In a New Year’s Eve Special, Liberia’s ‘Dynamic Duo:’ the amazing bassist, Ernie Bruce,…

first_img(Part 1)The “tango,” (a ballroom dance of Latin American origin) has always been performed by couples. That no more and no number less than a duo (two) could effectively showcase the intricacies (sophistication, difficulty) of the dance, leaves those of us who will never master the dance with the strong belief that the tango might not be an undertaking for the weak and feebleminded. The well-known saying: “it takes two to tango” could have gotten started as nothing less than a suggestion – that anyone attempting to tango alone on the dance-floor had allowed himself to be fooled into thinking that the hard-work that the tango demands of two people, working vigorously together, could be done as easily and as successfully, by one person. And that might be why that simple but straightforward statement to the foolish – “not to tangle with the tango all by oneself,” has taken on a life of its own. It would go on to become a household word, meddling in the affairs of millions who find nothing better to do than to go about believing that they are bigger than what they really are. “It takes two to tango” did not stop at that point: It took on a life of its own, smashing its way into other cultures, focusing the attention of people all over the world, on the unexpected things that other people did – or didn’t do – in matters that involved almost everything other than dance!Soon, film, television, poetry and drama, began idealizing (celebrating, making special) that simple, short and snappy maxim or saying: “it takes two….” In the process, the media often targeted and exposed the ubiquitous (found everywhere) “I am the man” braggart, telling himself and others that he was stronger or more important than his partner, and was able to carry his share of the work as well as his partner’s. Today, through song, the soundness and power of that expression has been put to music. People the world over now share that almost unrivaled ditty, (a short, simple song): “No Man Walks Alone.” Take a look:No man is an island,No man walks alone.Each man’s joy is joy to me,Each man grief is my own.We need one another:So I will defendEach man as my brother—Each man as my friend!Before moving on let’s step back a little and revisit the title-fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire in the early to mid-1970s. It might teach a few lessons about how to avoid jumping into things with one’s mind made up ahead of things. George Foreman entered the ring that fateful day, full with all of the answers: Answers to questions he clearly had failed to ask himself; or answers to question that he had failed to ask someone else. Muhammad Ali was the underdog, and George Foreman was going to beat him to death. Forman did a good beating: But, it was himself he had beaten up. It was he who almost died – from the shame of unimaginable defeat. Foreman is a changed man today; thank God! But the question: “What if?” still remains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Redlands women slide past La Verne

first_img CHAFFEY BASEBALL Mike Surina was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and scored four runs to lead the Panthers (6-4) to an 11-4 victory over visiting San Diego Mesa (6-5). Jimmy Ormiston was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Brett King was 3-for-4 with two runs to lead Chaffey, which plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grossmont. Chaffey had 17 hits and the Panthers’ seven extra-base hits all came from different players. SBVC BASEBALL Jonathan Garcia had three hits, a walk, and four runs scored as the host Wolverines rallied to defeat Pasadena City, 17-13, in a nonconference game at Fiscalini Field. Meyer also had a team-high eight rebounds. Valarie Katayama chipped in with nine points, six rebounds and a steal for Redlands, which shot 40 percent (22-for-55). La Verne (16-6, 9-2), which shot just 34 percent (18-for-53) got 14 points and seven rebounds from Trenecca Jones and 10 points and five rebounds from Charleen Guerrero. Marissa Raya grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds with eight points and four assists. The University of Redlands women’s basketball team got 10 points each from Kristin Meyer and Meghan Yetman in a 51-48 upset of SCIAC frontrunner La Verne on Thursday. It was the seventh straight win for the Bulldogs (14-7, 7-4) who have rebounded from an 0-4 start in the conference. center_img Teddy Martinez earned the win in relief despite allowing three runs in 21/3 innings of work. Aaron Larsen earned the save, getting the final out with two men on base. MT. SAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Tanisha Braxton scored 13 points, and Brittany Murphy added 12 points as the Mounties (31-1, 6-1) routed Compton 83-37. 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

Reports – Arsenal and Tottenham to battle it out for Fenerbahce hotshot

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham are set for a north London battle to sign Fenerbahce hotshot Emmanuel Emenike, according to reports in Turkey.The Nigerian joined the Turkish club back in summer 2013 and has gone on to score 13 goals in 32 league outings for the side.His form for his club, and his national team Nigeria, has attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and now, according to Turkish newspaper Skorer, Arsenal and Spurs are in the hunt.The arch rivals are both short of attacking options and, according to this report, have set their sights on the powerful 27-year-old hit man.Emenike, a former Chelsea target, has three years left on his current deal and is rated at around £15m by Fenerbahce, who are bracing themselves for New Year bids. Emmanuel Emenike 1last_img