Heat extend win streak to 7, beat Pistons

first_imgGoran Dragic scored 23 points, Wayne Ellington added 19 and the Heat pushed the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games by topping the Pistons 116-103 on Saturday night.The Heat outscored Detroit 26-12 in the fourth quarter, holding the Pistons to 30 percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were there at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what’s good to see.”James Johnson scored 18 and Dion Waiters added 17 for the Heat, who tied a season high with 14 3-pointers. Ellington made three in a span of less than two minutes of the fourth quarter as Miami pulled away. MOST READ Miami was 11-30 at the midway point of its season — and hasn’t lost since. Only Golden State, San Antonio and Houston have put together longer winning streaks this season than the Heat run of late.“We are clicking on all cylinders,” Waiters said. “We’re playing together, having fun, and guys are making plays. We’re just playing the right way. We’re healthy and it’s fun.”Reggie Jackson scored 24 for Detroit, which got 17 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond. Tobias Harris added 16 points and Marcus Morris scored 14.“Down the stretch we were terrible. Terrible,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t make plays. We’ve got to find better stuff down the stretch. … I don’t know if defenses have us figured out or what, but we’re just not making plays.”Ellington’s first in that late trio of 3s came with 4:38 left, giving the Heat a nine-point lead. He struck again about a minute later, and the last of those with 2:55 remaining put Miami up 114-101.ADVERTISEMENT Miami won despite getting outscored 62-40 in the paint. The Heat more than made up for that by outscoring Detroit 42-12 from 3-point range, and somehow looker fresher down the stretch — even though Miami was on a back-to-back and Detroit had not played since Monday.“We had time off to prepare and figure ourselves out and hone in on what’s going to separate us from other teams in the fight from teams that are going to fade,” Jackson said. “Defensively we’ve just got to be better.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit came in allowing 101 points per game; the Heat got to 101 points with 7:26 remaining. … Drummond had his 30th double-double of the season secured by halftime. … The Pistons were averaging 98.5 points entering January; through 12 games this month, they’re averaging 106.8 per game.Heat: Tyler Johnson (shoulder) missed his fifth straight game, but may play Monday against Brooklyn. … The Heat are now 7-0 since calling Okaro White up from Sioux Falls in the NBA Development League … Udonis Haslem’s son Kedonis, a standout lineman at Florida high school football power St. Thomas Aquinas, announced his commitment to play at Toledo on Saturday.WHITESIDE RETURNSHassan Whiteside returned to Miami’s starting lineup, after missing Friday’s win in Chicago with ankle soreness. He finished with nine points and 12 rebounds — with five points and six boards in the fourth quarter alone.HOT SHOTSEven with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope struggling (2 for 11), Detroit’s starters shot 31 for 59 in the game — 53 percent.UP NEXT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board membercenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons: Visit Boston on Monday, ending a two-game trip. Detroit is 1-1 against the Celtics this season.Heat: Host Brooklyn on Monday, the Nets’ only trip to Miami this season. The Heat won in Brooklyn on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) goes up to shoot against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) and forward Jon Leuer during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — There was only one quarter in which Miami figured out how to slow down Detroit.That was enough for the Heat.ADVERTISEMENT Curry’s 43, halfcourt shot help Warriors top Clipperslast_img read more

