first_img…second round of conciliation talks scheduled for today…MoE to present “revised position”By Davina Ramdass, Andrew Carmichael, Utamu Belle and Mohanlall SeulallSome of the teachers in Region Ten who were a part of Wednesday’s protestThere was much hype at the Education Ministry’s Brickdam office, where several teachers again lined the roadway, as the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) called for Education Minister Nicolette Henry to be removed from office as she was labelled “disrespectful and unfit” for the office, during day three of the countrywide strike.“We are calling for the President to remove her from that position because she is not fit to be there… the Education Minister is very disrespectful, that’s what its saying to us and we are going to call for the President to remove her from office because we don’t feel comfortable having her there. Put her somewhere else,” expressed the General Secretary of the Union, Coretta McDonald.The organized picketers on Brickdam braving the weather to call for increased wagesShe explained that it seems as if the Minister is unconcerned about her teachers and their living conditions, even as she highlighted the fact that since the GTU presented its proposal to the Ministry, it has not made an offer, with regards to what it can provide at this time.“We don’t get the impression that our Minister was representing her teachers, because if the Minister was serious about education, she would have been making full representation to her colleagues at Cabinet to cater for education,” McDonald pointed out.She went on to say that she remains unsure of whether or not the Minister is ‘serious’ about education, owing to its slow approach to address the issue. “GTU submitted a proposal. A proposal says that it’s a document that is up for discussion and I don’t know why the Minister can’t understand that… we submitted a proposal, it was for the Ministry of Education to come to us now with a counter proposal and we have not yet received one”.In this snap, the rank was now exiting his vehicle to conduct checks at Aurora, Essequibo Coast schoolIt was on that note that the General Secretary reminded that the Union is not demanding a 40 per cent increase, as was previously reported, as they are now ready to accept a ‘substantial’ amount.In response to a question she said she is not worried about the teachers losing their jobs or being replaced since that cannot be done. The GTU representative explained that although the Ministry is currently on the hunt for volunteer teachers and have gone on a hiring spree, “It is the right of the teacher we have out here to take industrial action and this by no means will cause our teachers to lose their jobs.”McDonald also expressed her views on the Minister, who she claims is peddling fake information in the media. According to her, the Education Minister would have told reporters at a press conference held on Monday evening that a mere 10 per cent of teachers were not present in school, which therefore implies that their strike has no severe effect.The union activist told Guyana Times that the number of teachers present at Wednesday’s protest should be evident that the Minister’s statements are “packed with lies to sugar coat what the reality is.”No conciliationEssequibo teachers protestingThe GTU is firm on the decision it took to not attend conciliation talks with the Education Ministry and the Social Cohesion Ministry’s Labour Department as was related to this newspaper by McDonald, due to trust issue.Her statement comes at a time where thousands of teachers remain on strike, thereby affecting the learning generation.The Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle on Wednesday issued an invitation to the two parties at loggerheads. The meeting, which is expected to be convened in the Boardroom of the Labour Department at 13:30h is a rescheduled one, due to the no-show of the GTU at the previous session on August 30.The GTU had said they received little notice of that event.The Union has since noted that its position to not attend the meeting remains the same, especially since the mediator, Minister Keith Scott, was recently quoted in the media referring to striking teachers as “uncaring” and “selfish”.Teachers from Berbice during Wednesday’s protestThe executives of the GTU have since expressed no-confidence in the conciliation process due to the Minister’s statement. On Tuesday however, a remorseful Scott issued an apology to the teachers.In a release originating from the Ministry of the Presidency, Scott was quoted expressing regret for the statements.