January 30, 2018 at 8:00 am EXACTLY what I need it to read today Amen! Don Young Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 January 29, 2018 at 10:46 am January 29, 2018 at 12:18 am charles towne Ernie Bursey EJ, I guess what it all boils down to is that we trust. Thanks pal, Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter charles towne January 28, 2018 at 10:21 am Dear NH, My prayer is that each of us, you and I and everyone, may genuinely know Him as the wonderful friend He is. When that happens we will realize a joy and a peace unbounded. Let us pray for a close walk with the life-giver. Blessings on you and yours my dear friend. Chaz Donnie, I think it is a fact of life and a state of being that we imagine that we can do it all on our own. What I want more than anything else is to have a breathing, living, glorious walk with Papa God and yet, in my humanity I fail! But, He, at those times, is probably closer, more accessible, than at any other time. What would happen if our spiritual eyes were opened and we could see His Glory and love surrounding us, even for a moment? Please Father, let each of us feel your presence, feel the warmth of your love, today. Chaz LJZS Reply Reply Reply Dear Wee Bee, yeah, how about that! MERCY! Mercy is His name. I like the thought that I heard expressed years ago. It was confronting the issue of a loving God, and basically it said, “And God himself will instruct them in righteousness.” I believe it was speaking of those honest in heart down through the ages, those that heard the voice of God, and knowing not whose voice they heard, nonetheless, they answered to the affirmative, and God, in His mercy, took it as acceptable service. Chaz I was just listening to a song my son posted on Facebook that brought real blessing to my soul that said thoughts along this same as you have expressed. You can find it on YouTube also. It’s called, Captivate Us, Oh, LORD by Watermark. It really touched my soul! Reply Reply Gymrat January 28, 2018 at 3:04 pm Reply NH Mike McFadden February 15, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply Reply January 28, 2018 at 10:45 am Oh dear Gymrat, my dear friend, thank you. Let it be said of us that we hear God’s cry and answer with joy, knowing full well that He will never withhold any good thing from those that love Him. Thanks for your kind words. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Thank you Chuck for expressing so honestly what so many of us feel. Thank you, God, for dissolving the barriers we perceive to be between us. Kristin charles towne Ernie, One of my favorite Christian writers, C.S. Lewis, so aptly expressed himself when he wrote in his Reflections on the psalms, “We must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love with God-drunk with, drowned in, dissolved by, that delight which, far from remaining pent up within ourselves as incommunicable, hence hardly tolerable, bliss, flows out from us incessantly again in effortless and perfect expression, our joy no more separable from the praise in which it liberates and utters itself than the brightness a mirror receives is seperate from the brightness it sheds. The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” Reply January 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm January 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm charles towne “Romans 8:26-27In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”Charles, like Don, you have put my heart cry into words, too. You are a sweet blessing. Your words are appreciated and timed perfectly for me. Thank you. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Dear LJZS, SO VERY TRUE. I find it sometimes difficult to maintain that constancy of intent and purpose that I believe you refer to, but God is faithful, praise Him, he is faithful. Help us Father that we will not waiver, but be consistent in all things pertaining to you. Thanks for the comment LJZS, and may our wonderful God bless you and yours. Chaz January 29, 2018 at 11:24 am Charles, you are a Christian mystic, one who passionately longs for the presence of a loving God, your “Papa God.” Keenly aware of God’s longing for expressions of His children’s love, you stand in a long line of mystics, starting with Jesus’ Beloved Disciple. As a student of World Religions, I have discovered that you have spiritual cousins in other religions. I’m reminded of the Sufi saint, Rabia, an orphaned slave girl, who prayed to God, “If I worship Thee Lord from fear of Hell then burn me in Hell! If I worship Thee for hope of Paradise, shut against me the gates of Paradise! But if indeed, I worship Thee for Thine own sake, so bless me that I may abide in communion with Thine Eternal Beauty.” Surely God understands and accepts the longing for the presence of God expressed by her as well. February 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm January 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm January 28, 2018 at 10:57 am WE HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE! Can see even Begin to COMPREHEND GOD! “LET GO AND LET GOD” Reply Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God and these things will be added comes to heart. If we love on the Father there will be no good thing withheld. But we have it backwards; in prayer asking for things. When asking HIM to fix things. But if we do the a works of the Lord, HE is faithful to care for our Need – which is HIM.Great words from the heart Chuck January 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply Tahara charles towne InspirationBy Charles Towne