Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB daysby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his failure to rouse his players by using a speech from the movie Rocky IV.Klopp was speaking about his career and achievements at the FIFA gala where he won the Best Men’s Coach award for the previous year.And he mentioned an incident where he gave his Borussia Dortmund players a Rocky-themed speech before a game against Bayern Munich.”My Borussia Dortmund team were playing Bayern Munich,” Klopp told The Players’ Tribune.”It was a huge match in the league. We hadn’t won in Munich in something like 20 years. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, so whenever I needed to motivate the boys I would always think of Rocky Balboa. In my opinion, they should show Rocky 1, 2, 3 and 4 in public schools all across the world. It should be like learning the alphabet. If you watch these movies and you don’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, then I think something is wrong with you.””So the night before we played Bayern, I gathered all my players at the hotel for our team talk. I told them the truth of the situation: ‘The last time Dortmund won in Munich, most of you were still in your Pampers.’ Then I started playing some scenes from Rocky IV on the screen. The one with Ivan Drago. A classic, in my opinion. “Drago is running on the treadmill, and he’s hooked up to the big computer monitors and the scientists are studying him. I told the boys, ‘You see? Bayern Munich is Ivan Drago. The best of everything! The best technology! The best machines! He’s unstoppable!’ Then you see Rocky training in Siberia in his little log cabin. He’s chopping down pine trees and carrying logs through the snow and running up to the top of the mountain. “I told the boys, ‘You see? That’s us. We are Rocky. We are smaller, yes. But we have the passion! We have the heart of a champion! We can do the impossible!’ I was going on and on, and then at some point, I look out to all my boys to see their reaction.”I was expecting them to be standing up on their chairs, ready to go run up a mountain in Siberia, going absolutely crazy. But everyone is just sitting there, staring at me with dead eyes. Completely blank. They’re looking at me like, ‘What in the world is this crazy man talking about?’ So then I realised, ‘Wait, when did Rocky IV come out, 1980-something? When were these boys born?’ Finally, I said, ‘Wait a minute, boys. Please raise your hand if you know who Rocky Balboa is?’ Only two hands went up.”Everyone else, ‘Nope, sorry, boss.’ My entire speech — nonsense! This is the most important match of the season. Maybe the most important match of some of the players’ lives. And the manager has been screaming about Soviet technology and Siberia for the last 10 minutes! Can you believe this? I had to start my whole speech over from scratch. “You see, this is the real story. This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. That’s how it is. We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense. But we get up the next morning and we go again. “Do you know the strangest part of that story? I honestly cannot be sure if we won or lost the match. I am pretty sure that I gave this speech in 2011 before we won 3–1, and that certainly makes for a much better story! But I can’t be 100% sure. This is one thing about football that people don’t always understand. The results, you forget. You get them all mixed up.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Login/Register With: Toronto movie buffs assemble—the University of Toronto has just released a brand new interactive map that showcases movies and TV shows in the city, and it’s pretty comprehensive.The Toronto Film Map launched yesterday after nearly four years of assembling data of T.O. as seen on film.A project between U of T’s Media Commons and Map and Data Library, the Film Map is a clickable site that allows users to explore over 100 productions set in the city. Advertisement Advertisement Users can either click on the map pins or scroll through the projects to expand a window containing info like the year the film was released, directors, producers, a picture, and an explanation as to where and how it was filmed in Toronto.A still from Deepa Mehta’s 2002 film Bollywood/Hollywood featuring Fairview Mall. Photo via Media Commons/University of TorontoWant to know what the stretch of Yonge Street between Wellesley and Dundas in the 70s looked like? Check out the comedy Outrageous! from 1977, whose set probably looked a lot different than that part of Yonge today. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter
CALGARY – Canada’s energy industry welcomed news Tuesday that the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline is more likely to be built, but expressed grave misgivings over Ottawa’s decision to buy the project for $4.5 billion in order to achieve that goal.Canada needs infrastructure like that designed to triple Trans Mountain’s capacity to move crude oil and refined products from the Alberta oilsands and Edmonton refining complex to the West Coast, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.But he said the association is “deeply concerned” that the government felt it had to purchase the project to get it built. Ottawa’s move comes 18 politically fraught months after it had been approved.“Something had to happen,” Bloomer said of delays blamed on opposition by British Columbia’s provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous groups and individual protesters.“It’s a little confusing that the government felt it needed to nationalize this asset and own it in order to assert what we all thought along the way was its jurisdiction.”Pipelines that cross provincial borders are federally regulated, but B.C. argues in a court challenge that it has the right to restrict diluted bitumen shipments within its boundaries.The situation has created a “confused” marketplace in which different pipeline projects are treated unequally and no one knows the rules future proposals are expected to follow, Bloomer said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a conference Tuesday that federal control over the pipeline could simplify development of at least this project.