Philippe Coutinho rules out Liverpool return

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho has ruled out an emotional return to Liverpool in the future, insisting he is now on ‘another journey’ after quitting Anfield two years ago. Promoted Content9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Loading… It was reported on Tuesday that Jurgen Klopp looked into the possibility of re-signing Coutinho before he joined Bayern Munich in a £19million loan move last summer. But despite enduring a frustrating 18 months at Barcelona prior to his switch to Germany, Coutinho claims he has no intention of going back to Merseyside.He told Sports Illustrated: ‘I don’t look back. I took another path, and now I am on another journey, much like everyone else.‘I’m focused entirely – just like them – on reaching my dreams. I’m happy with what I did in the past, and now I can only look forward.’Barca paid Liverpool an eye-watering £145million for Coutinho in January 2018, but he failed to settled at the Nou Camp and was soon shipped out.He was also forced to watch his old side, who are on course to win their first Premier League title, knock Barca out of the Champions League on their way to winning the competition last season.Philippe Coutinho rules out sensational return to Liverpool— Gossipieh (@gossipieh) February 12, 2020Read Also: Liverpool join race to sign quickly-improving €30m starHowever, the former Inter Milan star insists that he has nothing but positive feelings towards his old club as they chase domestic and European glory.‘Liverpool is flying, and it doesn’t surprise me,’ he added. ‘We’ve seen it already last year when they won the Champions League, but I’m also not surprised because of their fantastic squad and manager.‘I am so happy for them, because I have so many friends there, former team-mates –so I’m just so happy for them. But that’s all.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sturridge back with a bang for Reds

first_img The 25-year-old had been missing for five months – 33 matches and 3,030 minutes of football in total – with thigh and calf injuries but showed he had lost none of his clinical finishing skills with an angled strike past Adrian to complete a 2-0 victory over West Ham. His short-term stand-in Raheem Sterling had scored his fifth goal in 10 matches, which is not a bad return for an only-recently converted centre-forward, to put the Reds on the road to victory but Sturridge applied the finishing touch to put the result beyond doubt. Striker Daniel Sturridge enjoyed the perfect return from injury as he scored within 12 minutes of coming off the bench to give Liverpool’s Champions League ambitions a timely boost. However, the West Ham defence could not get near the England forward for his goal six minutes after half-time when he slotted Coutinho’s brilliant through-ball past Adrian. It had all the hallmarks of a genuine striker’s cool finish and was a reflection not only of Sterling’s continued improvement in front of goal but also the growing understanding between himself and Coutinho, another of the Reds’ bright young things. Rodgers has frequently described the Brazil international as a “magician” and his ability to produce the trickery to unlock defences as tight as West Ham’s will be something Sturridge will relish as he makes his way back into the action. He certainly took full advantage after coming off the bench in the 68th minute. Having received a rapturous reception from an Anfield crowd starved of his goal threat for far too long he rewarded them with an angled strike after exchanging passes with Coutinho. It was almost like he had not been away but it was evident there was some rustiness when he snatched at the rebound from fellow substitute Jordan Ibe’s shot. Where Liverpool would have been now had Sturridge been fit for the majority of the season is a hypothetical debate but this result meant they moved ahead of their opponents, who have not won at Anfield since 1963. Where they are now is eyeing a Champions League spot, buoyed by the return of their first-choice goalscorer, with fourth-placed Southampton just points away, albeit with a match in hand. Press Association Sturridge’s 22-minute run-out, having replaced Lazar Markovic, could not have gone better and it ensured another England striker did not grab the headlines on his return to Anfield. Exactly four years to the day Liverpool signed Andy Carroll in a still staggering club-record £35million deal but having been unceremoniously dumped by Brendan Rodgers the big front man arrived with a point to prove. The only points he made in the first half, however, seemed to come from his elbow as he caught Emre Can in the mouth and Markovic in the face either end of the half. His first indiscretion, which left the Germany Under-21 international with a bloodied mouth, appeared to carry more intent than the second, accidental knock, but referee Andre Marriner saw nothing he felt warranted a foul. Aside from one header, easily saved by Simon Mignolet, at a corner that was the sum effort of his afternoon. After the break his clumsiness continued when he was booked for catching Emre Can with a late, sliding tackle. He appeared to injure himself and was replaced by Carlton Cole soon after. Liverpool showed many familiar traits; quick passing, neat build-up until the final third and a lack of threat inside the penalty area. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana – back in the starting line-up for the rested Steven Gerrard – and Markovic (twice) had their best opportunities while Sterling wanted a penalty just before the break after Joey O’Brien appeared to haul him to the floor. last_img read more

