Muguruza named WTA Player of Year

first_imgMuguruza becomes only the second Spanish woman after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to become the top-ranked player in the world.The 24-year-old became the first player to beat both Serena and Venus Williams in major finals, having beaten Serena to claim the 2016 French Open.”Becoming the WTA number one in the world is a dream come true,” Muguruza told the WTA’s website.”Every birthday wish was always the same as I blew out the candles – to become the best.”There is a lot of work behind this achievement and a lot of love and passion for this sport. There’s also a lot of hard moments along with the great moments.”Muguruza is competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore next week.Meanwhile, Martina Hingis and Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan were voted the WTA’s doubles duo of the year after they secured nine titles, including the US Open.Latvian Jelena Ostapenko was named the tour’s most improved player after winning the French Open, the WTA announced, while US Open champion Sloane Stephens took comeback player of the year honours after her stunning success at Flushing Meadows.last_img read more

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Prep Games to Watch

first_imgTODAY Wrestling: Glenn at La Mirada, 7 p.m. The Eagles can pin down the Suburban League title with a victory. 5 p.m. Redondo almost upset the defending State Division I champs in a December tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Girls basketball: Poly at Millikan, 5 p.m. The Rams look to avenge the pounding they took against the Jackrabbits last week as they try to clinch a berth in the CIF-SS Division I-AA playoffs. FRIDAY Boys basketball: Compton at Wilson, 6:30 p.m. The Bruins can improve their playoff chances with a victory over the first-place Tarbabes. SATURDAY Girls basketball: Redondo at Poly, center_img WEDNESDAY Boys basketball: La Mirada at Artesia, 6:30 p.m. The Matadores are the only team to knock off the Pioneers this year. last_img read more

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Roy Keane: Sunderland chiefs ‘need to have a good look at themselves’

first_img1 Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has told club chiefs to ‘have a good look at themselves’ as they start their search for a tenth permanent boss in ten years.The Black Cats find themselves without a head coach after Dick Advocaat resigned from his post on Sunday, despite signing a new deal to stay on as manager in the summer.Keane’s own reign at the Stadium of Light came to an end after a little less than 27 months in December 2008 after his relationship with owner and chairman Ellis Short deteriorated.Asked if he was surprised by head coach Dick Advocaat’s departure on Sunday, the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, speaking to the media in Dublin on Tuesday, said: “No.”Asked why not, he replied: “It’s Sunderland, isn’t it? It’s a brilliant club, but I don’t know, I really can’t comment on why different managers have left or have been sacked.“But people in the background probably need to have a good look at themselves.”Asked further if he was referring to people who were at the club during his spell on Wearside, he said: “Yes”, before adding with a smile: “If they’d let me alone, I’d probably still be there now and I wouldn’t be having to chat to you.”Keane’s comments came as Short continued to assess the potential field for a key appointment, which could ultimately come down to hard cash.The Black Cats have identified Sam Allardyce as the leading candidate for the vacancy, however the noises coming from those close to him have been mixed in recent days.Former Sunderland defender Allardyce has already attracted support from the club’s fans, but he is in a position of strength having indicated he wanted to take time out of the game following his exit from Upton Park at the end of last season.He is currently in Spain, but will return later this month, when he is scheduled to embark upon a tour to promote his autobiography.Allardyce, who will inevitably be linked with most Premier League jobs when they become available given his track record, can perhaps afford to pick and choose and has already indicated that when he does return, it will be for the right opportunity and not necessarily the next one.Burnley’s Sean Dyche, who has publicly distanced himself from the opening at the Stadium of Light, is also held in high regard by the hierarchy on Wearside, but crucially his appointment would involve a significant compensation package and that may not work in his favour.David Moyes and Nigel Pearson – the latter available after leaving Leicester – are not understood to be among the names at the top of Short’s list, and it may be that, should the men the American wants prove unavailable, he may have to become creative and look further down the page at up-and-coming candidates such as MK Dons’ Karl Robinson and Burton’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who might prove less costly to attract. Roy Keane last_img read more

