Country Experiencing Breakdowns

first_imgThe Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Liberia has said Liberians need to fast and pray because the nation is experiencing breakdowns in the system due to immoralities and a lack of love amongst Liberians.Archbishop Lewis Ziegler, who was the guest preacher for the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Day service held at Providence Baptist Church, said Liberians needed to “sincerely look at ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this country.”Speaking further the Catholic Archbishop said, “When a nation and its people start to experience breakdowns in certain systems, it is time to stop and turn to God with full heart, mind and strength, to examine ourselves to see where we are, as people of this nation.”The service was held on Friday, April 11, under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches. It was attended by an array of government officials including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai.While delivering the sermon, Archbishop Ziegler asked these questions, “Why must we fast? As a nation in this country, today, why should we fast? Do we have to? And further said, “Yes, we have uncountable reasons why we need to fast; we need to call for a few days to give thanks to God, not only to praise his name, but to sincerely look at ourselves as individuals and as citizens of this country.”“Fasting,” he said, “is medicinal. As such, it is meant to cure a sickness and in this case that sickness is our sin; if rightfully performed like the medicine that is given patients by doctors, fasting will bring changes in the lives of Liberians.”“Madam President, my brothers and sisters of the council, honorable ladies and gentlemen, my dearest brothers and sisters and fellow citizens, it is clear that we know the kind of fasting that God wants from us and it is that which God has requested from us today and in the days, months and years that will follow. This fast is not only for today; it should bring changes in our lives”.According to him, there are uncountable reasons why Liberians should fast and pray because there are many things Liberians take for granted.“My brothers and sisters, let us take a close look at ourselves as we give thanks to God, as we pray to move forward. Let us take a look at our life style, our lack of respect for each other. Who are we?”The Catholic Prelate pointed out that Liberians insult each other publicly, most especially through the media. “We insult our leaders, and sometimes our leaders pay back. We have to stop, look at ourselves, and make that change in our lives. We have deep hatred for each other—very deep, not only on the local level, but also on the political level; this too has to stop if we are to move forward as a people.”Archbishop Ziegler noted that God is looking for justice in Liberia, where every citizen would have a share of the country’s natural resources.“God is looking for justice, God is looking for Love; God is looking for us to share with one another because we are made in the image and likeness of God. What we are to let go of on this day of fasting is not only food and drinks, but to let go of our greed and our selfishness,” the Prelate concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Burbank may ban sale of foil balloons

first_imgWhen the metallic balloons touch two power lines at the same time, the contact can cause an outage, said Greg Simay, assistant general manager for Burbank Water and Power. “You can go for months without it being a problem, and then all of a sudden you’ll get a rash of them, as we did in May and June, and that brings it to everyone’s attention,” he said. Burbank had an outage May 19 that affected 412 customers, another one June 3 that left 460 customers without power, and two on June 7 that left more than 2,078 customers in the dark, Simay said. All the outages were blamed on the balloons. In the past eight years, 14 percent of the city’s 266 outages were caused by the balloons, Simay said. Marty Fish, executive director of the Kansas-based International Balloon Association, said her organization also does not want to see the metallic balloons go skyward. “We do not recommend the release of foil balloons into the atmosphere anywhere,” she said. “Latex balloons are one thing, but foil balloons are quite another, because they’re not biodegradable, and not because necessarily we think they’re going to cause a power outage.” Ramos said if the council decides to ban the sale of the metallic balloons, it would probably not go into effect before the beginning of next year. She also said the city is mindful that balloons can migrate into Burbank from neighboring communities. Burbank might need to cooperate with neighboring cities to solve the problem, she said. Luis Torres, the manager at Burbank Party Supplies, said that when he sells a balloon, he does not weigh it down unless the customer buys the weight. He would like to see a demonstration of how the balloons cause outages, because he rarely sees them tangled in wires, he said. (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Ultimately, (an outage) costs not only the utility and the residents downtime, but it costs businesses downtime,” said Mayor Marsha Ramos. “While they’re (the balloons) beautiful and colorful, they’re a problem.” Burbank Water and Power is not the only utility that has a problem with the balloons. Southern California Edison reports 404 outages caused by foil balloons last year. Between 2000 and 2006, SCE customers suffered 2,233 outages caused by balloons, according to the utility. The balloons come in all shapes and sizes. There are superhero balloons, graduating-class balloons and heart-shape balloons for Valentine’s Day. State law requires that the balloons be sold tied to a weight so they don’t drift away, but the law is widely ignored. BURBANK – Those shiny, silvery balloons that carry birthday greetings and other cheery missives may put smiles on children’s faces – but they’re giving utility officials a big headache. The helium-filled party favors are made from metalized nylon and can cause power outages when they come into contact with electrical lines. In Burbank, officials are blaming at least four recent outages on errant balloons, prompting two City Council members to ask for a report Tuesday to find out how officials can deal with the problem. One of the options under consideration is a ban on the sale of the foil balloons in the city. last_img read more