charles towne January 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm Reply January 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm January 28, 2018 at 7:10 pm January 30, 2018 at 12:51 am Reply Reply Reply charles towne Reply Ej Reply Reply Steve Please enter your name here Reply February 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm Yes Sissy, I guess there is nothing we need more than for Him to captivate us. Praise God, He never gives up on us, it is us that quit the good fight. Blessings on you and yours. Unka Chuck charles towne Dear Papa God, help each of us, inspire us that we may be what you designed us to be and continue to let your light shine on each of us and warm us in the sunshine of your divine love. Thank you Daddy, in Jesus’ wonderful name we ask it. Amen TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleUN and the United States should live by its resolutionNext articlePalm Tree People Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear January 30, 2018 at 12:47 am February 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm Dear CSG, WELL SAID! As we call out to Him He is always faithful and just to answer according to our need. Thank you O God for your incredible faithfulness. Chaz January 28, 2018 at 9:31 pm charles towne I am reminded of Romans 7:19,paraphrased….those things that I wantto do, I don’t…and those things I don’twant to do, I do.Thank you Lord, for forgiving us, for loving us and continuing to keep us in all our ways.I pray you make us hungry for you.For we know that YOU and only YOU, can satisfy us. January 30, 2018 at 9:43 am January 28, 2018 at 9:49 am February 4, 2018 at 8:42 pm Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. CSG charles towne Reply A beautiful prayer to start each day anew. Thank you Charles for putting everything in perspective. Reply Reply Reply You really made me put my thinking cap on this week. Every week in church I find my self asking for his mercy to help friends in need. Whether they be sick, having fallen on hard times or simply needing guidance. I believe that many times my prayers are answered. I believe that I have been very fortunate in my life thanks to God and that he now guides me in my effort to “give back”. Science could never begin to explain His means of communication – especially our knowing when to listen when He calls. To me, it all boils down to faith. Please enter your comment! charles towne charles towne Mike, “…and faith comes from believing!” My Daddy, with his third grade education once told me that, “perfect science is based on direct observation independent of theory.” Theory is a thing believed but not proven, but when we see his hand at work in our lives, then we can rejoice because He is. If we have faith we are going to see the evidence of God’s wondrous working in our lives. There is nothing too big or too small for for Him to handle. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thanks mike, Blessings on you and yours, Chaz February 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm Linda This is very thoughtful and insightful article. We must stay in the fire and not be the ember that strays away and becomes cold and useless. It is so easy to be doing the right thing for the wrong reason and find ourselves completely out of God’s will. Lord, help me to be a Mary, and not a Martha! Beautifully said Chuck. Walking with the Lord is something I have often ignored in my life, I’m ashamed to say. However, when I do walk with God the peace I get is indescribable. God bless you and yours as always.-Donnie Reply Wee Bee Don, yeah, what you describe is a real human problem. He tells us, “you have not because you ask not.” But, little by little we are learning. Thanks for the insightful comment pal, Chaz 28 COMMENTS Reply January 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm Don Lindsey charles towne Oh Ernie, were it only so! Except for the fact that most mystics were considered to be mad, than please oh Holy God, let me then be mad. To be considered sane, and yet without God, I prefer madness, if in that madness I am not found wanting of, and for thy love. Thank you sir, Chaz Chuck, you have put into words my own heart-cry! I think my problem involves “make busy” projects that would be better delayed. I try to do so much in my own way, and many times never call upon God for help. Help I know He is willing and ready to give….IF I only would take time to pray and ask for His help. Thanks for a very helpful reminder of the awesome God we serve, and how He stands ready to help. If we would only ask! January 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm I find myself longing for such closeness to my Savior and at the same time heading in directions which fight against Him. What a mess I am. But despite me, He answers and helps. How about that! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “O God!” I cried, and that was all. But what then, are the prayers of the entire universe more than an expansion of that one cry? It is not what God can give us, but God that we want.”