Klopp Insists Liverpool Don’t Need to Spend Like Chelsea

first_imgManager Jurgen Klopp has said that Liverpool are a “different club” to some rivals in the transfer window as they are “not owned by countries or oligarchs”.The Premier League champions have only signed Kostas Tsimikas for £11.7m, while Chelsea have spent about £200m.Klopp stressed that “uncertainty” created by Covid-19 is “less important” for some. He said the Reds have had success “by being the club we are”, adding: “We cannot change that overnight and say ‘now we want to behave like Chelsea’.”Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live:”Clubs are in different situations and we are living in uncertainty in the world.“For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is because they are owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, and that is the truth.“We are a different kind of club. We reached the Champions League final two years ago, won it the following year and won the Premier League by being the club we are.”Liverpool spent £1.3m on young Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle last summer, as well as signing goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan on free transfers, before adding Red Bull Salzburg’s Japan forward Takumi Minamino for £7.25m in January.Klopp’s side finished 18 points clear of Manchester City as they won their first league title in 30 years, with Chelsea 33 points behind in fourth.Chelsea were unable to make any signings last summer because of a Fifa transfer ban, but it was halved on appeal in December 2019to allow them to bring in players from January this year.Frank Lampard’s side have signed Ajax winger Hakim Ziyechfor £33.3m, RB Leipzig forward Timo Wernerfor about £48m, Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertzfor £71m, Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwellfor £45m and also brought in Paris St-Germain centre-back Thiago Silvaon a free transfer.Last season’s runners-up Manchester City have signed Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake for £40mand Valencia winger Fernan Torres for £21m- but have sold Germany winger Leroy Sane to Bayern Munichfor about £45m.Klopp pointed to the post-lockdown form of midfielders Naby Keita and Curtis Jones and the fact Minamino “looks completely different” after settling in since January as reasons Liverpool do not need to make numerous signings this summer.The German also says he is focused on improving the players in his squad rather than bringing new ones in.He added: “We always want to improve the squad but there are different ways – one way is to sign new players and the other way is to work together, improve the things you were good in and try to nullify the things you are not good in.“That is football. No-one wants to talk about training and only about signings.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Jurgen Klopplast_img read more

Ben Simmons injury update: 76ers star says he played through sprained ankle against Grizzlies

first_imgBen Simmons wanted to stay on the court Sunday.The 22-year-old star said he sprained his left ankle in the 76ers’ 103-95 win over the Grizzlies. Simmons, however, played through the injury. Related News Former teammates of 76ers’ Markelle Fultz discuss his struggles Simmons was asked why he didn’t leave the game when he met with reporters after the victory.“It’s only a sprained ankle,” Simmons said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.center_img NBA trade rumors: 76ers have ‘stopped listening’ to offers for guard T.J. McConnell #Sixers PG Ben Simmons played with a sprained left ankle tonight. He sprained it in the first quarter. Why did he continue to play? “It’s only a sprained ankle,” he said. Simmons had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 3, 2018Simmons finished Philadelphia’s win with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. He shot 8-of-10 from the field and added two steals in 37 minutes of action.Ben Simmons (19 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST) cleans up the miss!#HereTheyCome 92#GrindCity 814:51 remaining on #NBA League Pass: https://t.co/L3VurkatG8 pic.twitter.com/GWiNNkGntQ— NBA (@NBA) December 3, 2018The victory was the 76ers’ fourth in a row and eighth in their last nine games. They hold a 17-8 record.last_img read more

