I am the Normal One, says Jurgen Klopp as he is unveiled as Liverpool’s new boss

first_img Klopp’s arrival as Brendan Rodgers’ replacement is a real coup for owners Fenway Sports Group and fans are already hailing it as the beginning of a great new era – something the new boss was keen to temper. “I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I don’t compare myself with these genius managers from the past,” he told a packed press conference. “Not one of these great managers said in his first press conference ‘my target is I want to be a legend at the end of my time here’. “This is a great club because of many good decisions in the past, good players, brilliant players, now we have to work in the present. “Twenty-five years ago (Liverpool’s last title) is a long time. In this time all people have tried to get better, to improve, to take the next title. “But history is only the base for us. It is all the people are interested in but you don’t take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years. “We can wait for it but I don’t want to say we can wait 20 years. “If we sit here in four years I think we’ll have won one title – I’m pretty sure.” New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is ‘the Normal One’ and is not setting out to join the ranks of Anfield greats. While Klopp has set himself that ambitious target, he was keen not to overburden his new squad – of which he is confident provide him with most of the tools to do his job – with that expectation. After enjoying an unprecedented run of success from the 1970s right through to 1990, Reds fans are desperate to end their title drought and believe Klopp is the man to do it. The German wants to harness that hope and optimism to push the team forward but insists it will take time to turn around things at a club which has finished second just three times in 24 years. “This is one of the biggest problems you have here, maybe on the island (the UK),” he added. “For sure the Premier League is one of the most difficult leagues because five, six, seven clubs can be the champion and at the end only the one can be the champion and all the others are disappointed. “The most important thing for the development is the start. This would be a really good moment for a restart. “It is only important we play our own game, let the players feel the confidence and the trust of the people. “They have to think they can reach the expectations of all the people, of all the fans, of the press. “If someone wants to help Liverpool they have to change from doubters to believers. “We have to start anew and see what happens this year.” Predecessor Brendan Rodgers spent almost £300million in just over three years and many of his signings were criticised for not being up to scratch. Klopp, however, has a different view. “We have to change our performance of course because no-one is satisfied at this moment but stop thinking about money (spent),” he said. “It is only about football. If you want to enjoy the game you have to prepare for this. “If you come to the stadium you want to see fighting spirit, many sprints, many shots and if you see this.” In a direct response to a question about Jose Mourinho’s ‘Special One’ quip when he arrived for his first spell with Chelsea, the self-deprecating German played down his reputation as one of Europe’s leading coaches. However, he then proceeded to ambitiously set himself the target of winning the Premier League title within four years. Press Associationlast_img read more

Leicester’s Schlupp Left out of Ghana’s Black Stars

first_imgGhana Coach Avram Grant named a provisional 26-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon monday, with Leicester City’s Jeff Schlupp a surprise omission.Schlupp’s Leicester team-mate Daniel Amartey was included as was another English Premier League player, Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew of West Ham. Aston Villa’s Jordan Ayew – Andre’s brother – was one of three English Championship players named, alongside Christian Atsu of Newcastle and Andy Diadom of Barnsley.There was no place for Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah who was struggling to make the cut following a series of knee injuries.The Black Stars will now go to the United Arab Emirates for a training camp from where Grant will reveal his final squad of 23 by the 4 January deadline.The tournament kicks off in Gabon on January 14Ghana will be based in Port-Gentil where they will face Mali, Egypt and Uganda in Group D.The Black Stars’ first match will be against Uganda on January 17.GHANA SQUAD:Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway), Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars, Ghana)Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom(Barnsley, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), John Boye (Sivasspor,Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Christian Atsu (Newcastle, England), Ebenezer Ofori (AIK Stockholm, Sweden), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria), Joseph Larweh Attamah (Başakşehir, Turkey)Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ahli, UAE) Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Abdul-Majeed Waris (Lorient, France), Andre Ayew (West Ham, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), Bernard Tekpetey (Schalke, Germany), Rahpael Dwamena (Austria Lustenau, Austria)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

