Liverpool ‘Liverpool didn’t steal Van Dijk’ – Klopp drops £75m fee reminder as Reds prepare for frosty reception Peter Hanson 23:00 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Southampton Premier League Jürgen Klopp The Reds boss is aware his Dutch defender could be given a rough ride at Southampton, but has also suggested that the Saints should welcome the funds Jurgen Klopp has suggested Southampton fans may be thankful for the fee they received for Virgil van Dijk, but Liverpool’s manager knows the player might be in for a hostile reception on his return to St Mary’s Stadium.Netherlands centre-back Van Dijk is set to be reunited with his former employers for the first time since making a lucrative £75 million move to Anfield in the January window.The transfer continued a trend of players swapping Southampton for Liverpool, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Sadio Mane among those to have left the south coast for Merseyside. 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 Van Dijk’s time at Southampton soured towards the end, with the former Celtic defender making little secret of his desire to leave.Reds boss Klopp acknowledged Van Dijk could be in for a tough outing, but says Liverpool must focus on the task at hand.”I don’t know exactly [what sort of reaction he will get], probably not the most friendly, I’m not sure,” he told a news conference. “They were always really nice with Clyney, Lallana obviously they missed the most, [they had] Lovren, Mane was okay.”Virgil was the last one, we understand it, it’s not something we think about, maybe it will be normal in the future.”We have to go there and play football, I don’t think anyone at Southampton will say we have stolen him or something. It was a very public deal, the numbers even when never 100 per cent right, are okay, maybe they are thankful, happy for all the money they have now.”Klopp, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, added: “There are a few more players [in the Premier League that played for Southampton]. Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] is from there as well, even though he took a different route. Theo Walcott as well, a few good players from there – maybe we should have a scouting department in Southampton! It shows the good work they do there.”The German does plan on talking to Van Dijk ahead of Sunday’s contest, and says the team have to accept any negative reactions from the stands.”How football fans are, they want to disturb what we do. Is it nice? I don’t think so,” he said. “Will it have influence? I don’t think so, we’ll see. We don’t make it too big, it’s quite special I know. “We think about the football game, and not avoid situations. We have to accept it how it is, loud, not nice maybe, but we have to play football that’s it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPUBLIC NOTICENOTICE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT RECALLThe Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Health Department are conjointly issuing a product recall notice to the general public.On October 12, 2014, SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro NC, USA voluntarily issued a recall of all of its SunBurst Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea; Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.All codes, all sell-by dates and sizes of the following brands are being recalled:· SunBurst·Fresh BitesPrivate label products are identified by the following brand names:· River Edge Farms· CFW· Southern Zest· CJ’s Vending· Binford Street Deli· Middle Georgia Vendors· Roanoke Foods· Select Foods· Jesse JonesThe products being recalled were sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The recall was initiated as a result of sampling and testing performed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.To date, there have been no reported illnesses related to these products. However, the Turks Caicos Government Islands Department of Agriculture and Environmental Health Department are urging consumers, who have purchased the affected products to desist from eating them and destroy or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Distributers within the Turks and Caicos Islands are urged to contact their suppliers immediately.Persons who suspect that they might have consumed any of the affected products and are feeling unwell are advised to visit a medical facility immediately.Importers of agricultural produce are also advised to pay close attention to the notice and to ensure that their consignments destined for importation are untainted.Below is a list of the recalled products with their Manufactured Number (MFG) and Universal Product Codes (UPC).Manufacture Number Product Description Universal Product Code1636 Potato Wedges 7-01248-00924-31740 Caesar Salad 7-01248-01028-71739 Garden Salad 7-01248-01027-01729 Apple Cobbler 7-01248-01041-61749 Blueberry Crunch Cake 7-01248-01037-91750 Cherry Crunch Cake 7-01248-01038-61738 Jello with Fruit 7-01248-01026-3659 Peach Cobbler 7-01248-00848-2648 Strawberry Shortcake 7-01248-00549-81783 Grapes 7-01248-01068-31789 Honeydew Melon 7-01248-01074-41788 Pineapple 7-01248-01073-71782 Strawberries 7-01248-01067-61790 Watermelon 7-01248-01075-11522 Caesar Salad 7-01248-00623-51502 Chef Salad 7-01248-00603-7280 Garden Salad 7-01248-00323-4The above notice is issued conjointly between the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Health Department. Interested persons are free to contact the respective Departments for further information at telephone numbers 649-338-2143, 649-338-2144, and /or 946-5801 respectively and email address firstname.lastname@example.orgENDGovernment Press OfficeWaterloo Road, Grand TurkTurks & Caicos IslandsTel: (649) 338-3924/ 338-3925Ext: 3924/3925Email: email@example.comWeb: gov.tc/pressofficeWe are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pressofficetcig Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:agricultural products, Environmental Health Department, north carolina department of agriculture and consumer service, recall, sunburst foods, Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture TCIG ready to spend to stop Zika Recommended for you Salmonella contamination forces Dole Spinach recall Plastic plagued Purdue Nuggets taken off TCI store shelves
