Mt.Coffee Hydro Dam Rehabilitation Work Halted

first_imgRehabilitation work at the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam, located in Harrisburg, Upper Montserrado County, has come to an immediate halt, and all expatriate staffs have reportedly packed bags and baggage and left the country.The LEC expatriate staff have left the country owing to fear of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has taken the lives of over 500 Liberians, including health workers.Rehabilitation work at the Mt. Coffee Hydro-electric Power Plant commenced in May 2013 with the establishment of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU), while actual construction started On January 2014.According to the project blue print, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) aims to fully complete the project by the end of 2016 and the target date for first commercial power from the plant remains December 2015. But with the seeming abandonment of work at the dam by international firms contracted to carry out various portions of the project, for fear of contracting the EVD, there are apprehensions that all efforts aimed at rehabilitating that vital national power grid seem farfetched.In December 2006, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf disclosed that her government was considering other alternatives of power supply. She indicated then that refurbishing the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant would cause government more than US$200 million.Following the provision of light in and around Monrovia under the theme ‘Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow’, Liberia still remains a country without the needed electricity necessary for the powering of mini and full scale factories, homes and offices.Currently, the running of Liberia’s only electric power generation company (LEC) now rests with a Canadian company called Monitaba Hydro International (MHI) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).Owing to the agreement underpinning the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the MHI and the LEC, the LEC is currently headed by a Canadian named Gregory J. Sylvester of the MHI, as Chief Executive Officer.But Greg, as he is commonly called, has also departed Liberia since about a month ago and left the running of the company in the hands of his Liberian counterparts.The Project Implementation Unit (PIU), which is the prime driver of the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Dam, is also headed by one Randal Enns, another foreign national, who has reportedly left Liberia for fear of contracting the Ebola Disease.When contacted, Hassan Kiawu, communication consultant at the LEC, confirmed that almost all of the expatriate staffs working at the Hydro Dam have departed Liberia and gone to seek safe havens outside Liberia.Asked when the contractors, mainly foreigners, will return, Kiawu said he could not speak to that as the PIU was a project outside the ambit of his job description. He referred our reporter to Benedict Sarnor, Acting Chairman of the LEC Board of Directors and Patrick Sendolo, Minister of Lands Mines and Energy.However, according to the PIU website, the Mt. Coffee rehabilitation project is co-financed by the Government of Norway, Government of Germany (KWF), European International Bank and the Liberian Government, respectively.Interestingly, local contractors who have been hired to do bits and pieces in the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam location have also complained that they have not been paid by the PIU. However, the LEC, through the PIU, has so far signed contracts with a number of international firms to help rehabilitate and reconstruct the Hydro Dam.According to the PIU website, to date four of the seven main project contracts have been awarded.On April 30, 2013, LEC signed Consulting Services Agreement with Norplan/Fichtner for Mt. Coffee Owner’s Engineer Services. The Owner’s Engineer is responsible for project design planning and procurement. On October 25, 2013, LEC signed a contract with Voith Hydro for Mt. Coffee Generating Equipment and on January 9, 2014 LEC signed another contract with Dawnus International Ltd. for Mount Coffee Enabling works.The latest contract signed with Andritz Hydro GMbH for Hydraulic Steelwork and Auxiliary Systems now puts the total sum of money so far bankrolled for the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Dam in the Millions.The LEC communication boss could not give the exact amount so far utilized on the project. But it is believed that all of these projects, plus three more to be awarded, will effectively lead to full rehabilitation the dam.Recently, the World Health Organization spokesperson, Glenn Thomas, told the BBC in an interview that funds intended to be used to carry out development in the Ebola affected countries will be redirected to help fight the Ebola Virus in those countries.Just few weeks following the outbreak of the Ebola scourge in the Minor River Basin, the World Bank donated US$5 billion for the African electric power project. According to the World Bank, the money will be given to six African countries to be utilized in electric power project generation. The bank’s donation is mainly for countries incorporated under Barak Obama Power Africa Initiative. The benefitting countries include Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Ethiopia.Dr. Jim Young Kim, World Bank President, announced the bank’s intervention at the African leaders’ summit held in America and said the donation will help address Africa’s electric power challenges.Development experts here believed that the money is coming at a time when the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam is being placed on ice. It is also not clear whether Liberia’s share of that amount will be redirected towards the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.The Liberia rural electrification project, initiated in collaboration with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), has also been seriously affected as most communities in the rural parts are being quarantined.Moreover, Ghanaian and Ivoirian electrical engineers working on the rural electrification project in the North Eastern part of Liberia have also reportedly left the country so as to avoid contracting the Ebola disease.Construction of the Mt. Coffee hydropower plant was first undertaken in 1964. The first phase, with an installed capacity of 34 MW from two turbines, was commissioned and put in production in 1967. The project was undertaken by the government of Liberia (GOL), with financing from the United States government.The installation of two additional turbines in 1973 increased the installed capacity to 64 MW. This second phase was financed by the World Bank.From 1973 until late 1989, Liberia’s electricity service was largely limited to the capital of Monrovia and environs; with around 35,000 customers—almost 13 percent of the population—served by 1989. LEC also handled the electricity supply of rural areas outside Monrovia through 10 small isolated power systems with a total installed capacity of 13 MW.During the period of civil unrest in Liberia, power generation at Mount Coffee had to be stopped and operation of the spillway gates was prevented by the hostilities. Rebel forces under the command of Charles Taylor seized the Mt. Coffee plant in July 1990, halting production and causing the dam to breach. Efforts have been underway since 2006 to restore the Monrovia grid and expand mini-grid and stand-alone power systems in the interior. Following the restoration of peace, rehabilitation of Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant has been proposed as an important part of the reconstruction efforts led by H.E. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Now with the intrusion of the Ebola Virus and the resulting immediate halting of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Dam reconstruction and rehabilitation, it could be long coming before light reaches many homes, offices and factories across Liberia.When completed, the dam, which had a capacity 64 mw is expected to have 80 mw. With all of these developments, analysts here think the PIU target date for supplying the first commercial current in December 2015 may not be on schedule.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden’s For the Children’s Sake Foundation celebrates 17 years

