5MANCHESTER UNITED will be the biggest financial losers of all 20 Premier League clubs if the season is scrapped.The campaign was put on hold on March 13 due to the coronavirus crisis with most clubs having nine games left.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 The total cost to the 20 clubs of scrapping the Premier League season could be as much as £1.08bn5 The two Manchester clubs would be hit in the pocket most if the season was called off with a combined £225.7m lossLeicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa four weeks ago was the last match to go ahead before Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for the virus.Now discussions are underway to try and work out how to complete the season.But in the event of the campaign being scrapped entirely, the monetary implications could be massive.The total cost to the 20 clubs collectively could be as much as £1.08bn – but none would lose as much as the Red Devils.Overall, according to figures from the Daily Mail, the Old Trafford club would lose £116.4million.That is made up of £48m from TV cash, £17.6m for matchday revenue and a further £50.8m from commercial and retail.Local rivals Manchester City are second with £109.3m with Liverpool, who are 25 points clear at the top of the league – third with £102.6m.5The Reds would lose more in terms of revenue from the broadcasters than any of their top-flight rivals with £55.2m. United come out on top for matchday revenue, helped by having the biggest stadium, and commercial and retain income.London powerhouses Chelsea (£91m), Tottenham (£83m) and Arsenal (£74.8m) ensure the traditional ‘big six’ take up the top six spots.Leicester would not only see their Champions League dreams put on hold for at least another year but also miss out on £55.6m, more than the rest of the remaining sides.The further down the Premier League table, the less clubs will earn in TV revenue meaning bottom-club Norwich would miss out on £14.6m.However, the Mail suggest Sky TV may be willing to take a bit of a hit and not demand the entirety of their share of the £762m owed to broadcasters in what would be a hugely-popular move.Similarly, other than the ‘big six’, West Ham and Newcastle, no club is expected to see damages of more than £3.8m from matchdays.Burnley (£12.5m) and Everton (£7.2m) would be the other main losers from a commercial and retail perspective.5Overall, the current bottom three of Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich would also be the three clubs to lose out the least should the season be axed.The Cherries and Canaries, as well as Newcastle and Tottenham, are the Premier League clubs who have placed non-playing staff on furlough so far.Runaway leaders Liverpool announced they would but then quickly made a sheepish U-turn after coming in for heavy criticism.Manchester City and cross-town neighbours United have both told their staff they will continue to be paid in full and won’t face furlough.For the likes of Burnley, there is a genuine worry about the club’s future should the financial implications of the virus be as bad as predicted.The Premier League encouraged all players to take a 30 per cent wage cut but – while the players want to support the NHS financially at this difficult time – the PFA believe that would actually mean the government missed out on £200m in tax revenue.Naturally, many will be determined to work out a way of getting the season completed.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Latest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsAlthough this certainly won’t be in early May, there have been various suggestions of getting the remaining 92 matches played in a short time frame with games every few days, various team camps in the Midlands and neutral grounds.Fifa has already waived the usual June 1 deadline in which to finish the season, with the Premier League given the green light to play on well into the summer.But while the season could be declared null and void in order to preserve the 2020/21 competitions, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin insists he “can’t imagine a scenario” where Liverpool are not crowned champions.Sean Dyche criticises Matt Hancock’s ‘massive generalisation’ as he warns MPs to lay off playersGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeal
“We’re on the right pace heading into the Final Four,” said De Jesus, whose team is heading to its 10th postseason.Dy put up 17 points to lead the defending champions while Cheng and reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron added 13 and 11 points, respectively.Eli Soyud led the Lady Falcons with 17 points while the graduating Jema Galanza finished with 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Reyes on Batang Gilas’ tough odds in U17 World Cup: Remember 2014 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals after dismantling Adamson University, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers locked the top seed with an 11-2 record after their seventh straight win and also denied the Lady Falcons’ bid to advance to the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Adamson’s loss, which brought the team down to 5-8, meant that National University secured the last Final Four spot.The Lady Spikers pulled out all the stops late in the fourth set, mounting a 9-1 run to close out the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKianna Dy powered through for a gorgeous down-the-line kill that put the Lady Spikers at the 24-18 match point before Desiree Cheng ended Adamson’s season with a soul-crushing ace.Despite seven straight wins under his team’s name, La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said the Lady Spikers are not peaking even before the start of the Final Four. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
