Jellicles Are Not for the Faint of HeartThey may be Jellicles, but that doesn’t mean they’re not terrifying. Andy Blankenbuehler’s kids attended the first preview of Cats and had to shield their eyes from all those felines. We don’t know what upset the wee Blankenbuehlers: adult humans parading around in elaborate cat costumes and makeup is completely normal. What’s freaky about a Jellicle ball in a junkyard, children? Bianca Marroquin, Jonathan Groff, Allison Semmes, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, Chris McCarrell & Laura Benanti(Photos: Jeremy Daniel, Bruce Glikas, Caitlin McNaney & Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Diana Ross Goes for Whitney HoustonShe may be serving Diana Ross on stage, but at karaoke, Allison Semmes is all about Whitney. The Motown star revealed that her go-to song is “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Allison, we know you don’t think of yourself as a diva, but please let us know when you’re free for a divas’ night out. You can sing Diana in the show, Whitney at Duet and Donna in the cab back home. #DivasNightOut Death Becomes Alice & EmilyWe’re used to seeing them as conjoined twins, but something tells us violent showbiz rivals wouldn’t be too far off for Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner to play. The Side Show and cabaret duo revealed that they would love to headline a musical adaptation of Death Becomes Her, taking on camp classic roles created by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn. We’re holding our breath until this happens. Laura Benanti Has a Speech PreparedShe’s finished singing about vanilla ice cream, so the next logical step is…hitting the campaign trail? Laura Benanti, after teasing her likeness to Melania Trump with Stephen Colbert back in March, returned to The Late Show to send up the potential First Lady and her “93% original” RNC speech. We shudder at the thought of Trump: The Musical, but at least we have a head start on dream casting. Judy Kaye Wants to Suck at Singing (Again)Meryl Streep is giving Florence Foster Jenkins the big screen treatment, but if given the opportunity, Judy Kaye would drop everything and tell her story on the Great White Way again. The Wicked star already played the tragically shrill opera diva on stage in Souvenir, and she’s ready to revive the act. She says she even has the costumes ready to go, so all we need is a producer. Or a Kickstarter. Ingrid Michaelson Needs a B’way Guide After collaborating with cast members from Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and catching her boyfriend Will Chase in Something Rotten!, Ingrid Michaelson has been bitten by the Broadway bug. The singer-songwriter tweeted about wanting to write a musical but needs to know how to begin. We’re sure your bf has an idea, Ingrid—he was on Smash. Bianca Marroquin Wants to Twinkle Bianca Marroquin is teaching her bestie Jaime Camil about Broadway life as they star in Chicago, and in turn, his daughter Elena is teaching her about footwear. The Roxie Hart actress kept gushing over Elena’s light-up shoes, which led to her coining the nickname “Twinkle Toes.” We’re just saying: We’d be into a “Hot Honey Rag” with illuminated high-tops. Happy Friday, and happy Kristin Chenoweth’s birthday weekend! Whether you’re celebrating by giving your green friend a makeover, shouting that you’re a vice principal or singing “Hopelessly Devoted to You” in an nearly-empty diner, put your party plans on hold and study up with the Lessons of the Week. A lot went down on the Great White Way over the past seven days, so take it all in below! Groff Is Becoming One with SuttonIs it possible to transfer your talents via saliva? First, Jonathan Groff was a Sutton super fan, then she licked him. Next, he upped the ante by tapping through “Anything Goes.” And last week, he performed “Forget About the Boy”—Millie wig and all—at City Center. What’s next, Groff? Selling your panties? Making out with Matthew Morrison? If you need a Sutton to-do list, we’ve got you covered. McCarrell Trades Frappes for PokémonDo you want to be the very best—like no one ever was? If to catch them is your real test, buy Frappuccinos. At least, that’s what Chris McCarrell does. The Les Miserables favorite shared that he bribes his young castmates with Starbucks to get them to play Pokémon Go from his phone while he’s on stage. It’s a shame he can’t bring his phone on stage; we have a feeling that barricade is filled with Rattatas. Broadway’s Back on TV (No, Not Smash)Fade in on three brothers, with a hunger for theater real estate. If you miss Smash and need more Broadway drama on the small screen, listen up. The story of the Shuberts is getting a miniseries based on Michael Riedel’s Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway. We’ll see all the drama (the laughter, the tears just like pearls) unfold—hopefully with fewer Bollywood numbers. View Comments
