Liverpool can play against parked buses: Juergen Klopp

first_imgExpressing satisfaction over the improvement in his team since he took over, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has asserted that the English Premier League (EPL) is well equipped to tackle the most defensive teams.Liverpool’s improved form has seen them score the most number of goals in this year’s EPL so far, finding the net 32 times in 13 matches for a goal difference of 18. (Also read: Eden Hazard expects three-way battle for Premier League title)They beat an extremely defensive Sunderland 2-0 last Saturday. They had earlier thrashed Watford 6-1 and had thumped Crystal Palace 4-2.”There is no doubt this team is ready to play against parked buses. We have all the skills but you need to be patient. If you score early – and you saw it, if we scored the first goal, then we get the second, the third, the fourth or whatever – that’s how it is. That opens the game.”It’s about the timing of when you get the first one. And the longer you don’t, the most important thing is you don’t get frustrated because we need to get used to situations like this,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Guardian on Sunday. (Also read: Juergen Klopp drops hint over potential Liverpool return for Steven Gerrard)Liverpool are at the second spot on the EPL points table. They currently have 30 points from 13 matches, trailing current league leaders Chelsea by a single point.”Last year the games were different. Last year of course a few teams played defensively against us but, this time, because we are better, we have forced them into situations like this. I’m sure, for example, Victor Anichebe is not a left-back and shouldn’t be playing there,” Klopp said.advertisement”But obviously there is no one else there to do the job for Sunderland so he’s trying to stop Clyney (Nathaniel Clyne). If you want to say it, it’s our fault teams are playing that deep but we can improve a lot and we are ready for teams doing that,” he added.Liverpool will play their next EPL tie against West Ham United at home on December 11.last_img read more

Ask for online donations today. Really.

first_imgToday and tomorrow are the best days of the entire year to ask for donations online. So do it!At Network for Good, we see our giving spike to incredible levels in the last week of every year. That’s because online giving is perfectly suited to philanthropic procrastinators who want to get in their donations by the end of the tax year. Our giving is expected to go from about $70,000 on December 1 to well over $1 million a day for the final days of the year. Please send out a last-minute email appeal today and ask folks who have not given recently to make a year-end donation to your organization online. If you don’t have a way for them to give online, get a DonateNow button for free in five minutes at Network for Good. Or go to Network for Good, search for your charity, click on “donate” and then share that URL with your mailing list. Don’t delay – there is no better time to ask for support online.last_img read more

Flash (non) fiction

first_imgBlog reader Bonnie B just sent me a link to her blog, where she practices her craft of writing. She also includes a piece of her flash fiction (see comments). This got me thinking: why not flash (non)fiction? Flash fiction is a very, very short story – only a few hundred words. The shortest and most famous was by Hemingway, as Wikipedia reminds us. Not surprisingly for a writer known for his exquisite brevity, he told a story in six words.Flash fiction differs from a vignette in that the flash-fiction work contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike the case with a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline. This principle, taken to the extreme, is illustrated by Ernest Hemingway’s six-word flash, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”[1]How about some cause-related, flash (non)fiction? Here is a very fine example from Mercy Corps:Sanam, Niger – You can see the difficulty of life here in Boubacar Harouna’s eyes. They are yellowed from chronic malaria and glassy from exhaustion. Still, Harouna somehow summons the energy to treat dozens of patients each day as the town’s only nurse.Clad in an improbably clean, crisp white coat, Harouna makes the rounds to check on his patients – many of whom lay outside under shade trees because of the lack of beds here. One man, so weak from malaria that he cannot sit up or even move, is sprawled out on a dingy mattress with an intravenous drip in his arm.One of the clinic’s few observation rooms holds four-year-old Ousama Mamidou, who was transported here in a donkey cart from a nearby village. Already chronically anemic and severely malnourished, Ousama arrived in convulsions from a malaria fever. Even after treatment with anti-malarial medications and rehydration solution, she’s still listless in her mother’s arms and fighting for survival.“You’ve come on a slow day,” Harouna says with no trace of irony on his care-worn face.last_img read more