first_img― awards 64 persons for contributions towards developmentIn observance of its 17th year in existence, Linden Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), For the Children’s Sake Foundation (FTCSF) on Saturday awarded 64 individuals who have played an integral role in assisting in community development through its philosophy of “service above self”.Some of the invitees at the award ceremony on Saturday eveningGuyana Times Journalist Utamu Belle, who was awarded for her contributions in journalismThe organisation, which boasts approximately 55 members including youths, celebrated the milestone with the hosting of a dinner and award ceremony at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN).Speaking at the occasion, a member of the organisation, Tishon Fraser, asserted that over the years, FTCSF has developed into “a pillar of hope” for the community and adolescents through its programmes which are organised to promote healthy and positive social lifestyles.Many underprivileged families and vulnerable children and adolescents also benefit from various community development programmes each year.“This year we celebrate guided by the philosophy, ‘service above self’. We have stood on the shoulders of giants who have aided us in our mission – the business community, loyal members that remain persistent. And today we celebrate you, the ones who have worked selflessly, that gave of their most valuable asset – their time for the good of others…”, Fraser noted.The organisation’s Executive Director, Vernon Todd, in addressing the gathering alluded that it has been engaged in projects not only in Linden but throughout Guyana in collaboration with various agencies such as the Department of Youth. He also pointed to qualities which have kept the organisation on the right path over the years.“What keeps us together is the love, commitment and the passion that we have to develop young people…”, he explained.In her remarks, Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell urged that the FTCSF continue along the path of positivity by spreading positive messages and saving lives. She noted that the organisation’s literacy programme is one which is going to propel it further. She also encouraged members to continue to stick together and to work towards the development of Linden youths and the community as a whole.“I want to say congratulations to you on 17 years. We have seen the change, Linden needs this kind of change…We’ve got to move Linden forward”, she urged.Former Member of Parliament (MP) Vanessa Kissoon also urged members of the organisation to continue along the path of service above self as she encouraged the youths to give back in meaningful ways to their communities. She also challenged them to rise above challenges and to play important roles in society.Meanwhile, an official, Aubrey Norton, congratulated the members of the organisation and urged its youths to develop a clear sense vision as to where they want to go in life and to be positive role models for the community. He further implored them to develop a clear plan for the future and to cultivate leadership skills such as self-discipline, problem-solving and positive attitude. These, he noted, can be cultivated by developing positive habits such as waking up early and being on time. Norton also urged the youths to focus on inter-generational preparation as well as to pursue educational and business development opportunities. He further challenged them to expand their vision to help others achieve these opportunities and to utilise technological skills as a means of advancement.The 64 awardees were all awarded trophies for contributions in various categories. Amongst some of the awardees were Mayor Arrindell, Nurse Colwyn Allen, teacher Charlyn Duke, Guyana Times journalist Utamu Belle, member of the organisation Samantha Henry, former Regional Chairman Sharma Solomon, June Julien, businesswoman Lauren Joseph and former MP Vanessa Kissoon. Todd was also awarded by members of the organisation for his contributions over the years.Some of the programmes executed by the organisation include school health clubs, youth seeking answers, skills training, literacy, back to school and toy drives, monthly satellite tables, peer education, outreaches, youth-friendly and capacity-building at church and youth clubs amongst others. Its functions are both social and humanitarian, with focus on personal and community development.last_img read more