Holiday travelers get ready for takeoff

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre With thousands of travelers jamming Southland airports, airline officials are bracing for the heaviest traffic Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – with many flights operating virtually full at 95 percent capacity. Worldwide, 27 million passengers are expected to flock to U.S. airlines over the Thanksgiving holidays, a record number that has air experts warning of looming delays and congestion. But with 3 million Southern California residents expected to leave town for Thanksgiving, roadways are also expected to bear a heavy load. Nearly 2.4 million travelers are expected to put on their seat belts and motor to their holiday destinations – up 1.2 percent from last year, according to a study from the Automobile Club of Southern California. Kevin Kertes of Woodland Hills is one of those making the traditional holiday trip. BURBANK – Thousands of travelers revving up to hit the skies and roadways this week for traditional Thanksgiving holiday pilgrimages will face more than a few challenges, including heavy fog expected to continue to snarl flights today. The murky conditions affected dozens of departures and arrivals at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport on Monday, and weather experts said it could continue to cloak the region this morning. “Burbank has a possibility of getting dense fog again,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “So they might have to be concerned about visibility at the airport that could affect flights.” By Wednesday, however, much of the fog is expected to disappear – marking good news for the more than 1.85 million passengers expected to descend on the region’s airports through Sunday. But to avoid the hassles of crowds and traffic jams, Kertes said, he will fly out a bit earlier to see his family in Detroit. He expects to leave midday today and return around the same time Saturday. Traveling ahead of the crowds bodes well for the 42-year-old, who figured out the technique after twice getting snagged in bottlenecks around Los Angeles International Airport at Thanksgiving. “I finally found a little sweet spot,” he said. “Doing it this way three times before has worked well for me.” But for those trying to dodge lengthy airport security delays, disrupted flights or other air woes, California’s roadways pose their own challenges. Families traveling north up the Golden State Freeway could encounter bad weather and treacherous fog in the Central Valley, Sweet said. Earlier this month, two people were killed and 41 injured in a massive 86-vehicle pileup on Highway 99 in Fresno because of similar conditions. Miguel Sanchez of Van Nuys has learned his own secrets for coping with traveling by car for Thanksgiving – leaving early and reserving plenty of time for the drive. Extraordinary traffic on the way to Big Bear for a previous Thanksgiving Day put the 22-year-old nearly two hours late for his turkey dinner. This year, he’s sticking closer to home. “I had planned for the traffic,” Sanchez said. “It was more than I ever thought it would be.” Motorists also face stinging prices at the pump, as gasoline costs have soared 13 cents over the past two weeks, bringing the nationwide average for self-serve regular to $3.09, according to a Lundberg Survey. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline in California is $3.42 a gallon, according to, a Web site that tracks gas prices nationwide with the help of 1.3million volunteers. Still, despite the price to fill up, travel by car remains more popular than flying because it still costs less, said Elaine Beno, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club. “It’s the most economical way to travel,” she said. “So travel plans will still happen, regardless of the high gas prices.” IF YOU’RE FLYING Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling through airport security checkpoints. Take metal items such as keys, loose change and mobile phones out of your pockets. Pack all coats and jackets in luggage or carry-on bags when possible, since they must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. Keep airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID available until exiting security. You are required to remove your shoes before you enter the walk-through metal detector. Keep carry-on bags uncluttered to allow a clear, uncomplicated X-ray image of items inside. When possible, keep packed liquids in your checked baggage to make getting through security faster. Remember the rule for liquids and gels in carry-on bags: 3-ounce containers in quart-size zip-top bag with only one zip-top bag per passenger. Arrive early for your flight to allow plenty of time to get through security. Confirm all flights well before departure. Make sure all checked bags have tags on the outside and inside with your name, address, home and cell-phone numbers, and flight information. ——— IF YOU’RE DRIVING Leave early to allow plenty of time to account for traffic and still get to your destination on time. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, onboard DVD players and other items. Avoid fatigue if driving long distances by pulling over to stretch your legs and resting. Find out about any road closures or weather problems by checking local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Defending America’s Apollo Rocket Scientist

