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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have not changed their defensive approach despite their record of only one clean sheet in their eight games so far this season.The European champions are five points clear at the top of the Premier League after five straight wins but the backline has been breached in four of those matches.And two late goals conceded in Naples in midweek meant their Champions League campaign started in disappointing fashion.Klopp’s men started last season’s league campaign with three clean sheets and conceded just 22 Premier League goals all season, missing out on their first top-flight title since 1990 by a single point.But Klopp said at his pre-Chelsea press conference on Friday that the change was down to circumstances rather than system.“No, there is no difference,” he said at Liverpool’s training ground. “We didn’t focus more on offensive things and forget the defensive things.“The goals happened completely strangely. There would have been a second clean sheet against Southampton if we don’t concede that goal, there could have been different clean sheets in other games.“Of course it’s not exactly what we wanted but we don’t collect clean sheets. We want to win football games and we are still early in the season.”Klopp, whose side travel to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on Sunday, was asked about the importance of Virgil van Dijk and whether he had concerns about any potential injuries ruling the Dutchman out for a period of time.“That’s the reason why we have four centre-halves,” he said.“It’s not easy for the ‘in the moment number four’, not playing and sometimes not involved in the squad, but in the moment if something happens, like it was last year, not only one thing happens, a couple of things happen and then you end up with one centre-half and a defensive midfielder, which we did against Bayern.”“We all need luck to be really successful, injury-wise first and foremost,” he added.“I can imagine something like that is not easy but the other guys, I have said it a lot of times, from my point of view we have four world-class centre-halves. They can play together in each partnership and hopefully that will be enough for a season, to be honest.”VANGUARD
Buckingham Palace has emphasised that allegations levelled against the Duke of York are “false” after his accuser gave an interview to US television.Virginia Giuffre told NBC News in America that she was ‘trafficked’ by Prince Andrew, who she described as an ‘abuser’.Buckingham Palace has issued numerous statements over the years, strongly denying any wrongdoing on the part of the Prince.On Friday, the Palace said: “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”In the statement last month, Prince Andrew apologised for his former friendship Jeffrey Epstein, who he continued to see even after the disgraced financier was released from prison for prostituting minors over a decade ago.The Duke said: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”Prince Andrew continued: “I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know. I have tremendous sympathy for all those affected by his actions and behaviour.“His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.“This is a difficult time for everyone involved and I am at a loss to be able to understand or explain Mr Epstein’s lifestyle. I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour.”In 2011 the Duke apologised for continuing his friendship with Epstein who was jailed for 18 months in 2008.Epstein was facing federal sex trafficking charges in New York, however, news emerged of his death last month.The disgraced financier killed himself in his Manhattan cell just a few hours after the new court documents were opened.
Tekashi 6ix9ine was generous with names while testifying as a prosecution witness against member of his former gang, the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods. During his cross examination, one of the names he confirmed as a fellow Blood was Cardi B, reports NBC News.This was momentarily expected to be a scandal, but the "Bodak Yellow" star has already been extraordinarily open about her past, from sharing tales of robbing clients while she was a stripper on Insta Live, to chatting about her past gang affiliation in interviews.Related | Watch Cardi B Take Bernie Sanders To a Nail SalonQuickly, everyone realized that they already knew Cardi had former ties to the gang, not least because she talked about it at length in a 2018 GQ profile. Here's the passage:"When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of"—agonizing, cliff-diver pause—"Bloods. I used to pop off with my homies. And they'd say, 'Yo, you really get it poppin'. You should come home. You should turn Blood.' And I did. Yes, I did. And something that—it's not like, oh, you leave. You don't leave. Stripping," which Cardi began at 19, "changed my life. When I was a stripper, I didn't give a fuck about gangs, because I was so focused on making money."She continued:"When I was younger, I used to go very hard. As I got older…you can do your own thing, but you always got to check in with your set. You don't leave your people behind. They will understand I don't be doing it because I'm an adult now. After you're in your 20s, why would you join a gang? That's something that you do when you're young. I don't even got to keep up communications. I keep communication because I'm used to it. There was a point when I was like 20, 21, 22…I was repping it, but I know that things change, Big Homies change, and I knew I had to check in again. It's like almost like renewing your license. I kept repping something, [but] people was like, 'Okay, but you're not under the right person.' So it's like, 'Okay, I gotta do it real right.' You gotta get in the loop. If somebody was to tell me right now, 'I want to join a gang,' I would tell them that it's a waste of your money, it's a waste of your time. And then you can never leave it. Sometimes these people are gonna expect you to be at meetings when you have a job. You gotta be at work till 9:30 p.m., and you cannot go to a powwow because you at work. How you tell that to people? One of the laws in my set is that you always gotta have a job, you always gotta do something to contribute, to be right in the community. They want everybody to be successful. Nobody want to be in a group full of bums. Nobody want a group full of bums."It's a little hard to parse to what extent today she considers herself a Blood today, but certainly Tekashi 6ix9ine didn't tell us anything new.Despite this, Cardi B was expected to respond. A rep from her label Atlantic Records refuted Cardi's past statements, telling Billboard: "This is not true."However, Cardi took her publicity into her own hands, per usual, with a neatly timed, captionless Instagram post.Cardi, who posted the video just a few hours after the news broke that Tekashi 6ix9ine had named her, appears to be passing along her Hustlers co-star Keke Palmer's now iconic message to the rapper: "I hate to say it, I hope I don't sound ridiculous, I don't know who this man is. I mean, he could be walking down the street, I wouldn't know a thing. Sorry to this man."Palmer's clip — which was her response to being shown a photo of Dick Cheney during a "lie detector test" with Vanity Fair — has blossomed into the meme of the moment. The actress has already released a line of "Sorry to this man" t-shirts.Who knows what the joke's internet half-life will be, but this week it was perfect for meme queen Cardi's message: whether or not it's true she's a Blood, she does not know who this man is or why he's talking about her. He could be walking down the street, and she wouldn't know a thing.
