At various times during the match there were words exchanged with West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis and at the final whistle there was no handshake as Klopp raced to celebrate with his players, although he was confronted by a member of the visitors’ backroom staff. Klopp led his players to the Kop to thank them for their support and admits he enjoyed the draw more than he should have. “It was the best atmosphere since I’ve been here, I enjoyed the atmosphere with my whole body. I want to say ‘thank you’,” he said. “Sometimes a point deserved in the right way is more important. “I know three points is important for the table but for development – the style of play against a team like this; everyone tells us we can’t play against teams like this but yes we can; staying in the game – to come back, that is a big moment in football. “On Thursday (against Sion in Switzerland) we played on ice; today against a wall and it was not easy to create chances against a team like this. “Maybe the crowd were disappointed but they didn’t let us feel that. We were all in the game. We all wanted this one point and it felt like three, in this moment it was an explosion.” Klopp refused to criticise Gardner for his challenge or expand on his disagreement with Pulis. Having led through Jordan Henderson’s well-worked goal the Reds fell behind after Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson – who also had a goal ruled out for offside – both converted two corners only for substitute Divock Origi’s deflected long-range strike in the sixth of eight added minutes to rescue a point. The lengthy additional time was for the long delay after Craig Gardner’s reckless knee-high challenge – which went unpunished – on Dejan Lovren saw the Croatia defender carried off on a stretcher. Press Association Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits their last-gasp 2-2 draw at home to West Brom felt more like a win but he refused to be drawn into a war of words over West Brom’s tactics. “He (Gardner) played the ball, a millisecond before he hit Dejan,” he added. “It was like the whole game, on the edge of everything. I am not sure the ref saw it. “We hope it (Lovren’s injury) is not too serious but we have to wait for the scan. “Everything could have happened in this situation but hopefully we’ll have more luck than in previous situations (with injured players).” On Pulis he said: “I didn’t see him after the game. I can say nothing. We had some words in the game; sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down. “Usually I shake hands, I did not today because it was not a friendly game.” Klopp also defended goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who continues to draw criticism. “I said to Simon at half-time, if somebody says it was your fault, it is not true, it is my fault. I have nothing negative to say about Simon,” he added. “They had six or seven players who were six foot four or taller and that is really difficult to defend but we will do better and work on it. “In England it is really difficult for goalkeepers to come out as there is no-one to protect them but he can help if he comes out.” Pulis also played down any perceived animosity with Klopp, insisting he was more annoyed about not leaving with three points. “He has got to do what he has got to do, I am more disappointed about the way they came back to make it 2-2,” he said. “He is animated. I have been animated all my life on the bench. I have no problems with that. “We have come here, tried to be resilient. I don’t think there was a booking during the game. The big disappointment was they got that goal.” Pulis also brushed aside Gardner’s tackle on Lovren. “The two worst challenges in the game are (James) Milner’s challenge on Gardner and Skrtel’s challenge on Salomon (Rondon). Gardner has played the ball. The others Skrtel has gone right over the ball,” he added. Pulis was annoyed at Olsson’s effort being disallowed for offside after referee Craig Pawson initially awarded the goal and only changed his mind after a discussion with linesman Roger West, who at no point signalled for offside. “The big disappointment is the linesman never put his flag up,” said the West Brom manager. “They tell me he is offside so why he hasn’t put his flag up and why has he dragged the referee 50 yards across to talk to him? “We will speak to the officials on Monday to find out why that is. If the flag goes up at the time we accept everything.”
“He’s different. He’s an alien. So you expect it from him, but yeah, it’s crazy.”“It’s insane… He’s an alien.”- Giannis on @KingJames’ game in Year 17. (🔊⬆️) pic.twitter.com/5nzLRKsyiZ— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 18, 2019With matching 24-4 records, the Bucks and Lakers top the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, this season.The Bucks had their 18-game winning streak snapped by the Mavericks on Monday, while the Lakers fell to the Pacers on Tuesday. The three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP is showing no signs of slowing down in his 17th year in the league. Antetokounmpo, whose Bucks will face Los Angeles on Thursday, hailed his rival as someone he hopes to resemble late in his own career.”It’s crazy. Obviously, for me, that’s one of my goals to be able to play at a high level for the next 10 years, but he’s about to turn 35 this month and he’s moving like that, playing like that, and just playing smart,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “It’s insane to see what he’s able to do, but he’s LeBron James. Giannis Antetokounmpo described LeBron James as “an alien” on Wednesday because of the way the Lakers superstar has dominated the NBA into his mid-30s.James, who celebrates his 35th birthday Dec. 30, is averaging 25.9 points, 10.6 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game this season.
The 45-year-old played two Tests for Samoa and then, following a three-year stand-down, seven for the All Blacks, including against South Africa at the 1999 World Cup.A statement released by Mika’s family on Tuesday says he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, NZME reports.”Dylan was a very much-loved husband and father to Tracy and their daughter, Marley, and dearly loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.”He was a hugely talented athlete, well-respected in the Samoan community and abroad, but just as importantly to his friends and family a warm, wonderful and caring man.”Gone far too soon at the age of just 45.”
