Liverpool transfer news live: No Deadline Day signings, ex-keeper joins Man City

first_imgSome speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of #LFC offloading him. https://t.co/vL1GVH9rDR— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLigue 1 side Monaco are interested in signing Xherdan Shaqiri. Swiss outlet Blick are reporting that the Ligue 1 side would be willing to pay Shaqiri, 27, a salary of €6million a year. However, the report also suggests Liverpool will not be willing to sell the Switzerland international, who is contracted at the club until 2023. It reads: “AS Monaco are ready to offer the Liverpool star (contracted until 2023) a yearly salary of 6 million euros net.“In Monaco, players pay no taxes, in England that would be worth 12 million euros (gross, before tax deduction). In England, it can be assumed that he earns around 8 million euros gross (4 million net).”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool youngster George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to Feyenoord.The centre-back, 20, captained Liverpool’s U23s for a large part of the 2018/19 campaign, has completed his move to the Eredivisie club. Johnston, who has represented Scotland at Under-21 level, joined the Reds’ academy aged nine and became a regular in the Under-18s during the 2016/17 season. George Johnston has completed a permanent transfer to @Feyenoord. Everyone at #LFC wishes George good luck at his new club. 🙌https://t.co/IlThjYknpi— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp has heaped praise on ‘sensational young player’ Ki-Jana Hoever. Hoever, 17, signed a new long-term Anfield contract last week and celebrated it with a solid display in a victory over Lyon in a pre-season match. He also made an appearance for the Reds during an FA Cup match in January when he was 16 and is the youngest player to represent the club in the competition. Klopp told liverpoolfc.com: “Ki-Jana is a wonderful kid and a sensational young player who can learn so much. Especially in the Napoli game when he came on, on the left side, it was maybe his best 15 minutes in the pre-season.“You can from time to time, especially the physical demands were really heavy for him to take. “You forget so quickly these boys are so young. He’s still 17, it’s just crazy. But everything will be fine, he’s a fantastic footballer and I’m really happy that we have him for longer.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonLiverpool defender Nat Phillips has signed a new long-term contract with the club before joining Stuttgart on loan.The centre-back joins the German second tier side for the 2019/20 campaign and becomes the latest departure after Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi’s temporary exits were confirmed on Tuesday.Phillips was part of the club’s tour of the United States last month, however, the signing of Dutch youngster Sepp van den Berg has bolstered Liverpool’s defence. FirstPrev1 of 32NextLast5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonOvie Ejaria has joined Championship club on a season-long loan with the move to become permanent next summer. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp responds to questions on whether he was offered Philippe Coutinho this summer. The Liverpool boss said: “No answer, I don’t make big comments on these things. “And it’s not really likely we will do (any business) – if you want more excitement go to Everton!” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeLiverpool legend John Barnes says Manchester City, Liverpool or Leicester should sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech. The winger caught the eye of several clubs following a series of impressive displays for the Dutch champions last season.“I think (Hakim) Ziyech, the Moroccan at Ajax would be a great signing for the Premier League,” Barnes told bonuscodebets. “I think he could do very well here.”READ MORE5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson is set to move to Manchester City on a season-long loan. City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to add some experience to his squad for the season ahead. And Carson’s current club Derby are happy to see the ex-England international spend the twilight of his career with the Premier League champions. Carson moved to Liverpool from Leeds in 2005 but never made an impact on the Reds’ first-team and eventually left to join West Brom in 2008. 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeOvie Ejaria could leave Liverpool on a permanent deal today. The midfielder, who has not played for the Reds since January 2017, has had loan spells with Sunderland, Rangers and Reading. And The Reading Chronicle claim the Royals are considering making a permanent move for Ejaria.The 21-year-old only signed a long-term contract with Liverpool last summer.5 months ago8th August 2019MarcLatest from talkSPORT sources:– Nketiah agrees to join #LUFC– Luiz arrives for Arsenal medical– Coutinho only wants #LFC move– Austin in talks with #WBAStay tuned to @talkSPORT throughout #DeadlineDay for all the transfer latest.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/MfwEEvUaO4— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcBREAKING: Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to Tottenham is now fully dead.Coutinho would only consider joining Liverpool if he came back to England.