Deadly Asian “Murder Hornets” are Here

first_imgLook up in the sky, is it a bird or a plane, no it’s a gigantic Asian hornet that can fly up to 20-miles per hour, rip the heads off of honeybees and even eat meat.So-called “Murder Hornets” from Asia have now reported in the U-S for the first time. The large, invasive insects grow up to 2-inches in length and pose a big threat to the country’s already-declining honeybee population. The massive insects been spotted in Washington State and are stirring fears for honeybees and humans.Multiple stings can even be fatal to some humans. The hornet’s venom is deadly and its stinger is long enough to puncture a beekeeping suit. In Japan, the hornets kill up to 50 people a year. Now, for the first time, they have arrived in the United States.U.S. Farmers depend on honeybees to pollinate many crops such as apples, blueberries and cherries. Asian giant hornets can use mandibles shaped like spiked shark fins to wipe out a honeybee hive in a matter of hours, decapitating the bees and flying away with the bee bodies to feed their young. The State Department of Agriculture will start trying to trap for queens this Spring. Queens that can grow to two inches long.last_img read more

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$2.5 M In Grants To Help Weather The Storms

first_imgBy Wilson Conde and John BurtonState administered grants totaling $2.5 million will be used for repairs of a Sandy-damaged marina as well as preparing some coastal communities to better withstand future flooding and storm damage.The state will spend $1.5 million for capital repair work to the Leonardo State Marina in Middletown, which underwent severe damage following Super Storm Sandy in 2012.The storm damaged, and in some parts, destroyed the Marina’s docks, concession building, boat ramp, gas pumps, and entire electrical system, among other things.“Leonardo sustained significant damage due to impacts from Sandy,” said Bob Considine, press director for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.The money will go toward engineering and design plans, and securing the necessary permitting from the DEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineering for the bulkhead and rip-rap repair and replacement. About 600 feet of bulkhead and 250 feet of stone rip-rap along the Marina will be repaired. It sustained damage when it was flooded with six feet of water above the bulkhead during Sandy.Considine said the DEP has already dredged the Marina to accommodate boats, and also restored the electrical system and boat ramp during the Spring following Super Storm Sandy; but has decided not to replace the gas pumps or the concession building.The grant package includes approximately $900,000 in funds the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration (NOAA) is making available to the DEP for the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) initiative, which aims to study how to adapt and better protect the infrastructure in communities located between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers against future coastal hazards.NJ FRAMES partners the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR), the Louis Berger Group, the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Borough of Oceanport as the representative of the Two River Council of Mayors.“It is something that will benefit all 15 towns of the Two River Council of Mayors and Highlands,” said Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey.The funds will be used to draft a Regional Adaption Planning Project, which will look how to establish an interrelated plan for the communities to better withstand significant weather events, which are getting more severe, according to Coffey.“Flooding is the number one issues,” for these communities, like Highlands, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright and others, he said. That is is becoming increasingly apparent with each storm, Coffey stressed. “Obviously, things are different now, with each storm, with high tides,” Coffey said.The study, the mayor explained, will also take into consideration public interest, economic implications and actual costs.The project is expected to begin next month and take approximately 36 months.In exchange for the funds, communities are expected to provide in-kind support, with the use of municipal facilities for public outreach and contributions from municipal professionals, such as their engineers.The partnering groups will use a scenario-based approach to help the Two Rivers Council determine and understand the range of costs and benefits of planning resiliency decisions in communities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. Using a vigorous public stakeholder process that includes the visions of the involved communities, the NJ FRAMES project is expected to produce a plan identifying independent and regional measures that maximize efforts to improve resiliency.“The expertise of coastal scientists, combined with the input of affected communities and residents will help us identify these important next steps to be taken to protect this region from the effects of devastating floods,” said DEP Commissioner Bob MartinRep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), said that the grants give a major boost for local efforts to recover from Sandy’s impact, as well as protect against future storms like Sandy.“As we continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, we have the unique opportunity to improve our infrastructure in Monmouth County to ensure that we are better prepared for the next storm,” Pallone said. “Grants like these for the Leonardo State Marina and the Two Rivers region will make our community more resilient in the future, while also providing critical funds to continue these ongoing repair efforts.”Jason Reimer, a resident of Middletown, said that Sandy hurt the Marina, and that any repairs and upgrades that could be done there would be a boost to the neighborhood. “The marina is definitely in need of repair and upgrades for sure,” Reimer said. “It will bring a lot more people to the area (once it’s repaired).”Leonardo resident Joseph Giliberto said he’s hoping that the project will address the flooding issues that have frequently battered the neighborhood around the marina during most storms, especially when there’s a high tide.“Anything they can do about it to stop the flooding would be more than welcome,” Giliberto said.Joan Marchetta said she used to greatly enjoy the Marina’s aesthetic elements, such as the vegetation and the glassed in information center that was in front of the harbormaster’s house, until they were both damaged by Sandy and demolished afterward. She is disappointed by how the Marina currently looks compared to before Sandy, particularly the placement of a portable toiled in front of a neighbor’s house. “The Marina is a mess, and has been since Sandy,” she said. “I hope there’s something in the plans to make it beautiful again.”Middletown Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said that although he had no specific knowledge of the Marina repair project’s details because the NJ DEP is running that project, he believes that any work to repair the Marina would be beneficial for Middletown.“It’s an integral part of the (Middletown) economy,” Mercantante said of the Marina. “A lot of residents use it, so seeing it restored would definitely improve the local economy.”last_img read more

