Guardiola: Klopp is an incredible manager

first_imgPep Guardiola described Jurgen Klopp as “an incredible manager” on the eve of Liverpool’s trip to Premier League title rivals Manchester City.The reigning champions face a seven-point deficit to Klopp’s Reds, who are yet to taste a top-flight defeat this season ahead of Thursday’s crunch clash at the Etihad Stadium.Last October’s showdown between the two sides at Anfield ended in a goalless draw, but Liverpool prevailed in three of last season’s four meetings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? If that recent record suggests Klopp may have got the measure of Guardiola’s City, the former Barcelona coach did not appear too concerned and freely offered up warm praise for his German counterpart.”First of all, he’s an incredible manager,” said Guardiola, who saw his side beat Southampton last time out to put back-to-back losses behind them.”I have a good relationship with him and his team always plays good.”I don’t count the number of times I beat managers and think I am special.”Our teams play, I beat him, he beat me, I win cups and he won some. I congratulate him when he beats me and I move forward.”32 – Jurgen Klopp has now defeated all 32 of the British clubs he’s faced as Liverpool boss in all competitions – before tonight, Wolves were the only side he’d failed to beat, losing in the FA Cup in January 2017 in their only previous meeting. Rule. pic.twitter.com/96gjJaIaXs— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 21 December 2018Having won major domestic and European honours with Barca, Bayern Munich and now City, Guardiola has lost none of his enthusiasm for the big matches and he is relishing this one.Asked what it meant to him to be involved in such games, he replied: “[It is an] incredible pleasure. I’m a manager and to play these games, to see what we can do on the big stage with people in these stadiums, it’s a dream to play these games.”It’s when I’m most calm. The players will try to do the performance they can do.”City will have to wait on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who trained on Wednesday following a persistent knee problem. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Think beyond farm jobs to reach sustainable development UN agriculture chief advises

FAO/Luis TatoFAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva addressing the opening session of the regional conference on Youth Employment in Agriculture, co-organised by the Republic of Rwanda and the African Union on the 20 August, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.Mr. Graziano da Silva also encouraged youth to “think beyond farm jobs” and explore employment opportunities across the agri-food chain, such as in food processing, distribution, marketing and retail.This “new kind of rural transformation” means equipping rural areas with basic services such as education, health, electricity, internet access and so on. “These services are themselves another important source for employment, especially for women and young people,” he said. “We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people,” underscored José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.“They must perceive agriculture as a remunerative and profitable sector and the dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural areas play an important role in this regard,” he added.Over 60 percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25 –mostly living in rural areas.Yet, there is a growing uncertainty over the continent’s preparedness to tap this precious resource, which requires that tens of millions of rural area jobs be created annually for the continent to harness the dividends of its youth.Mr. Graziano da Silva’s remarks came at the opening of the two-day event, which is co-organized by FAO, the Rwandan Government and the African Union (AU) to share knowledge and best practices on agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship and ICT innovations to prioritize interventions going forward.Other keynote speakers included Li Yong, Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Geraldine Mukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources; and Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture.We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people – UN agriculture chiefGrowing population means growing food demandsMr. Graziano da Silva noted that due to continued population growth, rapid urbanization and dietary changes accompanying rising household incomes, Africa’s food demand is projected to grow in the coming years by more than 50 per cent, providing “an invaluable and untapped potential” to address youth unemployment challenges, albeit amid numerous constraints.He pointed out that young people are usually employed on a casual or seasonal basis, with limited access to relevant education and technical training; limited access to finance, information and markets; and low involvement in decision-making processes.“These constraints become a bottleneck that also impede young people to start an agricultural business of their own. As a result, young rural people are migrating,” explained the FAO chief.Meanwhile, the World Bank expects that by 2030, African agribusinesses will create a $1 trillion market.“In the coming years, more and more of the agricultural activities and employment will require digital skills,” he stressed, calling cooperatives “the best way to provide family farmers and young professionals with technical assistance, capacity building, and access to modern technologies.” read more