Jwala Gutta takes a veiled shot at Saina Nehwal for joining BJP – and…

first_imgImage Courtesy: HT/NDTVAdvertisement 91rgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs366r8Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9ojb4q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3hcWould you ever consider trying this?😱v1Can your students do this? 🌚3w567dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian badminton icon and former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal officially joined Bharatiya Janata Party, along with Chandranshu Nehwal this Wednesday. While there are discussion and difference of opinions on Saina’s decision to enter the political scene of India, fellow badminton ace Jwala Gutta, who is renowned for being vocal on various topics, has taken a jab at her compatriot for her decision. However, the fans fired back.Advertisement Image Courtesy: HT/NDTVAfter Saina Nehwal’s news of joining BJP was on air, Jwala Gutta took it to social media to express her opinion on the matter, which was a dig at the Padma Bhushan awardee.On her official Twitter handle, the 36 year old wrote her say on the matter, which translates to: “Hearing it for the first time…started playing without any reason and now joined party without any reason.”Advertisement However, the tweet wasn’t well received by the supporters. While some of Gutta’s own fans were on positive terms with her statement, the crowd of twitterati crowd drew comparison on both the players’ achievements in the sport, while reminding Gutta about Saina’s number of medals won.Here are some of those reactions from Saina’s fans:We understand you are jealous of Saina Nehwal as she is more successful player than you. 🔥🔥🔥🔥— [email protected]@la [email protected] (@SachinTalreja3) January 29, 2020Some went on posting memes and jokes. pic.twitter.com/2QzCIPxoN7— दिनेश चौधरी (@TheDineshSpeaks) January 29, 2020 A couple of hours later, the shuttler made another tweet, but this time her conduct was different. She wrote: @NSaina congratulations on joining the party…I hope and wish that u do something big for women and women sports in our country…YES it’s difficult but am sure u can bring a lot of CHANGE!! Good luck 🙂“Yesterday, Nehwal was present at the BJP national headquarters in New Delhi for the formal joining ceremony. Following her meetup with the saffron party president J.P. Nadda, Nehwal praised the Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.“I am a hard-working person and like hard-working people. [Prime Minister] Narendra Modi sir has been working day and night for the country. If I can do something for the country with him, it will be my good fortune. I draw a lot of inspiration from Modi sir. He inspires me.”She also addressed the “Khelo India” initiative by the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. “She is an inspirational figure,” BJP general secretary Arun Singh said at the event.Also read-Badminton ace Jwala Gutta joins the #MeToo movement, alleges she was harrased by coachYogeshwar Dutt joins BJP ahead of Haryana Polls Advertisementlast_img read more

Title would make Smith a happy Hammer

first_imgMitchell Smith plans to celebrate his daughter’s first birthday by winning his first professional title this weekend.Harrow’s super-featherweight prospect, 20, faces Scott Moises of Norfolk for the vacant southern-area title at the Copper Box Arena.The Frank Warren-promoted card is headlined by emerging middleweight Billy Joe Saunders and is the first of six boxing shows that will be staged at the Olympic Park venue, which hosted handball and modern pentathlon during London 2012.And it is a stone’s throw from the site of the planned new stadium for Smith’s beloved West Ham.“I can’t wait for Saturday night and the venue makes it even more exciting,” Smith told West London Sport.“Being a West Ham fan, I’m really looking forward to fighting there and it’s a place I’d like to fight at more during my career.“It’s also my daughter’s first birthday and I want to bring that belt back home to her on Saturday. It would mean a lot to me.”A former ABA champion, Smith has made a blistering start to his pro career and his dazzling first-round stoppage of Gavin Reid at Wembley Arena in April took his record to 6-0.Beating the 25-year-old Moises (7-7-1) would continue his rapid rise up the rankings and further enhance his growing reputation.His fan base also continues to grow – around 400 of his supporters will travel to east London expecting to see their man produce another impressive display.But Smith said: “I see the three stoppages I’ve had as a bonus. I don’t just go in there looking for the knockout – if it comes it comes.“The main thing is to go in there, perform well and win the fight. If I can get the stoppage then great. I’m an exciting fighter by nature.“It would mean everything to me to get that first pro title and that’s what I’ll be going out there to do.“I’ve sparred with Scott so I know a bit about him. I want to go in there and show what I can do again.“The training’s gone really well, my weight’s perfect, and this week it’s just been a case of tapering it down and getting ready for the fight.“I’m just so looking forward to it. Fighting for titles is what it’s all about and I want this one badly.”See also:Smith is made to work for first pro 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