-George MacDonaldAll my life I have prayed to get things from God, but now I pray to get God.O loving God, dear heavenly father, there is nothing I desire more than to be close to you, and yet, out of my gross ignorance, out of my stubbornness, and my pride, so often I have chosen to walk alone.Why is this? Why do I separate myself from you when I know that you are the only true source of peace for my soul?You call to me, and I hear your voice, in my innermost soul I hear your voice speaking my name, and you say; “Come my child, walk with me for awhile.” And I turn my back, and walk away, alone.I hear your blessed voice as you say, “Sit with me my child; please, let us sit in peace, for I want you to know me.” And I walk away to do some thing… something, more important.I hear your voice calling to me, “Come my child, learn of me; learn of my great love for you.” And I turn my back, ignoring your supplication, and go my own way, in ignorance.Why is it O God, that I yearn for you on one hand, and yet flee from you on the other, Why, O God do I do this?Why O God, when I know in my innermost being, that you are my only hope; why do I choose to be alone?Please O God, I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to walk this thorny, rocky path on my own. I cannot do this on my own, for if I do, I will perish. Please, walk with me, be my guide.Talk to me, guide me, dwell with me, and in me. Speak to my heart, speak to my heart O Holy God, let me hear your voice speaking my name.I know that you love me with an undying love, a love beyond words, a love beyond description, a love indescribable.Please God, help me to love you, to yearn for you, to desire you, beyond my imagination.I know that you yearn for my trust. I know that you are my only hope, my refuge, my all in all. Take me now. Accept my humble worship, for it is all I know how to give. Thank you, Daddy, thank you O God, thank you.Accept me in my failed, weak condition now, starting today, transform me into the creature you have designed me to be.This is my prayer O God, this is my supplication, for it is my greatest desire,O holy God, please, beginning today, disregarding all that is past, draw me to you.Please, be my constant companion; that I may be like Jesus.I love you father. Let your love overwhelm me. Submerge me in your perfect love. Drown me in your holy love. Let your love become my character.I pray this, knowing full well that you will not withhold any good thing from one of your children.In Jesus perfect and Holy name I ask it, Amen. Reply Dear Tahara, I couldn’t have summed it up better. Thanks so very much dear friend, Chaz Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Indianapolis, In. — Plan to Step Right Up to the Greatest 17 Days of Summer, August 3-19 at your Indiana State Fair! In addition to the “World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil” Bello Nock, the fair has announced additional performers who will delight fairgoers at The Big Top Circus presented by Bee Window.Newly added circus acts include Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, Alanian Cossack Riders, Urias Motorcycle Riders (who perform motorcycle stunts in a “globe of death”), and Juggler Noel Aguilar. Click here to view a video compilation of these performers.The Big Top Circus presented by Bee Window is being custom built and programmed for the Indiana State Fair. This family-friendly circus features acrobats, clowns, trapeze artists and will be presented daily at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. in a single-ring big top tent. The circus will not feature exotic animals and will be open to the first 1,600 people per show. There will be no show at 1 p.m. on Thursdays.Tickets to the Indiana State Fair are now available online at a discounted rate of $8 (plus a convenience fee) on the Indiana State Fair’s website or can be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $13.
When Brian Schwartz, a Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist researching the public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, read about an environmental group that uses satellite imagery and aerial photography to track environmental degradation, he was intrigued.It was the summer of 2013, and the group, SkyTruth, had just launched a crowdsourcing project on its website to map fracking activity in Pennsylvania. The site provided volunteers with U.S. government aerial images from across the state and a brief tutorial on how to identify fracking locations. Within a month, more than 200 volunteers sorted through 9,000 images to pinpoint 2,724 fracking wellpads. Schwartz ended up using this data in a study published last October in the journal Epidemiology, showing that women living near hydraulic fracturing sites in 40 Pennsylvania counties faced a significantly elevated risk of giving birth prematurely.That’s precisely the sort of result that John Amos, SkyTruth’s president, envisioned when he founded the group in 2001. He has since become part data analyst, part environmental advocate, and part satellite-imagery proselytizer as he looks for ways to use remote sensing to call attention to little-noticed environmental damage.This month, SkyTruth’s website is displaying a map showing the global prevalence of flaring, the wasteful and carbon-spewing oil industry practice of burning natural gas and other drilling byproducts. Through most of December, SkyTruth and another satellite-focused nonprofit, Moscow-based Transparent World, displayed images of a burning oil platform and a 2,300-barrel oil slick in the Caspian Sea. The platform’s owner, Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil company, SOCAR, denied that any spill had occurred.SkyTruth’s defining moment came in 2010, when Amos — analyzing satellite photographs — sounded the alarm that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was far larger than the petroleum company, BP, and the U.S. government were acknowledging.