Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has jumped to Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s defence in the fallout from Germany’s dreadful World Cup campaignThe midfield duo caused controversy before the start of the tournament following their meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London.Both players are of Turkish descent and Gundogan later insisted that there was no political intent behind the meeting, although Ozil has chosen to remain silent on the matter.The Arsenal playmaker has been on the receiving end of most the criticism with Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff even claiming that Ozil should have been left out of their World Cup squad after their first group stage exit in 80 years.But Klopp has called for an end to the nonsense and backed Gundogan’s claims that their meeting with the Turkish president was innocent.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The intelligent people of this country demand tolerance. And the others should shut up and not question the boys,” Klopp told Sport Bild, via SportsKeeda.“Both were certainly not very well advised in this matter. Older, more experienced people should have helped them there.“We should not forget that the two of them have Turkish roots even though they grew up here in Germany.“But it is the same as always: the one who cries the loudest is the one who hears the most. But that’s never been my thing.”Ozil was unable to either score or have an assist for Germany in his two starts at the World Cup, while Gundogan made just the one substitute appearance in the national side’s only win of the competition against Sweden.
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Raheem Sterling paid tribute to Jadon Sancho’s work ethic and insists he’s unsurprised on how quickly the teenager’s adapted at EnglandThe 18-year-old winger made his international debut for the senior England team in Friday’s goalless draw at Croatia by replacing Sterling for the final 12 minutes.Despite the short amount of time on the pitch, Sancho left observers impressed with his seamlessly transition into the Three Lions squad.But Sterling, who trained alongside the youngster at City before his switch to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, insists that it is of no surprise to him.“He is a really good talent and someone I’ve thought highly of since the first time I saw him at Manchester City when he was training with us in pre-season,” said Sterling, according to the Irish Mirror.“I thought highly of him – his work ethic and what he does with the ball. I know him really well and he’s someone that is really modest but when he’s on the field he wants to express his ability.”Sterling also backed Sancho’s shock decision to leave for Germany last year.“For someone so young to back themselves to go abroad is a credit to them,” he added.“To go abroad so young and back yourself, that shows a lot about the person. He could have taken the easy route and stayed at City but he saw himself developing better.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That’s what it’s about in football – you have to judge your own situation and he did that perfectly and all credit to him.“He has knuckled down in Germany and, when you’re that age, it’s probably something you need. To have that seclusion and be by yourself a bit and to concentrate solely on football. I’m really happy for him.”After Friday’s match, the England squad had a break at the team hotel with Sterling and Sancho getting involved in a video game showdown between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Playing as Juventus, Sancho led the Italian side to a 3-1 win over Sterling’s PSG – which the latter certainly didn’t enjoy come the full-time whistle.We all know that friend 👋😂🤣#Sterling #Sancho #FIFA #FIFA19[🎥IG/sanchooo104] pic.twitter.com/eraKZXU4WY— Xtra Minute (@XtraminuteTV) October 14, 2018
Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette was an important player as the Gunners closed the gap to Chelsea to three points with a win over the Blues on Saturday.The France international scored the first goal as Arsenal won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to move to within three points of Maurizio Sarri’s men who sit in fourth position in the Premier League.Speaking after the game, Lacazette sent a strong message to the Gunners top four rivals.“[We are now] Three points to Chelsea, we are still in the race and we will fight until the end,” he told BT Sport, as quoted by Football.London.“It is what the coach asked us for. We fight all the game.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It was not easy for us.”Meanwhile, the former Olympique Lyonnais star said he was delighted to get on the scoresheet as he helped Arsenal into the lead early on in the game with a powerful strike that flew past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.“It was a good ball from Hector [Bellerin] and I am happy,” he added.
