Daniel Cormier’s rivalry with Jon Jones peaks at UFC 214

first_imgCormier (19-1) realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival to validate his own title reign — and any empathetic thoughts about Jones (22-1) have been drowned out by years of anger and frustration with an enemy who could have been a friend.“I’ve allowed myself to let go of that thought: ‘Why am I so disappointed in him?’” Cormier said during a recent lunch break from his other job as an MMA analyst for Fox. “Why was I so upset when he was throwing everything away? It shouldn’t matter to me. When I was finally able to let that go, it freed me.”The most anticipated MMA matchup of the summer is the headline bout on a stacked card, but Cormier is unable to take much satisfaction in this lucrative pinnacle of his career. The decisive loss to Jones in January 2015 remains the only blemish on Cormier’s record, and he has reigned atop the 205-pound division for two years since Jones’ title was stripped a few months afterward.Jones’ misdeeds are almost too long to list at this point, even when limited just to the trouble since 2014. He had a positive test for cocaine use around the time of their first bout, followed by an embarrassing hit-and-run accident in which a pregnant woman’s arm was broken, followed by another failed drug test revealed shortly before their scheduled rematch at UFC 200 and blamed on an erectile dysfunction medication.Cormier has lampooned and criticized Jones with each mistake, but only because he sees Jones making the mistakes that he has avoided. While Jones lives his madcap life, Cormier is a former Olympic wrestler with a late-blooming MMA career and a stable family existence in the Bay Area.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Morris’ 88th minute goal gives US Gold Cup title If any fighter could teach Jones about the perseverance and steadiness necessary to forge a successful career with something besides spectacular athletic talent, it would be the man standing across from Jones in the UFC 214 cage on Saturday night.“If we weren’t what we are today, there are a lot of things that I could give to him, to help him be a better version of himself,” Cormier said with a rueful laugh.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Instead, Cormier and Jones are locked in one of the greatest rivalries in MMA history, one featuring street-clothes scuffles, epic trash-talking and a pointed animosity that can only grow out of familiarity.More than 2 1/2 years after Jones beat Cormier to defend the light heavyweight title, Cormier is the champion heading into their rematch at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “I can almost sympathize with Jon more today than I did before,” Cormier said. “Because I see all the traps, the excess — from girls to new friends. There’s just so much available to you that you don’t really want to be involved with. But I got it as a 36-year-old man. He was a 23-year-old kid, and then it just became a part of who he was. You’ve got to avoid those traps. I live in what’s important. My family, my training, my jobs.”When Jones blew his title shot and received a yearlong suspension last year, he also cost Cormier a great deal of money by forcing their bout’s cancellation. Anderson Silva agreed to be a late replacement, and Cormier did the only thing he could against one of his heroes: He pinned the Spider to the mat for most of their three rounds, earning an easy victory and boos from fans who have embraced Jones’ antihero ethos more than Cormier’s good-guy life.“I didn’t get here being stupid,” Cormier said. “There was no way to win in that situation, but I had to take the criticism for it.”Cormier finally has a way to win this Saturday, but he is an underdog. Jones still is widely considered the greatest fighter in the world, and he appears to be focused on regaining his belt.Their animosity hasn’t cooled, either. At their ceremonial faceoff Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles, a shirtless, chiseled Jones glowered at the smaller, suit-wearing champion.“I know what I’ve got to do,” Cormier said. “We finally have to have this moment. It’s time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 last January. AP FILE PHOTOBURBANK, CALIFORNIA—Daniel Cormier recognizes the cosmic paradox at the bottom of his bitter rivalry with Jon Jones.If anybody in the world could relate to the exact pressures and pitfalls faced by Jones over the past several years as a wildly successful mixed martial artist, Cormier would be that man.ADVERTISEMENT View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READlast_img read more