PJM’s Glazer pans Trump’s coal, nuclear bailout plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The federal policy coordinator of the U.S.’s largest regional grid operator asserted that moves by the Trump administration to support struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants worsens a “headache” over accommodating public policies and state-mandated energy subsidies in competitive markets. “The actions of President [Donald] Trump and Energy Secretary [Rick] Perry … complicates this issue even more,” Craig Glazer, the PJM Interconnection’s vice president of federal government policy, told attendees of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2018 annual conference in Washington, D.C., on June 4.Glazer expressed concern over what he perceived as “plant-by-plant” and “state-by-state” piecemeal re-regulation of electricity markets that puts the power industry in a dangerous position between deregulation and regulation. “You have competitive generation…competing with regulated subsidized generation,” said Glazer. “I’m not sure that is sustainable, to be honest. It leads to skewed investment signals.”Glazer warned industry and policymakers of the dangers of nostalgically pining for “the good old days” of regulation.“We didn’t restructure this market to pick technologies; we restructured this market to drive efficiencies in technologies and that’s what the market is doing,” said Glazer. “If the policymakers decide that they want to back a particular technology, they can do that. We’ve done that in the past. It hasn’t always worked but if we want to go back… to some of those, we can do that.”In addition to today’s competitive markets efficiently driving investments, such as the shift to using more natural gas-fired power plants to provide baseload power instead of just peaking power, Glazer said deregulation has required investors to take on more risk, instilled more market transparency, and led to more regional planning. “The challenge for all of us is to make this restructured industry work, rather than make it a golden memory of yesteryear,” said Glazer.More ($): US grid operator’s subsidy ‘headache’ worsened by Trump bid to save coal, nukes
Brad McMillan hadn’t ever seriously considered running Alabama’s Desoto Falls on the West Fork of the Little River. But with storms in early April blowing up the rivers in the Southeast, the North Carolina local knew the time and flows were right. On Tuesday, April 8, McMillan canoed the 70-foot waterfall, claiming the record for the highest waterfall run in an open canoe. McMillan is a Class V open boater who regularly runs the Southeast’s stoutest whitewater rivers, including North Carolina’s infamous Green Narrows. “I have been paddling for 20 years and I feel like every stroke along the way helped to prepare me for this drop,” he said.“When I first saw it my heart rate spiked,” McMillan said. “It was at a perfect level for a canoe and I knew that I was going to do it.” Desoto Falls was first run by Asheville paddler Chris Gragtmans after a huge storm soaked the Southeast in 2008. Since then Desoto Falls has been run somewhat regularly, but only in kayaks.Then in 2013, a friend of McMillan’s ran the falls in a C-1, which got McMillan thinking.“My friend said the hit at the bottom was incredibly soft for being such a tall drop,” McMillan says. “So for the past few months I had been thinking about this drop and waiting for the rain to bring it to a runnable level.”While McMillan waited for his chance to run Desoto Falls, Canadian canoeist Jim Coffey ran Mexico’s 60-foot Truchas Falls last February — breaking the previous record of 55 feet on Elk River’s Big Falls (a.k.a Compression Falls) in Tennessee. Steve Frazier had run that drop back in 1994.McMillan watched as a few kayakers ran Desoto successfully. A safety crew was then set, and McMillan got into his boat and paddled. He lined toward the lip of the drop, getting one quick view down before tucking and whiting out in the veil.“It is big.” McMillan said. And just like his C-1 friend said, McMillan was surprised by how soft the landing was at the bottom. “It felt like landing in a cloud with unicorns and butterflies prancing about,” McMillan joked. “Not really.”McMillan landed upright, staying in his boat and bagging both the first canoe descent of Desoto Falls and the highest waterfall canoe record.Video by Hunt Jennings.