“I did not rename anything” – President Granger

first_imgEugene F Correia Int’l Airport saga– describes controversy as “media frenzy”As the controversy continues over the renaming of the Ogle International Airport (now the Eugene F. Correia International Airport), President David Granger sought to put to rest speculations over who suggested the new name for the facility.Speaking on his weekly telecast, “the Public Interest”, the Head of State described the issues surrounding the renaming as “media frenzy”.President Granger also distanced his government from the actual renaming of the airport, noting that his involvement was merely a suggestion to rename the facility.“I did not rename anything… I did publicly propose to the Board of the Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) to consider, those were my words, to consider, renaming the airport after someone I felt was a distinguish son of the soil and that was the end of my involvement,” the President highlighted.The renamed Ogle International Airport now Eugene F Correia International AirportHe added that he subsequently received a correspondence from the Chairman of the Board of the OAI, indicating that the board had “unanimously” accepted the suggestion and had written to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, which granted approval.“So who is there to consult?” the president asked, adding that “the board was consulted, an offer was made to the board and board agreed, all of the members of the board were consulted, so I cannot buy that question about consultation and non-consultation in that regard,” he stated.What consultation?But, while the President seems satisfied that “consultations” at the level of the board is adequate for the renaming process, the National Air Transport Association (NATA) is arguing that the board is controlled by the Correias, thus any consultation at that level will be consulting with themselves and not necessarily all ten operators.NATA President Annette Arjoon-Martins in a Letter to the Editor on Friday said five of the seven members on the OAI Board are affiliated with the Correias, and as such the two other members, despite being members of NATA, are a minority.NATA represents nine of the 10 small operators at the airport, with the Correia-owned Trans Guyana Limited (TGL) being the only operator that is not a member of the Association.OwnershipArjoon-Martins reminded that the facility sits on 450 acres of state land, located in a highly-commercial area, with a market value of about US$90 million, while the control tower, also state owned, costs approximately US$500,000, giving the airport a total value of about US$90.5 million .She also reminded that government had permitted the use of US$2 million European Development Fund (EDF) to be converted into a soft loan with extremely generous repayment terms.“The government apart from owning this national asset is also the largest shareholder. Contrary to what is being placed in the public domain by OAI, the development of this public utility was not done by private funds alone, nor was it ever transferred to private ownership. It was made possible through a Public/Private Partnership when the owners of five aircraft companies, although they were competitors, approached the government with a proposal to develop the airport,” she statedShe stated that the partnership was well-intentioned, and the government took for granted their pledge to ensure fairness and equity not only in their development approaches but equally in their governance and management of this facility.“Unfortunately, that honourable intention of high standards of their stewardship, good governance, and management of this public facility was short-lived. OAI, which started out as a five-person, collegially run operation in 2000, ended up being managed as the private property of the Correia Group of Companies,” she stated.This control of which Arjoon-Martins spoke has been a hot button topic for some time now.In 2011, Air Services Limited (ASL) had called for a Commission of Inquiry into the Ogle Airport after it accused the airport’s management of running a “monopolistic” family affair. Again in 2013, management and ASL clashed in a bitter dispute over the requirements for the start-up of the carrier’s US$1 million fuel farm. In that instance, ASL had accused OAI of deliberately creating conditions to ensure that its fuel would not be cheaper and it would be forced to continue buying fuel stored at the fuel farm operated by Caribbean Aviation Maintenance Services (CAMS), a member of the Correia Group. Ogle International Airport is owned by government but is run by the private company, Ogle Airport Inc, which exerts total monopoly control over the facility greater than that of the private partner in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). Guyana Times was told that in the past the facility is a public utility which is managed and controlled by the Private Sector. The operational arrangement was negotiated after the initial five investors who formed a corporation, Ogle Airport Inc, made a proposal to operate the airport following safety concerns which were raised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Ogle Airport is the base of operations for several local aircraft operators including: Trans Guyana Airways; ASL; Roraima Airways Ltd; Oxford Aviation; Hinterland Aviation, Domestic Aviation, Phoenix Aviation, Hopkinson Aviation, Wings Aviation and JAGS Aviation (BK).last_img read more

