Suarez thanks Liverpool for helping him to the top

first_img0Shares0000Smiling assassin: Luis Suarez is looking to knock old club Liverpool out of the Champions League © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 6 – Barcelona striker Luis Suarez returns to Anfield on Tuesday hoping to dump Liverpool out of the Champions League semi-finals, but remains eternally grateful to the Reds for helping him win a move to the Catalan giants.Suarez shone on the field during a turbulent three-and-a-half years at Liverpool, that included long bans for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and racially abusing Patrice Evra of Manchester United. His role in leading Liverpool to the brink of a long-awaited Premier League title in 2013/2014 saw Barca splash out a then club record fee despite another biting incident on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup that saw him banned by FIFA for four months.That faith has been rewarded as Suarez has enjoyed great success in Spain, winning four La Liga titles, the Champions League in 2014/15 and four Spanish Cups.And he believes his time at Liverpool was the springboard to making him one of the world’s best strikers.“Liverpool gave me a lot to make me better. My time there made me more professional, make me improve technically, many things,” he said on Monday.“To be captain of Liverpool was something unique in my career. We were fighting for the Premier League and you are left with the sensation we were just one step away.“I am among the elite of football, I am at Barcelona, thanks to what Liverpool made me as a player.”Suarez scored the opening goal against his old club as Barca took a commanding 3-0 first leg lead last week to defend at Anfield.However, he warned the Spanish champions of making the same mistakes they did in throwing away a 4-1 lead against Roma in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals and knows that Liverpool can be a different team on home soil.“We have come off the blow of last season when we had a good advantage (from the first leg). We have thought about that a lot and we know that they have an extra edge here in front of their fans.“To play at Anfield is like playing with an extra man for what the fans transmit to the Liverpool players.”However, if Liverpool are to spring an unlikely comeback, it will be without two of their major goal threats as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino miss out through injury.“Firmino and Salah are important players for them, but that does not change our preparation for the game,” added Suarez.“They have other players, most of them internationals and we need to pay them plenty respect.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

An early look at Raiders vs. Broncos

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.The Raiders visit the Denver Broncos in Week 2 at Mile High Stadium, and head coach Jon Gruden and his staff will attempt to devise ways to win Sunday by addressing these three things among other issues:1. Keeping Derek Carr cleanAs much as everyone is talking about old what’s-his-name who now plays for the Chicago Bears, Von Miller may have had an even better opener in the Broncos’ Week 1 win over Seattle. Miller had three of …last_img read more

BRICS a boost to Brand South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa’s ascendance to the BRICS group of major emerging economies is a boost to the country’s brand, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said at an Brand South Africa roundtable discussion with London’s Financial Times on Tuesday.“One way or another this will help us achieve our country’s development objectives,” Matola said.He added that membership of BRICS – the economic alliance that includes Brazil, Russia, India and China – puts South Africa on the centre stage of global change, rather than on the sideline, he said.“This helps us as a brand. What it says to the world is, consider us a serious economic player.”The roundtable event, held at Summer Place in Johannesburg, brought together South Africa’s top business executives and politicians to examine South Africa’s role in BRICS and the opportunities membership presented to the country and the rest of the African continent.It included a panel discussion among top CEOs, some of the best brains in South African business: Maria Ramos of the Absa banking group, Jerry Vilakazi of Business Unity South Africa, Frontier Advisory’s Martyn Davies, and Benjamin Mophatlane of Business Connexion. The discussion was facilitated by Financial Times bureau chief Andrew England.Most speakers made the point that, in addition to South Africa’s strong economy and developed infrastructure, the country’s position as the gateway to the rest of Africa gave it a valuable role in BRICS.Davies made the point that the “S” in BRICS should actually stand for SADC, and not South Africa, referring to the Southern African Development Community of 15 African states, including Botswana, the DRC, Angola and Tanzania.“This partnership will not only benefit South Africa, but also the continent, as it will open up trade in Africa,” Davies said.Speaking before the discussion, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said that while South Africa does not officially represent the continent in BRICS, its membership would give Africa a stronger voice, not only within BRICS, but also across all international platforms in which the BRICS countries are individually represented.Ebrahim added that South Africa’s accession to BRICS was a natural fit.“Our positive attributes that put us in a different category include our role as a major economic player in Africa, our mineral and industrial output, our electricity generation capacity, our road, rail, ports, communication infrastructure, our sophisticated financial markets and service industries, our manufacturing capacity, our membership in the G20, and our level of industrialisation,” he said. “All these, and many more, profile us in a very positive way.”The membership was the result of two years of in-depth planning and joint efforts by the public and private sector, Ebrahim said, adding that South Africa should not underestimate its status as a deserving member of BRICS.“We agree that we do not have a major world population size in comparison to other BRICS member states, including the high-digit growth rates enjoyed by its BRICS partners,” he said.“We move from the premise that, there are attributes that fellow BRICS member-states see in us, that we choose to overlook or undermine. We also argue that, if we consistently profile ourselves as that small country on the southern tip of Africa, we will go nowhere.”First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

