Liverpool boss Klopp: We’re now at same level as Man Cityby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes they’re now at the same level as Manchester City.Despite defeat at City last week, Klopp was delighted with what he saw.”From my point of view we were never on a level with City since I came in,” said the German.”We won games against them, especially since Pep, but in these games City were better.”We only scored more goals, but the possession was at least 60:40 for them in all the games but we won them. Now it was 50:50.”We had our moments (on Thursday) and caused them completely different problems to the games before.”Last year the Champions League (quarter-final) game at home when we won 3-0 it was a brilliant game but we were under pressure in a lot of moments.”I don’t know if we had more than four shots on target but we were quite clinical that day.”That’s how you have to play against City, in the moment when you get the ball you have to make the best of it.”This game was different and that is an important step for us. It is very important we see it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom “Green Corridor” joint industry project (JIP) partners have presented an LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax design which is in the process of receiving Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV GL.At the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo today, project partners BHP, Fortescue, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Rio Tinto, SDARI, U-Ming, Woodside, and DNV GL said that the stage one of the JIP has demonstrated the commercial potential and technical feasibility of LNG-fuelled bulkers in a “green corridor” iron ore and coal trade between Australia and China.The new Newcastlemax design developed in the “Green Corridor” JIP has been developed to a stage where it is ready to serve as the outline specification for newbuilding orders in 2017.Vessels would feature a length of 300 meters, a breadth of 50 meters and a deadweight at scantling draught of 210,000 tons.“This JIP has shown that by bringing together partners from across the industry to investigate alternative compliance options that account for market and trade route characteristics…we can arrive at unique solutions that fulfil owners and operators’ requirements, as well as being in full compliance with international rules and regulations,” Morten Løvstad, DNV GL – Maritime Business Director Bulk Carriers, said.“By having both charterers and ship owners as active partners in the JIP, we are also optimistic that this new design will materialize into firm orders in the near future,” Løvstad added.
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee quickly unloaded newly acquired Raytheon stock following a report that the purchase was made after he urged President Donald Trump to boost defence spending by billions of dollars.The Daily Beast first reported that a financial adviser to Sen. James Inhofe bought between $50,000 and $100,000 of Raytheon stock Tuesday, a week after the Oklahoma Republican met with Trump and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to discuss the military’s budget.Following that meeting, according to separate reports, Trump planned to ask Congress to provide the Pentagon with a record level of military spending in fiscal year 2020: $750 billion.Leacy Burke, a spokeswoman for Inhofe, said all of the senator’s financial transactions are handled by a third-party adviser and Inhofe had “no involvement in and has not been consulted about his stock transactions.” She said he wasn’t aware of the Raytheon buy until it appeared in the system very early Tuesday morning.“As a result, the Senator has called his financial adviser and they reversed, or busted, the transaction,” Burke said in an emailed statement. “This means that the transaction was cancelled before it was settled; the senator never took ownership of it.”Inhofe also instructed his financial adviser in a Wednesday letter “to no longer purchase defence or aerospace companies as a part of my financial holdings.”Raytheon Co., based in Waltham, Massachusetts, calls itself “a technology and innovation leader specializing in defence, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.”Inhofe, who took over as chairman of the Armed Services Committee following the death of Sen. John McCain, has long advocated for bigger defence budgets to pay for new warfighting gear and more uniformed personnel. Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to rebuild the armed forces after years of war, railing about what he claimed was previous administrations’ neglect of America’s armed forces.The Pentagon’s budget for 2019 totalled about $716 billion. Mattis and other military leaders wanted even more — around $733 billion — for 2020. But Trump signalled in October he wanted the 2020 number to be just $700 billion, a sizable decrease. After the meeting last week with Mattis, however, Trump reversed course and backed the $750 billion figure.Inhofe and Rep. Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, warned against going below the $733 billion figure in a Nov. 30 opinion column published in The Wall Street Journal.“We cannot and should not balance our budget on the backs of America’s troops,” the lawmakers wrote. “Too much is at stake. This is a time to follow through on the progress of the past two years and give our troops the sustained, sufficient, predictable funding they deserve.”The Associated Press
Rome: Claudio Ranieri got off to a winning start as Roma coach with Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick’s first-half goals enough to squeeze past lowly Empoli 2-1 on Monday to keep in touch with the Champions League places. Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked after the team’s elimination in the Champions League last-16 last week with Ranieri returning to the club he coached for 18 months until February 2011. The 67-year-old former Roma player was welcomed back to the Stadio Olimpico with a banner reading “Good luck Mister Ranieri”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I thank the fans, as they gave us a big hand this evening,” said Ranieri. “I didn’t expect us to play better, because this was a tense team that was anxious and still dealing with recent events. “Putting a team together when we didn’t have many players, and without the bigger players, the leaders that give a sense of direction to the side, wasn’t easy,” added the former Leicester and Chelsea coach. “I knew it was going to be tough.” Captain Daniele De Rossi, Kostas Manolas, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cengiz Under were all out injured with Edin Dzeko, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov suspended. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt was nervy debut against a side who are just one point above the relegation zone. El Shaarawy turned in off a corner after nine minutes for his ninth league goal this season only for Empoli to level when Roma defender Juan Jesus headed into his own net. The Romans nearly conceded another when Giovanni Di Lorenzo sent just wide before Schick put the hosts back on front after 33 minutes, jumping highest to nod in his third league goal this season. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo hobbled off with a calf injury with Schick also coming off injured while captain Alessandro Florenzi was sent off for a second yellow card with ten minutes to go. El Shaarawy was then handed the captain’s armband for the first time.
