Apollon do the double over FK Željezničar

first_imgApollon got off to a great start against FK Željezničar as they took the lead in their first attack in the 2nd minute through Fotis Papoulis.The goal startled FK Željezničar and Apollon could and should added to their tally with Skembri, Papoulis and Joao Pedro all going close.Three minutes before the break, and against the run of play, FK Željezničar equalized through Zec bringing the game level.However a second for Papoulis, just after the restart from the penalty spot, settled the nerves of the Apollon players and the Limassol side took complete control of the game and continued to miss golden opportunities to widen the score,They had to wait till added time to make sure of the win when Papoulis scored again to complete his first European hat trick to give Apollon a 3-1 win.last_img read more

No soul…

first_img…in Guyana?There’s this self-confessed “zero credibility”, newly returned pastor who’s been regaling us with his ruminations on every topic under the sun – and then some. In his most recent foray, he opined that Guyana has no “soul”. And this “soullessness” is the source of much of what ails us. Now there’s been all sorts of handwringing about our national “condition” during the stocktaking precipitated by the Jubilee Celebrations – but this is new.A national soul!! Acknowledging that for sure he’s not as knowledgeable about “souls” as the good pastor who harvests them probably is, your Eyewitness thought these ephemeral entities were confined to individuals. And their possession by individuals didn’t necessarily guarantee them – much less a country – “peace on earth” or an angst-free existence. One even heard of “tortured souls” – especially in the artistic community.And that reminded your Eyewitness – who his regular readers would know is a fella of eclectic musical tastes – of that genre of music his father just used to lap up – Soul. Conceived in the travails of the African-American oppressed community, “Soul” was born from the “gospels” Black folks sang in the Churches they formed when Christian brotherhood with the whites was denied them.Sam Cook and Ray Charles were the progenitors of “soul” and was followed by Motown soul (remember Little Michael Jackson?), southern soul, funk and dance music to hip hop and contemporary R&B that’s keeping us on our feet right now. But surely now that “soul” has drifted so far from its Gospel roots, the pastor couldn’t possibly be alluding to heartfelt sentiments in song.So is he talking about what that notoriously dense German philosopher Hegel called “zeitgeist”? Which wiki simplifies for us as: “The spirit of the age or spirit of the time – the dominant set of ideals and beliefs that motivate the actions of the members of a society in a particular period in time.” But while the good pastor use the word “soul” as in a metaphysical entity, he insisted its possession would’ve saved us from violence, thefts, political skulduggery, political assassinations etc etc.But with “zeitgeist”, whatever is …IS! And it’ll be expressed – according to Hegel – generally through the arts. So what does our “arts” say about our “spirit of the times”? Well “in song” the Indian community gave us “Rum till I die” and its derivatives… and from the African side we have Dancehall and its variants. In dance we have “dutty wine” followed by “backballing” – which one Minister insisted in demonstrating in public during the Jubilee Float parade.So really…should we be surprised at the nihilistic pass to which we’ve arrived?…in exploiting childrenSome folks seem to think the phrase, “Suffer little children” means to make them suffer…not that one should be considerate towards them. We all know of the massive cover-up of sexual abuse of kids – in every society in the world. UNICEF calls for protection against paedophiles in its convention on the Rights of the Child…which we’ve signed on to. This Eyewitness takes a tough line against sexual exploitation. Don’t hang ‘em high though…castrate them.But the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is against another form of exploitation against children they’d like to eliminate. With them being a LABOUR organisation it has to do with labour. To a hammer, everything’s a nail? So this Sunday is World Day against Child Labour.Now while we have to be against all forms of exploitation – this Eyewitness, who laboured long and hard in various jobs as a child – hopes we don’t throw out the baby (kids who contribute to the survival of their family) with the bath water (exploitative conditions).…on prison death responsibilitySo after all the sturm and drang, of the Inquiry into the 17 prison deaths, it is pronounced that it’s the prisoners who’re mostly responsible for the tragedy.So can we say they committed suicide?last_img read more