“When you shift the ownership of the pipeline from a private corporation to … a federal government that has explicit control over resource projects that go between provinces, a lot of the legal barriers and a lot of the challenge points actually disappear,” he said.The federal move is welcome to get the stalled project going, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, adding he also is pleased that Ottawa has committed to put the project back in private hands “where it belongs.”“I think these are extraordinary circumstances and we should work very hard never to find ourselves in this position again.”Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares lurched higher, then fell, as investors digested the fallout from the federal government purchase deal announced early Tuesday.The stock rose to $18 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange but closed about three per cent lower at $16.10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The shares likely fell because investors were disappointed that they would no longer be eligible to share in the financial upside of the expansion project, said analyst Robert Fitzmartyn of GMP FirstEnergy Capital.The subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax — about three-quarters of its total share price.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, just northeast of Edmonton.It expects its approximately 30 per cent share of after-tax proceeds to be about $1.25 billion. It didn’t specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada.“We’ve agreed to a fair price for our shareholders and found a way forward for this national interest project,” Steve Kean, CEO of both Kinder Morgan Canada and its parent company, said on a morning conference call.The company will work with the government to try to find a third party to buy the assets by July 22. Separately, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said there is no absolute deadline to find a buyer.Kinder Morgan Canada had ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion in April, vowing to cancel it by a deadline of this Thursday unless it received assurances it can proceed without delays and without undue risk to shareholders.After the federal government’s announcement, Kean said the work would be restarted soon, with the government funding construction. The sale, which must still be approved by Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders, is expected to close in the second half of the year.Analysts were less than enthusiastic about the sale.In a research note, Desjardins Capital Markets analysts questioned whether construction of the controversial pipeline would proceed any smoother under government ownership.The transaction could further “galvanize opposition” from special interest groups while complicating the government’s ability to provide protection for construction sites in the Lower Mainland of B.C., including its willingness to call in the RCMP if needed, they said.“We maintain our previous concern that the federal Liberal government will likely be highly reluctant to exercise force approaching the window of the next election cycle, expected next fall,” they wrote.They said the news is otherwise positive for the oil and gas sector, though it will have no effect on tight pipeline takeaway capacity until at least 2021. Transport limitations have been blamed for higher price discounts on western Canadian oilsands bitumen blend crude in the first quarter.Pipeline customers Suncor Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc. welcomed the move as a sign Ottawa recognizes the importance of getting more Alberta crude from the oilsands to more markets.However, GMP FirstEnergy said the buyout was negative for future Canadian investment prospects.“The federal government has set a precedent that it will nationalize projects of significant importance rather using the rule of law and prior regulatory approvals to push a project forward under private ownership,” its analysts said in a report.Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, whose members are expected to help build the pipeline, said he is pleased it is more likely to proceed but also hopes that government intervention “not become the norm.”“Ultimately it will take far more than this to restore investors’ faith in Canada’s project approval process.”Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won’t make good on their vow to crack down on unpaid internships until next year — almost four years after the issue first landed on the federal government’s agenda.In the 2017 budget, the Liberals promised to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated workplaces — the only exception being student placements required as part of a school course. Interns would be treated like regular employees, with the same work hours and under the same safety regulations.Officials now say it will be fall of 2019 — right when the next federal election is expected — when they unveil the final set of regulations, at which time those groups pushing for an end to unpaid internships will find out when the rules come into force.Cabinet will have the final say on when the rules come into effect.“Once the legislation was amended, most people assumed you couldn’t do this anymore,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.“I don’t know why they haven’t put forth the regulations on this because they were very clear. Immediately after they got elected, they acted on it.”Since coming to office, the Liberals have touted spending aimed at creating more jobs for young people — notably doubling funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program, and putting money into creating internships and apprenticeships — hoping to meet campaign promises that won over many young voters.NDP jobs critic Niki Ashton accused the Liberals of being “all talk and no action” on an issue of vital importance to young Canadians.