‘I am not nervous’ – Klopp content with Liverpool’s transfer activity to date

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp: The German boss has signed Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not nervous about their lack of transfer business so far.While Merseyside rivals Everton have spent almost £100million so far the Reds boss has signed Roma winger Mohamed Salah for £34.3m and brought in England Under-20 World Cup-winner Dominic Solanke after his contract expired with Chelsea.The likes of both Manchester clubs and Arsenal have all made big-money signings but Klopp is confident in their approach.READ MORE: Liverpool FC news: Sadio Mane ‘close’ to full fitness but will not take part in pre-season trip to Hong Kong“If any fans think, ‘What are the other teams doing and why are we not doing anything’, I can’t help. Sorry,” he said after a 4-0 victory over Tranmere in their first pre-season friendly.“We cannot buy players because other teams buy players. We do our business as good as we can do it and we are convinced about the way we are going.“Nervous fans? Sorry, I don’t have to write a message for this. I am not nervous – maybe that is the message.”The one new signing he had available – Salah was not allowed to play as work permit issues need to be sorted out – Solanke enjoyed an encouraging first 45 minutes in a red shirt.He was initially brought in for the club’s under-23 squad but may yet force his way into first-team reckoning.“He decides that himself. Obviously he is a young lad and it is a long-term project. I have all the time in the world,” added Klopp.“If he brings a little bit ‘rush’ with his development then everything is good.“I saw a few wonderful signs tonight and I think everyone in England watched the Under-20 championship – that was fantastic football.“He is a really skilled boy. He has to improve of course but a lot of things are already really good: first touch, movement.“It is about him and the situation but I will not avoid his development. In the moment when he is strong enough he is there.“He will train with us, of course, as often as it makes sense and often as possible and then we will see.”Solanke had a hand in Liverpool’s third goal five minutes after coming on when his shot was parried by Scott Davies and Pedro Chirivella followed up to score and should have scored himself late on but shot straight at substitute goalkeeper Luke Pilling.Prior to that James Milner had opened the scoring with a penalty after Sheyi Ojo was brought down by Davies and Marko Grujic, who barely played last season, rifled a low shot just inside Davies’ left-hand post.Ben Woodburn, the club’s youngest goalscorer, made it four from the penalty spot after being brought down and another positive was captain Jordan Henderson’s first 45 minutes of action since February after his season was ended by a persistent foot problem.last_img read more

A 9-year-old who couldn’t find Curry 5s for girls wrote Steph Curry. His response is priceless

first_imgStephen Curry must get, what, a couple hundred fan letters per day? Here’s guessing his screeners are familiar with the obligatory requests for autographs, photos, tickets, golf dates and birthday invites.One recent letter stood out. It was from Riley Morrison, a 9-year-old hoopster with a problem. She wanted to purchase a pair of Curry 5 basketball shoes for the new season but was disappointed to find out the kicks only came in boy’s and men’s sizes.“She looked at me and said, ‘Dad, that’s …last_img read more

