Abuse prevention starts with you (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Like many others, The Caribbean Voice noted with horror the experiences of a young lady who was attempting to seek legal advice with respect to sexual groping at her workplace. It is clear that the legal fraternity needs immediate training on dealing with abused clients, and that staff of all lawyers need to be provided with clear guidelines in this respect.The Caribbean Voice is willing to work with the Bar Association to help in this respect. Also, a Client’s Bill of Rights needs to be formalised and posted in the offices of all lawyers and law firms. We urge urgent action by the Ministry of Social Protection and the Bar Association in this regard.Meanwhile, like many others, TCV is extremely happy that Two Brothers Corp took immediate action to fire their HR Manager for inappropriate interview and touching. They have certainly set an example for all other businesses, but we also hope that the Department of Labour would ramp up enforcement of workplace safety requirements to include abuse and mental health in general.As well, businesses must set the parameters for interviews with workers or potential workers, and take necessary measures to ensure that parameters are adhered to; perhaps recording those interviews for quality control, as is done in North America, Europe and elsewhere.The Caribbean Voice has held training workshops for a number of businesses already, with more being planned based on invitations. Businesses can reach out to us via email at caribvoice@aol.com or by calling Nazim at 644-1152 or 646- 4649.On a related matter, while rape offences are indictable, we urge that they should also be made non-bailable, not only to prevent the accused offender from threatening, abusing, or even fatally attacking the complainant; but also to ensure that the accused does not leave the jurisdiction and subsequently not be found.As well, TCV supports the call by the Women and Gender Equality Commission (W&GEC) for stand-alone sexual harassment legislation. Such legislation must include guidelines for the manner in which sexual harassment cases are handled, especially by workplaces and the Police. The legislation must provide stipulations to ensure victims/complainants as well as whistleblowers privacy and protection. And it must ensure the safety and privacy of witnesses to sexual harassment/abuse, so they would be encouraged to report what they see.Meanwhile, given that latest Police reports show an increase in rape and sexual abuse, an ongoing sensitisation campaign is needed: public service announcements via media, messages at various events, flyers and posters, banners and billboards if possible. One message that needs to be driven home is that ‘no’ means no, even if one is in a relationship. Another is that mode of dress is neither an excuse nor a justification for rape.Also, given that three-quarters of rapes are committed by someone known to the victim — fathers, grandfathers, uncles, neighbours, brothers, sons, nephews, boyfriends, family friends — there is need for guidelines to be provided to children and teenagers especially on recognising where to draw the line in any interaction; and what to do if attempts are being made to cross that line.As well, parenting sensitisation is necessary, so parents understand that when their children say they have been abused, they must be taken seriously, instead of being called liars and threatened into silence.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Transformation of our Minds, Attitudes and Behaviors