first_imgRevisionist historians who weren’t with this man keep trying to disparage his past. We set the record straight.The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing takes place this month, and numerous celebrations are taking place around the country. The mission control center at Johnson Space Center in Houston has been refurbished like new, space museums are hosting week-long special events, and a new CNN documentary features long-lost Apollo memorabilia. Unfortunately, in spite of the spirit of happiness for one of the country’s finest moments, certain journalists who feel obsessed to cast America in a bad light are digging for dirt. A particularly heinous rumor has arisen again.PBS is issuing a new documentary called Chasing the Moon. In the series, space historian John Logsdon resurrects the myth that Wernher von Braun was a nasty, hard-to-work with individual, and worse, was a Nazi, or at least was complicit with Hitler’s Nazi war machine. Elizabeth Howell was quick to leap onto that narrative and perpetuate it in a whole article for, headlining her article, “‘Chasing the Moon’ Shows Nazi Past of Engineer Wernher Von Braun in Early Space Program (Video).” The video clip in the article shows various silent historical clips of von Braun, but the voice-over narration by Logsdon trashes von Braun’s reputation with name-calling, saying von Braun was “first of all, a pain in the ass” and was “difficult to deal with, a prima donna.” Worse, he alleges that “the government was well aware of his background under [Nazi leader Adolf] Hitler and his possible engagement with the S.S. [Nazi police] and being a registered Nazi.” Possible? Apparently even Logsdon is unsure about his facts. Then, the video clip seamlessly cuts to a fictional movie made in 1960 that shows an actor pretending to be von Braun cooperating with a Nazi official on the development of rockets to be used as weapons. But is this true?The video clip and Howell’s text balances the negative picture a tiny bit by quoting Freeman Dyson, who ameliorates the innuendos somewhat by pointing to von Braun’s peaceful motivations for his rocket program. “‘He advanced the whole field,’ Dyson said, adding that he shared von Braun’s belief that humanity wouldn’t be confined to Earth.” But then she links to a fictional 2018 play that makes up a fictional von Braun as (1) a man complicit with Nazi goals, and (2) a morally-careless individual, unconcerned with the damage his rockets caused during the war. As an added insult to America, the promoters of this narrative often disparage the whole United States government and its armed forces as secretly hiring a bunch of “German Nazis” in order to beat the Russians to the moon, as if the end justified the means.The disgraced president Richard Nixon is sometimes dragged into the picture by the naysayers, committing the association fallacy. Actually, it was Democrat president John F. Kennedy who launched the moon race and hired von Braun to lead the rocket development. Historical photos show von Braun giving Kennedy tours of the space facilities and sharing the progress of Kennedy’s charge to “land a man on the moon, and return him safely to earth” by the end of the decade of the 1960s. Von Braun is largely responsible for the success of that daring charge, commemorated even today by the phrase “moon shot” as an expensive, all-out commitment to a hard task. Unfortunately, Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 during the Mercury program, well before the Gemini and Apollo missions. He was followed by one-term Democrat president Lyndon Johnson (who named the Johnson Space Center in Houston after himself). As fate would have it, on the Apollo 11 landing date (July 20, 1969), newly-elected Richard Nixon got the photo ops for the first telephone call to the moon, basking in the limelight of a program he had little to do with. The Watergate scandal came years later.Such characterizations of von Braun are not only misleading, but contrary to the facts. Just being in Nazi Germany, and having his rockets conscripted by evil men, does not make von Braun himself an accomplice with them. John Logsdon, who perpetuates the negative stereotype of von Braun, appears to have done most of his research and writing after the Apollo missions, much of it after von Braun’s passing. Logsdon was later president of the Planetary Society, a special interest group saturated with Carl Sagan’s atheistic, evolutionary philosophy. Even so, Elizabeth Howell and committed egregious lapses of journalistic ethics by not giving alternative points of view to Logsdon’s. She could have consulted the writings of Ordway, Stuhlinger and others who had worked directly with von Braun during the entire manned space program. Sadly, because of decades of elapsed time after von Braun’s untimely death from cancer in 1977, he cannot speak in his own defense, and few of his co-workers remain alive to speak up for him.Artwork by J. Beverly Greene commissioned for this biography. All rights reserved.Our biography of von Braun (our Creation Scientist of the Month) is worth reading as a defense