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/EnldAM4D1j— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019MarcSimon Mignolet has hailed Liverpool as the biggest club in world football after bringing his Anfield career to an end.Asked what Liverpool will mean to him, the Belgian goalkeeper said: “What it means to me is that it’s a big family. It’s a big club in the world, the biggest thing that always struck me the most is when you go abroad and see how the club is being followed. “Not only with the performances on the pitch but also the connection around it, the support it gets, the following it gets. “I don’t think there is a bigger club in the world than that, where the fans are so passionate about being a Red, about following Liverpool and about treasuring Anfield. “I think that’s where Liverpool is very big and it was a big honour to represent this club and I will always treasure that.” “Just stay who you are.”@SMignolet returned to Melwood to say farewell to colleagues and friends at our training ground today 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonXherdan Shaqiri also rejected a ‘lucrative offer’ this summer to play in China.Swiss outlet Blick have also reported that a Chinese club tabled a “lucrative offer” to sign Shaqiri, but the 27-year-old has decided to turn down a big-money move to the Far East.The transfer window in England closes at 5pm on Thursday. 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJournalist James Pearce has poured cold water on speculation linking Xherdan Shaqiri with a move to Monaco, however. Pearce, who has recently become LFC reporter for The Athletic UK, says he’s been told Liverpool will not be offloading Shaqiri this summer. He tweeted: “Some speculation today about Shaqiri’s future but been told there’s zero chance of lfc offloading him.” 5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonSimon Mignolet has given one last farewell to Liverpool fans. The goalkeeper spent six years at Anfield before moving to Belgian side Club Brugge at the weekend and had one last message to the Kopites. At today’s official unveiling of the impressive @trentaa98 mural commissioned by @TheAnfieldWrap. Just a Trent cross-field pass from the stadium. #LFC pic.twitter.com/MPhmIvDvd3— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp is ‘very positive’ about the introduction of VAR for the new Premier League season. Video assistant referees will be available in the league throughout the 2019/20 campaign. Liverpool get their campaign under way when they host Norwich on Friday night and Klopp has welcomed the introduction of the new technology to the game. He said: “It was good, it was really good when they showed us the process pretty much. “It looks really interesting and it looks safe, as much as you can be safe when human beings are involved. That’s how it is. But a lot of things will be clear; I think with offside we will not have a lot of problems because that will be extremely clear and all the other things are still interpretation, but that’s normal. I saw it can be pretty quick in the decision-making.“I’ve followed it now for two years in Germany, it was not the easiest start but now it has kind of settled and now you have discussions about other things after the game, but still have the discussions about decisions obviously. So football will not miss anything.“And in the stadium I think it will be fine. Yes, there are moments when a team is celebrating and somebody is telling them it was a bit too early, but these things are part of the deal. Apart from that, I’m very positive about it.”5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonJurgen Klopp says he’s expecting a lot from Naby Keita this season. The midfielder has struggled to fully establish himself at Liverpool and last season was a campagn disrupted by injury. But Klopp is backing Keita to have a better time of it in 2019/20. Klopp said: “You could see already that he’s much more settled in the team: completely different body language and everything is different. “It was ups and downs last year, still he is building 100 per cent fitness. “It’s good, I was really happy with how the influence of Shaq, Naby and Adam was; we expect a lot and he expects a lot and rightly so.” 5 months ago8th August 2019JakeJurgen Klopp has confirmed Sadio Mane ‘could’ be ready to play in Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday. The 27-year-old was one of the club’s late returns in the summer due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal.Klopp said: “He looks fit. [Thursday] was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely okay. Yes, he’s an option. We will see.”center_img 5 months ago8th August 2019MarcPhilippe Coutinho would only consider spending time on loan at Liverpool, talkSPORT understands.As reported earlier in the week, four Premier League clubs – Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool – were keen on bringing the midfielder to England as Barca agreed to let him leave.However, he rejected the chance to join Spurs, while Man United would prove to be a tricky deal considering his Anfield past and Arsenal are well stocked in midfield. Ovie Ejaria has today completed a season-long loan switch to @ReadingFC with an agreement for the move to become permanent next summer.Everybody at #LFC wishes Ovie the best of luck in his future career 🙌— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson has completed his season-long loan deal top Manchester City. ✍️ We are delighted to have signed Scott Carson from Derby County on a year-long loan deal.Welcome, Scott! 