Ginebra still kings

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After the final buzzer sounded, amid a deafening crescendo from the roaring crowd, Tenorio gathered his teammates to one section of the floor for a prayer, before they broke up with hands raised and fingers signaling No. 1.The ScoresGINEBRA 101—Tenorio 26, Brownlee 23, Thompson 14, Slaughter 12, Aguilar 10, Devance 10, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2.MERALCO 96—Durham 26, Dillinger 20, Hodge 14, Newsome 11, Caram 9, Hugnatan 7, Amer 6, Lanete 3.Quarters: 27-19, 52-37, 81-64, 101-96Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Justin Brownlee didn’t need to come up with the buzzer-beating triple to win this one for the Kings, though his role in this latest triumph was more pronounced because he was able to play more that just the offensive end.Tenorio, who will have surgery to correct a right elbow injury on Monday, won the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP award. He was also the winner of the same citation last season when the Kings snapped an eight-year title wait.“We’re not going to stop here; we have more (championships) to win,” Cone declared while addressing the crowd that stayed after the final buzzer to watch the celebration on the floor.Allen Durham also had 26 points to pace Meralco, with Jared Dillinger shooting 20, his biggest production in the series after being held to single digits in each of the first six games.“Game 7s are just the most amazing games to play,” Cone said. “You never know what’s going to happen; you just try to do your best while staying calm, staying focused. You just don’t want to let the fans down, let the management down.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set BOCAUE—The team that has never said die had just enough to hold off an enemy that has taken the same sort of attitude and reach a new milestone for the franchise.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fight another day Barangay Ginebra didn’t need a big comeback this time, but had to fend off Meralco before prevailing, 101-96, in a historic Game 7 to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champions Friday night at Philippine Arena here.The Kings erected a 20-point lead in the first half then weathered numerous storms that the hard-fighting Bolts tried to conjure in the last two quarters to repeat as champions for the first time in franchise history and trigger a stomping celebration by its major share of the record 54,086 fans who showed up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We hit big shots all night; it was a total team effort,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone shortly after the buzzer as he won his 20th championship in 32 title series appearances. “And to be able to do it in front of 50,000 fans is just so cool.”The heady LA Tenorio hit some of the biggest shots of the night and finished with 26 points built on 5-for-7 clip from beyond three-point range. Five more Gin Kings chipped in twin digits in a balanced attack that befuddled the Meralco defense. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