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.The gift was announced at SDSU’s annual Pride flag-raising ceremony. It’ll support curricular and co-curricular activities at the university.“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program. “Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed. Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”DeKoven is a longtime supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students. He co-authored the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.SDSU is the second university in the U.S. and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies, according to the school.The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 Best of the Best Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in the ranking for the past eight years.“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of SDSU Student Affairs. “Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.” July 11, 2018 Posted: July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SDSU receives $1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
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We got a little insight thanks to the SXSW 2018 panel Now What? Life After Reality TV Singing Shows, held on March 17. Moderated by Yahoo Entertainment Music Editor Lyndsey Parker, the panel, the brainchild of Nakia and selected by attendees using the SXSW PanelPicker, featured three artists perfectly poised to give us the first-hand details. Nakia was featured on the first season of “The Voice,” where he competed on Cee Lo Green’s team and made it as a top eight semifinalist. Cas Haley was runner-up on season two of “America’s Got Talent,” and Blake Lewis competed on “American Idol” on season six, making it all the way to runner-up behind winner Jordin Sparks. Firstly, the panelists cleared up a few misconceptions about reality TV singing shows. Most contestants on the various competition shows are already working recording artists when they decide to compete on TV. It becomes a tool some artists choose to help their careers, not a fast track to instant success.”I think why some people in the music business don’t like these shows is they see it as a shortcut to stardom or having a career, that you didn’t pay your dues,” said Parker. “That actually isn’t the case. The majority of people were doing careers [before TV].”The former contestants reviewed how they got onto their respective shows in the first place. Nakia got an email from a producer on “The Voice,” inviting him to a private audition, which led to his inclusion in the inaugural season of the show. Lewis was convinced by a friend to audition for “American Idol,” though he had never seen the show. 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All three panelists said they were glad to have participated in their respective shows, but they have mixed opinions about how helpful they were to their own careers, or whether it could benefit those interested in participating.When recounting what it was like after his run on “The Voice” was over, Nakia revealed that was initially approached by fans all the time. But as soon as the second season ramped up and fans moved on, he went through a rough time getting back on track.”Nobody cared anymore,” said Nakia. “For me, I’m six years sober and at the time I was seven years sober. It was like withdrawal. I got really depressed, I relapsed. I had a whole year where I was really in a dark place because there was no connection to any of that. … They don’t do anything to nurture you after you’re gone. They don’t help you to stay doing this.”But depending on what you’re trying to accomplish with your music career, it’s undoubtable that being featured on a reality show has its benefits. Though Nakia mentioned that some genres (such as folk) might not benefit as much from the mass exposure, reality TV definitely has its place.”If you’re looking for pop fame, yes. If you’re looking for a bump in some money, sure,” said Haley. “If you’re looking for respect as a songwriter, maybe. You’d have to think about it.”The panelists’ advice for what to do once you step off the national TV stage for the last time? It’s all about persistence and keeping your musical goals top of mind.”My advice to people is actually just to stick with it. Keep going,” Haley advised. “Just keep doing it. Consistency is where it’s at.” As for what they are doing now? The post-TV show careers of these three singer/songwriters sound like the careers of so many other musicians in the industry. They’re hustling, recording, playing live shows, and working to get their music out into the world. 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WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform) As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District. I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents. That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.” Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party. If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no. And vice versa. I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington. I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill. That tells me we can work together. If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it. If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it. And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula. Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants. I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE. In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.” I couldn’t disagree more. They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so. We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking. When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.” And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”
