Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Anfield Road, Rafael Benitez praised Jürgen Klopp’s ability to assemble the best Liverpool squad in modern history.Spanish manager Rafael Benitez is about to visit Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Boxing Day, he is going back to the stadium where he became a legendary manager for all the Reds’ supporters and he has high praise towards the German manager.The Newcastle United boss is very impressed with how well Klopp has done it with Liverpool in the few seasons he’s managed the squad, he even thinks that the German boss has managed to put together the most impressive Liverpool squad that anyone has ever seen.“What I think is they have the best squad. When you spend money you bring in better players so when they sign Fabinho and Keita, spending some money, and they keep Henderson and Wijnaldum, you keep the good players and bring in good players and the squad is better,” said Rafa via The Mirror.“That means different competition, different games and still you have a strong team on the pitch.”“Best team? It is difficult to say a team because always on my mind when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was a great team.”“I see Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the others and Liverpool are in form, they are doing really well and it will be a difficult game for us.”Benitez also had very nice things to say about Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who is officially back to his best form in the last few weeks and will start on Wednesday against Newcastle.“In every game, he is doing really well. He has the pace, the vision, the ability. He is clinical in front of of goal and he has a lot of things,” he added.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But it is not just him, they have a very good team and a very good squad so you can change players and still have a very good 11.”“When I was there we had to sell to buy and now they are bringing in players who were good and now they are even better.”“He is doing so well and the team is helping him to do well every week, football is about consistency and quality and at the moment he has everything.”About what he expects from the match, Rafa dropped some wishful thinking ahead of the match.“I would like to go there, enjoy it and come back with three points and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”“We have a plan to beat them and if we do well and they make mistakes we can do it. With these top sides you have to do everything right and they have to have a bad day and then you have a chance,” he concluded.[Media] Benitez: I had to sell before I could buy players at Liverpool https://t.co/24IWp59hkc pic.twitter.com/iBEwOVA9XK— LFCMAGAZINE (@LFCMAGAZINE) December 26, 2018
20 Photos A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber Tick’s ‘worst day ever’ frozen in amber for 100 million years Tailed spider found in amber will crawl into your nightmares Tags Comments Enlarge ImageThe newly described millipede (Burmanopetalum inexpectatum) stuck in amber. Leif Moritz A tiny millipede stuck in amber has had 99 million years to contemplate its sticky predicament. The itsy insect didn’t live to enjoy its 2019 coming-out party as a scientific curiosity, but the rest of us can marvel at the remarkable specimen.The millipede is trapped in Cretaceous-era amber found in Myanmar. Researchers determined the millipede is the first fossil found from the order Callipodida, but it was strange enough to require a new suborder. It’s now called “Burmanopetalum inexpectatum,” with the latter word meaning “unexpected” in Latin.Enlarge ImageThe researchers created this 3D model of the millipede. Leif Moritz The team created a 3D model of the 0.3-inch (8.2-millimeter) millipede to more closely study its anatomy.”With the next-generation micro-computer tomography (micro-CT) and the associated image rendering and processing software, we are now able to reconstruct the whole animal and observe the tiniest morphological traits which are rarely preserved in fossils,” said zoologist Pavel Stoev of the National Museum of Natural History in Bulgaria.Stoev is the lead author of a paper on the millipede published this week in the journal ZooKeys. The Callipodida order of millipedes still exists today, with over 100 species crawling around the planet. This particular fossil was the only one of its order found among over 500 millipede specimens trapped in the same amber deposit. Paleontology Sci-Tech Fossil arthropod expert Greg Edgecombe from the Natural History Museum in London welcomed Burmanopetalum inexpectatum to the club of ancient amber-encased millipedes. “In the past few years, nearly all of the 16 living orders of millipedes have been identified in this 99-million-year-old amber,” Edgecombe said. Congratulations, little millipede, you’re a trailblazing representative for your order. Share your voice 2 Trapped in amber