ICT and electronics in South Africa

first_imgThe South African information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is well established and sophisticated.South Africa’s telecom’s infrastructure is 99.9% digital and includes the latest in wireless and satellite communication, the country has the most developed telecoms network in Africa (image: j_cadmus)Brand South Africa reporterThe largest and most advanced in Africa, the local IT industry is characterised by technology leadership, particularly in the field of mobile software and electronic banking services.South African companies are world leaders in pre-payment, revenue management and fraud prevention systems, and in the manufacture of set-top boxes, all exported successfully to the rest of the world.It’s a buoyant sector, with IT spending in 2010 reaching $10,6-billion, according to the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC). Together with telecommunications, it generates an estimated $29-billion in revenues, R10.3-billion of which comes from IT.InnovationSouth African software developers are recognised for their innovation, production and cost efficiency – and are backed by sturdy local infrastructure, as well as government support. For example, the government amended the Income Tax Act in efforts to stimulate local innovation and create jobs: software developers can now claim back 150% of research and development (R&D) expenses against tax. There are around 1 000 software development firms in South Africa.TelecomsWith a network that is 99.9% digital and includes the latest in wireless and satellite communication, the country has the most developed telecoms network in Africa. Financial assistance is also available from the Industrial Development Corporation, which aims to promote technology development. The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) supports companies engaged in the development of innovative or creative products, for example.Several international corporates, recognised as leaders in the IT sector, operate subsidiaries from South Africa, including IBM, Unisys, Microsoft, Intel, Systems Application Protocol (SAP), Dell, Novell and Compaq.OpportunityTesting and piloting systems and applications are growing businesses in South Africa, with the diversity of the local market, first world know-how in business and a developing country environment making it an ideal test lab for new innovations. In 2010/11, Gartner, the international research group, ranked South Africa within the global top 30 software development outsourcing destinations.OutsourcingSouth Africa is a favoured international location for business process outsourcing. Investment opportunities lie in the roll-out of wireless networks and technologies, and in the local assembly of green-energy technologies for electronic components and subassemblies.Other opportunities include the development of access-control systems and security equipment, automotive electronic subsystems, systems and software development in the banking and financial services sector, silicon processing for fibre optics, integrated circuits and solar cells. There are also significant opportunities for the export of hardware and associated services, as well as software and peripherals.Export growth and internationalisation of South African companies is supported by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC). South Africa’s ICT infrastructure is among the most developed in Africa. (Image: Beyond Access)Communications and mobileMuch of the excitement in South Africa’s electronics sector centres around communications – which, together with transport and storage, accounts for around 10% of GDP. The communicaitons sector has been one of the fastest growing of the South African economy, reflecting the rapid expansion of mobile telephony across the country.Read more about South Africa’s telecommunications sectorWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

OFBF Young Ag Professionals State Committee leaders announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Matt and Liz Funderburgh of North Lewisburg were recently elected chair couple of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professional Advisory Team. Kyle and Ashton Walls of Mount Vernon were elected co-chair couple. Terri Specht of Johnstown was elected secretary.The team develops and directs programming, activities and contests for Ohio Farm Bureau’s program for young adults who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills.Other team members are Greg and Theresa Corcoran of Chillicothe, Eric and Shelly Prysi of New Philadelphia, Doug Toops of South Vienna, Karl Wedemeyer of La Rue and Jennifer Wilson of Jenera.last_img

Ben Klick, Nov. 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As long as everything goes as planned, today will be our last day of harvest. I have 55 acres of beans to cut and we are done. We are beyond ready for it to be done. It has been a roller coaster of a year and a downhill roller coaster of a fall. We are not that upset with how the yields turned out after the weather we had but there have been little issues with things going wrong along the way and we are definitely ready to be done.Planting date was very crucial this year. The later crops were not nearly as dry and that was a lot more money in drying costs. There was quite a bit of re-adjusting the machine from the early corn to the late-planted corn and it slowed down the harvest.The double-crop beans needed August and September rains that they didn’t get. The yields were all over the place. They got planted later than they should have been and it got dry for them at the wrong time. This year they weren’t really worth cutting.The corn yields really varied by farm and soil type. We planted some fields that we should have waited a day or two longer last spring but we had to plant when we could. As a young farmer I see things I get stressed about but then my dad tells me that he has been seeing these kinds of things for years.The ground is not as favorable as I thought it would be but we are getting the weather so we can start the fall jobs that we should have been doing a month ago. We have chicken litter to spread, lime to spread and barns to clean out.We usually shoot to be done two weeks before Thanksgiving, and here we are still working at harvest the week after Thanksgiving, but we were still blessed with a pretty good harvest and nothing disastrous went wrong. It is what it is.last_img read more