PAC-10 fitness challenge encourages students to exercise

first_imgUSC students were geared up and excited this week about the Pac-10 Fitness Challenge, during which the Lyon Center also offers special fitness classes, massages and programs for students.“It is been a lot of fun and high energy throughout the Lyon Center and all week,”said Justine Gilma, director of fitness and recreational facilities. “It is marketing tool and university promotion to inspire people to work out and generate USC school spirit.”The Pac-10 competition is in its fourth year. It promotes students to live a healthier lifestyle by recoding every minute they work out.USC students said they were enthused about the competition.“It’s fun to have everybody be enthusiastic about it. I always want to beat UCLA and it’s always fun to have that crosstown rivalry,” said Emily Friedberg, a junior majoring in health and humanity and Spanish. “It’s also great to prove that we are the most fit, because so much of the student body goes to the gym all the time.”Friedberg said at one point it got so crowded at the registration table on Wednesday that she had actually had to turn people away at the competition’s closing time.Last year, USC faculty participated with 19,536 minutes of working out while students participated with 125,8724 minutes. While other participating alumni and supporters also recorded their workout times for the competition, USC brought in more than 170,000 minutes of workout time for the competitionGilman said USC has recorded the workouts of more than 1,200 students so far.“We have gotten the word out about the competition through e-mails, Facebook, the Lyon Center lobby registration, word of mouth. We are improving each year,” said Director of Recreational Sports and Programs Gabriel Valenzuela.Maddie Mejia, a senior majoring in architecture, has helped promote the competition for three years. She said the best part is seeing the amount of student enthusiasm.“I think when students see how close we are especially with UCLA they get really into it and they tell more people. It’s awesome,” she said.Certified massage therapist and USC alumna Erin Garberson said she loves being a massage therapist at the gym during this time“The students are pretty excited. The assignment sheet was filled. It makes me feel good to really help people and make people feel better,” she said.Garberson also said she hopes students realize working out is not just exercising — it’s a mental activity as well. Massages and any type of fitness are great ways for students to release stored emotion.“If students are exercising to the point of exhaustion, [that] is not good,” Garberson said. “It is good to exercise to relieve stress, but it should be within reason.”Meijia — who loves running — said she believes that the Pac-10 competition provides a great learning experience for students for how to better take care of themselves.“I love [encouraging] people into doing fitness. It’s personal, but as a school doing it together … is awesome too,” she said.last_img read more