Forget Messi, Argentina are a complete mess

first_imgWorld Cup Forget Messi, Argentina are a complete mess going into World Cup 2018 Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent 06:00 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Lionel Messi Argentina 2018 Getty World Cup Argentina v Iceland Iceland Argentina Lionel Messi Opinion Lionel Messi leads the cast again as Argentina attempt to go one further than their runners-up slot four years ago but they are beset by problems The controversy caused by the Argentine Football Association’s decision to cancel a pre-World Cup friendly against Israel in Jerusalem overshadowed the national team’s preparations for Russia 2018.The political fallout was huge with the row carrying over to the very top levels of government.But the nixing of the game also meant that Argentina’s only meaningful warm-up game for the tournament would be a ridiculously straightforward hammering of Haiti in Buenos Aires. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Jorge Sampaoli is only 11 games into his tenure as national team manager and badly needed another 90 minutes for his players and systems to be tested.His football is complex and demands total adherence. It brings results as evidenced by his 2015 Copa America triumph for Chile. But Argentina simply haven’t had the time to get things together properly under Sampaoli.The former Sevilla boss jumped in during the qualification phase to replace Edgardo Bauza in order to realign their World Cup ambitions. He got them to Russia – just – but it hasn’t been a serene start.Argentina needed a hat-trick from Lionel Messi against Ecuador in the final round of CONMEBOL qualification, which said less about coherence and strategy in the Argentina ranks than it did about their near total reliance on the Barcelona man.That game represents the only competitive win Sampaoli has on his Argentina record, with three straight draws preceding that result threatening to rule the two-time winners out of the final tournament altogether.How tragic things might have been had Messi not gone back on his decision to quit the national team following a Copa America final defeat to Chile two years ago. Since November 2016, Messi is the only Argentine player with a competitive goal to his name. Jorge SampaoliWith Messi, Argentina occasionally appear a team capable of punching their weight on the world stage. Without him they would sink.”We always say how Argentina is wonder team, but as I look at them you have Messi up front, but what about midfield and defense?” asked Robert Prosinecki, the former Croatia international now coaching Bosnia – Herzegovina on Vecernji last week. “There are worn out players! Croatia has big chance to win the group and avoid France in round of 16, because France is one of favourites to win the title.”There is a massive gap in quality between Messi and his team-mates, even if Sampaoli has some good forwards at his disposal this time around.The problem is getting them all fit and functioning in the same team. Any manager in the world might appreciate the conundrum of fitting Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala in the same XI but stylistic differences mean Sampaoli is yet to hit the winning formula. Injuries to Aguero and Dybala haven’t helped and the young Juventus forward is also hamstrung by the fact that he and Messi seem incompatible.Injuries have also cost Sampaoli the services of his first-choice goalkeeper – Sergio Romero of Manchester United – and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini. Enzo Perez – now of River Plate replaced Lanzini in the squad and there are still question marks over who will get the gloves. Franco Armani is a fan favourite while Willy Cabellero of Chelsea is also in contention.He will have to do better than he did in the Messi-less March friendly against Spain if he is to get the nod however. He conceded five goals on a night which left exposed all the frailties, weaknesses and problems apparent in the Argentine ranks just weeks out from the World Cup proper.The enduring memory of that night is Messi taking leave of his seat in the stadium by the time Spain had scored their sixth.ArgentinaMeanwhile, casual fans will recognise Nicolas Otamendi, Marcos Rojo, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria but wonder who on earth some of the other faces in the squad are.Names like Maximiliano Meza and Nicolas Tagliafico will be unfamiliar to observers who have watched Argentina go deep in tournaments like the Copa America as well as the World Cup in 2014.Argentina this time simply cannot count on the same kind of player that has gone before however and Sampaoli will have to learn a lot from his team when they take to the field at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Saturday against Iceland.On name alone, Argentina should have been overwhelming favourites to top the group and go deep into the tournament. But Iceland and Croatia should be underestimated at Argentina’s peril. There are no guarantees against Nigeria either, against whom Argentina lost 4-2 in a pre-tournament friendly a few months ago.It all means that Argentina arrive in Russia with big problems. They faced accusations of being a one-man team four years ago in Brazil but it’s nothing compared to the plight of the team currently. Messi is going to have to drag his side along if they have any chance of decent progress.last_img read more