The Bayelsa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has disowned the former senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Sen. Nimi Amange, following his recent defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).Amange was a PDP senator from 2007 to 2011 and represented former President Goodluck Jonathan’s constituency.But reacting to Amange’s defection in a statement issued in Yenagoa, the state Chairman of PDP, Mr Moses Cleopas, stated that the former lawmaker did not defect directly from PDP.Cleopas said that Amange ceased to be a member of PDP before the February National Assembly (NASS) elections when he defected from PDP to African Democratic Congress (ADC).Amange had on Thursday claimed that he left PDP because of Gov. Seriake Dickson’s “unilateral style of leadership,” which he likened to an emperor.However, Cleopas, while defending Dickson, described Amange’s stance as “unfortunate and mischievous attempt to create a false impression of an implosion within a party that is stable.”According to Cleopas, the PDP family in Bayelsa does not see Amange as a member of the party after he defected to ADC early this year.“There is a misleading report that Amange has defected from PDP to APC.“The fact is that Amange is not a member of our party. He defected from PDP to ADC to contest against us in the February NASS election and lost.“Sen. Amange is not a PDP leader and the public should discountenance this misleading claim. “This unfortunate claim is part of a calculated attempt to create an erroneous impression of an implosion in a party that is stable.“PDP in the state knows those who are genuine members. Amange is not one of us and he should desist from misinforming the public with the intent to cause mischief,” the statement further read.Also read:Amange had in a letter to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, made available to newsmen, stated that he had resigned the membership of his former party to join APC, ahead of the Nov. 16 governorship poll in Bayelsa.He also predicted bright chances for APC in the Nov. 16 governorship poll in the state.He said: “APC governorship candidate, David Lyon, hails from Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA), with the highest voting strength.“I come from Nembe LGA and by my joining APC, Nembe has fallen into the hands of APC.“Brass LGA is Chief Timipre Sylva’s area and therefore an APC stronghold.“So, those three LGs are gone and we can give Kolokuma/Opokuma, the smallest LGA, to PDP because their candidate is from there.“Then Sagbama LGA, where the governor comes from, will be donated to him because PDP’s running mate is from Sagbama.“The question is, what will other LGAs do? So, we are taking three, they are taking two. The remaining three LGAs is 50/50,” Amange said.Vanguard
By Chioma Gabriel, Editor Special FeaturesNational President of the Middle-Belt Forum, Dr Pogu Bitrus, in this encounter answers questions on why Middle-Belt is opting out of the Monolithic North arrangement and working with the south. He said the core north, since the British arrangement, has been using the Middle Belt to make up the number so as to continue dominating leadership, adding that his people have had enough of that. He also warned southerners to beware of RUGA, Cattle-Colony as Fulanisation agenda is real, saying Fulani from the whole West Africa could come and settle in Nigeria under the guise of RUGA. He also spoke on other pressing issues. Excerpts:Nigerians in South Africa were sent packing recently. Many years ago, Nigeria sent Ghanaians back to Ghana. Would you say what South Africa did to Nigeria was nemesis?It’s nothing like nemesis really. We sent Ghanaians away because our economy was buoyant and Ghanaian economy was down and we felt, they were taking opportunities that belonged to Nigerians because they were occupying all the handiwork: masonry, carpentry and other crafts and we felt they were taking our jobs. Now, South Africans are seeing us the way we saw Ghanaians and naturally, they responded in the like manner. In Nigeria today, our economy has gone down since 2015 due to recession. Jobs are not there and so, what happened when we sent Ghanaians away is what is happening now in South Africa and South Africans are feeling short-changed, thinking Nigerians are living luxurious lives while they are suffering. So, this animosity just developed. It’s unfortunate but nobody thinks about history. They forgot Nigeria assisted them a lot during the apartheid regime. But it’s a lesson as we have to now sit-up and build our economy so that our people will no longer go to South Africa in search of greener pasture.With the current state of our economy, what hope is there for these Nigerians returning home?Yes, our economy is not doing well and unfortunately, many of those coming back don’t have standard businesses. My fear is that some of those returning home are involved in drug-trafficking but not all, because, some of the professors in universities in South Africa are Nigerians and that category of Nigerians I believe is not affected by this repatriation. If somebody hasn’t saved enough money to start a business at home, there will be a problem but those who have saved money can easily fit in. Those who are entrepreneurial in nature can fit in if the money is there. Unfortunately, if the money is not there, there is no job for people around. The country has no jobs.Many Nigerians are against the proposed increase in VAT from 5% — 7.5%. What’s your take on this?In an economy that is not yet buoyant, increasing VAT adds hardship to the people because it is the ordinary man that is at the receiving end. You increase VAT and producers will increase the prices of goods and services and then, the consumer bears the brunt because he is at the receiving end. So, it is not good for the ordinary man. But the government has been pretending. They told us they have introduced this single treasury account, TSA, and said they