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More Palmer amaranth showing up in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After Palmer amaranth was recently spotted for the first time in Knox County, northeast of Columbus, the land owner, along with his neighbors and others, came together — 26 in all — and scouted the fields, yanking out the weed as they went.Carrying machetes or pruning clippers, they walked through damp, nearly chest-high soybean fields determined to yank out or cut down the weed. It was like an army approaching the enemy.“It’s something everyone is kind of scared of — and should be,” said John Barker, Knox County Extension educator. “It’s a nasty weed.”Before the slashing, they consulted Mark Loux, a weed specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“They looked at me and said, ‘What are our options?’ I said, ‘You’re going to have to pull it all out. You’ll regret it if you don’t,’” Loux said.Palmer amaranth is not native to Ohio. It entered Ohio fields through manure from local livestock that were fed contaminated cottonseed products from the South, as well as through farm equipment previously used on a contaminated field. The weed is far less common in Ohio than waterhemp or other troublesome weeds, including giant ragweed and marestail, but farmers particularly loathe Palmer amaranth. The weed can grow up to three inches a day, and since one plant can produce so many seeds, if it is not removed in time, it will spread.Last year some soybean fields had to be mowed down in early August because Palmer amaranth took over the fields, Loux said.“These are weeds that if you miss your timing for fighting them, you’re done,” Loux said.Since it was first spotted in Ohio in 2009, Palmer amaranth has been found in 25 of Ohio’s 88 counties, Loux said. Five years ago, Palmer amaranth was reported in only one.last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgView comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(2) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It’s not for the lack of effort, though, as the Golden Stags lost a heartbreaking 60-58 thriller to JRU on Friday.With three games left in its schedule, San Sebastian should have the heightened sense of urgency in the coming weeks if they want to advance to the big dance.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(7) Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAlso on the losing end this week was Rey Nambatac.The senior guard tried his hardest to help Letran dent Lyceum’s armor, but in the end, the Pirates were just too much as the Knights fell, 81-69.Though defeated, Letran’s showing was respectable to say the least, with Nambatac being the engine that keeps the team going.But the 23-year-old vowed to not just churn out solid numbers, but also deliver victories, especially with games against San Beda and St. Benilde next in the Knights’ schedule. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games A rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be on the cards if the legendary Filipino boxer wins his bout against Australian challenger Jeff Horn this weekend, his trainer said Tuesday.Pacquiao, who was outpointed by Mayweather in the “Fight of the Century” two years ago, will be the strong favorite when he defends his world title against the unbeaten Horn in Brisbane.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netPacquiao was coy about a possible rematch, stressing that his focus was on the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight against 29-year-old former schoolteacher Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.“If there’s a chance, why not. I’m willing, but let’s focus first for this fight,” the 38-year-old eight-weight world champion told reporters when asked about fighting Mayweather again.“We don’t want to underestimate Horn thinking about another fight, this fight is not done yet.”Pacquiao, 38, briefly retired last year before making a successful comeback against Vargas in November, and is juggling boxing with his duties as a senator in the Philippines.Boxing legend Mayweather, 40, is coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in August.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES But the Horn fight could be critical to whether the “Pac-Man” secures another superfight with his American rival, Freddie Roach told reporters in Brisbane.“He (Horn) can derail us really badly. Manny is, I think, in a must-win situation. He wants a rematch with Mayweather,” Roach said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And I mean to get Mayweather you have to look good against Jeff Horn, he has to look good, he has to be impressive.“I think there is a lot riding on this fight and I feel Manny has to look really good in this fight and the way the training camp went, I think he will.” WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fight WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch6.8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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HBO cuts ties with Russell Simmons amid second allegation

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – HBO distanced itself from Russell Simmons and scrubbed his name from a stand-up comedy series he helped produce on the eve of its debut following a second sexual misconduct allegation.HBO said Thursday it will go ahead with Friday’s airing of “All Def Comedy” but will edit out any link to Simmons in the wake of allegations by screenwriter Jenny Lumet who claims that he had sex with her more than two decades ago despite her repeated demands that he stop.“Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward,” read a statement by HBO, which had previously been home to the Simmons’ pioneering “Def Comedy Jam.” ”We have no other projects with Russell Simmons.”HBO has previously proved willing to sever ties with starry names amid allegations of sexual misconduct. After Louis C.K. was accused of harassment, HBO removed the comedian from its “Night of Too Many Stars” special and took down his previous standup specials and series from its on-demand services.The latest allegations facing Simmons comes from Lumet, who co-wrote “The Mummy” in 2017 and “Rachel Getting Married” in 2008, wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday in which she recalled Simmons sexually violating her in 1991, when she was 24.“I desperately wanted to keep the situation from escalating. I wanted you to feel that I was not going to be difficult. I wanted to stay as contained as I could,” wrote Lumet, the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet.Simmons said in a statement released after the essay’s publication that Lumet’s memory of the night is “very different” from his, but it’s clear to him “that her feelings of fear and intimidation are real.” He apologized for being “thoughtless and insensitive” in some of his relationships. He said he would resign from his businesses because, “I don’t want to be a distraction.”Lumet wrote that she never told anyone about that night until last month after allegations lodged against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein unleashed a torrent of stories about sexual misbehaviour in multiple fields.Lumet said she went public after model Keri Claussen Khalighi said Simmons coerced her to perform a sex act and later penetrated her without her consent in his New York apartment in 1991.Simmons, 60, denied those allegations, saying everything that occurred between himself and Khalighi was completely consensual and with her “full participation.” He suggested that Khalighi’s accusation came from feeling shame.“I’m deeply saddened and truly shocked to learn of Keri’s assertions as to what happened over the course of that weekend,” Simmons said in the statement. He later wrote that he “never committed any acts of aggression or violence in my life” or would “never knowingly cause fear or harm to anyone.”Hollywood figures including Debra Messing and Ron Perlman praised Lumet for coming forward. Messing on Twitter thanks Lumet for “bravely sharing your harrowing experience” and Perlman said: “Every man or woman having trouble understanding the ripples of this abhorrent behaviour should read Ms. Lumet’s words.”Def Jam Recordings was founded in 1984 by Simmons and Rick Rubin, making stars of such hip-hop artists as LL Cool J, Slick Rick, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Its roster currently includes Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Frank Ocean, Alessia Cara, Jeremih, Jeezy, Iggy Azalea, Big Sean, Nas and 2 Chainz.Simmons’ empire includes the Argyleculture clothing line, Rush Communications, yoga studio Tantris, the energy drink Celsius and the film and television production company Def Pictures, along with several other philanthropic efforts like the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Diamond Empowerment Fund.He was married to TV personality and designer Kimora Lee Simmons from 1998-2009 and they had two daughters. She did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.Simmons is the latest figure in the entertainment world to have his career derailed by accusations of misconduct. The accused include Pixar and Disney Animation chief John Lasseter, actors Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor, writer-director James Toback and TV anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.last_img read more