Dear Editor,It is crass nonsense to link the expressing of my opinion in the media on matters such as my rejection of the Production Sharing Agreement between Esso et al & the Government of Guyana; the overt support of this administration for an unconscionable contract and the covert and discretionary silence of the Opposition and the Private Sector at it relates to seeking remedies against Esso & its minority partners; my view that the forensic audits have, to a significant degree, been used as a tool of persecution, and my pronouncements that the destruction of the sugar industry is based on partisan politics and racism akin to the invasion of Red House; and the denial and subsequent neophytic excitement and spitefulness that the now expired Gaming Authority leadership displayed during their term in office, in their palavering and prating over the second application for a Casino licence by Sleep-In International Hotel and Casino. Hopefully, better sense prevails from the New Board.Also, allow me a little more of your high value space to reference my public pronouncements in the media re: 1) That President Granger had the authority vested in him by the inherent weaknesses in the Constitution to appoint a Chairman of GEOCOM, once he rejected the first list by finding any individual on the list unfit or improper, or both. 2) My support of Minister Harmon when I felt the President acted without temperance to axe Mr. Tiwari as Business Advisor to Minister Harmon. 3) Personal funding though the Guyana Basketball Federation to resurface Burnham Court at a cost of more than $10 million, and arranging the best image we have in Guyana of our first Executive President on a 25X10-foot billboard in all his charismatic splendour. Many Guyanese have been going to Parade Ground/Burnham Court to take photos under his image and such like. 4) My writings on the AFC overreach for power within the coalition was also written about in the media. Look no further than their efforts to undermine Minister Harmon — a spectacular failure, as is even more evident now. 5) The obsequious behaviour of the WPA, though not as extreme now, still exists to this day.Guyana is the richest nation in the world per capita in terms of natural resources. We have 83,000 square miles to develop, yet we squander our time on the rights and wrongs of using a few acres of formerly pasture land in Pradoville, or building a magnificent hotel in Kingston on then unused land. The Marriott now stands as a flagship hotel in Guyana, and I have not seen a better Marriott in Suriname, Barbados, Jamaica or Trinidad. That our Marriott is often used by investors and potential investors in Guyana is an understatement.The Corporate Community has been supportive of sports in Guyana, but the culture and systems are not in place for organized funding. The level of funding required for sports in schools, clubs and at the national level is just not sufficient from the corporate community, even while we acknowledge that some in the business community are supportive. Most of the funding must come from Government, and budgetary provisions for such funding have to be increased tenfold at a minimum, to avoid this malaise from continually degrading our youth and sport.We have a Lotto Fund that is used in a most mysterious, curious, and arbitrary fashion. Though money in the Lotto Fund is supposed to be used for community development and sports, this is the exception, rather than the norm. The hundreds of millions that pass through the Guyana Lotto Fund can well allow for significant allocations to our lead sports federations and associations, as is done in Barbados and other countries.I recall — as if it happened yesterday — when we were informed by our National Coach, Mr. Hewley Henry, at St. Stanislaus Basketball Court, that President Forbes Burnham had died; the date was August 6, 1985. The coach asked that we stop the training session and have a minute’s silence in a show of respect on the passing of our President. Hewley Henry was a staunch WPA supporter at the time, but his show of cohesion and solidarity, which involved all the players in the silent prayer, still motivates.“The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.” Marcus Aurelius.Sincerely,Nigel Hinds
– Guyanese join rest of the world in training personnelAs the Zika virus continues to plague parts of the world with more and more persons falling victims, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has declared it a worldwide pandemic.With this being announced and the recent confirmation by PAHO that the virus is indeed linked to Microcephaly – babies being born with abnormally smaller heads – more prominence has been placed on ensuring that this virus becomes dormant.Subsequent to the reports of the thousands of cases being recorded the world over, PAHO had taken on the initiative of having persons from the various countries undergo training in detecting the virus and testing samples.Being one of the main laboratories for testing of the suspected blood samples, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad has been selected to facilitate these training sessions.This was according to Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, who stated that because of the newly rolled out imitative, it is affecting the time when Guyana’s representatives are slated to return home.With reported cases in Guyana on the rise, two medical practitioners were