Alvarez homers, Pirates beat Blue Jays 8-7

first_imgPedro Alvarez, left, is congratulated by teammate Kang Jung-ho, after hitting a 3-run home run during the first inning of a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) – Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams.Alvarez’s drive came in the first inning off Aaron Sanchez after Gregory Polanco singled and Starling Marte reached on an error by new Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson.Sanchez, a candidate for the starting rotation, yielded four hits, five runs – two earned – and walked one in 1 1-3 innings.Alvarez added an RBI double in the fifth. The 2013 All-Star missed most of September last season with a stress fracture in his left foot and was left off Pittsburgh’s postseason roster. He batted .231 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 122 games.“It was good to see,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It’s our first exhibition game, so we need to keep a dose of reality on everything we do. I love the way we came out swinging the bats aggressively. We were good within the strike zone with the barrel.”The Pirates bid $5 million for the rights to Kang, then signed him to a four-year, $11 million contract in January. The shortstop hit 40 homers in 117 games with the Nexus Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization last year.“I tried not to be nervous, but I enjoyed the game and enjoyed the little moment,” Kang said through a translator.STARTING TIMEPirates: Right-hander Casey Sadler tossed two no-hit innings, walking Edwin Encarnacion in the second. Sadler gave up nine earned runs in six games of relief as a rookie last season.Blue Jays: Sanchez threw 36 pitches. He said his objective was to work on his curveball and wasn’t concerned with the rocky start.“Being a starter, you’ve got to incorporate every single pitch,” Sanchez said. “I had a chance to put some guys away. One was a hit, but right where I need to be. This is the first game of spring training, so just build off that and it can only get better from there.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: First baseman Corey Hart will likely not make his spring debut until Monday after he cut his foot on a loose filter while getting into a hot tub on Sunday. Hart, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract as a free agent in December, received three stitches to close the wound.Right-hander Brandon Crumpton has been experiencing elbow discomfort since Saturday and will meet with Dr. James Andrews for an examination next week. The 26-year-old said he first noticed the problem while throwing batting practice.Blue Jays: Left-hander Johan Santana started his throwing program, playing catch with team medical trainer George Poulis in the outfield before the game. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner is in camp on a minor league deal. Santana has not pitched in the majors since August 2012 because of shoulder problems and a torn left Achilles tendon he sustained with Baltimore during extended spring training last June.FAMILIAR FACE, NEW PLACEThree-time All-Star catcher Russell Martin made his Blue Jays debut against his former club, going 1 for 3 with a single to left in the fifth. Martin spent the last two seasons with Pittsburgh, before signing a five-year, $82 million deal with Toronto in NovemberGOOD TO BE BACKVernon Wells is back with the Blue Jays until Thursday as a guest instructor to help mentor younger players. The three-time All-Star outfielder retired after last season, following a 15-year career with the Blue Jays, Angels and Yankees.Wells said he had interest from several teams to return to the majors in a reserve role, but he decided it was the time was right to step away to spend more time with his family and coach his sons in youth baseball.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Marcus Stroman makes his spring debut on Wednesday against the Pirates in Bradenton. The 23-year-old righty enjoyed a solid rookie campaign with Toronto last season, winning 11 games in 20 starts.last_img read more

Penguins D Letang to have neck surgery, out for playoffs

first_imgThe talented but star-crossed defenseman will have a far different view as the Penguins try to defend their title when the playoffs start next week.The three-time All-Star will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and is out 4 to 6 months, rendering him a spectator as Pittsburgh tries to become the first team in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back Cups.“Right now it’s pretty hard to swallow,” Letang said Wednesday.Letang last played on Feb. 21, but was working his way toward a return before the postseason begins before symptoms returned last week. He underwent a second MRI, with team doctors recommending he have surgery to repair the problem.“It was not expected,” Letang said. “Like I said, I was going through rehab. It was going really well. It’s just in the last week that it blew up on me.”The 29-year-old is one of the league’s elite defensemen, a blend of speed and skill that make him valuable on both ends of the ice.Yet he’s also struggled staying healthy with a variety of injuries, from a stroke in 2014 to a concussion in 2015 that forced him to sit out during a first-round loss to the New York Rangers. His play was interrupted twice earlier this season with lower-body issues that coach Mike Sullivan insisted had nothing to do with the neck injury.“This was an accumulation of events over time,” Sullivan said. “It wasn’t any one incident when it occurred.”Letang had five goals and 29 assists in 41 games for Pittsburgh, which is in second place in the Metropolitan Division with three games remaining in the regular season.The team bolstered depth along the blue line at the trade deadline, bringing in Ron Hainsey and Mark Streit with Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley on injured reserve.The team is hopeful Maatta and Daley will return when the playoffs start and both will travel with the rest of the team for a three-game road trip beginning in New Jersey on Thursday.The Penguins have hung around in the competitive Metropolitan Division despite a slew of injuries to bold-faced names and have the league’s second-best record behind rival Washington. The silver lining — if there is one — is that Pittsburgh has learned to make do without Letang.“It doesn’t really change our thought process,” Sullivan said. “It really doesn’t change our players in what their contributions need to be. We’re not asking anybody to replace him.”Letang pointed to his team’s Cup run last year as evidence it can deal with adversity. Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston in December and put together a remarkable turnaround even with center Evgeni Malkin missing the final month of the regular season and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury going down with a concussion, opening the door for rookie Matt Murray to backstop the Penguins to a title.“That team went through so much and they learned so much,” Letang said. “So I think they have the experience that we need.”NOTES: Sullivan said he’s “optimistic” that Malkin — who hasn’t played since March 15 while dealing with an upper-body injury — will be ready for the playoffs. … F Bryan Rust is day to day with a lower-body injury suffered in a 4-1 win over Columbus on Tuesday.,The talented but star-crossed defenseman will have a far different view as the Penguins try to defend their title when the playoffs start next week.The three-time All-Star will undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and is out 4 to 6 months, rendering him a spectator as Pittsburgh tries to become the first team in nearly 20 years to win back-to-back Cups.“Right now it’s pretty hard to swallow,” Letang said Wednesday.Letang last played on Feb. 21, but was working his way toward a return before the postseason begins before symptoms returned last week. He underwent a second MRI, with team doctors recommending he have surgery to repair the problem.“It was not expected,” Letang said. “Like I said, I was going through rehab. It was going really well. It’s just in the last week that it blew up on me.”The 29-year-old is one of the league’s elite defensemen, a blend of speed and skill that make him valuable on both ends of the ice.Yet he’s also struggled staying healthy with a variety of injuries, from a stroke in 2014 to a concussion in 2015 that forced him to sit out during a first-round loss to the New York Rangers. His play was interrupted twice earlier this season with lower-body issues that coach Mike Sullivan insisted had nothing to do with the neck injury.“This was an accumulation of events over time,” Sullivan said. “It wasn’t any one incident when it occurred.”Letang had five goals and 29 assists in 41 games for Pittsburgh, which is in second place in the Metropolitan Division with three games remaining in the regular season.The team bolstered depth along the blue line at the trade deadline, bringing in Ron Hainsey and Mark Streit with Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley on injured reserve.The team is hopeful Maatta and Daley will return when the playoffs start and both will travel with the rest of the team for a three-game road trip beginning in New Jersey on Thursday.The Penguins have hung around in the competitive Metropolitan Division despite a slew of injuries to bold-faced names and have the league’s second-best record behind rival Washington. The silver lining — if there is one — is that Pittsburgh has learned to make do without Letang.“It doesn’t really change our thought process,” Sullivan said. “It really doesn’t change our players in what their contributions need to be. We’re not asking anybody to replace him.”Letang pointed to his team’s Cup run last year as evidence it can deal with adversity. Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston in December and put together a remarkable turnaround even with center Evgeni Malkin missing the final month of the regular season and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury going down with a concussion, opening the door for rookie Matt Murray to backstop the Penguins to a title.“That team went through so much and they learned so much,” Letang said. “So I think they have the experience that we need.”NOTES: Sullivan said he’s “optimistic” that Malkin — who hasn’t played since March 15 while dealing with an upper-body injury — will be ready for the playoffs. … F Bryan Rust is day to day with a lower-body injury suffered in a 4-1 win over Columbus on Tuesday. In this Feb. 3, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang makes a pass during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Pittsburgh. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang’s goal in Game 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final clinched a fourth championship for the Pittsburgh Penguins.last_img read more

