In this third article of the series centered on the necessary requirement of loyalty particular attention will be paid to how one can cultivate and maintain the virtuous habit of loyalty. Loyalty like most virtues can be craved, formed and maintained by conscious thought and practice. How? The rest of this article will endeavor to answer. The second article on the vice of disloyalty observed the following points:To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, institution, nation or a cause for as long as it takes and is required. It is the act of giving oneself totally in terms of time, energy, obedience, resources, and best thoughts to a cause or person. Loyalty is the giving of total support to a person or a cause. It is the act of keeping a promise come what may. It means being committed to the core. Loyalty means loving, defending, and promoting what one believes in. To be loyal is to be true to a person or cause at all times and under all circumstances.The exact opposite of loyalty is disloyalty. It means to be unfaithful, uncommitted and unreliable with regard to a cause or person. At its worst it takes the form of betrayal wherein one connives with the enemies of a friend, family or a cause that one is supposed to defend and promote to harm that friend, family or cause. It hurts deeply when one is supposed to be a loyal friend, family or a fan of a cause but is found to be the exact opposite.!This act of betrayal or lack of commitment is one of the major causes of families, institutions and nations not doing as well as they ought to. Disloyalty impedes and stifles their progress. Liberia is lacking behind countries in Africa that she is supposed to be leading in terms of stability and socio-economic wellbeing all because of the lack of patriotism which is another form of disloyalty on the part of many of her citizens, especially those in positions of leadership. Many Liberians pay a lip service to the indispensable quality of patriotism but in practice are very disloyal to the overall interests of the nation.If Liberia is to recover from past mistakes and make rapid and lasting progress in advancing the welfare of its vast majority of citizens, Liberians, must learn and practice patriotism. On the individual and institutional level, disloyalty can be overcome by the realization that it is a part of life and that anyone or institution can be a victim of it. When it does occur one or an institution must not let it be a determiner of fate. Progress must be continued as if disloyalty never occurred. Disloyalty occurs in all sorts of ways and to all sorts of people and institutions and it hurts. But to overcome it and not let it impede the achievement of dreams and aspirations, is an important strategy for any successful living.How then may one form and keep the good habit of loyalty to the right causes and persons? Loyalty is both a virtue and a principle. A virtue must be consciously owed, practiced as often as possible and made one’s second nature. One must believe passionately that loyalty is essential for a successful living and for pleasing God and all those to whom one is accountable. All just causes require loyal promoters.Just as one can resolve to be sincere under all circumstances, as far as humanly possible, one can also to be loyal to God Almighty and those just and noble causes and persons who promote justice and believe and work for the common good of the neighbor and all of society. Of course, a resolution is only a resolution on paper or in the mind until it is demonstrated through living it out. The way one can convince oneself and others is by living the virtue of loyalty.The saying is true that charity (the old word for love) begins at home. Loyalty has to begin with God the Creator and Source of all that one is and has. Someone has rightly observed that if one is unfaithful (dishonest) to God in prayer, giving (tithes and dues) and in worship, then one is likely to be disloyal to one’s partner, children, job and others. One way to demonstrate that one is loyal to God is to be loyal to the persons and causes that one is closest to and interact with most frequently. When such a habit is formed then it is a lot easier to extend it to those far off. Loyalty to just causes and persons is a necessity for living a healthy and fulfilled life and all sober minded persons must endeavor to form it and live it daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed Andy Carroll will be fit to play against Sunderland on Saturday.The forward has been plagued with niggling injuries this season and missed last weekend’s FA Cup win at Blackburn.But Bilic says Carroll is back in full training, while the Croatian manager also revealed that Diafra Sakho and Winston Reid are nearing returns.“A few players were back so it’s very positive,” said Bilic.“On Monday Sakho started to train with us, he needs some time to get back some match practice but he looks good.“Andy [Carroll] is back, he didn’t have a big absence and it’s very good he’s back. Winston is improving and is maybe back for Saturday.“The squad have done brilliantly for us so when the season is coming to the last quarter it’s crucial to have our players back.” Andy Carroll in action for West Ham 1
