Liverpool squad ‘best I’ve coached’, says Klopp

first_imgLast week’s 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League was achieved without the suspended Emre Can and long-term injured Nathaniel Clyne but there was still no room in the matchday 18 for the likes of Dominic Solanke, Ragnar Klavan and Ben Woodburn, the youngest scorer in the club’s history.The result means Liverpool, who host West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, have virtually ensured a first Champions League quarter-final for nine years, with the second leg at Anfield now a formality.“It’s really hard in the moment to make the squad,” Klopp told the club’s TV channel, LFCTV. “Wow, I’ve never had a situation like that with the quality of the players not being in the squad.“They all have made really big steps. Dom Solanke was not in the squad but is in outstanding shape at the moment. Ragnar Klavan, unbelievable. Ben Woodburn makes steps and is really close to everything.“It’s difficult, it’s getting more and more difficult, but that’s good for us of course.”Striker Danny Ings was one of the players to come off the bench at the Estadio do Dragao.It was just the 25-year-old’s sixth appearance of the season after making his comeback from two serious knee injuries in the previous two campaigns.“Danny is in fantastic shape. It always takes time. Now, after two-and-a-half years, he can play in the Champions League. It’s a wonderful story, it’s really deserved,” added Klopp, whose side are third in the Premier League.“Is Danny knocking on the door for the first team? Yes, absolutely. It’s good. He needed time.“A few months ago it was different but a player like him, when they come back they think ‘I am under pressure’ and they want to come in immediately and get game time.“Danny went the hard way. He played a lot of games for the under-23s.“If you feel like a settled player, like he usually is, and then you play under-23 and are not the best player on the pitch, then it’s not nice but it’s an important experience again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Klopp is delighted with the strength of his side, after thrashing Porto last week © AFP/File / Francisco LEONGLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Jurgen Klopp says his current Liverpool squad is the strongest he has ever worked with as the players prepare for a return to action after a warm-weather training camp in Spain.Despite the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142 million last month, the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss said it was difficult to leave players out.last_img read more

New broadband network to launch

first_imgInfraco is tasked to improve broadband connectivity across South /> (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Broadband Infraco, the state-owned ICT enterprise formed in 2006, will introduce its long-awaited internet services to the South African market in November 2010.“We’re launching our broadband capacity network,” said Infraco’s account manager Charmaine Fredericks in an interview on the sidelines of the My Broadband conference in Midrand on 20 October.The parastatal will now have access to an approximately 12 125km fibre-optic cable and other telecommunications infrastructure, which have been used exclusively by Neotel over the past four years.The infrastructure is owned by the government due to it being laid by state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transtel. It has since been transferred to Infraco, but Infraco couldn’t use it as Neotel was the sole licensee.“We’ve had the network for the last four years, but we couldn’t operate on it. We got our operational licence last year from Icasa,” said Fredericks.“Neotel’s role as the network’s sole custodian comes to an end soon and that’s why we’re launching. We can now go commercial and bring customers on board,” she added.Infraco has been improving the network’s infrastructure over the last four years, while Neotel has maintained the existing system, according to Fredericks.The infrastructure initially offered 2.5 gigabits per second bandwidth speed, but it’s been upgraded to offer 10 gigabits per second.The network’s services now also cover the border areas of South Africa. “The network is quite a lot bigger than what we had when Neotel started,” said Fredericks.A new connection ring has been included, meaning “when one ring fails, we connect to another so that traffic is not disturbed”.“There’s a lot that we’ve done in the past five years to prepare us for our day of launch,” Fredericks added.The Department of Trade and Industry owns 74% of the national broadband utility, while the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owns the other 26%. The IDC is also a state entity.Open-access wholesalerAs a broadband wholesaler, Infraco will not offer services directly to end-user customers, but rather to internet service providers. “Our aim is to be the wholesale provider of choice to our customers,” CEO David Smith said at the My Broadband conference.It’s an open-access service provider which will enable the government to offer nation-wide connectivity at a lower cost and lead to investments in building the country’s long-distance fibre-optic networks.Infraco’s primary mandate is to get providers to cover areas in South Africa that are currently not served or underserved. “We want to become a carrier of carriers,” said Fredericks.It has set up a number of broadband Points of Presence (POPs) across the country, which are now connected to the national network. The POPs include various small towns and rural areas like Ermelo, Mahamba Border, Beit Bridge, Newcastle, Onseepkans and Zimbane.According to Fredericks, the government has identified 37 such places where connectivity must be fast-tracked. “We will provide connectivity from the closest POP in that underserved area.“Then we’ll be looking for partnerships with internet service providers, like Internet Solutions or iBurst, to service the areas,” Fredericks said.“We are trying to get as many providers as possible into the network, so that connectivity prices can come down,” she added.West African cable systemBroadband Infraco’s network services will receive a major boost when the West Africa Cable System (WACS) it has invested in comes on stream.WACS will land in Yzerfontein along the Western Cape coast and is expected to go live by July 2011.The much-anticipated marine cable will connect South Africa directly with the UK, and will have landing stations in Portugal and along the coastlines of various West African countries.“WACS will be massive. Major operators like MTN and Vodacom have also invested in WACS,” Fredericks said.last_img read more