Petroleum industry sees black women making strides

first_imgMathiba Molefe Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba said that economic growth was essential to addressing unemployment, gender equality, education and other social development related areas. (Image: The Department of Public Enterprises) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mayihlome Tshwete  Spokesperson for Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba  + 27 72 869 2477 RELATED ARTICLES • Transport investment a must • Liquid fuel from coal • Infrastructure development in South AfricaSouth Africa’s first 100% black women-owned petroleum plant has opened in Limpopo.Oil company Econ Oil officially opened the petroleum blending plant in Marble Hall on 17 October as part of its business expansion project. Nothemba Mlonzi is managing director.Following winning a five-year contract to supply three Eskom clusters with fuel, Econ Oil saw a chance to strengthen its foothold in the industry with the new blending plant.The company had already been supplying a number of Mpumalanga province power stations with 16-million litres of fuel on a monthly basis and had created more than 30 permanent jobs.It also supplied 18% of Eskom’s fuel oil needs in a 2003 to 2006 contract, and continued with a 60% supply from 2006 to 2009.The new plant will strengthen its position as a fuel supplier, supplying one of South Africa’s oldest operating power stations, Hendrina, in Mpumalanga, during the last third of this year. Economic growth for equalityPublic Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba opened the plant, saying; “Economic growth is essential to addressing unemployment, gender equality, education and other social development related areas.”The Econ Oil plant, being the first of its kind, may pave the way for other oil companies and corporations alike to invest in empowering female stakeholders to help rectify the corporate power imbalance in the country. The Alberton-based oil company’s expansion is one of the Eskom group’s success stories in its move to transform the industry to be fully representative of South Africa’s population.“Since government adopted economic transformation policy, South Africa has seen a change in the structure of the economy and this can be measured through African and black participation in various sectors of the economy,” Gigaba said, commenting on government’s role in transforming the country’s economy.“The constraints imposed by the industry’s failure to commit to transformation and the financial sector’s unwillingness to support many black entrepreneurs have not deterred the growth of the company,” Gigaba said, adding that “Econ-Oil has experienced these market failures and black women showed resilience, true entrepreneurial spirit to establish this company against all odds.”Econ Oil is a direct beneficiary of the Department of Public Enterprises’ transformation policies, which have helped a small business to succeed in an industry dominated by international oil companies. The Liquid Fuel CharterThe Liquid Fuel and Petroleum Charter was revised in 2000 to stipulate that South African oil companies should aim for 25% black ownership as soon as possible; to date the majority of oil companies operating in South Africa have yet to achieve this goal, with just a 48% compliance rate.Former Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters – who currently serves as the minister of transport – has expressed her disappointment in the figure, saying that; “on ownership, the finding concludes that the average effective narrow-based black shareholding is 18,9%, instead of the [requisite]25%”.“Out of this 18,91%, representation for black women stands at a meagre 6,72%….”The Department of Energy, now headed by Dikobe Ben Martins, says that if energy companies do not work harder towards meeting the charter’s mandate, they risk losing their licences or having their activities curtailed.According to the 2002 South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) report, the industry’s total income tax payment to the state was more than R3-billion.last_img read more

Ohio’s strong livestock genetics shine through Israel trade mission

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American livestock industry is looked at worldwide for its vigor, experience, and genetic command. Such expertise is valued internationally, as demonstrated by a recent trade mission to Israel by representatives of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council.Darke County’s Larry Baker, director of the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council (OLGEC), recently helped lead a goodwill trade mission to Israel in November to observe livestock agriculture and help improve genetic practices of the desert country. He accompanied embryologist Dr. Emily “Em” Mowrer, DVM, as the two followed a batch of Ohio embryos headed for use in the country.The embryos were some of the first U.S. genetic material in the country since new health protocols had been established — a goal for Baker over a decade in the making. He first made a trade trip to Israel 13 years ago alongside Fred Dailey, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture at the time. That helped to open the doors for further talks about the need for genetic improvement.“Finally, 13 years later, we have a health protocol for semen, embryos, breeding and slaughter cattle, so that just shows us that sometimes it doesn’t happen overnight. It can take years to see a return on the investment,” Baker said.Israel boasts a nationwide dairy herd of 100,000 cows and 50,000 head beef. The country currently imports a heavy amount of feeder cattle due to their populations not being self-sustaining. Baker hopes to change that and, as a result, increase genetic business between Israel and Ohio — an international powerhouse in livestock breeding.“People in our state have no idea for the most part that Ohio is either number one or two every year in genetic exports,” Baker said, remarking how the value was clearly evident through the recent mission.These rocky fields of Golan Heights, close to the Syrian border, can make grazing a challenge.The mission was hosted by Erez and Katcha Cahaner and Thierry Moens through facilitation by the Negev Foundation. The three originally visited Ohio in May of 2016, buying a number of embryos for use in Israel.Baker said they took a liking to a number of Ohio cattle herds, including longhorns of Dickinson Cattle Co., a decision he was curious about until visiting Israel firsthand.“After I got there, I could see they have trouble with predators and harsh conditions. Longhorns may be able to help more in that way versus other breeds,” Baker said.High percentage Simmental are popular in the arid region, and Baker hopes further use of genetic science can help improve their beef heeds.“The embryos the group bought when they visited the U.S. were from the Ryan Ludvigson Red Angus Ranch in Montana plus two Ohio farms — Dickinson Longhorns and Maplecrest Farm through John Grimes,” Baker said.The main project of the nine-day mission began when Baker and Mower took delivery of the 59 embryos that were shipped from the U.S., valued at nearly $50,000. The following days found Mower educating livestock veterinarians and technicians on the proper technique for embryo transfer as well as artificial insemination. Education in this area is lacking in Israel, something the team hopes to improve in order to bring the Israel market to a healthier place for international genetic purchasing. By the end of the mission, Mower said approximately 40 cows had been implanted.One of the many highlights of the trip was a visit to the farm of Ariel Sharon. Sharon was best known as the Prime Minister of Israel from 2001-2006. He passed away in 2014 and his sons now run the operation.In a release, Dickinson Cattle noted the trip as the fulfillment of a longtime dream by Sharon to introduce Texas Longhorn genetics to the arid, rocky regions of Israel. The dream wasn’t fully realized before Sharon’s stroke in 2005.“The benefit of Texas Longhorn cattle genetics for the arid hills of Israel was first considered by the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon,” the Dickinson Cattle Co. said in a release. “Unlike the Sharon plan for importation of live cattle, the Cahaner’s plan was to import a good number of frozen Texas Longhorn embryos. The embryos would be placed in their indigenous Israeli cows and full blood Texas Longhorn calves would be the result.”Baker and Mowrer also played host to agricultural specialists from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv and Dr. Nadav Galon, director of veterinary services for the Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Baker felt the ag leaders were impressed by their visit and would help open the door for further work.In their visits to various farms, Baker said the group found some key differences in the Israeli cattle trade from that of stateside. Most breeding lineage is unknown and many farms are working toward better understanding of rearing practices. Baker also noted differences in the slaughter process.“Their system of marketing beef in Israel is totally different than that of the United States,” according to the official report from the mission. “The dissecting of the carcass is completely different than that of the U.S. For the Kosher market, the animal has to be harvested under the direction of the Rabbi. They only utilize the front quarters.”The team also found proper vaccination protocol was lacking in some herds they visited. Certain illnesses that were having a major impact on herd health could be easily contained with correct inoculations.In addition to differences in livestock practices, the trip was unique in a number of other ways, including their accommodations. The group stayed in a kibbutz — pronounced ki-boots, they are collective communities of Israelis that live and work together. Originally, all kibbutzim were based in agriculture, though many have adopted high-tech manufacturing facilities over the years or other types of industry. Kibbutzim remain popular living-working situations in Israel and were a major part of the trade mission.Concepts of property ownership are also different in the Holy Land than in the U.S. The government oversees the entrusting of each piece of land.Following the trip, Baker said he believed Israel will never be a “huge market, but it will be a constant market for semen, embryos, and possibly feeder cattle in the future.”“I’m very optimistic about this mission to Israel and what benefits it may have in the future,” he said.last_img read more