Suarez announces wife’s pregnancy after Uruguay win

first_imgWorld Cup Suarez announces wife’s pregnancy after World Cup heroics Iain Strachan 06:31 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Suarez Uruguay World Cup 2018 Dan Mullan World Cup Luis Suárez Uruguay v Russia Russia Uruguay v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Uruguay After scoring in his 100th game for his country to secure World Cup progression, the Barca star revealed his wife is pregnant for the third time Luis Suarez hailed the “spectacular” achievement of Uruguay reaching the last 16 of the World Cup for the third time in succession – then announced his wife is expecting their third child.Uruguay joined Russia in securing qualification from Group A, as Saudi Arabia and Egypt were eliminated, following the 1-0 result in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday.Suarez marked his 100th international appearance in style, slotting home a simple finish after a goalkeeping error in the 23rd minute at Rostov Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The victory ensured the continuation of a proud record that started with Uruguay advancing all the way to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup. The 31-year-old – who had to sit out his side’s defeat to Colombia in the first knockout stage in Brazil four years ago due to suspension – was clearly elated with the team’s achievement, as he chose to share some positive personal news.He wrote on Twitter: “Happy to be part of Uruguay’s history accomplishing 100 games!!!!!”Happy to achieve the final 16 stage again … and even more happy to share that we’ll have our third child.”Thank you all for the support, specially to my loved ones.”FELIZ por ser parte de la HISTORIAHAPPY to be part of Uruguay’s history accomplishing games!!!!! HAPPY to achieve the final 16 stage again and even more HAPPY to share that we’ll have our third child THANK YOU ALL for the support specially to my loved ones — Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) June 20, 2018 Earlier, speaking in a post-match news conference, the former Ajax and Liverpool striker insisted there is time for Uruguay’s performances to improve after two laboured 1-0 victories in Russia. “It’s spectacular, we are more than proud that Uruguay has [played] three consecutive World Cups qualifying for the round of 16,” he said.”You have to feel happy … [although] there are things to improve.”We are not playing the way we like, but as we have seen in the World Cup, what counts are the results.”What we wanted was to win and move on to the next phase. It’s a further demonstration of how complicated it is to win a World Cup match, and World Cups are like that.”Uruguay will face hosts Russia in their group finale with top spot in Group A on the line.last_img read more

College Football’s 16 Most Powerful Fan Bases

first_imgReddit CFB fan bases by county map.Fan BasesThere are a bunch of things that make college football great, but above everything else might be the fan bases.  OSU Fans@SportsCenterThe loyalty, passion and uniqueness of each college football fan base is something not really seen in any other sport. Some fan bases are more powerful than others. What are the most-powerful fan bases in college football? We’ve ranked the top 16. We’ve taken into account program worth, program revenue, television contracts, social media followings, attendance and a number of other factors. Our list features teams from all five major conferences – along with one independent. You can guess which one.Without further ado, the 16 most powerful fan bases in college football.Get Started: No. 16 – Oregon >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

