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first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgIvan Perisic admits it was painful missing out on Man Utd moveby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich winger Ivan Perisic has revealed it was “painful” to miss out on a move to Manchester United. The Croatian was on the cusp of being signed from Inter Milan by Jose Mourinho two years ago.”How close was I going there? Very close,” he told The Athletic . “It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.”It was a dream of mine to play in all the big leagues. But it didn’t happen. It was painful for me. But I don’t want to go into the details. I only found out myself the real reasons two years later.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgjeffery simmons releaseTwitter/@JoshJacksonWAPTAs he awaits the final resolution of two misdemeanor charges for simple assault and disturbing the peace, Mississippi State has admitted five-star defensive end Jeffery Simmons. In late March, video surfaced of Simmons punching a woman while she was on the ground. In Mississippi State’s release on the decision, it says that he was “attempting to break up a domestic fight” involving his sister.How MSU describes the incident: pic.twitter.com/QsUIoy6rMb— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 2, 2016Simmons, the top recruit in the state of Mississippi, will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama, and will undergo counseling once enrolled at the school. According to USA Today, Simmons is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.Here is the full statement released by Mississippi State:5-star Mississippi State signee Jeffery Simmons allowed to enroll, with conditions pic.twitter.com/okHn2qpzI9— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) June 2, 2016[HailState.com]last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Contopia, Shipping Container Utopia by Loginno The winner of the Contopia Factor competition, led by Israeli shipping IoT startup Loginno, will be unveiled on June 4, 2019, during Nor-Shipping, one of the biggest events in the shipping industry taking place in Oslo, Norway.The selected company will have its entire shipping container fleet converted to smart containers, becoming the world’s first fully digital shipping company.Quite a few applicants have entered the six-month competition already, according to Loginno co-founder Amit Aflalo, who expects a fair sized two-digit number of them by end of February.“So far, applicants hail mostly from Europe and the Americas, with a surprisingly low participation rate by Asian companies. We estimate the continental ratio will stay the same and even increase, as European Nor-Shipping steps in,” he added.Related: Welcome to Container UtopiaLoginno will also lead a “Blue Economy” panel discussion at the event, on how IoT is changing the shipping industry for the better, with a focus on its global Contopia (Container Utopia) plan.Small to mid-sized shipping companies that wish to participate in compeition must do so before the end of February 2019, after which a shortlist of applicants will be selected, before the winner is chosen.Eligible companies interested in applying can do so here.last_img read more

first_imgThe plight of Congress is worse than that of a coward who the Bard says dies a thousand deaths before he actually dies. The grand old party of Nehru and Gandhi seems to be suffering from a strange death wish, a death that has larger than life proportions. Despite a virtual decimation in the polls, the party could still hope to enjoy some clout–and relevance–due to the numerical situation in the Rajya Sabha, where Modi’s NDA is clearly short of the required numbers. That was one chance for the ‘secular’ Opposition to keep the saffron flag from fluttering away to glory. But developments in recent days have proved that the Congress, read Opposition, advantage was only a mirage. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe ease with which the government managed to push its controversial Right to Information (RIT) Act amendment bill through Rajya Sabha, despite the draconian nature of the legislation, which should have united all Opposition parties against it, showed that the issue transcended mere numbers. It was a real snub to Congress, particularly Sonia Gandhi, who had apparently played an important role in bringing such landmark legislation during the UPA government’s rule. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe worst was reserved for later this week when the Triple Talaq bill also cleared the Rajya Sabha hurdle. The ‘criminalisation’ clause in the bill had provided a ground for unity for all ‘secular’ forces to stand united as it was clearly seen targeting Muslim men, though their wayward behaviour was never worthy of any sympathy. Still, as an issue, it had an appeal that could cut across political affiliations. Before the session started, Congress did make feeble attempts to keep the ‘secular’ flock together so that the Modi government could be held to check on its dangerous majoritarian trip. But finally when the crunch came, the Opposition was found completely lost for clues and there was a clear lack of mobilisation effort. The trenchant resistance of the past couple of years, which frustrated the ruling front’s bid to push the legislation through the Upper House more than once, was of no avail as the Opposition parties went their own way without any coordination whatsoever. Conversely, it was the success of the Modi-Shah floor strategy, which turned out to be too much for an Opposition in disarray. When the bill was taken up in Rajya Sabha, there were absentees on both sides. But backroom discussions by Modi and Shah ensured that there would be little resistance as members of AIADMK, JD (U), and TRS stayed away. The absence of some members of Congress, Samajwadi Party, TDP, YSR Congress and RJD made the government task easier and the bill was passed with 183 votes in favour, but with 57 members not voting. The notable absentees included NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his lieutenant Praful Patel. There was clearly a sense of helplessness on the part of the Opposition as the mood for the day was set by the resignation of family loyalist Sanjay Singh from Congress, crossing over to the Treasury benches. The resignation is seen as a sign of a malaise that is fast gripping Rahul Gandhi’s Congress, if at all it can be called so, as Congressmen are searching for clues on how to get out of their situation. Apparently, the party is wary of more such ‘crossing overs’ as Congressmen are well aware of the fact that there is no dearth of all-weather politicians, who can do the switch at the slightest provocation. It is rather ironic to see how Rahul Gandhi was so important to Congress that without him the party is drifting towards an unceremonious ending. The rudderless Congress is behaving as if it is seeing the end of the world. Congressmen have been looking up to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for some help, but Rahul Gandhi has not helped their cause by insisting that the party will not now be led by a member of the dynasty. Loyalists like Shashi Tharoor haven’t given up hope. Tharoor, who has been rooting for Priyanka to succeed Rahul, made another pitch by expressing the hope that Priyanka will throw her hat in the ring when the call for elections for the party chief’s post is made, although he agrees that it is up to the Gandhi family to decide on whether she will contest. Tharoor says ‘lack of clarity’ over succession to Rahul Gandhi’s leadership is hurting Congress, and has suggested the abolition of Congress Working Committee and holding of fresh elections for all key posts. But he has no doubt about the continued pre-eminence of the dynasty in Congress politics. He has no doubt that the dynasty will remain the conscience keepers of the Congress party, irrespective of who leads the party, although he does not expect the new chief to knock at the doors of the family every time he or she is called upon to make a decision. Congressmen are not strangers to back seat driving and are confident that Delhi’s 10 Janpath and 12 Tughlaq Lane will continue to have a say in what goes on at the 24 Akbar Road party headquarters. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgIman KassamAPTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE, NWT — The Northwest Territories is launching what an investigation into the circumstances that lead to the death of Inuvialuit elder, Hugh Papik.According to a statement from the minister of Health for the Northwest Territories Tuesday, the investigation was called after media reports told the story of the man’s death.“I believe that the serious nature of certain concerns expressed in the media warrant a comprehensive external investigation with a view to determining whether there are learnings we can glean that will help us to improve the care we provide to elders and other residents in our small communities and throughout the Northwest Territories,” he said in the statement.It’s not clear who will lead the investigation or whether the findings will be made public.Papik, 68, suffered a stroke Aug., 3 at the government operated Joe Greenland seniors home in Aklavik, NWT, 1,200 km northwest of Yellowknife.His niece, Maggie Papik told APTN that his home care staff didn’t call an ambulance because they assumed that he was drunk.She said once he was brought to the community health centre, the nurses also assumed he was drunk and didn’t treat him. She says they sat in the healthPapik said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.Inuvialuit Elder whose stroke went untreated for six hours has died says nieceBy that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.She said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.  By that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.Maggie Papik was told by doctors that her uncle had too much swelling in his brain, and wasn’t going to make it. She then decided to take him off of life support.Hugh Papik died on Aug., 15 at the health centre in Inuvik.ikassam@aptn.calast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of cheats who were duping people on the pretext of giving handsome bonus and returns on insurance policies. The investigation further revealed that they have erected a Call Centre in Vasundhara in Ghaziabad and duped more than two hundred people all over India.Police identified the accused as Vikas Tyagi (31), Rahul Tyagi (34) and Sonu Kumar (30). They were nabbed from the fake call centre. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the complainant in the case was duped of Rs. 77,20,216 during the years from 2014 to 2017. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”They procured fake IDs to get SIM cards and to open bank accounts. They have cheated a large number of people of different states of India,” said DCP Central. He further added that hey induced the innocent people by impersonating themselves as employee/agent of insurance companies/IRDA and promised handsome bonus/returns on the insurance policies and then they get deposited certain amounts in their bank accounts from the innocent people and after withdrawing the money, they switched off their mobile phones.last_img read more