No. 1 Virginia wins ACC title over No. 12 NCarolina

first_imgVirginia players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating North Carolina 1in the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — With no one-and-dones, no sure-fire NBA lottery picks, No. 1 Virginia put together one of the most dominant seasons in the storied history of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball.Kyle Guy, Devon Hall and the Cavaliers beat No. 12 North Carolina 71-63 in the ACC championship game Saturday night to finish 20-1 against league competition.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Bennett said at Virginia, one-and-done means grabbing a defensive rebound after a missed shot.“This is one of the most connected groups I’ve ever coached,” Bennett said as he accepted the championship trophy.Virginia held the Tar Heels scoreless for five minutes and took a 58-49 lead on De’Andre Hunter’s baseline fadeaway with 3:32 left. North Carolina snapped the drought with a 3-pointer by Luke Maye, who scored 20, but Jerome nailed a 3 out of a timeout to restore the nine-point lead.UNC, playing in its record 35th ACC championship game, never got closer than five again as Virginia closed it out from the foul line. The Cavaliers hit their first 15 free throw attempts and finished 20 of 22.The Tar Heels played about as well as any team has this season against the best defensive team in the country, shooting 40 percent and committing only nine turnovers. In the regular season, the Tar Heels managed only 49 points and 29 percent shooting while committing 19 turnovers in a loss at Virginia.The Cavaliers played defense with their offense, turning the ball over just four times and allowing the up-tempo Tar Heels only two fast-break points. Virginia makes every possession feel crucial.“That’s where they take advantage of teams,” said North Carolina guard Joel Berry II, who had 17 points and four 3-pointers.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: UNC won three games in four days in Brooklyn and might have played its way into a high enough seed — probably a No. 2 — to open the NCAAs in Charlotte. The Tar Heels are 33-1 in NCAA games played in their home state.“You guys think I’m whacko, hell, I just want to go someplace warm,” coach Roy Williams said. “I’ve been freezing my butt off up here.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arsenal looking to use win over Milan to give it some hope Virginia (31-2) set a school record for victories, won the conference tournament for the second time in five seasons under coach Tony Bennett and will most certainly enter the NCAA Tournament as the No.1 overall seed when the field of 68 is announced Sunday.Not bad for a bunch that started the season unranked and picked to finish sixth in the ACC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think we always knew this could be a special team,” guard Ty Jerome said.And now that the Cavaliers are favorites, Hall said they try to out-underdog the underdogs. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “You fight like you’re not supposed to win or nobody expects you to win,” he explained.With plenty of their fans packing Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the top-seeded Cavaliers beat sixth-seeded North Carolina (25-10) for the second time this season and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in ACC Tournament play.Guy, the tournament MVP, scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and Hall added 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jerome had 12 points, six assists and six rebounds for Virginia. Contributions from everywhere, a microcosm of this special season.The Cavaliers dominated the ACC with efficiency, tenacity and teamwork. They went 17-1 in the regular season, the one loss by one point in overtime to Virginia Tech, and finished first by four games.“I think that we know who we are,” senior Isaiah Wilkins said. “We don’t have a really big room for — a really big margin for error. As older guys, you develop over the years from going to playing, like five minutes my first year to now, and you grow. I’ve grown with Devon over time like that, so I think that’s our way. It’s not going to be questioned or changed, unless you’ve got any plans, Coach?”ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Virginia: The school’s other ACC Tournament titles came in 1976 and 2014. … In nine seasons in Charlottesville, Bennett has built one of the most successful programs in the country on a foundation of slow-paced but precise offense and sound and suffocating defense. When he climbed the ladder to cut down the last piece of string holding up the net at Barclays, Virginia fans filled the arena with chants of “To-ny! To-ny!”They love him at UVA, but one accomplishment has eluded him: Virginia has yet to reach the Final Four since he took over. An Elite Eight run in 2016 is Virginia’s best tournament showing.“I think we have the group to do it,” Hall said.BYE, BYE BROOKLYNThe ACC Tournament heads back to North Carolina after a two-year stint in New York City, but expect it to be back sooner rather than later. Maybe even as soon as 2022, when the arena is free and the ACC has no plans set. Next year’s ACC Tournament will be played in Charlotte.UP NEXTBoth teams will head home and find out their NCAA Tournament destinations. The Cavaliers can pick their first-round spot as the top seed and will likely open in Charlotte next week as the top seed in the South Region. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Accessing of public assistance now a hassle