💙🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/XOAbPJqpTP— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 8, 20195 months ago8th August 2019JacksonTHE TRANSFER WINDOW HAS CLOSED.A quiet Deadline Day for Liverpool, a quiet transfer window for Liverpool.Just the three signings this summer with Sepp van den Berg, Harvey Elliott and Adrian moving to Anfield. Liverpool’s focus will now be on their first Premier League game of the season, where they entertain Norwich on Friday night. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonFive Liverpool players have been nominated for positional awards at last season’s Champions League. The Reds won the competition after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final. And five of their players are in contention to win individual accolades. They are: Alisson Becker (Goalkeeper), Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk (Defenders), Jordan Henderson (Midfielder) and Sadio Mane (Forward). You can see the full shortlist for each award by clicking HERE. 5 months ago8th August 2019JacksonA mural of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has been unveiled on a road near their home of Anfield. Alexander-Arnold made his competitive debut for the Reds’ first-team in October 2016 and is now their first choice right-back. He played a huge part in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season. And local lad Alexander-Arnold has been honoured with this mural on Sybil Road, which is a five-minute walk from Liverpool’s home ground. Nathaniel Phillips has today signed a new long-term contract with #LFC and immediately joined @VfB on a season’s loan.Good luck for the season ahead, Nat 👊https://t.co/q3hB3IFj6l— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 20195 months ago7th August 2019JacksonJoe Gomez credits the Liverpool supporters for helping them go unbeaten at home in the Premier League for two seasons. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t lost a match at Anfield in the Premier League since April 2017 and kick off their 2019/20 campaign at home to Norwich on Friday night. Speaking to liverpoolfc.com about the club’s impeccable home record, Gomez said: “It’s weird, it’s sort of just flown in the sense that you don’t really take it in.“I think you just see each game as that individual game. But when you look back at that stat, it’s special.“I think it’s a credit to the supporters. The atmosphere they set makes it very difficult for people to come to Anfield.“Hopefully it’s something we can continue. If we do that this year, I’m sure we’ll be in a good place. Obviously [Norwich] will be the first time back since Madrid. It’s always special playing at Anfield, I think that’s one of massive pluses at being at this club.“We know how much of a historic place it is and how good the atmosphere is. All the lads are looking forward to it.”5 months ago7th August 2019JacksonPhilippe Coutinho will turn down a loan move to Tottenham, talkSPORT sources understand. Former Liverpool star Coutinho has struggled for form since completing his mega money move to Barcelona in January 2018. In a bid to help him get his confidence back, Barca appear happy to let Coutinho go elsewhere on loan. Liverpool have been linked with him as have Arsenal and Tottenham in recent days but talkSPORT understands that the Brazilian will not be joining Mauricio Pochettino’s side. BREAKING: Philippe Coutinho set to turn down a deal to join Tottenham on-loan.– talkSPORT sources understand.Tune in for more big transfer news.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/vgvhV5yoc9— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019FirstPrev1 of 32NextLastlast_img read more

Winter Squall Snarls Toll Road and Northeast area of I-69 & State Roads; Blizzard Warning Issued for Northern Ind.

first_imgWeather related crashes first started being reported to the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post around 9:15 this morning.  The Indiana Toll Road continues to be affected by reports of white-out conditions along with sub-zero temperatures.The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a ‘Blizzard Warning’ for Elkhart, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, and Starke Counties until 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February 15th.  The Indiana Toll Road passes through each of these counties.  The NWS advisory warned visibility will be reduced to near zero at times with whiteout conditions. Blowing and drifting snow can be expected along with bitterly cold wind chills, from 10 to 25 below zero.  Moderate to heavy lake effect snow accumulations are expected during the span of the warning.Separate from problems on the Toll Road there have been other crashes reported across northeastern Indiana. Some of the more significant traffic related incidents included a crash involving around 20 vehicles that occurred earlier this afternoon in Whitley County.  This crash was on US 30, west of Columbia City and resulted in the closure of the east and westbound lanes of US 30 near West Lincoln Way.  As of 3:30 this afternoon all lanes were reopened.The foul weather also impacted traffic on I-69 early this afternoon.  State police officers, along with county sheriff deputies from Delaware and Grant County, responded to numerous reports of crashes and slide offs on I-69 and adjacent State and County roads.  