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Franciscan friars settle abuse case

first_imgFranciscan friars have reached a preliminary settlement of more than $28 million with about two dozen people who claimed they were sexually abused at a now-defunct Santa Barbara seminary and mission, officials said Monday. Attorney Raymond Boucher, who represents eight of the plaintiffs, said the average payment would be about $1.27 million. The figure was confirmed by the friars. “Under the circumstances, I think this was a very fair settlement,” Boucher said. “Some will get significantly more, some will get significantly less, depending on their facts and circumstances.” Attorney Tim Hale, who represents 13 of the plaintiffs, said the tentative pact is similar to a 2004 agreement in which the Diocese of Orange settled 90 abuse claims for $100 million and released documents involving the predatory priests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “In making this settlement, we friars are trying to do the right thing and help bring about healing,” the Rev. Melvin A. Jurisich, provincial minister for the Franciscan Friars, Province of Saint Barbara, said in a statement. The number of people involved in the settlement remained in flux, apparently because of unsettled legal issues. Hale said a proposed settlement involved 22 cases. The Franciscan friars said the group reached a preliminary settlement with 25 plaintiffs. Boucher said it was 23. The agreement could be completed within weeks. The plaintiffs filed lawsuits against the Franciscan religious order that ran the seminary and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which oversees religious orders and Roman Catholic churches in Santa Barbara County. A lawyer for the archdiocese, Michael Hennigan, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office. The case centers on allegations that nine priests and brothers sexually abused men and women from 1964 through 1991 while assigned to St. Anthony’s Seminary and Old Mission Santa Barbara. The Franciscans conceded that abuse occurred at St. Anthony’s after an internal report published in 1993 found 11 priests had abused 34 boys from 1964 to 1987, when the seminary closed for financial reasons. Hale said he wanted the deal to require public release of priest personnel files and 17 depositions taken from current or former Franciscans. The release of such files has been a contentious issue for the Los Angeles archdiocese, which faces 560 civil lawsuits. The depositions and personnel files “illustrate the mind-set of these defendants that allowed the horrible abuse at St. Anthony’s and the Old Mission to occur,” Hale said. “I’d like to see some true transparency from the Franciscans. They’ve got to open themselves up,” he added. The friars said proceeds of the sale of St. Anthony’s Seminary High School in Santa Barbara, which was closed in 1987, and other assets will be used to fund the financial settlement. The statement said the payments “will place a serious strain on the resources of the Province, but in the Franciscan tradition we understand that sacrifices are often required in order to reach reconciliation and achieve justice.” 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

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Mexico willing to extradite drug lords

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“We will extradite all of those who have pending matters with U.S. justice,” Fox said. It was the first time Mexico’s president had made such a sweeping commitment to send wanted drug lords to face charges in the U.S. Mexico extradited its first major drug lord – accused kingpin Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix – to the United States over the weekend. Before that, Mexico had often balked at sending drug kingpins, arguing they should face justice in Mexico and refusing to send anyone to the U.S. who would face the death penalty. Mexico’s extradition of the man who once ran the Arellano Felix drug clan was a victory for U.S. officials who have been pushing Mexico to send them more drug lords. After serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico, Arellano Felix was loaded into a helicopter to the Mexican border town of Matamoros, then flown across and handed over to Texas officials in Brownsville. He will be taken to California to face trial on charges stemming from a 1980 case in which he allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover police officer in the United States. NEW YORK – President Vicente Fox said Tuesday that Mexico is willing to extradite any drug lord in its custody wanted by the United States. Fox said Mexico currently has 16 “big leaders” of drug gangs in jail along with 75,000 lower level members of various cartels. “We are fighting hard and attaining very important results,” Fox said of Mexico’s fight against drug dealers. He was speaking at a news conference in New York where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly. The U.S. is believed to have requested the extradition of at least three suspected drug kingpins: Benjamin Arellano Felix of the Arellano Felix smuggling syndicate; Osiel Cardenas, reputed head of the Gulf Cartel; and Hector “El Guero” Palma, a reputed leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel. U.S. authorities requested Arellano Felix’s extradition on June 2, 2003. A federal judge approved that request in 2004, but it took two years for the Foreign Relations Department to approve the extradition. Mexico has fought many extraditions in the past, arguing that suspects must face justice here first. It also has refused to extradite suspects who face the death penalty in other countries. Capital punishment is illegal here, and a 1978 extradition treaty with the United States allows Mexico to deny extradition if a person faces the death penalty in another country.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

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DONEGAL HAS SECOND LOWEST RATE OF SMOKERS IN COUNTRY

first_imgDONEGAL has one of the lowest number of smokers throughout the country.Just 19% of the population of people in the county take a drag – second only to Monaghan where only 16% of the population enjoy a sneaky fag.The research was carried out by Aviva Health Insurance which found that Smokers spend a lung-busting €293 a month on cigarettes. The greatest level of smokers are in Longford where 30% of the population have a regular cigarette.And women smoke more than men with 24% of Irish women taking a drag compared to 22% of men.The research also showed that smokers lose between 10 and 15 years of their life expectancy through smoking. Ends DONEGAL HAS SECOND LOWEST RATE OF SMOKERS IN COUNTRY was last modified: February 17th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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Korean-American churches take up cause of suffering