“There’s no excuse for not making a change sooner.”The previous Conservative government promised changes to labour laws to protect unpaid interns as part of their 2015 budget, but the rules were never implemented.The Liberals revived the proposal in December 2015, weeks after taking office, and faced opposition to its plan to allow unpaid work for up to four months full-time or up to a year part-time. The Canadian Intern Association dropped out of consultations, students mounted protests and labour groups demanded the whole process be restarted.When Patty Hajdu became labour minister in early 2017, her mandate letter called for updating labour standards “to address emerging issues such as unpaid internships.”The government’s second budget bill last year deleted part of the Canada Labour Code that provided an allowance for unpaid internships in certain cases, but left an existing exception for educational placements intact.In a statement, Hajdu said the government was committed to consulting Canadians on the changes before they are implemented.“Young Canadians need meaningful work experience to start strong in their careers, but unpaid internships can be unfair and exploitative,” she said.“We will eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors where they are not part of a formal educational program during this mandate.”A new round of consultations is set to launch next month and run into the fall to coincide with talks about new unpaid leaves for family reasons, traditional Indigenous practices, and victims of family violence.“While we’re encouraged that the federal government is finally moving forward on addressing unpaid internships within federally regulated employers, we’re also concerned that the timelines are excessive and push any concrete action into 2019 or 2020,” said Andrew Langille, counsel for the Canadian Intern Association.“The commitment to tackle unpaid internships was made during the 2015 election and one would think four years would be enough time to tackle a straightforward regulatory change.”Ashton said some schools are avoiding unpaid internships for students. Even so, she said, some young people believe unpaid work is the only way they can get job experience and a foothold in the labour market.Last week’s latest jobs figures from Statistics Canada showed an 11.7 per cent unemployment rate for workers age 15 to 24 — almost twice the national average of six per cent and up from May’s rate of 11.1 per cent.— Follow @jpress on Twitter
TORONTO – Manulife Financial Corp. recorded a second-quarter profit of $1.26 billion, a slight increase from the same period last year.Net income attributable to shareholders was up from the $1.25 billion in the quarter ending June 30 last year, while earnings were 61 cents per common share for both quarters.Earnings per share were slightly below the 62 cents expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Core earnings were up in its Canada, U.S. and global wealth and asset management divisions, while earnings slipped in Asia.Restructuring charges related to its downsizing as part of a digital strategy shift came in at $200 million for the quarter.The company said in June it will cut 700 jobs over the next 18 months as part of a streamlining of operations.
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening sharply lower as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen trade tensions between China and the U.S.The price of oil also fell sharply early Thursday as OPEC leaders gathered to discuss possible cuts in production.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as much as 500 points before erasing some of its losses.Boeing and Caterpillar, which would stand to lose much in an extended trade battle, fell the most in the Dow.Traders continued to shovel money into bonds, a signal that they see weakness in the economy ahead.The Dow fell 390 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 24,640.The S&P 500 lost 36 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,664. The Nasdaq gave up 99 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,062.The Associated Press
Which NCAA team had the worst day on Thursday? The obvious answer might be Ohio State, Cincinnati or Oklahoma, all of which succumbed to lower-ranked teams in the basketball tournament’s round of 64. Or perhaps North Carolina State, which squandered a 16-point lead against Saint Louis and lost in overtime.But none of those teams had much chance of winning the championship. Meanwhile, Florida, a tournament favorite, ended Thursday in a worse position than it started, despite winning its opening game against Albany. (Of course, Ohio State would still probably trade places with the Gators.)In the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast, updated with game results and injury information as of early Friday morning, Florida’s probability of winning the tournament is 11 percent. Twenty-four hours ago, it was 14.5 percent.How did the Gators’ odds get worse? There are three contributing factors:A closer-than-expected game against Albany. Florida defeated No. 16 seed Albany by 12 points, a final score that conceals a game that was competitive until late in the second half. But the Gators were favored by 22 to 23 points according to Las Vegas sportsbooks and power ratings. Our research suggests that performance relative to power ratings and point spreads early in the tournament has a fair amount of say in predicting how a team fares later on. Florida’s performance was forgivable, and the team remains the favorite in the South region, but the Gators will need to be sharper as the competition improves. A tough third-round matchup. Pittsburgh, despite a No. 9 seed, was a reasonably clear favorite against No. 8-seeded Colorado on Thursday, according to our model. And the Panthers dominated the Buffaloes, pulling ahead 46-18 by halftime and eventually winning by 29 points. Computer systems like Ken Pomeroy’s regard Pittsburgh as having the strength of a typical No. 4 or No. 5 seed. This could be a challenging matchup for Florida. The Gators played a tough out-of-conference schedule, but they’ve faced just two ranked teams since Jan. 1 in a weak basketball year for the SEC. Threats in the regional finals. The South may not be as loaded as the East or the Midwest. But the No. 3-seeded team, Syracuse, turned in an excellent performance in its win against Western Michigan. The Gators will likely have to defeat either the Orange or No. 2-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four. Meanwhile, Kansas coach Bill Self sounds increasingly confident that injured center Joel Embiid will be able to return at some point in the tournament, even as he confirmed that Embiid is likely out for the opening weekend.
