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Fulham sign Heitinga

first_img Press Association Fulham have completed the signing of Everton defender John Heitinga on a free transfer. “I’m really pleased to get the move completed and I’m looking forward to playing my first game,” Heitinga told the club’s official website, www.fulhamfc.com. “I think it’s a good move for myself and I’m looking forward to meeting my team-mates. “I’ve spoken already with Rene Meulensteen and I think it’s the right club for me. “This is a club with a great history and I always enjoyed playing at Craven Cottage, I really like it as a stadium. It’s not one of the biggest but it’s got something special.” Heitinga moves to west London initially until the end of the season and will hope to impress enough to earn a call-up to the Holland squad for the World Cup. The defender came through Ajax’s fabled academy before moving to Atletico Madrid in Spain and on to the Premier League with Everton. “Of course I know Maarten Stekelenburg very well – we were players at Ajax together and we played many years in the national team together,” Heitinga said of the Fulham goalkeeper. “I chose Fulham because the feeling was good and what was also important was the conversation between me and Rene. “He knows exactly what he wants and I know exactly what I want. The main thing is to keep Fulham in the league and hopefully the boys will start with a win against Southampton.” center_img The 30-year-old Dutchman spent four-and-a-half years at Goodison Park, amassing 140 first-team appearances and scoring five goals. However, Heitinga’s playing time has been restricted to just five appearances this term and has been allowed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez to join Fulham on a permanent deal. last_img read more

Westhill, Marcellus, Skaneateles volleyball earn key league wins

first_imgIn Wednesday’s 25-7, 25-5, 25-21 romp over Phoenix, Hannah Schmitz served up nine aces to go with seven digs. Schwartz (eight assists) and Tori Militi (nine assists) split back-line duties as Heinrich earned seven kills and Galante had six kills. Gianna Militi had nine digs.Two of Westhill’s neighbors met each other last Tuesday night and Marcellus got the best of it against Solvay, the Mustangs taking the first two sets 25-18 and 25-19 and edging the Bearcats 27-25 in the third set for the sweep.Bronte Stahl again stood out for Marcellus, leading her team with 15 assists and seven kills, to go with five digs and two blocks. Elaine Grattan finished with four kills as Evelyn Webster finished with six digs. Tags: girls volleyballJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill At least in the early portion of a new season, the Westhill girls volleyball team shows no signs of any kind of dropoff from its 2018 state Class B championship form.The Warriors were 2-0 going into last Monday’s match against Homer, and didn’t take too long to make it three in a row, sweeping past the Trojans 25-20, 25-14, 25-21.Sarah Schwartz notched 20 assists, three aces and six digs as Sara Galante put away 12 kills, three blocks and six digs. Libero Gianna Militi amassed 19 digs as Gracelyn O’Connell earned five blocks and Kate Heinrich had three kills. Marcellus got another victory on Thursday against visiting Liverpool, winning the first two sets 26-24 and 25-19, and then dropping the next two sets 25-19 and 25-23 before edging the Warriors 25-22 in the final set to pull it out.Jenna Mattison finished the long night with 38 assists, her passes often going to Stahl, who notched 20 kills plus 14 digs. Anna Fern and Brook Finnarty had six kills apiece, Fern adding four blocks as Webster earned 25 digs.Skaneateles, bouncing back from its Sept. 6 defeat to Westhill, met Jordan-Elbridge last Tuesday and the Lakers used steady play from all of its stars to sweep the Eagles 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.Maeve Canty put away 18 kills, seven aces and eight digs  with the passes coming from Lily Delasin, who finished with 23 assists to go with six aces, five kills and three digs. Emma Keady added five kills, eight assists and five digs. Kristen Henry got six digs.An even bigger win was attained Thursday, against visiting Cazenovia. Skaneateles won the first set 25-19 and the second 25-22, then lost the third set in another 25-22 decision before holding off those other Lakers 25-22 in the fourth to end it.Canty had a rare 20-20 showing that included 20 kills and 22 digs. Delasin, aside from her 30 assists, had eight digs and three kills, while Henry earned 11 digs and four kills. Keady earned six kills, while Emma Miller got nine digs and Alex Csenez added seven digs.J-E split the first two sets of last Monday’s match against Fulton, but struggled late in a 25-18, 19-25, 25-12, 25-9 defeat to the Red Raiders.Paige Lane had eight assists, with Cassie Klock getting two kills and three blocks. Ashlee Eaton had three kills as Ranait McGuire earned five digs and Gabby Smart added four digs.J-E then beat Hannibal 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 on Thursday night as Lane got 11 assists and four aces, with McGuire earning three kills and four blocks as Eaton got four kills.West Genesee ran into Cicero-North Syracuse last Monday night and lost 25-15, 25-16, 25-17 to the Northstars.Anna Snyder still managed 10 digs and nine assists for the Wildcats as Mackenzie Winn added seven digs. But no WG player had more than two kills as Jennifer Carl led C-NS with 16 assists, six aces and seven digs.Turning it around two nights later, the Wildcats won a close battle with Liverpool 25-20, 26-24, 26-24, Snyder amassing 28 assists to go with four aces, four kills, six digs and two blocks.Zajac, with 12 kills, led a well-balanced WG front line as Mia Lamanna earned nine kills and Julia Quirk gained eight kills. Winn put together 18 digs to pace the defense.Bishop Ludden swept Syracuse Academy of Science 25-8, 25-15, 25-18 last Monday night, serving up 18 aces, five of them by Jasmine Cuffee, who also earned nine kills. Jayden Burney had five blocks as Kate Ruddygot eight assists.In Wednesday’s match against Central Square, Ludden lost a close opening set 26-24 and the second set 25-13, and though it rolled through the third set 25-14, the Redhawks closed them out 25-21 in the fourth. Cuffee had six kills, while Ruddy produced 10 assists.This set up a big match with Bishop Grimes on Friday. Ludden  lost the first set 25-21 and took the next two sets 25-10 and 25-22, and though the Cobras got the fourth set 25-17, the Gaelic Knights prevailed in the final set by that same margin. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Women’s golf takes home individual tournament title

