of Philippe Coutinho [GETTY]
Sandro is likely to face his fellow Brazilian when Spurs take on Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday (4pm).
The Spurs enforcer is wary of Luis Suarez - but has more of an eye on Coutinho.
He said: "Coutinho's passes are like Ronaldinho's. He doesn't move a lot, but his passing - you think he is going to pass here and he passes there instead.
"He does the same as Ronaldinho. You think he's going to do one thing, and he does something completely different. Ronaldinho was the best player, but I think their style is similar.
SandroBrazilian Sandro is Spurs' midfield enforcer [GETTY]
"Suarez is a great footballer and in a great spell of form. He has scored a lot of goals but we are going to push to hold him and stop him.
"We know he can score wherever he is on the pitch. He can do something out of nothing. But it's not just him. When Coutinho plays he has a good pass on him and is intelligent.
"It will be me or Etienne Capoue who will try to stop Coutinho.
"If midfielders have freedom they can do something to hurt you. I want to be close to him - and tackle him."
RonaldinhoSandro thinks Coutinho is similar to Ronaldinho [GETTY]

Arsenal launch investigation into fans' travel trouble

ARSENAL have launched an investigation into why hundreds of fans missed kick-off of the Napoli game.

Arsenal fansArsenal fans take in the atmosphere before kick-off - but many didn't make it [GETTY]
The Gunners had warned their travelling supporters to take extra care in and around Naples following previous problems with opposition Ultras.
Special buses had been laid on to take Gunners supporters to the Stadio Sao Paulo but many were delayed in leaving and caught up in traffic.
It resulted in several hundred missing the kick-off, with additional problems caused by late congestion outside the entrance gate.
GreenpeaceGreenpeace unfurled this banner at the Napoli v Arsenal game [GETTY]
A club statement read: "We are aware of the problems our travelling supporters had on Wednesday night and in particular their late arrival at the game.
"We are very disappointed for our fans that they had a difficult evening but the circumstances were beyond our control.
"We have launched an investigation to work out precisely what happened."
The match was also notable for a protest by Greenpeace protesters, who abseiled down the main stand during the second half to unveil a banner.

Everton to hand Ross Barkley new bumper deal to ward off Man Utd and Chelsea

ROBERTO MARTINEZ will offer Ross Barkley a new Everton contract to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

Ross BarkleyRoss Barkley has attracted the interest of Man Utd and Chelsea [PA]
Shining star Barkley, 20, has caught the attentions of both Premier League title chasers.
David Moyes worked with the England midfielder at Goodison Park while Jose Mourinho has sent Chelsea scouts to watch him in action.
Barkley signed a four-and-a-half year deal in December 2011 and will be offered a pay-rise to stay.
Ross BarkleyBarkley is one of the brightest prospects in English football [PA]
Veteran defender Sylvain Distin, who is 36 next week, is entering the final six months of his deal but is set to get a short-term renewal.
Everton hope after the festive period will also include defender Leighton Baines, who is sidelined with a broken toe but is a target for Manchester United.
With 18 months remaining on the England left-back's current deal Martinez is wary of talking too much publicly about the 29-year-old but talks are ongoing about his future.

SHOCK WEIGHT LOSS! Jungle diet leaves skeletal Joey Essex unrecognisable

IF YOU shared the same beliefs as David Emanuel, that I'm A Celeb is all set up and the campers are actually cooked for once the cameras stop rolling, then think again.

