COVID-19 Infections in Pasadena Increase Following Holiday Weekend

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News COVID-19 Infections in Pasadena Increase Following Holiday Weekend By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 4:43 pm Community News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 23 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span>After steadily declining for several straight days, new COVID-19 infections detected in Pasadena increased on Wednesday, which health officials suspected was linked to the recent President’s Day weekend.Thirty-two new infections and three additional deaths were added to the city’s tallies, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.Although still well below the scores of infections seen weeks ago, Wednesday’s case count was the highest since Feb. 8 and came on the heels of eight straight days of decline, according to city data.The three new fatalities recorded on Wednesday were all women who had lived in the same long-term care facility, Derderian said. Their deaths took place “some time ago,” Derderian said, but were only just added to the city’s data.Since the onset of the pandemic, the Pasadena Public Health Department has documented a total of 10,711 COVID-19 infections and 299 deaths.Over the prior week, Pasadena had seen an average of 21.3 daily infections, which was the lowest weekly rate in more than three months.Officials at Huntington Hospital reported a continuing decline in COVID-19 admissions, with 81 patients being treated on Wednesday. Sixteen of them were being housed in intensive care units.According to city data, more than 24,300 Pasadenans had received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while more than 7,300 had received both doses.Overall, Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 situation continues to improve, with average daily case numbers down 85% from early January, average hospitalizations down 61%, and average daily deaths down 91%.“The decreases that we see are meaningful and they’re all good news, but the numbers still remain higher than the numbers we saw back in autumn,” L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said. “These numbers continuing to decrease is not a given. This will only continue if we’re all in the game and we’re all continuing to use the tools we have at hand.”The county reported another 162 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, raising the overall death toll in the county to 19,368.Another 2,394 cases were confirmed, lifting the cumulative total from throughout the pandemic to 1,171,664.At the state level, public health officials reported 4,090 new infections and 400 additional deaths on Wednesday, raising the statewide totals to 3,416,147 cases of COVID-19 and 47,507 related fatalities.The state’s average positivity rate over the prior week declined to 3.3%, and the 14-day average reached the lowest rate recorded since nov. 12 at 4.1%, according to California Department of Public Health data.As of Wednesday, L.A. County represented 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 41% of the state’s total deaths.City News Service contributed to this report. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribecenter_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Commodities watch

first_img]Since May, prices for Argentine and Mexican honey have continued to decline, despite a weak US Dollar, according to Fuerst Day Lawson’s (FDL) Market Report: 30 October 2007 on honey.The specialist ingredients supplier addressed the question of how long prices for honey will continue this trend. Demand from Europe and the USA is quiet at this time of year with “the holiday season in full swing” and with food manufacturers already having secured their stock. “It is now clear that the recent decline in prices from Argentina and Central America should be interpreted as sellers reducing their prices in the face of slack demand.”According to FDL’s report, some honey-makers are holding on to supplies, hoping for a higher market, but: “They will have to wait until later in the summer to see if the increased demand that is then likely to come from Europe and the USA will translate into higher prices.” FDL predicts that prices should not change too much over the coming weeks.Although there was still no official notification from the EU authorities of a resumption of shipments of Brazilian honey to Europe, the report predicted that shipments may resume late in 2007. But this would be too late to have any influence on Argentine honey prices this season.Honey from China is below the previous estimated levels: “Despite a strong Renminbi against the US Dollar, we continue to believe that Chinese honey, despite the necessary extra analysis costs, is fully competitive against Argentine honey and we see no reason why Chinese prices should decline in the short- or medium-term.”last_img read more