.Japan’s emperor Akihito will step down on 30 April 2019, the prime minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday. This is the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world’s oldest.Shinzo Abe said he was “deeply moved” at the “smooth decision” taken after a special meeting of the Imperial Council to decide on the date for the popular 83-year-old to step down for health reasons.”The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor’s abdication and the succession of the crown prince,” added Abe.Akihito’s eldest son, 57-year-old crown prince Naruhito, is expected to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the next day.The emperor shocked the country last year when he signaled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades, citing his age and health problems.There have been abdications in Japan’s long imperial history dating back more than 2,600 years but the last one was more than two centuries ago.Akihito is the 125th person to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne since emperor Jimmu, said to be a descendant of the legendary sun goddess Amaterasu.Emperors have played a crucial role in the country’s native Shinto religion, conducting various annual rites and prayers for the prosperity of the nation.- Female succession -There is no republican movement to speak of in Japan and the emperor and the royal families enjoy the admiration of the vast majority of the country.But Akihito’s unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life — and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the traditionally male-only throne.In June, the parliament passed a one-off rule allowing the ageing emperor to step down.The abdication must take place within three years and applies only to Akihito, who has been treated for prostrate cancer and has also had heart surgery.Some worried that changing the rule to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat.His father was allowed to remain on the throne after Japan’s defeat, but his status was downgraded from semi-divine sovereign to a figurehead with no political power.Akihito embraced the role and tried to use it to help heal the scars of the war while remoulding one of the world’s oldest monarchies for a democratic age.Even before he assumed the throne, Akihito broke with tradition when he married the daughter of a wealthy flour magnate in 1959, becoming the first imperial heir to wed a commoner.The emperor and his wife empress Michiko are seen as being the more accessible face of a monarchy that largely remains in the shadows, unlike the British royals.Akihito is barred from commenting on politics, but he has over the years hinted at his own anti-nationalist views.Speaking at a memorial marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, Akihito expressed “deep remorse” for the country’s actions in World War II.The looming abdication has reignited concerns about a potential succession crisis.There are no more eligible male heirs after the 11-year-old son of crown prince Naruhito’s younger brother Akishino.Japan’s centuries-old succession would be broken if that son, Hisahito, does not have a male child.In response, Japan’s parliament has called for a debate on giving women a bigger role in the male-dominated monarchy.The idea — including the possibility of letting women ascend the throne — is popular with ordinary Japanese, but it is vehemently opposed by traditionalists.Female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner, a point highlighted by the engagement of one of Akihito’s granddaughters, princess Mako, to her college sweetheart.
A youth cries over the coffin of Nery Otoniel Gomez Rivas, 17, whose body was pulled from the volcanic ash during the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego, which in Spanish means Volcano of Fire, during his wake at the main park of the town San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala on 4 June. Photo: APGuatemalan authorities have increased the confirmed death toll from the eruption of the Volcano of Fire to 69 as officials suspended the search until dawn on Tuesday.Fanuel Garcia is the director of Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences and he announced the higher death toll late Monday. He said only 17 of the dead have been identified so far.The burning ash and mud that engulfed villages on the volcano’s flanks Sunday left many victims unrecognizable. They will have to be identified through DNA testing or other means.A lack of electricity in the most heavily hit zone makes safely searching at night impossible.Rescuers pulled survivors and bodies from the charred aftermath of the powerful eruption of Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire a disaster that caught residents of remote mountain hamlets off guard, with little or no time to flee to safety.Using shovels and backhoes, emergency workers dug through the debris and mud, perilous labour on smouldering terrain still hot enough to melt shoe soles a day after the volcano exploded in a hail of ash, smoke and molten rock.Bodies were so thickly coated with ash that they looked like statues, and rescuers were forced to use sledgehammers to break through the roofs of houses buried in debris up to their rooflines to try to see if anyone was trapped inside.In the afternoon, Fanuel Garcia, director of the National Institute of Forensic Sciences, said 62 bodies had been recovered and 13 of those had been identified. Guatemala’s national disaster agency later raised the toll to 69.“It is very difficult for us to identify them because some of the dead lost their features or their fingerprints” from the red-hot flows, Garcia said. “We are going to have to resort to other methods … and if possible take DNA samples to identify them.”Hilda Lopez said her mother and sister were still missing after the slurry of hot gas, ash and rock roared into her village of San Miguel Los Lotes, just below the mountain’s flanks.