A screenshot from Hollywood movie San AndreasA few days back, Dr Thomas Rockwell, a San Diego State University geology professor and paleoseismologist had claimed that the San Andreas fault, popularly known as the Ring of Fire is gearing up for a rupture. In a recent interaction with KPBS News, Rockwell claimed that the last strong earthquake that hit the area happened 380 years back. As per Rockwell, the average earthquake recurrent interval in this area is about 180 years, and it clearly indicates that the San Andreas fault is ripe for an earthquake, sometimes, a megaquake.Adding heat to these worries, Perry Stone, a popular prophecy preacher has claimed that a gigantic tsunami will hit the US coasts soon, and unlike Thomas Rockwell who relied on scientific proofs, Stone claims that these events are actually fulfilling Biblical prophecies. It should be noted that the last time a tsunami hit California was long back in March 1964, following a megaquake that measured 9.2 in the Richter scale.Perry Stone argues that the upcoming tsunami and earthquake will be much stronger, and it will actually trigger the end days on the planet.”I saw another detailed tsunami dream that was so vivid and detailed that it disturbed me greatly. On the West Coast, a major split occurred in the ocean causing the Pacific’s waves to rise high in all directions. This is the second West Coast dream of a tsunami I have seen. I often hesitate even sharing this on Facebook as the response is often so verbally critical and negative, reminding me of the same reaction Jeremiah received when warning the Jews of the Babylonia invasion, and one feels it is best left unsaid,” wrote Perry Stone on his Facebook page.Perry Stone also urged people to pray so that the impact of this tsunami will be reduced considerably due to the grace of God.In the meantime, a section of apocalyptic believers claims that doomsday on the planet will be triggered after the arrival of Nibiru. As per these doomsday mongers, Nibiru alias Planet X is a rogue planet that has already headed towards the earth for a devastating collision. However, NASA has dismissed these claims classifying it as an internet hoax.
Bangladesh Awami League international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed and Song Tao handing over the MoU copies on behalf of their respective parties in presence of prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban, Dhaka. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) and Communist Party of China (CPC) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on boosting cooperation between the two parties.The MoU was inked after a meeting between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and visiting Minister of International Department of CPC central committee Song Tao at Ganabhaban in the capital in the evening.Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s speech writer Md Nazrul Islam said AL international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed and Song Tao signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides.At the meeting, the prime minister and the Chinese leader hoped that the relations and cooperation between the two friendly countries and the two parties will be further strengthened in the days to come.Song Tao mentioned that his party and Bangladesh Awami League believe in similar ideology.Nazrul Islam said the prime minister sought Chinese support for safe and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas from Bangladesh.“China could play an important role in repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas,” she said.In response, Song Tao assured the prime minister of extending cooperation to this end saying that China is working and holding discussion with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.The prime minister termed China as one of the development partners of Bangladesh and said China is extending cooperation for development of different sectors, including infrastructure and energy.Extending her sincere thanks to the Chinese government, she said the Chinese cooperation is helping increasing Bangladesh’s GDP growth.Mentioning that her government is establishing 100 economic zones in the country, the prime minister sought more Chinese investment in different sectors, particularly in agriculture, for mutual benefits of the two countries.Bangladesh Awami League international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed and Song Tao sign the MoU on behalf of their respective parties in presence of prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban, Dhaka. Photo: PID“China is very developed in agriculture sector. So we want their cooperation for development of our agriculture, as the land is declining in the country,” Nazrul Islam quoted the premier as saying.Sheikh Hasina said 700 acres of land have been allocated for Chinese investors to set up an Economic Zone in Mirersarai and she proposed China to bring gas from Myanmar.“China is installing gas pipeline in Myanmar from its territory and it could bring gas in the Mirersarai Economic Zone from Myanmar,” she said.Song Tao highly appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous socioeconomic development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.He praised over 8 per cent GDP growth that Bangladesh is going to achieve this fiscal year.The Chinese leader conveyed the greetings of the Chinese president and the premier to Sheikh Hasina and invited her to visit China on behalf of them.He also greeted the prime minister again on behalf of the China communist party on securing her party’s landslide victory in the last general elections and assumption of office as the premier for the fourth time.Sheikh Hasina also greeted the Chinese president and the prime minister through Song Tao.About the BCIM Economic Corridor, Hasina said the initiative has been undertaken to expand ties and boost trade and commerce with neighbours including China.The prime minister recalled the visits of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to China in 1952 and 1956.Awami League presidium member Muhammad Faruk Khan, former ambassador Muhammad Zamir, AL acting general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, joint secretaries Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman and state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam were present.