With few developments, Kawhi Leonard decision looms over Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers With a close-knit circle and even tighter-sewn lips, Kawhi Leonard has often seemed to be the most inscrutable star in the NBA.It follows that his free agency process would take on the same traits.As Southern California basketball fans spent Monday waiting for smoke signals to arise, little word trickled out about the recruitment of the 28-year-old forward. With other stars already committed elsewhere, the Lakers, Clippers, Toronto Raptors and their respective fan bases have all their hopes pinned on Leonard, there were few signs of urgency on his part. His timeline for meetings, much less a decision, remained unclear as of Monday night.The Riverside native and San Diego State product is rumored to be weighing a return to his home state, but for most of the past year, the Clippers were rumored to be the chief suitor in Los Angeles. The Lakers have appeared to make up ground thanks to the acquisition of Anthony Davis and clearing salary cap space ($32 million) sufficient to give Leonard a max deal during June. The Raptors have been hoping that the warmth of the fervent Canadian fanbase during his championship run will keep him up north. Related Articles Only two Lakers from last year’s team have agreed to deals so far: Reggie Bullock (New York Knicks) and Mike Muscala (Oklahoma City Thunder). Veterans such as Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson remained uncommitted as of Monday night.LAKERS OPEN SUMMER SEASON WITH A LOSSPlaying without a draft pick on Monday night, the Lakers’ Summer League team was walloped in their opener of the California Classic in Sacramento, falling 106-79 to the Miami Heat. Roscoe Allen led the Lakers with 13 points, while Gonzaga product Zach Norvell (whose two-way contract was officially announced on Monday) had 11 points.Second-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker is missing the California Classic with a stress reaction in his right foot. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated when the Lakers begin Las Vegas Summer League play on Friday. Since the Lakers are also trading away last year’s draft picks Moe Wagner and Isaac Bonga as apart of the Davis deal which becomes official on July 6, the roster has only one player taken in the draft: Joe Young, a former pick of the Indiana Pacers who played in China last season.The Lakers have two more games in Sacramento, on Tuesday (Warriors) and Wednesday (Kings) respectively. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAll three teams were fairly quiet during the second day of free agency, awaiting Leonard’s decision.Even before free agency began Sunday, Leonard had positioned himself as the ultimate prize. Earning NBA Finals MVP in a six-game series win over the Warriors helped re-establish him as perhaps the best two-way player in the league. Injuries to free agents Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson only underscored Leonard’s immediate impact wherever he signs.Though the former two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year has battled chronic quad issues dating to his time with San Antonio, he managed his workload this season by playing in just 60 regular-season games.The Lakers made their first move to address gaping roster holes, agreeing with Phoenix’s Troy Daniels on a veteran’s minimum deal worth $2.1 million. Daniels, 27, is a career 40-percent 3-point shooter, and the 6-foot-4 guard should help address depth on the bench.But other options the Lakers once eyed have been taken away, notably Seth Curry on a four-year deal to the Dallas Mavericks. Some relative bargain backup big men also agreed to deals on Monday, with Enes Kanter going to Boston and Kevon Looney remaining with Golden State. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions last_img read more

Teams head to Northumberland to contest senior county crown

first_img There will be a new name on the trophy after the English Senior Men’s County Championship is played next week at Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland.The four teams seeking the senior counties’ crown for the first time are Gloucestershire, Sussex, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.They each represent one of the England Golf men’s regional groups – South-West, South-East, Midlands and the North – and they will play off in the round robin tournament over three days, from Tuesday to Thursday, 10-12 October.They’ll be challenged by the championship links at Goswick, near Berwick-on-Tweed, which returns to the list of Open championship qualifying venues next year. It was previously used from 2008-2012.The course runs along the coast offering views across the North Sea and of Holy Island and Bamburgh Castle to the south. The wind, inevitably is one of the key factors, in scoring.The drawTuesday 10 October: Match 1 – Sussex v YorkshireMatch 2 – Warwickshire v Gloucestershire.Wednesday 11 October: The match 1 winners play the match 2 losers.The match 2 winners play the match 1 losers.Thursday 12 October:Completion of the round robin.TeamsGloucestershire: Bob Broad, Vernon Chappell, Carl Gyde, Mike Jarvis, John Keenaghan, Mike Parkin, Hugh Purvis, Rob StephensSussex: David Alderson, Malcolm Cawte, Peter Crowther, Martin Galway, Colin Jones, Doug Park, Paul Plant, Roy StephensonWarwickshire: Tony Allen, Mike Calvert, Andrew Carman, Martin Fell, Peter Gordon, Laurence Greatley, Rob Soen, Graham TaylorYorkshire: Ian Clarke, Gary Cuthbert, Andy King, Johnny Lawrence, Mark Lawson, Jonathan Plaxton, Peter Ward, Andy WhitworthClick here for the championship web page 1 Oct 2017 Teams head to Northumberland to contest senior county crown last_img read more