Joey Essex, I'm A Celeb, I'm A Celebrity 2013, Amy Willerton, Joey Essex weight lossSHOCKING: Joey Essex lost a stone and a half in I'm A Celebrity jungle [INSTAGRAM]
Joey Essex is living proof that the stars of the show survive on basic rations and minimal calories.
Despite heroically winning stars for his crew on numerous occasions, and eating bizarre meat cuts, the veneers-flashing TOWIE heartthrob appears to have drastically lost weight.
Posing in his hotel bed, the 23-year-old took a skeletal selfie which highlighted the definition of his stomach muscles, as well as his jutting cheekbones, and boney shoulders.
Alongside the intimate snap, Joey didn't register his slender silhouette, instead focusing on the designer labels around him.
He wrote: "Getting out of bed now. Australia Versace right about now #Versace."
Joey EssexSHRINKING: Joey seems to flaunt his size zero body [INSTAGRAM]
However, Instagram fans were shocked by the appearance of their abs fab hunk shrinking.
One wrote: "VERY VERY BAD PIC @joeyessex90 YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR DYING. Take it off."
While another stated: "You look old Joey", and a third added: "he looks so ill and not to sound horrible but it doesn't look like him at all, this is his worst picture."
It's no wonder the former Mr Faiers looks petite, telling Digital Spy: "I lost just under a stone and a half, but I've been eating ever since I left the jungle.
"I had three meals before I got to the hotel! I had a full English breakfast, a bacon and egg sandwich, and a curry. It was reem."

Pulis is still looking to strengthen his Palace squad but funds are limited

TONY PULIS wants to bolster his Crystal Palace squad in January but isn't going to go for broke.

Tony Pulis, Pulis has seen Palace to their first back-to-back wins in the Premier League for nine years [GETTY]
The new-manager effect has certainly worked at Selhurst Park, as Pulis has won two out of his three games, but he and his side still face a huge challenge to achieve Premier League survival.
In the build-up to Palace's tie against Chelsea, Pulis revealed the limits within which he is operating at the moment.
When quizzed on links to Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes, he said: "We'll get linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry from now until the window closes but the answer is no. We couldn't afford Jordan Rhodes."
"The business that we do will determine what sort of run we can have second half of the season
"There has to be a certain change around, it's just how much and what we can do in that change around that will determine our season.
"The players have been fantastic, the attitude around the club has been brilliant, but we do need some help and we do need to improve.
Glenn Murray was Palace's leading scorer in the promotion-winning campaign and is nearing a return from a knee injury suffered in May.
"It'll be like signing a new player, if we have him back," Pulis said.
Looking forward to the game at Stamford Bridge, Pulis said: "I think it's absolutely amazing that people are criticising Chelsea.
They're third in the Premier League, they've just won their group in Europe and they're in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
They're having a stinker, aren't they?
"They're not doing too bad from where I'm looking. I expect them to be a lot stronger in the second half of the season."
"But there's a massive gulf between what Chelsea have got and what this club have got."
Former Exeter City man Dean Moxey is doubtful with a hamstring injury and will be assessed close to kick-off.
Glenn Murray, Crystal Palace

Norwich captain Sebastien Bassong puts pen to paper on new contract

NORWICH CITY skipper Sebastien Bassong has committed to a fresh two-and-a-half-year contract with Premier League outfit Norwich.

Bassong, NorwichBassong agrees to new deal at Carrow Road [GETTY]
“I’m really pleased it is something I have been looking forward to doing, as being team captain I think it is something really important to commit myself even more to the Club.”
Sebastien Bassong
The 27-year-old arrived at Carrow Road last summer from Tottenham and has since claimed captaincy in only 47 appearances.
Bassong, who has signed until the summer of 2016, was voted the fans' 2012-13 Player of the Season and also picked up the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy for his efforts in his first campaign.
The Cameroon international said: "I’m really pleased it is something I have been looking forward to doing, as being team captain I think it is something really important to commit myself even more to the Club."
Bassong, CameroonBassong has featured 15 times for Cameroon [GETTY]
"I had a little bad time with my fitness, as people know I missed pre-season and I had a knee injury and an operation, so I needed time to get back to my best and while I wasn’t playing I was working hard on my fitness, so now I feel better and am back on track."
Commenting on the deal, Canaries boss Chris Hughton said: "We’re delighted that we’ve had the opportunity to extend Seb’s contract – somebody who has been an integral part of everything we’ve done so far and of course our player of the season last year."