Nestled in the northwest corner of South Carolina at the base of the Blue Ridge Escapement, the city of Greenville has become a popular destination with tourists of all stripes. Whether you’re a dedicated foodie, an obsessed cycler, a craft beer enthusiast, or just a casual hiker, this mid-sized southern city will leave your thirst quenched, your palate happy, and your hunger for outdoor adventure satisfied and wanting more.For bikers, the opportunities are endless. For starters, there’s the 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, a beautifully maintained rail to trail that runs through the heart of Greenville’s picturesque downtown all the way into the quaint neighboring village of Traveler’s Rest.Beyond the in-town biking options are a couple of top-notch mountain biking destinations in Paris Mountain State Park and Pleasant Ridge Park. For those looking to leave the city in search of higher ground, nearby Highway 11, also known as the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, serves as a perfect corridor for hiking, fly fishing, and exploring in the South Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.But before you pack your bag and make a beeline for the South Carolina Upstate, read up on some of the finer points of the area in our latest installment of “48 Hours”.Day One Options:Ride the Swamp Rabbit TrailThe Swamp Rabbit Trail was built with funding for the Greenville Health System back in 2009. Since then it has become an indispensable staple of the Greenville community, taking the city from moderately bike-friendly to a renowned cycling hub virtually overnight.To experience the best that the Swamp Rabbit Trail has to offer, start at Cleveland Park near downtown. You’ll find ample parking here, and once you hit the trail, downtown is only a quick ride away.Before you encounter the heart of downtown you’ll bike through Falls Park, home of Reedy River Falls. This is where you will get a true sense of what makes Greenville’s downtown—a true revitalization success story—one of the best downtowns in the entire Southeast.For a healthy meal that will keep you moving swiftly, exit the trail near Main Street and bike over to Happy and Hale. Once there you’ll find a wide array of chopped salads, protein bowls, smoothies and cold pressed juice from locally-based Kuka Juice.If you’re searching out pub fare near the downtown portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail check out The Velo Fellow, known for house brewed beer, a delicious menu, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.Continue on through downtown for a few miles and you’ll eventually come to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. Whether you’re looking for pizza by the slice, a trailside beer, a great cup of coffee, or the best fresh baked stecca in the Upsate, this place is definitely worth the stop.From here, ambitious bikers might want to consider rounding off the ride by extending the trip all the way into nearby Traveler’s Rest where Swamp Rabbit Brewing awaits with expertly crafted brews served up by longtime brewer and owner Ben Pierson and his brewing protege Andrew Meyers. When it comes to quality and consistency, Swamp Rabbit Brewing is in a league of its own.For bike rental options check out Reedy Rides.Hike to Fall Creek Falls This 100-plus foot waterfall lies deep in the nearby 40,000-acre Mountain Bridge wilderness preserve at the end of a strenuous 1.5-mile uphill hike. The elevation gain is tough but rewarding. When you reach the top, not only will you be rewarded with an up close encounter of an impressive waterfall, you’ll also be treated to sweeping views toward Greenville of Paris Mountain and the surrounding Piedmont.To access this hike from Highway 11, turn just past the F-Mart on to River Falls Road. You will then drive 4 miles and take a right at Duckworth Road. In a half miles take another right on Falls Creek Rd following the signs to Palmetto Bible Camp. Soon you will see an information kiosk on the left hand side of the road that leads to the falls.Mountain Biking at Pleasant Ridge ParkWith 5.2 miles of smooth-rolling single track built and maintained by Upstate SORBA, Pleasant Ridge Park is a must-visit for anyone heading to Greenville with a mountain bike in tow.If you opt to ride the entire Jorge F. Arango loop trail, expect to encounter a moderate 700 feet of elevation gain and about the same amount of descent. Along the mostly hard-packed and flowy trail you’ll be treated to great scenery that includes a small waterfall and the remnants of an old home site. More info here.Day Two Options:Climb Pinnacle Mountain in Table Rock State ParkAt an elevation of 3,415 feet above sea level, Pinnacle Mountain is the tallest mountain completely contained within the borders of South Carolina. This hike is fairly popular, but the balds at the top offer unrivaled views of the iconic Table Rock Mountain. To get