Round-up: Hasselbaink speculation, Perch, Conte on Luiz, Fabregas and Alonso

first_imgLes Ferdinand told West London Sport on Thursday morning that QPR have no plans to replace Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager and are not considering Tony Pulis as a possible successor.After West Bromwich Albion boss Pulis was seen sitting alongside Ferdinand during Rangers’ 6-0 hammering by Newcastle this week, The Times suggested the former Stoke manager could end up at Loftus Road if he leaves Albion.But QPR director of football Ferdinand has insisted that the club have no intention of changing manager.Speculation that Pulis could take over at Rangers brought a mixed reaction from fans on Twitter.Meanwhile, swelling around James Perch’s injured knee means Rangers have had to wait for news on the extent of the problem.Perch was stretchered off against NewcastleAntonio Conte has confirmed that David Luiz will start for Chelsea against Liverpool on Friday – and is adamant he has full confidence in the Brazilian.Conte has also responded to ongoing speculation about Cesc Fabregas’ future by insisting the midfielder is in his plans and the club are not planning to sell him.And the Blues boss has indicated that recent signing Marcos Alonso will make his debut in Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie at Leicester.AC Milan are among the clubs lined with FabregasFulham winger Floyd Ayite has been ruled out for the next few games with an ankle injury.Brentford boss Dean Smith has revealed that a tactical change was behind their second-half dominance in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.And in cricket, Middlesex will go into next week’s County Championship title showdown with Yorkshire nine points clear at the top after a draw with Lancashire at Old Trafford.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

‘Legend!’ – Chelsea fans want Lampard back

first_imgMany Chelsea fans on Twitter want to see Frank Lampard back at Stamford Bridge after the former England midfielder announced his departure from New York City FC.Lampard confirmed on Monday he will be leaving the MLS club when his contract expires at the end of the year.On his Instagram account, he said he would be “making an announcement very soon” about the next stage of his career – and many Blues fans hope he will return to Chelsea as a coach.100% keeping my fingers crossed Super Frank comes back to Chelsea in some capacity to get his coaching badges. Legend. #CFC— Matt Annis⚽️ (@MattPandaAnnis) November 14, 2016Would love to see Super Frank in the Chelsea dugout as an assistant . JT and Lampard 👍🏼😁#cfc #Lampard— Vignesh Kumar (@RvigneshK) November 14, 2016Frank Lampard will always be super and always welcomed back to Chelsea. Hope to see him there again in some capacity v.soon #CFC #SuperFrank— Charlotte Hodges (@CharHodges88) November 14, 2016Lampard leaves @NYCFC. Hopefully comes back to Chelsea and works in the backroom— Christopher Phillips (@Chris101188) November 14, 2016Come back to chelsea as a coach frankie #CFC— Ahmed AlMeer (@ahmedalmeer11) November 14, 2016Some Chelsea supporters even think the 38-year-old still has something to offer on the pitch, and want him to add to his 648 appearances and 211 goals for the Blues.Lampard leaving New York City, scored 15 goals in 31 apps. Get him back at Chelsea!!!— CURTIS (@LCurtis100) November 14, 2016Would be a missed opportunity for us to not re-sign Frank Lampard. His contribution both on and off the pitch would be so valuable. #CFC— Rory Jennings (@Chelsearory) November 14, 2016Conte has done so much for our club already but IF he can bring Lampard back and let him finish his career at Chelsea would be FANTASTIC.— Lampsy (@hlampsy) November 14, 2016Sign Lampard now !!!!! @ChelseaFC— Stormbringer 是 (@MaximeAds_) November 14, 2016I know we have many targets but bringing Lampard back should be our priority in January 😎😎#CFC— CFC Tweet (@CFCTWEET__) November 14, 2016However, for others Lampard’s return would be purely sentimental.Having Drogba/Lamps as assistant coaches under, say, Mourinho makes sense because they know his methods. It’s not the case with Conte.— #4. (@ThatMunichNight) November 14, 2016What I’d like to see is Lamps take up a lower league coaching job in an effort to gain some experience to manage #CFC in the future.— Reddit Chelsea FC (@redditchelseafc) November 14, 2016Click here for the latest Chelsea transfer gossip See also:Lampard announces he is leaving ChelseaCity saved by Chelsea legend LampardLetting Lampard go made sense – and he should be treated as a legend Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mandela TV series to start production