Jose Mourinho: I'd go to hell for Chelsea legend Didier Drogba

JOSE MOURINHO would go to hell so Chelsea hero Didier Drogba could feel the love of Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho, Didier DrogbaJose Mourinho shares a laugh with Didier Drogba [GETTY]
The Blues could meet Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiacos, Zenit St Petersburg, AC Milan or Drogba's Galatasaray in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Mourinho reckons a trip to Turkey would be "hell" - but he'd do it for Drogba.
"It would be very difficult, especially in Galatasaray. It's hell," he said.
"It's very difficult to play there. I played there last season with Real.
"But I think Didier deserves to come here and to feel the passion and the respect. I would love that. Bring the king back to Stamford Bridge."
Demba BaDemba Ba is mobbed after scoring Chelsea's winner [REUTERS]
Chelsea have struggled to replace Drogba, who scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues.
Demba Ba was deployed up front against Steaua and scored the winning goal but Mourinho was more concerned with the chances the Senegal striker spurned.
"Could get more," said Mourinho of Ba, who has just one Premier League goal this term and missed numerous chances against Steaua.
"He got his goal, it's a good feeling for him. He never played in the Champions League before; this is the first season he has played.
"And he has two goals in the Champions League, which is nice for him. More goals in the Champions League than in the Premier League."

Sign of crimes: 'Fraud' interpreter fakes Nelson Mandela memorial deaf translation

A SIGN language interpreter seen “translating” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was actually a fake who gatecrashed the ceremony and “just flapped his arms around”.

nelson, mandela, memorial, funeral, sign, language, interpretor, TALKING RUBBISH: The man has been accused of 'just flapping his arms around' [GETTY]
Experts in the skill said the man, who stood on stage next to world leaders including Barack Obama, just “made it up as he went along” in a series of nonsense gestures.
His bizarre antics confused millions of deaf TV viewers around the world who tuned in to watch the tribute to the former South African president, who died on Thursday.
It also raised major concerns over security at the service, which was attended by 91 world leaders including British PM David Cameron.

Sisters get boob jobs, from their DAD!

MEET the two surgery sisters who got boob jobs… from their DAD!

boob job, dad, plastic surgery, Charm, Brittani, Dr Michael NiccoleSISTERS: Charm, left, and Brittani are thankful to their dad for plastic surgery [BARCROFT]
Charm and Brittani Niccole are walking advertisements for their plastic surgeon father, Dr Michael Niccole.
The sisters, from exclusive Orange County in California, both begged their dad for beauty work growing up.
Brittani, now 25, first had breast surgery as a gift for her 18th birthday.
Three years later, Michael gave her a nose job as she turned 21.
Shockingly sister Charm, also 25, first went under her dad's knife at the age of TEN when he reshaped her protruding belly button.
This year, Charm joined Brittani in having her boobs boosted, from a 32B cup to 32C.
The blonde, who works in marketing, said: "Having surgery done by my dad makes sense - he's the best at what he does and I know I'm in safe hands.
"Growing up in Orange County and seeing so many people having surgery, it never seemed like a big deal to me.
"Out here cosmetic surgery is a normal part of everyday life."
PLASTIC FAMILY: Charm, Penny, Michael and Brittani [BARCROFT]
Charm and Brittani were adopted as babies by Michael and his wife Penny.
They also regularly visit their dad's clinic, Cosmeticare Plastic Surgery Centre and Med Spa, to prevent ageing wrinkles.

Glasgow crash helicopters grounded as tenth person dies after tragic accident

A TENTH person had died following the Glasgow helicopter crash incident with operators now unsure if the type of helicopter involved is safe enough to fly.

 Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft, glasgow, clutha, bar, crash, police, bond,CRASH: The Police Scotland helicopter that crashed in Glasgow was a Bond-operated Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft [UNIVERSAL]
Now at with the death tally at 10, Bond have grounded its fleet of 22 EC135 helicopters in the UK after examiners found a defect in the model.
Police Scotland confirmed that a tenth person, Joe Cusker, 59, from Cambuslang, died earlier today at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where had been recovering since the crash on November 29.
Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm the number of people who died when the helicopter came down on the Clutha Vaults pub has increased to 10.