to the top start at the eastern terminus of the Foothills Trail inside Table Rock State Park, which is located just off Highway 11. Once you reach the balds soak in the views, then bypass the true summit and continue on the Foothills Trails beyond the boundary of the state park to a few stellar backcountry campsites.Click here for more great hikes in the South Carolina Upstate.Mountain Biking at Paris Mountain State Park Located just 20 minutes from Greenville’s downtown, Paris Mountain State Park is home to more than 12 miles of well-maintained multi-use trails, most of which are mountain bike friendly. Some of the better MTB trails on Paris Mountain can be found at the top of the park just before the main park road veers right toward Camp Buckhorn.Consider warming up by taking the Brissy Ridge Trail to the Kanunga connector (a bit of a strenuous uphill) then cruising back down to the parking area by way of the Fire Tower and Sulphur Springs Trails.If you thought ahead to set up a shuttle, continue past the parking area back on to the Sulpher Springs Trail where you’ll find a series of exciting bermed switch backs before eventually connecting with the Mountain Creek Trail. This trail leads all the way down to a parking area near the park’s main entrance. Click here for a detailed map of Paris Mountain State Park.Credit: SCPRT/Photo by Ken DeKampWhen the ride is complete head down the mountain to the newly opened Piney Mountain Bike Lounge. Conveniently located just 3 miles from Paris Mountain State Park, this place caters to bikers but is open to all with several beers on tap and renowned Greenville food trucks swinging through on the reg.Fly Fish the Middle Saluda RiverThe Middle Saluda is one of South Carolina’s most pristine mountain trout streams. In it you’ll find a mix of wild and stocked brown, brook, and rainbow trout, along with some amazing scenery as the river flows through the Jones Gap State Park section of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area. Start off in Jones Gap, where you’ll find a 5-mile stretch of trail that follows the stream directly.For flies and supplies head over to Luthi’s Outfitters on Laurens Road.In the Spotlight Don’t miss out on these great dining and night life options! Food:The AnchorageA passion project of Chef Greg McPhee, formerly of Husk, Charleston and Restaurant 17, The Anchorage is located in the heart of Greenville’s eclectic and trendy West Village. Officially opened for business on January 31, 2017, this casual neighborhood seafood restaurant specializes in fresh, locally sourced seafood with menu items such as Bahamian Slated Fish Fritters, Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche and Beet Salad with Trout Poke.Methodical CoffeeAn early pioneer in Greenville’s specialty coffee scene, Methodical—located in the heart of downtown—serves their very own blend of roasted coffee along with a rotation of Parlor Coffee, Onyx Coffee Lab, Steadfast Coffee, Ceremony Coffee Roasters, and Huckleberry Roasters. If you’re a true coffee snob this place is a must. They’re seriously geeking out on java and garnering the industry accolades to prove it.Libations and Nightlife:Birds Fly South Ale ProjectThe Birds Fly South Ale Project puts the focus on Farmhouse Saisons and Sour beers. Through a combination of time-tested brewing and blending methods and modern practices they create beer that is complex, thought-provoking, and pretty damn tasty.UP on the RoofOne of downtown Greenville’s newest spots, UP on the Roof boasts some of the most spectacular vistas in town. Already known for expertly prepared creative cocktails, unique wine selections and regionally brewed craft beers, UP also features luncheon entrees, platters for sharing and bar snacks that highlight the best of the Upstate.Upstate Craft Beer Co.This is a unique nano-brewery that combines a tap room (with tons of local, regional and national craft beer options) with a homebrew shop, and a state of the art “u-brew” operation that’s great for parties and events.Grateful BrewIf you’re looking for a taste of the South Carolina beer scene don’t miss the chance to check out Grateful Brew. Half of their 20 rotating taps are dedicated to craft beer made in the Palmetto State, and during the morning hours, they double as a full service coffee bar.Vault & VatorVault & Vator is downtown Greenville’s first speakeasy-style modern cocktail lounge offering hand-crafted, made-to-order libations inspired by The Golden Age of cocktails during pre-prohibition and prohibition. Tucked away in a subterranean basement space featuring the original Vault and Elevator (thus, Vault & Vator) that was built and occupied by the Dr. Pepper Cola Co. during the turn of the century, this speakeasy aims to create a sophisticated atmosphere where cozy conversation can be exchanged while sipping on convivial cocktails paired with a well curated, small menu. Be sure to study the