To celebrate the spirit of Sufism, Punjabi singer and Padma Shree Awardee Hans Raj Hans will be performing for a musical concert ‘Jazbaa’. The event, which will be held on March 15 at Siri Fort Auditorium, is a tribute to our martyr soldiers and a way to create awareness about India’s social strength – ‘Cultural diversity and religious unity’ and economical strength ‘One nation one tax’.The singer who is bestowed with so many awards globally for his contribution to music will be weaving magic for delhites. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe will leave you spellbound with his performance and take you back to the era of Punjabi folk music. With chartbusters like ‘Tote Tote Ho Gya Dil’, ‘Dil Chori Sada Hogya’, ‘Khali Dil Nahi Jaan Bhi Hai’, ‘Aaja Nachle’ and many more to his credit, the music maestro is one of the renowned names of music industry. He has also worked alongside Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Hans Raj majorly sings Punjabi Folk and Sufi music but his Indipop albums are equally popular among audience. The musical evening at Siri fort auditorium is being organised by Rudraksha communications in association with the IRS association.
Washington: The US public and Washington’s deeply divided political class on Sunday faced another day of anxiously waiting to learn if the key findings of the Russian meddling probe will implicate President Donald Trump in serious wrongdoing. Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the confidential final report on his 22-month investigation Friday and Attorney General Bill Barr has been studying the document, which he must summarize for Congress. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Justice Department had told legislators that Barr would not be sending an outline of its “principal conclusions” — expected over the weekend — on Saturday, according to US media. That left the American public still in the dark over what the Mueller investigation uncovered about the president’s ties to Russia and alleged acts of obstruction of justice. Chronic tweeter Trump, who was spending the weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago residence, remained uncommonly silent after spending two years repeatedly labeling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation an illegal witch hunt. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls After the president spent the morning golfing, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed that they still had not seen the report or been briefed on its findings. Asked how the president felt, Gidley replied: “He’s good.” Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress, many of whom are hoping for evidence to support a presidential impeachment, pressed hard to ensure the report’s full contents are made public, and not just a summary prepared by the Trump-appointed Barr. Neal Katyal, the former Justice Department official who drafted the rules for special counsels, said Barr had no excuse for keeping Mueller’s report secret. “Absolutely nothing in the law or the regulations prevents the report from becoming public,” Katyal said in a Washington Post opinion piece. The secret report was handed to Barr on Friday with the announcement that no new indictments were forthcoming. That produced sighs of relief from the White House, where members of Trump’s family — Don Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner in particular — had been feared possible targets of the probe. For Trump himself, Mueller was prevented by longstanding Justice Department policy from indicting the president. But his report could still outline criminal behavior by Trump that could be the basis for an impeachment effort. Mueller, a 74-year-old veteran criminal prosecutor and former FBI chief, investigated whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians to skew the 2016 election. In addition, he studied whether actions by Trump, including the May 2017 firing of FBI director James Comey, amounted to criminal obstruction of justice. At the end of the probe, he was required to produce to Barr a confidential report that explained why he decided to indict or not indict subjects of the probe. Barr must summarize the report for Congress. He said in a letter to congressional leaders Friday that he is “committed to as much transparency as possible.” However, the special counsel regulations “give Barr lots of discretion about what to disclose,” said Andrew Coan, a University of Arizona law professor. “The selective release of exculpatory material is a possibility worth watching for,” Coan warned. Analysts cautioned about reaching any conclusions, saying nothing is yet known about the form or length of the report. “The president should wait before popping the champagne corks over this and tweeting in triumph,” Benjamin Wittes, a prominent Washington legal analyst, wrote on the Lawfare website. Mueller indicted 34 individuals during the probe, among them six Trump associates, including his former national security advisor Mike Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Five of the six have pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Court filings in those cases painted a broad picture of a cohesive Russian effort via hacking and social media manipulation to swing the election in Trump’s favor against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The investigation has revealed scores of contacts between the campaign and Russians, with members of the team readily talking to the Russians about obtaining dirt on Clinton. Hours before Barr’s announcement, Trump repeated his accusation that the entire investigation was a hoax and questioned Mueller’s credentials for investigating him. But Mueller, who was director of the FBI for 12 years, has the respect and support of Democrats and Republicans alike as a straight-shooting, disciplined and fair investigator.
