Monday, March 23, 2009

Liverpool Rocks!

A foreign news report devoted some precious space to write about Najib’s mini-budget, expressing real worry for the country (i.e. Malaysia) in the longer-term. Fitch Ratings analyst, James McCormack from Hong Kong estimates that 40 percent of government revenue is derived from the oil and gas sector, which means its public finances are unlikely to recover until the oil price does. No one is forecasting this in the short term, while everyone expects the government to keep on spending. HSBC economist Robert Prior-Wandesforde says, “this is ultimately unsustainable”. Angus Grigg who wrote this report made this remark: “As he has almost no popular support, his only real option is to buy himself some political capital by continuing to spend” (The Australian Financial Review, March 4). It would seem that Najib is having a very serious image problem, both at home and overseas.

In the EPL, a frenzied flourish of happy news are rushing out in euphoric elation, and leaving me gladly breathless.

First, Arsenal whipped Newcastle 3-1, those on target were Bendtner (57), Diaby (64), and Nasri (67). Arsenal are certainly going great guns again!
Second, on this same magical Saturday (March 21), Manchester United caved in to Fulham by a stinging 0-2 score, and hapless Chelsea lost to Tottenham 0-1 – the implication of these results means that Liverpool’s chances to challenge Manchester United for the EPL crown have improved immensely…

Third, this morning in Malaysia (yesterday, March 22 in the UK) saw Liverpool blasting 5 goals past Aston Villa, the deluge of goals coming from Kuyt (8); Riera (33); and Gerrard (penalty 39, 50 & penalty 65). Wow, we are surely heading for an exciting finish to this already unforgettable season! I simply loved this one-line description of the match: "They were washed away by a red tide in the opening 10 minutes. From then on, they simply tried not to drown".
Liverpool rocks!

The only small hiccup to this feast of football is when Dundee United and Celtic battle out a 2-2 draw in an absorbing SPL clash; Celtic’s 2 goals coming from McDonald (24) and Naylor (81). Even with this draw, we are topping the table with 64 points from 29 matches.

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