Revealed! The best players ever to wear Liverpool’s squad numbers

first_img 11. Jamie Redknapp (wore Liverpool’s no.11 between 1996-2002) – Also worn by Mark Walters (1993-1995), Vladimir Smicer (2003-2005), Robbie Fowler (2005-2006), Mark Gonzalez (2006-2007), Yossi Benayoun (2007-2008), Albert Riera (2009-2010), Maxi Rodriguez (2011-2012), Oussama Assaidi (2012-2015), Roberto Firmino (2015-present) 25 24. Danny Murphy (wore Liverpool’s no.24 between 1997-2000) – Also worn by Lee Jones (1993-1997), Bernard Diomede (2000-2002), Florent Sinama Pongolle (2003-2005), David N’Gog (2008-2011), Joe Allen (2013-present) 25 2. Stephane Henchoz (wore Liverpool’s no.2 between 1999-2004) – Also worn by Rob Jones (1993-1999), Jan Kromkamp (2005-2006), Alvaro Arbeloa (2007), Andrea Dossena (2008-2009), Glen Johnson (2009-2015), Nathaniel Clyne (2015-present) 4. Sami Hyypia (wore Liverpool’s no.4 between 2001-2009) – Also worn by Steve Nicol (1993-94), Jason McAteer (1995-98), Rigobert Song (1998-2000), Alberto Aquilani (2009-2010), Raul Meireles (2010-2011), Nuri Sahin (2012-2013), Kolo Toure (2013-present) 25 20. Javier Mascherano (wore Liverpool’s no.20 between 2007-2010) – Also worn by Stig Inge Bjornebye (1993-2000), Nick Barmby (2000-2002), Anthony Le Tallec (2003-2004), Scott Carson (2005-2006), Jay Spearing (2011-2012), Aly Cissokho (2013-2014), Adam Lallana (2014-present) 19. Ryan Babel (wore Liverpool’s no.19 between 2007-2011) – Also worn by Torben Piechnik (1993-1994), Mark Kennedy (1994-1997), Brad Friedel (1998-2000), Pegguy Arphexad (2000-2003), Fernando Morientes (2005-2006), Stewart Downing (2011-2014), Javi Manquillo (2014-2015) Squad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Liverpool, Jamie Carragher wore the number 23 for 17 seasons, but fellow Anfield legend Steven Gerrard switched squad number during his illustrious Reds career.Some numbers at Liverpool have been worn by a succession of world class talents, while other digits have been assigned to lesser lights.So, who are the best players to wear 1-25 for Liverpool in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 5. Daniel Agger (wore Liverpool’s no.5 between 2006-2014) – Also worn by Mark Wright (1993-1998), Steve Staunton (1998-2000), Milan Baros (2001-2005) 16. Dietmar Hamann (wore Liverpool’s no.16 between 1999-2006) – Also worn by Michael Thomas (1993-1998), Sean Dundee (1998-1999), Jermaine Pennant (2006-2008), Sotirios Kyrgiakos (2009-2011), Sebastian Coates (2011-2015) 3. Steve Finnan (wore Liverpool’s no.3 between 2003-2008) – Also worn by Julian Dicks (1993-1994), Bjorn Tore Kvarme (1996-1999), Christian Ziege (2000-2001), Abel Xavier (2002-2003), Paul Konchesky (2010-2011), Jose Enrique (2011-present) 25 25 25 25 25 21. Gary McAllister (wore Liverpool’s no.21 between 2000-2002) – Also worn by Dominic Matteo (1993-2000), Salif Diao (2002-2003), Djimi Traore (2003-2006), Lucas (2007-present) 7. Luis Suarez (wore Liverpool’s no.7 between 2012-2014) – Also worn by Nigel Clough (1993-1995), Steve McManaman (1996-1999), Vladimir Smicer (1999-2003), Harry Kewell (2003-2008), Robbie Keane (2008-2009), James Milner (2015-present) 25 17. Steven Gerrard (wore Liverpool’s no.17 between 2000-2004) – Also worn by Steve McManaman (1993-1996), Paul Ince (1997-1999), Josemi (2004-2005), Craig Bellamy (2006-2007), Alvaro