have mopped up millions, yet, they are borrowing money. So, the economic indices are not what we are being told. The truth is that the money is not there. So, government needs money and in that respect, yes. But is it VAT that will give government the required money? They cannot increase fuel again after taking it from N87.00 to N145. They can’t get more money from fuel and so, they think VAT is the way out but let them tell us what they are doing with all these monies they have been borrowing because, we have borrowed so much and when you look back to where Obasanjo re-negotiated our debt and got Nigeria out of foreign debts and now, we are so indebted again, it is not good for us. This government has been borrowing money and is still borrowing money. So, what have they been doing with this money because we have not seen anything on ground?And what about the stolen money recovered by the EFCC? They are not telling us everything.Buhari’s second term in office is now over 100 days. Do you see any difference in his way of doing things?I cannot say anything because I have not seen anything. He only appointed his ministers earlier than the first term but the accusations which we made in the past have not changed. There is nothing significant he is doing. We were accusing him of nepotism and that has not changed.We accused him of being one-sided over religion and that has not changed. So, Nigerians have come to accept that this is the man and the man has not changed.So, whether it is 100 days or one year does not make any difference. What we want to see is a significant departure from how government is run. When you look at security, our soldiers are being run down by Boko Haram more than ever before. Many soldiers are being killed. Key areas are being taken over. So, things are worsening at the security front. In that case, what can we say he has achieved in 100 days? Some people have said he has signed the West Africa Free Trade agreement but anybody can sign anything. You cannot say anybody has achieved anything by being advised to sign anything. It’s the same old game but Nigerians want true change in behaviour, in the way of governance, in the way insecurity is being addressed, so that we can have a secured Nigeria. We don’t want a Nigeria where governors will come and negotiate with bandits. That’s my point. The 100 days does not say anything. For me, it’s the same old game.Many think that banditry, killings and general insecurity are the off-shoot of unemployment which has affected the youths more than ever.Unemployment has been on the increase. This is not rocket science. The condition is deplorable. Some government agencies are advertising here and there but there are few opportunities. The economy should be buoyant for the private sector to provide employment so that if industries come up and try, things will be okay. It’s not really for government to provide employment but employment should be facilitated by government. So, the system has to provide an enabling environment that would be good for entrepreneurial employment of our youths. The education system should also be more tailored towards private employment. Individuals should be trained in such a way that when people leave school, they will not go looking for jobs but would generate jobs for themselves and for others.Concerning insecurity, do we need to change the security chiefs to achieve the security we need as some are clamouring?Service chiefs have overstayed their usefulness. Apart from the deplorable condition of security apparatus, there is this issue of people who ought to have retired still being kept on the job and it is not helping issues. For example, the Chief of Army Staff ought to have retired. But he is still there. If they were performing and things are going well, you’d say, keep them. But they are not performing. Everyday, our military is being run down by insurgents, everyday, we hear stories of places being recaptured by the insurgents, everyday military equipment bought with tax payers money are being carted away. In fact, the main supplier of arms and ammunition to the bandits is the military because they over-run the military and take away the arms. We don’t need such people.In more developed countries, they would have resigned on their own. I’m surprised the commander-in-chief has done nothing when this kind of monumental failure is being witnessed frequently. So, the better thing to do is to remove these people and get people who are better qualified and who will approach insurgency and banditry in a better way to do the job. That way, we can address our insecurity problems in this country. We don’t have to continue the way we are and think we have a country because going by security indices; we can say Nigeria is a failed state. It’s so unfortunate when governors will negotiate with bandits and the bandits will even come to the negotiating table with arms in their hands. It is a disaster. It is shameful for insurgents to stop a security vehicle carrying arms and ammunition and money meant for the military and cart away everything.The operational headquarters of Boko Haram is not far from Buratai’s village. It is in Sambisa Forest but the part is in Danboa. Villages in that area have been evacuated, like Sabon Gari and the rest. And then they are telling us they are carrying money and escorted by less than a platoon through the road. Who knows if they didn’t make arrangement to take the money? It’s all deceit. You see in this country, things have to change. If such a thing happens, the commanding officer has to be queried to explain why they should carry that kind of money on a road that is close to Boko Haram operational headquarters. They are deceiving Nigerians. They have to stop. The truth has to be told. We cannot continue to accept this kind of nonsense in this country and then, we just wave it off as if nothing has happened. Serious questions have to be asked and we need answers. Don’t we have helicopters? Didn’t