“Revised position”The Education Minister is expected to present its “revised position” at today’s conciliation talks with the GTU, in an effort to call off the nationwide strike and protests.This was related to this newspaper on Wednesday by a reliable source at the Ministry. According to the source, Henry would have said, “We are trusting that the Guyana Teacher’ Union will be in attendance at that meeting so that we will have an opportunity at that meeting to present what would be the revised position from both parties.”GTU had rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19. The President of the Union, Mark Lyte, said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011.Minister’s removalAs upset teachers continued to chant slogans on the streets in various parts of the country, quite a few have supported the Union in its call for the Education Minister to be removed from her post.A male secondary school teacher said, “I saw the President shake up the Police Force, he needs to shake up the Ministries too because some of them are not doing their jobs. They have this condescending attitude towards their teachers”.He complained that while Ministers are out enjoying ‘benefits’, teachers and other public servants continue to squeeze their way through their expenses.Nicole Edwards, who teaches at Vryheild’s Lust Primary said, “Teachers certainly don’t want to be out here today. We certainly would like to be back in the classroom… she (Minister Henry) should take some introspect and look carefully at how she is doing the job of (a) Minister and ensure that she does it a little better”.A female primary school teacher explained that she feels as though the Ministry and Government at large are ignoring the pleas of the teachers. “The school term has started and I thought that things would have been resolved because for me I believe it was absolutely important for it to be resolved by last Monday. It’s now three days and we aren’t hearing anything from the Government, so I feel like we’re being ignored. Apparently we aren’t important enough,” she expounded.Parents supportRealising that managing children is not an easy task, several parents have since voiced their support for teachers to be adequately remunerated, since educators took to the streets in an effort to achieve increased salaries.Although some parents support their call, the two determined parties have left the country’s children in limbo, as many schools remain locked or empty.Maria Singh who turned out to Wednesday’s protest said, “I have two boys going to school and I agree with it that they (teachers) should have their money increased. I don’t agree that they stay away from school, they should wait until things improve or till they have an agreement with the Government because they are affecting the children. If the Ministry doesn’t work faste, then they will hold the children back from learning”.Police interventionWhile it may be necessary and even mandated for Police Officers to be present at picket exercises, this newspaper understands that Police Officers have allegedly been visiting schools in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), to check for teachers, who decided not to show up.On Monday evening, the Education Ministry met with the Divisional Commanders for a “debriefing session” according to the subject Minister.She explained to media operatives, “It wasn’t a meeting with Police Officers it was a debriefing session to get a sense from all of the stakeholders what occurred today (Monday) in the field and given that they would have provided some service to support the operation they were part of the meeting”.Guyana Times spoke with one of the Police Commanders, who indicated that ranks in that Division have been monitoring picketing exercises in his Division but opted not to say for the others.Several calls made by this newspaper to the Commander of G Division (Essequibo coast-Islands), went unanswered, although the ranks were reportedly visiting schools in his Division.Linden strike actionTeachers from across Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) took to the streets once again as day three of the countrywide strike action for increased salaries and other benefits continued on Wednesday.This time around, the teachers opted to sing hymns while marching through the streets of Linden, just before stopping in front of the Regional Department of Education on Republic Avenue, Linden for a prayer session. The teachers noted that they will not be moved and vowed to continue with strike action if the Ministry does not come up with a solution.A teacher, who had suffered a devastating fire at her home recently, while addressing the gathering in front of the Education Department noted that she was in solidarity with other teachers for more than one reason, as she accused the Education Ministry of lacking empathy.“I have given my entire life to teaching… I would have experienced a drastic and devastating fire whereby I would have lost everything… I was asking myself, what kind of people are we dealing with? To date, the Ministry of Education has not come forward and offered me any assistance, after I would have offered my life to this profession. Not one person would have come forward and assisted me in any way possible… Teachers, I stand with you in solidarity for more than one cause,” she noted.Essequibo CoastIn Region Two, over 600 teachers joined the protest action on Wednesday morning as they continued their quest for better wages. This newspaper has been told that children at one secondary school were being supervised by a farmer.Teachers started the protest at the Department of Education in Cotton Field, Essequibo Coast, braving the heavy rain while shouting slogans such as “No money,  no work, five per cent can’t work”, “No money, no sports” and “We are backing GTU, no money, no education month