Mignolet backs Liverpool to succeed in title chase

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes his side have what it takes to lift the Premier League title after coming agonisingly close to glory five years ago.Jurgen Klopp’s side are in contention for their first Premier League title since the 1989-90 campaign with the Reds currently topping the table, four points ahead of second-place Manchester City.It’s the closest Liverpool have come to a championship since the 2013-14 campaign, when the Reds won 11 straight games down the stretch, only to fall short with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace in two of the season’s final three games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are the only three players from that side that still remain with Liverpool, and the Belgian has backed the current iteration of the Reds to do what the team of five years ago could not.Mignolet pointed to Liverpool’s more balanced attack as a principle reason they can lift the league trophy come May.“It’s only Hendo, Studge and myself still here from the last time we really fought for the title,” the Belgian told the Liverpool Echo.“Back then a lot of it was about Luis Suarez and Studge, whereas now the goals are shared about more. We had a really good team in 2013-14 but the moment we got one or two injuries it became difficult.“We’ve got a broad squad now which means we can cope with injuries. That’s probably the biggest difference with last time.“The general quality of this squad is the best I’ve ever known. When we play 11 v 11 in training it’s like being involved in a top match in the Premier League.“It’s not 11 first-teamers against 11 reserves, it’s two Premier League sides facing each other in training. It’s high quality.”Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2018-19Another key difference between this year’s side and the team from five years ago can be seen in the back line.Liverpool conceded 50 goals in 2013-14, the most of any of the top five finishers that season. In contrast, the Reds have the league’s best defence this season, giving up just 13 goals in 23 games.Mignolet pointed to one key addition the club made last season as a big reason behind his side’s defensive improvement. “I think a big part of that [improvement] is Virgil van Dijk,” Mignolet said. “Ever since he’s come in he’s made a huge difference.“It’s not only his playing ability but the character and the leadership he sends out from the back. It’s especially important when you play teams like Brighton and Crystal Palace recently.“It’s the pressure he eases with his clearing headers. He always makes it look so easy. Something that’s very difficult for anyone else, just looks like a walk in the park for Virgil. He’s made us a lot more solid than before.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia Masters

first_img Asian News International Kuala LumpurJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 16:48 IST Saina Nehwal has been one of the top achievers for India in badminton in 2018 (Saina Nehwal Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18Parupalli Kashyap got the better of Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10Kidambi Srikanth also eased past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start to their campaign at the ongoing Malaysia Masters on Wednesday.While Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 to move into the second round of the women’s singles event, Srikanth eases past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11 to advance further in the men’s singles event of the tournament.Nehwal looked tentative in the initial stage of the match but soon made a comeback with a resilient attitude. Having lost the opening margin of seven points, the shuttler gave an impressive performance in the consecutive games to move further in the competition.Nehwal has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.Good first round wins for both of us #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 .. Looking forward for the pre-quarters tomorrow #kualalumpur pic.twitter.com/5T4nVsCFbMSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 16, 2019She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.For Srikanth, the battle was comparatively easy as he registered a dominating straight sets victory over his Hong Kong counterpart. Without showing any signs of weakness, the world number eight player maintained a firm grip on the match from start to end.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.advertisementMeanwhile, Parupalli Kashyap, who tied the knot with Saina Nehwal in December last year, also made it to the second round of the Malaysia Masters after defeating Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in an exciting contest.In mixed-doubles event, Indian pair of Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy defeated Dutch duo of Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek 21-19, 21-17 to move into the second round of the competition.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Malaysia MastersFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Kidambi Srikanth Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia MastersSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong to move into the second round of the women’s singles while Parupalli Kashyap defeated Rasmus Gemke in his men’s singles opener.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Applications Open For Poverty Reduction Grants

first_img economic inclusion: includes initiatives that support Nova Scotians who are able to work in securing and retaining employment, and help reduce barriers to employment, and add supports housing: initiatives that address homelessness or increase opportunities for Nova Scotians to access affordable housing children: initiatives that contribute to prevention and intervention and facilitate opportunities for them to learn and live free from the stress of poverty. mental health and addictions: initiatives that improve access to supports people need to care for their mental well-being and recover from addiction. Community groups working to reduce poverty and help people find jobs can now apply for a Building Vibrant Communities grant. The program is accepting grant applications until midnight on July 24. This is the second year for the grant program, which is part of government’s four-year poverty reduction commitment. Eligible applicants include community organizations, First Nations communities, registered charities, municipalities, social enterprises and private-sector businesses if they partner with non-profit organizations. Funding is available for up to $50,000 per project and organizations may submit more than one application for different projects. A total of $1 million is available this year. The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Department of Community Services are working together to provide these grants for projects that meet one of four poverty reduction themes this year: For a list of last year’s grant recipients, visit https://cch.novascotia.ca/building-vibrant-communities-grant , or https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwLZ9YtgHtLC-CB47lF1xSjR3tzEySZyS .center_img Last year 49 projects were funded through these grants. The application and program guidelines are available at: https://cch.novascotia.ca/building-vibrant-communities-grantlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road.center_img RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, March 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

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Security Council urges strengthened efforts to tackle small arms scourge

In a resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with Russia abstaining, the Council welcomed efforts that have been made to tackle this scourge, and urged the further strengthening of cooperation and information sharing to combat the problem. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council that, from bringing instability to the Sahel region of Africa to fuelling lawlessness in Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, Iraq and the high seas, small arms have wreaked havoc on lives and nations as well as undermined development efforts. “Small arms are a source of crises, conflict and criminality,” he said at the outset of the meeting, chaired by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month. “The uncontrolled availability of guns and bullets threatens peace processes and fragile reconciliation efforts,” he noted. “It leads to a vast range of human rights violations, including killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, enforced disappearances, torture and forced recruitment of children by armed groups“It exacerbates inter-community violence and organized crime. And it undermines our work for social justice, the rule of law and the Millennium Development Goals,” he added, referring to the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.“The world is over-armed and peace is underfunded.”The Secretary-General called on States to commit to building a safer, more secure world for all, and in particular to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. Adopted by the General Assembly in April, the treaty regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. The “landmark” treaty obligates States to regulate international arms transfers, including prohibiting shipments to governments that fail to use them in conformity with the UN Charter, noted Mr. Ban. “The treaty will also help address weapons diversion from government stockpiles – a growing and disturbing source of arms for pirates, rebels and warlords.” The treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to enter into force, has so far been signed by 110 States and ratified by 7. Mr. Ban added that innovations such as weapon-tracking technologies and the personalization of firearms can help. “Arms embargoes are also vital,” he said. “Yet unscrupulous brokers are adept at evading such strictures.”In this context, he said the various monitoring groups of Security Council sanctions committees need more and better information.“Small arms remain a big concern,” Mr. Ban stated. “The challenge lies at the intersection of human rights, security, development, crime, international trade, public health and counter-terrorism… Member States, the UN system, regional organizations and civil society have made progress, but much remains to be done.”In addition to the ministers and representatives of the Council’s 15 members, the meeting also heard from Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who described small arms as the “weapons of choice” in conflicts. They deliberately target civilians and property and prolong conflicts and violate international humanitarian and human rights law, she stated. read more

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