they know where they were going and what they were carrying and that the road was not safe? They just pretended they didn’t know and are telling us stories afterwards.Many Nigerians believe that with restructuring and state police, things will be well again.We believe things will improve and not that every problem will be solved. I’m about 65 years and I grew up knowing two types of police: the local police and the Nigerian Police. The Nigerian Police force was only operating in urban areas but the other was operating in the grass roots. They were the police who identified with the people and they knew the people. They knew the villages and the bad people. All we are saying is, let the state have their police, let the local government have their police since we are copying the American system where it operates. Your native police will not see where your people are being killed by bandits and keep quiet and not defend them. And let’s see if the government is an accomplice in this criminality. Why should we be keeping a system that is not working? These bandits may even be operating two or three kilometres to a police or military check-point and when you tell them, they will say they have not been given instruction to go to the scene or to get involved and now, when the people organise to fight back, the police or the military will come in to stop them. That means there is collusion.So, as far as we are concerned, one of the ways to tackle these issues is to have a police that operates in the grass roots who can identify the people and check crime. These police will interact with traditional rulers at local government and ward levels and will find the forests where the bandits are hiding. Everybody in the area would have known that yes, in this forest we have these people and they are of this nature. Local police will be able to handle that.When you look at the security situation, you would see that many of the things which the police are supposed to be doing are being done by the military. Many of these things, like internal security, is supposed to be done by the police. The military is supposed to concern itself with the territorial integrity of this country. We have involved the military in policing jobs and everything has become a mess. Some of us have looked at ways of addressing these issues by creating more states. We are not saying that all states have to be equal. Even in US, which system we are copying, all states are not equal. California is richer than so many countries in this world as a state and yet, there are poor states in the United States being supported by federal might. If we want true federalism, such things must operate. But let us not keep pretending. Unless these changes come, Nigeria will continue to face problems and we will not make progress.For sometime, there is this kind of cooperation between the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria and many northerners think the south is trying to break what used to be known as the monolithic north. Is it true?I disagree totally. For one, before independence, there was the Williams Commission that was created by the colonial masters to look at the problem of the nationalities in the north other than the big Hausa/Fulani group who they saw with an organised system when they came in. The Williams Commission went round and interviewed locals from different parts in Yola and current day Taraba, Jalingo, etc. They interviewed locals from the minority areas and they prepared a report and because the core north then who were partnering with the British realised that if the Middle Belt was carved out from the north, they would be insignificant in terms of population. So, they resisted and ensured that never happened.However, in the South, Mid-West was carved out for the nationalities in the South but in the north, the Middle Belt was never carved out. This relationship has continued and the core north has continued to use Middle Beltans to lord it over Nigeria, boosting their population.After all, after the military created states, they still continued to ensure that the north remains as north so that they could lord it over others. But what is happening in the Middle Belt today? They are manipulating the Middle-Belt, using religion and other factors so that this relationship will continue but we are saying no. We want progress, we want to move forward and will partner with people who want Nigeria to progress; people who want every Nigerian to be able to aspire to be whatever he wants to be; not through a gang-up of 19 northern states and then, you gang up because of colonial arrangement which the British left with us. We are saying no. We have seen that what the south is crying about what will bring progress to Nigeria, not what monolithic north will bring and we see that Nigeria has to move forward and we are for development, not for retrogression. We are not for stagnation and for that reason, we opted this time to work together with brothers from the south so that Nigeria can move forward, not what we are maintaining and retaining, which is taking Nigeria backwards, instead of moving us forward.Does that mean you support the agitation for regionalism as being agitated for by some people?We are talking about restructuring now and people have different approaches to it. The South West thinks the way forward is regionalism, some think its parliamentary system of government. Some think, we should operate with the six geo-political zones which is not a constitutional arrangement but a political arrangement. But we can sit down and talk about these structures. We already have states and to jettison these states for regions might be a problem. We can restructure the geo-political zones to serve some of these agitations but we need to sit down and discuss it. And that is why we are saying, why don’t we revisit the 2014 conference report because in that report, many of these issues have been addressed and if we can be able to