CPI(M) allies against pact with Congress

first_imgThe constituents of the Left Front are going to turn on the heat on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) during a meeting scheduled on Friday to decide on its alliance with the Congress. Senior leaders of three major constituents of the Left Front — All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), Revolutionary Socialist Party ( RSP) and Communist Party of India (CPI) — told The Hindu that they are going to raise strong objections on the ongoing talks on electoral understanding with Congress. “We will not have any alliance with the Congress. The AIFB will contest three Lok Sabha seats and on the remaining seats with support CPI(M) and other allies,” Naren Chatterjee, State secretary of AIFB, said. RSP general secretary Kshiti Goswami said: “The CPI(M) has no right to force the alliance with the Congress on the Left Front. We have all seen the result when the Left and Congress came together in the 2016 Assembly polls.”last_img read more

Lawmakers to Look at Quality of Life Issues Other Capitol Hill Hearings

first_imgThe House Armed Services Personnel subcommittee will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday, ahead of the full committee’s markup, scheduled for June 12.The subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), seeks to increase support and resources for military spouse employment, address widespread problems in privatized military housing, and authorize the administration’s request for 7,700 additional troops, according to a CQ report.It also authorizes a 3.1% military pay raise in fiscal 2020, the largest in a decade.For military spouses, the legislation would increase from $500 to $1000 the amount DOD can reimburse spouses for earning new certifications and licenses when moving from base to base.New privatized military housing language would require the Pentagon to study how to reduce and prevent mold in its privatized housing and create a new scale on home health hazards, including lead-based paint and other dangers.The House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee will also address military housing in its NDAA legislation markup Wednesday.Here is a roundup of lawmakers’ important defense activity taking place on Capitol Hill this week:Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, commander, Air Force Space Command, to lead the new U.S. Space Command, Tues., 9:30 a.m.House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity oversight hearing on the effectiveness of VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) programs, Tues., 10:30 a.m.House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee markup of its fiscal 2020 NDAA legislation, Weds., 9 a.m. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee closed-door hearing on defense innovation and research funding, Weds., 10 a.m.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez ADC AUTHORlast_img read more