against the misleading narrative. Here, let us repeat one section that defends him against the allegations he was a heartless Nazi collaborator:Von Braun was arrested and jailed by the Gestapo.He was charged with resisting the military use of his rockets, and trying to escape.Himmler’s awarding von Braun an honorary rank in the SS no more made him a Nazi than awarding Martin Luther King an honorary membership in the KKK would make him a white supremacist.The evil uses of his rockets occupied only a few months at the end of the war.During his release from jail, when the military used von Braun for his advice, he was escorted under military guard at all times and under strict orders what he could say or do.He used his influence to argue for more time (delaying tactics) and better conditions for the prisoners.When he tried to argue for better treatment of the prisoners, he was threatened that it was none of his business, and that he had better shut up or he would be wearing the same prison stripes.His lifelong dream was the peaceful exploration of space. He was devastated when he heard the news that his rockets had been used against Allied cities.After the war, he sought out the Americans, and willingly surrendered not only himself but his whole team. He knew this meant abandoning his fatherland (and who, in spite of evil leaders, does not have some heart for his own country?). He became a patriotic, energetic American citizen.As soon as he reached America, he was eager to help the American space program.He repeatedly gave a full accounting of all his activities during the war, when interrogated by the government and by suspicious critics.His record since the war speaks for itself. A leopard does not change its spots. If von Braun were anything less than a man of integrity, bad signs would have surfaced in the subsequent 32 years in America.The British Interplanetary Society awarded him an honorary membership right after the war. Surely if anyone had doubts about his motives and allegiances, it would be those who were victimized by V-2 rockets raining down on their city.Von Braun standing by the rocket engines that boosted Apollo astronauts to the moon.As far as von Braun being a “prima donna” who was hard to get along with, the testimony of many who worked with him flatly contradicts that picture. In fact, he was a model of leadership, teamwork, and motivation. His engaging and winsome manner attracted Walt Disney who used him for TV specials to explain space science to a generation of young people. It was clear throughout his life in America that his primary interest was in the peaceful exploration of space, as it had been in Germany. Von Braun should be remembered not just for Apollo, but for the historic Apollo-Soyuz docking with Russian cosmonauts, Skylab, the development of the Space Shuttle, and the entire rocketry program that culminated in the exploration of all the planets in our solar system. America’s first satellite had been launched aboard one of von Braun’s rockets on January 31, 1958.Our biography also quotes sources showing that von Braun became a born-again Christian during the Apollo program, when an engineer gave him a Gideon Bible and led him in the sinner’s prayer. After that, von Braun wrote passionately about the evidence for a Creator, and defended the right of school children to hear evidence that opposes evolution. The biography ends with quotes from his own writings that reveal the heart of this great rocket scientist. See also Bill Federer’s favorable biography of von Braun on WND that includes many of von Braun’s writings and expressions of his Christian faith.(Is it possible Federer used our biography as one of his sources?)A tree is known by its fruits, Jesus said. All of von Braun’s personal efforts (not actions taken by Nazis who conscripted his knowledge for their evil purposes) show good fruit. He ought to be highly esteemed this month as the Apollo program—his crowning achievement—is commemorated. Watch out for the naysayers. Read our biography of Wernher von Braun (1912-1977) and be prepared with the facts in advance to defend him.Read Henry Richter’s biography here (click image).Another biography worth reading this month is the story of Henry Richter, last surviving manager of Explorer 1, America’s first satellite. Explorer 1 was launched aboard one of von Braun’s Jupiter-C rockets, as shown in the video clip. Dr Richter, manager of the instruments aboard the rocket and developer of its space-to-ground communication system that led to the Deep Space Network (which he planned), turned 92 on June 14.Bonus: Listen to a new musical composition, the “Apollo March,” written by CEH editor David Coppedge to commemorate the moon landings. The 3-minute work, written to recapture the spirit of American awe at the crowning moments of the Apollo program, was premiered June 13-15 by the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. Hear it on Vimeo here or click the photo. (Visited 548 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NBA: Chauncey Billups was aware of Irving’s trade request while in interview with Cavs