implement it, Nigeria will be better for it and we can move forward. That report tried to accommodate many of these things. The nationalities in the north can be factored in two additional geo-political zones. That will allow for some equity and allow people to have some sense or feeling of belonging. We can debate this and come to some agreement and not to say yes, it must be this way as if we are in military regime. No, that we don’t agree. We have to be talking, we have to be engaging each other so that Nigeria can have a system that is workable for Nigerians because we don’t just go and take somebody’s model and say it will work for Nigeria. No. It does not work like that. We have to come to terms with a Nigerian specific solution to Nigeria’s problems. So, this is what I’m saying.With banditry and insurgency in the north, it seems northern minorities are feeling it more than the other northerners. Is that what informed your agitations for more geo-political zones in the north?It is a contributory factor but not the sole reason. You see, when people want development, they consider so many things. Insurgency contributed because we’ve had attacks where these people come from unknown locations and attack and kill people. After attacking and killing people, some group will come out and say, we are responsible and nobody will be arrested even when they claim responsibility for the killings. That is a contributor. If such a thing is happening, why shouldn’t we look for a solution? And we had a situation where electoral bill was sent to the president and he refused to sign. Today, we have a problem of whether there was INEC server or not. Such problems would have been addressed if he had signed the electoral bill but maybe he deliberately refused to sign so they could favour them.So, if we want development, we can’t continue doing the same thing if it didn’t work and we are having problems. Why can’t we do something that will work or try something else? So, what we are saying is yes, banditry, terrorism contributed to the agitation. However, we have also looked at other issues that we need to have in place so this country can develop better and that resulted in us saying, let’s partner with people who want development, who want a departure from the current situation we are in. So, that is our take.Do you think the alleged Islamisation and Fulanisation are true?With regards to religion, that’s a different thing. Fulanisation came from the fact that the land which are being taken is given to the Fulani. They came with Cattle Colony, it didn’t work; they came with RUGA and now, National Livestock Transformation Plan. It’s all the same thing. It’s all about Fulani and they are generally nomads and it’s them that brought the Jihad to Nigeria. Naturally, the people will not embrace what comes from them. This allegation first came from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Somebody of his stature and his standing cannot just come out and say something from the blues without some evidence. He will not make a sectional statement like someone who represents the interest of a people.Somebody like Obasanjo has gone beyond that life and for him to say such, he must have some evidence. But Fulanisation, I agree with him 100 per cent because we have nomads in Borno, we have the Shua Arabs and herdsmen who have settled in towns. They rear their cattle, they grow crops; they save grass for their cattle in dry season. We have the Kanuri cattle rearers who also farm and provide for their animals. They are in Borno; some of them are found in Yobe but they don’t leave those places. Are they saying Sokoto is drier than Borno and Zamfara is drier than Borno, Katsina is drier than Borno; Kano and Jigawa are drier than Borno?So, it is something else. They want to take lands which belong to communities and give to Fulani and then all the Fulani around West Africa will just come in and occupy our land and settle in Nigeria. You can see what happened last week; the umbrella body of Fulani said they are the largest ethnic group in Nigeria. That is even confirming this issue. There is a sinister motive behind RUGA and cattle-colony. The constitution does not allow anybody to take land belonging to a community and give it to another person. You are taking the land from another community and giving it to another community which is the Fulani. They should stay where they are and let the government have a policy that will accommodate Fulani in their own place. The non-Nigerian Fulani should be made to go back to their country and let their countries provide for them the way the Nigerian government is providing for the local Fulani, not to bring in all Fulani in West Africa and accommodate them in our land. That is not acceptable. So, whether it is cattle-colony which we refused, RUGA which we refused and National Livestock Transformation Plan to favour the Fulani, not considering people who have been displaced by the same Fulani, we do not want. The people whose lands were taken and given to Fulani, nobody cares about them or resettling them. We don’t accept that one.So, how do we rebuild Nigeria?For now, we should go and dust the 2014 national conference report which addressed issues of diverse importance, including economy in the way and manner that will move Nigeria forward. When that is implemented and we see that we are still far from getting there, then, we can sit down and discuss the way forward, not these draconian military kind of thing as if saying yes, we don’t want it because it was done during Jonathan’s regime. What is good is good. I was praising the current Borno governor. What he did within 100 days in office surpassed what his predecessors did. What is good is good. If Buhari does something good, I will shout it at the roof tops. The current Borno governor has started on a good footing. He doesn’t care about PDP or APC. Buhari should do same and pick the 2014 confab report and use it to move Nigeria forward.