activities, no money, no school”.According to GTU Regional Vice President, Carmel Williams, the protest will continue until Government decides to meet the union’s proposal.Meanwhile, a student of the Anna Regina Multilateral School said when the teachers joined the protest on Tuesday, the Department of Education in its bid to keep the children in school, brought a former teacher from his rice field to teach at the school with his farm clothing covered in mud and dirt.The child claimed that the students were afraid to be in the school’s three-storied building under his supervision, but the Department ordered the gate closed. For some it was similar to a hostage situation. Parents have since expressed fear in sending their children to school.BerbiceTeachers in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) continued protesting on Wednesday, with two demonstrations even as several schools on the Corentyne were left without teachers.In New Amsterdam, more than 200 teachers representing both East and West Canje, New Amsterdam and the East Bank of Berbice braved the inclement weather and converged outside of the Department of Education building at Philadelphia Street.The teachers sang songs and chanted, demonstrating that they will not back off until the Government listens to them. Schools in East Canje recorded as low as 15 per cent student population. The teacher population at the secondary schools in New Amsterdam was just below 50 per cent.However, on the Corentyne, the situation was different with the Kildonan Primary having no teachers. When Guyana Times visited, there were also no teachers in school. A similar situation existed at Corriverton Primary.The student population at Skeldon Primary was about below 20, while at the Number 58 Primary, the school doors were closed.At Manchester Secondary, only a handful of teachers are supporting the strike. Many of the teachers have said that they have loans to pay and cannot afford to strike since their salaries will be cut.McGowan Primary was hard hit by the strike, with eight of the 18 teachers present.At Port Mourant Primary, two of the 16 teachers were on strike on Wednesday but only 60 of the 410 students were present, while at the JC Chandisingh Secondary, 16 of the 40 teachers were present and of the 600 students who attend the school, only 90 were present.Meanwhile, the teachers from the Lower and Centre Corentyne and some from the Upper Corentyne converged at the Rose Hall Primary tarmac before they marched around the town and Port Mourant.At that school there were four of the 18 teachers present and only 29 on the 491 students present.As the teachers marched holding placards and chanting, many onlookers threw their support behind the protesting teachers, making comments which suggest they were disgusted with the way the Government has been handling the situation.A few parents also marched with the teachers and they moved through the town.Meanwhile, the teachers on the Upper Corentyne are planning to take to the streets on Friday as the impasse between the Guyana Teachers’ Union and the Education Ministry continues.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — BC Hydro is in Supreme Court today seeking an injunction to clear the Rocky Mountain Fort Camp so that Site C dam preparation and logging can continue in the Peace Valley.The case comes at a time when project opponents are preparing for their next major court challenge, led by the West Moberly and Prophet River Treaty 8 First Nations.They still contend that, when the BC Liberal and then federal Conservative governments approved the project, they claimed that any harm caused by dam construction could be justified by the energy and jobs benefits it would produce.- Advertisement -Now as part of the First Nation’s opposition to that position, their legal counsel has put in writing a request to the new Prime Minister, noting Canada recently played a crucial role in achieving an historic global accord on climate change.He goes on to urge the new federal Liberal government to put the principles it championed in Paris into practice in Canada, by concluding energy projects which violate human rights are not clean or green.Rob Botterell also lists thirty organizations supporting the Treaty Eight First Nations including — the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, the National Farmers Union, the Peace Valley Landowners Association, the Peace Valley Environment Association, Greenpeace Canada, Oxfam, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Wilderness Committee, and Amnesty International Canada.Advertisement He says they are ‘profoundly concerned’ construction of the dam is being pushed ahead, despite the conclusion of a joint federal-provincial environmental assessment that it would severely and permanently undermine indigenous peoples use of the land taking away one of the places where they can still practice their cultures and traditions.Therefore he concludes any government that’s truly committed to reconciliation with indigenous peoples, to respecting human rights, and to promoting truly clean energy must listen and rescind all dam construction permits and halt the work on the Site C project immediately.last_img read more

