Long-awaited title Liverpool’s to lose after latest Man City slip

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side’s title challenge falter in a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Pep Guardiola insists it is far too early to write off Manchester City’s chances of defending their Premier League title, but the champions’ fourth defeat in nine league games has emboldened Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title.Win at home to Leicester at Anfield on Wednesday and Jurgen Klopp’s men will have a seven-point lead over City with just 14 games left to negotiate. Moreover, there is every chance that lead could be extended in the coming week as City host Arsenal and Chelsea either side of a trip to the other side of Liverpool to face Everton in a testing eight-day stretch starting on Sunday.“Next week will be tough with Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea,” said Guardiola after a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle on Tuesday.“If we want to go up as a club we have to accept that challenge. There are a lot of titles and points to play for.”Unlike Liverpool, who bowed out at the first hurdle of both domestic cups with Klopp fielding weakened teams, Guardiola believes the way forward for City to establish themselves as a dominant power in the era of the club’s Abu Dhabi funded wealth is silverware on all fronts.“What are the best teams in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona. These are the three best teams in Europe. Why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there,” Guardiola said this week.“We can – not get close to them, because it’s difficult – but imitate them. Being in the competition until the last stages. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not, but be there.”City are still involved in four competitions having progressed to the League Cup final and last 16 of the FA Cup in recent weeks, while Liverpool have had time for a winter training camp in Dubai during a 10-day break since their last outing.– Defensive deficiencies exposed –However, in chasing a quadruple of trophies, City’s challenge to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League has faltered.Despite taking the lead after just 24 seconds at St James’ Park, defensive deficiencies were exposed in a second-half Newcastle fightback, just as they were in December defeats to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester.By contrast, Liverpool have kept 13 clean sheets and conceded just 13 goals in 23 games prior to Leicester’s visit.Klopp admitted on Tuesday that the title race is too “intense” for him to enjoy.The German is yet to win a trophy since taking charge in October 2015, but he is now on the brink of delivering the one most craved on Merseyside for nearly three decades.And if Liverpool to go onto win the title, one of Klopp’s predecessors who came close to delivering the holy grail 10 years ago will have played his part.Victory over Man City was doubly sweet for Newcastle boss and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYRafael Benitez’s Liverpool fell just short in 2008/09 against a Manchester United side blessed with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney in their prime and who remain the last team to retain the Premier League.Now Newcastle manager, a victory that boosted the Magpies’ chances of survival was doubly sweet for the Spaniard.“When you have to win, even a draw is not good enough for you then maybe you will play with more anxiety, you will make more mistakes,” said Benitez from experience as, despite just two defeats all season a decade ago, 11 draws cost Liverpool the title.“I said in the press conference before the game maybe they will feel a little more pressure and I think that was another factor.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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CRASHES AS OIL SPILL CAUSES CHAOS ON ROAD

first_imgDONEGAL County Council staff are gritting the main Donegal Town to Killybegs road today after an oil spill caused two vehicles to crash.A spokesman has urged “extreme caution” along the route whilst staff organise a clean-up operation.This is the just the latest oil spill on the road; locals say there was a smaller spill there two months ago. No-one was seriously injured in this morning’s accidents.The council say a ‘stop-go’ system is in operation whilst the clean-up continues.Gardai are also patrolling the area.  CRASHES AS OIL SPILL CAUSES CHAOS ON ROAD was last modified: May 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CRASHES AS OIL SPILL CAUSES CHAOS ON ROADdonegalKillybegslast_img read more

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Jepsen to lead International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dee Jepsen was recently named President of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH). Jepsen will serve on the Board of Directors for a two-year term through the summer of 2019.ISASH is an organization dedicated to the professional development of agricultural safety and health professionals, providing national and international leadership in preventing agricultural injuries and illnesses to the agricultural community. ISASH provides opportunities for sharing information about research and intervention programs, improving professional skills and knowledge, networking and other supportive activities.Dee Jepsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University and State Leader for the OSU Extension Agricultural Safety & Health Program. Many of her efforts around the state have gained her a national reputation for leadership in community safety initiatives. She also is a regular OCJ contributor.During her term, Jepsen hopes to foster additional international connections within the Society.“I have a goal to connect and re-connect members with others doing work in this discipline,” she said. “There are so many opportunities to impact farmers’ and ranchers’ quality of life through better outreach and engagement of best management practices. Whether it’s domestically or around the world, this organization connects many of us in the occupational safety and health field.”Jepsen has been a member of ISASH for 25 years.“To be entrusted to lead this organization is a professional honor,” she said.last_img read more

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