Keeping up with all the recent RFS developments requires some energy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Ohio Law Blog, Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State UniversityIf you’ve been keeping up with the ag news lately, chances are you’ve heard a lot about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As a refresher, the RFS program “requires a certain volume of renewable fuel to replace the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel.” Renewable fuels include biofuels made from crops such as corn and soybeans. Lately, you may have heard discussion about a controversial new rule regarding the volumes of biofuels that are required to be mixed with oil. While all that talk has been going on, there has also been a lawsuit against the EPA for RFS exemptions given to certain oil refineries. Congress has been examining the exemptions as well. Having trouble keeping all of this RFS information straight? We’ll help you sort it out. EPA proposes new RFS ruleThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking, asking for more public comment on the proposed volumes of biofuels to be required under the RFS program in 2020 and 2021. Agricultural and biofuels groups are not pleased with the proposed blending rules, arguing that the way EPA proposes to calculate biofuel volumes would result in much lower volumes than they were originally promised by President Trump. (The original promise was made in part to make up for waivers the Trump EPA had given to oil refineries.) Conversely, EPA and the Trump administration contend that the proposed rule does meet the previously agreed upon biofuel volumes. A hearing on the proposed rule was held on October 30, where many agriculture and biofuels groups expressed their concerns. The oil industry was also represented at the hearing. Members of the oil industry feel that the cost of mixing in biofuels is too high. It is unlikely any deal was struck at the hearing, but there is still an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule if you wish. Comments are due on Nov. 29, 2019. Ag and biofuels groups sue the EPAIn the midst of the argument over how the volumes of biodiesel under the RFS will be calculated, another related quarrel has emerged. At the center of this dispute are exemptions EPA has given to “small refineries” in the oil industry. The number of exemptions given has increased drastically under the Trump administration, which in turn has lessened the demand for biofuels made from crops like corn and soybeans. On Oct. 23, 2019, agriculture and biofuel groups filed a petition against the EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. In the petition, the groups ask the court to review a decision made in August 2019 which retroactively exempted over 31 small refineries from meeting their 2018 biofuels requirements. The petitioning groups include Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union. How does the small refinery exemption work?Typically, an oil refinery would have to mix a set volume of renewable fuels, like biofuels, into their gasoline or diesel fuel. The volumes are set annually. Small refineries, which are defined as refineries where “the average aggregate daily crude oil throughput does not exceed 75,000 barrels,” can petition the EPA for an exemption from meeting their renewable fuel obligations. Exemptions are typically given temporarily if the refinery can show they would suffer economic hardship if they were made to blend their fuel with biofuel. A refinery seeking an exemption has to include a number of records showing their economic hardship in their petition, such as tax filings and financial statements. Why are ag and biofuel groups asking for judicial review?Why are the groups we mentioned above upset about this particular set of small refinery exemptions? Well, first of all, the groups point to the brevity of the EPA’s decision. (The decision document can be found in the link to the petition, listed above.) The EPA’s decision document uses only two pages to explain their decision on 36 small refinery petitions. Because the decision was so short, the groups feel that EPA did not include the analysis of economic hardship for each refinery that they believe is required by the Clean Air Act and RFS regulations. Essentially, the groups argue that the EPA has not provided enough evidence or explanation for awarding the exemptions.Underlying all of this is the fact that more small refinery exemptions means lower demand for biofuels. In fact, the ag and biofuel groups claim that due to the 31 exemptions made in August alone, 1.5 billion gallons of renewable fuel were not used. In addition, the 31 exemptions are just a few of many awarded by Trump’s EPA. By all accounts, since Trump took office, there has been a sharp increase in exemptions granted. EPA has data on the number of exemptions available here. The first year the Trump administration made exemptions was 2016.It seems as though the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change (part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce) is also worried about EPA’s exemptions, or waivers, for small oil refineries. On Oct. 29, 2019, the Subcommittee held an oversight hearing entitled “Protecting the RFS: The Trump Administration’s Abuse of Secret Waivers.” In fact, in their memo about the hearing, the Subcommittee cited some of the same issues in the lawsuit we discussed above; namely the increase in waivers and the consequent effect on biofuel demand. Testimony was heard from both ag/biofuels and oil representatives.In the hearing, the Subcommittee also considered the proposed “Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act of 2019.” The text of the bill is available here. The bill would require small refineries to submit petitions for exemptions from RFS requirements annually by June 1. Additionally, it would require information in the waiver petitions to be available to the American public. What happens next?As you can see, we’re playing a waiting game on three separate fronts. For the RFS rule, we’ll have to wait and see what kind of comments are submitted, and whether or not the EPA takes those comments into account when it writes the final rule. As for the lawsuit, all eyes are on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The court could determine that the law does indeed require EPA to include more information and analysis to explain their reasons for exemption. On the other hand, the court could find that EPA’s decision document is sufficient under the law. In Congress, we’ll have to wait and see whether the proposed bill gets out of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and onto the House floor.last_img read more

