No better defenders than Lovren?! Here are 15!

first_imgLiverpool Nobody better than Lovren?! The 15 defenders Liverpool could have signed this summer Goal Last updated 2 years ago 23:00 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Dejan Lovren Liverpool Getty Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Jurgen Klopp insisted there were no centre-backs available who could have improved his defence, but Goal lists 15 better options than Dejan Lovren After having to haul Dejan Lovren off just 30 minutes into last week’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp can no longer deny that Liverpool erred in not signing another centre-back in the summer.“Look out there and tell me five that would make us stronger. Five. Then, you win a prize,” he challenged journalists in August, but he even he admitted after Sunday’s capitulation at Wembley that he would have been better off playing himself in defence against Spurs.“The first goal would not happen if I am on the pitch, in my trainers,” he said after the humiliating loss to Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lovren was at fault for Tottenham’s first two goals and the Croatian’s blunders continued until he was finally put out of his misery just after the half-hour mark when Klopp replaced the Croat with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Huddersfield +2 11/10 v LiverpoolDefensive errors are an ongoing issue for a side that had already conceded three times at Watford and five at Manchester City before the meeting with Spurs. Indeed, Liverpool hadn’t shipped 16 goals in their opening nine league games for 52 years, which only makes Klopp’s decision to stick with the defenders he had all the more baffling.Dejan Lovren LiverpoolIndeed, although the push for Virgil van Dijk came to nothing due to Southampton’s refusal to sell, Liverpool had ample targets to pursue.“We watched all of the [potential signings] 500 million times,” Klopp said last month. “It’s not that we ignore it. I said if there would have been a solution out there we would have done it. I had to make a decision and the decision was our boys are not worse than them.”But as his defenders continue to be brutally exposed on an almost weekly basis, Goal can easily think of 15 defenders better than Lovren & Co.Stefan De Vrij LazioLazio centre-back Stefan de Vrij is out of contract at the end of the season and has attracted interest from Juventus. Liverpool had been linked to the Netherlands international in the close season and having developed in his time in Italy, he would have been a good option to bolster the back line. Snapping him up on a free this summer looks beyond the Reds now, as he looks set to renew his contract with Lazio.After talks over a new deal with Roma came to nothing, Kostas Manolas looked set to join Zenit St Petersburg in the summer. The Greece international snubbed the Russian side in hopes that a better opportunity would come up, while Roma were willing to let him go for just €40m. The 26-year-old would have been an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s back line but instead he remains at Roma.He is only 21 but Jonathan Tah is already an established star defender in the Bundesliga. It has been over four years since he made his debut with Hamburg and he has grown into one of Germany’s most promising players with Bayer Leverkusen. Tall, quick and always alert, he would have been a great alternative to Van Dijk and a good fit for Klopp’s team.Milan Skriniar InterJust 18 months after his arrival in Italy, Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar was taking offers from clubs all over Europe. Skriniar, 22, was pivotal for Sampdoria in 2016-17 and held off on making a move to Inter see what else was available. The Nerazzurri were able to lure him, though, and he has not missed a minute of action since his €18m move. He has already been dubbed Walter Samuel’s successor by the former Argentina star himself.Matthijs de Ligt burst onto the scene with an Ajax side that reached the Europa League final last season and was immediately touted as one of the most promising centre-backs on the continent. He continues to be linked to Barcelona and although Ajax were determined to keep him, the Dutch club are always willing to sell at the right price.Colombia international Davinson Sanchez attracted interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid among others during a sensational debut season at Ajax. It was Tottenham who paid over €40m to snap him up in August and he has walked straight into Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI. At 21, Sanchez will progress even further and the ruthless energetic defender would certainly have been an outstanding acquisition for the Reds.After three seasons in the second tier with Ingolstadt, it took just one season in the Bundesliga for Benjamin Hubner to earn a move to Hoffenheim and immediately became crucial to the second best defence in the league last season. Hubner was part of the back line that leakedKalidou Koulibaly NapoliNapoli were able to hold on to Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer despite strong interest from Europe’s elite clubs. He has since played every minute of competitive football for Maurizio Sarri’s high-flying side and will likely attract more bids in the future. It would have taken a big offer to secure him in the last window, but the 26-year-old’s value could rise even further as he is now regarded as one of the best in his position in Serie A.A brave tackler who goes straight for the ball and is comfortable once he’s on it, Inigo Martinez possesses an urgency that has been absent from Liverpool’s defence. The 26-year-old has been at Real Sociedad for his entire career and is closing in on his 200th La Liga appearance, but the Basque side had to fend off interest from Barcelona. With a €32m release clause in his contract, however, Sociedad can count themselves lucky a team like Liverpool weren’t wise enough to make a move.After spells in Italy, Germany, France and Turkey, the Premier League would have been a good step for Simon Kjaer in the close-season. The Denmark international rejected Liverpool in 2015 to join Fenerbahce, but making a return for him would have been a wise move. The Anfield side may have had an advantage given he was raised in a Liverpool-mad family, but instead he signed for their Champions League opponents Sevilla.An Argentina international before he had even kicked a ball in professional football, big things are expected of Emanuel Mammana. The 21-year-old impressed upon his arrival at Lyon from River Plate, but was restricted to 25 appearances due to injuries. Although he was just one year into a five-year contract, he made a surprise switch to Zenit in the summer and has been a star player at the heart of Roberto Mancini’s back line. Given the Russian side paid a reported €16m, he must go down as a missed opportunity for several teams of Liverpool’s ilk.Omer Toprak Borussia DortmundOmer Toprak remained consistent for Bayer Leverkusen throughout his six-year spell at Bayer Leverkusen, despite occasional injury problems. The BayArena side let their captain go in the previous window and may have been more enthusiastic about Premier League offers than the prospect of him joining Borussia Dortmund. A clause in his contract allowed BVB to secure Toprak, 28, for just €12m.Patience has been a virtue for Brazilian defender Felipe, who waited until the age of 27 to make his first move to Europe. He walked straight into Porto’s first-team upon his arrival from Corinthians in 2016 and completed every game in the Champions League as they reached the second round. With a €50m release clause in his contract, he could have been snapped up early by a brave club and some clubs are reportedly considering doing so soon.Liverpool spent a great deal of time trying to pry midfielder Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and will head to Anfield next summer for a huge fee, but the Reds could have addressed more immediate concerns had they gone after his team-mate Willi Orban. After helping Leipzig gain promotion to the Bundesliga, he took on the captaincy last season and was a reliable presence throughout their stunning runner-up finish. He is still improving at 24, but Liverpool could have picked him up for a reasonable price, but the contract extension he signed this month likely puts him out of reach again.A star for Poland at Euro 2016, Kamil Glik has been on a steady rise in recent years. He was an integral player for Torino for four years before joining Monaco for around €15m a year ago and becoming an instant hit for the Ligue 1 champions. As they waved goodbye to several stars over the summer, the fast and sturdy ball-winning defender could have made use of his high profile to make another move and the interest surrounding him scared Monaco into extending his contract during the transfer period. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project should follow existing route US judge says