Police expend $12.8M on anniversary awards

first_imgAs the Guyana Police Force celebrates its 177th anniversary, the Force has distributed a total of .8 million in awards to several ranks and other security officials who were recognised for their outstanding work thus far in the year.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudSome 1275 ranks across the country received monetary awards for their performances while Community Policing Group (CPG) members were presented with commendation certificates for their contributions towards maintaining law and order.According to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, the Anniversary Award Ceremony not only recognises high performers but also serves as a motivator for other ranks to follow suit.Sergeant Singh attached to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station receives the award for leading his team in recovering close to $1 million that was stolen during the Princess Casino robbery“It allows us several opportunities. One, recognising those high performers; does quite a bit in moral building, and also informs the membership of the Force on what the Force sees as productive behaviour so that they themselves can strive to achieve the goals their colleague who were awarded achieved,” he remarked.Persaud added too that the award ceremony, which is held twice per year, also provides the opportunity for the Force to do a mid-year review of its performance. On this note, the Top Cop outlined that the Force has successfully policed three of the country’s main events in the first half of the year with little or no security glitches.These events were the Local Government Elections held in March, the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations in May and the Caricom Heads of Government Conference which was held last week.“All three events would have put heavy demands on the Force, and it is the discipline and dedication to duty by our ranks and by ranks in our sister organisations that would have seen that security at its optimum level,” he stated.Nevertheless, Persaud noted that the Force will continue to strengthen its capacity with the induction of more Police Officers while at the same time build on its current capacity by continuously training and developing its ranks.In this regard, the Police Commissioner disclosed that so far in 2016, 438 new ranks have been recruited with another 300 ranks expected to be graduated later in this month. Additionally, he also mentioned the 128 Police ranks that travelled overseas to receive treatment.The Top Cop went on to say that several officers would have also completed their tertiary education while others are in the course of furthering their studies. He also recalled two senior officers who received national awards from Government; one of whom is Senior Superintendent Maxine Graham, who is also scheduled to receive an international award from the International Women Police Association.Police Commissioner Persaud also outline a plethora of measures taken to enhance the operations of the Guyana Police Force to better serve the Guyanese public.The GPF Anniversary Award Ceremony commenced in July 1999 and to date, some $128 million has been awarded to ranks.On Wednesday, there were 19 instances of special performances in specific cases for which 81 ranks received monetary awards. Some of the cases that stood out where two Constables from D Division (West Demerara) who were awarded for arresting a Police Corporal who was in possession of an unlicensed pistol and 14 live rounds. They were awarded $15,000 each.Special mention was made of the Ramada Princess Hotel Casino robbery for which the investigators were awarded for displaying integrity and professionalism when they recovered and handed over $922,500 in cash that was stolen from the entity. They five officers were awarded a total of $60,000.Moreover, awards were also given to subordinate officers who came out on top of the Force’s Inter-Divisions and Branches Best Kept Environment Competition. The top prize for this award went to the Ameila Wards Police Outpost while the Bartica Police Station came in second and third place went to the Aurora Police Station.In addition to the Police officers, some 13 community policing groups and 13 rural constables across the country were also recognised for their work.last_img read more

Podolski: I would never join Spurs

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, October 21-Unsettled Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has rejected rumours that he could join the Gunners’ fierce rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.The German international has found game-time hard to come by over the last 18 months, and has conceded that he may have to leave Arsenal in order to get regular action. Reports on Monday suggested that a move to Spurs could be in the works, a rumour that was vehemently denied by Podolski.“Hell will freeze over before this transfer would happen” he wrote on Twitter.Podolski, who joined Arsenal from Cologne prior to the 2012/13 season, has featured for Arsene Wenger’s side for just 37 minutes this season.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img