The Best Places to Find Film Grain

first_imgFeatures: 1 6K 35mm Grain, 16 HD Film GrainsPrice: $99If you’re looking for the highest resolution possible, RGrain might be the best solution for you. With a 35mm plate that has been scanned at 6144 x 3160, RGrain is probably the largest film grain pack available. RGrain boasts that the increased resolution of their 6K clip will allow users to control the size of their film grains.4. Ultimate Grain Features: Authentic 4K Film GrainsPrice: $99If you’re looking for the very best film grains on the internet, look no further than Emulsion from RocketStock. Emulsion is a comprehensive pack featuring 8mm, 16mm, and 32mm film grains. Unlike some of the other grains on this list, Emulsion film grains were actually shot using real film cameras. All of the film grains are delivered via a 4K ProRes 422 codec.Each clean film scan showcases 15 seconds of grain, designed for looping. Dirty scans are also included for those who want that retro, grungy look. Emulsion is perfect for all skill levels! All you need is Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, or After Effects, and you’re ready to go. A detailed tutorial comes with your download.Here’s a quick demo of Emulsion in action.2. Gorilla Grain Features: 21 HD Film Grain ClipsPrice: $99Another good option for quickly putting film grains in your next project is Gorilla Grain. Unfortunately, Gorilla Grain is only in HD, so if you are working on 4K projects, you might want to choose something else, but if you want a super 35mm film grain pack that features real 35mm and 16mm film grain, this might be a great pack for you. Just like Emulsion, Gorilla Grain features 4k ProRes video delivered via instant download.3. RGrain Features: 12 Film Grain PlatesPrice: $49Ultimate Grain from Holy Grain is a great all-purpose solution if you are looking for cheap film grains that you can easily drop into a video project. Ultimate grain also features a few extra plates that you can use to stylize your clips.center_img Know of any other great film grain resources? Please share in the comments below. Make your video look like film with these awesome grain packs online.Getting an “authentic” film look is the goal of most filmmakers. However, one of the biggest challenges to making your digital footage look like film is finding the right film grain. Fortunately, there are a few good places to find film grain online.In the following article, we’ll take a look at our favorite places to find film grains online.1. Emulsionlast_img read more

Haig resigns as QTF Chairman

first_imgThe Chairman of Queensland Touch Football (QTF), Mr Ian Haig has announced his resignation from the QTF Board effective immediately.  Mr Haig was elected to the position in 2014 and was re-elected at the QTF Annual General Meeting earlier this year, however has decided to stand down due to personal reasons. “It is with regret that I resign from the Board but I do so for personal reasons. I am of the firm belief that the current direction of the Board is the correct one for the sport in Queensland and wish the Association the very best for the future,” Haig said.Chief Executive Officer of QTF, Mr Jamie O’Connor paid tribute to the outgoing Chairman’s leadership and contribution. “Ian has made a significant contribution over the past year. He has led the organisation with great integrity and honesty and the sport is in a vastly improved state due to his involvement. It is disappointing to see him move on but the organisation respects his decision and we wish him nothing but the very best.”Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire also thanked Mr Haig for his contribution. “We wish Ian well for the future and on behalf of the Touch Football Australia Board and staff thank him for his contribution to our sport.”For more information, please click on the attached media release. Related Fileshaig_resigns_as_qtf_chairman-pdfRelated LinksQTF Chairmanlast_img read more