It is unprecedented. One 16-year-old Swedish girl with a vision for a viable planet has inspired a global movement for change. The millions of people, predominantly young, all around the world who made a powerful but peaceful protest about the transcendent issue facing the world – the future of the life on Earth itself – constitute by far the most hopeful development since we first became aware of the damage human activity is inflicting on Gaia. For these are the very people who, perhaps before it really is too late, will be voting, agitating, arguing and delivering the changes to lifestyles so desperately needed.We owe an enormous debt to Greta Thunberg. Reviled though she may be in some quarters, her message carries an extraordinary power and resonance, much of it down to its sheer earnestness. As she told the United States congress this week – and there are few other groups on the planet who need to hear the voice of the global young more urgently – dealing with the climate emergency is not a matter of choice, of options to be weighed and assessed, of considering matters or planning ameliorative palliative measures.“This is above all an emergency, and not just any emergency,” she said. “This is the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced. And we need to treat it accordingly so that people can understand and grasp the urgency. Because you cannot solve a crisis without treating it as one. Stop telling people that everything will be fine when in fact, as it looks now, it won’t be very fine.”We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras.It is this blunt speaking, and the bold statement of the truth, that has led some, consciously or not, to belittle her and her motivations. It is foolish to do so, and pointless, because, while the critics can attack Greta all they like, the data and the science speak almost for themselves. They have, though, benefited from the amplification supplied by this remarkable young woman.She states the position admirably precisely: there is a 66 per cent chance of averting some of the worst aspects of climate change if action is taken on a 10-year timespan. Some countries, regions and cities are making impressive progress, pulling their targets for carbon neutrality and eliminating the internal combustion engine ever closer to today. Theresa May, in her last act as prime minister, pledged to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050. This is progress, but not enough. The remaining signatories to the Paris climate change accords at least acknowledge the reality of the threat, its immediacy and the scientific evidence.Yet the world knows there are others resistant to reason and the cause of self-preservation. Despite frequent and freakish weather that is already costing lives and damaging their economies, the American and Australian governments, with their large natural resources sectors, could go so much further than they have. It is also distressing to witness the wilful destruction of the rain forests of Brazil and central Africa, sometimes encouraged by figures such as President Bolsonaro. China has invested much in its electric vehicle industry, but is still building power stations fed by fossil fuels at an alarming rate. There, and in too many other countries, the authorities simply do not permit the kind of strike actions and protests that have promoted renewed global debate.Above all, this is the perfect reminder to all those attending the UN Climate Action Summit in New York about what is at stake. The issue could hardly be bigger. As the placards say, There is No Planet B, and, as the young are saying to the generation of today’s leaders that holds the very existence of future generations of humanity in its hands, you may die of old age, but your children and grandchildren will die of climate change. We have been warned.
Contrary to other reports doing the rounds in the media, Sport Mediaset report that the dispute between Marcelo Brozovic and Romelu Lukaku took place at half time and not at full time of Tuesday night’s match against Slavia Prague in the Champions League.At the half time interval, with the game at 0-0, Lukaku addressed the team and called for them to show some more courage when attacking. Brozovic is understood to have taken offence to this and things reportedly got heated between the two of them.The report from the broadcaster goes on to detail that Inter manager Antonio Conte then told the players that he welcomed the fact they were having discussion but so long as it was orientated toward winning the match.Inter would find themselves behind just over 15 minutes after the restart but substitute Nicolo Barella spared the team from defeat with a volley in injury time and secure the Nerazzurri a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool and Real Madrid are reportedly interested in signing Spanish playmaker Fabian Ruiz from Serie A heavyweights Napoli.As per a report from the Daily Mail, reigning European champions Liverpool are monitoring Napoli and Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who is also on the radars of La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid.Ruiz, a product of the Real Betis youth academy, moved to Italy in the summer of 2018, joining Napoli for £26.7 million and has since become an integral member of Carlo Ancelotti’s team. The 23-year-old featured 40 times across all competitions in his debut campaign, scoring 7 goals and assisting three more and has started all four of Napoli’s games in the new season.A versatile left-footed midfielder, Ruiz broke into the Spain national team in June earlier this year and has gone on to make three appearances for La Roja so far. His rapid rise over the past year has seen him attract a lot of admirers, with Liverpool and Real Madrid leading the line.Liverpool have seen Ruiz from close quarters, given that the Spaniard started in both of Napoli’s Champions League group games against the Reds last season and was part of the team that defeated them on Tuesday night. And the report claims that Liverpool manager has been left heavily impressed by the 23-year-old’s abilities.James Milner will be 34 years old by the time the next season comes around, while question marks remain over the future of Adam Lallana, who has struggled for game time in the past year. And bringing in Ruiz would certainly add more quality to the Liverpool midfield department.However, Liverpool will still have to battle Real Madrid if they want to sign Ruiz next summer. The Merengues are keen on adding another creative presence to their midfield department, as was witnessed by their relentless pursuit of Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek this past summer.The report claims that Real Madrid were interested in Ruiz as well and had made an offer worth £40 million for the 23-year-old in the recently concluded transfer window, only for Napoli to reject their bid. Los Blancos are monitoring the Spanish international and could launch another offer next summer.Ruiz is contracted with Napoli till the summer of 2023 and the Partenopei are believed to be working on a new deal for the former Real Betis man in a bid to thwart the overtures from his suitors. It will be interesting to see if either of Liverpool or Real Madrid do decide to act on their interest in the midfielder next summer and make a move to sign him.