Uganda, Tanzania AFCON qualifier to be officiated by Gabonese

first_img Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersTanzaniatopUganda Cranes Referee Eric Otogo during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal football match between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea at the Malabo Stadium.2019 AFCON QualifiersUganda vs TanzaniaMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 08-09-2018KAMPALA – With just over a week to the AFCON qualifier between Uganda and Tanzania, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed Gabonese, Eric Otongo Canstane as the center referee for the game.The Gabonese referee is one of a few Africans that are moving places lately, officiating at the 2015 FIFA U20 in New Zealand.He was also one of the stand-out officials at the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, officiating the semi final between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea that saw the hosts lose 3-0.Apart from 2015, Otongo has served as referee at the 2012, 2013 and 2017 African Cup of Nations final tournaments. He has also been on duty for the FIFA World cup Africa Qualifiers, FIFA friendlies and CAF Champions league games.He will be assisted by officials from Gabon and Chad for the mouthwatering contest with Moussounda Montel being the1st assistant referee and Issa Yaya the 2nd.Uganda will host Tanzania in the crucial AFCON qualifier on Saturday 8th September 2018 at Mandela national Stadium in Namboole.This is the second game for both sides in Group L with Uganda still on top on three points following a 1-0 win in Cape Verde.Tanzania are third after drawing at home to Lesotho in their first encounter.Lesotho host Cape Verde in the other Group L encounter on the same weekend.Comments last_img read more

Top-class education for rural poor

first_img2 August 2005Over six years, the Winterberg School Trust has integrated 12 basic farm schools scattered across the Eastern Cape into a single organisation providing quality education for rural children. The vision of two farmers’ wives and a host of donors have transformed the school, nestling in a valley 25km from the town of Tarkastad, into a top facility offering skills-based development to parents, teachers and children.For many years, farm schools were scattered throughout the 100 800 hectare district. Each school provided rudimentary education in mixed-grade classes, and then only up to grade seven.For those children wanting to extend their education to grade eight and beyond, it meant locating to township schools in larger towns far from their homes, which for most parents was unaffordable and unsafe.It has taken more than six years to amalgamate 12 farm schools into the Winterberg School Trust, which provides quality education to learners from grade R (reception year) to grade nine in single-grade classes.Registered as a non-profit organisation in 1990, the trust was initiated by local farmers’ wives, Barbara Scott and Joanne King, along with some of the current trustees, notably Prof Paul Webb of the University of Port Elizabeth.With generous financial help from both local and international corporations and individual funders, the school now has a complex of modern face-brick buildings with facilities to provide academic and skills-based development of children, parents and educators in the community.“It has taken commitment, hard work and dedication to achieve all this,” says trust director Joanne King. “Without our financial funders none of it would have been possible.“Our reward? The academic results we are achieving, pupils’ pride in their school, and happy parents who appreciate what we’re doing to better their lives.”With financial help from local and international corporations and individual funders, the school now has a complex of modern face-brick buildings, as well as transport for the children (Photo: First Rand Foundation)An impressive educationFifty pre-school children and 220 learners from grades one to 10 are taught by 11 permanently employed qualified teachers, accommodated at the school. The full-time teachers are helped by a full-time director, assistant director, administrator and seven part-time staff who provide specialist skills in extra-curricular tuition.Many of these part-time teachers are local farmers’ wives with impressive academic qualifications.Parents are also encouraged to participate in the seven community projects that have developed over time in response to the needs of families living in the Winterberg. All interconnected and interdependent, they share resources, transport facilities and the expertise of both the Winterberg School Trust staff and external service providers.These projects range from HIV/Aids education, early childhood development, effective parenting, skills development, teacher development and youth empowerment.The Department of Education also offers support, paying 10 of the teachers’ salaries.Local farmers have supported the trust from its inception and have become actively involved in fund-raising projects and providing transport and farm facilities for projects.The success of the school trust is a superb example of what South African rural communities can do to uplift the lives and futures of their people.Derek Christopher is a correspondent for Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s premier national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on with kind permission. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Authorities ‘ready to ensure safe, secure election’