Harkins, himself, was on the scoresheet three minutes later. Goalkeeper Tomas Cerny failed to deal with Nick Ross’ free-kick and Harkins pounced to stab into the back of the net.It went from bad to worse for Thistle when Stewart cut inside from the left and dispatched a fine shot beyond the reach of Cerny.Dundee continued to pile forward in numbers and only the woodwork prevented them from extending their lead further when Hemmings cracked a shot off the post.Despite such an horrendous start to the match, the home side managed to pull a goal back after 23 minutes.Stuart Bannigan’s cross picked out Amoo in front of goal and he nodded past goalkeeper Scott Bain from six yards to hand Thistle hope of a comeback.But those hopes were shattered when Dundee struck again eight minutes before the break.Harkins grabbed his second of the day in style with a fantastic curling effort from the edge of the area that left Cerny with no chance.Lindsay was having a tough time of it and he was fortunate to escape with a yellow card for a cynical challenge on Hemmings shortly after the restart.Thistle attempted to rally again and they appealed for a penalty after claiming Callum Booth’s strike was handled in the box by Stewart.But there was no spot-kick award from referee Euan Anderson.However, the match official did produce a red card to dismiss Lindsay for a second bookable offence after 77 minutes.Dundee were unable to add to their tally in the closing stages, but there was to be one more goal with Partick making it 4-2 with a close-range rebound effort from Doolan in stoppage time. Gary Harkins stole the show as Dundee romped to a 4-2 win over 10-man Partick Thistle in the Premiership.Harkins won an early penalty that was converted by Kane Hemmings, before helping himself to a first-half double.Greg Stewart was also on the scoresheet for the visitors – who netted all of their goals in the opening 37 minutes – with strikes from David Amoo and Kris Doolan scant consolation for Thistle in the end.The match went ahead despite heavy snow in Glasgow, with blue lines painted on the Firhill pitch earlier in the day and a yellow ball in use. Thistle were without suspended skipper Abdul Osman and forward Mathias Pogba, who was an injury doubt before the game.Dundee handed a debut from the start to new signing Darren O’Dea.Partick had been unable to register a win over Dundee since the Dark Blues returned to the top flight, and a change in fortunes appeared unlikely after they found themselves trailing by three goals after just 15 minutes.The visitors were ahead after seven minutes when Harkins was tripped in the box by Liam Lindsay and Hemmings lashed home from the penalty spot.
“That’s the massive disappointment.“I think it’s all the way back from the Georgia game that’s been the biggest problem and everybody’s just got to realise that this is the feeling of it you don’t want to be doing it again when you’re so close.“When you’ve been in such a good position it’s not great to be the warm-up act.”The 29-year-old also admitted that time was running out for a core group of Scotland players who won’t have many more chances to reach a major finals. Steven Naismith admits Scotland are just a ‘warm-up act’ for the Euros and says that should serve as an incentive for the next campaign.Ahead of the friendlies against Italy and France, the Norwich forward is well aware that time is running out for many players to qualify for a major tournament.Serving as part of the reparation for two sides with ambitions of winning the tournament means it’s difficult for Scotland’s players to put the pain of the qualification campaign out of their minds and Naismith conceded that it would have to act as a motivation for the squad in the future.“That’s the worst part of it,” he said. “It’s good to see the boys, meet up and get some good training in and test yourself against two world-class countries but we are the preparation. “When you look at our squad the boys are of similar ages so it does actually hit home,” he said.“When you’re younger you maybe think ‘hard luck but we’ve not next year’ whereas this is us now coming to the last few campaigns that you can be involved in. You do want to make a mark and get to one of the tournaments at least.”