first_imgRay Maota Madiba, Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa clan name, will be the title of the new mini-series. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) MEDIA CONTACTS • Out of Africa Entertainment  +27 11 486 3355 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • ‘Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011 • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela’s old offices restoredA new television mini-series documenting the life of former president and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela will be filmed mostly on location in South Africa and will cost a whopping US$20-million (R160-million) to produce.Three production companies will be involved with the six-hour mini-series – Canada’s Blue Ice Film; the UK’s Left Bank Pictures and Out of Africa Entertainment, from South Africa. Mandela’s grandson Kweku Mandela will co-produce.The series will be titled Madiba, Mandela’s Xhosa clan name and one by which he is fondly known.Lance Samuels of Out of Africa said: “We will start filming in August and plan to release by 2013. Right now we are just pretty much casting and putting the script together.”Kweku Mandela said: “Madiba would not just be another project painting my grandfather as ‘Mandela the saint’, but would seek to credit the many people who helped shape his life story.”The series aims to educate a new generation about the system of apartheid through which South Africa’s white minority government oppressed the black majority for more than 40 years, until 1990.A life well livedThe series will span six decades of Mandela’s life and chronicle the events leading to 1994, when he assumed leadership of South Africa as the country’s first democratically elected president, after being imprisoned for 27 years.The script will be based on two books, the autobiographical Conversations with Myself, and Nelson Mandela by Himself, which features authorised quotations.The series will look at Mandela’s childhood, his relationship with his mother and how it shaped his train of thought.Viewers will see him joining the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1940s and playing an instrumental role, with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, in founding the ANC Youth League.Madiba will culminate in his inauguration as president of South Africa and will show how his ideals are still being used throughout the country today.The ANC celebrated its centenary on 8 January 2012.Popular film subjectThis will not be the first time that Mandela’s eventful life has been captured on camera.He has been portrayed by various actors, such as Sydney Poitier in Mandela and De Klerk; Denis Haysbert in Goodbye Bafana; Morgan Freeman in Invictus and David Harewood in Mrs Mandela.UK film-makers Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe, of Left Bank Pictures, came to South Africa in 2011 to do research and also get Mandela’s blessings for the project.Harries said at the time: “There is a whole generation of people who weren’t even born when Nelson Mandela finally walked free from prison in the early 1990s. His story is one that they need to know.”Harries added that he believed a “quality six-hour TV series with a budget of over $3-million (R24-million) an hour will be able to give the story the space and breadth it needs”.Bringing South African stories to the screenBlue Ice Film, co-founded by Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik, will not be unfamiliar to South Africans as this is the production house responsible for The Bang Bang Club.The movie depicts the real-life experiences of four photographers: Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and João Silva, who were known as the Bang Bang Club.The four captured images between 1990 and 1994 of faction fighting between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party supporters, who were locked in a power struggle after the unbanning of both political parties.Out of Africa Entertainment was also involved in the production of The Bang Bang Club and lists the evergreen Leon Schuster’s Schuks Tshabalala’s Guide to South Africa in their credits.Left Bank Pictures produced the movie The Queen, starring veteran actress Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. The film depicted the differing views held by the royal family after the death of Princess Diana in 1997, and the public pressure they had to deal with.last_img read more