Arbeloa (2007-2009), Maxi Rodriguez (2009-2011), Mamadou Sakho (2014-present) 10. Michael Owen (wore Liverpool’s no.10 between 1998-2004) – Also worn by John Barnes (1993-1998), Luis Garcia (2004-2007), Andriy Voronin (2007-2008), Joe Cole (2010-2012), Philippe Coutinho (2012-present) 25 22. Mohamed Sissoko (wore Liverpool’s no.22 between 2005-2007) – Also worn by Steve Harkness (1993-1996), Jamie Cassidy (1996-1997), Tony Warner (1997-1999), Titi Camara (1999-2000), Chris Kirkland (2001-2005), Emiliano Insua (2008-2010), Danny Wilson (2010-2013), Simon Mignolet (2013-present) 25 13. Danny Murphy (wore Liverpool’s no.13 between 2000-2004) – Also worn by David James (1993-1994), Michael Stensgaard (1994-1996), Tony Warner (1996-1997), Karl-Heinz Riedle (1997-1999), Anthony Le Tallec (2004-2005) The best player to wear no.1 for Liverpool since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is Jerzy Dudek. To find out the rest of Liverpool’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Dudek had Liverpool’s number one shirt between 2002 and 2007. It’s also been worn by Bruce Grobbelaar (1993-94), David James (1994-1999), Sander Westerveld (1999-2001), Diego Cavalieri (2008-2010) and Brad Jones (2010-2015). 25 25 25 25 8. Steven Gerrard (wore Liverpool’s no.8 between 2004-2015) – Also worn by Paul Stewart (1993-1995), Stan Collymore (1995-1997), Oyvind Leonhardsen (1997-1999), Emile Heskey (1999-2004) 25 25 15. Patrick Berger (wore Liverpool’s no.15 between 1996-2003) – Also worn by Jamie Redknapp (1993-1996), Salif Diao (2003-2005), Peter Crouch (2005-2008), Yossi Benayoun (2008-2010), Alberto Aquilani (2011-2012), Daniel Sturridge (2012-present) 18. Dirk Kuyt (wore Liverpool’s no.18 between 2006-2012) – Also worn by Phil Charnock (1993-1996), Michael Owen (1996-1998), Jean-Michel Ferri (1998-1999), Erik Meijer (1999-2000), John Arne Riise (2001-2004), Antonio Nunez (2004-2005), Albert Moreno (2014-present) 25 14. Xabi Alonso (wore Liverpool’s no.14 between 2004-2009) – Also worn by Jan Molby (1993-1995), Neil Ruddock (1996-1998), Veggard Heggem (1998-2003), Milan Jovanovic (2010-11), Jordan Henderson (2011-present) 25. Jose Reina (wore Liverpool’s no.25 between 2006-2013) – Also worn by Neil Ruddock (1993-1996), David Thompson (1996-2000), Igor Biscan (2000-2005), 12. Sami Hyypia (wore Liverpool’s no.12 between 1999-2001) – Also worn by Ronnie Whelan (1993-1994), John Scales (1994-1996), Steve Harkness (1996-1999), Jerzy Dudek (2001-2002), Mauricio Pellegrino (2005), Fabio Aurelio (2006-2010), Daniel Pacheco (2010-2014), Joe Gomez (2015-present) 25 9. Robbie Fowler (wore Liverpool’s no.9 between 1996-2001) – Also worn by Ian Rush (1993-1996), Nicolas Anelka (2001-2002), El-Hadji Diouf (2002-2004), Djibril Cisse (2004-2006), Robbie Fowler again (2006-2007), Fernando Torres (2007-2011), Andy Carroll (2011-12), Iago Aspas (2013-2014), Rickie Lambert (2014-2015), Christian Benteke (2015-present) 25 25 25 23. Jamie Carragher (wore Liverpool’s no.23 between 1996-2013) – Also worn by Robbie Fowler (1993-1996), Emre Can (2014-present) 25 25 25 6. John Arne Riise (wore Liverpool’s no.6 between 2004-2008) – Also worn by Don Hutchison (1993-1994), Phil Babb (1994-2000), Markus Babbel (2000-2004), Fabio Aurelio (2010-2012), Luis Alberto (2013-2014), Dejan Lovren (2014-present) last_img read more