house rules before you arrive.Kuka JuiceKuka Juice has been Greenville’s go-to juice bar for over three years now, but now the Juicery has expanded its healthy menu items with a brand new location in the up and coming Village of West Greenville. Fresh made, cold-pressed juice is still be the staple, but the newly renovated kitchen in their new location will allow for increased production of their already popular health-centric food items.Sean Brock’s HuskGreenville’s version is the latest outpost of Sean Brock’s hyper-regional restaurant, Husk. Brock told Eater Charleston that, like the Lowcountry and Nasheville, TN locations, the food at Husk Greenville is largely influenced by the surrounding culture. “Greenville is in the Blue Ridge Mountains,” he said, “so it’s cuisine is the opposite of Charleston. It’s so different. And, to me, that’s very, very interesting.”
“At the 9-1-1 center, we follow a national protocol for evaluating how sick you are and the dispatchers have been getting information on how to evaluate those,” said Director of Broome County Emergency Services, Michael Ponticello. “Then, we place a call on how to communicate that to our first responders.” Local law enforcement like the Broome County Sheriff’s Office is joining in on the efforts. They’ve implemented protocol that their deputies and other members must wear special masks, goggles, and latex gloves when responding to a person who may have been exposed or has symptoms of the virus. They also will administer lower level medical masks onto people who may be in contact with them. She says this is a very important time for the community and first responders to have a trust in one another to help each other move forward in this pandemic. (WBNG) — While first responders are working to keep you safe, they are also taking extra measures to make sure they stay clear of the coronavirus as well. Meanwhile, dispatch workers have a new set of guidelines to follow to make sure you are safe from the virus and so are there first responders. Captain Kate Newcomb says it’s essential to keep her team clean, saying, “Everybody’s facing the same struggle and we don’t want our line of defense to come down with this infection and then that cripples us and we can’t serve the public.” Calling 9-1-1 may be a quick reaction when panicking over the coronavirus pandemic. However, emergency officials say it’s important to stay calm and make sure it’s a real emergency before calling the dispatch center in order for them to not get a serious overflow of calls.
Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View:Not a moment too soon, America’s biggest banks have moved to ban their customers from using credit cards to buy bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.Banks and regulators have been slow to guard against the dangers of the bitcoin phenomenon — and central banks, in particular, need to move more forcefully.The problem, to be clear, is not the ingenious technology of cryptocurrency itself.Correctly applied, that’s a valuable and far-reaching innovation.Nor is there a problem with the vision of dispensing altogether with physical cash. That’s a goal well worth pursuing, so long as its digital successors have the government backing they need to function correctly as money. Without that crucial ingredient, though, risk arises from the misapplication of cryptocurrency technology and the speculative mania surrounding it.The danger is clearly articulated by Agustin Carstens, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements (the central banks’ central bank).Bitcoin, he says, “has become a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster.”In principle, the blockchain technology underlying bitcoin allows cheap, fast transactions without a central counterparty.There are countless promising applications of this idea — but serving as a spontaneous private replacement for cash isn’t one of them.If an asset has no intrinsic value, is not recognized as legal tender, and lacks an effective way to regulate its purchasing power, it cannot reliably serve as money. Up to now, in fact, cryptocurrencies have been in demand not because of their utility as money, but because — like tulips in the 17th century or dot-com stocks in the late 20th — they offered naive investors the prospect of amazing returns. For a while, that’s what speculators got.More recently, the bubble has deflated, amid proliferating reports of thefts, fraud and technical breakdowns.As losses mount, thoughts should turn to the implications for the rest of the financial system. Carstens stresses three.First, there’s the need to protect investors — especially amateurs who might know no better — from the consequences of their own recklessness.Second, cryptocurrencies can be used to grease the wheels of tax evasion, money laundering and other crimes. This too requires a regulatory response.Third, and not least, the crypto bubble is