first_imgHis Honor the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia Society: This third level must support the family and education by setting and adhering to norms that are based on excellence, integrity, civility, ethics, civic virtue, dependability and trustworthiness among others. Society must also reinforce the fact that there are consequences through rewards and punishment. Every member of this society, small or big has to know that s/he must have personal responsibility for her/his actions. Persuasion, As Spears and others who speak of servant leader describe persuasion, it is the ability to convince others rather than to rely on positional authority to coerce compliance that separates the servant leader from others who use power to dominate others. Too often I see examples of leaders who rely on positional authority to coerce compliance. If we want our people to follow our vision, persuasion is what we need to use. As we read this quote from Greenleaf and think about Liberia, the question is, as leaders, do we place our constituents’ highest priority needs at the forefront of how we structure their educational or work experiences, or do we do what is convenient for us? Do we structure their experiences to ensure that they grow as persons? As a result of our leadership and the manner in which we structure their experiences, do our students/constituents become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous? Are they more likely to become servant leaders given their experiences with us? At TU we have articulated a mission that states that we provide quality educational experiences that transform lives for worthy service. We expect our students when they leave us to go out and serve in whatever their disciplines are. But in the past three hundred years the idea of nationhood took root in most of the world. Members of tribes started to become citizens, viewing themselves as a single people with patriotic sentiments and duties toward their homeland. .. As we strive to become one people, one nation there are some beliefs and practices that we must change. Among these is what I have heard referred to as MALE RIGHTS. In a recent discussion I had with a group of men and women, one of the male discussants stated that women coming to Liberia should adapt to the way things are. He went on to say they should know how to address men showing proper respect because of male rights. I responded by asking him what about female rights and children rights, or human rights. I was disturbed by this line of conversation because it suggests that because of the difference of one chromosome which results in a different anatomical difference that males are entitled to rights denied to women. It signified that women are still regarded as less than men and should be treated not only as lesser creatures but as property to be used and abused. So I went in search of the evidence that gives males rights that are not accorded to women. I went back to the Constitution of Liberia, Chapter III, Fundamental Rights. And this is what I found in Article 11, (a) I quote. “All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the right of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining security of the person, and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.” Identity: who we are References His Excellency the Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps What are the changes that we must make in order to become servant leaders? There are 10 characteristics of the servant leader as described by Greenleaf and others. The first is listening. Spears in Greenleaf’s The Servant Leader, points out that as a servant-leader, the focus is on listening intently to others, trying to identify what the will of the group is and trying to clarify that will. During her recent visit to Harper Her Excellency said to the audience “I am here to listen to you”. As a psychologist, I closely observed her (she didn’t know that she was being scrutinized by a psychologist), and can say that she engaged in what we call “mindful listening.” She stayed in the moment with the speaker even though some of it was critical, and did not respond defensively. In my profession of psychology we talk about the importance of also listening to what is not being said. So does the servant-leader. As Spears indicates, s/he “also keenly listens to her/his own voice and engages in reflection”. Members of the Consular Corps Members of the Clergy and Religious  Community Love of nation should supersede ethnicity and other affiliations that are used to divide; each child must learn what it means to be a citizen; with all of the rights, privileges, obligations, and responsibilities. They should not mouth the national anthem and other national symbols without fully understanding what they mean. We must all truly understand that in order for Liberia to succeed each one must do his/her duty regardless of what it is, because others depend upon us. We cannot afford to have bench warmers, that is people who sit in offices or under trees and do nothing but collect a paycheck. We also cannot afford to have minimalists, those who perform the least of what is expected and nothing more. We must examine our labor laws that permit those minimalists to work the system by working only 15 days a month knowing that they will get a paycheck for the whole month. We need workers who demonstrate the value and passion for work. Therefore dependability and trustworthiness must be the new order of the day and every day. We must practice personal responsibility instead of trying to pass blame for not doing what we were supposed to do. Change will not come easy, but we must remain steadfast and hold ourselves and others accountable. If we do not change, Liberia will become obsolete as the dinosaurs while others speed by. Let us remember the words of the national songs which proclaim a new day. We can truly become “one people, one nation, united for peace and sustainable development” Constitution of the Republic of Liberia Spears, in Greenleaf, 1970, “ The Servant Leader” I would like to express my profound thanks and appreciation to Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson and the 167th Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee for selecting me to bring a message to the nation. I consider my father the late O. Natty B. Davis the orator within the family so I do hope that I do justice to his memory. I am sure that he would be delighted to see one of his children addressing the nation on this important occasion.  