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Sports InformationEnding with a bang · The Women of Troy finished their fall season with three players competing in the Pac-12 Preview. Sophomore Robynn Ree won the individual title by two strokes with a score of -6.At the Nanea Pac-12 Preview in Kona, Hawaii, the Trojans played with a depleted staff of only sophomore Robynn Ree, freshman Allisen Corpuz and senior Elizabeth Doty, yet came out victorious. Ree took home the individual title at the Preview. The three Trojans competed as individuals and not as a team because of their missing players. Seniors Victoria Morgan, Gabriella Then, Tiffany Chan and Karen Chung were away at the LPGA’s Q school. Chan and Chung advanced to the third and final round. The Pac-12 Preview is the final tournament of the fall season. Ree was looking for her second collegiate win. Six holes into the final round, Ree was in second place at -3 overall, Corpuz fell to tied for 19th and Doty stayed tied for 43rd. With 10 holes to go, Ree tied for first again with a birdie. Five holes later Ree would have pars on 4 and 5 and a birdie on 3, ahead by 2 at -5. She would remain in first place for the remainder of the tournament. Going into the final hole Ree led by 2 shots. She clinched Nanea Pac 12 Preview at -6 for a 2-stroke win over UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano (-4) and Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela (-3). Corpuz finished tied for 13th at 3-over and Doty finished 49th overall at 18-over. The tournament serves as a homecoming for Corpuz, who is from Honolulu. The first round of the tournament consisted of 36 holes. Through the first four holes, Ree was tied for 14th, Corpuz tied for 25th and Doty tied for 35th.Through 13 holes, Corpuz stood at -2 and within a stroke of first. One hole later, Corpuz was tied for first at -3 with five birdies so far. At the end of the first round, Ree and Corpuz were tied for 4th at -3, two strokes back, and Doty was tied for 40th at +5. After eight holes in the 2nd round Ree stood at tied for second with -4 and Corpuz stood at tied for 5th at -3 after six holes. Ree had four birdies in each round of play with her best rounds being the first round and the final round as she finished at -3 for both. She was even in the second round. Arizona State won the team title at the Pac-12 Preview.The women’s golf team does not return until the spring season.last_img read more