first_imgThe Canadian PressMINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy’s proposal for replacing its aging crude oil Line 3 pipeline only if it follows the existing route rather than company’s preferred route, an administrative law judge recommended Monday.The proposal has drawn strong opposition because Enbridge’s preferred route would carry tarsands crude from Alberta across environmentally sensitive areas in the Mississippi River headwaters region where American Indians harvest wild rice and hold treaty rights.Administrative Law Judge Ann O’Reilly’s recommendation that the Public Utilities Commission should order that the replacement follow the existing route sets up further disputes, however, because the existing line crosses two Ojibwa reservations where tribal governments have made it clear that they won’t consent and want the old line removed altogether.O’Reilly wrote that Enbridge has established that the project is needed, but that the negative consequences to Minnesota of the company’s more southerly preferred route outweigh the benefits. The cost-benefit analysis shifts in favour of approving the project if Enbridge builds the pipeline in Line 3’s existing trench, she said.The commission is expected to make its final decision in June. O’Reilly’s recommendations aren’t binding on the commission, but they’re the product of an extensive public hearing and comment process and voluminous filings, so they’ll be hard for the commissioners to disregard. Commission Chair Nancy Lange acknowledged at a hearing last month that whatever the commission decides, the dispute is likely to end up in court.Enbridge said in a statement that it was pleased the judge listened to the extensive evidence for the need for the project, and will be taking time to review the recommendation that it use the existing right-of-way.Environmental and tribal groups _ including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace USA and Honor the Earth _ said there’s no good reason to allow Enbridge to build the project, regardless of what route it takes.If the project is approved, some opponents have threatened a repeat of the protests in North Dakota near the Standing Rock reservation that delayed work for months on the Dakota Access pipeline, in which Enbridge owns a stake.Similar concerns over the role of the oilsands in climate change, and Indigenous rights, have fuelled opposition to Kinder Morgan’s proposal to expand its Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta to an export terminal in British Columbia.Calgary-based Enbridge says the Line 3 project is necessary to ensure the reliable delivery of crude to Midwestern refineries.The company says the existing line, which was built in the 1960s, is subject to corrosion and cracking and can run at only half its original capacity because of its accelerating maintenance needs.*Line 3 carries crude oil 1,765 kilometres from Hardisty, Alta., through North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wis.Enbridge said the replacement would restore its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day.*Enbridge said it wants to shift much of the last half of the current 454-kilometre route in Minnesota into a more southerly, 542 kilometre corridor to Superior.*The company estimates the cost of the project at $5.3 billion for the Canadian stretch and US$2.9 billion for the U.S. portion.Enbridge said it has already begun work in Canada and Wisconsin. Construction sites near Superior have been the scene of protests and several read more