first_imgThe Rev. Sung Park of Ahrumdawoon Korean Presbyterian Church in Santa Clarita took his youth group to the show. They, too, couldn’t get in and watched in the church’s TV room. Like those in the West Hills church, Park and his congregants are part of the Korean-American Church Coalition, an organization created to help North Koreans. Park and his congregants also have prayers at 5:30 a.m. and dedicate a good part of those prayers to North Korea. “Everyone knows about the nuclear weapon and the communism, but not the detailed life of what the North Koreans experience every day,” Park said through a translator. During intermission at the “Yoduk Story” musical, workers with the nonprofit group Liberty in North Korea handed out pamphlets with photos of starving children in the Asian country. Adrian Hong, executive director of the Washington, D.C., organization, said the musical accurately depicts the North Korean prison camp. Three million people have died of starvation in North Korea in the last decade, and 400,000 have died in prison camps during that time, Hong said. The regime has an estimated 200,000 people in camps now, based on satellite images of the camps and reports from refugees, he said. Representatives at the North Korean mission to the United Nations declined to comment. In the program for the musical about the political prison camp they survived, the show’s creators describe public executions, forced labor and starvation diets. The musical depicts all these things, even with flourishes of dancing and comedy. One of the show’s lighter moments involves children picking head lice out of a prisoner’s hair, and wondering if they would cook like rice. The Korean-American Church Coalition, which brought “Yoduk Story” to Los Angeles, helped organize 14 prayer meetings for the people of North Korea last year in major U.S. cities. Held as “wailing prayer” meetings, under the slogan “your tear drop will save one life,” the events culminated in a gathering of 12,000 worshippers at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Many of Los Angeles County’s 200,000 Korean-Americans blame Kim, the North Korean leader, for the suffering of his countrymen. Kim, the West Hills church leader, is among them and has attended several of the coalition’s prayer meetings. “We will continue with that prayer meeting until we have the final meeting at Pyongyang,” he said, referring to the North Korean capital. Hong, the head of the nonreligious organization LiNK, takes a less adversarial approach – and has not advocated for the removal of the man referred to in North Korea as “the Great Leader.” “I think more than ever, I think now is a good time when the North Korean government is open to progress, to change – to closing down these camps,” he said. Kim and Hong said their organizations financially support aid workers in China who are secretly feeding and sheltering North Korean refugees. China has an estimated 400,000 of the refugees. And as bleak as the possibility for change appears at times, they both have kept up the fight. “It’s dark before you get to morning prayer,” Kim said. “But after morning prayer, there’s light.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’North Korea’s nuclear bomb test this month galvanized much of the world against the reclusive nation. But Korean-Americans and human-rights groups have another grievance with the regime – the brutal oppression of its own people. Their activism has taken different forms. Over four days this month, a musical stage show called “Yoduk Story,” created by survivors of a North Korean prison camp of the same name, attracted nearly 10,000 spectators to a downtown Los Angeles church. Sun Kim, a saleswoman from Tujunga, and her two adult children were among the overflow crowd at Sunday’s show. The South Korean native saw the graphic portrayal of “Yoduk” – in one scene a child’s hand was severed by prison guards; one lyric begged, “If there is anyone out there, listen to what we have to say.” Kim’s adult children left because the Korean musical was hard for the American-born pair to decipher. But an overflow crowd watched outside on a big-screen TV, with others who couldn’t get into the packed church hall. “I want them to know and understand about the situation in North Korea,” Kim said. WEST HILLS – The Korean-American faithful come before dawn, some in warm jackets to guard against the early morning chill, entering the church’s white-columned back entrance to pray. Ninety minutes later, the last of the congregants file out after voicing tearful pleas for North Korea, a nation marked by prison camps, starvation and a nuclear threat. As they end their prayers, the sun’s first rays break the horizon. It’s a daily ritual at West Hills Presbyterian Church, one of thousands of Korean-American churches across the country that have taken up the cause of North Koreans suffering under the regime of Kim Jong Il. “We pray for Kim Jong Il to repent for his evilness and for the regime to fall, and also pray for the unification of North and South (Korea,)” the Rev. Insik Kim, pastor at the church, said through a translator. last_img read more

