Klopp calls for end to England’s fixture mayhem

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Friday stepped up his calls to protect players from burn-out after claiming England’s festive fixture pile-up was bad for the sport.Klopp is one of a growing number of Premier League managers frustrated by the demands placed on top-flight teams by England’s domestic competitions and television’s unquenchable thirst to show the games.Liverpool are down to 12 fit senior outfield players after a host of injuries in recent weeks, while Tottenham star Harry Kane suffered a torn hamstring on New Year’s Day and Newcastle lost four players in one match.Klopp believes coaches and football people should be included in the discussion with the sport’s governing bodies and television companies to ensure a proper solution can be found.“I told what I had to say to UEFA personally, I told FIFA sometimes in interviews because I don’t know anyone there and I don’t think the Premier League, FA (Football Association) or Football League are in any doubt of my opinion,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.“I just do that not because of me but because I think someone has to speak for the players.“If you have a good friend and you see him twice a year, brilliant. Best time of your life. If you see him every day you think after five days ‘What the heck?’. “But what we do is throw football at the people. How many games were on Boxing Day? There were maybe some men, probably, who watched all of them live.“I don’t think that’s good for their relationship. It’s not good for mine and I already watch a lot of football.”Klopp wants all parties to get together and come up with a sustainable plan and he has volunteered to attend.“The solution is to bring all these people together and try to think one time in all these negotiations about the players,” he added.“Other people are sitting there and they are not football people. We need to talk with football people, I think there is a solution possible.“We love this game but in the end we have to make sure that we can all come through and in the end the best team wins and not the most lucky with injuries. If you need me in the discussion I am pretty much there.”last_img read more

Senator Proposes Moving Florida’s Capital

first_imgAn idea that has come up and been rejected from time to time regarding Florida’s capital is back again.Democratic Senator Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, wants lawmakers to consider moving our state capital from Tallahassee.He filed the proposal (SB 112) for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which starts this January.The proposal requests that the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability study the cost of relocating the flagship city to Central Florida, and the related economic impact to Tallahassee and its surrounding area.Rader, who seeks to have the study completed by the end of 2021, wants the analysis to include information about travel costs to the state capital.On a similar note, former Republican Representative Bill Hager, of Delray Beach, also proposed a measure last year to form a task force to examine options for relocating the Capitol building, executive-branch offices and Legislature. It failed to get heard in committees.Tallahassee was selected as the state’s territorial capital in 1824, since it was located midway between Florida’s two principal cities – St. Augustine and Pensacola, according to the Florida Department of State.Voters rejected a referendum in 1900 to relocate the capital. In 1969, a debate on relocation also surfaced, but never made it to the ballot.In 1972, the state Legislature agreed to build the 22-story Capitol building that stands behind the Old Capitol.last_img read more

Youth Chorus Holding Auditions, Adding Teen Boys’ Choir

first_imgNew this year, OYC is starting a young men’s choir for those with changed voices. Please contact Artistic Director Cynthia Dinsmore, 360.943.6179, for audition information. Olympia Youth Chorus (OYC) – with singers from Thurston, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties – is currently holding auditions for the 2012-2013 performance season. OYC is a nonprofit, vocal music program. It serves singers in K-12 throughout the greater South Sound community. Detailed audition information is supplied below or interested parties can visit the OYC website at www.OlympiaYouthChorus.org. OYC singers are from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled. In addition to local performances, choirs have performed in England, Hawaii, San Francisco and New York’s Lincoln Center. Annually about 150 girls and boys participate. Over 900 singers have participated in the program over the last 17 years. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more