Klopp seeks solutions for Liverpool defensive crisis

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Jurgen Klopp The Liverpool boss, who has no intention of seeking a solution from the transfer market, told liverpoolfc.com: “Now we need the time to recover obviously, because we had a few injuries.“Hopefully we can bring a few back. ‘Millie’ (Milner) will be out for sure, unfortunately, but we will see, as long as we have enough players we will find a solution.“These boys are real fighters,” added the German. “It’s a bunch of proper warriors — I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever.“It would have been a massive challenge if we had to play Wednesday and then Saturday. I have no idea how we would have done that, to be honest.“Now we have two days’ recovery for the boys with the most minutes then we start preparing them for the Leicester game, which is another tough task. It will not be a real break, we have to use it for training.”center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken his “warriors” to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp where he will search for a solution to his defensive dilemma.The Premier League leaders, four points ahead of Manchester City, are not in action this coming weekend because they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the last round.But James Milner’s sending-off in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace leaves Klopp with a headache at right-back for next week’s visit of Leicester.Joe Gomez, sidelined with a broken bone in his foot, will step up his recovery in Dubai and could have an outside chance of making the game but Trent Alexander-Arnold is still a couple of weeks away from fitness.Fabinho would have been an option in a position he has played for Brazil but he came off injured late on against Palace and even if fit he may be needed in midfield, with Georginio Wijnaldum out with a hamstring problem.Klopp gave 18-year-old Rafael Camacho his Premier League debut for the final few minutes at the weekend and he may be a one-off answer against Leicester.last_img read more

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Kate Snaps Photo of Colorful Birthday Boy, Prince Louis

first_img(London) — Prince Louis is two today and the royal family has released new pictures. Louis, fifth in line to the British throne, was photographed by his mother Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, painting rainbows with his hands. In this undated photo released Wednesday April 22, 2020, by Kensington Palace, showing a rainbow colours painted handprint done by Prince Louis, who celebrates his second birthday Thursday, April 23, 2020, in this photo taken by his mother, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge. (The Duchess of Cambridge / Kensington Palace via AP)The rainbow is being used as a symbol of hope in the U.K. as they battle the COVID-19 outbreak.last_img read more

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RFH Looks Into Replacing Wooden Grandstand

first_imgBy Christina JohnsonRUMSON – Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School officials say it’s time to say goodbye to the home team’s aging wooden grandstand, and replace it with a new aluminum one.The district is seeking bids to build a new stadium seating system and press box at Two River Times Field behind the high school at 74 Ridge Road.“It’s not an issue of safety; it’s not going anywhere,” said Superintendent Pete Righi. Instead, he said it’s more about solving the cyclical problem of replacing the weatherboards about every 10 to 15 years. It’s time again.“All you need to do is sit on them – they are splintering. The wood is cracking, the wood is getting beat up. It probably is a safety issue as far as splinters go,” he said, with a worried laugh.Business administrator Frank Gripp said the grandstand replacement is part of the district’s long-range plan for improvements but not necessarily “a must-do” item this year. The exterior brick-and-block exterior encasing the seating system, probably installed in the 1940s, will also be replaced with a similar style that can be utilized for storage.Looking through the side window of the Press Box, which will also be part of the upgrade plan.The new press box will have sections for the coaching staffs of the home and visiting team, separated by an announcer’s booth. There will also be a coaches’ platform on the roof so the team leaders can have a bird’s eye view of the turf field. The sound system will not be replaced.At this time, the district is not looking to replace the visitor’s wooden grandstand across the turf field. The seating was replaced in 2008 and is not in need of repair, said officials.Outside of athletic events, the school has also held graduations and occasional community fairs at the venue.Gripp acknowledged that soft wooden floor, steps and purple benches have been a distinctive tradition at RFH’s Borden Stadium for many years. “But we’re at the point now where nostalgia is getting very expensive,” he said.last_img read more