"Our thoughts are with the families at this difficult time and we will continue to provide support to them, as we have done for all of the bereaved."
The Police Scotland helicopter that crashed into the roof of the bar was a Bond-operated Eurocopter EC135 Type 2 aircraft.
An initial report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued this week said there was "no evidence of major mechanical disruption of either engine" of the Police Scotland helicopter as it returned from an operation in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on the night of the crash.
A statement from Bond Air Services said: "During normal operations yesterday, one of our EC135 fleet has experienced an indication defect that requires further technical investigation.
DEVASTATING: The crash in Glasgow killed nine peopleDEVASTATING: The crash in Glasgow killed nine people [PA]
"Therefore as a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended service operations whilst we undertake detailed diagnosis. We commenced investigations overnight, are continuing this morning and are in close liaison with Eurocopter regarding this investigation."
One of the helicopters crashed into the Cluth a Pub killing nine people including the pilot and two police officers.
The accident shocked Glasgow, prompting requests for an investigation into the helicopter.
The helicopters are used by air ambulance and police forces throughout the UK. It is understood the defect was found in a helicopter used by the North West Air Ambulance service.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: "Bond Air Services advised on Wednesday evening that, as a precautionary measure, it was temporarily suspending flights of its fleet of Eurocopter EC135 helicopters, including Scotland's two air ambulance helicopters.
CHAOS: The crash killed the pilot and two police officersCHAOS: The crash killed the pilot and two police officers [STUART WALLACE]
"The safety of patients and air ambulance staff is the number-one priority and Bond has taken the decision following a reported technical fault on one of the company's EC135s operating outside Scotland.
The helicopter that crashed in Glasgow hit the flat roof of the Clutha pub with a high rate of descent and with low or negligible forward speed, the special bulletin from the AAIB revealed.
The weather was good and the helicopter still had 95 litres of the 400kg of fuel that it had taken off with from Glasgow City Heliport.
The pilot of the helicopter, David Traill, and his two passengers - police officers Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins - were killed in the crash along with six people inside the pub.

'I need to get away' Lucy Mecklenburgh LEAVES TOWIE in shock Christmas special

WE were hoping for some drama in last night's TOWIE Christmas special and boy, it did not disappoint.

Lucy Mecklenburgh, Mario Falcone, kiss, TOWIEKISS OFF: Lucy gives Mario a smooch before leaving the show [ITV]
In just one episode, viewers seen Lucy Mecklenburgh face off with love rival Pascal Craymer, get dumped by Tom Pearce, and LEAVE the show after an emotional chat with Mario Falcone.
In a dramatic night for poor Lucy, The Only Way Is Essexmas seen the gang coming together for a festive bash.
But a spanner was thrown in the works for Lucy when bizarrely, her friend Ferne McCann invited Pascal along for the party.
Pascal tried to clear the air with Lucy straight away, mentioning that Ferne had invited her, but the Essex sexpot was a little less easy breezy about the situation.
Lucy Mecklenburgh, TOWIE, ChristmasOH DRAMATIC NIGHT: Lucy has a tough time in the Essexmas special [ITV]
TOWIE, hot tub, Tom Pearce, Pascal CraymerVERY HOT TUB: Pascal and Tom took to the tub for some flirting [ITV]
She said: "Ferne can invite you, but why did you come? These are my friends."
But when new girl Pascal told Luce that Mario took her home after sneaking off to tell his ex that he still loved her, the tension melted and it seems Miss Mecklenburgh has switched to Team Craymer.
Well, she was for a few minutes anyway.
The truce was immediately off when the gang took to the hot tub, and a steamy flirting session broke out between Pascal and Lucy's ex Tom.
While hands were flying in the tub, Lucy spotted the sexy antics, and later visited Tom in his room for a cry on his shoulder.
Tom Pearce, Pascal Craymer, TOWIE, flirtingNEW GIRL IN TOWN: Pascal is creating quite a stir [ITV]
But Tom, who was under the impression that Lucy slept with Mario after he brought her home after a boozy night in Brentwood, spurned her advances.
The babe admitted that her treatment of him during their relationship was wrong, saying: "You know I care about you. My head's just a mess. I promise I didn't ask Mario to stay..."
However, all that drama came to a head when Lucy headed outside to talk to her cheating ex Mario.
After the pair mulled over restarting their relationship, Lucy dropped a bombshell– that she was leaving the TOWIE gang, for a while at least.
Tom Pearce, Lucy Mecklenburgh, TOWIEEMOTIONAL: Lucy apologises to Tom for her treatment of him [ITV]
She said: "The only way I can conclude this is if I go away for a bit. I need to get away for a bit. It's the only way we can move on. This is it. See you later."
After planting a kiss on Mario, the stunner left the party silently, bidding goodbye to the show.
It's unclear whether Meck is gone for good, but her Twitter seems to be a clear indication that 2014 will be Lucy-less on the show.
She tweeted: "I'm so proud to have been part of such a successful show for 10 series... Now it's time for some exciting new projects. It's all about 2014!"
Lucy Mecklenburgh, Billie Faiers, Sam Faiers, TOWIETHE FINAL CHAT: Lucy will be leaving her girls next series [ITV]