“We were at a party, celebrating the birth of a baby, when one of the neighbors shouted at us to come out and see the lava that was coming,” the distraught woman said. “We didn’t believe it, and when we went out the hot mud was already coming down the street.”“My mother was stuck there, she couldn’t get out,” said Lopez, weeping and holding her face in her hands.Her husband, Joel Gonzalez, said his father had also been unable to escape and was believed to be “buried back there, at the house.”Guatemalan authorities say they had been closely monitoring the Volcano of Fire, one of Central America’s most active, after activity picked up around 6 a.m. Sunday.The volcano has registered a number of minor eruptions over the years, and no evacuations were ordered as scientific experts reported the activity was decreasing.Guatemala’s disaster agency, Conred, issued a number of standard precautions, advising people to wear protective face masks, clean their rooftops of ash once the eruption was over and cover any food and water intended for human consumption. It also said to heed any recommendations from authorities. Guatemala City’s international airport was closed due to the danger to planes.Conred spokesman David de Leon said that around 2:00pm the volcano registered a new, more powerful explosion.Soon, searing flows of lava, ash and rock mixed with water and debris were gushing down the volcano’s flanks, blocking roads and burning homes.“It traveled much faster. It arrived in communities right when the evacuation alerts were being sent out,” de Leon said.Authorities scrambled to issue an evacuation order. Some communities emptied out safely. But in places like Los Lotes and the village of El Rodeo, about eight miles (12 kilometers) downslope from the crater, it was too late for many.The fast-moving flows overtook people in homes and streets with temperatures reaching as high as 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius), and hot ash and volcanic gases that can cause rapid asphyxiation.Rafael Letran, a resident of El Rodeo, criticized Conred for not evacuating communities earlier.“When the lava was already here they passed by in their pickup trucks yelling at us to leave, but the cars did not stop to pick up the people,” Letran said. “The government is good at stealing, but when it comes to helping people they lack spark.”De Leon said the disaster agency followed protocol.“As soon as we received the information around 6:00am that the volcano was in an eruptive phase, the protocol was initiated to verify with different sectors and also talk to the communities, to community leaders. … We had the information from our scientific service, and they told us the trend was that the activity was diminishing,” he said.In El Rodeo on Monday, heavily armed soldiers wearing blue masks to avoid breathing in ash stood guard behind yellow tape cordoning off the disaster scene. Helmeted workers carried bodies away on stretchers, and smoke was still rising from some parts of the ashen landscape strewn with boulders and other debris.President Jimmy Morales traveled to survey the disaster area.Emergency crews in helicopters managed to pull at least 10 people alive from areas cut off by the flows. Conred said 3,271 people had been evacuated.
Photo: United We Dream Houston via TwitterDennis Rivera Sarmiento (left) poses with Cortez Downey (right), his college counselor. Brandon Roche, the immigration attorney who is representing Rivera Sarmiento, says requesting asylum is one of the options they are considering in order to avoid his deportation to Honduras.Dennis Rivera Sarmiento, an undocumented student whose arrest caused controversy after an altercation at a Houston high school back in February, has been released and his attorney said he might request asylum in order to stay in the United States.Brandon Roche, the immigration attorney that represents Rivera Sarmiento, told Houston Public Media his client was released from an ICE detention facility located in Livingston, about 80 miles north of Houston, on April 4th on a $2,500 bond.Roche added that Rivera Sarmiento, who is 19 years-old and originally from Honduras, “plead certain immigration charges and he now has to seek immigration relief before a judge.”The attorney emphasized there is no definite plan regarding the defense of Rivera Sarmiento, but he commented some of the options they are “exploring” are “things like asylum, like a U visa, like special immigrant juvenile status.”“He fears persecution if he is returned to Honduras,” Roche noted, although he didn’t provide details about why his client has such fear. The attorney admitted the chances of Rivera Sarmiento are slim and commented that “the odds are stacked against him.”Roche is currently waiting for a notification regarding the next date when Rivera Sarmiento will have to appear before an immigration judge.In addition to his immigration case, Rivera Sarmiento has an ongoing criminal case because of the assault he was charged with due to the altercation, which happened at Austin High School, which is part of the Houston Independent School District (HISD), in February.United We Dream (UWD), the largest organization of undocumented youth in the United States, has been very involved in advocating for Rivera Sarmiento’s release and actually organized a walk out at the high school.Roche detailed Rivera Sarmiento contends that the day of the incident a female student called him a “(expletive) wet back” and through a bottle of liquid at him, and that his client “defended himself by pushing her away.”A statement from HISD said that