Pepco and its parent company, Exelon, are seeking to win the trust of District electric customers after asking the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia for an increase in the rates they charge their commercial and residential customers.On July 20, William A. Von Hoene Jr., the senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Chicago-based Exelon, David M. Velazquez, the president and CEO of Pepco Holdings Inc., and Donna Cooper, president of the Pepco Region, met with AFRO executives and editorial staff at the AFRO’s District offices. Von Hoene made it clear that his company appreciated being able to serve customers in the District.“It is a great honor to be in the nation’s capital,” Von Hoene said. “It is a huge honor and a huge responsibility to be in the epicenter of the world. We know we have to earn that favor.”The D.C. Public Service Commission approved Pepco’s $6.8 billion merger with Exelon in March. On June 30, Pepco filed a rate increase request with the commission saying that rising costs of operation and equipment justify an average increase of $4.36 per customer, Cooper said in a company release.The increase will have to go through a public comment period and hearings before a D.C. Council vote on the increase take place. If an increase is approved, it won’t take place until the summer of 2017.Concerns about the rate increase have been voiced by District political leaders including D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and advisory neighborhood commissioners including Andy Litsky, who chairs ANC 6D in Ward 6. In addition, the Office of the D.C. Attorney General and the People’s Counsel have filed documents with the D.C. Court of Appeals seeking reconsideration of the commission’s decision to approve the merger.Velazquez said that customers have nothing to fear from the rate increase.“It has been three years since the District has had a rate increase,” he said. “There probably won’t be a residential rate increase until 2019 and we can help people with their bills as well. We want to make sure the impact [of the rate increase] is as minimal as possible.”Velazquez said that there is a residential aid discount program in place to make sure that the effect of any increase is limited on the most vulnerable customers, such as seniors and low-income electric users.Cooper said that she and her staff will continue to engage District residents by explaining the rate increase process at ANC meetings.Velazquez said the merger’s economic benefits will help District residents and businesses.“We have put in $5 million for workforce development programs in the city and we have a commitment to hire more than 100 union workers and other job commitments,” he said.In addition, Von Hoene said that he will be moving to the District to set up an Exelon office in the near future.Velazquez said that Pepco’s minority business contracting program “blows other people’s [companies] away in terms of execution and commitment.“We have a robust program,” he said. “We have done $1.4 billion [in work] with minority and women-owned businesses. We realize that working with a Fortune 500 company can be daunting for a small firm so we have a designated person to work with an individual firm so they can be successful.”Von Hoene said he understands that rate increases aren’t popular and is committed to working with District leaders to get them to see Pepco’s viewpoint.“This is a long process and we will keep interfacing with the community,” Von Hoene said. “The various comments that have been made are extremely valuable to us and we are grateful for opposing views and will listen to suggestions.”
Security Flaw Exploit (File Photo) Advertisement The hackers working under the name of WannaCry malware, the name that shook 150 countries by hacking their major websites earlier this month, are likely to originate from the southern mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore.As per forensic linguistic analysis on the malware, it has come out that it was written by native Chinese speaking people, according to the South China Morning Post.However, earlier reports had suggested hackers being from North Korea. – Advertisement – The WannaCry malware hacked crucial data and in return asked a ransom for its restoration.As per reports, the hackers drafted the note in Chinese and then based on it, produced an English version. Later, it was converted into other languages with the help of Google’s Translate feature.The report further says that the typo in the note, bang zhu (which means ‘help) signifies that the note was originally written using a Chinese-language input system instead of being translated from some other language.The WannaCry ransomware attack hit more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, crippling hospitals, governments and businesses.[related-posts]