He said: “The Camp Nou is just a stadium, quite big, but it’s not a football temple.”Once again, he refuses to name his side favourites: “If you play against Barcelona, you are certainly not favourites.”The Liverpool boss finishes up: “This is a fantastic game for all football supporters.”Interestingly, Liverpool defender, Virgil Van Dijk is returning to the Nou Camp tonight hoping to erase the memory of his only other appearance at the home of Barcelona.The newly-crowned Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year was a member of the Celtic team humiliated 6-1 in December 2013 – they were 6-0 down after 72 minutes.What was more galling on that night was that Lionel Messi was not even playing.There is no chance of that happening this night, with the Argentina international being handed generous periods of rest by coach Ernesto Valverde in the games leading up to this Champions League semi-final first leg, but Van Dijk is relishing the prospect. He is also looking to address his history with Barcelona.“It is a nice stadium, an historic stadium and for me it was a great experience to play over there,’ said the Holland captain.“It was my first time, my only time and my last time so far so I am looking forward to playing them again, one of the best teams in the world, but I think this can be totally different than when I was there the last time.’Despite Celtic’s result, Van Dijk came away with plenty of plaudits but – despite that – he was not happy with the performance.“I saw some videos, but if you are losing 6-1, as a defender, you can’t say you had a good game,’ he added.“But the good thing for me personally was I took a lot of experience from that night and that helped me, obviously.”Van Dijk’s imperious form, and the way he has marshalled Liverpool’s defence this season to concede just 20 goals in 36 Premier League matches, should help in combating the threat of Messi.However, the Dutchman knows that is easier said than done.“Yeah, I think he is the best player in the world, I have said that before,’ he said.“But you see how we play, how we defend, we don’t defend one v one, we defend all together and we attack all together as well – so we will see. We will be ready.“The situation is that we are in the semi-final against Barcelona and we are going to face one of the best players…I think the best player in the world.“But it is not only him, the whole team has a lot of quality and we will prepare well and that is what we are going to do.‘We have also a very good team so we can compete there as well so it is not “ike we are going there for a holiday or something.’It is another huge week for the club, who remain in the title race with the relentless Manchester City, who have a one-point advantage heading into the final two Premier League matches.Many – including former Manchester United defender-turned-pundit Gary Neville – were sceptical of Liverpool’s capacity to maintain a challenge on two fronts, but they have disproved all the doubters.“You definitely want to be in the title race and you definitely want to be in the semi-final, and hopefully you get through to the final,’ said Van Dijk.‘The situation is how it is and I said many times before, we have to enjoy it, show what we have been doing almost the whole season and keep working hard and never give up.“I see what we have. I see the players we have, I see the management and the way we play football so it is not really a big surprise.‘But you still have do it and we have to do it on Wednesday as well. It is going to be unbelievably tough.“You need to be ready for problems and we will be and hopefully we can get a good result or a result we can take with us back to Anfield and we are going to try everything to go through to the final.’“The reverse fixture is scheduled to take place at Anfield next week Tuesday. Barcelona have recently secured the La Liga crown while the Reds are still fighting for their first-ever trophy in the modern edition of the Premier League with Manchester City.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona will today host Liverpool at the famous Camp Nou which the Liverpool German specialist, Jurgen Klopp does not consider ‘a football temple’. To Klopp, it is just an ordinary stadium. He however admitted ‘it’s always difficult to play there: “You see the other teams who have a bad time when they play there.”But an explosive UEFA Champions League semi-final clash is well anticipated. Klopp, according to Spanish publication, Tribuna, delivers a rather controversial statement as he previews the semi-finals clash.During an interview with DAZN, a subscription video streaming service owned by Perform Group, the German specialist diminished a bit the importance of the Camp Nou stadium which is a bit strange given he has been coaching at such iconic venues as Westfalenstadion at Borussia Dortmund and Anfield Road.