The high winds and snow in this weather system created hazardous driving conditions through the afternoon.  These conditions can be expected to continue.State police troopers from the Pendleton and Peru Posts originally responded to the report of a vehicle crash involving 30 or more vehicles in the southbound lanes of I-69, near the 249 mile marker, which is just four miles north of the US 35 / State Road 28 exit.   Deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department also responded and investigated a four vehicle injury crash in the north bound lanes of I-69.  Among the vehicles involved in the crash there was one school bus, five semi-tractor trailer vehicles and more than 20 passenger vehicles involved in clusters of crashes over a quarter mile area around the 249 mile marker.At least six people were transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, in Muncie, with unknown injuries.  Though not injured, all the students aboard the school bus were transported to the hospital to remove them from the crash scene and get them out of the inclement weather.INDOT and Delaware County EMA responded to shut down both directions of I-69, northbound at State Road 28 and southbound at State Road 26.  The northbound lanes opened after 3:30 this afternoon and one southbound lane was reopened late this afternoon with expectation that all southbound lanes should be open by 9:00 this evening.  The major complication at this scene has been the lengthy time required to offload a crashed FedEx truck.All told, the Indiana State Police report that from 6:00 this morning until 6:00 this evening there were 48 personal injury crashes, 150 property damage crashes, 50 reports of vehicles sliding off the road and 82 motorists received some form of assistance from state police personnel.  Fortunately, thus far, there has been no loss of life.  The majority of the reported incidents have been along the Toll Road and Northeast I-69, as well as State and County RoadsPeople living in the area of the NWS Blizzard Warning are encouraged to avoid travel except in the case of an emergency.Avoid calling local law enforcement or the state police to ask about road and weather conditions.  Public safety phone lines need to be kept clear for true emergency calls.  The BEST source for local weather condition reports and safety recommendations is from your local radio and TV news service.If you MUST travel, check road conditions by visiting INDOT’s website at www.in.gov/indot before you start your trip.last_img read more

Marshfield, Columbus Catholic soccer stars make all-conference

first_imgDons’ Fuerlinger named MSSC Player of the YearBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic and Marshfield high school boys soccer teams put together impressive winning seasons, and it showed as the teams’ respective conferences recently released their all-conference squads for 2016.Columbus Catholic, which won the Mid-State Soccer Conference with a perfect 12-0 record and finished 20-3 overall before losing in the WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinals, had five first-team and three second-team selections to the all-conference squad.Marshfield finished in third place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference at 6-5-1 and ended up 12-8-4 overall after losing in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final, just one win away from the state tournament. The Tigers had a pair of first-team and one second-team all-WVC honorees.Mid-State Soccer ConferenceMarshfield Columbus Catholic senior Tyler Fuerlinger was named the Mid-State Soccer Conference Player of the Year and was one of five Dons picked to the all-conference first team.Fuerlinger, Tim Gruenloh, Charles Payant, and Calvin Brown were unanimous first-team selections for the Dons. Ryan Dieringer was also a first-team selection. Fuerlinger and Brown also earned first-team all-conference accolades in 2015.Nadim Torbey, Nick Malovrh, and goalkeeper Bailey Keffer were second-team honorees for the Dons.Columbus Catholic’s Jeff Edwards was also named conference Coach of the Year after sharing the honor last season.“This team was very successful this year in many aspects,” Edwards said. “We set school records in goals scored and assists given, shattering the previous records. We had six players score at least 10 goals and nine players had double-digit points scored. That speaks to the versatility we had on offense. Our defense led the way, though, allowing only 10 goals in the regular season. Everything started from the back and went from there. I’m extremely proud of each and every player for all of the hard work and dedication they put in since June.”Wisconsin Valley ConferenceMarshfield senior midfielder/defender Alec Hinson was a unanimous first-team selection, and fellow senior midfielder/defender Luke McCann also was voted to the first team of the 2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer Team.Hinson had three goals and four assists during conference play, moving to defense early in the year due to injuries and necessity.Marshfield senior Alec Hinson was a unanimous first-team selection to the 2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer Team, as voted on by the conference’s seven coaches.