Qantas 787-9 Qantas and Boeing have released a video of the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner being built and painted ahead of its handover to the Australian airline next Tuesday, October 17th in Seattle.The Qantas 787-9 which will launch the first London to Australia non-stop flight next March is due to be delivered to the airline’s Sydney base on Friday, October 20th.The aircraft, which is the 615th Dreamliner built, required 250 liters of paint over a four-day period.Read: Boeing 787 banishes jetlegThe 236-seat 787 is a fuel miser burning up to 34 percent less fuel per passenger than a Qantas A380, according to a Merrill Lynch report.The Australian carrier has eight of the 787-9s on order with 45 options and price rights.It will fly the 787-9 on Australian domestic routes from November 6 to December 14 prior to it be used on the Melbourne to Los Angeles route.READ: Qantas in biofuel deal In March, when the fourth 787 is delivered, the airline will launch the London to Perth route.The fleet of four will operate London-Perth-Melbourne-Los Angeles on a daily basis.The Qantas 787 will seat 236 passengers: 42 in business on seats that are an evolution of its acclaimed Thomson Aero Seating A330 suites, 166 in next generation economy seats and28 in the premium economy cabin.The overall seat count is less than that of competitors such as United Airlines, which seats 252 on its equivalent planes, and Air New Zealand, which has 292 seats on its 787-9.The airline is increasing the seat pitch on its new economy seats from the 31 inches (78.8cms) found on its Airbus A380s to 32 inches on its new flagship Dreamliner.“The Dreamliner is an aircraft built for comfort,’’ Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said.“The windows are bigger, it helps reduce jetlag, it’s extremely quiet and there’s a system that smooths out turbulence. Customers are going to love it.“We’re planning to make the most of the 787’s amazing range, so we’ve designed the cabin to give Qantas passengers a better experience on long-haul flights.’’
Photo courtesy of Daniel Bennett/Blue Ribbon Commission on Ocean Acidification Sensitive. Washington shellfish growers say ocean acidification threatens their lucrative industry, which is built on species such as this Pacific oyster. In the first state-level action of its kind, the governor of Washington today announced that her state will try to protect valuable shellfish industries and marine life from ocean acidification. Responding to a report that she requested, Governor Chris Gregoire said she has directed state agencies to take steps to reduce the pollutants that contribute to acidification. She also plans to ask the state legislature to establish a new acidification research center at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. “A healthy ocean is critical to our health and our coastal economies,” Gregoire said today at a Seattle event marking the release of the report by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification. Gregoire created the panel earlier this year to examine the implications of dropping pH levels in seawater, a trend caused by the ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Researchers estimate that rising carbon emissions have increased the ocean’s acidity by 30% since preindustrial times, threatening some fish and shell-growing creatures. The issue became particularly important in 2007, when the state’s lucrative shellfish industry realized that increasingly acidic coastal waters were killing billions of farmed clam and oyster larvae. Researchers say that Washington’s problems—the result of both global patterns and more local problems related to air pollutants and contaminated storm runoff—are a harbinger of what the rest of the world can expect as acidification increases. 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It includes 42 recommendations for state action, including calls for stronger regulation of carbon emissions and other land-based pollutants that contribute to acidification. Those ideas are likely to be unpopular with the state’s agricultural and industrial interests. The report acknowledged that “[t]he cost of responding to ocean acidification may be substantial,” but noted that it is “still far less than the costs of inaction.” Washington’s shellfish industry generates nearly $300 million in annual revenues and supports some 3200 jobs, the report says. In addition, more than one-third of the marine species living in the state’s Puget Sound are calcifiers (shell-builders), meaning they could be especially sensitive to rising acidity. To better understand the threat, the report says the state should fund research and monitoring programs aimed at detailing local factors that contribute to acidification, with an eye to developing new acidification forecasts, adaptation strategies, and pollution controls. “The relative importance of these local sources — mostly wastewater and stormwater containing nitrates — is not currently well understood,” says panel co-chair Jay Manning, a former head of Washington’s environmental protection agency. “Our most urgent recommendation is to develop a better understanding of the magnitude of these sources, and if they prove to be significant, act immediately to reduce loading.” Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says “this report really draws attention to a problem that exists internationally but that has really hit hard right here in the state of Washington.” Gregoire, a Democrat who is leaving office in January, has signed an executive order that directs state agencies to begin assessing pollution issues, with help from the federal EPA. And her budget request to the legislature, to be released next month, will include $3.3 million to implement the report’s recommendations and establish a new center for ocean acidification at UW. Those moves are getting good reviews from the conservation community. “Washington State is now on the front lines of the fight,” Julia Roberson, director of the ocean acidification program for Ocean Conservancy, said in a statement. “The panel’s recommendations should be a wake-up call to all coastal states and the many businesses that depend on a healthy ocean.”
