Raheem Sterling: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says forward can get better | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – Sunday 8th November 4:00pm Guardiola added: “My advice, I would say to him, is don’t think about this. It makes no sense. Just enjoy the life, focus and destiny will dictate who he is as a player.“But he is one of the (most) fantastic players I ever had in my career as a manager.“Step by step. It depends on him and his performance.” Guardiola admits he would like to give Sterling a rest but his form has largely prevented that as City prepare for the visit of Liverpool to the Etihad in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool are favourites to win the Premier League once again this season, but the Manchester City manager expects a strong challenge from other teams, including Tottenham and Chelsea. Pep Guardiola believes Raheem Sterling’s desire will ensure the forward continues to improve as the Manchester City manager emphasised his importance on the team.Sterling, 25, has developed into one of the world’s top talents under the Spaniard and has started 10 of City’s 11 games in all competitions this season, while he is also likely to be in action for England in the next fortnight.- Advertisement – “I think he is a better player than when he arrived and hopefully in four years he will be a better player than he is right now,” Guardiola said of Sterling, who joined City from Liverpool in 2015.“I think he is an exceptional player.- Advertisement – 1:25 Kick off 4:30pm “He has played all these minutes because of his physicality and (on Sunday) he will be there again.“Of course there will be a moment that he will take a rest but at the moment he is so important a player for us, that’s why we cannot give it.”Sterling has already scored six goals for club and country so far this season and Guardiola wants his player to remain grounded amid suggestions of winning future individual plaudits.- Advertisement – Guardiola is also hopeful his squad of international players come back “fit and safe” from the upcoming international break.City have had a difficult start to the season with injuries and positive coronavirus tests compounding problems of fatigue and a general lack of match fitness after their shortened pre-season preparations.“Honestly, I don’t want to think about it,” said Guardiola, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury for two games after the October international break.“I want after the game against Liverpool – for which everyone is completely focused – some days off.“We will pray like, I think, all the managers, when 13 to 14 players go with their international teams, that they will come back fit and safe.“But, at the same time, I don’t want to think about it. What is going to happen is going to happen.”last_img read more

Foreign couples leap at chance for same-sex vows

first_imgStuff.co 20 Sept 2013It might not be the flood of bookings some may have expected, but gay and lesbian couples are taking New Zealand up on its offer to legally bind them in marriage.Eighty-two same-sex couples have married since the Marriage Amendment Act came into force on August 19 – more than a quarter from overseas – and just under half made the change from a civil union.Births, Deaths and Marriages registrar-general Jeff Montgomery said the office expected the number of applications for same-sex marriage to increase in spring.Marriage celebrant Helen White said she had three weddings booked in for the coming months, including a couple who wanted to celebrate their 50th anniversary together by tying the knot, but she had not had a rush of inquiries.“I think it will probably be about as many booked as civil unions, nobody has been rushing me off my feet . . . I was expecting more, really.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9187779/Foreign-couples-leap-at-chance-for-same-sex-vowslast_img read more

Storm Emma: Emergency Group launches plans for disruptive weather event

first_imgThe National Emergency Co-ordination Group met today to prepare for the incoming cold weather blast that has been named ‘Storm Emma’. The severely cold Siberian weather system is set to being below freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall over several days, causing widespread travel disruption.According to the latest forecasts, Donegal is expected to escape the worst of the ‘Beast from the East’, as a lower-grade Status Yellow warning is placed for all counties. Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath are under a Status Orange Alert with snow accumulations of 4-6cm forecast with widespread frost and icy conditions. Strong winds are forecast for Thursday evening too, possibly reaching gale force to create blizzard-like conditions with snowfall. This is predicted to be a disruptive weather event impacting multiple sectors.Minister Eoghan Murphy has today said the storm has the potential to become a Status Red warning on Thursday or Friday in the south and east of the country.  The situation will be kept under review and updated daily as the co-ordination group monitors the storm.While the snow is expected to disrupt school transport, no notice of school closures has yet been issued. The Department of Education & Skills is continuing to monitor the developing weather situation and said decisions regarding school closures schools will be made locally.Bus Eireann have confirmed that school transport will operate unless a red weather warning is issued. The public is advised to visit the website www.winterready.ie for advice on preparing for the oncoming weather and is advised also to check on vulnerable and isolated neighbours over the next couple of days.Local plans have been activated and winter road maintenance programmes are ongoing with salting being conducted twice daily on prioritised routes.Donegal County Council deployed gritters at 4pm today (Monday) and will be out again on Tuesday morning from 6am.Defence Forces personnel are ready to assist local authorities upon request.Irish Water has mobilised its Crisis Management arrangements to deal with operational impacts of the expected severe weather nationwide. ESB Networks have said they are on full levels of preparedness for extreme weather. All planned ESB maintenance outages have been cancelled for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will be rescheduled at a later date.Additional capacity has been put in place in cities to provide additional bed places for rough sleepers.People are advised to monitor national and local media, including social media, over the coming days to keep up to date with information regarding the developing weather situation.Storm Emma: Emergency Group launches plans for disruptive weather event was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:storm emmalast_img read more