“If you can see it,” says SkyTruth’s motto, displayed at the top of its website, “you can change it.” For the first time, a coal permit is revokedSkyTruth has also affected the course of mountaintop removal coal mining. Appalachian states have issued hundreds of permits for mountaintop removal mines, but they’ve rarely checked to see whether the mines have stayed within the permitted boundaries.Permits are supposed to be issued only after assessing impacts on downstream waterways, and a study of 10 West Virginia counties published in 2004 by the state’s environmental protection department found that nearly 40 percent of mines in ten counties were situated outside permitted locations.Acting on a request from Appalachian Voices, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that opposes mountaintop removal mining, SkyTruth devised a technique for identifying the mines from satellite images, then mapped their growth over three decades and posted the results on its website in 2009.The information was used in six peer-reviewed academic articles, including a Duke University study that found that once 5% of a watershed is mined, water quality in its rivers and streams usually fails to meet state standards.That study in turn provided empirical backing for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 revocation of a mine permit in West Virginia that had been issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The decision marked the first time the EPA had ever reversed a coal mine’s permit under the Clean Water Act. Remote sensing tools are commonOne indication of SkyTruth’s influence is a cautionary headline that appeared after SkyTruth formed a partnership with Google and the nonprofit Oceana in November 2014 to launch a system called Global Fishing Watch, which uses the satellite transponders found aboard most large fishing vessels to track the activities of the world’s fishing fleets. “Big Brother is watching,” warned World Fishing & Aquaculture, a trade journal.Illegal logging is one target of environmental groups using satellite imagery. [Photo credit: Creative Commons license / Flickr]That admonition could be extended to all the extractive industries — oil and gas, mining, logging, and fishing — whose operations can be tracked by remote sensing. A growing number of governments now conduct environmental observation by satellite; for example, the government of Brazil monitors deforestation in the Amazon. And environmental groups now commonly use remote sensing tools. One prominent example is Global Forest Watch, a system launched two years by Washington-based World Resources Institute to monitor logging and fires in the world’s forests. Russia-based Transparent World employs satellite imagery for many purposes, including monitoring of protected areas and observing the impacts of dam construction.Amos, 52, says he considered himself an environmentalist even while he spent a decade working for oil and gas companies as a satellite imagery analyst looking for drilling sites. He quit in 2000 to start a non-profit that would apply his skills to environmental protection. For years he ran SkyTruth from the basement of his Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home on an annual budget of less than $100,000, and he still speaks of “begging” satellite images from commercial providers.Although SkyTruth has expanded in recent years to eight employees supported by a $600,000 budget, it is still tiny, particularly compared to the U.S. government’s massive satellite resources. Nevertheless, SkyTruth has delved into realms that the government has avoided. One reason, Amos says, is that satellite imagery analysis is so unfamiliar that “nobody has known what to ask for” — thus, one of SkyTruth’s missions is to show what’s possible. Its usual method is to release a trove of environment-related data, then invite researchers and crowdsource amateurs to analyze it.SkyTruth has benefited enormously from the explosion in the last 15 years in satellite imagery and other digital technologies. When Amos started SkyTruth, a single Landsat satellite image cost $4,400; now the entire U.S. government collection— more than 4.7 million images and growing daily— is available free of charge. Not only have satellites and satellite imagery become cheap, but the capacity to analyze, duplicate, send, and store satellite data has expanded by orders of magnitude. In fact, satellite technology is now considered a subset of a larger field, geospatial intelligence, which has tens of thousands of practitioners around the world employing an array of optical, thermal, radar, and radiometric remote sensing tools.“It’s evolved from a problem of getting imagery to deciding which image do I want to pluck out of this massive cloud,” Amos told me. Oil industry website thwarts researchersThe finding by Schwartz, the Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, on premature births suggests a correlation between fracking and poor human health; but because the chemical trigger wasn’t identified, the link isn’t regarded as causal. From more than 1,000 available chemicals, fracking operators select a dozen or so that fit the geological challenges of a particular site.People living near the site typically can’t find out whether their wells and aquifers have been contaminated because the cost of testing for all 1,000 chemicals is prohibitive, and operators treat each site’s chemical recipe as a trade secret.The quandary led Amos to venture beyond satellite imagery into the larger field of geospatial data. Along with several better-known environmental groups, SkyTruth argued for disclosure of the recipe used at each fracking site.Two industry lobbying groups, the