Feng shui master, charity vie for $4 billion fortune

first_imgHONG KONG — Nina Wang, Asia’s richest woman at the time of her death, left her $4 billion fortune to an aficionado of feng shui, the Chinese belief that fortunes can be improved by timing and the layout of objects such as furniture, according to the man’s lawyer. The pigtailed Hong Kong businesswoman, who died this month, chose Chan Chun-chuen because he understood her personal and her business philosophies, said Jonathan Midgley, a lawyer for the Haldanes law firm. The firm published a newspaper notice Friday saying Wang left her estate to Chan in a will dated Oct. 16, 2006. Hong Kong media described him as a feng shui master, but Midgley said at a news conference on Friday that Chan is a 48-year-old real-estate investor who practices feng shui as a hobby. Haldanes released a photo of Wang and Chan together in the early 1990s. Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of trying to achieve health, harmony and prosperity by using specific dates, numbers, building design and the placement of objects. It was the second claim to Wang’s fortune, estimated at $4.2 billion by Forbes magazine. On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Next magazine published the image of a typewritten will allegedly signed by Wang and dated July 28, 2002, leaving her fortune to the Chinachem Charitable Foundation Ltd., named after her company Chinachem Group. In the purported will, Wang says she wanted the charity to set up a Chinese version of the Nobel prizes. Spokeswoman Wendy Law at the charity’s law firm, Johnson Stokes & Master, declined comment Friday. At a news conference, Midgley said his client “believes that he understood her (Nina Wang’s) philosophy, both her personal philosophy and her philosophy in running her businesses.” Chan did not attend the conference. The development echoes Wang’s court battle with her father-in-law over her kidnapped husband’s estate. Teddy Wang, who founded the Chinachem Group pharmaceutical company, was abducted in 1990 as he left Hong Kong’s exclusive Jockey Club. The family paid a $33 million ransom but he was never returned. Several of the kidnappers were caught and said the 56-year-old Wang had been thrown into the sea from the small Chinese boat where he was held. His body was never found and he was declared dead in 1999. In his absence, Nina Wang built Chinachem into a real-estate empire, with office towers and apartment complexes throughout Hong Kong. Her standing came under threat when Wang Din-shin challenged her claim to his late son’s fortune. Wang Din-shin said he was the sole beneficiary of Teddy Wang’s estate based on a 1968 will. He questioned the will Nina Wang produced, which was dated just a month before her husband disappeared and left her everything. A Hong Kong judge ruled in November 2002 that Nina Wang’s will was forged. But in 2005, Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal reversed the ruling that gave Teddy Wang’s estate to his father. Nina Wang was also cleared of forgery charges in December 2005. Wang was 69 when she died on April 3, reportedly after a battle with ovarian cancer. She is survived by a younger brother and two younger sisters. 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