first_img5 May 2014The authorities will adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards any person or group who attempts to disrupt South Africa’s general election on Wednesday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on the weekend.“No one will be allowed to prevent anyone from exercising his or her constitutionally enshrined right to vote,” Mthethwa told reporters on Saturday following a visit to Gauteng province’s troubled Bekkersdal informal settlement by ministers from the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster.“Security structures have been mobilised and stand ready to act swiftly to remove disruptive elements and ensure that our people feel free and safe to go out and exercise their right to vote,” he said.The ministers began their visit with an engagement with community leaders before conducting a walkabout in the area. They were well received by residents, who assured them that they would be going to the polling stations on Wednesday to cast their votes.The ministers have over the past two weeks visited Kwa-Mashu and Wembezi in KwaZulu-Natal, Mannenberg in the Western Cape, Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, and Freedom Park and Itsoseng in North West province.At each engagement they spoke to communities, conducted walkabouts and obtained detailed briefings from security structures on the ground.A report by the South Africa’s security agencies notes that the country is stable and the environment is conducive for successful elections, save for a few areas that have been flagged as “hot-spots”.Mthethwa said the number of hot-spots across the country had significantly decreased, thanks to interventions made over the past weeks following the ministers’ visits as well as work by security agencies on the ground.He added that all voting stations and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) operations centres would be secured with appropriate police deployments.“The SANDF [SA National Defence Force] also stands ready to provide additional deployments, in support of the SAPS [SA Police Service], should the need arise,” Mthethwa said. “Provincial joint operations are activated across the country and fully operational.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