Christmas, rum and violence

first_imgWe are entering the last lap to Christmas and sadly in Guyana, rather than focusing on the end result of the Immaculate Conception, we are gearing up for the binge drinking that has come to typify our Christmas commemorations. This means, of course, that the whole gamut of pathologies that accompany alcohol abuse in Guyana will be manifested – domestic and other social violence that often end in death. What to do? It is not appreciated enough that alcohol consumption in and of itself might not be the problem – but the reaction to the alcohol is. And this reaction is socially constructed.The epidemiological literature on alcohol consumption in various ethnic groups situated in the same locale in New York City, for instance, makes an important point: in measuring drinking problems there were “clear-cut, significant and persistent group differences…the groups with the lowest incidence of alcohol abuse, the Jews and Italians have (a) the lowest abstinence rates among these groups, and (b) (especially the Italians) the highest consumption rates.” This differential reaction to alcohol consumption has been confirmed in other locales: alcohol abuse is a sociological problem.The groups that drink the most and have the least number of members that abstain from alcohol have the least problems with alcohol abuse! One study of Irish-Americans in Boston over a 40-year period, found that they were “seven times as likely to develop alcohol dependence as Italian-Americans – this despite the Irish-Americans having a substantially higher abstinence rate.” What is going on? If nothing else that alcohol abuse is not an individual idiosyncrasy and that socio-cultural factors are as crucial as physiological and psychological ones.“Ways of drinking and of thinking about drinking are learned by individuals within the context in which they learn ways of doing other things and of thinking about them – that is, whatever else drinking may be, it is an aspect of culture about which patterns of belief and behaviour are modelled by a combination of example, exhortation, rewards, punishments, and the many other means, both formal and informal, that societies use for communicating norms, attitudes, and values.”Another counterintuitive finding of anthropological studies is that aggression is not ineluctably linked to “drinking”, as is commonly accepted by us in the Caribbean. “Worldwide, however, such (aggressive) behaviour is typically quite rare, even among people who drink a great deal. Numerous anthropological studies demonstrate that alcohol-related violence is a learned behaviour, not an inevitable result of alcohol consumption.“The way people comport themselves when they are drunk is determined not by alcohol’s toxic assault upon the seat of moral judgment, conscience, or the like, but by what their society makes of and imparts to them concerning the state of drunkenness.“Cross-cultural evidence from diverse populations around the world shows that some have habitual drunkenness with little aggression, others show aggression only in specific drinking contexts or against selected categories of drinking companions, and so forth. Such widespread and diverse variation contradicts the view – shared by both `common sense’ and much scientific writing – that characterises alcohol as having a relatively direct pharmaconeurological effect in triggering aggression.”What has also been shown to be true is that cultures into which alcohol were forcibly introduced as a measure of control within a very compressed time had no time to evolve positive drinking norms and in fact imbibed the foisted notion that the alcohol was a precursor to “letting off steam”. This was the case with Amerindians and Indians in the Caribbean. “The major colonial powers exported to those areas of the globe that fell under their control not only models of drunken behaviour but also a host of beliefs about the effects of alcohol on human beings. It may be that the widespread belief in alcohol as a disinhibitor is nothing but an ethnocentric European folk belief foisted on subject peoples around the world during the heyday of colonialism.”This Christmas, let us not use “having a good time” by drinking as an excuse for being violent to those around us.last_img

Stefanos Tsitsipas to US Open umpire in tirade: ‘You’re all weirdos!’