You Are Good Enough Now, and You Could Use Some Improving

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now All of you are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement. Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 – 1971)Most of the blogs you read (including this humble blog) provide you with ideas as to how you can improve. The ideas that we share with each other introduce new ways of thinking and, if you are open to growth, allow you to shed old, unhealthy ideas and beliefs and form new and better ones.The truth of the matter is that you are already good enough to reach your goals and live your dreams right now, this very instant. And, you could also use some improving.You Are Good Enough NowHere’s the red pill: you already know enough to reach your goals and live your dream right now.You don’t need my blog or anyone else’s blog to win your dream client. You don’t need to read another book. You don’t need to take another training class. You don’t need to sit through yet another webinar.Right now, you are exactly as good as you need to be to accomplish whatever is you want to accomplish. The world is covered with people that know much less than you know, that aren’t nearly as capable as you are, and don’t have anywhere near the resources that you have, all of whom are producing the results that you want.You don’t have to be perfect before you can reach your goals. You don’t need to get any better. You just need to believe and take action.You are good enough right now.You Could Use Some ImprovingYou could use some improving.You could become an even better version of your already perfect self.You could learn more and gain the ability to create even more value than you already create. You could become even more and make an even greater difference in the lives of others. You could improve so much that you are able to produce the results you produce now in far less time than you ever dreamed possible.Even though you are good enough, there are areas in your life where good enough isn’t going to be good enough. There are always going to be areas of your life where you could produce an even greater result. Just because you are good enough now doesn’t mean you are no longer obligated to continue to grow and improve.There is always still work to be done.Do what you need to do grow. You could use some improving. But don’t let the need to improve stop you from taking action, reaching your goals, and living your dream now.QuestionsAren’t you already every bit of what you need to be to reach your goals and live your dream?Is the biggest gap between your present results and your goals really your beliefs and the actions that you are taking?Even in the areas where you are already outstanding, couldn’t you still improve and produce even greater results?Aren’t there some areas of your life that are out of balance? Neglected even? Couldn’t you use a little improving there?last_img read more

Controversies cloud Wisden awards, but tribute to Indian cricket greats saves the day

first_imgKapil Dev with the Cricketer of the Century AwardIt was a sight to behold: all the biggest names in Indian cricket walking along a red carpet with people lined up on either side at the Wembley Conference Centre.There were the old spinners- Bishan Singh Bedi and S. Venkataraghavan-followed by the,Kapil Dev with the Cricketer of the Century AwardIt was a sight to behold: all the biggest names in Indian cricket walking along a red carpet with people lined up on either side at the Wembley Conference Centre.There were the old spinners- Bishan Singh Bedi and S. Venkataraghavan-followed by the two pillars of the Bombay school of batsmanship, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Then he arrived.Knighted but more regal than any king, his playing days over but the power still in evidence, a man with a shining pate and a rolling gait. The effect on the crowd was instinctive. Every man, woman and child stepped back in deference, not daring to interrupt his walk. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards had arrived.They called it a celebration of one hundred years of heroes-and they filled a hall full of them. From Mushtaq Ali, whose gait at 88 years would do a Royal Guardsman proud, from the halting figure of leg-spinner Bhagwat Chandrasekhar to the familiar quick step of Gavaskar, the confident tread of his great contemporary Kapil Dev and the orderly file of the current Indian cricket team.The line up: Mushtaq Ali with Sir Viv Richard and Clive LloydCrowds didn’t break down the door at the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century awards ceremony, but Indian cricket’s big nightout did what it had to do: recognise the richness and heritage of the country’s most beloved sport.The player who finally left with the main award of the evening-the Indian Cricketer of the Century, a choice based both on reason and emotion-was to the mind of many judges Mr Indian Cricket himself.advertisement”Indian cricket is about spirit and enthusiasm and passion-and Kapil Dev is the man who more than anyone else portrayed that,” Richards said. “It had to be Kapil, for all-round ability, more than anyone else,” echoed former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer.As hard as many in cricket tried, the award was difficult to ignore purely because it was the first of its kind, instituted by Wisden, considered the Bible of the game.The awards were decided by a jury of 35, including famous names in Indian cricket-Mushtaq Ali, Vengsarkar, Bedi, Ajit Wadekar, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Rahul Dravid-and four from overseas: Richie Benaud, Imran Khan, Clive Lloyd and Nasser Hussain.There was a smattering of media members in the jury, which also included the late Madhavrao Scindia who cast his vote before his death. For the main award, every member of the jury had to list his top five cricketers (the members of jury did not nominate themselves) and then pick No. 1; the top one picked up two points and the other four a point each.Winners all: Sunil Gavaskar, Chandrasekhar and G. Viswanath at WembleySachin Tendulkar (right) was at ease with the audienceThere were rumblings when the award for the best bowling performance was given to Chandrasekhar for his 6-38 at the Oval in 1971, ignoring Anil Kumble’s 10-74 vs Pakistan.Similarly, the Team of the Century Award went not to the World Cup-winning team of 1983 but to Gavaskar’s 1985 team that won the World Championship of Cricket in Australia. It sparked off another round of whispers that this was to ensure that Gavaskar didn’t leave empty-handed.It didn’t make a difference to the audience of 1,200-odd people who had paid 50-150 (Rs 3,700-12,500) for the privilege.They cheered and whistled repeatedly when names and faces came up on a giant screen-it began with Kapil Dev running back to take Richards’ catch looking over his shoulder on that other day at Lord’s and continued to a crescendo with the ar rival of India captain Sourav Ganguly on the main stage to present Chandrasekhar with his award.The line up: (from left) Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Anil Kumble and G.R. ViswanathIn the presence of such a bloodline, the cur rent heir to the lineage, Tendulkar, was given the People’s Choice Award, arrived at through a public poll. Looming over the event was the presence of Mohammed Azharuddin.Or rather his absence. Originally invited to the event, expenses paid, there were reservations-old players and current ones felt they would not be comfortable sharing a stage with the man banned for his involvement with bookies. The invitation was withdrawn and, say insiders, it infuriated Azharuddin who, ironically, is in England to attend a wedding.Hussain gave away the least contentious award of all-the Batting Performance of the Century-to V.V.S. Laxman for his 281 vs Australia. Then, the father of all stylists and the first Indian to score a century overseas, Mushtaq Ali stepped forward to receive his award.advertisementAt the end, there were some memorable moments. Desmond Haynes, talking about the West Indies’ defeat in the 1983 World Cup final: “It was the worst day of my life. When we went back to the hotel, I could only see Indians.” But the quote of the evening came from Shane Warne, when he said: “Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Tendulkar … I’m getting a nightmare already.”last_img read more