Recognizing Psychological Manipulation

first_imgManipulation is a form of abuse that may go unrecognized.  Abuse, whether it is emotional, sexual or physical, is a traumatic experience. This type of abuse is linked to gender based violence.There is an increased level of gender based violence in Liberia is likely to result to marital rape, suffering to women, deprivation of liberty, threats of violence – leading to physical harm such as battering, psychological harm and gender inequality.These risk factors may be a tough pill to swallow, however it must be made known.We Liberians have the tendency to overlook issues in our society. Somehow we think the problem will solve itself, or we say, “It is the next man’s problem”.  If we do not take a stand now, the next generation will ultimately fall prey to abuse or continue the cycle of abuse. It is within our power to address the matter, to render support and advice to our neighbors – to educate both women and men within our communities.The purpose of this article is to recognize the signs of abuse, what it involves, how to safely move on, how to manage the situation and key ways to handle a manipulative person.After conducting research on the subject matter, I discovered that most abusers gain power and control over their victims by using various manipulative tactics.Psychological manipulation is an attempt to indirectly influence the behavior and actions of someone else through mental distortion and emotional exploitation and to seize power, control, benefits and privileges of a victim. The manipulator can do so by detecting a weakness and consequently using that weakness against their victim.CHARACTERISTICS OF A MANIPULATOR* The manipulator will exploit your weaknesses and make you feel inadequate. You may blame yourself for not meeting their needs. Being manipulated to feel bad about yourself, will lead you to eventually surrender your power and rights.* Manipulators may be charismatic and often have a hypnotic hold over others.* Some manipulators go from being highly polite to one individual and completely rude to another – or totally helpless one moment and aggressive the next. The manipulator will frequently play the victim.* A psychological manipulator is also a bully and will try to intimidate, verbally abuse and humiliate their victim.* Manipulative people use guilt, shame, lies and trickery to get what they want. They can never admit to being in the wrong.HANDLING A MANIPULATIVE PERSON* Prioritise your work and social life* Keep your distance and create a healthy lifestyle* You have the right to say “no” without feeling guilty. Psychological manipulators will make requests or outrageous demands to make you go out of your way to meet their needs. Use time to your advantage by saying, “I will think about it”.  Some may demand immediately action or response. Remember you have a right to be respected. Say NO.* When dealing with verbal abuse, confront the abuser with a friend or relative. Create your boundary, be confident in your response to the abuse and down play their insults.* Express your feelings, opinions and wants.LEAVING AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP* Talk to a trusted person about the violence. * Change your daily routine, contact number and work route or hours (if possible).* Keep a journal of all violent incidences, noting the dates, events and threats made.* Identify a safe place to stay.* Set money aside. Ask a friend or family member to keep hold of the money.* Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with INSIGHT and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way.“We become each and every piece within the game called life!”  – Allan RufusLiberian women have a natural ability to endure trying circumstances. We also possess great inner strength to overcome challenges.Knowledge along with awareness is a powerful tool; it is most useful in the handling of potential abusers and manipulative individuals. It promotes social change and will effectively decrease the number of cases being reported.Educating women on the main categories of abuse will encourage them to seek help; they will gain strength and courage in the process; it will empower them to help other women living with abuse .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kids burned in car expected trip to movies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A man recently separated from his wife burned their two children to death by setting fire to his SUV in a downtown alley during what was planned as a trip to the movies, police alleged Monday. Dae Kwon Yun, 54, was found near the sport utility vehicle on Sunday with severe burns on his face, hands and legs, authorities said. He was hospitalized in critical condition but was expected to survive, and will be booked for investigation of murder, police said. “Detectives believe the killings were related to the estrangement of Yun and his wife,” a police statement said. Police tentatively identified the dead as Ashley Yun, 11, and Alexander Yun, 10, noting that positive identification was difficult because the bodies were so severely burned. It wasn’t clear if Yun intended to kill himself along with his children and then changed his mind, Detective Vic Pietrantoni said. Police did not know if the SUV doors were locked to prevent the children from escaping. “All the doors were open when we found the car, but the fire may have forced them open,” Pietrantoni said. “We need to talk to the father to find out what he was thinking.” The wife, Ok Ma Sun, owns a T-shirt shop in the downtown Garment District and had been separated for about two weeks from Yun, who was living in his vehicle, authorities said. Court documents show she filed for divorce March 28. Yun may also have been distraught over a gambling debt, his wife told police. “He was always mad,” said Miriam Sandoval, 24, who owns a nearby shop. “He was one of those people who would never even smile at you.” Eunice Kwak, 41, who works across the street, described Yun as angry but said she never witnessed physical violence. “He’s up and down. He didn’t control his anger,” Kwak said. The children had planned to go the movies with their father on Sunday, and Yun’s wife expected them back that evening, police said. Witnesses told police they saw Yun arguing in Korean with his daughter outside the SUV in the alley. The SUV erupted into flames just moments after Yun forced the girl into the vehicle then sat in the front passenger seat, police said. As the car burned from the inside, Yun opened the door and rolled out, police said. Firefighters reached the SUV about 4:45 p.m. and discovered the bodies after extinguishing the fire. Hee Sang Yoon, a spokesman for the Korean Consulate in Los Angeles, said divorce is on the rise in the Korean community. But culturally, when it comes to children, the battles are not vicious, he said. “This kind of event is shocking,” he said. The consulate had no further information on the incident or the family. Yun was arrested in May 2004 for investigation of domestic violence after a woman called 911 and whispered to a dispatcher that her husband hit her and was still in their home, said Monterey Park police Capt. Eric Kim. “Before we were able to get more information from her, the line was disconnected,” Kim said. “Our officers got on the scene and did a preliminary investigation. Then we arrested him for domestic violence.” Kim declined to release the caller’s name, citing a policy of confidentiality concerning domestic violence victims. Police forwarded that investigation to prosecutors, Kim said, but he didn’t know the outcome of the case. Sun’s shop, not far from the vehicle fire, was closed Monday, with white metal screens covering the entrance.last_img read more