first_imgDear Editor,The accessing of public assistance is now a royal prerogative which only the chosen few can acquire. The service now solely depends on Government officers, who it seems are bent on applying their own subjective criteria other than objective guidelines.According to the Director of Social Services, Mr Wentworth Tanner, public assistance is conditional, and applicants have to fulfill certain requirements before they receive the assistance. Currently, there are over 10,000 persons receiving the assistance under the categories of medical, temporary and economic public assistance.Mr Tanner also said the applicant must prove the money is being spent for what it is indeed. He gave an example that in the case of an application for assistance on behalf of a school-aged child, the child must be registered, and the attendance must be 85 per cent. A child simply cannot make 85 per cent attendance before accessing the cash to go to school. That is equivalent to putting the cart before the horse. The child needs the assistance, so that he/she can attend school regularly. It cannot happen in the reverse!Many persons are denied the public assistance even though they cannot sustain themselves, and in some case their families. Some people are bluntly rejected by the Government officers, who tell them that their relatives or children abroad or in Guyana can sustain them. These officers need to understand that families and children do not support dependents unless dependents have something to offer them in return.Moreover, some applicants who are denied the assistance are bedridden, but were told that their children should look after them. Some are also differently abled. It is a shame that they are denied the assistance!Throughout Region 6, there are some officers who, it seems, were nurtured in a pigsty, given their rude and aggressive attitude towards some applicants. Imagine, these people are insulted and rejected for the ‘princely’ sum of $8,000 per month! Is this social protection afforded by this Government? This type of attitude has resulted in many persons being afraid to even apply! The people in the Social Protection Ministry must have undergone training sessions costing millions of dollars; all being wasted!In the 2018 Budget, the Ministry of Social Protection received $16.988 billion to continue its mandate of providing quality service to the country’s vulnerable groups – women, children, the elderly, homeless and youths; yet these vulnerable groups are insulted and chased away when they attempt to access the assistance.There are many widows who are denied this assistance, while some who continue to reproduce for multiple partners are given public assistance without any hassle. Why are these applications not accepted and carefully investigated, and the findings then sent to the Board for a decision to be made? Applicants must be made to feel that their requests are given due process. On many occasions, people of a certain ethnicity are the ones who are rudely rejected.Old age pensioners are not excluded from this type of discriminatory practice. It must be recalled that, not so long ago, the electricity and water subsidies were snatched away. In some cases, if the applicant applies a year after attaining the age of 65, he/she is given the ‘royal run around’ to access the benefit. Moreover, the residency requirements are applied in a discriminatory manner.There are instances when persons have been spending a large proportion of their time in Guyana and yet have been denied the assistance. They are told that they travelled to the US on a regular basis, hence they cannot qualify for old age pension. The Social Protection Ministry had stated that, ‘In the event that the person is temporarily absent from Guyana, the applicant or pensioner must satisfy the Authority, usually through the provision of the person’s passport and an immigration check conducted by the Ministry, that the period of absence from Guyana has not exceeded two years during the past twenty years, according to law.’ Why is this criteria not applied in all cases? Why is this changed to ‘you are travelling regularly to the US so you cannot qualify’?It is time that the vulnerable groups: women, children, the elderly, homeless and youths, be treated fairly, and not be discriminated against because of race or ethnicity or political affiliations.I call upon Minister Amna Ally to convince these rejected applicants that they are being treated fairly. The money belongs to the taxpayers, not the Government!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

2 in Jail over Minister Sandolo’s ‘Assassination Plot’

first_imgTwo of the five persons arrested in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Mr. Patrick Sandolo, Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) at his Todee farm are yet to appear in court. The two are currently in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, nearly three months after they were charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP).Police charged the defendants based on a complaint from one Alvin Nelson, who is believed to be the caretaker of the Minister’s farm, a court document in the possession of the Daily Observer said.Though Minister Sandolo was not at the farm when the incident took place on July 24, the defendants are being charged with multiple crimes, including criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, theft of property, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit murder, which under the law is a non bailable offence.Defendants Anthony Mulbah along with Arthur Gono, Alex Gbato, Kpannah Tosh and Abraham Kollie were arrested by police due to a writ of arrest issued by Francis K. Fayiah, stipendiary magistrate of the Careysburg Magisterial Court, in Montserrado County, where the alleged offenses were committed.Alex Gbato and Abraham Kollie are the two persons currently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison awaiting trial, while the other three have been released.Mr. Dominic Kollie, the father of one of the defendants, Abraham Kollie, who spoke with journalists at the Temple of Justice, tearfully explained, “My son has been in jail since July 26 on multiple crimes and he still has not had a court date set. I have talked to the Magisterial Court and still have not had a court date set.“Is there any length of time that he can be held without a court date?“I am afraid that he is lost in the system. I tried calling Minister Sandolo, (but he) referred me to the court. I am getting nowhere fast. And they are still behind bars at the Central Prison.”He also used the occasion to appeal for government’s intervention to have them go to court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minibus conductor charged for hit-and-run fatal accident