‘That’s what it’s all about!’ – Fans talk up the magic of the FA Cup after Salford City victory

first_img The Northern Premier League Premier Division part-timers beat League Two Notts County 1 Salford City pulled off a shock 2-0 win over League Two side Notts County in the FA Cup on Friday. Goals from Danny Webber and Richie Allen fired the side, part owned by some of the Class of ’92, into the hat for the second round draw.Their impressive performance at Moor Park inspired many people who took to social media to state how refreshing it was to watch co-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley’s side put in the performance for a deserving win. Here is how people reacted to the surprise victory…last_img read more

Watford 0-1 Leicester City: Mahrez strike sends the Foxes FIVE points clear

first_img2 2 It was Mahrez’s 16th goal of the season Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game as Leicester City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League with victory over Watford at Vicarage Road.It was a tight first half with Watford coming the closest to breaking the deadlock when Nathan Ake hit the bar.However, Mahrez scored a stunning strike early in the second half to put Claudio Ranieri’s side ahead.And they held on to put daylight between themselves and their other faltering title rivals to go five points clear with only nine games remaining.Leicester were looking to take advantage of the earlier 2-2 draw between Premier League title rivals Tottenham and Arsenal but Watford were out to spoil the Foxes’ plans.The first chance fell to the impressive, dreadlocked barnet of Hornets defender Ake, who saw his looping header drop over Kasper Schmeichel and onto the top of the crossbar.Jamie Vardy had a chance to line up a volley similar to the goal he scored against Liverpool but he flashed his left-footed shot across goal.He had another opportunity to put the Foxes ahead when he linked well with partner-in-crime Mahrez but Vardy poked the ball wide after the Algerian took the goalkeeper out of the game with a neat cut back. Ten minutes after half time and Leicester were level as Mahrez sprinkled yet more magic on the Foxes’ season, this time with a thunderous left-footed drive which kissed the crossbar en route to the back of the net for his 16th goal of the season.And they almost immediately had a second, but Robert Huth’s header from N’Golo Kante’s cross was well saved by Heurelho Gomes.Huth had another effort from a set-piece but this time his header across goal drifted just wide of the far post.There was cause for concern for Leicester when Mahrez felt his hamstring. He did manage to continue but was eventually replaced with the injury not looking as bad as it initially looked.They held out for the victory and will look to extend their lead at the top when they face relegation candidates Newcastle next week.last_img read more

Veto looms over budget plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By a 75-19 vote, the Senate gave bipartisan approval to a huge health and education spending bill that will likely be the first of the fiscal 2008 spending bills Democrats will ship to the White House to start a veto battle involving the budget for almost every domestic agency. It promises to be a protracted battle, and Bush has a decided advantage, but Democrats have seized on the massive health and education measure as the best way to challenge Bush and his GOP allies in Congress. The measure totals more than $600billion and reverses a raft of cuts sought by Bush to health research, special education and funding for grants to community groups that help the poor, among others. The confrontation with Bush over domestic programs – many of which are also popular with Republicans, as demonstrated by the margin of passage – will come on the heels of the bruising veto battle over a children’s health insurance bill. Programs funded by the health and education bill affect schoolchildren, workers, the poor and disabled, the unemployed, and those with special needs or drug and alcohol problems, among others. “In passing this bill, Democrats in Congress will say that the president doesn’t care about children or education or health research,” said White House press secretary Dana Perino. “We’ve all heard these tired old lines before. The facts demonstrate the president’s strong and consistent commitment to children, education and health research – and the American people are smart enough to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch.” SPENDING: Senate reverses the president’s decisions on funding health and education grants. By Andrew Taylor THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Tuesday reversed President Bush’s cuts to education, health research and grants to local communities as they prepare for Bush’s first-ever veto of a regular appropriations bill. The Senate measure, which exceeds Bush’s budget by more than $10 billion, must be reconciled with a companion House measure passed in July before the legislation can be sent to Bush. Battles over anti-crime funds, transportation and housing, and perhaps the homeland security budget, will follow. “We are arguing about whether or not to invest further moneys in education, health care, (anti-crime grants), border security, port security, environmental protection,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. “The President has asked for $196.4 billion of supplemental funding this year for Iraq and Afghanistan … while he argues as to whether or not we ought to increase … cancer research, diabetes research, heart/lung research for our citizens.” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., countered, “The spending hike they are asking for in this one bill, if allowed to continue at the same rate, will cost the American taxpayer $120 billion over the next 10 years.” Bush is intent on issuing vetoes and has so far rebuffed Democratic pleas for negotiations. But Democrats and some Republicans hope that once he gets a few vetoes out of his system, the White House will signal a willingness to compromise. Much of the additional money goes to restore White House cuts. Many of those cuts were rejected by Republicans when they controlled Congress. Some lawmakers predict the president will be unyielding and the battle could drag into next year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wild go without Slovaks