“He is a great communicator and organizer on defense,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “He wins balls in the air and takes great angles on balls. As a defender, Alec always seemed to make the right choice.”Luke McCann finished fifth in the Valley with 21 total points (eight goals, five assists).McCann also moved back to defensive midfielder midway through the season to help the Tigers build up their resistance.“This gave Luke more space to operate, helped our team defensively, and gave us better ability to get the ball switched side-to-side,” Steve McCann said. “Luke has excellent vision on the field and helps our team to be able to maintain possession and control with smart, accurate passes.”Senior Klaus Friedli was the Tigers’ lone second-team pick. He finished seventh in the conference in points with 17 (five goals, seven assists).Senior Collin Nikolai and sophomore Isaac Wellens were honorable mention choices for Marshfield. Nikolai finished with seven goals and two assists during WVC play.“We started to play really well at the end of September when we beat Wausau West 2-0 and ended up winning eight of our next 10,” Steve McCann said. “We ended up leading the WVC in scoring, shots, corner kicks, and fouls. We were really good at creating scoring chances. Our finishing was inconsistent but was definitely improving at the end of the year.”2016 All-Mid-State Soccer Conference TeamFirst team: *Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Tim Gruenloh, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Charles Payant, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Calvin Brown, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; *Harrison Varline, Wausau Newman Catholic; *Connor Molski, Stevens Point Pacelli; *Chris Jensen, Stevens Point Pacelli; *Connor Schubring, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Ryan Dieringer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; David Burgess, Northland Lutheran; Jacob Price, Northland Lutheran; Brad Maes, Stevens Point Pacelli; Rhein Zuelsdorff, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Tekoya Cosby, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Second team: Nadim Torbey, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Bailey Keffer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Nick Malovrh, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Chamong Lo, Wausau Newman Catholic; Fernando Juan, Wausau Newman Catholic; Corey Baron, Stevens Point Pacelli; Katie Craig, Tri-County; Coleton Schubring, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Austin Pagel, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Honorable mention: Andrew Blanker, Stevens Point Pacelli; Grant Faulkner, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran.Player of the Year: Tyler Fuerlinger, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.Coach of the Year: Jeff Edwards, Marshfield Columbus Catholic.*unanimous selection—2016 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Soccer TeamFirst team: *Alex Pagel, sr., D.C. Everest (goalkeeper); *Jack Mittelsteadt, sr., D.C. Everest; *Alec Hinson, sr., Marshfield; *Joey Dorgan, sr., Stevens Point; *Pet Hefferan, sr., Stevens Point; *Adam Hahn, sr., Wausau East; *Jonah Bakunowicz, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; *Jack Kiiskila, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Luke McCann, sr., Marshfield; Joe DeLoye, sr., Wausau West; Cullen Stangel, sr., Wausau West.Second team: Matt Altmann, sr., Stevens Point (goalkeeper); Brennan Krieg, jr., D.C. Everest; Seth Jaglinski, sr., D.C. Everest; Austin Zettler, sr., Merrill; Jarett Jones, sr., Stevens Point; Klaus Friedli, sr., Marshfield; McKenon Diekroeger, sr., Stevens Point; Matt Lukasik, jr., D.C. Everest; Nate Napiwocki, sr., Stevens Point; Nick Lange, sr., Wausau East; Dylan Bassuener, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.Honorable mention: Brayden McMahon, sr., Wausau West (goalkeeper); Gunnar Yonker, sr., D.C. Everest; Tamirat Knutson, fr., D.C. Everest; Keondre Porter, jr., Stevens Point; Ben Johnson, jr., Wausau West; Keegan Pulchinski, so., Wisconsin Rapids; Collin Nikolai, sr., Marshfield; Colin Lindvig, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Zach Ostrowski, jr., D.C. Everest; Brendan Leahy, so., Stevens Point; Elkin Thao, jr., Wausau East; Isaac Wellens, so., Marshfield; Austin Burgener, sr., Merrill; Mark Raasch, jr., Wausau West; Bryson Einerson, jr., Wisconsin Rapids.Player of the Year: Jack Mittelsteadt, sr., D.C. Everest.*unanimous selectionlast_img read more

SA to host 2013 MTB World Champs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South African mountain biking fans are in for a treat. Pietermaritzburg has been awarded the opening round of the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup and the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. The announcement was made on Friday after a meeting of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Management Committee, and comes on the back of the successful hosting of the opening round of the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. The report, based on feedback from, among others, technical delegates and riders, was overwhelmingly positive and reflected favourably on the strides made since South Africa first hosted a UCI MTB World Cup event two years ago. There will also be another addition, starting with next year’s 2012 UCI MTB World Cup, which will comprise 10 events in nine countries on