PM briefs premiers on NAFTA developments as more ministers bound for US

first_imgOTTAWA – As negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement falter, the Trudeau government is expecting premiers and federal cabinet ministers to fan out across the United States to push the merits of the trilateral trade pact.Federal cabinet ministers will be heading south in the coming days to continue their full-court press for the deal, following the end of the fourth round of NAFTA talks that saw American negotiators drop bombshell proposals on dairy, autos and other issues that Ottawa views as non-starters.Transport Minister Marc Garneau will attend Friday’s meeting of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence governors and premiers in Windsor and Detroit.Government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the trade talks, say these moves are not a just a response to the latest round of talks, which exposed massive gaps between American bargaining positions and those of Canada and Mexico.They say the effort has been long planned as part of a co-ordinated attempt to reach out to U.S. lawmakers, using premiers and cabinet ministers to target key states.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., briefed the premiers on the latest NAFTA developments during a first ministers meeting two weeks ago.“It’s in everyone’s interest to continue the outreach that has been ongoing,” said one source.“I think the provinces and territories understand that as much as we do, which is why we’ve seen a strong level of engagement on their part.”Later this month, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will use a meeting of the Toronto Global Forum to meet Florida Gov. Rick Scott.“In the face of the NAFTA renegotiations and U.S. protectionism, our partnerships are demonstrating that free trade benefits businesses and workers on both sides of the border,” Wynne says in a statement promoting the conference.Earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dispatched 11 cabinet ministers to key U.S. states to make the case for NAFTA and to keep people and goods flowing over the border.Their key talking point is that 35 U.S. states call Canada their top customer, while nine million Americans depend on trade with Canada for their jobs.Those efforts continued on Wednesday when Freeland met in Washington with Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who has been highly critical of Trump.In the coming days, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan is to travel to North Carolina to meet politicians and academics.In November, MacNaughton and Andrew Leslie, Freeland’s parliamentary secretary on U.S. relations, are to attend the Halifax Security Forum in anticipation of meeting Sen. John McCain.Garneau’s visit to the Friday meetings in Detroit and Windsor will have him in the company of several key U.S. politicians, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan.Wisconsin was the setting for some of Donald Trump’s harshest anti-Canadian trade rhetoric when he criticized Canadian dairy policies for hurting mid-western farmers.This week, U.S. negotiators called for an end to Canada’s supply management system for dairy, chicken, eggs and turkey within the next decade.On auto parts, the U.S. also tabled a proposal for all cars to have 50 per cent U.S. content to avoid a tariff. The U.S. has requested this policy be phased in within one year, which automakers call impossible.Government officials say they are noticing how U.S. business and labour groups are starting to speak out in support of NAFTA and its economic benefits. They point to warnings coming from prominent business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that tearing up NAFTA would be bad for the economy.last_img read more

Retailer HBC reports 243M thirdquarter loss sales down from year ago

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. lost $243 million in its latest quarter as sales fell compared with a year ago.The retailer (TSX:HBC) says the loss amounted to $1.33 per diluted share for the 13 weeks ended Oct. 28 compared with a loss of $125 million or 69 cents per diluted share a year ago.Retail sales totalled $3.16 billion, down from $3.30 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated comparable sales fell 3.2 per cent on a constant currency basis and 5.1 per cent as reported.The company says that while its Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay businesses performed well, its overall third-quarter results did not meet expectations.It says that job cuts made as part of its transformation plan caused some operational challenges, particularly in its digital business.HBC’s banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks Off 5th, German department store group Galeria Kaufhof and Galeria Inno, a department store chain in Belgium.last_img read more

