‘Liverpool may be tempted by Klopp’, talkSPORT told

first_imgTony Evans, The Times’ Football Editor, claims Liverpool may be tempted to replace Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp this summer.The current Reds manager has come under pressure throughout the season, after failing to emulate last year’s heroics, which saw them almost lift the Premier League title.Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp has announced he will leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, and Evans believes the Fenway Sports Group (FSG), Liverpool’s owners, may be interested in the 47-year-old.“Liverpool might be tempted by Jurgen Klopp,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I wouldn’t say Brendan Rodgers is safe. I didn’t realise how close he was to losing his job in December until recently. FSG are very ruthless and they have a vision of how they want this club to work.”But Evans added the American owners may have to change their model slightly if they’re to attract the cream of European managers.“If they went to Jurgen Klopp and said, ‘this is how it’s going to work’, I don’t think many managers of the highest standing would accept the way they want to go forward,” he said.“They get the transfer committee to target players and giving the manager a group of young players to work with and coach them. Klopp would want more say over any new arrival.”last_img read more

World Cup begins on a high note

first_imgMalian stars Amadou and Mariamperform at the 2010 Fifa World Cupkickoff concert on 10 June.Music-lovers packed Soweto’s Orlandostadium for the first-ever World Cupkickoff concert.(Image: Fifa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471• Delia Fischer, Fifa media officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524• Jermaine Craig, media manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121RELATED ARTICLES• World Cup concert on song• Star-studded concert for 2010• 2010 Fifa World Cup background resources• 2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Fest guideJanine ErasmusSoweto came to a standstill on 10 June, the eve of the greatest sporting event Africa has ever hosted.The 2010 Fifa World Cup Kickoff Concert, held at Soweto’s Orlando stadium, showcased not only the talents of African and international musicians, but also the pervading spirit of unity, goodwill and excitement.In a stadium packed to capacity, 30 000 football supporters, in true Rainbow Nation style, braved the winter chill to show their support for the country and the long-awaited event.The stadium was awash with flags, most of them South African, and the green and gold of the national football team Bafana Bafana.After hours of warm-up acts, the internationally-televised portion of the concert began with a local flavour as dancers and drummers set the rhythm, followed by music stalwart Hugh Masekela.The trumpeter performed his 1968 hit “Grazin’ in the Grass” before he was joined by South African songbird Lira for a rendition of the late Miriam Makeba’s international hit “Pata Pata”.Next, South African president Jacob Zuma and Fifa president Sepp Blatter took to the stage.“Fifa is very proud to be in South Africa, and I am very proud to be tonight in Soweto,” said Blatter. “Football is not only a game; football is connecting people.”Zuma concurred, saying, “South Africa is very happy to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We would like to thank Fifa for taking this decision to host the first World Cup on African soil.”The president thanked South Africans for the warm welcome they’ve extended to the thousands of overseas visitors, and encouraged them to keep it up for the duration of the tournament.“Africa is showing the world that it is capable of handling any matter of the world, like all other regions,” said Zuma.Musical feastInternational stars Black Eyed Peas thrilled the crowd, with frontman will.i.am shouting “South Africa, South Africa, are you ready?”, and then the concert swung into top gear.The Peas performed several of their popular hits, including “Where Is the Love,” “Pump It,” “Meet Me Halfway,” “Boom Boom Pow,” and “I Gotta Feeling”.With the brightly-clothed Soweto Gospel Choir singing backing vocals, John Legend and Beninese star Angelique Kidjo performed a cover version of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up”, featured on Listen Up, the official World Cup album. The energetic Kidjo returned to the stage a short while later to duet with local legend Vusi Mahlasela, who stirred the crowd with his deft vocals and delicate guitar work.International superstar Alicia Keys scored a huge cheer from the crowd when she appeared on stage. Keyes entertained with some of her hits, including “No One,” before teaming up with local outfit BLK JKS for a cover of the late Brenda Fassie’s “Too Late for Mama”.An ebullient Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu praised former president Nelson Mandela for his invaluable contribution to nation-building, and for throwing his support behind the World Cup in Africa. Wearing bright yellow Bafana Bafana gear, the Nobel Peace laureate was in high spirits as he personally welcomed the thousands of visitors to South Africa.Then it was the turn of Colombian singer Shakira to perform the catchy official World Cup song “Waka Waka” with Cape Town-based Afropop group Freshlyground. Their collaboration is also featured on Listen Up.The concert featured other top-notch acts such as the blind husband and wife duo Amadou and Mariam from Mali, Tuareg group Tinariwen, also from Mali, rocker Juanes from Colombia, local favourites the Parlotones and BLK JKS, Somali-Canadian rapper K’Naan, and another Malian act, the guitar wizard Vieux Farka Toure. Africa’s talent was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening.Amadou and Mariam’s hit “Celebrate the Day” was the official anthem for the previous World Cup, held in 2006 in Germany.The event closed with “Everyday People”, the 1968 hit by Sly and the Family Stone, turned into the anthem for the night.Football historyThe vibrant music was interspersed with video footage showing past football greats and past World Cup champions, and work done for the official 2010 Fifa charity 20 Centres for 2010. Fifa has stated that all net proceeds from the concert will be donated to the cause.Appearances by contemporary football heroes, such as former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe and former Brazilian midfielder Sócrates, added weight to the occasion.Production was slick and seamless, and the light show on stage was impressive, with very few noticeable glitches.last_img read more