11 Must-Read Video Production Articles (June 2016)

first_imgHere are the top news articles, rumors, and announcements from the world of video production for you to enjoy at your leisure while soaking up some summer rays.Top image via Blackmagic DesignSummer is heating up, which usually means video production news is cooling down. However, fresh on the heels of (an albeit disappointing) NAB and with some exciting announcements from Canon, Blackmagic and DJI, June has had its fair share of exciting news bits already.So, before you trade in your cameras and lights for beer koozies and swim trunks, check out these must-read articles for June.1. Major Camera Rumors from CanonCanon Rumors reports that a new Canon 5D Mark IV is currently being tested by photographers in the field ahead of an August or September announcement. There have also been whispers of an all new Canon C700 to compete with the ARRI AMIRA, along with a new Canon EF 1000mm f/5.6 IS DO lens. Stay tuned on this one. Read about the rumored Canon camera specs here.2. Werner Herzog to Teach Online Filmmaking Class This SummerIndieWire writes about Werner Herzog‘s new online film school launching this summer through Master Class. The online program features twenty video lessons and over five full hours of learning documentary and narrative feature filmmaking from the eccentric master.3. for, the collaborative video sharing and review platform, has jumped into your phone, now allowing you to upload, review and share with collaborators from anywhere, anytime. The app, available in the App Store, utilizes some of the nifty iPhone perks like TouchID and 3D touch for Peek and Pop support.4. Blackmagic Design Releases URSA Mini 4.6K Test FootageOriginally set to be released last year, the new URSA Mini 4.6k has been delayed to get it up to functioning at full capacity. Well, looks like those issues have been fixed and Blackmagic is shipping the URSA Mini 4.6k pre-orders. Watch the test footage here.5. 5 Tips for Picking the Right Trailer MusicRed Shark News Staff puts together a helpful list of five tips to use when picking music for your film trailer. #4 is our favorite, but they’re all good! Give it a read over at Red Shark News.6. GoPro Needs a HeroSean O’Kane delves deep for The Verge in an interview with GoPro CEO Nick Woodman about the company’s less than spectacular 2015 and raising expectations for a new focus on software and editing. With recent layoffs of 7 percent of the GoPro team, the profile piece couldn’t be more timely.7. Tips for Working With LogosCaleb Ward breaks down some basic tips and tricks for working with logos when editing your next corporate video. Removing backgrounds, converting to vector art, and some simple animation tricks will help give your video that next-level shine. Try it out on The Blast at DJI and Film Riot Launch an Online Film SchoolDJI and Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly have decided to join forces to help you make more kick-butt films. The mini-sessions show you all the practical behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the completion of an original short film shown at the beginning of the class. As with all their teachings, you’ll enjoy the ride. Watch the first three episodes.9. Cannes 2016: What Cameras Were Used to Shoot This Year’s FilmsCurious to know what some of the best up-and-coming films were shot on at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? You’re in luck. IndieWire reached out to all the directors and DPs to find out and compile a neat little article.10. The Difference Between Color Correction and Color GradingTo some, the terms “color correction” and “color grading” are one and the same. To others, they are distinctively different parts of the coloring process. Shutterstock’s Footage Blog breaks down the definitions more thoroughly.11. Sadly, This Happened Hope those were as informational and enjoyable to read as they were for us to compile. Look out for an updated list next month and keep shooting!Have any other articles you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Injured Zaheer out of England tour; RP Singh gets call

first_imgIndia’s floundering campaign in the ongoing series against England suffered another massive blow on Sunday as pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was ruled out of the remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury.”Zaheer Khan is suffering from a recurrent right hamstring strain and a right ankle impingement. He will require a surgery for his ankle, followed by intensive rehabilitation for both the ankle and hamstring,” the BCCI said in a statement.”He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover completely. He will therefore not be able to participate in the ongoing Test series and subsequent Twenty20 International and ODI series against England,” it added.Medium pacer R P Singh, whose last Test appearance for India was in 2008 against South Africa, has been called to replace Zaheer in the Test, ODI and the Twenty20 squads.The limited overs series starts on August 31 with the one off T20 match.”The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked R P Singh as his replacement in the Indian squads for the Test series, and the T20 International and ODI series. R P Singh will join the team at the earliest,” the BCCI said.The 25-year-old R P has been out of favour for quite a while and his last ODI appearance was in 2009 against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.Zaheer, who walked off the pitch following a hamstring strain on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Lord’s on July 21, was expected to be fit for the August 10-14 match at Birmingham.advertisementHe played in the just-concluded two-day practice match against Northamptonshire to test his fitness. The 32-year-old opened the Indian attack but bowled only three overs, conceding 24 runs before walking off the field, raising a question mark over his fitness.Zaheer’s injury setback comes close on the heels of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and batsman Yuvraj Singh being ruled out due to injuries in what is turning out to be a disastrous tour for India.On the brighter side openers Virender Sehwag, who missed the first two Tests due to a shoulder injury, and Gautam Gambhir are expected to be part of the line-up for the third match.The world number one Test side is trailing 0-2 in the four-match series.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s security reduced from Z to Y category

first_imgThe decision was taken on the basis of intelligence information that Dhoni has no threatThe security cover to Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been downgraded to Y from Z category by Jharkhand government, the state’s top police officer said on Monday.The decision to reduce the security category of Dhoni was taken at a recent review meeting on security-related matters being provided to important personalities, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said here.He said the decision was taken on the basis of intelligence information that the cricketer has no threat.The DGP said Dhoni used to get nine police personnel as per Z category security and following downgrading of security to Y category he would be provided with seven police personnel.But there should not be any concern for his security as whenever he returns home it would be more than the Z category, Kumar said.He said Dhoni was given Z security some months ago following intelligence report of some threat but now there was no such threat so the review committee decided to downgrade his security to Y category.Dhoni’s residence is situated at Harmu in Ranchi. Whenever he is in town, he goes to Deori temple, about 50 km from the state capital, with some pockets of the route being Naxal-hit.He also loves riding motor-cycle alone when in town.last_img read more