Invest in the company or retirement More owners opt to save

first_imgNEW YORK — In John Holloway’s early years as an entrepreneur, saving for his own future wasn’t a priority.“I invested a lot of money into one of my first businesses and came out break even at best. I am kicking myself for not setting some of that money aside for retirement,” says Holloway, co-owner of, a life insurance brokerage based in Roswell, Georgia.These days, when his company’s cash flow and profits are strong enough, he takes money out of the business and invests in a retirement account.“I am trying to diversify — having all of my eggs in one basket is stressful,” Holloway says.Saving for retirement hasn’t been a priority for many small business owners over the years. They’ve hoped to build their businesses, sell at a huge profit and have a comfortable retirement. While they’ve taken profits out for homes and college tuition, it was more important to reinvest earnings into the company rather than save for retirement. But attitudes about saving may be evolving after the financial devastation of the Great Recession, when tens of thousands of businesses failed.In a survey by insurer Nationwide released in October, 53 per cent of younger business owners — those born in the 1980s and ’90s — said having a workplace savings plan was important for their retirement. Fewer baby boomers, 39 per cent, felt it was important. Older surveys show how boomers favoured their companies over saving — the Small Business Administration said in 2006 that only about a third of owners had Individual Retirement Accounts and 18 per cent had a 401(k).When Ron Lieback started his digital marketing business, he began setting aside 10 per cent of his own salary. Profits from the company, ContentMender, are reinvested into new technology, but Lieback wants to be personally prepared for the what-ifs.“Something could crash and our business could fail. You always have to have that in the back of your head, so you need that nest egg,” says Lieback, whose company is based in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. To help his company be more profitable, and therefore help himself save, Lieback uses freelancers for some of ContentMender’s work.Owners who expect companies to fund their retirement are optimistic but may be overlooking the fact that they and the business are vulnerable to potential calamities, says David O’Brien, a financial adviser with Evolution Advisors in Midlothian, Virginia. For example, an owner who’s the company’s key employee can be sidelined by a serious illness, hurting the value of the business. Or if patents are infringed and once-exclusive products are now sold by competitors, a company’s value can plunge.Moreover, O’Brien says, when it’s time to sell, buyers might not be willing to pay what the owner hopes for.“You need to shore up your reserves in case you don’t get the sales price of your business that you want,” he says.Many owners couldn’t get their asking prices during the Great Recession and its aftermath. Sales of companies plunged and didn’t recover until 2013; they’ve soared since as owners finally got the deals they wanted.However, many startups might not exist if owners hadn’t plowed every possible cent into the business.“We invested everything we made back into the business to get it past the tipping point of financial stability,” says David Gafford, who owns Fusion Creative, a digital marketing firm and a credit card processor, both in Indianapolis. “Then we made the turn from putting everything back into the business to focusing on our personal and family goals as well.”But, Gafford warns, saving will affect the business: “You’re really dramatically slowing the rate at which you’re going to grow.”Financial adviser Nathan Fisher finds owners don’t think about retirement savings until they’re prodded by employees; putting money aside suddenly becomes a priority.“Their nest egg is their business,” says Fisher, senior executive vice-president of Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions. “Then they get employees who say, ‘my old company had a 401(k), why don’t we have one?’”But Shamila Nduriri, who studied finance in college, saved aggressively when she worked for a corporation and continues to put money aside now that she owns Dalasini, a jewelry company based in Las Vegas. While she is saving for retirement, real estate investing and contingencies, she also wants the tax savings from contributing to a retirement account.“It’s foolish to leave money on the table if there’s a tax benefit to it,” Nduriri says. She can deduct up to $55,000 a year for money she puts into what’s called a Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, account.When Nduriri decided what kind of business to start, she chose upscale jewelry because it has higher profit margins, and that makes it easier for her to save.“When your margins are thin, you have to invest every penny,” she says.Some owners, because of the nature of their business, believe it’s wiser to keep investing in the company. Metropolis Collectibles deals in rare comic books and comic book art, some of which have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Co-owner Stephen Fishler believes comic books are a better bet than stocks, so he focuses on the items in his inventory.“Investing in them, from my perspective, can do significantly better than putting those same funds into more traditional investment vehicles,” he says._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Chetwynd RCMP investigate weekend mailbox theft

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP received a report, on March 18, that several mailboxes had been broken into.According to the RCMP, the mailboxes, located at the post office on 50th Street SW, were broken into sometime over this past weekend.The investigation is ongoing and the Police are seeking the public’s assistance at this time. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img