This one’s for Shazier—Steelers win 23-20 over mistake-prone Bengals (Dec. 6, 2017)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier ANTONIO BROWN somehow makes a leaping catch, takes an illegal blow to the head by Bengals safety George Iloka, and holds on for the game-tying touchdown. A Chris Boswell field goal as time expired put the game in the win column for the Steelers, Dec. 4. (AP Photo)On Monday night, Dec. 4, the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off a last minute 23-20 win over the despised Cincinnati Bengals in Cincy.However, for two successive weeks, the Black and Gold has been forced to depend upon the “Midas toe” of their place kicker, Chris Boswell. This game had all of the elements of a battle for the ages. Players being laid out as if they were soldiers fighting on a battlefield being forced to face tanks, rockets, mortars and other conventional tools of modern-day warfare, with only helmets, cleats, shoulder pads and a pigskin.STEELERS LINEBACKER RYAN SHAZIER suffered a devastating back injury while attempting to make a tackle in the opening quarter against Cincinnati. He has spent the last two nights at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, as doctors closely monitor his status. (AP Photo)Breaking news: the “choir boy” and Bengals resident saint, Vontaze Burfict, was given a fresh clock-cleaning by the Steelers rookie wide receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster. Schuster threw a block for Le’Veon Bell as Bell was his making his way downfield. After Smith-Schuster delivered the bone-crushing blow to Monsieur Burfict, Sir Juju stood over the stunned Burfict appearing as if he was ready to perform a jig, post haste. See, boys and girls, it is usually Mr. Burfict who delivers bad news on the gridiron, but on this occasion, Burfict was the one who had to sign for the contraband. If there was any doubt about the outcome of this collision, well, put it this way: only the chiropractor knows for sure. As far as Smith-Schuster standing over Burfict as he lay dazed and bewildered on the field, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was as always, politically correct. Postgame, he said: “He shouldn’t have stood over him…We want to play within the rules; we respect player safety, I can assess a judgment on the fact that he stood over him and that’s not how we play and that’s not reflective of the sportsman he is. I’m sure he’s sorry for that.”Smith-Schuster said this about the play: “I didn’t know it was Burfict at first. All I saw was the first Bengal was going to tackle…and my instinct is I gotta block for my teammate. And me just playing ball, I hit him. After I seen the replay I think I should’ve held back a little bit more from blocking him. Also, I believe that that’s not me. I should’ve never stood over him. I apologize for that and with that being said, I hope he gets better.” Smith-Schuster, “hopes” Burfict “gets better.” Oh, the innocence of youth.ARTIE BURNS breaks up a pass intended for Bengals receiver A.J. Green. The Steelers’ defense only allowed three points in the second half, en route to their comeback victory. (Photo by Courier photographer Thomas Sabol)Vontaze Burfict has justifiably earned the reputation as a player who may, at times, bend the rules of competition in order to cause physical distress to his opponents. However, Burfict found out on this particular occasion that, “it’s no fun when the rabbit got the gun.” Burfict seriously injured not one but two Steelers in the past (Bell, and Antonio Brown) and his remorse for those actions seemed to be a bit “staged.” Steelers wide receiver Brown said that Burfict’s injury may have been due to “karma.” However, most people simply define it as “payback.”So, the Steelers face another bloodthirsty AFC North rival, the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday night, Dec. 10, at Heinz Field. If you think the Steelers/Bengals matchup was a bit rowdy, it might be prudent to have a few extra paramedics on hand when the “dirty birds” come-a-callin’. This, my friends, may possibly be for all of the marbles, home-field advantage and a first-round bye. The Steelers will again be featured on primetime television.And that’s the way they like it.last_img read more