Get Immersed with Epic Music for Timelapse Videos

first_imgHarness the power of nature with this collection of epic and evocative royalty free tracks.  Your camera pans across a dry savanna. Eventually you reveal a majestic mountain range in the distance. Now pair that image with a soaring score and you’ve got some cinematic magic happening.Music can work wonders on any landscape or timelapse scene. Used right, it can inject your shot with an instant sense of scope, awe, or tranquility. But most importantly, it can make your audience feel like they’re right there in a lonely fog-bound forest or in the middle of a scorching desert.These tracks are bound to make your landscape shots truly unforgettable. Drawing on diverse moods and styles, this playlist offers a mix of epic, intimate, and ethereal tracks that’ll help you to showcase Mother Nature in all her glory.Each track here is royalty-free and has been curated from the PremiumBeat music library. A Standard License covers most usage, including on all online video sites like YouTube and Vimeo. So choose your perfect-match track and bring your landscape and timelapse videos to life in vivid detail.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Local boy Murray faces Nadal test

first_imgIt’s tough for a Briton to be playing on the big stage at Wimbledon. As hosts of The Championships, they have been waiting 75 years for a new champion after Fred Perry. In the Pete Sampras era, Tim Henman kept trying and failing.Andy Murray will face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semi-finals. APAnd in this era, where there’s still a debate if it belongs to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray finds himself tackling all the pressure.Britons are quick to adopt any champion in the making, even if he lives in Scotland or Ireland! And that’s exactly the case with Murray, as he faces Nadal in the men’s singles semi-finals on Friday.The other match features Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Ever since Nadal won the French Open, he has not been a 100 per cent fit. As one who plays such a physical game, he knows whatever be the surface, he is going to play the same brand of hard tennis and not gift the opponent any free points.From people in crowded pubs to travellers in the London tube, the talk is of how Murray can beat Nadal this time. Anyone who follows tennis knows this is again putting needless pressure on the contender.And when you also have mom Murray openly admitting she is a fan of Feliciano Lopez, who lost to her son on Wednesday, this becomes a piquant situation for Andy Murray.Having lost to Nadal last year at the same venue and several times before, Murray knows more than the forehands and the backhands, it’s all about winning the battle in the mind.advertisement”I believe I can win against him,” said Murray. “I had chances last year, but I need to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy and sometimes it comes down to having more experience. I just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe and I’ll have a chance.”Murray pointed out that he had beaten Nadal at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open last year, but has lost both matches to him at Wimbledon (in 2008 and 2010).”That’s something I’d like to try to change on Friday. But it’s still an incredibly difficult task,” says Murray.On Wednesday night, Nadal’s rapid- fire media interaction was a delight. The grammar was all mixed up, but you can pardon him because he more than makes up for it when he is on the court.”My foot is not fine. But you know, we are in quarter- finals of Wimbledon. Is an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to sleep a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament, and that’s what I gonna do,” said Nadal. In simple terms, what Nadal meant was that his foot was numbed because of local anesthesia.”For me is the last tournament in one month, so I have to try my best. Is always for me a dream play here in Wimbledon. I gonna do for the semi-finals, too,” said Nadal. Again, meaning, treating his foot with painkillers and anaesthetic sprays.Nadal, is the foot hurting you? “When you sleep the foot, you don’t feel nothing!” he said.Hopefully on Friday, Murray will not be under the Nadal ‘anaesthesia effect’ as the Spaniard has been simply brilliant.Meanwhile, Djokovic is aware that if he wins his semi-final against Tsonga, he can become the World No. 1.”I really need to work a little bit on my game and I hope I can perform a little bit better. Tsonga is very dangerous and has been playing really well. I know what to expect,” he said.In a match billed as a battle between the baseliners, Tsonga’s variety could come in handy.”I think a lot will depend on our serves, because that’s something he is going to do for sure. If he starts missing his serves, then I can have some more chances in the rallies,” added Djokovic.Djokovic then took away a bit of the pressure by saying: ” Grass is not my favourite surface, but I still know I can play well on it. I will definitely try to get ready for Friday,” was his assessment.last_img read more