Casablanca- A budget of 2.82 billion dirhams will be spent on the upgrading of the Grand Casablanca and improving the living environment of its inhabitants in 2014 according to MAP. Following the speech of King Mohammed VI at the opening of the fall session of Parliament, a reflection device was set up with three major steps. According to the governor of the prefecture of Casablanca, Khalid Safir, this includes a comprehensive assessment of the city’s problems, the establishment of a priority actions plan and, and the launching of this plan for the city in long-term (until 2030).Some actions are aimed at getting rid of Casablanca’s slums, finalize financing plans, and launch developmental projects such as the Metro, tram, Bus-Tram integration, the installation of household waste plants, and the upgrade of roads and highways. These projects will be carried out in order to encourage investment, which will support the financial sector, allow for the renovation of the Mohammed V airport, and implement advanced regionalization. “In the short term, feasible projects are being developed quickly in order to give credibility to the approach, obtain the citizens’ support, and to win businesses’ and investor’s trust to simplify procedures and to establish a framework for consultation,’’ added Mr. Safir according to MAP.“This program is ambitious and will be completely realized in 2014, with projects in the entire region and in all sectors. The public transport project will be given 200 million dirhams and will be provided with 200 additional buses,” the president of the city council, Mohamed Sajid, was quoted by MAP as saying.The Ministry of the Interior supports this program as a priority. They have released a special contribution of 1.16 billion dirhams, including 240 million dirhams for the prefectural and provincial councils of Grand Casablanca. About one half of this is to be used for urban upgrading and enhancing security while improving traffic.40 million dirhams will be used to provide the city with surveillance cameras, 20 million for the installation and the implementation of a central traffic control, and 50 million for transport equipment. This equipment will improve police intervention capacity and enhance the security of all Casablanca inhabitants, stated the mayor.A budget of 365 million dirhams will be allocated to the modernization of road maintenance for both main and auxiliary roads. 245 million dirhams will be allocated to reorganize the Arab League park and city center (35 MDH), to develop green spaces of the city (115 MDH), rehabilitate the Ain Sebaa zoo (65 MDH), and to modernize of the Mohammed V sports complex (30 MDH).620 million dirhams will be used to improve the living condition of the suburbs of Casablanca. Priority implementation will be given to the Douars Mkanssa, Sidi Belahcen, and Lahraouine districts. This will be carried out thanks to the contribution from the general state budget, the city council, the National Human Development Initiative (NHRI), and local communities.The city council and Lydec (delegated manager of water and electricity distribution) agreed on a specific priority action program with a budget of 560 MDH. This includes 138 MDH to improve public street lighting and 19 MDH to improve drinking water access and electricity for 1,000 homes, stated the mayor.250 MDH will be allocated to improve the sanitation system, including subdivisions not yet connected to the main system. 119 MDH will be used for new operations to connect water, electricity, and sanitation services for the douars (neighborhoods) of the suburbs of Casablanca, which include Mediouna, Mohammedia and Nouaceur.Additionally, 480 MDH will be paid to new contractors for the improvement and strengthening of waste management and cleanliness. The aim is for the eradication of slums and relocation of their occupants. 9,250 households are identified as priorities and will be immediately evacuated.