first_imgFormer NBA player Chauncey Billups  DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READlast_img read more

No need for Mumbai Indians to go into panic mode: Kieron Pollard

first_imgIPL table-toppers Mumbai Indians might have suffered back-to-back defeats after securing a play-off berth, but there was no need to press the panic button, said West Indian Kieron Pollard.Mumbai Indians lost by seven runs last night to Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring game here.”It shows we are humans and can’t win every game. As I said we keep improving. We had sort of a dismal performance against Sunrisers (Hyderabad). We have bounced back pretty well on a good wicket. We fought,” said Pollard, who blasted an unbeaten 50 in 24 balls for a lost cause.”We are playing against opposition, professionals in their own right. It’s not always you will turn up and win a cricket game.”(But) there is no need to panic. We will keep our heads high. We have qualified and the first step in every tournament is qualification. We have not taken our foot off the gas.”(Loss) Just shows we can make mistakes as well. We lost two games in a row. If we pick up momentum and win the next three, then you will be asking how is the championship feeling,” he retorted when asked how back-to-back losses could affect the team going into the play-offs.The two-time champions began their campaign with a loss to Rising Pune Supergiant, had a great run of six successive wins before their trans-Sahyadri rivals again stopped the spree by beating them at the Wankhede Stadium here.From then on it has been a mixed bag and the worst show was against the Sunrisers in Hyderabad when they were tied down to a low score of 138 for seven which was easily overhauled by their rivals with seven wickets to spare.advertisementYesterday, on an off day for most of their bowlers, MI allowed KXIP to rattle up a season-high score of 230-3 and then came very close to achieving the highest-ever successful run-chase in IPL history by reaching 223-6, thanks to opener Lendl Simmons’ 32-ball 59 and Pollard’s blistering knock that contained five towering sixes.Had MI won, Punjab would have been knocked out of play- off contention, but they survived by the skin of the teeth despite rattling up a tall score.The giant Trinidadian complimented rival stumper Wriddhiman Saha, who notched up 93 not out in 55 balls, and visiting team skipper Glen Maxwell (47 in 21 balls) for powering KXIP to the tall score, only the third time they have reached 230 in ten editions of IPL.”It was a great game of cricket from both sides. We call it (Wankhede track) a bowlers’ graveyard. It’s good we stuck to our guns. These are the games you want going into the play- off rounds.”Saha batted very well, Maxi as well. They took the initiative right from the start and we knew we were in for a tough game. As I said someone has to win, someone has to lose and we were the losing side,” said Pollard, who brought MI closer to the target in the company of Hardik Pandya (30 in 13 balls).The duo added 55 runs in less than four overs to send KXIP into a tizzy before the visitors gathered their wits in the last two overs to stop MI’s surge just short of the target.Pollard conceded that the Wankhede Stadium match track was a very good one to bat on, perhaps the best of the pitches laid out at this venue this season thus far.”Yes, I think so. It was a very good wicket. As you can see runs were scored. It was a very good cricket match as well. In T20 cricket when a side scores 230, more often than not they don’t give you a chance. We came as close as possible.”Pollard said he did not feel much pressure as he was out in the middle and trying to concentrate on the job in hand.”These are the moments you practice for. This is what professional sport and cricket is all about. Once you are in the middle the pressure is not as hard as actually watching it from the dug-out. I was in the middle and so it was pretty easy,” he said.”I don’t know how others were feeling in the dug-out. I know when I am in the dug-out I feel the pressure. Once you are in the middle the pressure is different there is a job to do and you try to do the job to your best (ability),” he concluded.last_img read more