Major Drop in Murders in St. James

first_img Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Charge of Operations in St. James, Kevin Francis, says that the enhanced security measures in the parish have resulted in a major reduction in murders.“This time last year there were 259 murders in the parish and as of October 26 we are at 83, which is a reduction of 176 lives or 68 per cent of the figures compared to last year,” he said.DSP Francis was speaking at a press conference hosted by the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis at the St. James Municipal Corporation building in the parish on Friday (October 26).The implementation of the State of Emergency (SOE) in St. James, which was recently extended until January 31, 2019 and the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Mount Salem in the parish, which was extended for 60 days on October 16, has resulted in a general downward trend in crime in the parish.DSP Francis appealed to the citizenry to aid in the maintenance of law and order in the parish, especially during the upcoming holiday season.“The police cannot do this by ourselves, so we are seeking the assistance of all stakeholders, which includes our citizens, to ensure that our plans, not just for the Yuletide season, but to secure the parish of St. James year round will continue to work,” he pointed out.“The reduction in murders is good, however, we want to make it even better, and we are asking for the stakeholders’ continued support with regard to our efforts in crime fighting; if you see something, say something,”  DSP Francis urged.For his part, Mayor Davis said that the JCF has the St. James Municipal Corporation’s full support.  “We are committed to working with (the police). We are committed to making this parish safer, we are in your corner,” he said. Story Highlights DSP Francis was speaking at a press conference hosted by the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis at the St. James Municipal Corporation building in the parish on Friday (October 26).   “This time last year there were 259 murders in the parish and as of October 26 we are at 83, which is a reduction of 176 lives or 68 per cent of the figures compared to last year,” he said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Charge of Operations in St. James, Kevin Francis, says that the enhanced security measures in the parish have resulted in a major reduction in murders.last_img read more

Health warnings plain covers for pot packs under proposed regs

first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada offered hints Tuesday about the government’s plans for legal pot, including, plain packaging and stern, stark health warnings like those found on tobacco products.The department released a set of proposed regulations that, among other things, would limit colours and graphics on cannabis packs and establish a system to trace pot through the distribution system.It said the warnings should highlight risks, including the dangers associated with cannabis use during pregnancy, drug-impaired driving and what can happen when alcohol is mixed with marijuana.The department’s so-called consultation paper is now open to public feedback for the next two months.Speaking outside the House of Commons, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the government is studying other proposals including a tracking system to monitor the cannabis supply chain and help prevent pot being diverted into and out of the legal market.Health Canada also said Tuesday the proposals seek to elaborate on elements including what can be displayed on a package and what can’t, including anything that might entice youngsters.“Text and graphics used in brand elements could not be appealing to youth and would be subject to the packaging and labelling restrictions in the proposed Cannabis Act,” the department said.“Health Canada is also considering establishing standards (such as limiting use of colour and size) of these brand elements.”Government officials said late Tuesday the proposals attempt to elaborate on what can be displayed on a package to ensure the legal industry can keep itself distinct from the black market, while competing with it.Producers would be allowed to display brand elements, the officials confirmed, saying they are talking to legal producers about packaging.The officials also said Health Canada sees its plans as consistent with what the federally appointed task force on pot legalization recommended: plain and standard packaging.The proposed regulations would also require that cannabis workers get valid security clearances issued by the minister of health. Individuals with connections to organized crime, or criminal records or shady associates could be denied clearances.Earlier Tuesday, Statistics Canada said it plans to start measuring the economic and social impacts of recreational pot — even before it becomes legal.The agency said it wants to gradually develop the capabilities to capture and report information on non-medical cannabis.It says collecting data both before and after marijuana becomes legal will allow Canadians, governments and businesses to form a clearer picture of the economic and social consequences of lawful pot.The Liberals also faced criticism from the opposition Tuesday for limiting debate on their cannabis legislation, which is currently before the House of Commons.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould defended the move, saying the government has long been up front with the House and with Canadians about the plan to legalize pot by July 2018.—with files from Andy Blatchfordlast_img read more