American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, defused mounting Congressional pressure for mandatory disclosure by launching a website, FracFocus, where operators could post their recipes voluntarily. But soon after the site’s launch in 2011, users found that information posted on it was entered in the wrong field, misspelled chemical trade names, or omitted key facts deemed proprietary.The site thwarted researchers by requiring postings in a format that computers couldn’t read. Although 23 states require fracking companies to use FracFocus to disclose their chemical use, a 2013 Harvard Law School report concluded that FracFocus “fails as a regulatory compliance tool.”SkyTruth’s lead programmer, Paul Woods, devised a way around some of FracFocus’s barriers by writing software that “scraped” all the chemical data from the tens of thousands of reports posted on the site. Then he posted it in a database on SkyTruth’s website.In addition, under pressure from SkyTruth, other environmental groups, and an Energy Department advisory board, FracFocus agreed to make its data available in machine-readable form beginning in May 2015. These developments have yielded more and more information for researchers, such as Schwartz, who are investigating fracking’s health impact.“This is a very wonky issue that makes people’s eyes glaze over,” Amos said. “But it’s where the rubber meets the road in terms of understanding if fracking is bad for you.” The Deepwater Horizon blowoutThe first time that SkyTruth attracted national attention was in April 2010, when Amos received a Google alert that an oil platform called Deepwater Horizon, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, had exploded and burned. Amos knew explosions like this one were uncommon and usually led to spills.Early estimates were wrong. Persistence by SkyTruth helped disclose the amount of oil leaking in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill was more than 60 times as much as initial announcements from BP. [Photo credit: Ideum / Creative Commons License / Flickr]He began searching for satellite photos, but the first ones he found were obscured by clouds. Meanwhile, BP, which leased the rig, and the Coast Guard, echoing BP, maintained that the ruptured well beneath the rig was leaking oil at a rate of 1,000 barrels a day— a major spill but perhaps not a catastrophic one. The number was vital, for it would help determine the scale and strategy of the leak containment effort, the eventual cost to BP in fines and damages, and the scope of preparations for the next spill.It took Amos six days to acquire clear images. His first thought, he says, was: “Oh my God! This is much bigger than anybody realizes.” He calculated that the slick was 50 miles long and covered 817 square miles. He outlined the slick, along with his calculations, and posted both on SkyTruth’s website.Within a day, Ian MacDonald, a Florida State University oceanographer and oil slick authority, notified Amos that the leak’s flow rate was much bigger than a thousand barrels a day. Using Amos’ calculations of the slick’s size and conservative assumptions about its thickness, MacDonald concluded that it was “not unreasonable” that the leak was 20 times BP’s initial estimate.Undermined by SkyTruth’s numbers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conceded the next day that BP’s initial estimate was too low: over BP’s public objections, NOAA revised the government estimate to 5,000 barrels a day. Two months later — prodded, in part, by SkyTruth — government scientists concluded that the initial flow rate was 62,000 barrels a day, 62 times BP’s initial estimate. Jacques Leslie writes narrative nonfiction about global environmental issues. His books include Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People and the Environment, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Going beyond the newsIn search of images that tell environmental stories, SkyTruth pays close attention to news reports, but occasionally it finds stories of its own. One example is what is probably the Gulf of Mexico’s longest-running commercial oil spill, at the site of a rig destroyed by an underwater mudslide during Hurricane Ivan in 2004.The slide buried 28 wells on the sea floor under 100 feet of mud, which made sealing them extremely difficult. The rig’s owner, Taylor Energy Company, went bankrupt trying. Amos discovered the leaks in 2010 while studying Hurricane Katrina’s impacts, and has been sounding an alarm ever since. The leaks have trickled steadily into the Gulf’s waters since 2004 at a rate Amos estimates at between one and 20 barrels a day, creating a slick that is sometimes 20 miles long. The wells are ten miles offshore in federally managed water, but no federal agency has tried to seal the leak.Given the controversial issues SkyTruth has been involved with, the group has attracted surprisingly little criticism, perhaps because so much of its work is grounded in visual data— for SkyTruth, seeing really is believing.A notable exception occurred in 2009 when Amos testified at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing on the under-appreciated risks of deepwater oil drilling. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, attacked Amos for overlooking the oil industry’s safety record and economic benefits. “You do a great disservice by not telling the American people the truth about drilling and putting it in the perspective it deserves,” Landrieu told Amos.Landrieu didn’t give Amos a chance to respond, but, as it turned out, he didn’t have to. The BP spill occurred five months later.