big enough to raise questions about systemic safety.At its recent peak, the total value of cryptocurrencies approached a trillion dollars. Even at recent diminished valuations, the total stands at some $300 billion.This could expose not just the speculators but also their creditors and intermediaries to significant risk.Regulators need to be watchful, so that the integrity of their financial systems is not put in jeopardy.Providers of electronic-payment and money-transfer services are closely regulated in most jurisdictions.Cryptocurrency suppliers, no less than those other firms, interact with the rest of the financial system, relying upon its wider infrastructure to continue functioning. These links need to be supervised — and if they’re being abused, they need to be cut.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Ireland’s parliament has voted in favour of a bill forcing its sovereign wealth fund to divest from fossil fuel companies.On 26 January, the Daíl Éireann voted 90 to 53 to reject an amendment to the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016 that would have negated its primary objective, to reduce the €8bn Irish Strategic Investment Fund’s (ISIF) exposure to carbon-heavy companies.The bill instructs the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which is responsible for the ISIF, to sell its holdings in fossil fuel companies “direct or indirect” within five years.Thomas Pringle, an independent politician who tabled the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, introduced the debate earlier this month with a strongly worded condemnation of the new US government’s stance on climate change. Speaking a day before US president Donald Trump’s inauguration, Pringle said: “We should not associate ourselves with Trump-era politics. His administration and its public display of affection for big oil is representative of the industry’s fading legacy and its last attempt to hold onto power.”He accused the oil industry of “buying political influence and deliberately concealing and manipulating the science of climate change” for more than a century.Divesting the ISIF from fossil fuels will help Ireland meet its emission reduction promises under last year’s Paris agreement on climate change, Pringle said.“Today offers an opportunity for us not only to catch up with the pace of climate change, but also lead on mitigating its effects,” he added.Earlier in discussions about the bill, Pringle claimed the ISIF lost €22m in 2015 due to the volatility of commodity prices, and “€100m in total over the past three years”.The amendment to Pringle’s bill was tabled by Simon Coveney, minister of state for the Department of Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government.It argued that ISIF’s fossil fuel exposure was “limited”, and that it had already allocated €800m to energy – “the vast majority of which will be invested in renewables”.The ISIF’s current portfolio includes investments in a “waste to energy” project, an onshore windfarm, and forestry.Coveney further argued that, “because of its progressive record in these matters, ISIF’s investment options do not need to be underpinned in statute”.However, following last week’s vote the bill will now be assessed by the Irish parliament’s committee on finance, public expenditure, and reform.A spokesman for the ISIF said its holdings in fossil fuel companies included legacy assets purchased by its predecessor fund, the National Pensions Reserve Fund.“Such legacy investments are being sold off on a phased basis in line with ISIF’s new mandate to invest on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland,” the spokesman said.“The fund is committed to investing in the energy sector in a manner that is consistent with the state’s commitment to make the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable economy,” he added.
Subsea 7 has completed a cable pull-in at Camp Pendelton in Virginia, US, for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project. Jan De Nul’s offshore jack-up installation vessel Vole au vent completed her trans-Atlantic journey to Halifax earlier this week. Dominion Energy and Ørsted plan to commission the demonstration wind farm by the end of the year. There, the jack-up will load the components, and transport and install them at the site. The company deployed the cable layer Seaway Aimery on the project. The wind farm’s turbine components and monopile foundations reached Halifax, Canada at the end of April. The 12 MW CVOW demonstration project is being jointly developed by Dominion Energy and Ørsted. Subsea 7 won the contract for the supply and installation of inter-array cables at the wind farm in 2018 through Seaway Offshore Cables (SOC), an entity in the company’s Renewables and Heavy Lifting Business Unit. The CVOW will feature two Siemens Gamesa 6 MW turbines installed on monopile foundations some 27 miles off Virginia Beach.
