“In that situation it was not easy to switch on the lamps and switch them off.” On his comments after the match, Klopp added: “It was not a game where five minutes were enough to come back to a normal situation.” The 48-year-old, though, denied the relationship with other managers is more heated in the Premier League than the Bundesliga. “Only the coaching zones are closer, that’s the only difference,” he said. “We are all emotional and best friends in the league. We talk completely normal before the game, we ask about our families after the game and during the game. “We are coaches of different teams and we say things you never would usually. That’s how it is on the pitch. But it was not that serious.” Liverpool will be without midfielder James Milner for the Watford game after he sustained a calf injury in training, with Klopp admitting he does not know when the England man will be available. D efender Dejan Lovren misses out with the knee problem he suffered against West Brom but there was good news on the former Southampton player. It was initially thought he would be out for around a month but Klopp revealed Lovren could be back for the Boxing Day clash with Leicester. He said: “That was one of the best pieces of news after the West Brom game. It’s not that serious. If he could train next week from Tuesday or Wednesday, it would be an option for Leicester. I think after Leicester for sure he should be available again.” The pair interacted with each other on a number of occasions during the feisty 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield and Klopp did not exchange the customary handshake with his opposite number. Speaking immediately after the match, Klopp said he had not shaken hands because “i t was not a friendly game” and also criticised West Brom’s style of play. Pulis clearly was still stewing over the incident when he spoke to the media on Friday and argued Klopp’s criticism was to deflect attention from the Reds’ failings. The Welshman said: “‘We apologise. We actually played three longer passes in 99 minutes than what Liverpool played in that game. “But if I had a team that was worth £200million, playing against a team that was worth less than £20million and we never won that game, I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition and couldn’t win.” Klopp learned of Pulis’ comments just before his press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Watford but chose to extend an olive branch. The German insisted he had simply forgotten to shake hands in the heat of the moment as he went to his players to celebrate their late equaliser and thank the fans. Klopp said: “I can easily say sorry for everything I said during the game because I am very emotional, I think Tony Pulis is similar, and there were a few words. We were very close together. “For me it was not a big problem but it was very intense and after the game I wanted to go to my team. Really I forgot to shake hands. That’s all. “If we meet today, it would be no problem to say sorry and to shake hands, to have a talk about whatever. I have big respect for his work, no doubt about this. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered an apology to West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his behaviour during and after last weekend’s heated encounter. Press Association
Vedad Ibisevic scored the first goal of the season in the Bundesliga in last night’s game with Wolfsburg. It is interesting that Ibisevic’s last goal was also against Wolfsburg which was, underlined by the sports commentator. Pal Dardai was initially unsure of whether Vedad should start in the match, but ultimately decided to give him a chance.It is also interesting that David Selke, who was brought to Berlin as a successor to Vedad Ibisevic, also joined him on the field. Vedo has been only scoring goals since the beginning of the season.Ibisevic is the main candidate to be the “backup” striker for Robert Lewandowski in Bayern. After the match between Wolfsburg and Herta, journalists asked him if he could imagine a transfer to Munich, to which he said “It is difficult now to answer that question,” but added that there was no contact with Bayern.(Source: Fokus.ba)
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Carlos Brathwaite’s boundary-studded half-century on yesterday’s rain-hit second day of the third Test against Australia carried deeper value than just fours and sixes.The audacious right-hander carved out 69 off 71 deliveries with seven fours and four sixes, and while the innings sustained West Indies’ fightback at 248 for seven at the close at the Sydney Cricket Ground, it also had a special significance.Brathwaite has dedicated his career to his mother, Joycelyn, who is a breast cancer survivor. And with the third day of the Sydney Test designated ‘Pink Day’ in support of the fight against breast cancer, the Barbadian’s knock could not have been more timely.”Mom messaged me and said the first 50 was for her. So, overnight, she was telling me that I have 35 of her runs, so get the other 15 today and then start over fresh for mine,” Brathwaite said yesterday.”I ended with 69 – so that’s 19 for me,” he added with a smile. “She not a ‘big’ cricket person, but she understands a bit about the game and she has been a tremendous supporter all my life.”‘Pink Day’ is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation – organised by fast bowler legend Glenn McGrath in honour of his late wife Jane, who died of breast cancer seven years ago.Ahead of the match, members of the West Indies and Australia teams posed for special team photos wearing pink caps and interacted with breast cancer patients and their caregivers.With first-hand knowledge of the struggle against the disease, Brathwaite made it his duty to speak to the visitors and offer words of encouragement.”Just to see someone who went through it and people that care for people going through it, I just felt the need to put my arm around them and say, ‘Thanks for the job you are doing’,” he said.”And then I went to the lady (with breast cancer) to say, ‘You are a fighter, you are a survivor, and just keep going’.”Brathwaite revealed that his mother was diagnosed during 2011, the year he made his debut for the Windies in Bangladesh. He shaved his head during that tour to show solidarity and sent the photos home to show his support.”She took it better than I did. I was the one stressing all the time, wondering if she was okay, crying at times, and she was always the one with a smile on her face,” he recalled.”Through the ordeal, I cried the whole night, slept away from home because I couldn’t manage to stay with her and watch her going through it. But she was really buoyant throughout, always smiling and cracking jokes.”She is a very spiritual person and she was always saying, ‘Just keep faith and God will come through for you’. And her ordeal showed me what God can do, and that is why I have the faith I have.”SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st innings(overnight 207 for six)K Brathwaite c Smith b Lyon 85S Hope c wkp Nevill b Hazlewood 9DM Bravo c Khawaja b Pattinson 33M Samuels run out 4J Blackwood b Lyon 10+D Ramdin not out 30*J Holder c Burns b O’Keefe 1C Brathwaite b Pattinson 69K Roach not out 1Extras (b5, lb1, nb1) 7TOTAL (7 wkts, 86.2 overs) 248To bat: J Taylor, J Warrican.Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Hope), 2-104 (Bravo), 3-115 (Samuels), 4-131 (Blackwood), 5-158 (K Brathwaite), 6-159 (Holder), 7-246 (C Brathwaite)Bowling: Hazlewood 15.2-5-37-2, Pattinson 16-3-67-2 (nb1), Lyon 35-12-78-2, Marsh 4-1-15-0, O’Keefe 16-5-45-1.AUSTRALIA – *S Smith, D Warner, J Burns, U Khawaja, A Voges, M Marsh, +P Nevill, S O’Keefe, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: C Gaffaney, I Gould; TV – M Erasmus.
With strong measures introduced in the 2016 Budget to turn the South African economy around, business leaders have committed to work closely with the government to ramp up economic growth, create jobs and strengthen public finances.“South African business believes passionately in our country,” says Business Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza. “Now is the time to tackle our problems together, reinvigorate our economy, and show the world – once more – the greatness South Africans are capable of.” (Image: WTTC, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• Budget 2016: Tough balancing act in a tough global environment• Full text: South Africa’s 2016 Budget speech• Quotes from the 2016 Budget• Gallery: a chance for global solutions at WEF• Vocational training can help South Africa Media Club South Africa reporterBusiness Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza has announced that the country’s major business groups would contribute senior-level expertise and invest in specific initiatives to avoid a credit rating downgrade for South Africa, accelerate the growth of small and medium enterprises, and increase investment in key economic sectors.Mabuza was speaking on behalf of the dozens of CEOs who have met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma in recent weeks. Stanley Subramoney, chair of the Nepad Business Foundation, is to lead the initiative.“South Africa is at a critical economic juncture, with slow growth, high unemployment and real risk of a sovereign debt downgrade,” Subramoney said in a statement on Wednesday, before the Budget was tabled.“We are confident that the Minister of Finance will today announce bold steps to boost growth and strengthen public finances – and we are committed to working actively and urgently with government and labour to support these steps.”The business grouping plans three key interventions in the economy:Preventing a ratings downgrade for South AfricaBoosting the growth of small businessesDriving investment projects in important sectorsThe business leaders driving the initiative include:Sim Tshabalala, Standard Bank joint CEODan Matjila, CEO of the Public Investment CorporationAdrian Gore, founder and CEO of DiscoveryBrian Joffe, CEO of the Bidvest GroupMike Brown, CEO of the Nedbank GroupRalph Mupita, CEO of Old Mutual Emerging MarketsVassi Naidoo, chair of Nedbank“We remain committed to the National Development Plan, which provides a compelling vision and framework for growth, and urge all social partners to focus on it as the vision guiding implementation” Naidoo said.“Today South African business goes further and announces three specific initiatives to help translate the NDP into faster growth, new jobs, and greater economic inclusion.”Preventing a ratings downgradeBusiness efforts to prevent international ratings agencies from downgrading South Africa to junk status will be led by Mike Brown of Nedbank and Old Mutual’s Ralph Mupita.“Business understands that the government will play its part in avoiding the severe long-term costs to our country and all its people that a downgrade would create,” Brown and Mupita said in the statement.“As we have indicated to [Gordhan], we accept that business must play its part and we accept that there could be changes to the tax regime as part of a broader package of fiscal consolidation.”As part of this, the grouping has committed to do more by:Bringing private sector expertise to the boards of state-owned enterprises, helping to reduce the drain these have on state coffers and putting them in a position to contribute to economic growthInvesting in public-private investment partnerships, particularly in the energy sectorPlaying an active role in removing regulatory blockages to investment and to starting and growing a businessJoining increased efforts to combat corruptionEmpowering entrepreneurs and SMEsConvened by Adrian Gore of Discovery and Bidvest’s Brian Joffe, this initiative aims to mentor and grow small businesses with big potential.“If South Africa is to create jobs in the numbers we need, while accelerating economic transformation and reducing inequality, we must give our SMEs a major boost – in skills, capital, and access to export markets,” the convenors said.“Business is ready to invest money and skills to accelerate the development of high-potential SMEs and, together with government, will support a single vehicle which will co-invest with existing successful enterprise development funds run by the private sector.”Key investment in targeted sectorsStandard Bank’s Sim Tshabalala and Dan Matjila of the Public Investment Corporation said business would work with the government to identify priority economic sectors and enterprises – “both those made vulnerable during current market turbulence, and those that can unlock new growth”.For each sector selected, business will contribute private sector expertise to help create an urgent, detailed plan to remove barriers to growth, protect existing jobs, and drive inclusive growth as fast as possible.Mabuza said specific details of the three initiatives would be announced soon.“South African business believes passionately in our country,” he said. “Now is the time to tackle our problems together, reinvigorate our economy, and show the world – once more – the greatness South Africans are capable of.”