first_imgView comments The argument came midway through the fourth set of Tsitsipas’ 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (7), 7-5 loss to Andrey Rublev on Tuesday, a day when he and fellow young star Dominic Thiem both lost in the first round for the second straight major tournament.Tsitsipas, the No. 8 seed from Greece, appeared to be battling cramps and was slow to return to the court after losing his serve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDumusois told Tsitsipas it was time to play, but Tsitsipas was still reaching into his bag for a new headband and screamed at Dumusois that he still needed time to change. Dumusois responded that Tsitsipas would be penalized.“I don’t care,” Tsitsipas replied. “Do whatever you want, because you’re the worst.” “I don’t know what you have against me,” Tsitsipas continued. “Because you’re French probably and you’re all weirdos! You’re all weirdos!”Dumusois is indeed French.Tsitsipas had been angry that Dumusois believed he was getting coaching during the match from his father, Apostolos, which is not allowed.“The chair umpire was very incorrect in what he was telling me during the match,” Tsitsipas said afterward. “I don’t know what this chair umpire has in specific against my team, but he’s been complaining and telling me that my team talks all of the time when I’m out on the court playing. He’s very — I don’t know. I believe he’s not right, because I never hear anything of what my team says from the outside.”Tsitsipas added that he thought tennis needed more umpires who are fair to all players.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Into Africa: Raptors president brings the game home Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, returns a shot to Andrey Rublev, of Russia, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NEW YORK — Stefanos Tsitsipas accused a U.S. Open chair umpire of having a bias against him during a tirade in which he told the official, “You’re all weirdos!”Tsitsipas told Damien Dumusois that the cause of his bias was “because you’re French probably and you’re all weirdos!”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemery Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zonescenter_img Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? Taal Volcano’s quakes, cracks send more people fleeing “I feel like some of them have preferences when they are on the court,” he said.Tsitsipas opened his Grand Slam season by beating Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semifinals. He fell at Wimbledon to Thomas Fabbiano, who then sent Thiem to another quick exit by beating the No. 4 seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on a day when four top-10 seeds in the bottom half of the bracket were upset.The two-time French Open runner-up said he was battling an illness leading into the tournament and said he was exhausted after two sets.“I’m far away from 100%,” Thiem said. “Like this, it’s very tough to win.”Tsitsipas was clear that his problems stemmed from the influence of Dumusois.“Well, it’s not very pleasant when you have the umpire give you warnings and time violations and coaching violations during a match,” Tsitsipas said. “It can affect your thinking. It can affect your decision-making.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 3 young volunteers die in car crash after giving aid to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

SuperSport not coming back – KPL, FKF say

first_imgAfter they announced their decision to pull out of a league they have sponsored since 2008, FKF took the initiative to write to the bosses in South Africa in a bid to lure them into reconsidering, but the effort has hit a brick wall.“Yes, we got a response for SuperSport and the long and short of it is that they are not coming back,” FKF Chief Executive Officer Robert Muthomi said on Monday morning.He added; “We have a Joint Executive Committee (JEC) meeting as well as an FKF National Executive meeting and we will sit down and discuss the way forward. There’s been some interest and we want to discuss that interest.”His sentiments were echoed by the KPL Chief Executive Jack Oguda who has also confirmed that several new suitors have expressed interest with Capital Sports learning that Chinese company Startimes is one of those who have shown interest in picking up the broadcast deal.“It’s an unfortunate event for Kenyan football but that doesn’t mark the end of football in our country. In the late 2000s, we didn’t have a broadcast sponsor but we still played football. For us it’s a big challenge but what we are working on is to try and value the product properly to get more partners on board,” Oguda further said.“For us it’s a big challenge but what we are working on is to try and value the product properly to get more partners on board,” – KPL CEO Jack OgudaThe Federation and league managers are now set to work together to tie down a deal, but the likelihood of having one on board for the new season appears thin.KPL CEO Jack Oguda says that in the least, six months are required to structure and negotiate a good deal.Muthomi on his side has hinted the federation is considering extending KPL’s mandate to run and manage the league further than 2020 as one of the pillars of negotiating a new broadcaster for the league.“No broadcaster will want to come and sign deal for two years because at the moment, our agreement with KPL runs till 2020. It is important that first issues of the agreement be addressed. We are talking to KPL and if the agreement is to be extended, then let it be extended because that is what the FKF want,”“We want to give a good mandate to KPL on how to run the league then from there we can bring in a broadcast partner. We are working in tandem with them (KPL) to ensure that we have a good deal on the table,” Muthomi further stated.The decision by SuperSport to pull out not only threw the league into darkness, but also rendered tens of employees jobless with clubs also set to suffer with a cut in their monthly grants.Each club was budgeted to get at least Sh8mn the entire season and Oguda has indeed confirmed that there will be cuts and re-budgeting occasioned by the exit. Sources close to Capital Sport intimate that clubs might face up to a 50 percent cut in grants.Meanwhile, both the federation and league managers have agreed they need to negotiate a better deal that will exploit all aspects, including Free to Air (FTA) partners, mobile and radio to enable clubs reap more from the value of broadcasting.“It is not as simple as giving money and putting games on TV. There’s so much we can exploit so that we can get the best deal for the clubs. The previous deal was good and it served Kenyan football well, but it was known there were rights that were not being exploited. Now we have a chance to re-format and look at everything,” Muthomi noted.“Our main focus at the moment is to see that we are back on TV and we get a good deal from whoever partner will come in,” Oguda further added his voice on the issue.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Gor Mahia striker Michael Olunga enjoys a moment on camera after winning the Kenyan Premier League title in 2015. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – The slimmest of hopes that South African Pay TV company SuperSport would re-consider their decision to pull out of broadcasting the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) have been dashed with both the KPL and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirming the decision will not change.The new development will be a huge blow to the Kenyan game which had hugely benefited from the presence of the broadcasters, increasing the marketability of the league as well as visibility of the players.last_img read more