first_imgIn the other semi-final, Al- Ansar came from a goal down to beat Jamia FC from Mandera 2-1.In the opening match, the all-important goal as netted in the 10th minute by Abdallah Marro who tapped-in a cross from the right flank.“I am so happy we have made it to the finals. We play as a team and that is why I scored the winning goal. We will do our best and hope to win in the finals tomorrow,” Berlin FC’s Abdallah Marro said after the match.“We have had a tough game today with high temperatures, but the boys have done their best. We are expecting a hard-hitting match tomorrow in the finals, but we are ready. Our dream is to win national finals and we will put our energy towards this,” Berlin FC coach Ahmed Mohamed stated.Garissa’s Berlin FC sail into Chapa Dimba North Eastern finalThe winning team in Wednesday’s final will join Euronuts and Barcelona from Central region, Mombasa’s Shimanzi youth and Changamwe ladies, Kajiado’s Al Ahly and Kitale Queens from Rift Valley, Bishop Njenga Girls and Lugari Blue Saints from Western, Manyatta Boys and Ndhiwa Queens from Nyanza as well as Super Solico and St Mary’s Ndovea from Eastern for the national finals set for Meru where Sh1m is at stake.The competition will then move to Nairobi for the last region final as the race to La Liga heats up.This year, an All-star team will be selected from the 8 regional finals to attend a training camp in Spain during which they will play against local youth sides.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Garrisa’s Berlin FC celebrating win over Dadab FC to sail into the 2018 North Eastern Final.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Home team Berlin FC from Garissa County will battle it out with Wajir’s Al- Ansar FC in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom North Eastern region final on Wednesday at the Garissa University.Berlin sailed into the final after edging out Dadaab FC 1-0 in a close contest hosted at a heated Grarissa University ground on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgFrom the author of hit comedy A History of the Troubles (according to my Da) comes yet another box office hit – The Chronicles of Long Kesh.Brilliant Belfast playwright Martin Lynch’s painful, shocking and hilarious story of Northern Ireland’s infamous prison – Long Kesh – told through the eyes of prison officers, Republicans and Loyalists, is a rich assortment of patriots, chancers, leaders, wives, escapers and hypochondriacs!A huge crowd-pleaser, The Chronicles of Long Kesh is full of 1960’s Motown songs and wild, irreverent humour. It comes to An Grianán Theatre from Thurs 24 to Sat 26 Feb at 8pm. First performed in Belfast in January 2009, the play has gone on to celebrated runs at the Edinburgh Festival (Winner Best Ensemble, Stage Awards 2009) and London’s Tricyle Theatre.Played out at breakneck speed, and with tremendous energy, passion and wit, it tells the story of the Long Kesh/The Maze Prison from its opening in 1971 to closure in 2000. Time is marked with Motown classics, prison breaks are conducted under the cover of Smokey Robinson, and the stories are angry, devastating and, at times, hilarious.As part of the writing process Lynch interviewed over 40 ex-prisoners, prison officers, welfare workers and families who had been affected either directly or indirectly by life in Long Kesh. It was a subject that Lynch has long being fascinated with:“Long Kesh is something that’s always been bubbling away in my head for a long, long time. In the ’70s I was involved in the official republican movement, so a lot of the people who were in jail I would have known. Everybody around you was going into jail and coming out with these stories.“A prison like Long Kesh… when you look at it in the wider context in terms of its impact on this community, over 20,000 prisoners saw the inside of it, from both backgrounds, Catholic and Protestant.“Then you had something like 5,000 warders who worked in the prison, and when you add up all the numbers of family members who visited the prison, you’re probably talking upwards of 80,000 people who have all been inside the confines of Long Kesh.”The play includes many of the major events at the prison including the 1974 burning of the camp, the Dirty Protest, The Hunger Strike and The Great Escape but concentrates mainly on the individual experiences of the inmates.“The interview process, for me, was an extraordinary experience,” Lynch continues. “I saw a side of these men that I hadn’t read about in any of the books written so far. I heard stories that had me close to tears and others that had me doubled over with laughter. Long Kesh seemed to be that kind of experience. I hope I’ve done the story justice.” “The other thing I wanted to do was use loads of music, so I have a guy who’s a Smokey Robinson fanatic, he has the guys doing all the Temptations routines and Tamla Motown stuff, because the prisoners survived with song and story.”The Chronicles of Long Kesh is at An Grianán Theatre from Thurs 24 to Sat 26 Feb at 8pm. Tickets only €10 (€8 concession). Project supported by PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council. Tickets available at or call the box office on 074 912 0777.ENDSBRILLIANT BELFAST PLAYWRIGHT BRINGS THE CHRONICLES OF LONG KESH TO AN GRIANAN was last modified: February 21st, 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