The Upperchurch-Drombane club man was honoured for leading the Premier County to victory in the All-Ireland Final against Kilkenny.The nine point victory over the Cats at Croke Park provided the perfect end to his first season in charge of the senior team.
Fortuna >> Throughout the last decade, Mike Benbow has become accustomed to looking across to the opponent’s sideline during each Milk Can Game and seeing the same face in a red button-down shirt and classic blue jeans.The Benbow vs. Kim Jorgensen meeting of the minds only added to what the annual Eel River rivalry game has to offer.As Benbow looks across Husky Field tonight in the 52nd annual Milk Can Game, he will see somebody else directing the rival Wildcats — first-year head coach Jeremy …
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This is part of the “Hi AleX,” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLit Hi AleX,This may strike you as an odd question: What does a middle-aged Wisconsin paper-mill worker possibly have to do with your professional future?Short answer: everything.The worker’s name is Frank Kovac, and a few years ago, he did something extraordinary. From a very early age, Kovac dreamed of becoming an astrophysicist. Difficult college math courses ended this dream, but it didn’t stop him from building his own planetarium in his free time — a facility he proudly describes to his visitors as the “world’s largest rolling, mechanical globe planetarium.”In fact, the Kovac Planetarium, located in the tiny, unincorporated northern Wisconsin community of Monico, has become a popular tourist attraction.Kovac has demonstrated that in terms of knowledge empowerment, people no longer have to wait on someone else — a teacher or a mentor, for example. They can tap into the enormous generative capacity of the Web to educate themselves.Call it the Frank Kovac effect.This holds major implications for you, AleX, because in spite of all the passion and commitment you pour into your job, people no longer have to wait on you. Thanks to the enormous generative capacity of the Web, they, like Frank Kovac, have the means of empowering themselves.Granted, your passion and commitment will always be key professional assets — that’s the good news. The part you need to worry about is how you’ve been taught to conceive and deliver your products.You and millions of other professionals were trained to think about and deliver information in linear terms — through programs such as lectures, seminars, and workshops, with your students serving more or less as passive recipients of this instruction. Your work has been defined by those methods for the bulk of your career.The problem is that a growing number of people around the world no longer want to acquire knowledge this way. Thanks to the technological advances that have occurred within the last generation, they don’t have to anymore.In this respect, your methods are quickly rendering you obsolete.Yes, there is still a place for these methods. The growing numbers of people learning to empower themselves still like to enhance what they’ve learned with occasional face-to-face interactions with similar-minded people.Consequently, face-to-face interaction will always comprise a facet of your work. But make no mistake, AleX: Traditional face-to-face interaction will largely be supplanted by these emerging forms of learning.Pretty soon, you and everyone else will be challenged to think and work in ways that reflect the new, flattened information order that prevails in the 21st century.We’ve talked in the past about how acquiring networking skills will enable you to aggregate and curate vast amounts of online information for the benefit of those you serve. (I’m reluctant to use the term client because in this new information order, the people you serve are not clients in any conventional sense. They are equals — “co-learners” who are now equipped to engage in two-way dialogue with you and to collaborate on the design and distribution of your end products.)No doubt about it: Aggregating and curating information will be valuable skills in the future, but in this new information order, you will be valued even more for the role you serve in contributing to networks — virtual spaces where people can exchange information and, equally important, where ideas can meet, mate and morph into even bigger, more innovative ideas.Some Net experts and others prefer to describe these new virtual venues as ecosystems rather than networks— take your pick.The people who master skills and who see themselves as both co-learners and contributors to these networks will be the most highly valued and successful professionals of the 21st century.This is your professional charge, AleX. Good luck. This article was originally published Thursday September 6, 2012 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. Author: Jim Langcuster