three continents, with seven rounds for each of the traditional disciplines: a cross-country eliminator, in which several rounds will go towards a final ranking, will be run over a 2 000 metre short course and add to the action. Those eight days are divided into two: 21 to 25 August and 29 Aug to 1 September. They include trials, which have not yet been held in Pietermaritzburg. The other events are cross country, downhill and four-cross. “The terrain of the region also lends itself to cycling activities,” he added. PerspectivePutting the 2013 event into perspective, Lenferna explained: “The World Champs are about three to four times bigger than the World Cup and take place over eight days.” A report by the UCI on South Africa’s 2011 World Cup event concluded: “In all aspects, the event improved a lot after a first experience in 2009.” Overwhelmingly positive 21 June 2011 “The 2012 World Cup is going to be bigger and will be important as a preparatory event for the 2013 World Championships,” Lenferna said. “Cyclists who haven’t been to Pietermaritzburg before will need to visit in 2012 because it will be their only chance to see the course before the 2013 World Champs.” Rising stars, like Andrew Neethling, who finished tenth in the downhill in the World Cup in Pietermaritzburg this year, bode well for the future of mountain biking in South Africa. Stander is also among the world’s elite, having won on the World Cup circuit, and is a former under-23 world champion as well as this year’s Absa Cape Epic winner alongside Swiss legend Christoph Sauser. HotspotWhy has Pietermaritzburg become such a hotspot for cycling in South Africa, hosting UCI-endorsed mountain biking, BMX and road cycling events in recent years? Lenferna says it’s simple – the KwaZulu-Natal government and the city have put themselves fully behind the events. “They went the events,” he said. Of course, the fact that Minnaar remains one of the world’s elite downhill riders is a huge positive, so too is the fact that the country’s leading cross-country rider, Burry Stander, hails from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. ‘Incredibly good advice’“Greg’s always been a strong supporter [of Pietermaritzburg],” he said, “but, more than that, he’s been a point of contact, offering incredibly good advice and ideas of what would work from his experiences at events overseas.” Event organiser Alec Lenferna is the man who was behind the first two World Cup events and will be the man behind the forthcoming competitions in 2012 and 2013. Improvement can be expected every time an event is hosted, he told SAinfo. The fact that Pietermaritzburg has a three-time World Cup overall winner and former World Championship winner in Greg Minnaar has also played a big role in drawing support from local MTB enthusiasts for the UCI MTB World Cup events but, Lenferna let on, Minnaar has done more than be a star for South African mountain bike fans to rally around.last_img read more

Feed.Informer Relaunches Its All-in-one RSS Toolbox

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There is an infinite variety of things you can do with RSS feeds and a substantial number of those things can be done with Feed.Informer, which was formerly known as Feed Digest and just relaunched today. This super useful service was acquired in a small, unreported deal earlier this year and today comes out of a dormant period when new account creation was limited.What can you do with Feed.Informer? You can splice feeds together, filter them for keywords and most importantly – display them dynamically on a web page with just a little bit of code. There are other services that do all of these things, but Feed.Informer is so quick and easy to use that a free account is worth checking out and a premium account may be worth paying for.We Love Feed.InformerFeed.Informer is a service I’ve used regularly for years and happily pay for every chance I get. It is the fastest, easiest and most user-centric way to publish items in a feed dynamically on a page. We’ve used it here on RWW in a number of posts, the best to see how it works is Ten Sites to For Finding Wonderful Things. marshall kirkpatrick Why Use This Tool Instead of Others?Much of Feed.Informer’s functionality can be performed better by Yahoo! Pipes but many people find Pipes intimidating and it gives users no control over the styling of RSS output on a page. It doesn’t offer PHP code like Feed.Informer does, so there’s no SEO benefit to using the Pipes “badge” for feed display.SImplePie is a powerful way to parse and display RSS feeds and is probably what you want to use in a production environment, but it requires hosting on your own server and is beyond the technical capabilities of many new publishers.Feed.Informer is simple, fast and powerful. Unfortunately, that’s why a fair number of spam bloggers probably use it. Automated website content by feed? Only recently have reputable publishers discovered good use cases for such technology. Our favorite? Displaying the feed for a user’s tag in Del.icio.us on a web page.There’s a lot of things you can do with this handy little tool. It often throws up errors in the admin section of the site and it’s not as pretty as it could be – it’s not perfect, but day in and day out if comes through for us in powerful ways. Check it out and let us know what you think of the new Feed.Informer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more