a “verbal exchange” between a female student and Rivera Sarmiento led to a “physical confrontation.” The statement added the female student was treated at a hospital and subsequently released.Damaris Gonzalez, one of UWD’s leaders in Houston, said in a written statement that Rivera Sarmiento’s release “shows us that our voices matter and that an organized community is a powerful one when it comes to protecting one another.”Nonetheless, Gonzalez added “the fight for Dennis’s freedom is far from over.”Here are a few words from Dennis from our Community gathering yesterday! We are so excited to have him released from detention and thankful to all of those who signed his petition!But the fight is not over! Donate to his legal fund! https://t.co/xiFohaO4d8 #FreeDennis pic.twitter.com/EfxbwE1m3i— United We Dream (☎️ 888-872-5316 #DreamActNow) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) April 6, 2018 Share
Beth Gwinn/Getty Images/Via NPRWriter Harlan Ellison, seen here in 1991, died Thursday at 84.Science fiction writer and provocateur Harlan Ellison, who wrote stories including “Jeffty Is Five,” “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” and “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” died in his sleep at home in Los Angeles at age 84. Like many who write short stories and novellas in genres like speculative fiction, the sweep of his career is evident in his collection of awards: Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, Edgar Awards and many others. He wrote episodes of Star Trek (“The City on the Edge of Forever” won him a Writer’s Guild of America Award), as well as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. He wrote comics and read audiobooks.He also had a reputation for being, as Jason Sheehan called him in a review of his 2015 collection Can and Can’tankerous, “America’s weird uncle.” Words like that one from the title — “cantankerous” — and “irascible” and “difficult” followed him for much of his life. His rants were legendary, including a profanity-filled one about the need to pay writers that has been viewed on YouTube more than a million times. Sheehan also said:He fronts Weariness [a story in the collection] by telling the tale of running a workshop at a convention in Washington. A bunch of art pieces handed around as inspiration. A bunch of writers given one hour to compose a complete story.And then there’s Harlan, at the front of the room, with his portable Olympia typewriter, poking away at 120 words per minute (with two fingers and no typos, he brags), feeling sad and tired and coming up with a story about the heat death of the universe which begins: “Very near the final thaw of the universe, the last of them left behind, the last three of the most perfect beings who had ever existed, stood waiting for the transitional moment. The neap tide of all time.”One draft. No idea where he was going with it. Just start hitting the keys and seeing what happens next. That’s how Ellison rolls. Tired, old, ornery — and yet kind, too. Generous. Giving us stories, and then stories about the stories. The lettuce story? Inspired by a Chinese dinner with Norman Spinrad in 1956, sold to Amazing Stories that same year for $49.50, then remastered for this collection. Weariness is just a few hundred words long but his afterword is a kind of love letter to Ray Bradbury, and runs for five times the story’s length, maybe more. And it is beautiful.Ellison, who won so many awards, wrote a column in Variety in 2013 about the Oscars in which he said, “I do not merely hate all awards shows, I wish to see them beheaded, stakes driven through their black and corrupted widdle hearts, and to see the decapitated remains buried at a crossroads come midnight.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
Listen 00:00 /00:47 X Oil prices took a steep tumble this week, but some experts say the drop is neither worrying nor surprising. Share The recent plunge in oil prices was bound to happen, said Jim Krane, a Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.“You know, the dam is broken, and all these compounding effects have pushed prices way back down,” Krane said. “Whether we’re gonna see a rebound like we often do in oil markets is anybody’s guess, but I think a lot of folks are going to be watching OPEC.”Krane said that factors driving oil prices down include increased U.S. oil production, a run-up in prices that occurred ahead of President Trump’s reinstated sanctions on Iran, and conflicts in the Middle East. As for Texas, Krane said people should not be worried — yet. “Oil prices affect the Texas economy sort of in the long run,” Krane said. “I think oil prices would have to go down and stay down for quite a while before you saw, you know, any layoffs or any perceptible effect on companies operating in Texas.”OPEC and partners will meet in Vienna, Austria on December 6, where they are expected to make critical production decisions. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
BALTIMORE (AP) — Police are searching for clues after two people were killed and four others were injured when shots rang out in front of a northwest Baltimore store.Police say that a gunman fired on the people about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect has not been found.One man was pronounced dead at the scene and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say a third man was critically wounded, and a fourth man and two women had injuries that were not life-threatening.On Thursday, police identified the dead men as 23-year-old Davon Dozier and 29-year-old Troy Smothers.Police say detectives and an academy class were combing the area Thursday for additional evidence.Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for a homicide several days ago.