first_img Tickets for the concert are $25 and all proceeds will benefit the Santa Clarita Master Chorale. Tickets are available for purchase at The Cobblestone Cottage, 24335 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, and Cookbooks Plus, 18919 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Order forms are also available online at Call (661) 254-8886 for information.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Friends of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale are coming to Valencia and will appear in performance on the same bill together during a benefit concert. Five exceptional musicians who have endeared themselves to the Master Chorale over recent years will now unite in support of the Chorale, which will benefit from the proceeds. Musicians scheduled to perform are Jan Sanborn, Brad Ellingboe, Caroline McKenzie, Leslie Garman and Allan Robert Petker. These artists have contributed to the Chorale’s success on many different occasions, but this is the first time they all will appear together. The concert is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Valencia United Methodist Church. Santa Clarita’s very own Sanborn is an accomplished concert pianist and the composer of many published choral works. Over the years, the Chorale has performed several of Sanborn’s compositions. At the Friends concert, audiences will hear Sanborn play her own arrangements of two favorite hymns and the ever-popular “Over the Rainbow.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Audiences will remember Ellingboe, whose booming bass-baritone solos wowed audiences last March during the Chorale’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” On his return visit to Santa Clarita, the New Mexico resident plans to present “Bella Siccome” from “Don Pasquale” by Rossini, “On the Street Where You Live” from “My Fair Lady” and “Warm as the Autumn Light.” McKenzie made an indelible mark on the Santa Clarita music scene when she soloed with the Chorale during the December holiday concert in 2003. Wearing traditional African apparel, she held audiences spellbound with her rich, emotional renditions of African Christmas music. At the Friends event, McKenzie will perform two jazz numbers by Duke Ellington, two spirituals, and an aria from Bellini’s “La Sonnambula.” Fans of the Santa Clarita Master Chorale know the voice of featured soprano soloist Garman. She will team with McKenzie at the Friends concert on Delibes’ “Flower Duet” from “Lakme,” perform two solos and a piece titled “I Hate Music” by Leonard Bernstein. Also on the bill of featured vocalists is the Chorale’s artistic director, Petker. He will join Ellingboe, McKenzie and Garman in the grand finale, performing the medley from “Les Miserables.” last_img read more

first_imgA charity fundraiser has been organised to raise finance for the North-West Cancer Society and the Oncology unit at Beaumont Hospital.The fundraiser will take place tomorrow night at McDaid’s Bar, Burtonport at 7pm.There will be live entertainment throughout the evening and there will also be a buffet on display. A raffle will also take place and there are a number of top class prizes up for grabs.Both organisations provide a superb service for all those afflicted by cancer and their families – so tomorrow night is a great opportunity to donate to two brilliant and worthy causes.It promises to be a great night’s entertainment with local songbird Josephine Sweeney also set to take to the stage after ten years away from the limelight.    FUNDRAISER FOR NORTH-WEST CANCER SOCIETY TOMORROW NIGHT AT MCDAID’S BAR was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have issued an appeal for members of the public to exercise caution and good practice when carrying out banking transactions after a recent spate of thefts.The warning follows a number of incidents where people have had money stolen from their cars after withdrawing cash in public.In a number of cases, people had made substantial withdrawals of cash from financial institutions and were then followed to their vehicles which were broken into when parked and money taken. Garda Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Paul Wallace has issued the following simple advice:If you need access to a substantial sum of money consider if this transaction can be carried out by electronic transfer of funds or via a bank draft rather than using cash.If cash is required pre- book the transaction by contacting the financial institution in advance by telephone or agreed email communication.Be careful whilst transacting business be alert for persons in close proximity listening in to a conversation.Exercise caution whilst returning to your vehicle, be prepared to drive away do not leave sum of cash in a locked vehicle.Be aware that somebody may be following or ‘shadowing’ you whilst on foot or driving. If you have been a victim of crime – REPORT IT.Staff and management in financial institutions should be alert and aware for persons/vehicles loitering in the vicinity of the financial institution. Persons loitering in or around the building should be monitored and Gardaí contacted if deemed necessary. Preserve CCTV images.The Community in Donegal should be in possession of the Garda 24/ 7 contact number which covers their area and also be aware that Divisional Communications at Letterkenny Garda Station 0n 074-91-67100 provides a 24 / 7 service for the County.24 / 7 District Headquarters Stations: Letterkenny :    074-91-67100 Buncrana:          074-93-20540. Milford:              074-91-53114. Ballyshannon:   071-98-51102.Remember 999/112 can also be used in an emergency.Public warning issued after large cash sums stolen from cars in Donegal was last modified: April 12th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:appealcashcrimeSergeant Paul Wallacetheftlast_img read more