From ‘crock’ Carroll to super Salah – look how far Liverpool have come

first_imgAs they look towards a glittering future, Liverpool must first confront a ghost from their recent past.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travel to West Ham on Monday evening looking to restore their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League. After victories for Tottenham on Saturday and Manchester City on Sunday, the pressure will be right back on the league leaders at the London Stadium.AdChoices广告These are heady times for the men from Anfield, who have their eyes on a 19th league crown, and a first since 1990. Rarely since then have they found themselves in a better position at this time of year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Their success has been built on stability, on consistency, on sound recruitment and strong management. It’s taken them a while, but Fenway Sports Group, the club’s owners, appear to have found the winning formula. They have the manager they want, the players they want, and they’re getting the results they want.Apt, then, that on Monday night they could run into Andy Carroll, a weathered, robust reminder of the way things used to be at Liverpool.Carroll, it is fair to say, represents a different Anfield era; an era of gambles and mistakes, of muddled thinking and expensive missteps. He’s the sixth most expensive player in the club’s history, whose 11 goals came at a cost of more than £3 million each. He’s the man who scored in an FA Cup final, who settled a Goodison derby and a Wembley derby, and yet he’s still, at £35m, one of the biggest disappointments in recent memory.Who could forget the excitement when Carroll arrived at Melwood on the final day of January 2011? It was the day Fernando Torres left for Chelsea, the day Luis Suarez joined from Ajax. Carroll, though, was the story. Amid a sea of flashbulbs and supporters eager to catch a glimpse of their new hero, the grinning Geordie with the ponytail and the prodigious leap became the costliest English footballer of all time.Andy Carroll Luis Suarez LiverpoolIt was, by any measure, a remarkable transfer. Carroll’s form at Newcastle had been good, but he was in the middle of his first full Premier League season, and his off-field reputation on Tyneside was far from perfect. There had been scrapes in bars and clubs, a fight with team-mate Steven Taylor and an assault charge which had seen him ordered to move in with club captain Kevin Nolan as part of his bail conditions.The signs were there early on that this was not a marriage made in heaven. Carroll had not wanted to leave Newcastle, and admitted later that he had spent the helicopter journey to Liverpool Googling some of his new team-mates. He arrived on Merseyside injured, having not played in over a month. It would be five more weeks before he took to the field.That, as much as anything, helps sum up Carroll. A career that could have been defined by goals has instead been about pulls and strains, aches and pains. In the seven full seasons since his move to Liverpool, only twice has he managed to play 20 or more games. Not once has he reached double figures in terms of scoring.“I honestly don’t know what I’ve done in my life to get the sh*t I get,” Carroll said recently, opening up admirably about the struggles of being injured for long spells. The ‘crock’ tag clearly irks him, though he has also been honest enough to admit that he contributed to his own problems earlier in his career, when his drinking was excessive and his approach to training far from perfect. “That is the old me,” he says. “I have regrets looking back.”Carroll played regularly for Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish – the pair shared a relationship good enough to justify them once attending a Boyzone concert together – and helped Liverpool win the League Cup in 2012. He scored the winner against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, and grabbed his side’s goal as they lost to Chelsea in the final. Had it not been for Petr Cech and one of the great cup final saves, he may well have written his name into Anfield folklore.But Brendan Rodgers, Dalglish’s replacement, was never convinced. “Not a Liverpool player,” was his initial assessment of Carroll, relayed to local journalists in an off-record briefing soon after his appointment. A month later, Liverpool’s record signing was heading to West Ham on loan, admitting he “could never get a grip” on Merseyside. Rodgers, he said, gave him mixed messages, telling him one minute that he was part of his plans, then offering him the chance to leave. “I lost respect for him,” Carroll said.There have been highs since – a hat-trick against Arsenal at Upton Park sticks out, as does a spectacular overhead kick against Crystal Palace – but 95 starts in six-and-a-half years tells its own story. Carroll has lost 142 games to injury – be it hamstring, groin, ankle, foot, knee or heel – since moving to East London.Andy Carroll, West HamFor now, he’s fit, although he is likely to start on the bench on Monday if Marko Arnautovic shakes off a foot problem.Liverpool, whose defence has looked shakier than usual in recent games, will certainly be wary of the threat he will pose, though the Reds have bigger things to concern themselves with than their former striker. Klopp’s men are going for glory this season, their team is evolving into one of Europe’s finest and the club is better run now than it has been for years. Aberrations like Carroll, or Stewart Downing or Charlie Adam, or even Lazar Markovic, who left for Fulham last week, belong in the past.A win in Stratford will give them their 20th league win of the campaign, only one fewer than they managed in the whole of last season. Their progress is unarguable.You’ll see it on Monday night, in fact. From Carroll to Mohamed Salah, that’s how far Liverpool have come. Beat West Ham, and they will take another huge step towards that glittering future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Modi govts first 50 days exemplary many steps taken to improve lives