CHENNAI: The death of a sailor, who went missing from Liberian registered vessel MT Kingfisher, which was docked in Chennai Port, was mired in controversy as the ship was allowed to sail without any inquiry by Indian officials two days after the incident.Radhakrishnan T K, who was sailing on board MT Kingfisher, an oil tanker, went missing around 4.20 am on July 28 and his body was located at Royapuram the same evening. A First Information Report was filed by the police the next day but the crew in the ship were not questioned.The Chennai Port authorities and the Mercantile Marine Department (MMD) said they were not informed about the death when the ship departed from Chennai Port on July 30.As per the Merchant Shipping Act of 1958, Section 358, the death of any sailor should be reported. This incident is a blatant violation of Section 358, said Manoj Joy, Chaplain Sailors Society. Director General of Shipping (DGS) Deepak Shetty told Express that any death should be reported at the MMD based in Chennai and it is their duty to conduct the investigation.For his part, the recruiting agent of the ship and director of Seaarland Management Services, Mumbai, Capt Jairam, citing the rules, said that he had informed the DGS headquarters in Mumbai, and produced the letters that were duly acknowledged by the dispatch section. But why inform Mumbai when the incident happened in Chennai? Jairam claimed he went by the rule book. If the DGS, Mumbai failed to act, it is their fault, he argued. It was also learnt from the agent that the immigration department in Chennai Port, which is not tasked to conduct the inquiry, was informed by Inchcape Shipping Services based in Chennai. “The ship was docked right in front of the MMD office, yet the agent did not inform MMD,” said Joy.When Express contacted S Barik, principal officer of MMD, he said his office had not received any orders from the DGS to investigate the incident. “If the DGS asks us to conduct an enquiry, we will do so,” he said.The office of the DGS had in 2006 specified guidelines on how the enquiry should be conducted when a death is reported on a ship.“The irony is we don’t know who is responsible for letting the ship sail without conducting any enquiry over the death of the sailor,” said Joy. (Indian Express)International Transport Workers Federation inspector K Sreekumar has taken up the issue with the shipping company and MMD, and notified the ITF headquarters in London.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
(Credit: Aerovista Luchtfotografie/Shutterstock)An adult albatross can spend days without ever touching the ground. Long wings that lock into place provide enormous amounts of lift. And a keen sense for thermals and air currents lets the birds soar with little energy expenditure. Sleeping, eating, drinking and bathing all take place on the wing, over the course of journeys that can span up to 10,000 miles.Entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg wish they could fly like an albatross. The Facebook founder’s Internet.org initiative aimed to deliver wireless internet to developing countries with high-flying drones that could stay aloft for months, beaming internet to rural areas. After disappointing drone flights, among other things, the project has since been scrapped. Google, too, seemed interested in developing long-lasting drones, acquiring Titan Aerospace in 2014, a maker of near-orbital drones that could serve as satellites.Conquering Wind-swept HeightsWhile Titan aerospace claimed its solar-powered craft could stay aloft for five years, the record so far stands at just under 26 days — far short of the albatross. Part of the problem is that solar-powered drones, the longest-lasting models currently in development, need heavy batteries that detract from efficiency. Birds like the albatross don’t stay on the wing for so long because they’re strong, but because they’re good at conserving energy.It’s a difficult thing to learn, though, because atmospheric conditions are complex and constantly changing, so much so that it’s nearly impossible to create a model for computers to use. That means a glider needs to react to changing conditions literally on the fly without having access to a model that might explain what those conditions mean.The researchers glider soaring autonomously. (Credit: Gautam Reddy and Jerome Wong-Ng)Now, a team led by a researcher from the University of California, San Diego, might have a way to bring a little of the albatross’ flying smarts to drones. They trained an autonomous fixed-wing drone using a machine learning algorithm that analyzed how reactions to various atmospheric conditions affected its flight. The drone could alter both its pitch (referring to the angle of the nose relative to the ground) and bank angle, and the software monitored the results. The results were published today in Nature.Modifications to its flight that helped the drone stay up were rewarded, and those that hurt it were penalized, helping the algorithm hone in the best strategies for flying over time. This strategy meant that no model was needed — just a memory of what seemed to help in a particular situation. After some practice, the researchers found that two things most affected the drones’ ability to stay up: The vertical wind acceleration and roll-wise torque (forces that roll the glider from one side to another). By tuning its responses to those variables, the researchers significantly improved the drones’ flying time.Though they only spent a maximum of 12 minutes aloft with this particular drone, the researchers say that their findings should offer some insight into how birds like the albatross use favorable wind currents to stay up for so long. Their algorithm might also help drones of the future fly for longer and do so more efficiently.