Funds for West L.A. light rail approved

first_imgTRANSPORTATION: State officials budgeted $315 million for the 8.5 mile Exposition line. By Harrison Sheppard STAFF WRITER SACRAMENTO – Los Angeles commuters got some long-sought relief Wednesday as California transit officials greenlighted a costly light rail project to aid Westside commuters and a plan to ease congestion near LAX. The funding, which had been stalled for months amid the Legislature’s budget deadlock, now means several projects can move forward, including $315 million for the Exposition Light Rail line project. “(This) ensures continued progress without interruption in building the Expo Light Rail line to Culver City and ultimately to Santa Monica,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said in a written statement. “It hastens the day we can finish the project and bring mass rapid transit and a measure of genuine traffic relief to the people of West Los Angeles.” The California Transportation Commission allocated nearly half of the $640 million for the first phase of the Exposition line, 8.5 miles from the existing Metro Rail station at Seventh/Metro Center. The line will head south toward USC and then along Exposition Boulevard, ending at Washington/National in Culver City. Construction on the first phase began last year and is scheduled for completion in 2010. The second phase, still in the planning stages, will connect Culver City to the beach in Santa Monica. Although some had fretted that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cuts in transportation funds would jeopardize some projects, the commission determined money was available and unanimously approved it. “It’s a very important day for Los Angeles,” said Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-West Hollywood, who chairs the budget subcommittee on transportation. “This is absolutely fundamental to the future of not only this line, but public transit in Los Angeles. The Exposition line is a foundation for what can be, to alleviate congestion throughout our region.” Other Los Angeles projects approved by the CTC included widening the offramp from the Century (105) Freeway onto Sepulveda Boulevard near LAX. Traffic on that offramp, according to transportation officials, often backs up onto the freeway during busy times, causing accidents and additional freeway congestion. The project will cost $7.6 million. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tottenham goalkeeper says they need more experience to become a great team