Brock, longtime area resident, dies at 81

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Victor C. Brock, World War II hero, nationally recognized designer of U.S. military aircraft and one of the original members of Friendly Hills Country Club, has died. He was 81. Brock had been in declining health for several months. He died at home on Jan. 6. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. A reception will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Friendly Hills Country Club. At 18, Brock was a gunner on a Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo Bomber in the South Pacific. After the war, he embarked on a 40-year career as a designer for Northrop Corp.’s Aircraft Division. Brock was born Dec. 14, 1924, in Riverside. He graduated from Riverside High School and Riverside Community College. His close friend, Al Skotty, said as a young man Brock was not especially motivated as a student, yet clearly was the leader of the group of young people with whom he associated. In 1940, while in high school, Brock was a bugler in a group that won the California state championship for Junior Drum and Bugle Corps. He also earned a reputation as a dancer, and attended dances at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa and at other dance halls in Corona and Crestline. When the United States entered World War II, Brock was 17 and a junior in high school. He enlisted in the Navy the following December, receiving his diploma prior to the graduation of his class. He was assigned to man a ball turret gun located behind the pilot in a Navy torpedo bomber. “While in his squadron, his plane, under intense anti-aircraft fire from surface ships below, sank an \ cruiser,” said Skotty. Brock was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for valor when he was honorably discharged after the war ended. In 1949, Brock earned an aeronautical engineering degree from the Northrop Aeronautical Institute. That same year he married Ila Trucks. In 1950, Brock joined Northrop Corp. He contributed substantially to the design of many Northrop aircraft, including the T-38, all of the F-5 series, the P-530, the Yf17 and the F-20 Tiger Shark. Colleagues described him as “brilliant in the field of aeronautics.” But Brock also was regarded as personable and fun-loving, joining associates on lunch breaks to experiment with hand-launched gliders in the parking lot. Golf was one of his favorite forms of recreation. As one of the original members of Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, Brock contributed to its by-laws and other policies. He remained an active member for 36 years, until his death. Friends said he played his final round just a few months ago with his wife. Brock also loved deep sea fishing and took part in the sport during vacations at the family condominium in Cabo San Lucas. Brock realized a lifelong dream in 1998 when he finally got to ride in a supersonic jet at Mach 2 – twice the speed of sound. He and Ila also loved traveling, and their red 1957 Thunderbird. Besides his wife of 56 years, Brock is survived by his sister-in-law Eleanor Willowby of Riverside and two brothers, Howard of Arizona and Donald of Rancho Cucamonga. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Brock’s memory to the American Cancer Society or to any other charities of the contributor’s choice.last_img read more

Donegal company secures major deal with burger chain

first_imgBUSINESS: Digital Food Safety company, Kelsius has landed a major six figure deal with Five Guys to provide the premier global burger chain with its bespoke digital food safety solution, FoodCheck. The international company has offices in Falcarragh and they have secured a number of lucrative contracts of late, most notably with Applegreen.Spending approximately £60,000 on research and development to secure the deal, Kelsius is now supplying 50 Five Guys locations across the UK, including Belfast’s Victoria Square outlet. With no freezers on site, everything in Five Guys is cooked from scratch, so food must be delivered and stored at exact temperatures. FoodCheck’s wireless temperature monitoring technology and digital HACCP Management system maximises product safety, which ensures regulatory compliance in this very complex area.In addition to the safety element, it also massively reduces the costs and time associated with maintaining these standards – in some instances up to 30 hours per week.UK IT Director for Five Guys, William Daysaid, “The FoodCheck paperless HACCP system is easy-to-use allowing staff to concentrate on the quality of food we provide. Records are easily and securely accessed for each location and thereporting is what really sets the system apart. This makes life much easier for a HACCP audit or inspection.” Founded in 2003, Kelsius has offices in the United Kingdom and Ireland with a network of partners inEurope, Middle East, Australia and the USA and is revolutionising the way food is stored and cooked.Kelsius Chief Executive, Andrew Logansaid, “The Five Guys deal is a massive boost for our company and it’s a real testament to the strength of our product within the food safety sector. We now feel it has given us more confidence to attract customers of a similar size and reputation as Five Guys. We are well known in the Irish market, after previously winning contracts with MusgraveSuperValu Centra and Applegreen, but this deal has helped us broaden our customer base in the UK and with the support of our global partners furtherafield.”Donegal company secures major deal with burger chain was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Burger ChainBusinesscompanycontractdealdonegalKelsiusLucrativenewslast_img read more