On Women’s Day, Rahul promises to push reservation Bill in House

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday promised a series of offerings for women if his party came to power in Odisha.Interacting with women on the occasion of Women’s Day during his visit to Jeypore in Odisha’s Koraput district, he promised to get the women’s reservation Bill passed in Parliament and adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for atrocities against women. He said all women would be provided free education of their choice, be it in engineering, medicine or any other field. He also promised financial assistance for the marriage of poor women and enhancement of widows’ pension to ₹2,000 a month. Assembly elections will be held in Odisha along with the Lok Sabha polls.The Congress chief promised to help women self-help groups through more bank loans and said the party will appoint special officers for women in every panchayat. Rafale dealLater in the day, addressing a public meeting at Jeypore, around 30 km from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited plant at Sunabeda, Mr. Gandhi came down sharply on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sidelining the public sector undertaking in the Rafale fighter jet deal. Inclusion of HAL in the deal would have provided employment opportunity to youths, but now it only benefited Anil Ambani, he alleged.Mr. Gandhi promised loan waiver to farmers and enhancement of support price for paddy to ₹2,500 within 10 days if the Congress came to power in Odisha. He reiterated the promise of minimum income guarantee for the poor in the State.He ended his speech with sarcasm aimed at Mr. Modi. “We want to provide a government that hears your ‘mann ki baat’ instead of making you hear ‘mann ki baat,’ he said.last_img read more

Belgacom has added Belgian public broadcaster RTBF

first_imgBelgacom has added Belgian public broadcaster RTBF’s La Une, La Deux and La Trois to its TV everywhere offering, along with French commercial channel TF1.The service, which allows users to watch TV on a PC, Mac, laptop, tablet or smartphone, already offers één, Canvas, Ketnet/OP 12, vtm, 2BE, vtmKzoom, Vier, VIJF, Vitaya, Acht, Eurosport, anne, JIM, Nickelodeon Junior, Euronews, Belgacom  11+/Zoom, Belgacom 5, RTL-TVI, Club RTL, Plug RTL, AB3, AB4, France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, LCI, MCM Pop, Tiji and Canal J as well as football and basketball matches.Belgacom said its TV everywhere application had now been downloaded over 400,000 times. The full service is available for €4.95 a month, but users can access the Belgacom TV guide and programme recordings remotely free of charge.Separately, Belgacom has said it will add German-language channel RTL to its line-up and has denied rumours that it has withdrawn German public channels ARD and ZDF. Belgacom said it hoped a deal could be struck to keep both channels on its line-up.last_img read more