first_imgHugo Lloris has hailed Tottenham trio Mauricio Pochettino, Dele Alli and Harry Kane after their strong start to the season, but says they need to ‘add some experience’ to take their squad to the next level.Pochettino’s men look on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League this term and they have plenty of admirers after impressive performances, losing only two league games.The French shot-stopper has a number of interested suitors across Europe and he has previously said his current Spurs boss has been key in keeping him at the club.Lloris told talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton: “We are in this place today [because of Pochettino and his staff].“[Pochettino] has a lot of responsibility. He tried to put us in the best condition and to bring us to the next step and for that we work hard every day, try to develop our skills and improve individually and collectively.“We feel we are a good team, a strong team, but it is not enough, we want to become a great team and for that we need to add some experience because we are still young.”Alli has stolen the headlines in recent weeks after the young English midfielder, bought from MK Dons last year, has impressed in his step up to the first team at White Hart Lane.Lloris admits he kept a close eye on the 19-year-old after Spurs bought him in January and loaned him back to the League One side, who earned promotion to the second tier.“I started to follow him and heard a lot of positive things,” he said.“We only knew in the club we had a great English talent but he deserves [the plaudits] because of his mentality and if he keeps the same spirit he will be a great English player.“It is normal that the English media and English people are focusing on Dele Alli because he impressed everyone and is still improving.“He is still young but is a great character, very positive and is always trying to help the team.”Meanwhile local boy Kane has showed he is not a one-season wonder by performing well in his second full campaign with Tottenham, following his breakthrough last term where he scored 32 times for club and country.The 22-year-old striker has already netted 15 goals in 2015/16 and the Spurs number one says he can be key in helping the north Londoners to silverware.“His attitude is great and last season he was so fantastic.“I think he is confirming all the good things we say about him.“Like Dele, he has the right spirit and attitude and is ambitious and he is a true Spurs player.“He will try everything to put the club where it wants to be and to have a big impact on the club. But we all want to have success with Tottenham, to play in the Champions League, to win trophies and this is the next step.“In a live talkSPORT FA Cup commentary this weekend, Spurs host Premier League high-fliers Leicester before playing the Foxes in the Premier League three days later.Spurs remain in the Europa League and are still in the hunt at the top of the league Lloris believes his side can succeed and challenge on all fronts.He added: “Leicester are doing well this season but we are too.“We are going to try our best to go as far as possible, but we need to take it game-by-game and of course we play them again on Wednesday.“From my experience, to win a cup, it’s the same in every country. You need a bit of luck.“It is a different competition because every game can turn quickly.“It’s very, very different but an exciting competition and we have targets of the top four and ambition in the Europa League and if we want to improve as a team and as men, we need to take every competition seriously.”Listen to Sunday’s FA Cup clash between Tottenham and Leicester, live on talkSPORT, after Chelsea versus Scunthorpe.last_img read more

Bush, Cheney find the humor in Darth Vader nickname

first_imgWASHINGTON – The joke’s on Vice President Dick Cheney. Apparently, around the White House, they’re OK with that. As he launched into a health-care speech Wednesday, President Bush warmed up his audience with a nod to Halloween, at Cheney’s expense. “This morning I was with the vice president,” Bush told a gathering of grocery manufacturers. “I was asking him what costume he was planning. He said, `Well, I’m already wearing it.’ Then he mumbled something about the dark side of the force.” Ah yes, that old Darth Vader line. Used to be only Cheney’s critics called him that, not his boss. Or his wife. Or Cheney himself. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Most of you knew me long before anyone called me Darth Vader,” Cheney said at The Washington Institute last week. “I’ve been asked if that nickname bothers me, and the answer is, no. After all, Darth Vader is one of the nicer things I’ve been called recently.” Darth Vader is the heavy-breathing villain of the Star Wars movies – a reference to Cheney’s terse manner and sometimes gloomy view of world affairs. So what is this? Some Jedi mind trick? Cheney’s spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president has always had a good sense of humor. He’s made his share of self-deprecating references to his Darth Vader reputation over the years. It just so happens that they seem to be piling up during this season of ghoulish costumes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Whittier Senior Center is hosting an art show from 10 a.m. to 7p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 13225Walnut St. Featured art work will be by current and past center art students from oil, water color, the doll project and more. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. 10-year-old’s artwork on display WHITTIER – The city’s Cultural Arts Commission will present artwork by 10-year-old Ronnie Rubalcaba at City Hall. The artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby at 13230 Penn St. Whittier City Hall will be exhibiting Rubalcaba’s work through Sept. 15. For more information, call (818) 243-9696, Ext. 13. Aerobics class for seniors set MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital will continue its senior chair aerobics exercise classes due to many requests by seniors in the community. The class is offered by the hospital’s 50+ Senior Connection program. It will next be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd. To make reservations or for more information, call (323) 725-4333. Adult school offers piano classes WHITTIER – Piano classes are available for adults at all skill levels from 6:30 to 9:30p.m. Thursdays in the Pioneer High School music room, 10800 E. Benavon St. Classes are ongoing until Nov. 30. Participants may register in class for $35. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1300, or (714) 562-0850. Square dance club sets fall dance WHITTIER – The Major Keys Square Dance Club is having their Fall Dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the East Whittier YMCA, 15740 E. Starbuck St. Couples, singles and observers welcome. For more information, call (562) 696-1332. Dance workout class offered SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Hot Mama’s Latin Dance Workout is being offered for women ages 18 and older. The classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Paso de Oro Dance Company, 14535 Valley View, Suite T. The registration fee is $45. During the workout, dancers will raise their heart rates while learning to dance. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Housing assistance free for the asking WHITTIER – Assemblyman Ron Calderon’s office is providing help with homeowners and renters assistance between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday until Oct.11 at Parnell Center, 15390 Lambert Road. Assistance is free, appointments are required. For more information, call (562) 464-3350. Line-dancing class at VFW hall LA MIRADA – The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 invites everyone to a free line-dancing class at 3p.m. Wednesdays, at 13932 Valley View Ave. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Senior matinee to see `Pirates’ WHITTIER – Enjoy a matinee show of “Pirates of Penzance” at the Glendale Theatre from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 30, with the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. Bring money for lunch. The fee is $20. To sign up, or for more information, call (562)464- 3370. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