Foresight: Foresight enables the servant leader to “understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequences of a decision for the future.” Ladies and gentlemen: My personal past is one of the many stories of Maryland County’s past. Please indulge me as I pay tribute to some of Maryland’s sons and daughters who are responsible for my being here today. My paternal grandfather, Alfred Pryde Davis was an outspoken private entrepreneur who was not involved in politics, but became a political prisoner for being critical of the government of his time. In his day, Liberians did not enjoy the freedom of expression that we so freely exercise today without fear of being relegated to a lifetime of imprisonment. As we enjoy these freedoms, we need to also demonstrate a sense of responsibility and not engage in malicious rumors that cause dissension or bring injury to individuals, families and institutions. The promulgation of half-truths, misinformation, and disinformation that cast aspersions on people and divides our communities is not demonstrating personal or social responsibility. If Liberia is to move forward in unity, these actions must stop. Greenleaf, 1970 “The Servant as Leader” My message to you will have some pieces of my personal experiences in order to provide a context for parts of my message. Those will provide the backdrop particularly when I talk about values and service; essential elements for “One People, One Nation, United for Peace and Sustainable Development.” Your Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia The Honorable Vice President of the Republic of Liberia Joseph N. Boakai and Mrs. Katumu Boakai Students “Before the rise of the nation-state, between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the world was mostly tribal. Tribes were united by language, religion, blood, and belief. They feared other tribes and often warred against them. Kings and emperors imposed temporary truces, at most. Reviewing a course proposed by faculty at TU in entrepreneur education, I was pleased to see emphasis on topics such as “the meaning of the dignity of labor”; “benefits and value of doing work”; and “ethics in life and business”. Those should be standard in any curriculum in Liberia As Liberia rebuilds itself after several years of civil war, it is faced with many competing priorities. Infrastructure development, roads and bridges that were torn apart need to be rebuilt. Education needs attention, as does providing healthcare. The list goes on. However, little or no attention is paid to the transformation of minds, attitudes and behaviors.This presentation raises the need to focus on the human factor. How do we shift from a warring mentality to one that fosters peace? What are the values upon which this new Liberia needs to be built? It looks to the Constitution for some of the values that are embedded within it, and proposes a restoration of some of those that can point the direction for the nation. It challenges the common practice of leadership often build upon self-aggrandizement and proposes a model of servant leadership. The Preamble goes on to state, “Exercising our natural, inherent and inalienable rights to establish a framework of government for the purpose of promoting unity (not disunity), liberty (not bondage), peace (not war), stability (not instability), equality (not inequality), justice (not injustice), and human rights (not abuse) under the rule of law (not mob rule) with opportunities for political, social, moral, spiritual and cultural advancement of our society, for ourselves and for our posterity.” In that same Preamble, there is a resolve to “live in harmony, to practice fraternal love, tolerance and understanding as a people” as well as setting forth the obligation “to promote African unity and international peace and cooperation.” Evident in these words is the need to shift from a warring mentality to a peaceful one where our behaviors are consistent with harmony, fraternal love, tolerance and understanding, promoting unity on our continent, and engaging in international peace and cooperation. Well, you might say that was meant for the government. I contend that as citizens each one has a responsibility to live those words; not just mouth them but to live them daily. Education: Each school must strive to become a center for quality and excellence. No more should we hear that our students cannot read or write. We must not just have students who take classes, but we must provide them with quality educational experiences so that when they leave us they are transformed for worthy service. That means that each student at every level should be able to demonstrate new knowledge, skills and attitudes in readiness to serve humankind.  They must demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication. In this day and age, rote memorization is no longer the most desirable tool for teaching. Our students must be taught critical thinking, reasoning, the ability to critically search for and use information. They must demonstrate skills in quantitative reasoning and given today’s world they must have the ability to use technology as an effective tool. Section b continues with defining these rights. “All persons, irrespective of ethnic background, race, sex, creed, place of origin or political opinion, are entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.” Nowhere does it state that males have rights that females do not have. Therefore we need to alter our thinking and behaviors about men and women. Females are equal to males and should not be treated as lesser creatures or as property to be used and abused. The law must enforce this in every aspect of life; in the home, classroom, work-place and in social settings. In order to fully achieve the theme of this year’s anniversary, we must bring about transformation. What does