Fendrich on Tennis: US showing in Australia just ‘a bad day’

first_imgUnited States’ Venus Williams leaves Rod Laver Arena following her first round loss to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) All it took was one bad day at the Australian Open to unravel all those good feelings about American tennis generated by so much success at the U.S. Open only a handful of months ago.Maybe, though, that should not be the takeaway from Day 1 in Melbourne.Maybe neither the shock over opening-round losses by more than half of the U.S. women in the field at the first Grand Slam tournament of 2018, nor the euphoria over four women from the United States reaching the semifinals at the last Grand Slam tournament of 2017, is appropriate. Maybe neither should be viewed as a meaningful statement about the state of American tennis.It’s better to see each as an isolated occurrence and take the long view: Progress is being made, and it’s simply inevitable that there will be a mix of good days and, well, not-so-good ones.“It was a tough day, and this is a tough sport,” said 113th-ranked Nicole Gibbs, who won NCAA titles in singles and doubles at Stanford, and was the lone U.S. woman to win a match out of the 10 in action Monday at the Australian Open. “This isn’t an indication of anything, except we have a lot of depth (on the WTA tour) and we had a bad day.”Sure did.And it wasn’t just the women who fared poorly by going 1-9 — including exits by U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens , seven-time Grand Slam title winner Venus Williams , and 10th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe . Each member of that trio reached the final four at Flushing Meadows in September, the first all-American semifinals at that major tournament since 1981.The men hardly distinguished themselves Monday, either. Two of the three highest-seeded U.S. men lost, too: No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner .It’s been nearly 15 full years since any American man won any Grand Slam singles title, so let’s keep the focus on the women for the moment. That is where there have been some real positive signs recently.With Serena Williams out of competition since winning her 23rd major singles championship at last year’s Australian Open — she was pregnant at the time, then dealt with health complications after giving birth in September — there has been an opportunity for other players to step forward.Older sister Venus, for example, reached the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2009, and then the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2010. She had started last season by getting to the Australian Open final for the first time since also finishing as the runner-up to her sibling there in 2003.And yet, there she was on Monday, losing right away to 78th-ranked Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 7-5, joining not just 20-somethings Stephens and Vandeweghe on the way out, but also CiCi Bellis, Jennifer Brady, Irina Falconi, Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske and Taylor Townsend.“Last year is last year. This is, like, a new year,” the 37-year-old Venus Williams said. “You can’t live in the previous year. It’s impossible.”Stephens knows that all too well.She made a real breakthrough at the U.S. Open by earning the trophy. Remarkably, she has not won a match anywhere since, extending her losing streak to eight with a 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 setback against 34th-ranked Zhang Shuai of China on Monday.Taken on its own, that result is truthfully not all that surprising, given Stephens’ recent form, the fact that she hasn’t won an Australian Open match since 2014 (first-round defeats in 2015 and 2016; an injury absence in 2017) and her opponent’s ranking.“Tennis is definitely a roller coaster. But I have learned to just not panic. It will be OK. There’s always going to be times when it’s really tough, and there will be times when you’re on an extreme high,” Stephens said. “I think for me now, it’s not that great, but it’s nothing to panic about.”The same could be said about the entire American contingent Down Under.___AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa in Melbourne, Australia, contributed to this report.___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___More AP tennis coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennislast_img read more

Christmas clean-up canned

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanFRONT lawns covered with junk around Christmas time may be a thing of the past, if councillor Brett…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

No stopping McLeod in Eugene

first_imgIt will take a brave man to bet against Omar McLeod in the men’s 110 metres hurdles when he lines up in the Diamond League event Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday. The 2016 winner should once again show his rivals who is the boss in the event. The World leader so far with a 13.04 seconds clocking at the Drake Relays in April, McLeod followed that up with a good win in Shanghai, where he outlasted Spain’s Orlando Ortega. The opposition in Eugene looks a bit weaker and he should score a convincing win. Following his second-place finish to McLeod at the Drake Relays, Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi, who clocked 13.24, will be hoping to upstage the Olympic champion, but he will have his hands full trying to get the better of the world leader. American Devon Allen, who was second at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) Meet last weekend, placed second to McLeod a year ago and is expected to produce a genuine effort before his home fans. Jamaica’s Ronald Levy will make his Diamond League debut. Despite a disappointing result at the JII Meet, he could show that his win over countryman Hansle Parchment several weeks ago at the UTech Classic was no fluke. A big effort is expected from him here as he seeks to improve on his season’s best of 13.33. Defending World champion, Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov, did not look his usual self in Shanghai. It appears his one year absence from the track because of a ban on Russian athletes at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has left him with poor form. He will be hoping for a better performance this time around and it will be interesting to see how he performs here. Americans Aries Merritt and David Oliver have also not hit top form as yet and will have to step up considerably if they hope to finish near to the top. It, therefore, should be smooth sailing for McLeod. If conditions are right, a sub-13 seconds clocking is possible. NOT USUAL SELFlast_img read more