Nigeria international goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa would love to play alongside Odion Ighalo at Manchester United but also has a soft spot for Real Madrid.Manchester United made Ighalo the first Nigerian to join the club when they brought him in from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on a shock deadline-day loan deal in January. The 30-year-old was over the moon to join the club he supports but the transfer was labelled a panic signing after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed out on a host of targets.He has proved a host of critics wrong, however, bagging four goals in eight appearances.Ighalo’s attempts to win a permanent contract could prove successful – and he could be joined by a compatriot if Katsina United goalkeeper Ezenwa’s dream comes true.When asked about his favourite teams on Instagram Live, Ezenwa replied: “I will join my friend ‘Mummy’ Ighalo in Manchester United.“It is possible but I supported Real Madrid growing up.” Ezenwa also believed that Ighalo is one of the most professional trainers he has ever come across.“Any training session, he teases me my neck must shake and even though we have trained and trained at the tail end he’ll score,” he said.Ezenwa has won 21 caps for his country and was part of Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.He is unlikely to be heading to the Premier League to link up with United, however, because of the club’s wealth of riches between the sticks.David De Gea is the club’s No 1, but his place is coming under threat from Dean Henderson, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Sheffield United. The 23-year-old has been hugely impressive in the Premier League, conceding only 22 goals in 27 appearances for the Blades, keeping 10 clean sheets in the process.He is seen as the club’s long-term first-choice stopper but has no interest in returning to be De Gea’s back up in the short term.The Red Devils also have Argentina international Sergio Romero on the books.Romero has played second fiddle to De Gea since joining on a free transfer but is considered by many to be one of the best No 2 goalkeepers in the Premier League.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany He has kept 11 clean sheets in 14 appearances in all competitions this term.Tags: David De GeaIkechukwu EzenwaOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerShanghai Shenhua
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is excited by the return of Luis Suarez after suspension. Suarez had an even better record up to his 10-match ban, imposed for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April, with 17 goals in his last 21 Liverpool games. The prospect of the two spearheading Liverpool’s attack is an intriguing one as Liverpool look to bounce back from dropping five points in their last two league matches. “Now he comes back we are getting a £50-60million striker back in the team and that is exciting for us,” Rodgers told talkSPORT. “This is a player who can come in and make a difference for us.” Liverpool, of course, turned down a now infamous £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal in the summer as the Uruguay international tried to manufacture a move away by claiming his manager and the club reneged on a deal to allow him to move to a Champions League side. Rodgers insists that is now firmly in the past but he accepts Suarez may have some convincing to do in the eyes of some fans who felt he betrayed the club with his comments in the close season. “All you can do now is judge him by his performances on the field. The measure for Luis now is on the field,” he added. “His way to say sorry or make any contribution back to the supporters is to play with his heart 100 per cent and score goals and make this team successful and I am confident that will happen. “He can’t play any other way.” Rodgers is confident his players will bounce back quickly from their poor performance at Anfield which resulted in surprise defeat – their first since March – to Saints. “There’s no doubt after Southampton at the weekend, we haven’t felt like that for a long time. It was hard to swallow,” he added. “We didn’t perform and it’s as simple as that. We were nowhere near our level. “That’s going to be the season – sometimes it’s going to be up and down. All we can ever do is work hard and keep believing. “We’re back focused, working hard and knowing this is a season where we’ll have those ups and downs. “We’ve just got to make sure, like we have done, when we have a disappointment we bounce back and go again.” The Reds boss believes the team will benefit from having a “£50-£60million” striker back in the side and the timing is perfect as they face arch rivals Manchester United in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford. In Suarez’s absence the Merseysiders have won seven, drawn two and lost just once – last Saturday against Southampton – as Daniel Sturridge took up the goalscoring mantle netting 11 in nine matches. Press Association