Dietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT Simon Mignolet is one of the top three goalkeepers in the Premier League.The Belgian has often been a target for detractors since his £9million move to Liverpool from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, and former manager Brendan Rodgers left him out of the team for an “indefinite period” last December following some inconsistent displays.That exodus last just 12 days before stand-in Brad Jones picked up an injury, and Mignolet has been first choice ever since.He found himself back under the microscope again last week, however, after conceding a goal against Bordeaux from an indirect free-kick inside the penalty area after he was penalised for holding onto the ball for 21 seconds.Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, however, insists he is not looking to replace Mignolet and hailed the 27-year-old as “one of the smartest goalkeepers” he has ever had.And Hamann is backing the judgement of his fellow German and says there should be no question marks over Mignolet’s Merseyside future.“He’s a very talented goalkeeper,” he said on the Colin Murray show. “The issue people always have with him is whether or not he’s mentally strong enough, but for a goalkeeper to come back into the team [after being dropped like he was last season] and do well is not an easy thing to do.“As an outfield player you’ve always got another chance. But if he’d come back and made one or two mistakes his Liverpool career would have been finished.“The way he responded last year, and the way he’s kept goal this year for large parts, has been exceptional.“I totally agree with the manager. I wouldn’t swap him for any goalkeeper in the Premier League other than David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois, he’s that good a goalkeeper. He’s still young and he can still improve.“He has the most clean sheets in the Premier League in 2015 and you don’t do that if you’re not a capable goalkeeper. I hope he stays at the club and I hope he stays as No.1 and, by the sound of it, he will.“Leave him alone. He’s a top keeper.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An aging American farm population, the need to successfully transition land ownership from senior farmers to new industry entrants, and providing support and training for these beginning farmers, are top concerns for the future of the American farming industry, said an agricultural economist in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.“Farm transitions have been identified as one of the major upcoming structural changes in agriculture that concerns policy makers,” said Ani Katchova, chair of Ohio State’s Farm Income Enhancement Program. She also holds appointments with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Katchova defines farm transitions as changes in farm size or structure, intergenerational transfers of a farm operation, and the entry and exit of industry participants.Using data from the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, Katchova worked with Mary Ahearn, an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, to analyze the age distribution of all farmers and beginning farmers.The team also examined how young and beginning farmers enter the industry and grow their operations over time, how many beginning farmers join the farming industry each year, and the exit rates for U.S. farms.The average age of U.S. farmers in 2007 was 57.1 while in 2012 this figure reached 58.3, Katchova said. Additionally, the current data shows that there are fewer beginning farmers joining the industry compared to findings from earlier agricultural censuses, she said.“Among U.S. farmers, 6% are 35 years old or younger, while 33% are greater than 65 years old,” Katchova said. “In Ohio, 7% are 35 years old or younger, while 29% are older than 65.“Most people think of beginning farmers either as young or older, second-career farmers, however, statistics show that beginning farmers can be of any age with the highest number of beginning farmers being mid-age.”As an industry, farming is currently showing lower entry numbers for new farm businesses started each year across the nation, she said.“There were 652,820 beginning farmers in 2007, and only 522,058 in 2012, representing a 20% drop over the five-year period,” Katchova said. “Only 25% of farmers are classified as beginning farmers according to Census of Agriculture statistics.”Katchova and Ahearn found that there are significant challenges facing beginning farmers, or those with less than 10 years of experience, and young farmers, or those less than 35 years old.Both groups report a need for more support and training, as well as help in acquiring access to farmland, Katchova said.“Depending on their age, we find that beginning farmers have different capital needs in terms of purchasing or leasing farmland and that they likely need different support programs to start their businesses,” she said. “While young farmers may have similar needs to initially acquire farmland as older beginning farmers, young farmers may need additional capital or may face more credit constraints for purchasing additional farmland to expand their operations.“These considerations make it important for policy makers to have a clearer sense of their policy goals in targeting beginning farmers, including targeting young farmers and tailoring farm policy support for their needs.”
Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were reeling from floods on Monday following incessant showers over the past few days.The death toll in rain-related incidents has mounted to 145 across the country. Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of deaths — 111 since last week. Twenty-five have died in Bihar.The weather department has forecast a long delayed withdrawal of monsoon and more rains for Patna, where several areas still remain submerged due to heavy rainfall over the past three days.Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, whose own residence was affected by the deluge, was seen doing the rounds of the city clad in a T-shirt and shorts, and issuing instructions to officials.Highest since 1994India recorded its highest rainfall since 1994 this monsoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said classifying it as ‘above normal.’ The season officially ended on Monday. However, rain bearing winds still remain active over several parts of the country. Bihar floods: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residence Bihar flood: NDRF rescues Deputy CM Sushil Modi from his residenceVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1701:17 Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions of the IMD, two regions — west Madhya Pradesh and Saurashtra and Kutch — recorded precipitation in “large excess.”In Patna, normal life was thrown out of gear, with several schools shut, roads inundated, and many shops, hospitals and houses submerged in knee-deep waters. The State’s disaster management department said the government had urged the Air Force to send a helicopter for dropping food packets and other relief material in affected areas.Though there was a let up in rainfall in the morning, the IMD has predicted showers later on Monday in the Bihar capital.Deficient in DelhiDelhi may witness scattered rains over the next three to four days, according to the weather office. In a year the rest of India witnessed “above-normal monsoon,” the city recorded the lowest since 2014 with a deficiency of 38 per cent, the IMD said. The city recorded 404.1 mm rainfall this monsoon — from June 1 to September 30 — against the 30-year average of 648.9 mm, a shortfall of 38 per cent, an official said.In Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, authorities had to shift about 900 prisoners to other jails after flood waters entered the barracks of the district jail located near the Ganga river.In Jharkhand’s Dumka district, three members of a family died after a wall collapsed on them following heavy rains in the region.As many as 13 deaths were reported on Saturday from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.In in Rajkot district in Gujarat, three women drowned after their car was swept away at a flooded causeway on Sunday following heavy rains in several parts of the Saurashtra region.
Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid FILE – In this July 22, 2018, file photo, Vissel Kobe’s Andres Iniesta, right, of Spain controls the ball during their J-League soccer match against Shonan Bellmare in Kobe, western Japan. Iniesta is confident he can help his struggling Japanese team turn things around after a disappointing start to the season. (Yohei Nishimura/Kyodo News via AP)KOBE, Japan— Andres Iniesta is confident he can help his struggling Japanese team turn things around after a disappointing start to the season.After finishing 10th in the 18-team J-League last season, Vissel Kobe spent lavishly over the winter when it signed Iniesta and his former Barcelona teammate David Villa.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While in Japan, Barcelona will also play English Premier League club Chelsea on July 23 at Saitama Stadium.Iniesta said he is looking forward to facing his former team.“Personally, It will be a special game for me,” he said. “It will be special for Vissel Kobe and all of our fans so we want to play our best.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess But things have just gone from bad to worse two months into the season.Former Germany international Lukas Podolski stepped down as captain last week, hinting at turmoil after manager Juan Manuel Lillo left the club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a statement through the club, former Real Sociedad manager Lillo said he had made the “difficult decision” to leave the team.The club has named its former manager Takayuki Yoshida as Lillo’s replacement and Iniesta will wear the captain’s armband when the team faces Kawasaki Frontale at home on Saturday. “Even though there have been a lot of changes we have to stay positive as professionals,” Iniesta said on Thursday. “The team is in a difficult situation now but we have to move forward.”Owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc., Vissel has tried to establish itself as one of the J-League’s premier clubs with the signing of players like Podolski, Iniesta and Villa.Despite boasting one of the league’s most expensive rosters, Vissel has just three wins this season, along with a draw and four losses and is currently 11th in the standings.“There will be a lot of opinions about what we need to do,” Iniesta said. “The new manager has previous experience and knows this team. From a personal perspective, I feel we are making progress and there are no negatives.”Vissel will play 25-time Spanish champions Barcelona on July 27 at Kobe’s Noevir Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas set for twice a week training for Fiba World Cup buildup DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments