Liverpool boss Klopp on Newcastle thrashing: We can perform betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team can perform better after their 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United.The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half.Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal.Klopp said afterwards, “It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. “If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. “We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show – apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Gabbiadini not suited to my systemby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says the sale of Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria was good for all parties.With Saints looking to trim the squad and Gabbiadini a player that has constantly attracted some interest from Serie A clubs, the decision was made to cash in now, free up some space on the wage bill and bring in extra funds.Hasenhuttl said: “If you are a new manager at a new club you get the first experience, first impressions of the player and it seems to me he is a good player with fantastic technique but with this intensive pressing system we try to play, to be honest, it’s not his way of playing.“It was better to find a solution that is better for both sides.“We can’t show him what he wants to see from us and he can’t bring what we want to see from him so it’s better to find a different solution.“I think it’s a good step for him to go back to Italy and I wish him all the best.“He’s a fantastic player and I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world and we go in different ways.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester boss Rodgers texted Klopp & former Liverpool players after Champions League triumphby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrendan Rodgers has revealed he messaged his former Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp after they won last season’s Champions League.Rodgers returns to Anfield this week with his Leicester outfit, who are in third on the table after an impressive start to the season.And speaking before the game, the Northern Irishman revealed he congratulated his former club after their win over Tottenham in June.”When Liverpool won the Champions League I sent them all a message congratulating them and Jurgen,’ he said.”I am the type of person who is happy for the club and especially happy for players like Jordan and James Milner – players I worked with and had a strong relationship with. “I was so happy for Jordan when he lifted the Champions League trophy because I know how much he has developed and worked for it.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Doha: Donavan Brazier shrugged off the doping controversy surrounding his Nike Oregon Project training base on Tuesday to blast to 800 metres gold at the World Championships. The 22-year-old American produced a tactical masterclass at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium to surge away from the field in a championship record time of 1min 42.34sec, breaking the previous mark which had stood for 32 years. Brazier is one of several World Championships athletes based at the Nike-backed Oregon Project, whose leader Alberto Salazar was hit with a four-year ban for doping violations after a four-year investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Brazier revealed after his win he had been unaware of the investigation against the controversial running guru when he joined the training group last year. “I didn’t know anything about it,” Brazier said. “I just woke up to a text this morning and found out.” Brazier emphasised that he had little contact with Salazar at the Oregon Project, where he is coached by Pete Julian.” “From the start, I was only in contact with Pete Julian,” Brazier said. “I was never coached by Alberto, and I never asked to be coached by Alberto. When the investigation started I didn’t even know what the Oregon Project was. I was in junior high school when it started.” Brazier also rejected suggestions that his victory may somehow be tarnished through his ties to the Oregon Project. “I think it would be really ignorant to associate me with that,” he said. “To even think that would be pretty ignorant. “I’m just very sad. I’ve had communication with Alberto, never trained by him, but he is a good guy, and seeing him getting kind of bad reputation, it hurt him a lot.” Another Oregon Project runner, Brazier’s compatriot Clayton Murphy, also raced in the 800m final, finishing eighth. “There’s a lot kind of going on today,” Murphy said. “I just kind of try to pocket all that and really focus on on the job at hand.” Brazier had earlier ran a flawless race, settling into his rhythm on the first lap and then kicking for home down the back stretch on the final lap. The burst of power was too much for his rivals, with Amel Tuka of Bosnia taking silver in 1:43.47 and Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich bronze in 1:43.82. “I don’t know what I would have done technically better,” said Brazier. “To get the win means the world to me. I just put my trust in Pete Julian. To see it pay off means a lot to me.”
London: Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association over a controversial social media post comparing teammate Benjamin Mendy with a black cartoon character. The Portuguese midfielder last month tweeted an image of a young Mendy alongside an image of the character representing the Spanish chocolate peanut brand Conguitos. He deleted the post but has now been charged. A statement from the football governing body on Wednesday said “Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct” in relation to a social media post on September 22. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe FA statement said it was alleged that the 25-year-old was responsible for an “aggravated breach” of FA rules because the tweet included a reference “whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.” Silva, who could face a ban, has until October 9 to respond. On the same day as the tweet that has now resulted in an FA charge, Silva posted: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You guys…” Silva last week sent a letter to the Football Association to apologise for any offence caused by the tweet and Mendy has written in support of his friend, saying he had not taken offence at the tweet. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersCity manager Pep Guardiola has also defended Silva and another of his team-mates, England forward Raheem Sterling, also spoke out in his defence. Mendy and Silva have been teammates since 2016, having spent a year together at Monaco before they both moved to City the following year. An Instagram video posted by Silva in 2018 has also attracted criticism for alleged racist undertones. In the video, being studied by the FA, Silva asks Mendy, who is dressed in black, why he is not wearing any clothes.
Pune: The Republican Party of India (A), an ally of the ruling BJP, has fielded Deepak Nikalje, brother of jailed underworld don Chhota Rajan, from Phaltan Assembly constituency in Western Maharashtra. The RPI, led by Union minister Ramdas Athawale, has been given six seats as part of the seat-sharing deal between the BJP, Shiv Sena and other smaller allies for the October 21 state elections. Athawale announced the candidates in Mumbai on Wednesday. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Nikalje, who has been with the RPI for several years, had earlier unsuccessfully fought assembly elections from Chembur in Mumbai on the party’s ticket. “This time he expressed willingness to fight the election from Phaltan since he hails from that area and has a good network there,” said a senior RPI leader. Other five seats where RPI would be fielding candidates are Malshiras in Solapur district, Bhandara and Naigaon in Nanded district, Pathri in Parbhani and Mankhurd- Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai.
Kolkata: The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) authorities have arranged Puja Parikrama for Leukaemia and Thalassemia patients.The main purpose behind the idea is to ensure that the patients who come to the hospital with rare blood diseases can enjoy during the Puja. This will reduce the stress of patients and help them overcome monotonous lives. The patients in the age group from 2 to 12 who have been undergoing treatment in the hospital for 5-6 months will be taken to various Puja pandals in the city on the day of Sasthi. The journey will start from the hospital around 10.30 am on Friday and Dr Nirmal Maji who is the Chairman of the Rogi Kalayn Samiti at the hospital will accompany the patients. The hospital authorities would take the patients at College Square and Santosh Mitra Square Puja pandal. Like every year, Dr Maji has taken initiative to make the Puja days delightful for the patients. Principal and MSVP and other senior officials are expected to take part in the Puja Parikrama. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe children, who are in the hospital for over 5 months, hardly get any scope to step out of the four walls of the hospital room. The entire state celebrates the home coming of Goddess Durga with her entourage from her abode. But many children who are on hospital beds find it difficult to remain confined within the hospital during the Puja days. Keeping this in mind, CMCH has come up with the unique idea where children will be able to go out and enjoy pandal hopping.
Doha: India’s Asian Games gold medallist duo of shot putter Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and 1500m runner Jinson Johnson crashed out of the World Athletics Championships after failing to qualify for the finals of their respective events. The 24-year-old Toor produced a season’s best effort of 20.43m to finish eighth in the Group B qualification round and 18th overall out of 34 competitors while Jinson ran a below par 3 minutes 39.86 seconds to end 10th in his first round heats on Thursday. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju He finished 34th overall out of 43 runners. Toor was the first to take the field but with eight shot putters from Group A having already touched the automatic final round qualifying mark of 20.90m, it was a difficult task for Toor to make the cut. The Punjab athlete has a personal best of 20.75m, which is also a national record, He opened with a 20.43m, bettering his earlier season’s best of 20.36m but fouled his next attempt. Pressure mounted on him as three competitors from Group B touched the automatic qualifying mark in their first attempt while another shot putter did the same in the second round. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters That meant Toor had to touch 20.90m and rewrite his own national record in his third and final attempt if he has to qualify for the finals. But he could only come up with a 19.55m effort to crash out of the championships. Those who touched 20.90m or at least 12 best performers were to make it to the final and eventually 12 shot putters from Group A and Group B combined were able to cross the automatic qualifying mark for the finals. Reigning world champion and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Tomas Walsh of New Zealand led the finalists with a throw of 21.92m. Toor had won a gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta with his national record setting effort of 20.75m. He also won a gold at the Asian Championships at the same venue in April with a throw of 20.22m. There was more disappointment in store for India as the 28-year-old Jinson, who broke his own national record just last month with a time of 3:35.24, failed to preserve enough energy for the home stretch. He was overtaken by one competitor after another as he finished more than four seconds outside his best timing. He was among the leading five till the final bell but lost steam towards the end. The top six from each of the three heats and the next six fastest advanced to the semifinals.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan did not meet a high-level Afghan Taliban delegation to discuss the revival of the stalled peace process in Afghanistan, his top aide said on Friday, dismissing reports of the meeting in the local and international media as “not true”. Several local and international media outlets had reported that prime minister Khan and the Taliban Political Commission (TPC), led by its head Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, discussed the Afghan peace process during a meeting. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Geo News channel reported that Khan stressed the need for peace in Afghanistan and termed it as key to peace and stability in the region. A BBC report said Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was also present in the meeting between the delegation and Khan. A government official also told PTI that the delegation members called on Khan and discussed bilateral and regional situation, especially the peace process in Afghanistan. However, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Information Firdous Ashiq Awan tweeted that no such meeting took place. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests “The Taliban delegation didn’t call on the prime minister. All news published and aired in this regard is not true,” she tweeted. No more details of the meeting were provided. The 12-member delegation arrived here on Wednesday on the first such trip to Pakistan. The delegation held a detailed meeting with foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday. ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed was also present in the meeting. The Afghan Taliban delegation’s visit coincided with US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad who arrived in Pakistan days after he met Prime Minister Khan in New York, where he was to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, and exchanged views about renegotiating with the Taliban. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspended by President Donald Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. Earlier, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen announced on social media that the delegation’s visit to Pakistan was aimed at putting the peace process back on track. Shaheen said the team will hold discussions with the Pakistani officials on a range of key issues. Mullah Baradar has travelled to China, Russia and Iran since the collapsing of peace talks with US last month. Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan on September 28 and the winner will be announced next month. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. During the talks held in January, the Taliban signalled their seriousness by appointing Baradar as their chief peace negotiator. Baradar, one of the four top commanders who formed the Taliban in 1994, was released from jail last year by the Pakistan government. He is believed to be the highest ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner freed so far. He held several senior positions in the Taliban government before its fall in 2001 and once considered the most influential Taliban leader after Mullah Muhammad Omar.
I have just finished watching seven seasons of ‘Mad Men’. I know I’m late to the party but that’s me. I love watching films and series at my own time. When the iconic Shahrukh Khan-Kajol starrer ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ released in the year 1995, I remember watching it only two years later. The long cinema queues, swooning fans, and imitation of the actors’ fashion style, put me off. When I did watch the film, I quite enjoyed it but I did it at my own pace. Same reason why I have just started watching ‘Breaking Bad’ and finished off ‘Mad Men’. Anyway, I loved the latter primarily because of the valuable lessons of advertising and brand-building that one can cull from it. Building reputations, image, perception, goodwill…intrigues me, and formed the genesis of my humble media startups. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyToday’s creative content is exhilarating. It’s not just advertisements, these campaigns (mostly digital) have compelling stories, valuable lessons, and many are tear-jerkers. What a wonderful way to tell stories while also speak about your brand! One such recent campaign pegged around Durga Puja beckoned the daughters of Bengal to come home. Its emotional tagline, “Ma aschen, tumi kothay?” (Goddess Durga is coming home, where are you?) tugged at heartstrings. Also Read – The future is here!’Home’, by definition, means a place where one lives permanently especially with family. While this definition points to a concrete structure (more ‘house’ than ‘home’), the larger meaning is basically a place where one belongs. It could be a locality, city or country; home can most definitely also mean ‘people’. Some people are lucky or limited in their experience (there are always different ways of viewing things). Lucky because they may have lived, worked, and eventually died in the same place/home. One could say that they are limited in their experience because while enjoying the familiarity of home, they may have lost out on the opportunity to travel, live in alien places, and make a home away from home, with people who are ‘friends like family’. The joy of finding a bit of yourself in places that you don’t belong is unexplainable. I haven’t lived in too many places but it’s happened to me. This sudden happenstance occurs when you least expected it. The serene paths of the Jahanpanah City Forest in Delhi that made me want to belong. The coffee-seller ‘anna’ in Chennai whose daily smile while he handed over paper cups of coffee with a slice of plain cake, made my breakfast and my day. A nook, a dish of food, or people that felt like ‘home’. Then there are some who pine for a place to call ‘home’. People displaced by war and strife, forced to leave their lands, and unable to ever find their way back, speak of a deep-seated sorrow that’s impossible to outgrow. While many of us weave wonderful memories as migrants in foreign lands, most of us still call our place of childhood ‘home’. In conversations, people often ask, “So, where are you originally from?” Some of my Kashmiri Pandit friends rue the fateful days when they were forced to leave the Valley, many have never returned. They say they can never truly have a ‘home’ since the one that they knew they can never return to. Two wrongs don’t make a right — what happened in the late ’80s was wrong, the silence enforced on the Valley and its people now, is unacceptable as well. The run-up to Durga Puja always makes me think of ‘home’. This year, it’s been quite interesting for me. First, I was in one of my favourite cities, Mumbai, a city I have always felt at home in but never lived for long periods of time. And then there’s my ‘karm bhumi’ as I like to call it, Delhi. But it’s only when I came back to the city of my childhood, Kolkata, do I truly feel like I’m ‘home’. The sweet smell of ‘shiuli’ flowers, the invigorating beat of the ‘dhaak’, the azure skies, and the beautiful Goddess adorning every street in Kolkata, my mother and my family, signal ‘home’ for me. ‘Home is where the heart is’ and I hope that this festive season, we are all fortunate to find that feeling. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)