One Kanwad pilgrim dead, nine injured in an accident

first_imgA kanwad yatra pilgrim died and nine others were seriously injured on Friday after the tractor trolley they were travelling in came in touch with a high tension wire in Kushinagar district, adjoining Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh.The deceased has been identified as 15-year-old Anita, a resident of Padrauna.According to the police, the accident occurred near Saraiya village when a pipe installed by the pilgrims on top of the trolley came in contact with a 11,000 volt wire. The Kanwariyas had “attached a DJ system on the trolley through a high pipe,” a police spokesperson said.The trolley, carrying 14 Kanwariyas, was moving towards the Kubersthan Shiv Mandir after filling water at the Gandak river for rituals when the incident occurred.The injured were admitted to the nearest hospital where they are undergoing treatment. Those who were in critical condition have been referred to Gorakhpur hospital.The incident occurred even as the UP government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had issued the Kanwariyas strict directions to not use DJ systems during the yatra. The yatris had also been adviced to stay away from rumours and provocations.It came a day after another set of Kanwad yatris vandalised police property and held up traffic for hours near Allahabad following rumours that one of the pilgrims had died in a road accident.A Kanwariya, who was crossing the road with his earphones on, was hit by a truck in Handia near Allahabad.”Somebody spread a rumour that he died and upon hearing this, angry Kanwariyas held a road jam near police chowki Baraut and vandalised the furniture in the station. They also set on fire the car belonging to the police chowki in-charge,” a police spokesperson said.The injured Kanwariya, who was admitted to the SRN hospital, was identified as Mukesh (23), a resident of Jaunpur.The matter is under investigation. No arrests have been made.Another instance of violence involving the DJ system during the yatra was reported from the Aliganj area of Bareilly on Friday.The Kanwariyas clashed with members of a particular community while passing through village Khemal after locals objected to them playing the DJ, the police said.More than two dozen persons were injured in the stone-pelting, including police personnel and ITBP jawans, who had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.R. Vikram Singh, District Magistrate, Bareilly, said the Kanwariyas “did not have permission” to pass through the route, which fell under pockets of Muslim population.Action with be taken against those who instigated the clashes, the police said.last_img read more

Tejashwi snubs Anant Singh

first_imgDon-turned-MLA Anant Singh, who on Thursday said he would contest the Lok Sabha election from Munger, had also declared, in an apparent change of heart, that there was no leader bigger than Lalu Prasad in Bihar. On Friday, however, Mr. Yadav’s son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav snubbed the MLA, saying “bad elements are not welcome in the party”. The Independent MLA from Mokama has had close ties with the ruling JD(U) for the last several years.last_img

28 militant supporters arrested in J&K: police

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said 28 overground workers, a term used for those who give logistics support to militants, had been arrested in the Valley in the past month.A police spokesman said Bashir Ganie, a Srinagar resident, was behind the street protests in Anchar against the Centre’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. The area remained out of bounds for security forces for two months. “Ganie was a notorious law and order instigator. He was wanted in criminal and terror cases,” the spokesman said. The police said they had intensified the fight against militants, months after anti-militancy operations were slowed by the the lock-down since August 5 when the erstwhile State was bifurcated into two Union Territories. “Six terror modules were busted in the past one month. The coordinated efforts by the forces have mounted tremendous pressure on the terrorists…, leading to the arrest of 28 overground workers,” the police said. “Three arrested overground workers from Ladoo were behind the threat posters of the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Six other overground workers of the Lashkar-e-Taiba were involved in arson and posters in north Kashmir,” it added. The police said one militant had surrendered in Pulwama and another overground worker of the Jaish-e-Mohammed was arrested in Srinagar in the same period.Director-General of Police Dilbag Singh, who chaired a meeting in Srinagar to review security on Thursday, directed the officers to strengthen the checkpoints across the Valley and augment the security grids to “ensure a safe and secure environment for the citizens”.“The action against terrorists should continue and all suspicious elements should be kept under check so as to foil their designs to disrupt life,” the spokesman said, quoting the DGP. Militants were making all-out attempts to disrupt the situation to please their masters across the border, he said. The police identified Hizbul Mujahideen militants Junaid and Zubair as the one who had carried out an attack during the ‘Back to Village’ programme in Anantnag on Tuesday. A sarpanch and an officer were killed in the attack. “They will be brought to justice,” the police said.last_img read more