Van Dijk ignoring critics after £75m move

first_imgLiverpool Van Dijk ignoring critics after record-breaking £75m Liverpool move Chris Burton 08:31 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Virgil van Dijk Liverpool FA Cup Alex Livesey Liverpool Premier League The Netherlands international has become the Reds’ record signing and is aware that his every move is now going to be dissected in minute detail Virgil van Dijk is ignoring those quick to criticise him after a £75 million move to Liverpool, with adjustment still being made to new surroundings.The Netherlands international became the Reds’ record signing when completing a switch from Southampton at the opening of the winter transfer window.A big fee has brought with it big expectation, with Liverpool having acquired the 26-year-old in an effort to plug their leaky defence. 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 That has not happened so far, with Van Dijk still lacking match sharpness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury, but the Dutchman has learned to turn a deaf ear to detractors.He told reporters on a settling-in process at Anfield and those eager to knock him down: “I can’t do anything about that. Obviously, there are so many eyes on me but I am just keeping my head down and playing.“Everybody can say what they want but I am working hard every day and I am getting back to where I need to be with the help of everyone here. I am just doing my thing.“I have been out for eight months – last January until September really – and I didn’t play at Premier League level.“It is not easy to come back, especially when I have made such a big step as now with all the eyes on me and they look at every small detail.“Other people will talk and have their opinions. There is nothing I can do about that. You are always going to be judged but it is not like it is something really strange at the moment.“I know because I made such a big step right now, for a lot of money, everything is going to be analysed.Virgil van Dijk Liverpool ignoring critics“No-one is going to look at the good things that you do. Everybody is going to watch the bad things and that is how it is. But I will discuss it with the people who want to make me better, who can make me better, that is the manager and the players around me.“If they think it is right that is good then that is the way forward.”Van Dijk remains confident that his best form will return once he adjusts to the demands of a new manager in Jurgen Klopp and a markedly different playing style to that he has been accustomed to.He added: “That is pretty clear – the football we play, the pressing, the different options with players it is totally different.“You need time to get used to everything but I am working on it every day together with the team.“I am talking with the manager and everyone who can help me out. I want to improve and get the maximum out of myself and that is what I am going to do.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more