transformation mean? Alteration, change, conversion, renovation, revolution, makeover. I am not here to talk about renovation of our infrastructure or other physical manifestations. I come as an educator and a psychologist to talk about an alteration of our minds, our cognitions, our perceptions, and our behaviors. We may have new roads, electricity, new buildings, etc. but if our attitudes and behaviors remain unchanged, we approach these with the same disregard as we did the old and soon they appear as the old. We must eschew dishonesty and corruption and imbed integrity in all of our actions, no matter how small. Public servants/ civil servants should not ask for money or favors under the table to do the people’s work. center_img My life’s story began on Green Street in Harper City, Maryland County where three generations of Davis’s before me lived and worked to make their contributions to Maryland County and to Liberia. So, I am a fourth generation Marylander, and I would like at this time to thank my brother Natty B who seven years ago encouraged me to return home. I am grateful to Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for giving me the opportunity to serve Maryland County and Liberia as President of William V.S. Tubman University, Liberia’s second public university.  Liberia can boast of some strong women. I am grateful to those strong women in my family who set for me such wonderful examples of service to humankind. It is my strongly held belief that words of praise to the Almighty without deeds to our fellow humans are nothing but hollow words. Two women who not only consistently praised God, but followed up with deeds of human kindness were my paternal grandmother and great-grandmother whose commitment to education and service took them to the remotest corners of Liberia. Let me share a story of a visitor from the United States, a Mr. William Kamma Reeves, a man in his seventies, who visited me in Harper and told me stories about my great-grandmother. He pointed out that my danneh, as we called my great-grandmother, and her daughter, Ma Caddy, my grandmother lived in their village of Gedebo and taught him his ABC’s, and that my grandmother and he grew up as siblings. He went on to say how harsh living conditions were in the village but that were it not for their presence among the villagers, he and others would not have begun their education. This encounter brought back some very fond memories. I remember as a young child as I traveled with them on their missions from one remote area of southeastern Liberia to another. The condition of the roads in the fifties was challenging as it is today. These are the women who shaped my early development and that of several other Liberians. From their lives we glean the importance of education as the great equalizer even then. We also see the value placed on service to others. Why else would they leave the comfort of their homes to travel and live under very harsh conditions? It certainly was not for the salary. “We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states.” He goes on to give a brief history of the world as it was then. Again I quote him. As we look at the second characteristic, empathy, we know that Carl Rogers, a psychologist made a tremendous impact to not only psychology, but to several other fields when he emphasized this concept and that of unconditional positive regard. The servant-leader is one committed to understanding and accepting others even when he or she does not accept their behaviors or performance. We have leaders who state that they will not sit down in the same room as others with whom they disagree. That is the opposite of servant leadership. The distinction between the behaviors/performance and the individual as someone with intrinsic worth is essential to being a servant-leader. As one people, one nation, we must learn to accept one another even if we disagree with their politics and behaviors. I also have fond memories of my father, Olie Davis, as many Marylanders called him, standing and addressing Marylanders at the 26th Independence Day celebration, or other occasions. Dad was also known as the poor man’s advocate because, as a lawyer, he often took cases not because of people’s ability to pay, but in his search for justice for people who could not access justice for themselves. And so we often got cassava, bananas, and other fruit and vegetables from grateful people for whom he had fought in the courtroom. But we also got something even more powerful. When people found out who our father was, we were offered kindness and care. Today, too many Liberians seemed to have lost that sense of caring for one another and kindness to one another. We seem too busy getting what we can get for ourselves, sometimes even stealing, to be attentive to the plight of the less fortunate. We need to change our attitudes and behaviors and become more caring of fellow humans, especially those who are the most vulnerable among us. If you have ever ridden with Her Excellency, you know how long it takes to arrive at the designated destination because she makes numerous stops to inquire about the people, demonstrating how genuinely she cares about the citizens, especially the children.  General and self-awareness means one is sharply attuned to self, others and the environment. Oftentimes this means that one is jarred by that awareness. However, that awareness is used in the service of others and to correct one’s behavior. Robert Reich, The New Tribalism, March 24, 2014   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Honorable Speaker Alex Tyler, Mrs. Tyler, and the Honorable House of Representatives Building Community: Given the rise of urbanization, technology, and all of the other factors that tend to isolate us contributing to our tendency to focus only on ourselves, the servant leader strives to build a sense of community within the institution, fostering caring communities that replace the bureaucracies and silos which we have erected in this society.  