first_imgUnlicensed and driving an uninsured motor vehicle…on Christmas Eve at BagotstownBy Paula GomesEven as family members of the late 38-year-old Shahabb ‘Vincent’ Scippeo, a mason who was killed in an early Christmas Eve Day accident, mourn his tragic death, the driver of the motor vehicle involved in the accident has been arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates Courts on Thursday, charged with causing death by dangerous driving, along with several other traffic offences.Charged: Damian WalcottAccompanied by his lawyer, Trenton Lake, the accused, Damian Walcott, pleaded not guilty to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving, which detailed that on December 24, 2017, on the Bagotstown Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he drove minibus BLL 3140 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Scippeo.Lake told the court that his client is a thirty-year-old route 32 (Parika-Georgetown) minibus conductor of Block A, Tuschen New Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Bail was granted in the sum of $500,000 for the particular offence, and Walcott was ordered to report to the Providence Police Station on a weekly basis, pending the outcome of trial. A request for bail reduction was rejected, and this matter was adjourned to January 15, 2017.Walcott, who does not have a driver’s licence has been barred from obtaining or owning such a document during the course of the trial.Walcott has also been slapped with four traffic offences, for which he was arraigned before city Magistrate Dylan Bess earlier on Thursday. He accepted responsibility for being in control of a motor vehicle without being the holder of a minibus driver’s licence that was in force at the time; failing to render assistance post-accident; failing to report the accident; and driving an uninsured motor vehicle.Walcott was fined a total of $80,000 for those offences.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the defendant was proceeding south along the western side of the Bagotstown Public Road when he struck down a pedestrian who was in the process of crossing the road from west to east.This publication was told that Scippeo was flung onto the road as a result of the impact, and was dragged for several feet before the vehicle came to a stop.The driver of the minibus was reported to have fled the scene following the accident, and the unconscious body of the now deceased was picked up some time after and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Scippeo, a former resident of the Peter’s Hall community (EBD), is the eldest of four siblings, and leaves to mourn many devastated relatives and friends. He had just celebrated his 38th birthday, and unfortunately never got home to indulge in the delicacies prepared by his mother and awaiting his return.last_img read more

6th Annual United Way Charity Golf Tournament Tees Off June 9th

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – For the 2nd weekend in a row, golfers will be taking to the greens at Lone Wolf to raise money for a great cause.The 6th Annual United Way of Northern BC’s Charity Golf Tournament will be taking over Lone Wolf Golf Club in Taylor next weekend. The tournament goes down next Saturday at 12:30 P.M. with a shotgun start. The proceeds from the tournament will go towards the United Way of Northern BC, which provides help to youth, families and seniors across all of Northern BC.Entry is $150 per entrant, or $600 per foursome, and includes green fees, golf cart, and dinner, as well as a shot at prizes. To register for the tournament, go to www.unitedwaynbc.ca.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Another Accident on the Alaska Highway

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are looking for witnesses to an accident that occured this morning at 100th Street and the Alaska Highway. At approximately 11:40am the RCMP and the Fort St. John Fire Department responded to multi vehicle collision. The initial Police investigation has determined that a south bound Oldsmobile turned left from the Highway onto 100th street colliding with a North bound Ford F350. The pick up was proceeding through the intersection when the Oldsmobile turned left in front of him. After the collision, the Oldsmobile was pushed by the impact into two other vehicles that were stopped at the red light on 100th street. The driver of the Oldsmobile was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital with minor injuries, treated and released. No other injuries were reported. The Fort St. John RCMP believe that there are additional witnesses who may have information to provide Police about this collision and are asking anyone with information to contact the Detachment at 250-787-8140.- Advertisement –last_img read more