I want fair Olympic trials, which should be televised live: Nikhat Zareen

first_imgWhen asked that the trails will be videographed by the federation, Nikhat said: “Yes, it will be videographed but it will be under BFI’s custody. I am not worried but still someone where down the line there remains a doubt whether it will be a fair decision. Being a boxer and after going through such troubles you can’t easily trust anyone. SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India Nikhat Zareen on Tuesday demanded a fair Olympic selection trial and asked the national federation (BFI) to telecast live the fight after her much-anticipated showdown against MC Mary Kom in the Indian Boxing League was canceled. With three spots already sealed for the Olympic trials, Nikhat’s chances of securing the fourth and final place depended on how she fares in the IBL bout against Mary Kom on Tuesday but now with the fight not happening she has demanded a fair decision from the Boxing Federation of India (BFI). At the trial scheduled for December 27 and 28 here, each weight category will have four contenders. Three places are already secured in the 51kg women’s division after Jyoti Gulia and Ritu Grewal won the gold and silver in the women’s national in Kannur while Mary Kom is assured of a spot after she won the bronze at the women’s World Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia in October.READ: Opening match key to India’s progress in Tokyo Olympics: Captain ManpreetThe battle for the fourth spotThe toss-up now for the fourth spot is between Nikhat and Pinki Rani. Nikhat said she is disappointed because the BFI had assured her the spot if she fared well against Mary Kom on Tuesday.”I was looking forward to the bout with Mary Kom but unfortunately it’s not happening today. So I have to fight the reserve boxer — Darshana Dutt. I was all ready for this bout but at the last moment I got to know that she is not playing,” Nikhat said. “It was an opportunity for me to showcase my boxing skills, people could know that Nikhat Zareen is there and she has challenged Mary Kom. “BFI wanted me to play the league so I didn’t play the nationals and that’s why I am right now the fourth choice boxer for the trails in 51kg. I was told by the BFI to play the league,” said Nikhat, who is the skipper of the North East Rhinos franchise. Written By Last Updated: 17th December, 2019 22:10 IST I Want Fair Olympic Trials, Which Should Be Televised Live: Nikhat Zareen Nikhat Zareen on Tuesday demanded a fair Olympic selection trial and asked the national federation (BFI) to telecast live the fight WATCH US LIVE Nikhat said such uncertainties affect an athlete’s preparation. “I got a mail from BFI stating that mine and Mary Kom’s trial will happen. Then they said that Nikhat will have to fight and win against Mary Kom in the league to get the fourth spot in the trials,” she claimed.”This, of course, affects my preparations. I just want the authorities to show me a clear path. If they say that your trails will be on that day then I can focus on that. But in between you say that you have to perform well in IBL, then only we will think about whether to give you the fourth spot in the trails or not is not fair.” READ: Vijender Singh reveals what his coach said before winning the 2008 Olympics bronze medalREAD: Didi Gregorius blames Gerrit Cole for losing New York Yankees spot in Phillies unveiling First Published: 17th December, 2019 22:10 IST COMMENT “I wanted to play the league just because everyone would have seen the bout on TV and know me. Now I have to prepare for the trails but I want the trials to be televised live on TV and not in close doors so that people can know what happened in the bout,” she added. LIVE TV READ: UFC star Max Holloway says judges made him CRY twice this year’I am a bit worried’:  Nikhat Zareen”I am a bit worried whether the decision will be fair or not so that’s why I want the trails should be televised live or there is live streaming so that everyone can know how fair decision was it,” he said. Nikhat claimed that she couldn’t participate in the nationals as the BFI wanted her to play the IBL. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

FIFA Gives Nigeria, Ghana Final Deadline or Face Ban

first_imgWorld soccer governing body has given Nigeria and Ghana final warning to respect her statutes or face ban from all football related activities.In a release issued on Tuesday on its  official website stated: “Two decisions of the Bureau of the FIFA Council in relation to undue influence in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation and the Ghana Football Association have been notified on 13 August 2018.In line with art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on 30 September 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes. The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices. Furthermore, the Bureau decided that if the suspension of the NFF takes effect, the Nigerian team currently competing in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 will still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament on an exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway.Similarly, FIFA said it has taken note of the situation in Ghana as regards the  formal investigation proceedings  being carried out by the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee against Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, who has been provisionally suspended by a decision taken by the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.However, the Bureau of the Council considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Fans of Zeljo as an Example for the Whole World!

first_imgFC Zeljeznicar informs fans, club members, sponsors and friends of the club that since the beginning of the project “Buy a chair for European Grbavica” it is collected a total of 175,429.55 BAM.They reminded that the project will last until the 31st of May 2016, and all of the planned work will be completed within this period.“Parking on the plateau behind the western stand, which was one of the conditions for obtaining a license, is completed. The capacity includes 57 VIP parking places, two parking spaces for buses and one parking space for broadcasting vans.Total amount used for the construction of the parking lot was 29,823.30 BAM,” as announced from the club.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img

