“Alternative facts”…

first_img…in a Bizarro worldThen your Eyewitness was a callow youth, he confesses that he was addicted to comics. If the truth be told, even though he doesn’t flip through the “hard copies” any longer, he cannot miss their iterations on the big screen! (But Batman taking on Superman??!! C’mon now!!) Anyhow, there used to be a character “Bizarro” who lived in a world where everything was opposite to the reality on Earth.On the first day after President Trump’s swearing-in, your Eyewitness thought he’d been transported to the world of Bizarro htraE (“Earth” spelt backwards!). After the White House announced that Trump’s crowd at his inauguration was BIGGER than Obama’s, the Press contradicted him with what they thought was incontrovertible evidence – pics of the two events. And suggested the Trump machinery was spreading “falsehoods and lies”. “Not so!!” insisted Trump’s spokesperson, they were just offering “alternative facts”!!Imagine that!! Reality is whatever you chose to say it is!! We know in this ‘post-modern’ world, there’s no single truth, since this is always socially constructed. Truth is “relational” and “perspectival” and all that! But your poor Eyewitness thought those only referred to “social truths” – like whether “white is beautiful” and suchlike. But certainly not to the facticity of comparing crowd shots to judge their magnitude!But on reflection, your Eyewitness should’ve seen this coming… even though it’s a few decades late, Orwell did predict this in his classic, “1984”. In this Brave New World, “War is peace. Freedom is slavery.” And most germanely, “ignorance is strength”!! But on this basis, let the word go forth – Guyana’s ahead of even the US in this new semantical twist of “Double Speak” in the Brave New World.Weren’t we told, our treasury was too bare for a 10 per cent raise for Government workers, but not for a 50 per cent raise for Cabinet Ministers? The meaning of “bare” has to be parsed from your perspective! More recently we’ve seen the disjunctive “or” – up to now indicating a change or inflection point in what preceded it in a sentence – declared to be a “conjunctive” which simply adds more of the same to what precedes!! One wonders then as to why even use it?? Wouldn’t it have been simpler to simply state that only judges need apply for the GECOM job? But we have to remember we are now in the Brave New World of htraE!! Complex is simple!So we shouldn’t quibble when Public Security Minister Ramjattan (the twice and future leader of the AFC) declares there’s no spike in crime, or Finance Minister Jordan insists there’s no foreign currency shortage.They’re just offering “alternative facts”!!…on Women’s MarchWho woulda thought!! The Women’s protest to Donald Trump’s election turned out to be the BIGGEST ever in the history of the US!! Even the White House didn’t offer some “alternative facts”! All across the US the sea of pink hats made their point. But hold it. What was their point, again?Well, there was the point made that America doesn’t really need a “Groper in Chief” right now! Or someone who delighted in grabbing women’s privates (we can’t be more graphic like the US and British papers – we’re still Victorian, thank you!) while sticking his tongue down their throats.But broadly that Trump be used as a lightning rod for highlighting “women’s” issues. But who decides that? We can’t forget while Clinton beat Trump 54 to 42 per cent with women voters, Trump reversed the stats among WHITE women.And in the three states that decided the election — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — that margin was enough to send Trump to the White House.Yep! Women do have power. But it ain’t monolithic!…on Mexican rice marketsWe’ll soon be coming on to two years since PM Nagamootoo, promised “massive” Mexican markets that were “keen for our rice”.With not even a grain contracted, what are the “alternative facts” to “massive” and “keen”?last_img read more

Liverpool transfer news live: No Deadline Day signings, ex-keeper joins Man City

first_imgSome speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of #LFC offloading him. https://t.co/vL1GVH9rDR— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLigue 1 side Monaco are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri. Swiss outlet Blick are reporting that the Ligue 1 side would be willing to pay Shaqiri, 27, a salary of €6million a year. However, the report also suggests Liverpool will not be willing to sell the Switzerland international, who is contracted at the club until 2023. It reads: “AS Monaco are ready to offer the Liverpool star (contracted until 2023) a yearly salary of 6 million euros net.“In Monaco, players pay no taxes, in England that would be worth 12 million euros (gross, before tax deduction). In England, it can be assumed that he earns around 8 million euros gross (4 million net).”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool youngster George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to Feyenoord.The centre-back, 20, captained Liverpool’s U23s for a large part of the 2018/19 campaign, has completed his move to the Eredivisie club. Johnston, who has represented Scotland at Under-21 level, joined the Reds’ academy aged nine and became a regular in the Under-18s during the 2016/17 season. George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to @Feyenoord. Everyone at #LFC wishes George good luck at his new club. 🙌https://t.co/IlThjYknpi— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp has heaped praise on ‘sensational young player’ Ki-Jana Hoever. Hoever, 17, signed a new long-term Anfield contract last week and celebrated it with a solid display in a victory over Lyon in a pre-season match. He also made an appearance for the Reds during an FA Cup match in January when he was 16 and is the youngest player to represent the club in the competition. Klopp told liverpoolfc.com: “Ki-Jana is a wonderful kid and a sensational young player who can learn so much. Especially in the Napoli game when he came on, on the left side, it was maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season.