Premier sends condolences to Dominica considering type of aide

first_img McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Related Items:althea been, condolences, Dominica, premier rufus ewing Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Sept 2015 – The Office the Premier late yesterday confirmed that Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing has indeed been in touch with the government of Dominica following the devastation caused there by Tropical Storm Erika. The storm also had the TCI in its cross hairs until it shifted significantly enough ‘west’ that these islands were spared a direct hit. Director at the Office, Althea Been said: “Following the passage of TS Erika, the Premier did send formal correspondence to the Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit offering words of comfort at this difficult time and condolences for the lives lost.” Been also informed that, “The Ministerial Government is currently considering the level of assistance whether financially or otherwise that will be offered to Dominica. This will be formally considered by the Cabinet.” Dominica is a CARICOM nation and recorded some 25 deaths, with as many as 50 people still missing. PM Skerrit is on record saying the storm has cost the country tens of millions in damage and has set development back 20 years. Last night Magnetic Media reported that the Sandals Foundation, despite not having any resort development in Dominica, has launched a relief fund online. 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concretelast_img read more

Rizvi comes out of office after 40 days leads surprise procession

first_imgRizvi comes out of office after 40 days, leads surprise procession in front of the party office on Saturday morning. Photo: CollectedBNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came out on the streets on Saturday morning after 40 days of his hiding in the party headquarters to avoid arrest. The opposition BNP leader led a surprise procession of some 13 to 14 party activists in front of the party central office at Naya Paltan early in Saturday morning and entered the party office immediately after the procession.There were no members of law enforcement in the area around 6:00am when the BNP leader took out the procession demanding release of party chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.The procession was organised as part of the party’s scheduled procession programme in all thanas of the capital, protesting the foiling of a BNP programme on Thursday.Party insiders said Rizvi has been staying in the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters since 30 January to avoid arrest.A special court sent BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia to jail on 8 February after sentencing her to five years in jail in a graft case.  Over 5,000 party activists were arrested across the country centring on Khaleda’s incarceration.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the authorities are selectively arresting party organisers so that they cannot forge a street campaign against the government.Talking to Prothom Alo, Rizvi said, “There is an arrest warrant against me and that’s why I took part in the scheduled programme early morning.”last_img read more

Baltimore County Summer Learning Expos

first_imgThe Baltimore County Public Schools Summer Learning Expos will offer open house events designed to equip parents and caregivers with resources to support their children’s learning during the summer months. A project of the BCPS Parent University and the Baltimore County Public Library, the Expos will provide information and tools regarding academic resources, summer reading programs, day trips, digital citizenship, transitioning to middle school, tutoring, and everyday activities to support learning at home. Registration is not required for any expo event. They are free and open to the public.  The first event will be on May 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd, Essex, MD 21221. The second will be held on May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1811 Woodlawn Dr, Woodlawn, MD 21207.last_img read more