Investigation opened into Astori death in Italy

first_img0Shares0000Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 31 © AFP/File / Claudio GIOVANNINIROME, Italy, Mar 5 – An autopsy into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori will be carried out on Tuesday while his funeral will be held in Florence two days later, the Italian football club announced.Italy was in shock following the sudden death on Sunday of the 31-year-old defender who played for his country 14 times. “Fiorentina and Davide’s family inform you that the autopsy will be performed tomorrow… The funeral will take place on Thursday in the Santa Croce basilica,” the Serie A club said Monday on its Twitter account.A judicial inquiry had been launched following the death of the player, who was found dead in his hotel room in Udine, where his team was due to play Udinese on Sunday.“We have opened a manslaughter investigation, against X for the moment,” Antonio de Nicolo, a magistrate in the northeastern city of Udine, told Rai radio on Monday, adding that such a procedure was “mandatory”.De Nicolo was quoted Sunday as saying Astori died of “natural causes” after a “cardiac circulatory collapse” — a type of heart attack.Meanwhile Fiorentina have called for respect and silence after it was erroneously reported they had extended Astori’s contract with them.Giovanni Malago who is president of the Italian Olympic Committee, which oversees Italian top flight and international football, “spoke too soon,” a source very close to those concerned told AFP.All seven matches in Italy’s top flight on Sunday were postponed following the news of Astori’s death.European games in the Champions League and Europa League will all be preceded by a minute’s silence in midweek.Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, said the city would observe a day of mourning for the player’s funeral.Former national team coach Antonio Conte and World Cup winner Gianluigi Buffon paid emotional tributes to Astori, describing their Italian compatriot as “fantastic” and “a great guy”.Chelsea manager Conte, who coached the defender when his was in charge of Italy, said the player’s death was a “tragedy”.“This is a tragedy and it really hurts me. It’s very difficult at this moment to find the right words for the family,” Conte told Sky Sports on Sunday ahead of his side’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City.Veteran Buffon, the Juventus captain, called Astori “a great man”.Buffon, who wrote in a post on Instagram accompanied by a photo of the two players exchanging pennants before a game between their clubs, said he did not usually make a habit of expressing his feelings about others.“I want to make an exception to my rule because you have a young wife and others close to you who are suffering, but mostly because your little girl deserves to know that her dad was a good man… a great man,” Buffon said of Astori, who leaves behind a wife and a two-year-old daughter.Astori began his career at AC Milan, also playing for Cagliari and Roma before joining Fiorentina in 2015.He made his international debut under coach Cesare Prandelli in March 2011 as a first-half substitute in a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev before getting sent off with 17 minutes remaining.Astori scored his only international goal in the 2013 Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Uruguay, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2. Italy went on to win on penalties.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Why Man United must increase their bid for World Cup winner?

first_imgManchester United’s hopes of landing Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels were left in tatters on Tuesday as Jurgen Klopp mocked their reported €20million offer for the defender.The Red Devils are yet to make an official move for Germany’s World Cup winning centre-back, who scored twice during the tournament in Brazil.But the rumours have still reached Klopp, who was less than happy to hear about the amount Man United are willing to pay.And it’s understandable why he would think the bid derisory when you consider the talents of the 25-year-old, who has won the Bundesliga twice.Hummels has been a mainstay of the Dortmund defence for five seasons in the Bundesliga as they’ve risen to the top again in Germany.When it comes to tackling he’s blessed with exceptional timing and on the ball he isn’t afraid to stride forward and ping a delectable 40-yard pass to a team-mate, plus he’s pretty handy in the air too.And if you don’t believe us, check out the video above.Man United fans, what areas should the new manager strengthen?last_img read more

Suso lifts lid on Liverpool exit – ‘They didn’t offer me enough money!’

first_img Liverpool starlet Suso 1 Liverpool did not offer Suso enough money or football to keep him out of the hands of AC Milan, the midfielder claims.The Spanish playmaker, whose contract at Liverpool was set to expire in June, joined Milan in a cut-price deal on Saturday.He was already tipped to join the San Siro side on a free transfer in the summer but the Italian club decided to bring the deal forward and incorporate him into their ranks with immediate effect.The 21-year-old, who made 21 appearances for Liverpool after signing professional terms in 2010, says the Merseyside club wanted to keep hold of him but could not offer him what he was looking for.“My contract was set to expire in June and Liverpool’s offers did not satisfy me, neither economically nor in a sporting sense,” Suso told Marca.“I arrived very much as a boy and I have learned a lot. I have grown, but I have not noticed a lot of trust in me. I wanted a change of scenery. And Milan offers me everything that I needed. It’s a great [club], with an incredible history, but now it is not at its best.“My objective? To play as much as possible and to return Milan to the Champions League. It’s where the club should be.”Suso joined Liverpool from Spanish side Cadiz as a teenager after reportedly rejecting interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid.When asked if he regretted turning down the Bernabeu club, he added: “Well, you never know with those things.“I think I chose well because I went to England to become a professional footballer, and I succeeded. I am very grateful to Liverpool, I have left great friends there. But now I think only about making my Milan debut.”Suso also reserved words praise for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who will end his lengthy association with the club when he joins LA Galaxy later this year.The midfielder said: “What did I learn from Steven Gerrard? His professionalism.“With the level he has shown, all that he has won and the admiration that he has generated and still generates in his city, in his country and all around the world. Steven trains each day as if it were his first, as if he was a youth player. It was a daily lesson.”last_img read more