Me, MySpace and I

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now every potential employer could be watching you. Whether it’s through a blog, online profile or Google search, digging for digital dirt has become part of the screening process for job applicants at companies of all sizes . “Everybody’ s doing it,” said Tory Johnson, founder of Women for Hire, a women’s recruiting company whose client list includes Target, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. “It takes no time to plug in an e-mail address. You should assume employers are doing it.” Googling a person’s name is something that professional recruiters have been doing for years. But the practice has now spread to human resources departments and office managers everywhere. Nearly a third of employers responding to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers said they have reviewed job candidate profiles on social -networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. In another poll, by recruiting firm ExecuNet, 35 percent of recruiters said they have eliminated a candidate from consideration based on information discovered online. “I have a lot of friends who are graduating, and they mention that employers are checking MySpace, but I don’t think many of them put things up based on what an employer would want to see,” said Aimee Sugita, a June graduate from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Last summer, Sugita worked at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and observed some use of online searches. “I was involved in hiring. In the age range we were hiring for, it was easy to find them on MySpace. I never came across something where it was like, Oh, there’s something on MySpace.’” Still, she plans to close her own account on the social-networking profile site. Hyatt corporate spokesman Jamie Izaks said that doing online searches of prospective employees is not part of the official human resources process at the hotel chain. “I’m not saying those searches aren’t done,” he added. It only takes minutes to compare a job applicant’s presentation on paper to what is onscreen. Meanwhile, the popularity of profile sites like MySpace.com have made it easier to judge a person’s character based on his or her their profile. David Perry, of recruiting firm Perry-Martel International, has discovered plenty of incriminating information in the process of screening potential executive recruits for clients. One chief executive officer candidate he investigated turned out to have online gaming accounts. Perry sent a private investigator to track the candidate, who was observed dropping $20,000 in a single afternoon at an Atlantic City casino. “People need to realize that everything they’ve ever said or done online exists somewhere,” he said. Bill Poon, a database marketing manager from Chinatown, was fired from Collectors Universe, a sports memorabilia authenticating company, in April for posting a photo of his department’s president on his MySpace profile. “I had a picture of the president as my profile picture. It was up for about five days, and six months later I was fired.” Once the manager found out his photo was on the site, he told Human Resources about it. The photo was accompanied by a few comments poking fun at the company dress code and other cubicle culture issues Poon thought were fairly innocuous. “I knew something was odd when my supervisor said, We need to have a meeting.’ But we didn’t go to her office, we went to the main conference room and the HR person was there. She said, This meeting is not going to be pleasant.’” The company told Poon he was being let go for identity theft, because the company is publicly traded, and that the photo, meant as a joke, might be misleading. “I did enjoy working there and got good (performance) reviews,” he said. “It wasn’t like I was a disgruntled employee.” Poon now works in customer service at an online company. He said when he interviewed for his current job, he made sure to disclose up front that he writes a personal blog. Full disclosure is a step in the right direction, according to ExecuNet. The firm issued a list of guidelines in June for controlling what it calls job seekers’ “online image.” It suggests being open and honest about credentials listed on a resume, avoiding posting negative comments on blogs and social-networking profiles, and searching yourself online. Plugging your own name into a search engine might seem to be the most obvious place to start retrieving any digital dirt lingering online. But it turns out it’s not that obvious to some. “I think most people haven’t Googled themselves,” said John Arony, a career counselor at Cal State Northridge. He became aware of how widespread the practice has become among employers while attending a Career Masters Institute conference in San Francisco in May. He said the CSUN career center is now working on a section for its Web site that will alert students about digital dirt. “This is a trend that is evolving and increasing so it does need to be paid attention to,” he said. “A lot of our students and graduates don’t even know this is happening.” In fact, mining for online information has spawned an entire cottage industry of “personal brand management” companies that will perfect your online image for a price. According to Arony, the founder of one such company, Brandego, said at the conference that 23 percent of job candidates are rejected for an interview based on their online presence. Of course, there are plenty of people who will continue to be themselves online, despite the scrutiny. “There are plenty of people, especially young people, you think, No employer owns me 24/7, and I’ll put whatever I want online.’ … More power to them. But some things are questionable,” Arony said. “And there have been a lot of people who have lost job opportunities.” barbara.correa@dailynews.com (818) 713-3662 last_img read more