first_imgRatlam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal seat in Madhya Pradesh, committed a “big sin” by not casting his vote. Singh, a registered voter at his hometown Raghogarh in the state’s Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat, did not exercise his franchise during the polling held there on Sunday. The Congress leader, who is pitted against BJP leader and 2008 Malegaon blast accused Pragya Thakur, stayed put in Bhopal, asking people to come out and vote. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “Diggy Raja you have committed a big sin…in the festival of democracy, the President, Vice President stood in queues to cast their votes, but Diggy Raja did not,” Modi said at a rally in the state’s Ratlam district. “His (Singh’s) arrogance came to light yesterday in Bhopal. When people are electing their representatives and even I exercised my franchise in Ahmedabad, Diggy Raja neither cared for democracy nor people,” he said in remarks laced with sarcasm. “You (Singh) were very busy asking people to vote… save me. Why you are so frightened of losing your job?” the prime minister asked. Modi said even the Narmada yatra, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by Singh last year, would not come to his rescue in the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to Sky sources, RB Leipzig have made a new £22m offer for Everton winger Ademola Lookman.Leipzig made a £12m offer for Ademola Lookman back in July, but Everton rejected it.Lookman impressed on loan at Leipzig last season, and the Bundesliga club is keen to sign him on a permanent deal before their August 31 transfer deadline.Sky Sports reports that another bid was made, in the tune of £22m.“We want him back and he wants to come.” said Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick earlier this summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…On loan last season, the winger netted four times in his final five appearances for the German club.Everton manager Marco Silva said last week that youngster was unsettled at Goodison Park but had trained well in preparations for Saturday’s game against Southampton.He wasn’t in the Everton squad for their first match against Wolves and was an unused substitute for the 2-1 victory at home against Southampton.RB Leipzig head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is a long-term admirer of Lookman and wants to sign him this summer.last_img read more

first_imgWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini doubts Andy Carroll will be going anywhere in this month’s transfer windowThe former Liverpool striker’s current contract with West Ham will expire at the end of the season after six years in London.But Carroll’s time with the Hammers has been clouded with a set of lingering injury issues that have restricted him to just 136 appearances in total.Further injury problems this season have seen Carroll make just the one start in seven league games with no goals scored at all.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…However, Pellegrini doesn’t expect the injury-hit striker to leave West Ham this month.“I don’t think so. I think Andy will stay here with us, he is an important player for our team,” said Pellegrini, according to TeamTalk.“He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”Carroll, along with new signing Samir Nasri, may be handed a rare start for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round game against Birmingham.last_img read more