Kenya deserved to win, says Ghana’s Atsu

first_img“This is a very disappointing result for us but this is football. We know Kenya has a good team and they deserved to win. In modern football, you can’t say Ghana has to beat Kenya just like that. The game has to finish before you know the result,” the speedy winger said.His comments were also shared by teammate Kwadwo Asamoah who came in as a second half substitute, though he didn’t do much to change the face of the game.“It was a tough game for us and unfortunate that we couldn’t get out with anything. We had the chances, we couldn’t score and that is how football is. If your opponent takes their chances then that’s it,” Asamoah who turns out for Italian Giants Inter Milan said.Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah during their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe loss however according to the two players does not dent Ghana’s hope of making it into next year’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon and in the long run qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.“This is behind our backs now and we have to go back and analyze our mistakes. We need to know what we didn’t do right and correct for the next game. I am very certain we will qualify for the Cup of Nations. We have four more games to play and those are many points,” Atsu noted.Asamoah said; “It is not the end of the road for us. We just need to keep fighting and I am sure we have a good future ahead.”Ghana started their campaign with a 5-0 win against Ethiopia and after the Kenya loss, focus will be on the back to back home and away ties against Sierra Leone where they hope to bank nine points and put one foot into the Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ghana winger Christian Atsu controls the ball during their 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has admitted that Kenya were deserved winners on Saturday afternoon, beating them by a solitary goal in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match at the Kasarani Stadium.Atsu who turns out for English Premier League side Newcastle United said they were punished for missed chances while Kenya took theirs and executed a master defensive plan under pressure especially after going a man down.last_img read more

Monaco confirm signing of Russia’s World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin

first_imgWhile the transfer fee is officially undisclosed, CSKA have said they had received a club-record fee for his services and reports claim Monaco tabled a bid of €35million (around £31million).Golovin, who had been linked with Chelsea after impressing for Russia at the World Cup, scored 13 goals in 113 appearances for CSKA.The youngster made four appearances at the World Cup, scoring one goal and claiming two assists as the tournament hosts progressed to the quarter-finals.“I am very happy to sign for Monaco,” Golovin told the Ligue 1 side’s official website.“This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambition. I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new team-mates and to get going.” Monaco have announced the signing of in-demand Russian starlet Aleksandr Golovin, after beating Chelsea in the race for the CSKA Moscow midfielder.The 22-year-old, who shone at the World Cup this summer, has signed a five-year deal with the French giants. Golovin was one of the emerging stars to shine at the World Cup Russian starlet Golovin has joined Monaco 2 2 Monaco vice president and chief executive officer Vadim Vasilyev said Golovin had made the right move to continue his development.He added: “We are very happy with the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin at Monaco.“He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time.“He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally.“Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.”last_img read more

DONEGAL DAD BUYS DAUGHTER A PUB FOR HER 21ST BIRTHDAY!

first_imgA devoted Donegal dad has bought his lucky daughter the ultimate birthday present – a pub!Seamus Gallagher, 59, has lived in Carlisle in England for the past 24 years.He wanted to get daughter Bridie a job and a present rolled into one so he bought her a bar in his hometown of Bothergate. The bar, which is now known as Gallagher’s, was formerly The Golden Lion.Seamus said: “Some people get a car for their 21st but Bridie got a pub. She didn’t have a job so she was over the moon. It was always my intention to retire at 60 and buy a pub and that is exactly what I’ve done.“It gives Bridie a job and a career in the pub trade to follow.”“There hasn’t been an Irish bar in Carlisle since Finnegan’s Wake and so we thought why not? Irish bars are all over the UK and in Benidorm and Ibiza.” Shocked Bridie said all she thought she would get form her dad would be a card – if she was lucky!“I was really shocked when dad told me he’d bought me a pub. I was in Turkey for my 21st and I wasn’t expecting anything except a card.“It’s going well and I am enjoying being back in work. I am just getting experience at the moment and my dad is helping me.“Since we got the keys we’ve been painting and decorating and making it nice and green and Irish.”The pub shows Sky Sports and has pools, darts and dominoes teams. Seamus added “Once Bridie gets more experience I’ll leave her to it but I’ve been helping her out a bit to start.“We’ve taken on five bar staff and a cleaner.”And so far the new pub seems to be going down a storm.Bridie said: “Lots of the customers pop in and say they remember me from when I was a baby and I haven’t a clue who they are.” The pub sells a range of Irish liquor including whiskeys and pints of Caffreys and Guinness.It is decorated with traditional Irish barrels, some of them from Dublin.Plans are also underway for karaoke and live music and singing evenings and an extra special celebration on St Patrick’s Day next year.“That will be a special night,” said Seamus.EndsDONEGAL DAD BUYS DAUGHTER A PUB FOR HER 21ST BIRTHDAY! was last modified: October 17th, 2011 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)Tags:Bridie GallagherGallagher’s PubSeamus Gallagherlast_img read more