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SA artists to forge new ties in Palestine

first_img2 February 2012 South Africa will showcase its abundant artistic talent to the people of Palestine during South African Week later this year, following the signing of a cultural agreement between the two countries in Pretoria on Wednesday. “We welcome with both hands the opportunity to visit Palestine later this year to be part of the South African Week celebrations,” Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said after signing the agreement with Palestinian Minister of Culture Siham Mohammad Abdel Salam. “Our ultimate objective of participating in South African Week is to further strengthen people-to-people contact and to build new bridges of friendship and solidarity with the people of Palestine.” Mashatile said the government would continue to make arts, culture and heritage important tools of bringing people together and working towards a shared future. The signed agreement would promote mutual understanding of the two countries’ diverse cultures, create opportunities to access cultural markets in both South Africa and Palestine, and facilitate training and development in areas of common interests. “Our cooperation will also cover areas such as languages development, heritage preservation, exchanges of literature as well as exhibitions to showcase both our countries’ artistic talent.” Mashatile said South Africa counted the people of Palestine among those patriots who stood with the masses in the struggle for national liberation. “For that, we are indebted to you.” In line with the Non-Aligned Movement and the international community in general, he said, South Africa would continue to support efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. “In our view, the best option for the resolution of the Palestine-Israeli conflict is premised on a two-state solution, with Palestine and Israel existing peacefully side-by-side as two independent states.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Suzlon’s SA wind project powers ahead

first_img8 April 2013Construction on what will be the continent’s biggest wind farm, the Cookhouse wind farm in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, is under way, with the first batch of giant turbines having arrived at the Port of Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth.The 138.6 MW Cookhouse wind farm was the biggest project selected in the first round the South African government’s renewable energy procurement programme for independent producers.Indian wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy and its partner on the Cookhouse project, South African company African Clean Energy Developments, were one of 28 independent power producers that signed contracts with the government in December for the first round of the programme, which will see an initial 1 400 megawatts of renewable energy being added to South Africa’s energy mix, while bringing an estimated R47-billion in new investment into the country.Engineering News reported on Monday that the first batch of 16 44-metre-long wind turbine blades had arrived at the Port of Ngqura.Suzlon, announcing in February that construction had begun on the wind farm, said it would be providing 66 turbines with a combined installed capacity of 138.6 MW for the project, which covers over 9 000 hectares and is located about 150km north-east of Port Elizabeth.According to Engineering News, the farm is expected to start supplying power to South Africa’s national electricity grid by the second quarter of 2014 – providing enough energy to power about 145 000 low-income homes.African Clean Energy Developments MD Thomas Donnelly said in a statement in February that the start of construction on the Cookhouse wind farm “marks a major milestone for independent power producers in South Africa.“The successful implementation of such projects will not only result in a cleaner energy base for South Africa, but will help to empower rural communities through job creation and community ownership of projects.”African Clean Energy Developments is a joint venture between African Infrastructure Investment Managers (a company held by Old Mutual Investment Group and Macquarie Capital) and AFPOC Limited.The Cookhouse Wind Farm Community Trust, whose beneficiaries are the local communities of Cookhouse, Bedford and Somerset East, holds 25 percent equity in the project.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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10 months agoBayern Munich president Rummenigge coy over deal for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich president Rummenigge coy over deal for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is coy over talk of a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas has been linked with an €85m move to Germany next month.And Rummenigge says: “I cannot deny or confirm anything.”We are in a phase where we are studying the January market. If we have any real interest in the player, we will inform Atletico first, because we have excellent relations with this club.”(Mats) Hummels will play with us again in the second part of the season, we talked about it with (Niko) Kovac.” last_img read more

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UNC Honored Coach K’s 1,000 Wins Before Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCoach K honored before game against UNC.UNC and Duke just tipped off in the latest installment of their classic rivalry. The first game between the two teams back on Feb 18 was an overtime thriller, before which the two schools joined together to honor legendary former UNC coach Dean Smith, who had just passed away.Tonight, UNC returned the favor, presenting Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque to commemorate him reaching the 1,000-win plateau. The public address announcer at the Dean Dome also thanked Krzyzewski for the respect he showed Smith after his passing.Great moment by @GoHeels players and Coach Roy Williams to honor Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000 wins. #UNCvsDUKE pic.twitter.com/v67UFaeJvu— Durham Magazine (@durhammag) March 8, 2015Cool gesture on UNC’s part, and a great show of admiration and respect within the confines of a heated rivalry.last_img read more