Wonder twins power Pirates past Falcons

first_imgThe Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Red Lions had the game in the bag as early as the fourth when Ain Obenza and Ralph Penuela found their mark from beyond the arc and Evan Nelle drilled a 26-footer at the buzzer to give San Beda a 30-11 spread after one quarter.The Red Lions stretched that lead to as many as 26 points, 71-45, after another long trey from Nelle.“We were coming off a loss in the D-League so it is good to see the team play well this time around,” said SBC head coach Boyet Fernandez.Mapua was missing the services of three of its players in Warren Bonifacio, Justin Serrano and Jasper Salenga due to suspensions and injuries. Mapua was also without head coach Randy Alcantara, who was sick.In the Under-11 Division that has drawn quite a crowd, the Xavier Golden Stallions turned back a late charge by the La Salle Greenhills Greenies, 64-57, behind Rambert Lagar’s 23 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Montuano shines as Strikers stay perfect in M-League NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard With twins JV and JC Marcelino putting out fires in crucial situations, Lyceum squeaked past Adamson, 82-81, Friday in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.JC Marcelino hit the go-ahead basket for the Pirates for the final count to cap a furious rally by Lyceum, which fought back from six points down in the last 1:33 with a run keyed by JV Marcelino’s triple.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Adamson had a shot to overturn the result with 3.4 seconds remaining but Lyceum forced a turnover on Falcons’ Simon Camacho as time run out.JC Marcelino led Lyceum with 19 points while Mike Nzeusseu added 14 and JV Marcelino finished with 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCamacho led Adamson with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.Lyceum’s frenzied finish stole the limelight from San Beda, which rose to 2-0 after crushing Mapua, 80-63, for their second straight victory. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Liberia: The Cultural Gap