Angels: Pouring it on

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Angels hammered Yankees starter Randy Johnson and five relievers for 19 hits, including four by Garret Anderson, who broke out of a slump in a big way. Anderson set the tone early with a three-run homer off Johnson in the first inning and finished with five RBI. Chone Figgins had two hits and a spectacular catch in center field, Erstad had three hits and Adam Kennedy and Vladimir Guerrero had two hits apiece. Bengie Molina had two hits, including a two-run homer off Johnson, but suffered a contusion on his left elbow when hit by a pitch from Tom Gordon in the seventh inning. Molina had to leave the game and had X-rays, which were negative. He’ll be re-evaluated today to determine his status for the rest of the series. There were so many big moments and key plays that a survey of players brought a variety of answers. “All of them, every hit was important tonight, every play on the field,” Molina said. “Figgins’ catch has got to be talked about. That stopped their rally.” The Yankees had cut the Angels’ lead to 5-4 with four runs in the fourth inning and knocked starting pitcher Paul Byrd out of the game. With runners on first and third and two out, Gary Sheffield hit a line drive to shallow center, where Figgins made the make-or-break play with a head-first dive and catch. If Figgins fails to make the catch and the ball gets past him, two runs score and Sheffield probably ends up on third. “That was basically the chance I had to take to kill that rally,” Figgins said. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he thought Figgins’ two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth was just as big. The Angels had already scored one run in the inning to tie the game at 6, and his single to center gave the Angels a 7-6 lead. They held the lead the rest of the way. “Taking the lead in the sixth was huge,” Scioscia said. “It gets us where we want to be with the bullpen, where we can use (Scot) Shields, Escy (Kelvim Escobar) and Frankie (Rodriguez) to close it out.” The Angels scored three in the first on Anderson’s home run and two more in the third on Molina’s homer for a 5-0 lead and figured the rain was a bigger threat to the game than the Yankees. But the Yankees rallied for four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Undaunted, the Angels quickly regained the lead when they scored twice in the sixth on RBI singles by Erstad and Figgins. In the seventh they increased their lead to 9-6 on Anderson’s RBI single and a squeeze bunt by Steve Finley. Jose Molina and Anderson had RBI singles in the eighth, upping the Angels’ lead to 11-6. “Better late than never, I guess,” Erstad said of emergence of the Angels’ offense. “The pitching has done a good job all year and we’ve scored just enough runs. Tonight, they needed us.” That left the game in the capable hands of the bullpen, which got plenty of work after Byrd was pulled after 3 innings. Brendan Donnelly struggled, giving up two runs in one-third of an inning, but Shields, Escobar and Rodriguez combined to give up one run in the final five innings to finish it off. The Angels pounded Johnson for five runs and nine hits in three innings, all five runs coming in on the home runs by Anderson and Molina. “Randy just didn’t hit his spots,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “When you don’t hit your spots, I don’t care how hard you throw, you’re not going to have a good result. “Even though we didn’t start out very well, we still wound up with the lead, but we couldn’t do the job in the bullpen and that’s going to have to change.” Scioscia said he didn’t want his team to get into a slugfest with the Yankees, but it was able to win one anyway. “It still wasn’t the type of game we want to play,” Scioscia said. “But it’s what we had to do.” Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 joe.haakenson@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angels teased the Yankees and their fans by blowing a 5-0 lead, but rallied in a big way to forge a 2-1 series lead with an 11-7 victory in front of 56,277. The Angels can win the best-of-five series with a victory today, weather permitting. Rain is forecast all day. “This is what it’s all about, this is the ultimate,” Angels first baseman Darin Erstad said. “A packed house … it’s the loudest I’ve ever heard a baseball stadium. That’s what you play for. The louder it is, the better. I love it.” center_img NEW YORK – It was the kind of game one has come to expect at Yankee Stadium in October – dramatic moments, big plays and big hits, and all under a threatening sky that produced a steady but light rain all evening. For decades the Yankees seemed to win all of those games, but in recent years opposing teams have bucked the Yankee mystique and accomplished something that seems impossible – shut up 50,000 New Yorkers. last_img read more