Nigerian man found dead in his home in Massachusetts


A few weeks after a young Nigerian woman was found dead in her home in Columbus, Indiana, another Nigerian has been found dead in his home. 57 year old Benjamin Chibuogwu from Awka in Anambra state was found dead in his home in Lowell, Massachusetts on Saturday December 7th.

The divorced father of five who lived alone in his apartment was discovered after his brother asked a friend residing close to Mr Chibuogwu to help check on him because he couldn't reach him on phone. The friend and Mr Chibuogwu's landlord forcefully gained entrance into his apartment where they found his body.

Mr Chibuogwu had been dead for at least 3 days before he was found. Nobody knows how he died. 

One is not amused! 'Upset' Queen told palace guards to keep 'sticky-fingers' off her nuts

Queen, Hacking, Nuts, Buckingham Palace, Trial, Andy Coulson, News of the World, Trial, Old BaileyNOT AMUSED: The Queen was allegedly unhappy with Buckingham Palace guards helping themselves to her party nuts [GETTY]
Her Majesty was "irritated" after officers continually scoffed the snacks, according to an email sent by Clive Goodman, former royal editor at the now-defunct News of the World (NotW) tabloid.
London's Old Bailey heard how a memo was sent to palace officers telling them to "keep their sticky fingers out".
The email, addressed to former NotW editor Andy Coulson, read: "Problem is that police on patrol eat the lot… memo now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out."
Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC told the jury that the Queen was "upset" at the behaviour of the officers charged with protecting her, her family and her home.
Queen, Hacking, Nuts, Buckingham Palace, Trial, Andy Coulson, News of the World, Trial, Old BaileyPALACE: Buckingham Palace guards were reportedly helping themselves to the Queen's nut selection [GETTY]
“Problem is that police on patrol eat the lot… memo now gone around to all palace cops telling them to keep their sticky fingers out”
An email addressed to former NotW editor Andy Coulson
In the email sent in March 2005, Goodman also claimed he had a man checking out the Prince of Wales' wedding invites to the Duchess of Cornwall.
"Only person to accept so far is Tony Blair," he wrote.
Goodman, 56, is charged along with former spin doctor Coulson of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office.
Goodman and Coulson, 45, face two allegations that they conspired together and with other unknown people to commit misconduct in public office between August 31 2002 and January 31 2003, and between January 31 2005 and June 3 2005.
Coulson, a former advisor to David Cameron, is also accused of conspiring to hack phones between October 3 2000 and August 9 2006.
That charge is also faced by former NotW and Sun editor Rebekah Brooks, 45, of Churchill, Oxfordshire, Ian Edmondson, 44, of Raynes Park, south west London, and former managing editor Stuart Kuttner, 73, of Woodford Green, Essex.
Queen, Hacking, Nuts, Buckingham Palace, Trial, Andy Coulson, News of the World, Trial, Old BaileyTRIAL: Clive Goodman, former royal editor at the News of the World, discovered the story [PA]
Brooks also faces two counts of conspiring with others to commit misconduct in public office - one between January 1 2004 and January 31 2012, and the other between February 9 2006 and October 16 2008 - linked to alleged inappropriate payments to public officials.
She also faces two allegations of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice - one with her former personal assistant Cheryl Carter, 49, of Chelmsford, Essex, between July 6 and 9 2011, and a second with her husband, Charles Brooks, and former News International head of security Mark Hanna and others between July 15 and July 19 2011.
All the defendants deny the charges.
The trial continues.