“You can from time to time, especially the physical demands were really heavy for him to take. “You forget so quickly these boys are so young. He’s still 17, it’s just crazy. But everything will be fine, he’s a fantastic footballer and I’m really happy that we have him for longer.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool defender Nat Phillips has signed a new long-term contract with the club before joining Stuttgart on loan.The centre-back joins the German second tier side for the 2019/20 campaign and becomes the latest departure after Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi’s temporary exits were confirmed on Tuesday.Phillips was part of the club’s tour of the United States last month, however, the signing of Dutch youngster Sepp van den Berg has bolstered Liverpool’s defence. FirstPrev1 of 32NextLast5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonOvie Ejaria has joined Championship club on a season-long loan with the move to become permanent next summer. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp responds to questions on whether he was offered Philippe Coutinho this summer. The Liverpool boss said: “No answer, I don’t make big comments on these things. “And it’s not really likely we will do (any business) – if you want more excitement go to Everton!” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeLiverpool legend John Barnes says Manchester City, Liverpool or Leicester should sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. The winger caught the eye of several clubs following a series of impressive displays for the Dutch champions last season.“I think (Hakim) Ziyech, the Moroccan at Ajax would be a great signing for the Premier League,” Barnes told bonuscodebets. “I think he could do very well here.”READ MORE5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson is set to move to Manchester City on a season-long loan. City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to add some experience to his squad for the season ahead. And Carson’s current club Derby are happy to see the ex-England international spend the twilight of his career with the Premier League champions. Carson moved to Liverpool from Leeds in 2005 but never made an impact on the Reds’ first-team and eventually left to join West Brom in 2008. 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeOvie Ejaria could leave Liverpool on a permanent deal today. The midfielder, who has not played for the Reds since January 2017, has had loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading. And The Reading Chronicle claim the Royals are considering making a permanent move for Ejaria.The 21-year-old only signed a long-term contract with Liverpool last summer.5 months ago8th August 2019MarcLatest from talkSPORT sources:– Nketiah agrees to join #LUFC– Luiz arrives for Arsenal medical– Coutinho only wants #LFC move– Austin in talks with #WBAStay tuned to @talkSPORT throughout #DeadlineDay for all the transfer latest.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/MfwEEvUaO4— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcBREAKING: Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Tottenham is now fully dead.Coutinho would only consider joining Liverpool if he came back to England.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/EnldAM4D1j— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcSimon Mignolet has hailed Liverpool as the biggest club in world football after bringing his Anfield career to an end.Asked what Liverpool will mean to him, the Belgian goalkeeper said: “What it means to me is that it’s a big family. It’s a big club in the world, the biggest thing that always struck me the most is when you go abroad and see how the club is being followed. “Not only with the performances on the pitch but also the connection around it, the support it gets, the following it gets. “I don’t think there is a bigger club in the world than that, where the fans are so passionate about being a Red, about following Liverpool and about treasuring Anfield. “I think that’s where Liverpool is very big and it was a big honour to represent this club and I will always treasure that.” “Just stay who you are.”@SMignolet returned to Melwood to say farewell to colleagues and friends at our training ground today 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonXherdan Shaqiri also rejected a ‘lucrative offer’ this summer to play in China.Swiss outlet Blick have also reported that a Chinese club tabled a “lucrative offer” to sign Shaqiri, but the 27-year-old has decided to turn down a big-money move to the Far East.The transfer window in England closes at 5pm on Thursday. 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJournalist James Pearce has poured cold water on speculation linking Xherdan Shaqiri with a move to Monaco, however. Pearce, who has recently become LFC reporter for The Athletic UK, says he’s been told Liverpool will not be offloading Shaqiri this summer. He tweeted: “Some speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of lfc offloading him.” 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonSimon Mignolet has given one last farewell to Liverpool fans. The goalkeeper spent six years at Anfield before moving to Belgian side Club Brugge at the weekend and had one last message to the Kopites. At today’s official unveiling of the impressive @trentaa98 mural commissioned by @TheAnfieldWrap. Just a Trent cross-field pass from the stadium. #LFC pic.twitter.com/MPhmIvDvd3— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp is ‘very positive’ about the introduction of VAR for the new Premier League season. Video assistant referees will be available in the league throughout the 2019/20 campaign. Liverpool get their campaign under way when they host Norwich on Friday night and Klopp has welcomed the introduction of the new technology to the game. He said: “It was good, it was really good when they showed us the process pretty much. “It looks really interesting and it looks safe, as much as you can be safe when human beings are involved. That’s how it is. But a lot of things will be clear; I think with offside we will not have a lot of problems because that will be extremely clear and all the other things are still interpretation, but that’s normal. I saw it can be pretty quick in the decision-making.