Commitment to the growth of people: Spears tells us that servant leaders “believe that people have an intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions as workers.” Therefore servant leaders are “deeply committed to the growth of each and everyone in his or her institution/agency/ministry/office. This means that if we are servant leaders we have a “tremendous responsibility to do everything within our power to nurture the personal, professional, and spiritual growth of” the employees of the institutions, etc.. The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Heads of International Organizations  These ten characteristics are by no means exhaustive. I see them as compatible with the goals of a rebuilt Liberia. As a psychologist these are the essence of what we see as healthy growth and leadership. Robert Reich, an American economist, professor, author and political commentator wrote in his March 24, 2014 Blog a piece entitled The New Tribalism. In that piece he writes, and I quote him,  There are three levels at which this transformation of attitudes and behaviours must occur. It is imperative that each level reinforces the other. Family: The family is the unit that gives us our very early sense of who we are. It provides us with the foundation of values that prepares us for the broader society. It provides us comfort, security and a sense of worth. It is also the holder and transmitter of society’s norms. Yet for two generations of many of our young people there was no family. They raised themselves and for many their moral compasses are non-existent. And so they mistake brute force for acceptable means of achieving what they want. It is not too late for many of these young people. The schools, colleges and universities must become in loco parentis. That is, they must become surrogate parents on site. They must engage in values clarification, provide structure, and correct misbehaviors by serving as models of what is appropriate. In the words of the national anthem we sing the words of valor unpretending. If we search our Thesaurus, we know that other words for valor are courage, bravery, spirit, nerve, heroism, fearlessness, boldness, gallantry. Liberians must use courage, bravery, spirit, nerve, heroism, fearlessness, boldness, gallantry to change their perceptions of themselves, and their attitudes about what we can do for ourselves. We must battle mediocrity and set excellence as the standard in our schools, workplace and in society generally.  This third characteristic of healing refers to the “potential one has for healing one’s self and one’s relationship to others”; the desire to make whole. Greenleaf in “The Servant as Leader” states “There is something subtle communicated to one who is being served and led if, implicit in the compact between servant-leader and led, is the understanding that the search for wholeness is something they share.” Liberia needs leaders who can change their attitudes and behaviors to promote healing rather sowing dissension and discontent. Thank you. God Bless Liberia! Stewardship: As leaders demonstrating stewardship, we hold our institutions/agencies/ministries, etc. in trust for the greater good of society. The President Pro-Tempore Findley and Mrs. Findley, and members of the Honorable House of Senate As we work to rebuild Liberia and achieve one people, one nation, united for peace and sustainable development, what kind of leadership is needed at all levels and in all spheres?  We currently see too much emphasis on self-aggrandizement. There is what I call the beating of the chest followed by the question, “Do you know who I am?”  with the expectation that we should pay homage. Instead the approach should be I am your public servant here to serve you. What can I do for you? What I am proposing a change in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us who serve the public. We are elected, appointed, to serve and we should do so willingly; we should be servant leaders. Greenleaf (1970) in responding to who is the servant-leader, wrote “It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant – first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test is: Do those served grow as persons; do they, while being served become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?” (Greenleaf, 1970 “The Servant as Leader”.) Traditional Chiefs and Elders Three entities working in concert with one another are proposed as suitable for bringing about this kind of transformation; the family, education, and society generally. How do we bring about this transformation? Our interactions with one another should be characterized by civility. We may disagree, but we do not have to be disagreeable. Ethical behavior should be the norm rather than the exception.  Let me begin then with a few of what I consider in need of change; deep structural change. Our sense of identity and our values: those principles, standards, morals, ethics and ideals that should form the bedrock of our society. Among others are excellence, integrity, civility, ethics, civic virtue, dependability and trustworthiness. The Dean and members of the Cabinet and other Government Officials Today, as he sees it, “The connections that matter most are again becoming more personal. Religious beliefs and affiliations, the nuances of one’s own language and culture, the daily realities of class, and the extensions of one’s family and its values – all are providing people with ever greater senses of identity.” While being bound by religious beliefs and affiliations, the nuances of one’s own language and culture can be positive, we can also use those to divide ourselves and foster insiders and outsiders. The not so distant past of Liberia attests to this. As we rebuild Liberia what takes precedent in our perception of ourselves? I contend that as Liberians we must think of ourselves as citizens, viewing ourselves as a single people with patriotic sentiments and duties toward their homeland, Liberia. The Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia states, “..that all of our people, irrespective of history, tradition, creed, or ethnic background are of one common body politic.” Conceptualization: As a leader one must think beyond the day-to-day occurrences, “putting out fires”, and dream big dreams. This ability for Conceptualization enables the servant leader to be a visionary.last_img read more