The fault lies with the doggone owners

first_imgIS it just me? Am I a grouch, or does it seem that dogs – or at least the people who worship dogs – are taking over my neighborhood? Where I live, it seems that man’s best friend is more important than his neighbors are. Or at least much more important than his neighbors’ lawn. The issue is bigger – and thankfully harder – than dog poop. But there are over 55 million dogs in this country. Given that, on average, dogs eat about 1 1/2 pounds of dog food a day, and that one-tenth of that comes out the other end, you can imagine how many pounds – make that tons – of dog poop there are out there. Don’t paint me as some kind of dog-hating crackpot, no! I am simply a person who feels deeply that one’s neighbors should not allow, by four-legged proxy, dog feces to arrive on someone else’s property. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeDid you know that 33 percent of dog owners admit that they actually talk to their dogs, and, more importantly, leave messages for them on their answering machines? If only dogs could leave their owners’ messages to remind them to clean up the poop! Actual conversation I’ve heard many times: “Come on buddy, come on buddy, big guy. Let’s go for a walky-walk on the roady-road! That’s a good boy! Goooood boy!” What the conversation should be is: “Come on good buddy, let’s go have a walky-walk on the roady-road and have a poopy-poop on someone else’s lawny-lawn. OK, good buddy? That’s a good boy!” I had a dog as a kid. A big, black Labrador-pointer mix. He did his business in a special place in the backyard where we trained him to do so. His walks were for exercise. Dog owners marvel at the loyalty and unfettered, tail-wagging love their pets give unconditionally. Mutt to mutt-owner is about one of the strongest bonds yet, beyond that of addict to heroin. But don’t ever forget that you could be a serial ax murderer, and that dog would still slobber all over you like you were the greatest person on Earth. What about those friends (and relatives) who always bring their dogs to your house whenever they visit? Many of them, at least in my life, equate their pets with children. But do children relieve themselves in your rose garden? Rip up a fur coat in the closet of a spare room? Urinate on valuable Persian carpets – while you are looking!? These incidents actually have happened to me because of FWDs, “friends with dogs.” Neither my daughter nor any of her wacky friends over the past 12 years of her life ever demonstrated this destructive and scatological behavior. The point of all this is that many people, at least where I live in the Westside of Los Angeles, equate their dog with themselves. This is the problem: Dogs aren’t people. Conversely, some people may act like dogs, but it is not because of dogs. Please don’t blame the dogs. Blame their thoughtless, self-centered owners. Mark Phillips is executive producer of “SWAT USA – California” on Court TV.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more