first_imgCenter Wes Walz, who has taken an unspecified personal leave from the team, missed his third straight game, too. Demitra, Gaborik and Walz skated on the team’s top line in the season opener. Forward Dominic Moore was taken off injured reserve to replace Demitra on the 23-man active roster. Gagne returns Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne returned to the lineup after missing four games due to dizziness. Gagne took seven shifts in the first period Monday against the Rangers, logging 5 minutes, 1 second of ice time. He hadn’t played since he was knocked out of a game against Florida on Oct. 24, when his jaw crashed into the shoulder of Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on a high check. Around the league Islanders: Goalie Rick DiPietro was cleared to practice Monday, two days after he was struck in the right eye by Sidney Crosby’s stick. New York coach Ted Nolan said DiPietro looked good in the net Monday but didn’t reveal if the 26-year-old franchise goalie would play tonight when the Islanders face the New York Rangers at home. “Let’s see how Ricky does at the morning skate (today) and then we’ll make a decision,” Nolan said. “He’s too valuable to this franchise to do anything hasty.” DiPietro was injured Saturday night in the second period of the Islanders’ 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He went to the office of team ophthalmologist Dr. Bruce Zagelbaum, who confirmed that DiPietro didn’t sustain a serious injury or permanent damage to his eye. Maple Leafs: Forward Mark Bell will make his season debut tonight at Ottawa after completing a 15-game suspension for a drinking and driving incident. … Forward Kyle Wellwood, who has been sidelined after having surgery for a sports hernia, also is likely to make his season debut.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services The depleted Minnesota Wild placed forward Pavol Demitra on injured reserve before Monday’s game against Edmonton with a strained groin, and forward Marian Gaborik joined him on the scratch list with the same injury. This has not been a promising start for Minnesota’s two Slovakian stars, not because of production but because of health. Demitra missed his fifth game out of 15, and Gaborik was out for the third time. After getting three goals and two assists in the last two games, Gaborik leads the Wild with 13 points. Demitra is tied for fourth with 10 points. last_img read more

JOBS BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP LAW FIRM OPENS NEW OFFICE

first_imgJamie O’Donnell, Michael Maloney and Seamus Breen at the official opening of Nathaniel Lacy Partners Solicitors new offices at the Riverside Centre, Letterkenny.Solicitor, Jill Vance (NL Solicitors) at the official opening of Nathaniel Lacy Partners Solicitors new offices at the Riverside Centre, Letterkenny with l-r Paschal Blake (the last mayor of Letterkenny), Gerard Grant, Chairman of Letterkenny Town Chamber and Nathaniel Lacy.Gerard Grant Chairman of Letterkenny Chamber cuts the tape to oficially open Nathaniel Lacy Partners Solicitors new offices at the Riverside Centre, Letterkenny with l-r t Nathaniel Lacy and Jill Grant (solicitor).Marie Therese Lacy, Siobhan Cullen, Cathy Ruddy and Gillian Brennan at the official opening of Nathaniel Lacy Partners Solicitors offices at the Riverside Centre, Letterkenny.Jill Vance (solicitor) pictured in her new offices Nathaniel Lacy Partners Solicitors at the Riverside Centre, Letterkenny with her parents Ruth and Geffory Vance.One of Ireland’s most respected and highly reputable law firms Nathaniel Lacy & Partners has opened a new office in Letterkenny. Nathaniel Lacy & Partners has established a stellar reputation over the years for delivering high quality advice and excellent results for clients. The firm’s decision to expand and open a new office in Letterkenny is a great boost for Donegal, as it’s inevitable the firm’s expansion will lead to new jobs being created here in the North West.The firm has been centrally managed by the Lacy family for over 75 years in Kells, Co. Meath but also have offices at the Four Courts, Dublin.The office will be managed by Raphoe native, Jill Vance who has extensive experience in litigation including personal injury litigation, medical negligence, insurance litigation, commercial disputes and land disputes.However, she and her other colleagues also provide the full spectrum of legal services including conveyancing and probate. Over the years, the firm has gained invaluable experience, knowledge and expertise which has resulted in them being engaged by the top private and public insurance companies in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US.In addition, they have a large private client base to whom they provide a first rate efficient and cost effective service.At the launch party, Senior Partner, Nat Lacy said the opening of the Letterkenny office reiterated the firm’s progressive and expansive strategy.The office was officially opened by President of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Gerard Grant, who warmly welcomed Nathaniel Lacy & Partners to Letterkenny.Grant said, “It’s fantastic for Donegal, that a firm that is so highly respected throughout Ireland has decided to expand to Donegal.“It’s a great boost for us, and it will no doubt improve the general economic climate here, with new jobs being created. Another notable figure who attended the launch party was the last Mayor of Letterkenny, Pascal Blake.He extended a warm welcome to the firm and wished them every success in their future endeavours.Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors welcome enquiries and will facilitate all appointments.They may be contacted on 046 9280718 or by email on law@nlacy.ie Pictures above courtesy of Thomas Gallagher.JOBS BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP LAW FIRM OPENS NEW OFFICE was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football League announce proposal to introduce new league structure in 2019