Mayor vetoes sale of airspace

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a rare veto Monday, overriding an ordinance passed by the City Council that would allow developers to buy the unused airspace over the Los Angeles Convention Center to construct taller buildings downtown. Villaraigosa’s office said he supports the ordinance’s concept, which allows greater density and raises money from the sale of the convention center’s air rights to build parks, affordable housing and other downtown amenities. But it does not allow him to veto individual projects. In his veto letter, Villaraigosa asks the council to rewrite the ordinance and give him override authority. Downtown boosters have said the ordinance will focus more high-occupancy buildings downtown near public transit and help provide the amenities for a growing residential community. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But some planning experts have questioned whether the infrastructure can support more dense development.last_img read more

Emergency water shut off on 78A Street

first_imgThe city says there is no estimated time on when the water will be turned back on, although crew are currently on site working to resolve the issue. Further details and progress reports will follow once they are made available. – Advertisement –last_img

Fireworks spark council debate

first_imgFran Shields, director of community services, in a written staff report, had proposed a laser show, but council members poo-pooed that idea. Council member Cathy Warner didn’t like the proposal. “I would tend to support actual fireworks because it’s traditional,” Warner said. But some council members – Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak – are worried about the cost. “I don’t care for it,” Nordbak said. “I didn’t like it this year. I felt we spent an awful lot of money for what we got out of our buck.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer wasn’t as concerned. “I’m not particularly troubled by spending $25,000 for a party,” Newcomer said. “That’s $9,000 more than we have in the budget.” Henderson had similar concerns to Nordbak’s, in part because of another proposal to include banners honoring the Blue Star program that could cost from $6,000 to $25,000. In this program, the city would set up banners throughout Whittier honoring Blue Star families – those with children serving in the military. “I could see us spending $35,000 to $40,000,” Henderson said. The council earlier this week did approve a $6,000 Blue Star program, but wanted more information before deciding whether to have fireworks. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The 2007 Independence Day celebration was a small ceremony with a family picnic and some games. But there were no fireworks and few showed up for the event, held at Joe Miller Field. But some City Council members – in particular Councilman Joe Vinatieri – want a bigger show with fireworks. This is driven by the fact that the use of fireworks is illegal in Whittier. But such a show is going to cost more money, which has others on the council concerned. While this year’s show only cost $16,565, doing fireworks could be an additional $25,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, city staff must return with specific information on just how much it will cost to put on a show. “I find it troubling that Whittier doesn’t have an Independence Day celebration,” Vinatieri said. “I appreciate the fact that we had one last year, but it was in the afternoon.” Vinatieri said he wants the city to have a fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. including games for children, and entertainment. It again would be at Joe Miller Field. The fireworks show wouldn’t be on the level of other nearby communities because there’s not enough space and thus it’s too dangerous, Vinatieri said. But a smaller show is possible, he said. last_img read more

talkSPORT Transfer Centre PODCAST, July 21 2016

first_imgJoin talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton and Tom Bellwood as they discuss all the latest breaking transfer news. You can hear the talkSPORT Today Transfer Centre every day at 1pm on talkSPORT 2.last_img