‘Sack Sarri… he reminds me of Wenger’ – amazing Chelsea rant

first_img“Sarri makes mistake after mistake. I want him out, definitely, 100 per cent.“He’s so stubborn! No matter what, he does the same thing over and over again!“He reminds me of Arsene Wenger. He’s so set in his own ways and I think that will be his downfall.”On Monday, having watched his side lose to Arsenal, talkSPORT presenter and Stamford Bridge regular was equally scathing about the club. “They are absolutely hopeless.””Sarri is wasting the best player in the league.””Chelsea are the worst run top club in Europe… everything about it is a disaster.”😡 You have to hear Andy Jacobs’s incredible rant about #CFC. pic.twitter.com/clTqjKwoOc— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 21, 2019 Simon the Chelsea fan wants Maurizio Sarri to be sacked 😡 “I can’t stand him! I want him out!”👎 “Sarri makes mistake after mistake… He’s awful.”😳 “He reminds me of Wenger!”Do you get the feeling Simon the #CFC fan isn’t happy at the moment? 🤣 pic.twitter.com/si57VqHy6m— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 22, 2019“I can’t stand Sarri, I think he’s absolutely awful,” he said.“We have the best defensive midfielder in world football and you go and buy Jorginho – what were Chelsea thinking when they did that?“They’ve got Kante, why do they need Jorginho?“Kovacic – how does he get in the team ahead of Barkley and Loftus-Cheek? How? How does he get in the team? He’s a sidewards and backwards player – zero goals, zero assists.“The whole midfield has no goals, no creativity. Fans are beginning to turn on their team and manager following a poor run of form which has seen them suffer from a lack of attacking threat.Chelsea have scored eight goals in their last nine games in all competitions, and the last time they scored three or more goals in a game was back in November.Some have pointed the finger at Sarri and his questionable decisions from the sidelines – including playing N’Golo Kante out of position and continuing to pick the same players despite their poor performances.And it appears it’s all got a bit too much for Simon, who wants the Italian out of his club.Hear his ‘Sarri Out’ rant from The Sports Bar IN FULL below! 2 2 The underlying problems at Chelsea have risen back to the surface in recent weeks A fuming Chelsea supporter has called for Maurizio Sarri to be SACKED as manager.Simon the Blue was spitting feathers when he called into The Sports Bar on talkSPORT on Tuesday night, slamming the ‘stubborn’ Italian, comparing him to Arsene Wenger and accusing him of ruining their midfield.last_img read more

Men, united, can help stop abuse

first_img28 November 2007As South Africans are being called on to help stop violence against women and children in the country, two local organisations are striving to nurture a stronger and wiser generation of South African men.This year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign was launched on Sunday, with several men’s marches taking place in cities throughout the country.The campaign challenges South African men to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, to make it a permanent one.Daniel Leshike and Dumisani Rebombo are already doing this. They are among a number of men who are leading men in the fight against gender violence on a daily basis.Men as PartnersAt the age of 15, Rebombo raped a girl along with a friend. “I did it as an act of masculinity,” admits the man who is now 46 years old. He married at a young age and went on to use religion to maintain superiority over his wife.“I insisted that she had to listen to everything I said because that was what God wanted,” he says.Rebombo is now completely reformed, a change which he attributes to education. As the EngenderHealth Men as Partners South African programme manager, he has worked with thousands of men from around the country over the past seven years.Addressing Parliament this month, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on South African men to “take ownership” of the issue of violence perpetrated against women.The only way there can be a change in the behaviour of men in the country, Mlambo-Ngcuka said, is to increase their level of understanding of the issues around abuse against women and children.This is exactly what Rebombo does as he counsels men and facilitates workshops where men, young and old, are encouraged to change abusive social patterns to help reduce the abuse, rape and murder of women and children in their communities.“I started volunteering when I worked for Rand Water, and after leaving the company I decided to get more involved,” says Rebombo.Helping men to adaptDaniel Leshike (29), co-ordinator of the Agisanang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (Adapt) men’s programme, dedicated his social work career to empowering men in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg, after training as a counsellor following his university years.Adapt facilitates a forum with a membership of around 26 men, aged from 16 upwards, who host a number of discussion groups in the community aimed at raising awareness of issues surrounding abuse, gender stereotypes and equality.“Our main objectives are to include men as part of the solution to gender-based violence and to empower men to take control of their lives,” says Leshike.Adapt trains forum members in trauma counselling and gender sensitivity and runs several parallel programmes with a youth division in order to promote good fathering in the Alexandra community.In a novel bid to break the silence surrounding abuse, Adapt has a formed a relationship with the Alexandra Liquor Traders Association, and forum members visit taverns regularly, creating impromptu discussions with patrons on topics related to gender violence.“Some men tell us that it is their culture to be in control or abuse a woman because ‘a woman is a woman’,” says Leshike. “But we tell them that in African culture a woman is a flower.”Good men – who remain silentWith over 7 000 men seeking assistance from his organisation annually, Rebombo believes his work is contributing to the eradication of gender violence in the country.He says there are many good men out there – “I believe, and research says so” – but that most of these men remain silent when abuse takes place.Leshike agrees, saying that there are men who would make good role models but they need to stand up and be heard in order to make a difference in the country.Both men agree that many challenges exist in South Africa regarding the education of men in the eradication of gender-based violence. Among these challenges are a lack of sufficient funding, the abundance of stereotypes, and misinterpretation of religion and culture.Most challenging of all in the battle being fought by counsellors such as these, however, is the reluctance of men to work with men – a battle that still needs to be won.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Van der Merwe lifts Soweto Open title