The most pivotal game in Week 7 of the NFL is between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams. They’re playing the game this week that has the biggest playoffs implications for the teams involved. Watch the video above to see just how underwater the loser will be.
The Buckeyes will challenge Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas and Georgia in a video game competition set up by Uplifting Athletes Sunday, Feb. 28, in efforts to raise money for rare diseases.Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research education, and advocacy.Scott Shirley is the founder of Uplifting Athletes. He was a student-athlete at PSU. While there, his dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His teammates rallied around him and started to raise money and awareness for kidney cancer.Because of the support of his teammates, Shirley founded Uplifting Athletes. Pennsylvania State University was the first chapter of the organization. Uplifting Athletes has gained four more schools since its humble beginnings. There are five university chapters in total: Penn State, OSU, Boston College, Colgate and Maryland.Each chapter has the opportunity to choose a rare disease. Chapters often select a cause that is personal to the team. OSU’s chapter has selected to raise money and awareness for Charcot-Marie-Tooth.CMT is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting approximately one in 2,500 people in the United States. OSU quarterback Tyrelle Pryor’s father has the disease.CMT is a neurological disorder that causes damage to the peripheral nerves. The damaged nerves carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to muscles and relay sensations. This causes pain to the spinal cord from the rest of the body.Some symptoms of CMT are muscle weakness and wasting, stiffened joints because of abnormal tightening of muscles and associated tissues and some loss of sensation in the feet, the lower legs, the hands and the forearms. CMT can also cause curvature of the spine, also known as scoliosis.The unique part of this organization is that OSU’s chapter network is run by current football student-athletes. These athletes are provided with an opportunity to gain practical job skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Students can make donations to Uplifting Athletes by coming to the event. OSU’s defensive back Donnie Evege is the chairman of this event. It will be held at Damon’s restaurant at 3025 Olentangy River Rd. from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.Tickets for the event can be purchased online www.upliftingathletes.org. Donation for CMT can also be made by going to the Web site and clicking on the OSU chapter.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel was given a birthday message on Wednesday that he will never forgetThe German had his 45th birthday yesterday and arrived at PSG’s Ooredoo Training Centre to prepare for the latest practice session.Little did he know that a special message had been carved into the training pitch.It bore the PSG club crest with a happy birthday message in his native German.It read: “Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag Thomas!” ( “Happy Birthday Thomas!”)Tuchel was recruited by PSG in May to replace the departed Unai Emery as the new manager of the Ligue 1 giants.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…In his first competitive game in charge of the club, Tuchel impressively oversaw a 4-0 thrashing of rivals AS Monaco to win the Trophee des Championes.The former Borussia Dortmund coach has also maintained a 100% winning start to the new Ligue 1 season following PSG’s wins over Angers, Guingamp and Caen.PSG will be back in action in Saturday’s away game to Nimes in the Ligue 1.???? In honor of birthday boy @TTuchelofficial… training with a special touch today at the Ooredoo Training Centre! ?? pic.twitter.com/95pTJBTfmW— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 29, 2018