By BEN HARRISThe boys’ National Youth Championships division is more than a two-horse race.For the past three tournaments there have been three different champions – New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS), New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) and Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST).Unlike the girls’ division where QSST has had a mortgage on the title since the competition’s inception, the boys’ division has been wide open.NSWCHS and QSST have won 14 titles between them – the latter taking home the honours on 10 occasions.But QSST have had to play second fiddle for the past two years, losing to NSWCCC 9-8 in 2012 and NSWCHS 6-5.With another strong team named for the 2014 National Youth Championships at Sunshine Coast Stadium, QSST might go one better on home soil.However, NSWCHS could be the major threat for QSST.The defending champions have only finished outside the top four once since 1993.In their history of playing at this tournament, they’ve never been able to win back-to-back titles.NSWCCC are the dark horse. As they showed in 2009 and again three years later in 2012, they have climbed to the top of the mountain.After some lean years in the 2000s, NSWCCC have not been outside the top four since coming fourth in 2008.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNational Youth Champs
A new, non-partisan online campaign could have helped bring about an “awakening” among some disabled people that their hard-fought rights are at stake in tomorrow’s general election, according to its founders.#CripTheVoteUK was only launched in late April, but the disabled activists who founded the campaign believe it has made a small but significant contribution towards their aim of enabling disabled people to become a genuine political force.The #CripTheVoteUK hashtag has been widely shared during the general election campaign, and weekly Twitter discussions have also raised its profile.On Sunday, in the last of the discussions before tomorrow’s general election, actor and activist Liz Carr led a debate on the representation of disabled people and hate crime.One of the campaign’s founders, Eleanor Lisney, told Disability News Service that she believed disabled people would have an impact on tomorrow’s election.And she said she believed there had been more of a focus on disability than in previous election campaigns.She said: “When you read the news, even people who are not disabled still mention us, they still mention how the cuts have affected us. We get mentioned. More than previous elections, even 2015.”She said this had been particularly noticeable in the television debates.Another of the campaign’s founders, Rick Burgess, said it was difficult to judge the impact of the #CripTheVoteUK campaign on the election but from the media coverage he had seen “we’ve done well, given the snap election time frame”.The “proof of the pudding” was whether this helped to drive voter turnout among disabled people, he said.He added: “The main thing is I hope it lays the groundwork for a proper permanent lobbying effort, because governments of any hue always need pressure to keep them to their promises once in power.”Burgess said that continuing efforts to organise disabled people “into an informed and active political lobby will be essential to protecting our rights and lives.“What the last seven years have proved is we cannot rely on charities, the medical community or society at large to respect our rights; we have to fight for ourselves.“It’s a lesson from the past we have to relearn.”And he said the stakes were high in tomorrow’s election.He said: “This election can see the end of the abusive work capability assessment and personal independence payment regime, or we can see another five years of increasing death toll, cuts, and hate crime.”Although #CripTheVoteUK has only had a few weeks to make an impact, Lisney said she hoped its influence would grow.She said: “I am hoping that #CripTheVoteUK is waking people up to the fact that there is a power, a voice, that you can have.“If you don’t fight, you can lose the rights that you are taking for granted.“I hope they are awakening to the fact that you can lose what you are complaining about, the rights we have fought for.”One of the challenges, she said, had been to maintain the principle that the campaign was non-partisan, and did not support one party over another.She said: “What I tend to say is, ‘Look at the figures, decide for yourself, vote for yourself and your family and your community.’“I think what we need to do is tell people what is happening. I make sure that what I send out [on Twitter] is from a reputable source.”Lisney said she had been pleased that her local Labour candidate mentioned the campaign when he knocked on her door to discuss the election, after she had referred to it in social media messages she sent him.But Lisney said she had been “a little surprised and frustrated” by the attitude of some of the disability charities, who have refused to support the campaign, and had told her that “our trustees won’t like it” if they support #CripTheVoteUK on social media.