New type of nuclear fission discovered

first_imgThe experimental apparatus with which Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered nuclear fission in 1938. Image: Wikipedia. The nucleus of mercury-180 contains 80 protons and 100 neutrons, and symmetrical fission would result in two nuclei of zirconium-90, which contains 40 protons and 50 neutrons. This result was expected to be dominant especially because 50 and 40 are magic and semi-magic numbers respectively, meaning the levels in the nucleus would be completely filled with protons/neutrons.Andrei Andreyev, of the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley, and colleagues carried out the experiments at the ISOLDE facilities at CERN. These facilities enable physicists to work with pure beams of highly unstable heavy elements and collect their reaction products and analyze them. They began with a beam of the highly unstable thallium-180, which has 81 protons and 99 neutrons, and which decayed primarily by the capture of an electron to convert one of the protons into a neutron, giving the 80 protons and 100 neutrons of mercury-180. This should then theoretically split symmetrically.Instead, the mercury isotope split into ruthenium-100, with 44 protons and 56 neutrons, and krypton-80, with 36 protons and 44 neutrons. These are isotopes with incompletely filled energy levels. Asymmetric splitting has been seen previously in isotopes of uranium, which often split into the isotope tin-132 and a smaller fragment. The tin-132 has all energy levels in the nucleus filled, with 50 protons and 82 neutrons, and is an extremely stable isotope. This asymmetric fission was therefore easy to explain, but the new findings cannot be explained in this way, and this is the first time such unexplainable fission has been observed.The researchers then analyzed the energy requirements for different types of mercury-180 splitting, and found less energy was required for the asymmetric split found experimentally than for the symmetrical split predicted by the theory. Team member Piet Van Duppen of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, said this may mean other isotopes in the same area of the periodic table may also split into asymmetric daughter fragments. Another isotope of mercury has now been tested, and it also split asymmetrically.The results of the experiments highlight the gap in the scientific knowledge of nuclear fission, which still cannot be fully described in detail some seven decades after the process was discovered. The gap may be filled in as new radioactive beam facilities become available in the next few years, including the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Germany and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams in the US.The experimental results of the experiments are published in Physical Review Letters. ( — Nuclear fission, or the splitting of a heavy nucleus, usually results in symmetrical fragments of the same mass. Physicists attribute the few known examples of fission that is asymmetric to the formation in the resultant fragments of “magic” nuclei, which are extremely stable nuclei with all energy levels filled. Now, experiments at the European particle physics laboratory at the Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) near Geneva in Switzerland have found the isotope mercury-180 splits asymmetrically into ruthenium-100 and krypton-80 rather than the expected zirconium-90. Citation: New type of nuclear fission discovered (2010, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Radioactive isotope of tin confirmed to have doubly magic nucleus © 2010 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: New type of asymmetric fission in proton-rich nuclei, Physical Review Letters, A. N. Andreyev et al. Accepted for publication. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Agriculture dept set to ramp up production of Tulaipanji rice in North

first_imgKolkata: The state Agriculture department is all set to cultivate Tulaipanji rice on a much larger scale in North Dinajpur district. The use of paddy transplanter machine on a pilot basis for sowing the seeds of the indigenous rice variety on a 3 acre land at Kalua in Hemtabad has resulted in 20 percent more production of the variety.”From next year, we will use the technology for large-scale cultivation of this rice variety in Chopra and Itahar. The process of identifying the areas for cultivation is on. The variety is suited to grow in places adjacent to the river, as the location is congenial for the aroma of the rice,” a senior official of the Agriculture department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the demand for rice varieties like Tulaipanji and Gobindobhog is high throughout the country. The use of the paddy transplanter technology was started in August this year and till November, the production has seen an increase of 20 percent. Tulaipanji is cultivated in the Raiganj, Kaliaganj, Hemtabad and Karandighi blocks of Uttar Dinajpur district and Kushmandi block of Dakshin Dinajpur district. However, the production is lesser than the demand, as a result of which the price is beyond what common people can afford. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed us to take measures to ensure that aromatic varieties like Tulaipanji and Gobindobhog come within the reach of common people. For this, we have to increase production”, state Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee said. As per figures available with the district administration of North Dinajpur, Tulaipanji was cultivated on 6,700 hectares in 2017-18, compared to 5,400 hectares in 2016-17 and 4,600 hectares in 2015-16, registering a growth of 45 percent in three years. The production of Tulaipanji has also gradually gone up. From 10,120 million tonnes in 2015-16 to 14,740 million tonnes in 2017-18 in the district. “We are in constant touch with the North Bengal Agriculture University and seeking their opinion in boosting cultivation of Tulaipanji in North Bengal. We have already started the cultivation of both Tulaipanji and Gobindobhog in certain areas of Malda,” Banerjee said. Gobindabhog rice, which is primarily cultivated in East Burdwan’s Raina, is also being cultivated in Sagar and Patharpratima in South 24-Parganas and parts of Bankura district.last_img read more