first_img18 April 2011Izak van der Merwe went one step better than he did in 2010 when he captured the Soweto Open men’s singles title at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Jabavu after a hard-fought battle against fellow South African Rik de Voest on Sunday.The final had been moved back a day because of rain and rain, once again, made an appearance in the final, forcing the players from the court for over two hours with Van der Merwe leading 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 3-2, and the contest on serve. Ultimately, he went on to a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory.The victory, his second in a Challenger Tour event, has lifted Van der Merwe to a career-high ranking of 134th in the world.Last year, he made it into the final but was beaten by Dustin Brown. This time around the fourth-seed made sure of success by defeating the German 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought semi-final.Tie-breakersIt was far from an easy walk to the title for the big-serving South African who played tie-breakers in every one of his matches.Van der Merwe began his title challenge with a tough 7-5, 7-6 win over Englishman Daniel Cox in his first round match. He followed that up by sending another Englishman packing after defeating Chris Eaton 6-4, 7-6.In the quarterfinals, he faced seventh-seed Andrej Martin and once again it proved to be a tight contest. Van der Merwe won it 7-6, 7-6, claiming both tie-breakers 7-2.Path to the finalOn his way to the final, De Voest, the sixth-seed, recorded victories over fellow South African Raven Klaasen, Denys Molchanov, and Michal Przysiezny before facing Australian Greg Jones in the final.It took a gritty comeback for De Voest to win a match that was interrupted by rain. When the heavens opened, he was 3-6, 4-3 down, but went on to win 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.In the final, he became the only player in the tournament to win a tie-breaker against Van der Merwe. By reaching the title-decider, he improved his world ranking to 158th.Women’s titleThe women’s honours went the way of Russia’s Valeria Savinykh, who proved to be a giant killer on her way to lifting the title.She ousted fourth-seed Eva Birnerova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. Then, after an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Oksana Kalashnikova in the second round, she upset seventh-seed Corinna Dentoni 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.Savinykh followed that up by disposing of top-seed Ann Keothavong in the semi-finals when the Briton retired at 6-3, 3-0 down.In the final, second-seed Petra Cetkovska proved no much for the 20-year-old Russian, who cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory and the biggest win of her career.South African women failed to make an impact as none of the four players in the draw made it out of the first round.DoublesGermany’s Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Peya of Austria claimed the men’s doubles title with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory over South African-born Australian Matthew Ebden and Germany’s Andre Bergemann.Sadly, the women’s doubles final was a victim of the weather and was not played.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more