Smartphones are getting smarter each year and for some, every few months. As for feature phones, well, they’re also becoming smarter. But what’s a feature phone you ask? For those born in the 21st century, it’s a brick phone that requires you tap each number several times to type a specific letter. Many people may have only started with touch phones but for some of us oldies (ehem), we started with those kinds of phones. They’re being resurrected these days but for good reasons– fewer distractions and maybe as a way to curb your phone addiction.After the Alcatel GO FLIP 3 and Alcatel SMARTFLIP clamshell phones, here’s a Nokia feature phone that may be powered by Android. Alcatel’s feature phones run KaiOS but they come with Google services. This means standard Google apps like Google Maps, YouTube, and even the Google Assistant work on the devices.As for this mystery Nokia phone, the device shows Android powers including the Google Assistant. Details are scarce but the demo video shows the ability to change the speaking language. We see common apps like the Google Assistant, Chrome, and Google Maps.Under the settings, we see the version of Android which is 8.1. We can also see a Facebook app icon on the top part of the screen and YouTube at the bottom.This Nokia feature phone with Android and Google Assistant is said to be introduced together with the new Pixel 4 series. The Pixel Event is happening on October 15 so let’s just wait and see. And oh, who’s thinking of getting one?
WeWork CEO Adam Neumann and his wife, Rebekah Neumann, battled with contractors over bills related to the renovation of their $10.5 million Manhattan townhome.Between 2017 and 2018, four of the contractors ended up filing legal claims over alleged unpaid bills, and one even sued the couple — even as Neumann was cashing in on his WeWork stake to the tune of $700 million.Together, the contractors claimed the Neumanns owed them more than $1.1 million.The Neumanns appear to have settled at least two of the disputes in March, right as WeWork was preparing for a planned initial public offering.Read all of Business Insider's WeWork coverage here.In late 2013, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann and his wife made a splashy purchase befitting his rising status as a major player in the New York real estate market — a $10.5 million townhouse in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.The couple soon got to work remaking the property, hiring contractors for a $6.5 million project to extensively renovate it. Within a few years, though, the work on the Neumann's dream home became embroiled in bitter battles, with contractors complaining about unpaid bills.The disagreements got so bad that four different contractors collectively filed legal documents, or liens, charging that the Neumanns owed them money and staking a claim to the value of the townhome. All told, the contractors alleged the Neumanns owed them a combined $1.1 million.At least two of the disputes, involving more than $1 million of that amount, have either been settled or appear to have been. It's unclear what happened with the other two disputes.The attorney that represented the Neumanns in at least one of their legal battles with contractors did not return a call seeking comment. WeWork representatives did not respond to an email seeking comment.The contractor disputes occurred as Adam Neumann was cashing in on his WeWork stake to the tune of a reported $700 million through stock sales and taking out loans, using his shares in the company as collateral.The existence of the liens, which has not previously been reported, comes as questions around Neumann's character and judgement have unnerved investors and clouded WeWork's IPO prospects. Neumann's history of cashing out his WeWork shares as well as controversial transactions such as the company paying Neumann $6 million to buy the "We" brand from him, have become red flags to critics of WeWork, which at one point was valued by private investors at $47 billion.WeWork has since announced a series of governance changes, including curtailing some of Neumann's power and reimbursing the $6 million We deal, but it still ended up delaying its IPO earlier this week.The Neumanns wanted to transform their $10.5 million townhomeThe Neumanns' battles with contractors all revolved renovation work done to their townhome, a four-story edifice built in 1847, the purchase of which was big news in the New York real estate world at the time. The listing for the building, posted online prior to the sale to the couple, describes and shows an elegant home, with large sitting rooms, a glassed-in sun room, and a small patio in back.The Neumann's renovation plan called for combining the townhome's two units into one large one. Google Maps However grand the 5,186 square foot townhome may have been when they purchased it, the Neumanns decided to completely transform it. Their plan was to combine its two units into one jumbo-sized one, expand, the footprint of the building, and raise its height, according to a response the couple filed to a lawsuit over alleged unpaid bills. They also planned to replace a staircase, adding touches such as new fireplaces, and upgrade the electrical and plumbing systems, according to the court documents.The cost of all that work, which appears to have started in 2014, soon became the subject of some bitter battles. Four different contractors ended up taking legal action to try to compel the Neumanns to pay their alleged outstanding bills.The disputed amounts included:$659,818 allegedly owed to Iridium Development, which served as the general contractor on the renovation project, according to court records. Iridium filed a legal claim to the amount in April 2017 and a lawsuit two months later that wasn't resolved until this past March, at the same time that WeWork was gearing up for its IPO.