first_img1 The proposal deals with the creation of four 20-team divisions The Football League has proposed the introduction of a fifth division in a radical shake-up of the English club game.The governing body wants four divisions of 20 teams below the Premier League by the 2019/20 season.With 24 teams currently in each Football League division, the plan raises the prospect of seven teams being relegated from the Championship in 2018/19 to allow for three to be promoted, while no clubs would drop out of League Two in that campaign.Two teams would be promoted from the National League and six other sides would be added to the newly-formed League Three, taking the total number of professional clubs to 100.The six additional clubs are likely to also come from the National League, although the proposals will reopen the debate on Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic playing in England.While not ruling out the involvement of the Glasgow clubs, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said such a move would be difficult.“The whole discussion can be had,” he said. “But I suspect the wider this gets drawn, the harder it would be to deliver to our clubs and the rest of the stakeholders in the game.”Football League clubs have been notified about the plan and will vote on the changes in June 2017. A 90 per cent approval rate, or 65 of the current 72 clubs, is required to get the go-ahead.Harvey says the plan, designed to alleviate fixture congestion by cutting down on midweek games, has the approval of both the Premier League and the Football Association.“The Football League has recognised that fixture congestion is one of the major issues facing the professional game in this country,” he said.“We have seen a number of public spats this year in relation to scheduling and dealt privately with many others. The season only has a number of finite dates, and they are sought by all of us to try to get our games on at prime times.“Fans and clubs have both suffered, in varying degrees, as a result of competition organisers having to move games to meet essential broadcasting requirements, increasing the move away from the traditional 3pm Saturday kick-off time.“Also midweek fixtures are often played at a distance and the crowds are usually well below the average.“To address the number of fixtures and create greater flexibility in the calendar, we are going to ask our clubs to consider a proposal towards altering the structure of our competition.”Should the proposal get the green light, Harvey also plans for discussions on implementing a winter break, scrapping FA Cup replays and moving entire rounds of the FA Cup to midweek slots. The future of the Community Shield will also be considered.The biggest obstacle facing Harvey is likely to be persuading Championship clubs to vote, like turkeys for Christmas, in favour of the changes knowing an extra four of them will find themselves a division further away from the Premier League.“Potentially, in the first year, of course,” said Harvey. “But thereafter your percentage chance of promotion is increased with four less teams. There’s always going to be that first year where that particular set of circumstances will prevail.“We are looking at change for 2019/20 so clubs have plenty of time to see this coming. We have to resolve how relegation and promotion would be dealt with in the lead-up to that period.”Harvey ruled out the possibility of Premier League clubs fielding so-called ‘B’ teams in the lower divisions, but they could be involved in a revamped Football League Trophy – until recently known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.The Football League had consisted of four national divisions since 1958, when Divisions Three North and South were merged. The Premier League was formed in 1992, leaving the Football League as three divisionslast_img read more