If cops on march, get out of their way

first_imgPundits and critics, safe in their secluded communities, can massage those decisions for years, but an officer doesn’t have that luxury. Now the light is refocused on the long-existing problem at the Los Angeles Police Department – the culture. Read that as beliefs and values, policies, procedures and training. Organizational cultures cannot change overnight. In his tenure, Chief Bill Bratton has significantly changed LAPD culture. Given another five years, he will have transformed it. And he will get to the bottom of this latest controversy. What about the media? I have the utmost respect for the right of a free press, which is a cornerstone of our liberty. Because I have watched Christina Gonzalez on KTTV for years, I feel like I know her. So it was hard to see her pushed out of the way. But in the post-9-11 era, some rules have changed, and one of those rules that had to change impacts our friends in the media. Responsible members of the press have a right to get their story out, but they need to keep in mind that the police are worried that the media may be infiltrated by terrorists who are disguised as journalists, operating guns disguised as cameras. Police must have cover officers in the rear. We can no longer afford the benefit of allowing the media free access at our back. Sound unthinkable? Well, so does crashing a jetliner into the World Trade Center towers or the Pentagon. One of the lessons reformers should have learned over the past few years is not to make uninformed, impetuous judgments without the facts. That smacks of mob rule. Five years ago, the LAPD was on the verge of collapse. It was hemorrhaging personnel and couldn’t recruit. Crime was out of control, and L.A. was known as the murder, carjack and car-theft capital of the country. Today, Los Angeles is the second-safest big city in the U.S. Yet even as the LAPD continues to transition, we suffer under unreasonable reforms, most prominently from a poorly written consent decree. If there are any structural outcomes resulting from May 1, let’s do something significant and renegotiate the consent decree. Together we can make the consent decree a useful document that will improve law enforcement services in the city of Los Angeles. Ted Hunt retired from the LAPD after 31 years. He is former president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League and a consultant to police organizations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAY 1 in MacArthur Park sent shock waves across the U.S. and Latin America. A phalanx of helmeted officers marching forward is an ominous sight and should have caused people to move, if nothing else, out of simple fear. Metro on the move is an awesome sight. Common sense would tell you to get the heck out of the way. While this may burst the bubble of many so-called police reformers, on May 1 the officers did exactly what they are taught to do, allowed to do and ordered to do. Someone up the food chain ordered those officers to assemble in a tactical formation and march forward, firing rubber bullets and driving the crowd out of the park. Paramilitary organizations are not a democracy. Officers must follow orders or be fired. That often puts line officers in the middle of controversy and of bodies in motion. In these highly charged environments, emotions can easily ignite in violence. Officers must make critical decisions in a matter of a second or less. last_img read more

Girl gets €55,000 after catching her finger in school door

first_imgA 9-year-old schoolgirl has been awarded €55,000 after catching her finger in a school door.The little girl had lost the tip of her finger and it could not be replaced, Letterkenny Circuit Court was told. The girl was initially offered compensation of €35,000 following the accident which occurred in April 2017 at a Donegal primary school.Representing the infant, Fiona Crawford, B.L. said the girl had been operating the door of a classroom when it had closed back on her finger.She had initially been taken to Letterkenny University Hospital before being transferred to Galway where an operation was performed on her finger by surgeon, Michael O’Sullivan.Ms Crawford told Judge John Alymer that as a result of the crush injury, the child was sensitive to cold weather and would not permit anyone to touch the affected finger.She said the girl suffered discomfort and said she would not be allowed to have her nails grow long and was left with a scar on the top of her finger.Her writing had also been affected following the incident.Ms Crawford said the original offer of €35,000 was low considering the effects the injury had caused.Judge Alymer agreed and refused the offer, stating that an improved offer should be made.Later in the court, he approved a settlement of €55,000.Girl gets €55,000 after catching her finger in school door was last modified: February 21st, 2019 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:awardcatchcourtDoorfingergirlSCHOOLlast_img read more