$385,399.35 allegedly owed to Mimar Construction, which rebuilt the townhouse's roof, walls, and chimney, and did masonry and stucco work on the building, according to the New York County Clerk's office. Mimar filed a legal claim to the amount last November that was also resolved this March.$37,309.56 allegedly owed to Pinnacle Contracting, which provided concrete for the renovation project. Pinnacle made a claim to the amount in August 2017 but didn't renew that claim after it expired a year later.$2,893.16 allegedly owed to Cardella Trucking, which was hired by Iridium as a subcontractor on the renovation project to haul away and dispose of construction debris, according to a document filed with the county clerk's office. Cardella placed a claim on that amount in June 2017 and renewed it the following year.The liens were filed against the townhome, not the Neumanns by name. Iridium's lawsuit was filed against an entity called Residence 72 LLC. In 2016, the Neumanns transferred the deed and mortgage to Residence 72, according to New York City property records. The New York Secretary of State's office doesn't list an owner for Residence 72, but lists as its contact person a WeWork attorney. In its suit, Iridium alleged that Residence 72 was essentially the Neumanns by another name; the suit says that the Neumanns transferred money to Residence 72 for the renovation project.According to Iridium's lawsuit, the contract with the Neummans specified a budget of roughly $6.5 million for the renovation project.The Neumanns repeatedly changed the size, scope, and sequencing of the project, the contractor claimed in its suit. The plans they provided were also insufficient or defective, Iridium said in its legal complaint. Such factors increased the cost of the renovation project, it said.At some point, the Neumanns stopped reimbursing Iridium for its work, according to the lawsuit.The Neumanns countersued, via the Residence 72 entity, charging that Iridium performed "substandard work." As part of the construction work, the interior of the townhome was exposed to the elements and was damaged in the process, they said in their countersuit. The result was peeling and chipped paint in the house's entrance, unspecified damage to construction materials and other parts of the house. The Neumanns also charged that Iridium failed to complete some work, didn't follow their architect's plans, or did a poor job working on other areas.The contractors were sending the Neumanns a "message"In all four disputes, the contractors resorted to something called a mechanic's lien. In New York and some other states, contractors and construction companies that haven't been paid for the work they've done can file a lien, essentially a claim, against the property on which they've been working.The mere existence of a lien does not prove that a property owner has done anything wrong. It just means that a contractor is in a dispute of some sort with the property owner and is claiming to be owed something. But it allows the contractor to stake a claim to any value seen from selling the property. The lien can even be used to force a sale of the property to pay the outstanding debt, said Neal Eiseman, a construction law expert and a partner at Goetz Fitzpatrick in New York.Filing a lien sends a "message" to the property owner, Eiseman said.Contractors typically use the liens as a way to pressure property owners to pay outstanding bills, he said. Mortgages often have clauses in them that forbid owners from having any outstanding mechanic's liens on the property, he said.Read this: There are 6 billion very good reasons for WeWork to go public this year, even though Wall Street doesn't want itIt's not uncommon for construction work to lead to disputes over bills and to contractors filing mechanic's liens over unpaid bills, especially in high-end residential construction, he said."People are demanding, as they have a right to be," he said.Even so, most disputes that lead to liens or even lawsuits end in settlements, he said.That appears to be the outcome with the two biggest contractor disputes the Neumanns were involved in over their townhome project.Iridium and the Neumanns both agreed to dismiss a lawsuit and countersuit over their disputed amount, presumably because they settled out of court. Court records don't indicate if or how much money changed hands between the two.Meanwhile, Mimar owner Ambel Durdia told Business Insider his company had reached a settlement with the Neumanns over their alleged unpaid bill. He said he couldn't discuss the details of the dispute or the settlement."We make a settlement," he said. "I'm very happy with" Neumann.It's unclear what happened with the other two disputed contractor bills.A representative for Iridium declined to comment. Representatives of Pinnacle and Cardella did not return calls or email seeking comment.Got a tip about WeWork or another company? Contact this reporter via email at email@example.com, message him on Twitter @troywolv, or send him a secure message through Signal at 415.515.5594. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.