Christmas `star’ may have been 3 planets

first_imgMathews believes that means the Christmas star could have appeared anywhere from 8 to 4 B.C. Among the characteristics written about the star was that it appeared before sunrise and that it appeared to “rest in the sky.” Mathews also found writings from Korean and Chinese astronomers of an event about 4 B.C. that described a comet with no tail that didn’t move. Using that set of facts, Mathews found several possibilities, including supernovas, novas and planetary alignments. Mathews found two possible supernovas in the right period, but said one was probably too low on the horizon to be seen. The other supernova is known as Kes 75. But it was 60,000 light years away and may not have been particularly spectacular. “There’s no real convincing evidence this happened right at 2000 years ago, but it could be in the range of being right because it’s in the right location,” he said. He also found a number of nova that also could have been the Christmas star. The one he thinks is the most likely candidate is known as Nova Aquilae V603. The problem with novas and comets, though, is that they were believed in ancient times to be a sign of disaster, not a portent of good things to come. For that reason, Mathews believes the Christmas star is most likely an alignment of planets. He said there are three likely times for this: Feb. 20, 6 B.C., when Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligned in the constellation Pisces. April 17, 6 B.C., when the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn aligned in the constellation Aries while Venus and Mars were in neighboring constellations. June 17, 2 B.C., when Jupiter and Venus were closely aligned in Leo. Mathews believes the April 17, 6 B.C., alignment is the most likely candidate. It makes sense because he believes the wise men were Zoroastrian astrologers who would have recognized the planetary alignment in Aries as a sign a powerful leader was born. Unless a document is discovered that allows historians to more accurately estimate exactly when Jesus was born, it will be impossible to say what caused the light with absolute certainty, Mathews said. “I think it would take more of a historical reference more than an astrophysics,” he said. “There are plenty of strong opinions out there. I think this is as good as you can do for now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s long been a puzzle for Christian astronomers, and now a professor from the University of Notre Dame thinks he has it figured out – almost, anyway. His quest: discovering just what “the star in the East” was that led wise men to travel to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. As a theoretical astrophysicist, Grant Mathews had hoped the answer would be spectacular – something like a supernova. But two years of research have led him to a more ordinary conclusion. The heavenly sign around the time of the birth of Jesus Christ was likely an unusual alignment of planets, the sun and the moon. Not a lot was written about the star in the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew it says: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe star, though, has long been immortalized in Christmas songs, plays and movies. Astronomers, theologians and historians for hundreds of years have been trying to determine exactly which star might have inspired the biblical writing. German astronomer Johannes Kepler proposed in 1604 that the “star” was really a conjunction of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in 7 B.C. The advantage Mathews has over Kepler and others who have pondered the question is that he had access to NASA’s databases. “In principle, we can see any star that was ever made from the beginning of time if we knew where to look. So the question is, could we find a star that could be a good candidate for what showed up then?” he said. Mathews found several possibilities. He began by posing three questions he would ask when trying to find the answer to any astronomical event: When did it occur? What were its characteristics? Did anyone else see it? The Gospel of Matthew indicates Jesus was born in Bethlehem when Herod was king. Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that Herod died after an eclipse of the moon before the Passover. Mathews said among the possibilities are 6 B.C., 5 B.C., 1 B.C. or 1 A.D. The star could have appeared up to two years before the wise men arrived in Jerusalem, he said. last_img read more