AP source: Derek Fisher agrees to coach the Knicks

first_imgIn this file photo from June 16, 2010, then Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, left, directs Derek Fisher during NBA basketball practice in Los Angeles. The New York Knicks have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, June 10, 2014, amid reports that Fisher has agreed to become the team’s basketball head coach. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Derek Fisher has agreed to become the next coach of the New York Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.The Knicks did not confirm the hiring, other than saying they were planning a “major announcement.”The person who confirmed the deal to AP spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side authorized the public disclosure of any information related to the deal.The 39-year-old Fisher just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.Fisher would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, though it was widely known that this season would be his last as a player. And once the Knicks failed to close a deal with Steve Kerr — who wound up accepting an offer from Golden State — Fisher was believed to be the next target on Jackson’s list.Jackson was fined $25,000 for the league last week for a tampering violation involving Fisher. He was still under contract with the Thunder when Jackson told New York reporters that Fisher was “on my list of guys that could be very good candidates” to replace Mike Woodson on the Knicks’ sideline.Fisher surely could still play. He has just suspected for a while that his time has come to do something else.“Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives,” Fisher told reporters during his exit interview after Oklahoma City’s season ended. “To help a group of people find success, whether they have or haven’t before, you’re all working together for a common goal.”Fisher’s hiring means that next season, both teams in New York will have former point guards barely removed from playing days at the helms.It worked for the Brooklyn Nets, who made the Eastern Conference semifinals this season with first-year coach Jason Kidd, and now the Knicks will hope that Fisher can have the same success.His hiring is the first significant step in what’s expected to be a broad makeover of the team by Jackson, who was hired late in the regular season to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the past 14 years.Over that 14-year span, the Knicks have won a mere 10 playoff games. Fisher played in 134 playoff wins during that stretch.___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.last_img read more

Thurston County County Health Officer Letter to the Commnity: COVID-19 Update

first_imgFacebook274Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLetter to the Community: July 31, 2020Hello Thurston County! Yesterday I made the difficult decision to recommend distance learning for both public and private K-12 schools. I made this decision in response to the rise in our case counts over the past month, with more than one hundred people a week becoming infected with COVID-19 over the past two weeks.When you look at the trend in number of cases per week, we have not yet reached a plateau. This leads to significant risk of getting COVID-19 in the community, meaning both the people who teach and work in our schools as well as our students have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 and transmitting it to others. This decision is in agreement with the CDC, both on the importance of our schools to the lives of our students as well as leaving the decision to close schools for in-person learning to be made based on community transmission and other COVID-19 indicators at the local level.People who work and teach in our schools are diverse in their acute risk of severe illness from COVID-19. They vary in age and have different health conditions that can put them at higher risk. While children are less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19, some children become profoundly sick, some even experience multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) where the brain, lungs, heart, and other organs can become inflamed. We are still learning about the long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection.We must also keep in mind that each person who works and learns in our schools have families they go home to and can spread COVID-19 within their household, including those who are particularly vulnerable like grandparents and family members at high risk for severe disease. Our schools are not islands, they are integrated into the very heart of our community. A rise in COVID-19 cases affect all of us including the families tending to loved ones who are sick. Our demonstrated growth in cases and rate at which people are becoming infected makes it unsafe for schools to open for in-person instruction.Ensuring it is safe to go to school before restarting in person instruction is essential to the long-term health of our community. Students benefit from so much more than a quality education when they attend school. They grow socially and emotionally. Some students depend on school for their nutritionals needs. Some have special needs that are best addressed in school. We are working closely with our educational community to determine what must be in place for a safe reopening of in-person instruction. This situation is dynamic and as the situation in our community changes, I will continue to give guidance based on the best available evidence.We know families will need to find alternative ways to care for their children and understand this will have significant impact. We are working with our community partners who provide care to children to make sure they have the guidance and recommendations needed to keep kids safe and healthy. I look forward to the day when we can safely resume all activities of public life and I know if we take precautions now, we can get there together. Using the best available science to keep our communities safe and healthy lies at the heart of my job as health officer and at the heart of everything we do.Wishing you the best of health,Dimyana Abdelmalek, MD, MPHlast_img read more