'I had Szchizophrenia attack' Mandela memorial sign interpreter says


The sign language translator at Nelson Mandela memorial service, who was accused by the SA Deaf Federation of making up his own signs during the ceremony, has responded to the accusation. 

34 year old Thamsanqa Jantjie told Johannesburg Star newspaper that he had a schizophrenic attack during the ceremony hence his senseless signs. He said he started hearing voices & was hallucinatingwhile on stage with world leaders.
"There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation. I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry. It's the situation I found myself in," He told the paper. He said he was on medication for Schizophrenia and wondered why he still had the attack
He also spoke with a SA based radio station, where he was asked if he was satisfied with his performance, he replied "Absolutely, absolutely. I think that I've been a champion of sign language".

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'Why I parted ways with Kelvin' - Monalisa Chinda finally speaks on ex-editor


A few months ago, the ex-editor of Monalisa Chinda's magazine, Monalisa, Kelvin Keshi, wrote a letter to online media claiming Monalisa and her boyfriend/business partner Lanre Nzeribe treated him and other staff of the magazine badly (If you missed it, read it HERE).

Monalisa, who has been silent on the issue recently granted City People magazine an interview where she cleared the air on what really happened. What she said below...
The case was a very sad one. Kelvin as a matter of fact was a mistake. He is boy we tried to help even though we knew deep down he wasn't well qualified but we needed to get someone who has expreience because other staff are fresh graduates. So we just told him to come on board and when he came, he had his CV doctored, his address doctored and he said he was the assistant editor in that publication but he wasnt. He lied about so many things that we didn't feel was necessary for him to have lied about. 

He was good at writing and so we said as long as you are good at writing, its not a problem because we need a very good person who can head the editorial department. His disposition was very laid back but we said come on board, we need people to be groomed. Well he came on board but started having an affair in the office. We didn't realize he was having an affair with the same lady in the other publication house where they came from. He came down here and started off from where he left off. I didn't know and there was so much commotion going on. He couldn't head his department nor meet his targets, and in the midst of all that, there was another girl working with them who they also frustrated. So we told him to go away for a while, we didn't even lay him off and the next was that he went on crazy on the internet, He started publishing company intellectual property. So we had to change a whole lot of thing. We had to change the title of the magazine, some text and lots more. To our utter disappointment, he has a brother who is a lawyer so he came and we had a meeting with them and he was totally disappointed. He said this was just a disgruntled brother who feels he wasn't treated well. I said how because we were always talking on the phone and i kept asking him what the problem was. It was much later after we laid him off we realized this affair he was having was affecting him. That was just what happened".

When asked if he was owed any salary as Kelvin alleged, Monalisa said
"We have documents to prove there is nothing like that. all the while he was meant to meet up his target but he was concentrating on his job and we asked him to go away for two weeks. Perhaps its the two weeks pay he is asking of and that is not done anywhere, you cant go and release company property just like that, its not done. I pray wherever he is right now, may God forgive him".
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