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP working president JP Nadda on Friday presented a report card of Modi 2.0 government and said its first 50 days have been exemplary and it has taken several steps to improve the lives of people. Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, he said it was a precedent to present a report card on completion of first 100 days but “now we have started it at the halfway mark”. Citing various decisions of the Narendra Modi-led government such as tap water to every household by 2024 and further expansion of rural roads network under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana to improve rural road connectivity, Nadda said the many exemplary steps have been taken which has touched the lives of millions of people. He also talked about the government’s decision to give pension to small traders and scholarships to kids of martyrs who were from paramilitary forces.last_img read more

Lampard trusts young guns for Chelsea Champions League bid

first_imgLondon: Frank Lampard said he “believed and trusted” in striker Tammy Abraham as he prepared to unleash his young players against Valencia in Chelsea’s Champions League opener on Tuesday. Abraham, 21, scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Wolves on Saturday but his form has come as no surprise to Lampard. “I never had clear expectations for him apart from the fact that I believed in him and trusted him,” he said at a press conference on Monday at Chelsea’s training base. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I know a lot was made of the (transfer) ban giving opportunities for young players. But I thought now was his time.” As for the possibility of England missing out on Abraham should he opt to play for Nigeria, Lampard said: “That’s not a question for me. “He has put himself in a bracket by being a top-scorer in England. It is one for (England boss) Gareth (Southgate) but it is clear Tammy will be wanted.” Abraham who is the Premier League’s joint leading scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero with seven goals, has two senior England caps won in friendlies. Nigeria Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterhave been hoping Abraham can be persuaded to switch allegiance to them. And when asked about the Nigeria interest, he was quoted by the Telegraph newspaper as saying: “I have heard the talks and I’ve not really been focused on that yet. I think when the time comes, the time comes. We never know.” Lampard has put his faith in youth during a transfer embargo for the club and has been rewarded with some impressive performances. As well as Abraham’s three goals, Fikayo Tomori, 21, also struck his first goal for the club at Molineux, while 20-year-old Mason Mount continued the form that earned him an England call-up with his third goal in four Premier League games. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who won the Champions League with the club as a player, will be making his debut in the competition as a manager. “I will be proud to do it,” he said. “I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League — and some bad ones — but it is the ultimate for me.” The Chelsea boss was cautious in his expectations for last season’s Europa League winners. “Our target is to qualify from a tough group,” he said. “I have belief in the players. I’m confident but very aware of the dangers.”last_img read more