first_imgThe paradox of insight is that in order to be paid for it, you have to give it away.You can’t easily capture your dream client’s attention if you can’t share your ideas about how they can improve their results. That’s the value proposition for spending time with what you send them as part of your nurture campaign, that they’ll gain new ideas. It’s also the value proposition for your first sales call.You also can’t capture your dream client’s trust if you can’t share your ideas and experiences with them during the sales process. It’s critical to listen and understand your dream client’s needs, but they want to hear what you think and why, even on an early discovery visit.You can’t propose your best ideas about how to help your dream client produce better results without sharing your very best insights, the things that you would do differently, why you would make those choices, and how it would benefit them. This is why you are presenting in the first place, to capture your dream client’s imagination.Sharing your best ideas is scary. You worry that your dream client may run off with your ideas, share them with your competitors, and allow them to execute your plan. And from time to time, this happens. Occasionally you will even run into someone whose sole purpose of engaging with you is a treasure hunt; they want to learn everything you know and have no intention of ever buying from you.But you can’t allow the fear of having your ideas and insights taken dissuade you from sharing or cause you to hold back. First, you can’t sell effectively without having chops, and no one will ever know that you are a deep well if your fear prevents you from sharing. Second, most of your competitors have their own ideas, their own business models, and their own ideas about how they create value, ideas that prevent them from executing yours.last_img read more

first_imgGraham Arnold Graham Arnold’s resurrection: How the ‘Coach Whisperer’ helped create a Sydney FC beast Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 12:36 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Graham Arnold Bradley Charles Stubbs Sydney Sydney v Wellington Phoenix A-League EXCLUSIVE: Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold and life coach Bradley Charles Stubbs talk to Goal about the partnership which helped transform the Sky Blues Sydney FC and their coach Graham Arnold were at rock bottom at the end of the 2015-16 A-League regular season.The Sky Blues missed the finals less than 12 months after narrowly falling short against Melbourne Victory in the grand final.Questions were raised about Arnold’s future at the club – finishing seventh in a 10 team league is most certainly a failed campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But the negative noise about his future wasn’t just external, it was also felt by the man himself.”When things are good, there is no self doubt,” Arnold said to Goal in an exclusive interview.”But when things aren’t great, it doesn’t matter who you are, you always question yourself.”Enter Bradley Charles Stubbs. The man dubbed the “Coach Whisperer”. The man who deserves significant credit for the transformation of Arnold into the super coach he is today.Stubbs met Arnold briefly in 2015, but it was the infamous on-air argument between the Sky Blue coach and Fox Sports personality Adam Peacock in April 2016 that perked his interest.His teachings and subsequent work with Arnold prove the science of belief is one of the most powerful factors in sport. You can contact the “Coach Whisperer” Bradley Charles Stubbs at his website.His book ‘The Science Of Belief’ can be purchased on Amazon. “I saw his energy everywhere and I saw the things that were coming out of his mouth and I thought this is not the guy I met (in 2015).” Stubbs told Goal .”One day in August 2016 I was at home and something just said to me ‘ring Graham Arnold’.”I rang Graham on a blocked number and he answered.”After we chatted for a while, Graham said to me, “Bradley, I never pick up blocked numbers and I don’t know why I picked up today and here you are and we’re having this chat’.”It was the beginning of a working relationship that would lead Stubbs to become Arnold’s coaching mentor and also one of his closest friends.This was Stubbs first foray into the world of football – having previously worked with other high profile sporting coaches including Michael Cheika, Eddie Jones and Michael Maguire.Stubbs says he knows why coaches struggle, and the first step to start winning