Kolkata: A CESC officer from South Division congratulated Raj Kumar Paswan on his new electrical connection. Paswan is the 3.2 millionth customer in CESC’s licenced area.CESC officer Aparna Roy Chowdhury, congratulated the Paswan family comprising the 45-year old Paswan, his wife and three children on the 3rd floor of 41, KN Sen Road, Kasba on Monday evening and handed over the company’s official documents and an important CESC booklet on electrical safety to Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthe family.Expressing the company’s delight at welcoming it’s 3.2 millionth customer, Avijit Ghosh, Vice-President ( Distribution) recalled that way back in April 1899, CESC had introduced power to the then Calcutta and only a very small group of citizens had the benefit of electricity.Thereafter, across the century CESC steadily expanded its consumer base, keeping pace with the growth of the city.Ghosh added that during the year ending March 31, 2018, CESC welcomed 1,03,000 new consumers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOut of the present, 32 lakh CESC connections, around 27 lakh are Domestic, 4 lakh Commercial and others.There was a time when getting a new power connection in the city was full of delays. Things have now changed totally and it is possible to get a new connection almost across the country.In the case of Paswan, who stays in a 550 Sq. Feet flat on the 3rd floor, power connection could be provided by CESC immediately after the bill payment.The new connection booklet, presented to Paswan by CESC contains a detailed list of relevant information regarding the various services offered by CESC and details of different channels through which a consumer can now get in touch with CESC.The CESC safety booklet throws light on electrical safety and how to avoid electrical hazards.
Kolkata: In a significant stride towards encouraging more e-vehicles in New Town, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has come up with as many as 10 charging points at strategic locations.All electric vehicle owners (2, 3 or 4 wheelers) suffer from “charge anxiety,” where there is a worry about what would happen if charge suddenly runs out. “We hope this move will encourage more and more people to use e-vehicles,” NKDA chairman Debashis Sen said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNew Town has already achieved the status of a Gold Rate certified Green City and has got the certificate from IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) recently. It is a city under the state government’s Green City Mission.The move is a part of NKDA’s sustained efforts to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a cleaner, greener sustainable environment.The charging stations have been installed mostly near parking zones, so that the e-vehicles can get charged while waiting. Sations have been put up at parking lots near Rabindra Tirtha, Tata Medical Centre, Nazrul Tirtha, Gates 1/4/6 of Eco Park, Café Ekante, Axis Mall, Eco Urban Village and Central Mall. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn addition, Indian Oil’s COCO (Company Operated Company Owned) smart outlet at Action Area 3 also has electric vehicle charging units.There are also three heavy duty charging stations located at the bus terminal near Pride Hotel, AA3 bus-stand near Sukhobristi and Eco Urban Village in AA2, for running the electric buses.New Town has three electric AC buses running successfully for the last four months, with more than 35,000 passengers using their services already. New Town also has e-rickshaw stands and in the Bengalathon 2019 contest, NKDA had stated that they are also looking at an app to have totos on call.It may be mentioned that totos have emerged as a prominent mode of transport for last mile connectivity across the state and New Town is no exception. “We feel that there are fewer e-vehicles as there are no charging stations. There are no charging stations because there is no demand from e-vehicles. So we have come up with a good number of charging stations to address this chicken-n-egg problem,” the official added.
For all dog owners out there, your canine friends are paying attention to what you say and do and they’ll remember too. It will be a delightful discovery for dog lovers to know about the findings of this study.A new study has suggested that just like humans, dogs too have “episodic memory” – the ability to remember and recall events from the past. The study revealed that dogs can recall a person’s complex actions even when they don’t expect to have their memory tested. “The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between animals and humans,” said Claudia Fugazza from Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) in Budapest, Hungary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the team first trained 17 dogs to imitate human actions with the “Do as I Do” training method, in which dogs watch a person perform an action and then do the action themselves. For example, if their owner jumps in the air and then gives the “Do it!” command, the dog would jump in the air too. Next, the dogs were trained to lie down after watching the human action, no matter what it was.After the dogs had learned to lie down reliably, the researchers surprised them by saying “Do It” and the dogs did. The dogs were then tested in that way after one minute and after one hour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe results showed they were able to recall the demonstrated actions after both short and long time intervals. However, their memory faded somewhat over time, the researchers observed. The same approach can most likely be used and adapted in a wide range of animal species, to better understand how animals’ minds process their own actions and that of others around them, the researchers noted. The study published in the journal Current Biology.