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Simon Jordan criticises toxic fans – ‘I wonder what the average IQ is of AFTV’

first_imgSimon Jordan was critical of the rising toxicity amongst football supporters as he laid into Arsenal Fan TV on talkSPORT.Since AFTV was started in 2012, it has exceeded all expectations and grown into a huge media brand which continues to drive hundreds of thousands of visitors to every video posted online.The channel’s rise has coincided with – and benefited from – Arsenal’s troublesome decade, with a number of dreadful performances under Arsene Wenger catalysing the #WengerOut regime.Fans finally got what they wanted in 2018 but they have not been satiated, with Unai Emery coming in and quickly coming under similar criticism.A 2-0 defeat at Leicester over the weekend ended with fans truly angry at Emery, and the AFTV video posted after the match – which was titled ‘We have relegation form! Emery needs to go!’ – has been viewed almost 700,000 times.Arsenal fans are not alone in wanting their manager sacked, and some supporters feel losing more games is acceptable if it results in the boss being ditched as soon as possible.But Jordan, the former Crystal Palace chairman, cannot understand this situation and believes people stop being ‘supporters’ if they cross that threshold. Harrogate vs Portsmouth (Monday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Scunthorpe vs Sunderland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southend vs AFC Wimbledon (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Montenegro (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Rochdale (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Azerbaijan vs Wales (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Wycombe (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Kosovo vs England (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Ray Parlour thinks Unai Emery will be sacked if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions LeagueSpeaking on the Final Word on talkSPORT, Jordan said: “You know as well as I do that the rise of social media has given an outlet to people to be their own publicist, and to have an even more vociferous vantage point than fans have on the terraces due to the keyboard warrior mentality.“There has always been this element of toxicity, and if you are moving into the territory of wishing your side to lose games, you are crossing the divide. You are moving into a situation where you are not a football supporter any more, you are something different.“The ideal of a football supporter is supporting things.“You may ambivalent by certain outcomes and disillusioned by certain performances.“But if you do get into that territory – what kind of fan sits there wanting their team to lose, irrespective of if they think it is going to facilitate the exit of a manager they don’t want?” LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Jordan was joined on the Final Word by Danny Kelly, who raised the point that the kind of fans who rant and rave are on the younger side – a view largely backed up by the individuals seen in AFTV videos.It is not age that matters to Jordan, however, as he actually questions intelligence levels when tuning in.“Well Danny,” Jordan continued, “I’ve got to be honest with you… I wonder what the average IQ is when I listen to it sometimes, rather than what the average age is!”Listen to Simon Jordan on talkSPORT, above…last_img read more

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Cheaper internet for South Africa

first_imgSouth Africans are tipped to accessaffordable internet. Cell C’s Lars Reichelt said they aim toconnect all parts of South Africa. Vodacom has improved its infrastructurein Johannesburg. (Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• My Broadband+27 12 687 5159• Broadband InfracoFahim MohamedCompany Secretary+27 11 235 1760Bongani NkosiBroadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months.Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry.Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.South Africans who are connected to networks are now using more broadband, a trend that’s a plus to the growth of the young industry.  “You’ll see costs dropping in the next 12 months. People are using more bandwidth,” said communications company Telkom’s managing executive Steve Lewis.Since the introduction of the Eassy and Seacom fibre optic cables, rates are said to have come down by about 40%. Eassy came online this year, while Seacom has been operational since 2009.“It’s great to see that prices have come down,” said Ryan Sher of Eassy. “There’s now more competition,” he added.“As an industry we’ve been keen to bring down prices,” said Sameer Dave of mobile provider MTN.There has certainly been an upsurge of mobile internet usage across the country. More and more South Africans now have Facebook accounts. Thousands of youngsters use Mxit and other chat sites. This is a prevailing trend even in rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited, and is aided by a range of data packages offered by all of South Africa’s mobile networks.“Prices are coming down, it’s a continuous evolution,” said mobile operator Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys.A great number of South Africans are currently without access to broadband connectivity. Of the estimated population of 47-million, between one and four million are said to be connected. This is blamed on inaccessibility to fibre optic networks in many areas, and excessively high rates for both internet service providers and consumers.“Local tariffs are still high, they have to drop,” said Uys.Infrastructure being improved Mobile service provider Cell C has embarked on a campaign to broaden its HSPA+ 900 network across the country. It’s already covered most of Port Elizabeth, where it started in September, and is aiming to have 34% of the country on the network by the end of 2010, with 64% connectivity by 2011.“We’re really serious about bringing the internet to the 45-million have-nots,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt.The provider’s services have become the fastest in South Africa at 5.23 Mbps, surpassing other internet service providers including Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom, MTN and Internet Solutions. “Cell C is number one in terms of speed,” said Reichelt.He predicts that South Africa’s broadband capacity will improve within the next 12 months. “The amount of fibre that we have coming up is unbelievable. It is good news and we have to be smart about embracing it.”The West Africa Cable System fibre optic infrastructure is scheduled to go live by mid-2011. The 14 000km-long submarine network is predicted to be the next most exciting broadband connectivity development for Africa.Vodacom’s Uys said the group has also improved its infrastructure, having replaced all their equipment in Johannesburg over the last 18 months.The state-owned Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, opening its fibre optic network for usage by internet service providers, which include the likes of Vodacom, Cell C, iBurst, MTN and a range of others. Infraco is focused on widening connectivity to provinces that are currently underserved.DOC and Icasa urgedThe industry called on the Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to play more decisive roles in regulating the telecommunications industry. “We need a strong DoC and a strong Icasa,” said John Holdsworth, CEO of telecoms group ECN.Icasa “should stand up and take control” over the current 89 cents charged for interconnection between mobile networks, Holdsworth said. “The interconnection rate is too high.”Internet rates in South Africa remain high compared to that of many countries, despite recent industry developments.8.ta bringing competitionIntroduced on 18 October, Telkom’s new mobile network 8.ta promised to “disrupt” the telecommunications industry. 8.ta became the fourth mobile network operator in South Africa, thereby increasing competition.Like the three other network operators, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, 8.ta is also offering data services. Industry analysts have predicted tough times ahead as the new network attempts to penetrate the market, given that Cell C, which became a third mobile network operator in 2001, is yet to reach its maximum customer base.Virgin Mobile relies completely on Cell C’s network, therefore isn’t considered a mobile network operator but a units reseller.Telkom is confident of the network’s prospects. “We really believe this will succeed,” said Lewis.The network already enjoys a nationwide connectivity through its 800 new base stations. Telkom also signed agreements with Vodacom and MTN’s to roam on their infrastructure. “We’re starting to disrupt the market,” Lewis said.He added that they want to make broadband more affordable.More competition is good for consumers, the experts agreed. “We embrace competition. It’s good for everybody, for us and the consumers,” said Uys.last_img read more