is for them to take responsibility for their actions.He also reveals one of Sydney FC’s ultimate goals for last season was set at the start of the campaign – an achievement they missed by the smallest margin.Graham Arnold Bradley Charles Stubbs“I put in place with Graham one of my programs with the goal of going undefeated for the season,” Stubbs said.”To me, that’s not a big deal – and there is plenty of coaches that believe but how much belief do they actually have?”If you look at coaches in their interviews, when they lose, they make all these excuses.”The only reason a coach doesn’t win is because the problem is in the mirror and they need to be aware of that.”The problem is with them – nowhere and no one else.”Stubbs introduced his ‘Expect To Win’ program to Arnold – a phrase you would have heard the Sydney FC coach use many times over the past 18 months.It involves introducing positive, energy filled words into the coach’s vocabulary and is designed to help the coach believe in themselves.”Bradley’s big strength with me was making me believe in myself and being someone that I can talk to about issues when you don’t usually someone to discuss those things with,” Arnold said.”He drummed into me ‘the words you speak are the words you get, the thoughts you think are the thoughts you get’.”He corrected my words – got me to get rid of the words ‘hope’ and ‘want’. In the past I would say to my players ‘I hope we win this weekend’.”I’m a big communicator. Every player I’ve coached would probably say one of my strengths is man management. The only way you can man manage is by communicating.Graham Arnold Sydney FC“Other coaches don’t talk to players or don’t really communicate that much. But I’m the opposite.”And when you communicate as much as I do, the messages and the words I speak are important to the players because what goes into their subconscious mind they then believe.”But it isn’t as simple as reading a program and changing your language.Stubbs always makes himself available to mentor Arnold and the pair often discuss specific situations about opposition teams.”Graham rings me 4-6 times a week and when he talks to me I ask him what kind of language he is using with the players,” Stubbs said.”I tell him, ‘don’t say that, say this. That word you just said there has no energy in it.”Every coach I have worked with, we use the media to put out the ‘mental warfare’ to bring out the doubts in the subconscious minds of opposition coaches and players.”If you have watched Arnold in press conferences and interviews over the past 18 months, the change in his use of words is profound.Although it may appear almost arrogant, the positive and ultra-confident language used by Arnold and his players is a product of the self belief that has been built.”My belief is so high and has been for the past few years, the players run off my belief and they believe in themselves,” Arnold said.”If you speak to my players, I don’t tell them what to say anymore at press conferences and interviews.Sydney FC Brisbane Roar“I used to tell them don’t say ‘hope’ or ‘want’, but instead say ‘will’ and other positive words. Now I don’t even talk to them about it, they just do it.”The mentality of the Sydney FC squad becomes clearer once you understand the work Stubbs has done with Arnold – in a period which has seen the club lift the A-League Championship, Premiers Plate and FFA Cup.This Sky Blue team have lost two games in 18 months and have repeatedly got results in matches when they have been behind or not played well.Even in the recent Australia Day clash with Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC were only behind for two minutes before Bobo’s equaliser deflated Kevin Muscat’s side.And who could forget last year’s A-League grand final? Victory led for 50 minutes and were ahead in the penalty shootout, but the Sky Blues got the job done.It’s all about belief.”We started seeing miracles happen,” Arnold explained.”The penalty shootout last year, I knew it was going to happen. I know it sounds weird but you can get to a stage where you can expect things and predict things.”That’s down to the self belief that has been built.”Sydney FCYou can feel Arnold bleeds Sky Blue and the incredible connection he has with the club.Two of Stubbs’ most important teachings are about sacrifice and belief – and it’s clear Arnold has invested heavily in both.It’s probably a reason why he isn’t leading the Socceroos to the World Cup – because of his desire to finish the job at Sydney FC.You can be sure the Sky Blues would have been keen to go undefeated this campaign – a goal already dashed by defeat to Central Coast.But while they have a similar amount of points and goals difference now compared with the same stage last season, Arnold explains there is one important difference.”I can’t see a trophy in the cabinet for 2017-18. Where is it?” he said.”It’s all about getting greater and greater. You have done nothing yet. You haven’t achieved anything this season..”I say that to my players today. You are in a great position but we’ve achieved nothing.”It’s all about what we do from here going forward. Don’t rest on your laurels and the past. It’s all about being greater as individuals and as a team.”last_img read more