Chino Hills tops Brahmas

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Chino Hills did play effectively for most of the game, losing its composure just a few times. The first instances were during the opening minutes when the Huskies turned the ball over on their first two possessions. The other time was when point guard Tayna Pena lost her composure with 3:04 left in the game. Pena lost the ball and was whistled for a foul and complained that she thought she had been fouled, which drew a technical. Because Chino Hills was in the double bonus, Diamond Bar (7-12, 1-2) got two free throws for the foul and two for the technical foul, plus the ball. And because Pena already had three personal fouls, the personal, plus the technical gave her five, which fouled her out. Alex Lyons-Smith made three of the four free throws to bring her team’s deficit to 11 points at 51-40. “She plays very aggressive, and she’s not going to back down from anybody,” Gottbrecht said of Pena. “It was probably a well-deserved (technical). She knows better.” Even though the Huskies had their point guard sitting, they still managed to hold on, thanks to seniors Jennifer Wong and Daeshawn Page. Wong scored 19 points, hitting four three-pointers, and Page added 12 points. The Huskies (14-5, 2-1) used a solid defense to create 19 turnovers and limit Diamond Bar’s scoring chances. And after shooting just 4-for-9 at the free-throw line in the first half, Chino Hills went 16-for-22 in the second half. The Huskies made 11 of 14 free throws in the final 1:46 to put the game away, led by senior Courtney Smith, who made 4 of 6 free throws in that stretch. “I stress all the time playing four quarters and the girls did a really good job tonight,” Gottbrecht said. “I give Diamond Bar a lot of credit. Any time you can get a win over here, it’s good.” DIAMOND BAR – Before his team’s Sierra League girls basketball game against Diamond Bar, Chino Hills coach John Gottbrecht gave the cliche list of things the visiting Huskies needed to do to win – doing the little things. Gottbrecht may have been speaking in generalities, but the way Chino Hills came away with a 64-51 victory on Wednesday was very specific to what its coach was speaking of. center_img Junior Alissa Anaya scored 17 points and Tiffani Takeshita added 10 to lead Diamond Bar. Brahmas coach Ty Watkins said his team didn’t respond well in the first quarter when Chino Hills went on an 11-4 run to close out the period. “We were so worried about their outside shooting that we extended our defense out and forgot our basic weakside defense,” Watkins said. “They had seven layups uncontested, and that was basically the difference in the game. We struggled with our shot a little bit.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SWEENEY’S EURONICS ARE GREAT GAS – AND THAT’S OFFICIAL!

first_img> pictured from left to right> Jonathan Tinney, Alan Simms, Calor National Cylinder sales Manager, Raymond Sweeney,Ben Sweeney Euronics, Area Sales Representative, Maura O’Donoghue and Gerald Coyle.Sweeney’s Euronics are great gas – and that’s official.The outlet has claimed the Calor Retailer of the year Award for 2015-2016 for highest number of LPG gas cookers sales in Ireland.This is the second year in a row the company has won the award. Ben Sweeney would like to thank all their customers, staff & Calor gas for all their support over the past year and into the future. SWEENEY’S EURONICS ARE GREAT GAS – AND THAT’S OFFICIAL! was last modified: April 23rd, 2016 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) Tags:CalordonegalSweeney’s Euronicslast_img read more

Ronaldo would surely top this list of Mourinho’s greatest signings, right?