Rabat – After the Justice and Development Party produced a draft for a new law concerning Arabic language and submitted it to the house of representatives, “modernists” attempted on Wednesday to pressure the islamist party to withdraw its submission.Causing considerable controversy ahead of the proposed law’s discussion before the relevant committee in the house of representatives, many “modernist” government entities made several calls on Wednesday in an attempt to pressure the PJD to retract its proposal, which aims to protect and improve Arabic.PJD’s new draft law strives to boost Arabic’s status as the official language of Morocco. It aims to promote Arabic as the main language for education, administration and public institutions, as well as general affairs management and public services. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, before the Education and Culture and Communication Committee had held its meeting last Wednesday, many modernist governmental bodies tried to pressure PJD’s officials not to submit the draft.Though it did not identify those government bodies, Akhbar Al Yaoum added, they couldn’t change the PJD’s willingness. In particular, Abdelah Bouanou, the PJD party leader in the house of representatives, submitted the proposal personally to avoid any possible delay.Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Rachid Belmokhtar refused to be the PJD’s spokesman during the submission. Instead, Minister of Culture Amine Sabihi represented the Islamist party and delivered a speech to the committee.Sabihi stressed that the Moroccan language policy ”is backed by the constitution, governmental commitments and relevant international treaties.”Talking about the policy to boost the position of Arabic as the official language in Morocco, Sabihi emphasized that this law will “compel educational institutions that receive foreign aid to allocate courses to teach Arabic.”The modernists opposing signs rolled out when Amine Sabihi confirmed that this law will “compel the advertisers to use Arabic in any printed or audiovisual advertising.” Stressing that whoever “violate these items will pay a financial penalty estimated at MAD 50 thousands, (about $ 6,134).”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) embraces redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) after Weber’s touchdown in the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith today’s presidential election being arguably one of the largest ever, even the sports world is talking about politics — even Ohio State’s football team.On Monday, after a 62-3 drubbing of then No. 10 Nebraska, the questions asked by the media should have been all-encompassing of the way the Buckeyes systematically picked apart the Cornhuskers. Instead, OSU coach Urban Meyer fielded a few political questions near the end of the media availability session.When asked about the election, Meyer cracked a grin and gave one of his patented short replies.“What election?” Meyer said.Granted, it seems fair to assume he knows exactly what election he was asked about. Most of Meyer’s day entails dissecting opposing defenses and analyzing how to attack the offense of other Big Ten teams. Still, it would be hard to ignore the current political undertakings. With some coaxing, Meyer finally addressed the subject. Refraining from speaking any of his own political standpoints, he said the team has had discussions towards the process, and even set aside time during the offseason to further educate the team on how important voting is.“We had Patriot Week where I wanted to educate because it’s such a big and such an important day, in all seriousness, for all of us,” he said. “And so we had zero discussion about it now. Beat Maryland. I’m sure the families will have their conversations. I hope our guys vote, and we move forward. That’s why we did that, because I wanted to make sure when they go they educate themselves — not themselves. We educate them on the process, the job responsibility and how to.”Players have been discussing how important the brotherhood they share is for team success this season. An election that has driven a divide through the country could be grounds for ripping apart even the most tight-knit teams and locker rooms. This would seem bizarre for a team that has spoken so strongly towards the criticism of the media when a player has a down game. Redshirt junior Billy Price is a prime example of standing up for his fellow Buckeyes. When asked about the performance of sophomore Isaiah Prince following a loss to Penn State, Price did not hold anything back.“I’ll go to war for him right now,” Price said. “I have no problem (with that). I will not sit here and allow someone to nit-pick at him.”Price was not angered by the criticism, but said he felt the issues after Penn State were team issues, and should not fall on one player. That kind of camaraderie has been a vocal desire of Meyer since his arrival in Columbus.It seems unlikely every member of the Scarlet and Gray leans towards one side of the aisle. A team of over 100 total members on both the active roster and the practice squad is bound to have political feelings that differ from other teammates.But OSU has made a point of keeping feelings towards presidential candidates from dividing the team, while ensuring all members fully comprehend the gravity of a vote. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said he, along with the rest of the team, accepts the choices all team members make today at the polls.“I think we have a team that understands that that’s part of what makes our country great is that people are … they have that opinion and that’s perfectly okay,” Barrett said. “I think that’s something great that we have as Americans and I understand that has something to do with your personal life and personal opinions but I don’t think that’s going to interfere with the way we play.”Some players have taken to social media with politically charged tweets and links to articles, but that has not stopped the team progress and production so far. Against Nebraska, the team blew away all expectations and showed how well OSU plays together.Meyer fully understands how easily a group can be separated by opposing viewpoints, especially in a time when the entire country seems to be two-sided. But, through the maturity and character of his players paired with the effort of his staff to keep things together, OSU is standing tall in a time of national turmoil.“Yeah, this is a pretty mature team in that regard. That’s something I always watch. I have guys around this program that’s their job, to monitor,” Meyer said. “When I talk about good guys, now, I have some guys that are like family in this team that they would tell me if something is going on. And I listen and I hear, and the heartbeat of our team is very solid right now. It’s not always perfect, but it’s very solid, but that’s a great question. And am I concerned about it, you’re damn right. That’s when you start having issues, but I also have great trust in the people that I’m listening to.”