sent to the laboratory in Trinidad to undergo training on how to detect and test samples for the presence of the virus.This was prior to the decision by PAHO to include the rest of the world in the training, which has caused an extension to the staying time of the Guyanese.Norton said that Guyana’s representatives have joined 60 others from varying countries but the Ministry is unsure of when the training would end.The decision to have these persons sent for training had come as Guyana had recorded over 90 suspected cases of the virus, with below five being tested positive.Minister Norton had informed in a recent interview that Guyana is at a disadvantage of detecting the virus since there were no medical personnel with requisite knowledge to test suspected persons.However, he had confirmed that Guyana is in possession of the equipment to test for the virus. With the persons being trained, Guyana would be at an advantage of detecting the virus in persons in its early stage so that victims can be treated accordingly.Meanwhile, the number of cases of the virus stands at six in Guyana with no recent reports of suspected cases.Reports surfacing however indicated that additional persons had been tested positive for the virus at private institutions but these cases have not been reported to the Minister.Commenting on this, Norton said that only the Ministry is authorised to send samples for testing and he is unaware of additional cases being confirmed.Nonetheless, the Public Health Ministry along with other Ministries and the Vector Control Unit (VCU) has been maintaining its preventatives strategies throughout Guyana.This includes regular fogging exercises, the dissemination of information to the general public and other effective measures.
The management of Barbar Motors Corporation has threatened to file a criminal lawsuit against the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), claiming the agency illegally took US$5,000 and confiscated 3,447.60 kilogram (49 cylinders) of refrigeration and air-conditioning gases, valued at US$100,000The EPA in January 2014, announced it had fined the Company US$25,000 for illegally smuggling bad gases into the country, which violates the Environmental law.But, addressing journalists on Tuesday, March 4, Sam Saryon, acting manager of Barbar Motors admitted his company was fined US$25,000 by EPA, but was forced to pay US$5,000.“We were compelled to pay US$5,000, after receiving closure threats,” Saryon further alleged. “We did not violate any EPA laws. Instead, we were forced to pay US$5,000, after they threatened to close our business” he alleged.According to him, the imported gases was verified and cleared by both the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and BIVAC.“These are government Import Permit Declaration (IPD) and other relevant documents declaring that our products were good to be used in the country. Our partner in Belgium also confirmed it,” he clarified, though he did not name the Belgian partner.“How can they say we smuggled bad products into the country? We did not do so.”“We did not violate any environmental laws. Our products were verified and cleared by the MOC and BIVAC,” he repeated, “Where is the instrument used to determine that the products were bad?”Where do they get the information?” Saryon asked.All of these are calculated to exploit the company. We will not sit down for the company to lose such huge sums of money.”“We are warning the EPA to give back our money and the confiscated products immediately, or else we are going to sue them for theft of property,” Barbar Motor acting manager threatened.Unfortunately, Saryon claimed, “EPA, without any search and seize warrant from a competent court of jurisdiction, forcibly entered the warehouse and confiscated the products.”However, a source within the EPA, who asked not to be named because he is not the official spokesperson of the agency, said the corporation had indeed brought in the illegal substances and had intentionally mislabeled them.“When we confiscated the gases, we tested them in our lab and found out they were contaminated. We approached them and told them about our findings. They were fined and willingly paid US$5,000 into government’s coffers,” our source said.This person, however, stated that he was surprised to hear that Barbar Motor decided to go to Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
PYJ and Urey during the signing of the MOU for the parties to mergeThe political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Benoni Urey, and Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), have pledged to work out modalities that would eventually lead to the forming of a merger for the upcoming October 10 representative and presidential elections.Also part of this political collaboration is the Liberian National Union (LINU), whose political leader, Nathaniel Blamah, sees Urey and Johnson as the perfect team to take state power in October.The agreement seems to be in the spirit of the Ganta Declaration where over 14 political parties converged to collectively resolve to defeat the ruling Unity Party. The leaders of the three parties said at the signing ceremony over the weekend that the collaboration is the only hope of reversing the dangerous path on which Liberia has been led for the past 11 years by the Unity Party government.“Our country has been set on a course, a perpetuation which, if not averted, leads to a mirror image of our ugly past and its domineering one party political system, which is a duplication of the same order.“We, the above-mentioned political parties acting upon the functionary spirit and intent of the September 17, 2016 Ganta Declaration, do hereby reaffirm to further foster our commitments to said Declaration.The MOU indicates that only a genuine and united opposition coalition and building on the achievement of the Ganta Declaration can we achieve the objective of redeeming Liberia from bad governance, and provide a credible national leadership for the upcoming 2017 representative and presidential elections.“Individual opposition political figures pursuing their own objectives and ambitions have never served the opposition community well and as such it is hard time to collaborate. “Seeking our personal ambitions while the Liberian people continue to endure the failed, inhumane policies and corrupt practices of the Unity Party Administration, we have decided that now is the time to embark upon a new course of action for the opposition community and the people of Liberia to usher in a new political order,” according to the MOU.The MOU, however, authorized a Joint Technical Committee (JTC), with its membership drawn from each political party, to formulate a comprehensive and winnable strategy within a week of the signing of the joint declaration for endorsement by the Joint National Executive Committee of the three parties.The JTC is also charged with the mandate to work out modalities to hold a national convention to nominate the presidential and vice presidential candidates, and the national leadership of the coalition upon the approval by the National Elections Commission (NEC).The sticky issue of the eventual merger of the above parties will be who to head the ticket as its standard bearer because Senator Johnson has said that he is the most experienced when it comes to contesting elections; and as such, he may want to be the standard bearer. He has, on several occasions, described Urey as a newcomer who will be experiencing the political heat for the first time.PYJ finished 3rd in the 2011 presidential election, and is still a major player wielding significant influence in his vote-rich home-county, Nimba. However, recent reports suggest that, despite his apparent king-making influence, some Nimbaians no longer see his own presidential ambition as a viable endeavor.Senator Johnson initially denied during an interview with the Voice of America that such a meeting was in the making. He indicated that he could not form a merger with a ‘Congo man,’ a product of a social secment he believes have kept the country backward through bad governance. On several occasions, Johnson also vowed to never collaborate with someone with a ‘settler’s’ background in the upcoming elections.However, the sealing of this collaboration further reinforces the long and famously held perception that politics makes strange bedfellows, as it brings dissimilar characters together to forge a political front.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) pits his wits against Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in the Premier League this weekend © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Liverpool will be banking on the Anfield factor to propel them to victory against Manchester City this weekend as Jose Mourinho desperately tries to stop the rot at Manchester United.Despite becoming a major force in recent years, City have a miserable record at Liverpool, where they have not won in the Premier League since 2003. Chelsea, in third place, will attempt to stay on the coat-tails of the top two away at Southampton while fourth-placed Tottenham host Cardiff.Mourinho is desperate for something to go his way as Manchester United’s season threatens to unravel but at least has the comfort of facing struggling Newcastle.– Guardiola battles Anfield factor –Liverpool v Manchester City on Sunday is the blockbuster fixture this weekend, pitching first against second, with both sides putting their unbeaten records on the line.City lead Liverpool on goal difference but are without a Premier League win at fortress Anfield for 15 years and travel with the painful memory of three defeats against the Reds last season.Eden Hazard has scored seven times for Chelsea this season © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKJurgen Klopp’s men are stuttering for the first time this campaign — Wednesday’s last-gasp defeat to Napoli was their third match in succession without a victory.City boss Pep Guardiola said he believed in his players despite the daunting task ahead of them.“I know how they fight,” he said. “Go to Anfield, win, lose, whatever. It’s a long time ago Man City was able to win at Anfield. What I want to see is the team alive, and we are alive.”– Hazard’s hot streak –Eden Hazard has scored six goals in his past five Premier League games but his form has papered over the cracks at Stamford Bridge, with Olivier Giroud looking toothless in front of goal and Alvaro Morata also enduring a goal drought until Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win over Vidi.Coach Maurizio Sarri, who has talked up Hazard as one of the best players in the world, is nevertheless dangerously reliant on the Belgian playmaker, who scored Chelsea’s goal against Liverpool in last week’s 1-1 draw.This Sunday, the Blues visit struggling Southampton, lifted by their midweek League Cup victory on penalties against Everton, with French World Cup winner Giroud looking to break his duck this season.