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Wide Awake !!

first_imgDuring my time at Ohio University, I fell hard for a new band (at the time) called U2. After I heard their music, I couldn’t get enough of them. We had two record (yes, record) stores in Athens at the time, and I made sure to make regular trips to both of them to pick up anything U2 had put out.I found an EP on vinyl that the band issued called Wide Awake in America which contained only four songs. That didn’t matter to me because it had a live version of my favorite song, Bad. Every Friday afternoon, I would hurry back from class and pull out this wonderful vinyl masterpiece and turn on my stereo as loud as possible to crank out Bad !! Every. Friday. No one could yell at me because I was the Resident Assistant who was in charge of a section of the dorm. My residents just got used to it and new it was officially Friday afternoon. Quick aside – I let them crank their music too because that is what stereos were built for.The reason I love the song Bad so much was that the band was fully engrossed in every note and Bono’s voice soared and screamed about the crowd bringing them to a major crescendo and then to an almost silent phrase. Honestly, I still get teary if I hear the song played loudly. The lyrics that pulled out such emotion are:“Wide awake. I’m wide awake. Wide awake. I’m not sleeping.”They seem pretty normal when you just look at them typed on a blog page. But, when they’re sung, they come alive and make me think about HR and the workplace.Have you ever gone to work and everyone seems like they’re just going through the motions? Including you? It is so easy to get in a pattern that moves along like a slow hum that has little to no variation. People come to the office or plant at the same time, park in the same place and greet each other with the obligatory “Hi.” “How are you doing?” “Good.” “Good.” We’re even thankful that this interaction comes to a swift end.Why do we tolerate this or fall into this sedated state? I’m not talking about the poor performers here. I’m talking about your solid performers at each level. At times, work just seems to feel like you’re a drone in a bee hive. You serve a purpose and you’re good at what you do, but there is little life to your efforts.Time to wake up !!Before you start pointing fingers about who the zombies are lurching around the workplace, look in the mirror. Where are you on the wide awake scale? When is the last time you pushed yourself out of the daze and interjected life into who you are and what you do? It’s easy to point out what’s missing in others, but I challenge you to take a different stance and lead from your own behavior first.We have an incredible opportunity each and every day to bring the work environment to life. We can add energy and encouragement that lifts the spirits of others. There shouldn’t be an occasion when things aren’t addressed with passion and intent. Not one.This week, wake up !! Make sure that where you work is awake and snap everyone out of their funk. As HR, it’s in your wheel house to make this happen. Quit thinking that everything is bland without taking action to never let that be the case. Join me and be wide awake !!Time to get out the vinyl, drop the needle and turn it up !! Originally published on Everyday People blog.last_img read more

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