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the Khelo India Mobile App in New Delhi at the Vigyan Bhawan during the Youth Parliament Festival.Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and other dignitaries were present at the launch.The Khelo India App is a first-of-its-kind sports application, developed by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) that brings under one umbrella three significant features that together can help to create more awareness about sports and fitness among the masses in general and youngsters in particular.Developed as part of the Khelo India Scheme, which is the largest sporting talent identification and nurturing platform in the country, the application aims to further the Prime Minister’s vision to develop the sporting ecosystem in India and turn it into a global sporting superpower in the years to come.The application has three unique features that will make it convenient for youngsters to take up sport and also help to identify potential champions among children, across the country. The three sections are as follows:1. How to play: In this section, the user gets information about the basic rules and regulations of 18 sports disciplines. It is a beginner’s guide to what the game is about, equipments needed to play it, rules to follow while playing the game and scoring parameters. Keeping in mind the young demography of users, the information has been given through interesting info graphics and animation videos.2. Where to play: This section includes an exhaustive repository of data of sporting facilities across the country where an interested youngster can pursue a sport, in his or her hometown. The list includes SAI facilities, SAI-supported facilities and private facilities. The App contains details like address, phone numbers, location and also the sporting facilities available at the venue. The APP has the provisions of adding to this list of available sports facilities across the country on an ongoing basis, and going forward will, it will become the largest repository of play field information.advertisement3. Get fit: Fitness assessment of children is the most dynamic feature of the APP which will help to map the basic fitness levels of kids starting as early as 5 years for all school going children in India.The Fitness section has 8 tests that can be used to ascertain not just the level of fitness of a child, but can also determine which sporting discipline a child can excel in. The data of the fitness tests conducted by Physical Education Teachers of schools will be fed into the App and used to identify possible champions from across the country.Further, the fitness section has two verticals:1. For Parents: This will enable every parent or household to map the fitness level of their children.2. For Schools: India has more than 1.5 million schools and 30 crore schoolgoing children and its very critical to manage and map the fitness levels of school-going children in India.Developed both in Hindi and English, the application once downloaded can be used even when the parent or teacher does not have connectivity to the Internet. This will ensure that even those children who live and study in villages, and who may not have constant access to the internet can use this application.Also Watch:
zoomImage Courtesy: Techcross South Korean ballast water management system (BWMS) manufacturer Techcross received a large number of orders in January alone in 2019, which will be the first year when the IMO regulation comes into effect.The orders won last month include a total of 242 units for 159 vessels and reflect a rebound in the shipbuilding industry, according to Techcross.The company said that it was continuously winning BWMS orders from world’s major shipping companies including Arklow Shipping which signed the contract with Techcross office in Europe for a total 51 vessels.As explained, shipowners facing the new regulations are asked to make quick decisions on the shipboard ballast water treatment system and they are seeking manufacturers such as Techcross.The company said it has seen product inquiries steadily increasing since the end of last year. With this trend reflected in the market, Techcross received orders for 183 units — 123 vessels — only from the existing fleets, which specifically include 19 bulk carriers from Marmaras Navigation, 11 bulk carriers from Eastern Mediterranean Maritime and 10 bulk carriers from Laskaridis Shipping.Especially, owners equipped with Electro-Cleen System (ECS) in their newly built ships have started to install ECS on their existing vessels, further raising expectations for exceeding the company’s 2019 sales goal.In order to deal with the surging orders, Techcross has been aligning the internal organization and reorganizing business process, making investments to expand the production facilities, and establishing cooperation with its partner companies.In addition, the company strengthened the engineering capacity to provide turnkey solutions and built a global network through AS service stations and sales offices located in Houston in the US, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Quingdao in China, Fukuyama in Japan, Singapore and Cyprus.“Although we had difficult times in the past two or three years due to the lack of orders, we continued our investments in R&D of ballast water treatment systems and recruiting and training talented employees with a long-term vision in preparation for the IMO regulations,” Jay Lee, Sales Director and the Head of Sales, Techcross, commented.“As we are ready with the quick customer response and mass production system, we are expecting a rapid growth in the earnings from 2019,” Lee added.In June 2018, the US Coast Guard granted its Type Approval to Techcross ECS, the seventh BWTS system to receive this approval.