– Spurs focus on Premier League after Messi mauling –Tottenham return to Premier League action after their Champions League hopes were severely dented by an inspired Lionel Messi in midweek.Mauricio Pochettino’s men are in fourth spot on 15 points, just four behind Manchester City and Liverpool, and will fancy their chances at Wembley against lowly Cardiff.Jose Mourinho is under pressure at Manchester United after a string of bad results © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYPochettino has spoken about how only winning the Premier League or Champions League will take the club to a different level and has not given up on the prospect of European success this season, but he knows the domestic title is a more realistic prospect.– Will Mourinho mix it up? –Manchester United have scored just 10 goals in seven Premier League games and their blunt forward line faces a challenge to break down Rafael Benitez’s defence-minded Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday.Mourinho’s midfield Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are a formidable unit and well-suited for a physical battle.But the under-fire manager might be tempted to pick somebody to pick the lock against Newcastle, perhaps turning to the likes of Juan Mata or one of his other creative link men.Fellaini said the whole dressing room is behind Mourinho but there is a growing sense the Portuguese boss is on borrowed time.– Leno’s chance to justify price tag –Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno will get his chance against Fulham to show why the Gunners paid around £19 million ($25 million) to sign him, with Petr Cech facing a spell on the sidelines after a hamstring injury.The German goalkeeper, 26, will be in the Premier League starting line-up for the first time for Arsenal, who are on an impressive run of eight straight wins in all competitions.With 36-year-old Cech in the twilight of his career, this could be a major chance for Leno to secure the number one spot for the long-term.Fixtures (1400 GMT unless stated)FridayBrighton v West Ham (1900)SaturdayBurnley v Huddersfield, Crystal Palace v Wolves, Leicester v Everton, Tottenham v Cardiff, Watford v Bournemouth, Manchester United v Newcastle (1630)SundayFulham v Arsenal (1100), Southampton v Chelsea (1315), Liverpool v Manchester City (1530)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Injured Everton defender Antolin Alcaraz Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed Toffees defender Antolin Alcaraz could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks with a shoulder injury.The 32-year-old Paraguayan was forced off the field during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Swansea with a dislocated shoulder following a collision with Wilfried Bony.“We lost Antolin at the weekend,” Martinez said.“He has dislocated his AC joint on his shoulder and will be out for a while.”Martinez said Alcaraz’s length of time on the sidelines would be determined by whether or not he will need to undergo surgery.“With Antolin it is difficult because the decision now is if he needs surgery or not,” Martinez added.“It is a decision we are going to measure well and make the right call. It would depend – between six and 12 weeks, depending on the route we are taking.”It is expected that, with John Stones also injured, veteran Sylvain Distin will come into the side for Thursday’s Europa League tie against Lille.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I have never misused the office of the sheriff of Orange County for financial gain,” Carona said in a prepared statement. “Any fair review of the evidence can only lead to that conclusion. “And I am offended that similar accusations have been made about my wife, which are also patently false,” he said. His wife said in a separate statement that the indictment had no merit and “the government’s strategy of using me as leverage against my husband will not succeed.” Hoffman does not have an attorney yet, Mrozek said. A call to her law office after business hours was not immediately returned. Two former assistant sheriffs, Donald Haidl and George Jaramillo, previously pleaded guilty to related charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Jaramillo, who is currently serving a 12-month term on state charges, cooperated with federal investigators to bring the case against Carona, his attorney said. SANTA ANA – Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona, once a rising star in California politics, was indicted on federal corruption charges after he and others allegedly accepted $350,000 in gifts and cash in exchange for political favors. A sweeping indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Carona with seven counts, including conspiracy, mail fraud and witness tampering. Also charged were Carona’s wife of 27 years, Deborah, and attorney Debra Victoria Hoffman, identified in court papers as his “longtime mistress.” Carona was expected to surrender to authorities today at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. Carona rejected the allegations and said he would not step down as the case moved forward. All five allegedly conspired to get Carona elected in 1998 so he could then use his position to enrich himself and his cohorts. Together, Carona and other conspirators are accused of accepting more than $350,000 in cash, gifts, loans and other compensation, authorities said. The indictment is a serious blow to Carona, elected top cop eight years ago in this sprawling county of more than 3 million people located between Los Angeles and San Diego. He gained national attention during an investigation into the 2002 kidnapping and murder of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion. CNN’s Larry King called him “America’s Sheriff,” a nickname that appears on Carona’s official biography.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!