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PCB decides not to renew coach Mickey Arthurs contract

first_imgLahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff, including batting coach Grant Flower, a move that was expected after the team’s World Cup debacle. The PCB announced that it will be “immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process” after refusing to renew the contracts of Arthur, Flower, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, and trainer Grant Luden. The PCB Cricket Committee, which met on Friday, was unanimous in its recommendations for the change. Pakistan narrowly missed out on making the knockout stages of the June-July World Cup in England after winning five and losing three of their nine matches. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”As part of the recruitment process, the PCB will now advertise the four available roles and will invite high level applications from interested candidates,” the Board said in a statement. The recommendations were forwarded and discussed with PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani. The PCB cricket committee is headed by Managing Director Wasim Khan and includes former captains Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq, Urooj Mumtaz and Mudassar Nazar (PCB’s Director academies) and Zakir Khan (head international cricket operations). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations,” Mani said. “On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavors,” he added. The team was heavily criticised after the early World Cup exit and speculation continues on the future of captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. South African Arthur, in his assessment of the team’s performance, had sought Ahmed’s removal from the leadership position. Arthur who became the head coach of the Pakistan team in mid-2016 had asked the committee members to renew his contract for two years and assured far better results with the team.last_img read more

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Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday.The lab, known as FAIR Montreal, is headed by Joelle Pineau, a professor in McGill University’s computer science department and co-director of Reasoning and Learning Lab.The social media giant follows Google and Microsoft in establishing AI roots in Montreal.The lab is open and ready for business, with the first researchers already setting up shop in a new building.Pineau finished her degree in the United States and came back to Montreal against the advice of some of her American colleagues, who felt it would hinder her ability to do world-class research.She said she’s proven them wrong and added she hopes the new lab will give talented researchers in the field another option to stay put.“For many years, I’ve seen a steady stream of talented AI researchers … leaving my lab but also leaving our country,” Pineau told dignitaries, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“I hope that some of the students who are here today will find an opportunity that matches their interest and their talent.”The Montreal lab will employ 10 researchers to begin, with the aim of tripling that number in the coming year.That would put it on par with three other Facebook hubs currently based in New York City, Paris and Menlo Park, Calif., and serve as recognition that Montreal has quickly developed a concentration of expertise in the area of artificial intelligence.Apart from the lab, Facebook said it intends to invest $7 million in the city’s AI community to fund research and students.Yoshua Bengio, a computer science professor at Universite de Montreal and an AI researcher, says Facebook is not just applying artificial intelligence but is also creating new science.“Facebook and a few other companies have been really contributing to the best science that is happening in our field in the last few years,” Bengio said. “This is unusual. It’s not what you usually see in industry.“But AI’s moving so fast and the importance of having the best people in one’s company is so critical.”Trudeau was joined by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Quebec’s innovation minister, Dominque Anglade.Speaking at his alma mater, Trudeau said generations of innovators have found inspiration in Montreal and Canada.“So it should come as no surprise that more tech giants are choosing our cities as their homes away from home,” he said.Outside the event, a large crowd of mostly students gathered for a chance to meet with Trudeau in his hometown.“You think he’ll sign my textbook?,” one McGill student quipped as she and dozens others patiently waited for the prime minister to emerge.last_img read more

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Rio Tinto investing 250 million to extend life of Vaudreuil alumina refinery

first_imgSAGUENAY, Qc – Rio Tinto says it’s investing $250 million in its Vaudreuil alumina refinery in Quebec to extend the life of the operation past 2022.The company says work on the refinery, located in the Saguenay region of the province, will include construction of a filtration plant and optimization at a site to manage bauxite residue.The residue, also known as red mud, is what’s left over after extracting the alumina from the bauxite and can include small amounts of toxic metals like arsenic and lead.Rio Tinto says it’s also looking to identify ways of getting value out of the residue, which in general is mostly made up of iron oxide, titanium dioxide, silicon oxide, and undissolved alumina.The company says the Vaudreuil refinery, built in 1936, supports more than 1,000 jobs and generates about $135 million in annual regional economic benefits.The investment announcement in the Vaudreuil refinery comes as a strike continues at the ABI aluminum smelter in Quebec, 75 per cent owned by Alcoa and 25 per cent by Rio Tinto.last_img read more

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