Janet Jackson Raises Her Voice For Africa

first_imgJanet Jackson, GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar nominated artist, entertainer and actor is lending her talent and powerful voice to support UNICEF in providing humanitarian assistance in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, where 1.4 million children are at risk of severe malnutrition, a potentially deadly condition if left untreated.Video: UNICEF USA: Janet Jackson Pleads for Help in Fighting Child Malnutrition“We are all facing a silent emergency. So many children are at risk of losing their lives in the Sahel region of Africa because they don’t have food to eat,” said Jackson. “We must act now to save and protect children at risk from malnutrition — not just in emergencies — but for today and forever. I commit my heart, my love, and my resources to this effort. With your help and the leadership of UNICEF, we will bring change to West and Central Africa.”Jackson will be appearing in a Public Service Announcement and take to Twitter and Facebook with a message that children in the hard-hit Sahel region and across the globe can — and must — have access to proper food and other basic necessities to save and improve their lives. UNICEF has appealed for $248 million for this year to address the needs of children affected by chronic drought, rising food prices, and conflict in the semi-arid Sahel, a belt of land south of the Sahara desert.UNICEF’s response in the area focuses on providing immediate support to the most vulnerable children, including lifesaving therapeutic food, basic health services, and clean water to help safeguard against infectious diseases and diarrhea. Last year, 800,000 children’s lives were saved from severe malnutrition in the Sahel. It was the largest intervention of its kind in the history of the region, which encompasses the countries of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Cameroon, The Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal.Globally, under-nutrition contributes to more than a third of deaths among children under the age of five. The physical and cognitive damage caused by not receiving enough of the right type of nutrients, especially in the first two years of life, is permanent. Lifelong physical and mental effects can include stunting, blindness, weakened immune systems, mental retardation, and other disabilities. While the damage cannot be treated, it can be prevented by providing expectant mothers, newborns and very young children with nutrients such as proteins, fat, and vitamins; and minerals such as vitamin A, iron, and zinc.“We must reject a world where children continue to die from hunger, in the 21st century, when we know that we have the resources to ensure that all children receive the right nutrition,” said Jackson. “I believe in a world where there are ZERO children dying of malnutrition and other preventable causes. That is why I will raise awareness and support for the lifesaving solutions that are available, and my promise to all children is to make sure that people around the world are listening and participating in the change that must happen. UNICEF is the best possible partner for this change. It is powerful to join them in this program.”Janet Jackson is a leading advocate in HIV/AIDS research and serves as an ambassador for amfAR. She is an iconic figure in popular culture. A six-time GRAMMY winner who has sold more than 100 million records, Jackson is one of the best-selling artists in the history of music. She is known for a series of innovative and socially conscious records, intricate choreography, as well as roles in television and films. She is an award winning writer, including her number one New York Times best selling book, True You, which reveals her private struggles with nutrition and self-esteem. “I understand what it means to starve intentionally. I understand what it means to eat obsessively. My battles with weight and self-esteem are so personal and yet the media has made them very public. I feel called upon to bring food and love to children who don’t have any,” said Jackson.How to help: For more information on the crisis in the Sahel or to make a tax-deductible contribution to UNICEF’s relief efforts, please contact the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:
Toll free: 1-800-FOR-KIDS
Mail: 125 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10038
As with any emergency, in the event that donations exceed anticipated needs, USF will redirect any excess funds to children in greatest need.Source:US Fund for UNICEFlast_img read more