Real Madrid, more ‘punished’ than Atlético by the VAR

first_imgThe Madrid derby returns, a game that has been involved in arbitrary controversies in recent times and more with the arrival of video arbitration. So far this season, Madrid and Atlético are two of the teams that have experienced the most intervention of this tool, but it is the whites who have ‘suffered’ more corrections to the referees against them.The Zidane team has experienced nine irruptions of video arbitration this season. Of which three were in favor (goal canceled by Brais Méndez for offside Aspas, the VAR forced to repeat the Ramos penalty that Soriano stopped when he was ahead and a goal annulled to De Jong for a previous foul) five against and an identity error (a yellow one shown to Valverde that was for Jovic). The interventions against were the following: a red to Modric for an entrance to the heel of Denis Suarez; a poorly annulled goal to Gerard Moreno for offside that ends up on the scoreboard and three goals voided for offside, one to Jovic against the Osasuna, another to Hazard before Betis and Casemiro to Valladolid. On the part of the rojiblanco group, in total it has experienced eleven interventions. Five went in favor (He awarded three penalties, the expulsion of Kang-In Lee for a serious abrupt game entry and validated a goal to Esteban Burgos that had been overturned for offside), four against (He annulled a penalty by Joao Felix, granted a maximum penalty against Atlético and annulled two goals for offside, Costa and Correa) and two ratifications by the referee after consulting the monitor.Last season Atlético claimed, both in the first round and in the second round, that the VAR should have entered to signal plays in its favor, but that it did not. In the first clash he sent a letter asking for explanations from the Technical Committee of Referees and in the second he published several tweets about plays in which they thought the VAR should have entered. Estrada Fernández, derby referee, has been corrected during this season in a match of each team. The Catalan collegiate was rectified from the VOR twice in the Celta-Madrid of the first day (to cancel the goal of Brais and show the red one to Modric) and he was recommended to review the goal of Betis to Atlético. He went to the monitor, but ended up granting Bartra’s goal even though he played in the Alex Moreno’s hand. An erroneous decision since all the goals in which there is a hand, even if it is involuntary, must be annulled. In total, Estrada has experienced nine interventions this season, the most in LaLiga with Gil Manzano.last_img read more

GAC ‘Chose the Sensational over Objectivity’

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has sharply reacted to the recent audit report from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) on the Ministry.MFDP said the Commission “chose the path to the style of the sensational rather than an objective and professional reporting.” According to the Ministry, this way of doing things has now become the standard practice of the GAC.GAC in its audit reported by some media outlets, accused the MFDP Minister Amara Konneh and his Comptroller and Accountant General of not providing supporting documentations for some transactions. “We noted during the audit that out of the total selected sample of US$4,123 payment transactions, the Comptroller and Accountant General did not provide supporting documents for US$3,419 payment transactions for various components in the financial statements amounting to US$209,790,651.04,” GAC report said.The GAC audit report, which contains this statement, is the Special Procurement Audit Report of the Ministry of Public Works and the Audit Report of the Consolidated Financial Statement of the government for the Fiscal Year 2012/13. The Ministry said while it views the GAC reports as being “critical to our collective determination to improve the public financial management system of the government, our attention has been drawn to a number of conclusions derived from the report and reported on by the media to the effect that public resources have either been unaccounted for or abused. These very disturbing insinuations could and should have been prevented had the Commission acted reasonably in incorporating some of the pertinent clarifications provided by the MFDP.”However, MFDP said it remained committed to implementing the recommendations of the audit exercise and has, as a matter of policy, begun instituting some of the recommendations as contained in the Auditor General’s report. The Ministry also charged that for the GAC’s audits to be seen as credible, “the basis for institutional improvements, handling of the audit process has to be treated with the outmost degree of professionalism, mutual respect and good faith for system improvement.” “In this respect, the MFDP wishes to register for the record, a number of issues raised in the audit report that are not only questionable and in some instances laughable, but creates a misleading impression that either public resources have been squandered or the public trust compromised.”Included in its response, the Ministry listed four areas, including audit integrity, material issues with Public Works Audit, material issues with audit report of the Consolidated Financial Statement and ancillary issues, which it said need clarification because of some of the confusing conclusions stemming from the Auditor General’s report. The Ministry’s press release is published in detail on pages eight and nine of today’s edition.One internal auditor, a public financial analyst, who asked to remain anonymous, rhetorically asked when contacted for his opinion on the audit, “Why should everyone have problems with the GAC audit reports? It needs to look at the ways, methods and procedures of its material gathering.” He, however, noted that it is also a human tendency to “cry wolf.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more