Stability testing going on at center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Last year’s stormy winter also caused the nearby Golden State Freeway to buckle when a saturated mountainside slumped. Oil lines unearthed by the flooding ruptured and spilled into the man-made Pyramid Lake and slides destroyed a segment of the historic Ridge Route, which predated the freeway. Built in 1993 at a price of $8 million – plus $5 million for the freeway ramps that serve it – the center houses elaborate displays detailing California’s system that funnels water from the verdant north to the arid south. Exhibits explain just how much waste it takes to prepare a serving of steak or a loaf of bread. Hands-on displays show how the water is imported, including the high-powered journey it takes over the steep Tehachapi Mountains to thirsty Southern California. Don Strickland, a spokesman for the water resources department in Sacramento, said sensors were installed in December and will collect data for six months. “Reopening is pending ongoing studies of potential earth movement around the buildings,” he said. “Movements will be evaluated to make sure the buildings and surrounding areas are safe.” ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Sensors installed around the shuttered Vista del Lago Visitors Center are collecting data on earth movement that will determine when – and if – the state’s premier water education facility will reopen. Perched on a plateau with a sweeping view of Pyramid Lake, Vista del Lago has been closed since March when runoff from heavy rain knocked out water lines to the center. Other slides in the region pointed to unstable geology that has kept the center closed until the state Department of Water Resources can figure out how to stabilize the building, John Bunce, the department’s operations superintendent, said Friday. “We’re waiting for information to see if there’s any indication that the building is not stable – then, of course, we wouldn’t open up until we can fix the problem,” Bunce said. “If the whole area’s slipping, it might not be something we can fix.” There has been no damage to the center, Bunce said. But the hillside is eroding right up to the buildings at this point. Displays inside are intact and security guards patrol round-the-clock. Before the slides, the center was drawing some 160,000 visitors a year. “It’s a pretty popular place,” Bunce said. “We’re all hoping we can figure out how to get it open again.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tenders sought to develop Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head

first_imgDonegal County Council is seeking tenders for the development of a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head.An important part of the process of developing this plan will be engaging with the local community and other stakeholders.Tenderers are being asked to ensure that consultation with the local community, as well as a programme of engagement with key stakeholders, is an essential element in the development of the plan. The aim of the Visitor Management Plan is to guide the future development and management of Malin Head which is one of just 15 Signature Discovery Points on the Wild Atlantic Way stretching from Cork to Donegal along the spectacular Atlantic Coast.Liam Ward, Director of Service with Donegal County Council says the Wild Atlantic Way has been a great success for Donegal and the Western Seaboard and it is all about promising the visitor a world class, sustainable and unmissable experience.“The essence of the Wild Atlantic Way brand is one of ‘wildness’ of valuing what is natural and authentic along our coastline and of caring for our landscape, seascape and environment in a way that will protect and preserve it’s uniqueness for generations to come”.“Malin Head is a special place and is either the first or the last stop on the Wild Atlantic Way depending on the direction of travel. And although minor works to improve access, bus parking and toilet facilities are planned for 2017, other ongoing visitor management opportunities and challenges have been identified at Malin Head which points to the need for a Visitor Management Plan for the area”. Speaking about the Visitor Management Plan, Fiona Monaghan Head of the Wild Atlantic Way with Fáilte Ireland, said providing a compelling visitor experience is at the very core of this plan – giving people a reason to visit and remain in the area longer.“However, developing this experience in a sustainable way that will deliver real economic and social benefits to the wider local community while at the same time, ensuring our core asset – our landscapes and seascapes – is environmentally protected is crucial.“Fáilte Ireland will be working closely with Donegal County Council to ensure we fully maximise the tourism potential of Malin Head as well as continuing the work on the wider development of the Wild Atlantic Way.”It is proposed that this Visitor Management Plan will have four very specific outcomes focusing on visitor experience, community benefit, environmental protection and traffic management as follows:• Visitor Experience: Malin Head Signature Discovery Point will provide a motivating and compelling visitor experience on the Wild Atlantic Way giving people a reason to visit and remain in the area longer. • Community Benefit: The site must be developed in a sustainable way which will deliver a real economic and social benefit to the wider local community in Malin Head. One way of doing this is to increase the visitor ‘dwell-time’ in the wider area, which will serve to increase the economic benefit to local communities.• Environmental Protection: A long term view of the development of Malin Head must be taken to ensure that the core asset that has attracted the visitor in the first place i.e. the wild landscapes and seascapes, is protected; that the conservation objectives of designated areas at a minimum are met and that any environmental impacts currently identified at the site are mitigated and managed.• Traffic Management: Existing issues such as traffic congestion and parking which are impacting on both the visitor experience of the site and also access and amenity for the local community must be addressed through this plan.To support the delivery of this Visitor Management Plan, a Project Steering Group will be set up to oversee the delivery of this project and will comprise representatives from Donegal County Council, the local community and Fáilte Ireland. Tender documents will be available on www.etender.gov.ie from Thursday 16th February 2017.Tenders sought to develop Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head was last modified: February 13th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more