Britain reached the Davis Cup quarter-finals in bizarre circumstances on Sunday when Canadian Denis Shapovalov defaulted for inadvertently blasting a ball into the umpire’s face.Shapovalov, 17, had lost the first two sets against Kyle Edmund in the fifth and deciding rubber when he hammered the ball away in a fit of rage at 2-1 down in the third set.Although he meant to hit the ball into the stands, it flew straight into the left eye of umpire Arnaud Gabas.The Frenchman iced the wound but could not continue and had no option but to disqualify Wimbledon boys’ champion Shapovalov.Gabas was being taken to Ottawa General Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.No one is nicer or carries themselves better for a 17-year-old than Shapovalov,?? tweeted his disappointed team mate Vasek Pospisil. Everyone can see that today was an accident. Can happen to anyone.??Edmund had taken the first two sets 6-3, 6-4 and seemed on the way to victory in the third when everyone inside the arena was shocked by the sudden turn of events.”It is a surprise what happened at the end there and it is a shame,” Britain’s captain Leon Smith told the BBC. “I feel for the young lad. He’s a great talent and he has learned a harsh lesson.”But Kyle, from what we saw on Friday to today, was fantastic. How he prepared, how he took command, his unbelievable serving and he kept pressure on the turns. It was a great performance.”The win capped a fine comeback for Britain, who had come into the day leading 2-1 before Pospisil levelled the world group first round tie with a 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 win over Dan Evans.advertisementThe victory means Britain will head to France for a quarter-final tie scheduled for April 7-9.
On a day which saw the making and breaking of records at the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) players’ auction, five Indian and one foreign player entered the Rs 1 crore club with raider Monu Goyat being the most expensive after being snapped up by Haryana Steelers for a whopping Rs 1.51 crore.On Wednesday, the first of the two-day PKL auction here, several records were made, only to be broken within minutes.Earlier, Deepak Niwas Hooda became the first player to cross the Rs 1 crore mark as Jaipur Pink Panthers paid a astounding sum of Rs 1.15 crore to bag his services for the league’s sixth edition.Nitin Tomar, who was last year’s costliest player with a price tag of Rs 93 lakh, also followed Deepak to edge past the 1-crore mark as Puneri Paltans pocketed him for Rs 1.15 crore.In the final moments of the first day auctions, UP Yoddhas spent Rs 1.11 crore to retain Rishank Devadiga.Delhi tried their best to sign star raider Rahul Chaudhary after making a Rs 1.29 crore bid, but the Telugu Titans exercised the Final Bid Match (FBM) at the right time to retain the 24-year-old.However, former India captain Anup Kumar suffered a fall from grace as he commanded a mere Rs 30 lakh. Anup, who led India to a record third World Cup title in 2016, will represent the Jaipur Pink Panthers this season.He had commanded a price of Rs 56.65 lakh last season, while being retained for the fifth consecutive time by the U Mumba franchise. However, he was not retained this season following a run of poor form.advertisementEarlier in the day, Iranian defender Fazel Atrachali became the first to breach the Rs 1 crore mark in PKL history. The Iranian was pocketed by U Mumba for a whopping Rs 1 crore.Having a base price of Rs 30 lakh, the 26-year-old stirred a neck to neck fight between Jaipur and the Mumbai franchises before the later sealed the deal.Gujarat Fortunegiants had the option to retain the Iranian. However, they decided not to exercise the FBM option.With this purchase, the Iranian also surpassed Tomar.The left corner defender has featured in 56 matches of PKL, securing 152 tackle points.Atrachali’s joy of being the costliest buy in PKL history was shortlived as Jaipur spent a massive sum of Rs 1.15 crore to take Hooda home.He sparked a bidding war between the various