“I’ve followed it now for two years in Germany, it was not the easiest start but now it has kind of settled and now you have discussions about other things after the game, but still have the discussions about decisions obviously. So football will not miss anything.“And in the stadium I think it will be fine. Yes, there are moments when a team is celebrating and somebody is telling them it was a bit too early, but these things are part of the deal. Apart from that, I’m very positive about it.”5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp says he’s expecting a lot from Naby Keita this season. The midfielder has struggled to fully establish himself at Liverpool and last season was a campagn disrupted by injury. But Klopp is backing Keita to have a better time of it in 2019/20. Klopp said: “You could see already that he’s much more settled in the team: completely different body language and everything is different. “It was ups and downs last year, still he is building 100 per cent fitness. “It’s good, I was really happy with how the influence of Shaq, Naby and Adam was; we expect a lot and he expects a lot and rightly so.” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeJurgen Klopp has confirmed Sadio Mane ‘could’ be ready to play in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday. The 27-year-old was one of the club’s late returns in the summer due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.Klopp said: “He looks fit. [Thursday] was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely okay. Yes, he’s an option. We will see.”center_img 5 months ago8th August 2019MarcPhilippe Coutinho would only consider spending time on loan at Liverpool, talkSPORT understands.As reported earlier in the week, four Premier League clubs – Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool – were keen on bringing the midfielder to England as Barca agreed to let him leave.However, he rejected the chance to join Spurs, while Man United would prove to be a tricky deal considering his Anfield past and Arsenal are well stocked in midfield. Ovie Ejaria has today completed a season-long loan switch to @ReadingFC with an agreement for the move to become permanent next summer.Everybody at #LFC wishes Ovie the best of luck in his future career 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson has completed his season-long loan deal top Manchester City. ✍️ We are delighted to have signed Scott Carson from Derby County on a year-long loan deal.Welcome, Scott! 💙🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/XOAbPJqpTP— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonTHE TRANSFER WINDOW HAS CLOSED.A quiet Deadline Day for Liverpool, a quiet transfer window for Liverpool.Just the three signings this summer with Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott and Adrian moving to Anfield. Liverpool’s focus will now be on their first Premier League game of the season, where they entertain Norwich on Friday night. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFive Liverpool players have been nominated for positional awards at last season’s Champions League. The Reds won the competition after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final. And five of their players are in contention to win individual accolades. They are: Alisson Becker (Goalkeeper), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk (Defenders), Jordan Henderson (Midfielder) and Sadio Mane (Forward). You can see the full shortlist for each award by clicking HERE. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonA mural of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has been unveiled on a road near their home of Anfield. Alexander-Arnold made his competitive debut for the Reds’ first-team in October 2016 and is now their first choice right-back. He played a huge part in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season. And local lad Alexander-Arnold has been honoured with this mural on Sybil Road, which is a five-minute walk from Liverpool’s home ground. Nathaniel Phillips has today signed a new long-term contract with #LFC and immediately joined @VfB on a season’s loan.Good luck for the season ahead, Nat 👊https://t.co/q3hB3IFj6l— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJoe Gomez credits the Liverpool supporters for helping them go unbeaten at home in the Premier League for two seasons. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t lost a match at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017 and kick off their 2019/20 campaign at home to Norwich on Friday night. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com about the club’s impeccable home record, Gomez said: “It’s weird, it’s sort of just flown in the sense that you don’t really take it in.“I think you just see each game as that individual game. But when you look back at that stat, it’s special.“I think it’s a credit to the supporters. The atmosphere they set makes it very difficult for people to come to Anfield.“Hopefully it’s something we can continue. If we do that this year, I’m sure we’ll be in a good place. Obviously [Norwich] will be the first time back since Madrid. It’s always special playing at Anfield, I think that’s one of massive pluses at being at this club.“We know how much of a historic place it is and how good the atmosphere is. All the lads are looking forward to it.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonPhilippe Coutinho will turn down a loan move to Tottenham, talkSPORT sources understand. Former Liverpool star Coutinho has struggled for form since completing his mega money move to Barcelona in January 2018. In a bid to help him get his confidence back, Barca appear happy to let Coutinho go elsewhere on loan. Liverpool have been linked with him as have Arsenal and Tottenham in recent days but talkSPORT understands that the Brazilian will not be joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side. BREAKING: Philippe Coutinho set to turn down a deal to join Tottenham on-loan.– talkSPORT sources understand.Tune in for more big transfer news.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/vgvhV5yoc9— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019FirstPrev1 of 32NextLastlast_img read more