Congratulations to the players that were recognised for their achievements at the Masters Awards function following day five of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series.Women’s 30’s Players Player – Amy Smith Coaches Award – Holly SmithSenior MixedPlayers Player – Derrick CantCoaches Award – Joshua SparkeMen’s 30’sPlayers Player – Aaron JonesCoaches Award – Elijah Van Der KwastMen’s 40’sPlayers Player – Barry GibsonCoaches Award – Robert Sinclair-SmithMen’s 50’sPlayers Player – Dave CheungCoaches Award – Tim KitchinghamStay tuned to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel in the coming days for all of the highlights from the Masters divisions at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksMasters Awards
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp on Liverpool title-run: We’ll enjoy the rideby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says Liverpool will “enjoy the ride” as they look to claim their first top-flight title win in close to 30 years.The Reds can extend their gap at the top of the table to nine points with a win over third-placed Manchester City at the Etihad tonight.Klopp isn’t willing to put any pressure on his players and insists they will take everything as it comes.”Now, we are in a really good moment, that’s true, but we have to go to Manchester City and play all the other big ones apart from Arsenal,” Klopp told Gary Neville on Sky Sports.”It’s football. I don’t need to know now what will be in May. Who can’t really live with the time between now and May? Go on holiday and switch everything off then come back in May and see what happened. I cannot change that. I don’t want to. I want to enjoy the ride until May!”For us, the target was to qualify for the Champions League and even that is not sure because the others can win 17 games in a row.”We have to only be focused on us and that’s what we do and so far, the mood in the club and around has got better and better. We will see where that leads us to.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG midfielder Ander Herrera: No Man Utd player believed they could winby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Ander Herrera has spoken of his move from Manchester United.The Spaniard insists there was no concern arriving, despite United knocking PSG out of the Champions League last season.Herrera stated: “It’s not difficult to get to PSG from Manchester United because I have the opportunity to play for an incredible club, but what happened last season is not normal. “Even among the players, no one thought they could win this game. “Football is like that, sometimes if you sleep two or three minutes, you are punished.”
zoom The Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in the area which is rapidly growing, according to a three-year mapping effort conducted by an international team of scientists affiliated with The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, six universities and an aerial sensor company.The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), located halfway between Hawaii and California, is the largest accumulation zone for ocean plastics on Earth. In order to analyze the full extent of the GPGP, the team conducted the most comprehensive sampling effort of the GPGP to date by crossing the debris field with 30 vessels simultaneously, supplemented by two aircraft surveys.Although most vessels were equipped with standard surface sampling nets, the fleet’s mothership RV Ocean Starr also trawled two six-meter-wide devices, which allowed the team to sample medium to largesized objects. To increase the surface area surveyed, and quantify the largest pieces of plastic a C-130 Hercules aircraft was fitted with advanced sensors to collect multispectral imagery and 3D scans of the ocean garbage. The fleet collected a total of 1.2 million plastic samples, while the aerial sensors scanned more than 300 km2 of ocean surface.The results reveal that the GPGP, defined as the area with more than 10 kg of plastic per km2, measures 1.6 million square kilometers, three times the size of continental France. These figures are four to sixteen times higher than previous estimates. 92% of the mass is represented by larger objects, while only 8% of the mass is contained in microplastics, defined as pieces smaller than 5 mm in size.“We were surprised by the amount of large plastic objects we encountered,” Dr. Julia Reisser, Chief Scientist of the expeditions, said, adding that they used to think most of the debris consists of small fragments.By comparing the amount of microplastics with historical measurements of the GPGP, the team found that plastic pollution levels within the GPGP have been growing exponentially since measurements began in the 1970s.“To be able to solve a problem, we believe it is essential to first understand it. These results provide us with key data to develop and test our cleanup technology, but it also underlines the urgency of dealing with the plastic pollution problem. Since the results indicate that the amount of hazardous microplastics is set to increase more than tenfold if left to fragment, the time to start is now,” Boyan Slat, Founder of The Ocean Cleanup and co-author of the study, concluded.
Manchester United are reportedly prepared to pay up to €36m for AS Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas in JuneThe Greece international is viewed as more of an old-fashioned centre-half due to his height, speed and physical prowess.Since arriving at Roma in 2014 from Olympiacos, Manolas has established himself as a key member of the squad with 192 appearances in all competitions having been made.But Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the 27-year-old’s time at Roma looks set to come to an end soon with his release clause set at €36m, which has caught United’s interest.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The Red Devils view Manolas as someone who will not only be able to bolster their backline, but also provide competition for Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly.However, the report adds that United will not be able to trigger Manolas’ release clause until the end of this season with Roma reluctant to sell this month.Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at the Stadio Olimpico, however, Manolas has still made 21 appearances in all competitions for Roma this season.