first_imgIf Man United do pull off the incredible and sign 32-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo then he will be one of Jose Mourinho’s greatest signings. Would you agree with that?Even if they do have to pay £183m, as is being reported, eight years after selling him for £80m and gifting Real Madrid his peak years, it is still a transfer to trump recent big money moves like those involving Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba and Andy Carroll.He is a phenomenon.COULD RONALDO OVERTAKE WAYNE ROONEY AS MAN UNITED RECORD SCORER?And just look at the five best signings Mourinho has made, in the opinion of talkSPORT.com. Here, players have been ranked by how vital they were to both manager and club, and you can see the results by clicking the right arrow, above… 5 5. Mesut Ozil (signed for Real Madrid from Werder Bremen in 2010) – Luka Modric was signed by Mourinho in 2012 and went on to become a vital player for Los Blancos. However, it was Ozil who was crucial to the success enjoyed by Mourinho during his three years in Spain, having been snapped up shortly after his appointment as manager. He quickly settled in and by the time he left for Arsenal three years later had registered 47 LaLiga assists, with his loss lamented by senior Real players. 3. Michael Essien (signed for Chelsea from Lyon in 2005) – “He’s a great man, he is loyal to me, he is loyal to Chelsea, he is loyal to Madrid, he is loyal to everybody,” Jose Mourinho, who signed Essien twice, once said about the midfielder. He was an exemplary Mourinho signing, epitomising everything the manager wanted in a player. The Ghanaian was one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe during his first few seasons at Stamford Bridge and was loved by Chelsea fans, who crowned him their Player of the Year in 2007. And what about that goal he scored against Barcelona? 1. Didier Drogba (signed for Chelsea from Marseille in 2004) – There’s no question as to who tops the list of Mourinho’s greatest signings. Paul Pogba may yet move top, or Ronaldo if he decides to go back to Manchester. Drogba’s contribution since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004 was outstanding and the striker is one of the club’s greatest players, having scored 164 times in two spells with the Blues. 5 5 4. Samuel Eto’o (signed for Inter from Barcelona in 2009) – When Zlatan Ibrahimovic moved to Barcelona at the start of the 2009/10 season, not only did Inter pocket €46m, they also got Samuel Eto’o. It proved to be an excellent piece of business. Eto’o quickly slotted into the Inter side and was a vital cog in the wheel that secured a Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble for Inter. He ended his time with 53 goals before leaving in 2011. His second spell with Mourinho at Chelsea was less successful, but he did bag a hat-trick against Man United and finished with 12 goals in 35 games. 2. Ashley Cole (signed for Chelsea from Arsenal in 2006) – Cole will go down in history as one of the finest left-backs to have graced the Premier League. His move to Stamford Bridge was filled with controversy, but Cole was consistently reliable, exceeding expectations and eventually winning every major trophy possible with Chelsea. It was tough to leave Ricardo Carvalho out, the defender who was signed twice by Mourinho, first at Chelsea then Real Madrid. The centre back slotted in comfortably alongside John Terry and Pepe at both clubs. 5 5last_img read more

These Chelsea fans definitely enjoyed this sublime Eden Hazard pass

first_imgIm still tearing up to that Hazard pass— Gabriel Antifascista (@LastCamisa10) November 15, 2018 1 This sublime pass had everyone – especially Chelsea fans – drooling But before your head begins aching trying to work out all the Nations League permutations, here’s what a few Chelsea fans tweeted after seeing Hazard in action. Thou shall not sleep on that pass from hazard— SF (@FaboCFC) November 15, 2018 Incredible pass from Eden Hazard. pic.twitter.com/e21Ejk0btZ— (@FlicksLikeEden) November 15, 2018 Hazards pass 😍look at the options he has on the ball, around the ball & away from the ball. The ability to see this picture is just as good, if not better than the technique he used to execute the pass. Credit to the wide player for also seeing & believing in that same picture pic.twitter.com/GYIjJC5cGZ— André Thomas (@AndreThomas_) November 15, 2018 It’s safe to say these Chelsea fans enjoyed watching this Eden Hazard work his magic.The forward was playing for Belgium when his ball carved open Iceland’s defence in the Nations League clash to play in Thomas Meunier, who was able to prod it into Michy Batshuayi’s path for the opening goal.Hazard wasn’t even credited with the assist, but without his incredible vision, Belgium would not have gone 1-0 ahead.It was a moment of magic at the King Baudouin Stadium as the World Cup semi-finalists ended the night as 2-0 winners, with Batshuayi also scoring the second.Belgium will reach the June 2019 finals if they do not lose to Switzerland in Lucerne on Sunday. They are three points clear of the Swiss at the top, however, they will miss out to them if their hosts win 1-0, 2-1 or by two or more goals. That Hazard’s pass to Munier yesterday was sublime. Azpi would be found wanting. Willian or Pedro would control, thereby letting the ball go out for a goal kick— Segun (@Iamsegunoye) November 16, 2018 That Hazard pass from last night’s game sums him up and that’s why you shouldn’t judge him based on stats. He literally single handedly created that chance yet he didn’t get the goal or the assist.— ForeverBlue (@ForeverBlue_07) November 16, 2018 When Messi does it, he is the GOAT!When Hazard does it, it’s a simple pass!🤷🏻‍♂️ https://t.co/0AK1Jt5Dq1— William (@William_RM13) November 16, 2018last_img read more