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Row in TN Cong over naming Karti from Sivaganga seat

first_imgChennai: Former Union Minister E M Sudarsana Natchiappan who was a contender for the Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat has strongly opposed the party high command’s decision allotting it to Karti P Chidambaram saying people “hated” that family.While the names of eight other Congress candidates from Tamil Nadu were announced on Friday, the nominee for Sivaganga – Karti Chidambaram – was declared only on Sunday evening. Besides Karti, the only other contender for Sivaganga seat was Natchiappan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Natchiappan, who emerged victorious in 1999 Lok Sabha polls defeating H Raja (BJP-runner-up) and P Chidambaram of the Tamil Maanila Congress (who secured the third position), said the decision by the high command has pushed the Congress into a tough situation since Karti Chidambaram was facing “court case.” P Chidambaram has won from Sivaganga seven times starting 1984. “As far as I understand, people hate that entire family (P Chidambaram’s family) as they have not done any good for the Sivaganga constituency,” Natchiappan who was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha (2004, 2010) told reporters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNatchiappan, who is also an advocate said naming Karti could also be a reason for future problems in the Congress party. A former union minister of State for commerce and industry, Natchiappan alleged that Chidambaram prevented him from becoming not only the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president but also a Minister at the Centre for about nine years (since UPA assumed power in 2004). He alleged that whenever some posts were offered to him, Chidambaram used to opposed it.last_img read more

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Uruguay national team players support FIFA investigation

first_imgThe Uruguayan Football Association has been taken over by FIFA in a move to weed out corruption from the government bodyAfter FIFA took over the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF in Spanish), the players of the national team have released a statement.In this press release, they support the FIFA investigation, that will take place from this month until February 28th, 2019.“We support this measure, in order to establish in definitive the principles of transparency, democracy, and plurality in the AUF,” the statement read as reported by Diario Olé.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“It is time for football in Uruguay to become a regulation for the will of all the players that are part of it, and not because external pressures that obey to third parties’ interests.”The players demanded an investigation “to determine if there were corruption cases.”Ex-AUF president Wilmar Valdez quit one day before he was going to be re-elected, and FIFA decided to take over the Uruguayan FA in order to find what happened inside the institution.last_img read more

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Rose revealing mental health discussion can help other players

first_imgFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland insists Danny Rose revealing his mental health can help other players.He also believes players talking about their mental health should be a norm.Before the World Cup which took place in Russia earlier in the summer, the Tottenham Hotspur defender revealed he dealt with a period of depression in 2017 after suffering a serious knee injury and the death of his uncle.It is highly uncommon for a high-profile footballer still involved in active football to speak out on their mental health issues, but former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland hopes Rose’s comments can help give other players confidence to come out and speak.When asked if he thought Rose was brave to comment on his depression, Kirkland said to Sky Sports: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Yeah I do, but that should be normal. Just because he’s a footballer, he shouldn’t not be able to do that.”“That should just be normal now and, hopefully, it will give other players the confidence to do that because there are many, many players who are struggling and won’t come out.”“But hopefully if one more does come out from that, that’s what we’re doing it for.”Kirkland who also played for Wigan Athletic and the England national team also revealed how his battles managing his mental health started and how it affected him on a daily basis.last_img read more

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