At least 14 people were killed and 31 injured on an average 13 road crashes a day across the country in January this year, reports UNB.At least 425 people, including 54 women and 30 children, died and 950 others injured in 403 road crashes in the last month between 1 January and 31 January.A regular monthly survey and observation report of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation, revealed it on Friday.The report was prepared on the basis of 22 English and Bangla national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.Some 28 people, including four children, were killed and 11 others injured in 32 train accidents and six people were killed and five others injured in waterway accidents during the same period.The fatal accidents took place on the several roads, highways, national roads, inter-district and regional roads across the country in January.The NCPSRR said that lack of proper supervision of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, Department of Shipping, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority and Bangladesh Railway are mainly liable for these situations in three transport sectors.The authorities concerned should take some steps urgently to lessen the accidents and casualties. Those are: taking strict steps against movement of faulty vehicles and vessels, creating public awareness, including vehicles and vessels workers, imposing existing laws strictly on all roads and waterways and lastly increasing supervisions on all railway crossings.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany on 6 June 2018. Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives. Photo: ReutersGermany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.Despite high tensions between Western powers and president Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the four foreign ministers held their first meeting since early last year to revitalise a long ignored truce agreement.After “countless ceasefire violations” in recent months, said the Berlin talks’ host, Germany’s top diplomat Heiko Maas, “it was all the more necessary that we have met again here after 16 months.”Russia and Ukraine had again formally committed to the key tenets of the 2015 Minsk agreement, brokered by Germany and France, he said.”All sides once more voiced support for a lasting ceasefire, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the disengagement of troops and demining, and the protection and granting of access to the OSCE Observer Mission,” he said.Russia’s Sergei Lavrov said that “of course we have not been able to solve all the problems related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements to settle the internal Ukrainian crisis, but I believe that this meeting was very useful.”‘Positive dynamic’ Lavrov said both sides had discussed a ‘road map’ for a prisoner exchange of people being held by Kiev and Moscow, reported state news agency RIA Novosti.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also saw “a positive dynamic for what I hope will be a peaceful solution”, adding that Paris and Berlin had offered to assist in demining operations.In the long run, he said, “we are ready to work on the parameters of a possible United Nations mission for eastern Ukraine when the implementation of the Minsk agreements will allow it”.Even if the guns were to fall silent, that issue is tricky.While Moscow favours blue-helmet troops only along the frontline, Kiev would want them to also police the Ukraine-Russian border to prevent soldiers and weapons from crossing.Despite the continued bloodshed, the Ukraine conflict has been half-forgotten by the West amid other crises and its own divisions, and as France, Germany and Russia have all been caught up in their own elections over the past year.The UN Security Council last week condemned “continuous violations of the ceasefire” and “the tragic humanitarian situation” on the frontline.In a rare phone call Saturday to prepare for the meeting, Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko discussed an “exchange of people being held” by both sides.But given the deepening distrust between the West and Russia, hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough were always low.The conflict began when a 2014 popular Ukrainian uprising ousted a Kremlin-backed president in Kiev and Russia moved to annex the Crimea peninsula, backing insurgents in the former Soviet state.Brussels responded to the territorial grab with stinging economic sanctions, with Moscow retaliating in kind. ‘Severe consequences’ Since then, east-west tensions have spiralled to a new post-Cold War low.The US and European powers have accused Moscow of using hackers and propaganda to sow discord, meddle in elections and back eurosceptics and right-wing populists, as well as ramping up military posturing to threaten eastern European states.Putin, who was re-elected to a fourth term in March, has denied all the charges and argued forcefully that hostile NATO powers are seeking to demonise and weaken Russia.Moscow also accused Kiev of spreading “bizarre” fake news after Ukraine’s secret service last month staged the murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, claiming it did so to foil a Russian plot on his life.Heightening tensions, Putin on Thursday warned that any military “provocations” during the World Cup football tournament which Russia is hosting, would have “very severe consequences for Ukraine as a state”.Russia’s main goal is the lifting of damaging economic sanctions, a push aided by the rise of sympathetic populist parties in the EU, most recently in Italy.France and Germany agree that any sanctions relief for Russia must be conditional on advances in the Ukraine peace process.