franchises. Haryana Steelers and Dabang Delhi fought a close fight to secure his services. However, it were the Panthers who came out victorious to bag the 23-year-old.Patna Pirates paid Rs 21 lakh for all-rounder Kuldeep Singh while Pink Panthers once again spent Rs 58 lakh for Mohit Chillar.Surinder Nada, meanwhile, also emerged as one of the most expensive players as Haryana Steelers had to spend Rs 75 lakh for keeping the all-rounder in their squad.Atrachali’s compatriot Abozar Mohajermighani, who was the first foreign player to be auctioned, was snapped up by Telugu Titans for Rs 76 lakh as the Fortunegiants once again refused to exercise their FBM option.South Korean raider Jang Kun Lee was bought by Haryana Steelers for Rs 33 lakh. However, the Bengal Warriors utilised the FBM card to retain the 25-year-old.However, the franchises showed meagre interest in Chillar, who was one of the most expensive buys at last year’s auctions. Tamil Thalaivas took home the defender for a mere Rs 20 lakh.Bengal also signed Bangladesh’s left cover defender Ziaur Rahman for Rs 33.25 lakh, while his compatriot, raider Md Zakir Hossain, went to Haryana Steelers for Rs 8.4 lakh.Jaipur Pink Panthers showed interest in Iran’s Farhad Rahimi and had almost picked him for Rs 21.5 lakh but Telugu Titans utilised the FBM option to retain the right-corner defender.Jaipur however, secured the services of South Korean Young Chang Ko and Kenya’s David Mosambayi after paying Rs 11.4 lakh and Rs 10.2 lakh respectively.Gujarat signed their first players of the auction when they spent Rs 12 lakh and Rs 17.2 lakh to rope in Iran’s Hadi Oshtorak and South Korean Dong Geon Lee respectively.Patna Pirates bought South Korean all-rounder Taedeok Eom for Rs 11.4 lakh, while another South Korean Dong Ju Hong was pocketed by Bengaluru Bulls for Rs 8 lakhs.Nepal’s all-rounder Sanjay Shrestha was sold to Puneri Paltan for Rs 8 lakh while South Korean Seaong Ryeol Kim went to UP Yoddhas for Rs 8.2 Lakh.On the other hand, Tamil Thalaivas payed Rs 8 lakh to bag Chan Sik Park of South Korea.On the second and final day on Thursday, players from the B and C category will go under the hammer for the upcoming sixth edition of the league.advertisement
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Kentucky is usually known for its basketball program, but the football team really came into its own this past season. After ending the season with a win over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, one highly-touted assistant coach decided to remain in Lexington instead of join the Georgia Bulldogs.Eddie Gran is the offensive coordinator for the Wildcats and is one of the key pieces on their staff. His success at Kentucky is so notable that Georgia reportedly offered him a contract to become an offensive position coach.Ultimately, the positive trajectory of the program led Gran to remain with Kentucky. While losing Josh Allen and Benny Snell to the NFL will certainly hurt, it’s hard to argue with the team’s culture change.Not only are the Wildcats earning respect from the football powerhouses in the SEC, but they’re finally avoiding an off-season overhaul to their staff.Gran has built strong relationships at Kentucky, and those connections ultimately were the driving force in his decision.From the Lexington Herald-Leader:“Serious in the point that they offered the job,” he said Tuesday. “It came down to: I love this community. I love this administration — Dr. (Eli) Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart — the guy that I work for is fantastic. And I’ve become a part of this community, and I love it. I think we’re doing some things that are special, and those (were) all a part of the decision-making when I decided to stay.”This is a tough break for the Bulldogs, but it’s hard to blame Gran for staying in Lexington. His biggest task for next season will most likely revolve around developing quarterback Terry Wilson.With Gran recently signing a three-year extension, the Wildcats are ready to roll in 2019.[Lexington Herald-Leader]