first_imgMonrovia – Growing up in Liberia, whenever I call my name, I garner the stares and expressions of a name that sounds too strong or otherwise traditional. In fact, I get the feeling from facial expressions that the name belongs to another world, especially in my case, as both names are purely Liberian indigenous names. While in secondary school, it was worse. The calling of my name was greeted with instant laughter, jeers and intentional mispronunciations, intended to instill humiliation and fear. I remember many colleagues couldn’t bear the emotional bullying associated with bearing traditional African names and opted to have their names changed. This is typical of the average Liberian classroom where western names are pronounced with distinction and claimed with pride but traditional Liberian names are wrongly pronounced and treated with disdain. The name carrier bore the burnt of the struggle and left to face the accompanying degradations.The name scenario is a tip of the iceberg of the extent to how wide Liberians have negated their culture with western cultures, and in some cases other African cultures over their own cultures. A Liberian would prefer to be proudly called by another West African name and claim lineage to that country or ancestral history, but would refuse to proudly bear his name given under sacred conditions by his or her grandparents. Treasured and rich names with deep history are relegated to borrowed names. There are varying examples to the nature and breadth of how Liberians have abandoned their cultures over the years to diffusing and assimilating completely into others. This trend has affected generations to such a dangerous extent that there remains a major gap in the culture. Major tribes have histories of their founding fathers and how they came to being but have chosen to ignore those stories, completely forgotten to speak native dialects, hence a whole generation of young children grow up unable to speak their dialects. Ironically, the inability to speak one’s language comes with a false sense of sophistication. The ignorance of one’s history and cultural practices meant a man was too ‘civilized’ to conform. The reality is sad. A society without a clear definition of its history and culture has no foundation to build upon, and no purpose. We have a completely shattered appreciation of our culture from clothing, cuisine, language, history, etc. Every society has a signature delicacy that is known by foreigners upon entering that country. We have several dishes, from hot cooked palm butter and bitter roots to potato greens with red palm oil, bitter balls mixed with okra and fresh water palm oil to torborgee and rice, palava sauce and rice, domboy and pepper soup and GB with wollor soup. These are delicious delicacies that can be marketed and possibly exported to showcase the kinds of food we eat as Liberians. Culture is the melting pot of a group of people and the lining that binds us together. How many average Liberian kids understand the relevance and role of traditional chiefs, traditional dance ceremonies for birth, funerals, and other occasions?There is a surge in learning how to speak like other West Africans, copying their accents, but afraid to identify with our own accents. We have to develop ourselves and develop a spirit of cultural identity.Cultural identity is often defined as the identity of a group, culture or an individual, influenced by one’s belonging to a group or culture.A developmental psychologist, Jean S. Phinney, formulated a three stage model describing how this identity is acquired.The first stage, unexamined cultural identity, is characterized by a lack of exploration of culture and cultural differences – they are rather taken for granted without much critical thinking. This is usually the stage reserved for childhood when cultural ideas provided by parents, the community or the media are easily accepted. Children at this stage tend not to be interested in ethnicity and are generally ready to take on the opinions of others.The second stage of the model is referred to as the cultural identity search and is characterized by the exploration and questioning of your culture in order to learn more about it and to understand the implications of belonging to it. During this stage you begin to question where your beliefs come from and why you hold them. You are now ready to compare and analyze them across cultures. For some, this stage may arise from a turning point in their lives or from a growing awareness of other cultures, and it can also be a very emotional time. This is often the time when high school students decide to go on an intercultural exchange program.Finally, the third stage of the model is cultural identity achievement. Ideally, people at this stage have a clear sense of their cultural identity and are able to successfully navigate it in the contemporary world, which is undoubtedly very interconnected and intercultural. The acceptance of yourself and your cultural identity may play a significant role in your other important life decisions and choices, influencing your attitudes and behavior. This usually leads to an increase in self-confidence and positive psychological development.It seems we’re walloping in the first stage of cultural identity and are mimicking other cultures and taking the opinions of others about ourselves. Until we realize who we are, where we come from and what we want, the road to the future would be blurred, and we risk becoming cultural chameleons.Lekpele Nyamalon is a Liberian writer and poet, an OSIWA Poetry fellow and can be reached at: nyamalon@yahoo.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can the man as Liverpool beat Burnley

first_img0Shares0000Emre Can celebrates with team mate Nathaniel Clyne after scoring the winner for Loverpool in their match against Burnley on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Mar 12 – Emre Can’s superb shot guided Liverpool to a 2-1 home win over Burnley on Sunday and maintained their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Ashley Barnes, with his club’s first goal at Anfield since 1975, had given Burnley a deserved early lead only for Georginio Wijnaldum to equalise in first-half injury-time. And Can struck just after the hour mark to secure victory for Liverpool, although it was a far from convincing performance by Jurgen Klopp’s side.German international Can collected a short pass from Divock Origi and was allowed space to unleash a right-foot shot from 25 yards which the Burnley goalkeeper, Tom Heaton, might have been expected to save before it reached the bottom left-hand corner of his net.Victory saw Liverpool remain fourth, still in the final Champions League place open to English clubs.The win moved them to within a point of third-placed Manchester City but, more significantly, saw Liverpool go five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.“The performance was good enough to win the game but the result is massive for us, it’s the first ugly game we have won,” Liverpool manager Klopp told Sky Sports. “Usually when we are not that good we lose.”Meanwhile Burnley boss Sean Dyche was left bemoaning his side’s lack of good fortune.“It’s a tough one to take, because everyone gave a really good account of ourselves and we went up with a sublime goal,” he told the BBC. “We just needed a scratch of luck along the way.”Liverpool had gone in at the half-time interval level although it was a scoreline that even the most ardent home supporter would have admitted was harsh on Burnley.With just two away points to their name all season — from a still impressive tally of 31 — Dyche’s team opened the game aggressively and took the lead in just the seventh minute.Right-back Matt Lowton crossed low into the area from the wing and, after Andre Gray narrowly missed making contact, Barnes slid in ahead of his marker to force the ball past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.Burnley, without a victory at Anfield since 1974, would have hoped to reach the interval without conceding an equaliser and looked well on course for that target for the majority of the half.– Unlikely equaliser –Andre Gray goes close with a near post effort as the Clarets keep on the pressure following their opening goal at Anfield on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailNot until the 45th minute did Liverpool enjoy a ‘shot’ on target and that was actually an over-hit defensive header from Burnley’s Joey Barton which forced Heaton into a comfortable diving save, his first of the game.But a minute into first-half injury-time, Liverpool claimed an unlikely equaliser which raised the mood around the stadium.Origi, starting in place of the injured Roberto Firmino, crossed from the left and Wijnaldum made a lazy attempt to control the ball, flicking out a boot and benefitting from a fortunate rebound from defender Ben Mee, before drilling home an unstoppable finish from six yards.Even before the goal, Burnley’s crosses from the right had caused concern, with Gray’s chip almost finding Barnes after five minutes.Solid at the back, Burnley also looked the more likely to score a second goal after Barnes’s opener.But the second half opened with Liverpool in far more determined mood, although their suspect defending always gave Burnley hope.Barnes sent a speculative first-time shot wide soon after the restart before Liverpool finally threatened, with Joel Matip’s shot from a Philippe Coutinho cross blockedCan’s goal was still harsh on Burnley, although the visitors almost responded just three minutes later, when Mee headed a free-kick across goal and Barnes’s effort was blocked by Ragnar Klavan.Both teams squandered late chances for further goals. Sadio Mane had only Heaton to beat but saw the Burnley keeper tip his 12-yard shot over the bar in the closing stages before Lowton missed a glorious opportunity to equalise, shooting wide from a scramble in the area in stoppage-time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lomita Park Preschool reopens

first_img9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays Sept. 25 through June. The city accepts two $75 payments. That’s not much more than the two payments of $60 the city charged before the program closed two years ago. The city pays $5,000 a year to subsidize the program, said Cindy Blount, the city’s director of parks and recreation. “Our preschool has just been one of the most treasured programs we had,” she said. “(Akins) never missed a day of preschool in 27 years.” It’s not unusual for a city to operate a preschool, Temblador said. Many do through their park departments, including Torrance. Blount said she had trouble finding a qualified teacher to succeed Akins – she received just five applications in two years – forcing the school’s closure until Temblador came along. Akins has returned temporarily to assist Temblador in setting up the preschool. “It’s in a multipurpose room where they have other activities during the week and in the evenings,” Temblador said. “So basically I have a mobile classroom.” Temblador said she has taught in elementary schools in Torrance and San Pedro as well as a preschool for more than a decade. A mother of three children – all of whom attended a parent- participation preschool like Lomita’s – Temblador said she just received her child development certificate from Harbor College. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. A parent-participation preschool means mom, dad – or a grandparent – is required to work in the school two days a week every five weeks. “It will give (children) a very confident, relaxed atmosphere knowing that parents will be coming, grandparents, dads,” Temblador said. “It gives you the opportunity to be part of the learning process. You learn along with your child so you can go home and reinforce all that learning.” nick.green@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I probably would have stayed on because it was part of my life and I did feel it was very important,” she said. “I didn’t want it to die.” But now the city-subsidized program for 20 4- and 5-year-olds has been reborn. It has a new teacher – Harbor City resident Raquel Temblador – and has returned to the same familiar room the highly regarded preschool has operated out of for decades. Registration opens Monday and Tuesday for Lomita residents and Wednesday for noncity residents, if space remains. That would be surprising given the low cost of the preschool. It costs $150 a year for residents to register a child for the preschool, which operates from By Nick Green STAFF WRITER When Pat Akins decided to retire after 27 years of teaching at the Lomita Park Preschool, she had no idea the program would be forced to close for two years. “If I had known there would not be preschool for two years, last_img read more

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