Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he hopes the concept of a European Super League never comes into effect.The prospect of the continent’s most successful teams breaking away from their domestic leagues to form their own competition has been raised several times over the last three decades and last year it was reported in Germany that clubs are already advancing on their plans to replace the Champions League with another tournament.The idea has proved controversial, however, as the European Leagues organisation has warned that it poses a serious threat to football, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes it will “kill” traditional leagues. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? And Liverpool boss Klopp is also worried about a super league being formed, insisting it will become repetitive and boring by pitting the same teams against each other every year.”I hope this Super League will never happen,” he told Kicker.”With the way the Champions League is now running, football has a great product, even with the Europa League.”For me, the Champions League is the Super League, in which you do not always end up playing against the same teams. “Of course, it is economically important, but why should we create a system where Liverpool faces Real Madrid for 10 straight years? Who wants to see that every year?”The German boss believes the football calendar is already too intense for players and getting worse, suggesting fans will start to turn away from the game if things do not change.”FIFA and UEFA are still expanding the tournaments for more participants,” he said. “Apparently they fear a day without football. But I think it’s the other way round. Eventually, the audience will say: ‘I’m not watching that or that either’.”We used to have two or three weeks without football in the winter, so we had ski jumping, downhill skiing, biathlon, and in England, with its variety of popular sports, it would not be a problem.”Many people are trying to get as much of the cake as possible. It’s quite common in life, except in football it’s on the backs of players.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Allianz Global Assistance Finds That Americans Are Pro-Connectivity, Even in One of the Few Places Left to Power DownAllianz Global Assistance Discovers That Americans Want Free In-Flight Texting, Wi-Fi and Cellular Calls, but Don’t Want their Fellow Passengers to Use it Richmond, VA, November 8, 2017 — Those who thought that airplanes might remain a haven from emails, text messages and phone calls may want to think again. The majority of Americans would use free Wi-Fi (76.2 percent) and cellular calls (55.5 percent), and nearly half (44.7 percent) would use free text messaging services if provided on a flight, according to a new survey* conducted by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance. The desire to stay connected is so pervasive that 40 percent of people don’t always put their phone on airplane mode and almost 14 percent of people have secretly snuck a text message or call during a flight**. The main reasons respondents* reported wanting to have free in-flight text messaging and cellular calls are to use in case of an emergency (35 percent text messaging/34 percent cellular calls) and to stay connected with friends and family (38.6 percent text messaging/31.6 percent cellular calls). Additional responses included having the ability to coordinate airport pick-up (14.7 percent text messaging/15.4 percent cellular calls) and connection to work (11.7 percent text messaging/10.4 percent cellular calls). The primary reason that people are not interested in text messaging and cellular calls relates to their fellow passengers’ usage. In fact, 27.7 percent deemed other passengers’ usage as the factor that makes them least interested in free text messaging services in-flight. For cellular calls, 30.9 percent were least interested due to noise level, and 20.3 percent because of fellow passengers’ usage. Other reasons making flyers weary of connectivity include: safety concerns regarding in-flight usage (23.9 percent text messaging/15.2 percent cellular calls), being connected to work (19.9 percent text messaging/11.6 percent cellular calls), safety concerns regarding terrorism (19.6 percent text messaging/15.7 percent cellular calls) and being connected to family and friends (8.8 percent text messaging/6.2 percent cellular calls). Among all three in-flight capability options, free Wi-Fi was preferred over texting and cellular calls, yet nearly half of respondents** (40 percent) feel more obligated to work when they have Wi-Fi. It is no surprise then that the ability to use social media (22.4 percent) and streaming services (22.1 percent) were found most important*, suggesting that while travelers are interested in staying “on” in flight, they prefer to use their devices for personal reasons instead of work. “Despite talk of the need to unplug and a desire to digital detox, we’ve found that many Americans do want to be connected while in flight,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “Airlines have recognized this and are beginning to cater to this customer desire by offering free in-flight text messaging and Wi-Fi, and we anticipate they will continue to do so as technologies advance. In the future, passengers may even be able to make phone calls on flights, which could lead to new airline design and sources of revenue, like quiet cabins, which 46 percent of Americans would consider paying extra for if airlines did allow phone calls.” A video highlighting the survey’s findings is available to view here. Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies, other travel suppliers and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit:www.allianztravelinsurance.com. *Methodology 1: This 10-question survey was administered to the U.S. internet population from October 19, 2017 – October 21, 2017, receiving 1,520 responses. The methodology is explained here and a snapshot of survey findings are listed below: Would you use free messaging services (e.g. iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger) if provided on a flight?55.3% – No44.7% – YesWould you use free cellular service/calls if provided on a flight?55.5% – Yes44.5% – NoSince sending photos and videos is not supported by free in-flight messaging services, would you consider paying more for the ability to do so?78.4% – No16.6% – Depends on the cost5.0% – YesWhat factor makes you most interested in having free messaging service capabilities on a flight?38.6% – Being connected to family and friends35.0% – Ability to use in case of emergency14.7% – Ability to coordinate airport pick-up11.7% – Being connected to workWhat factor makes you less interested in having free messaging service capabilities on a flight?27.7% – Other passengers’ usage23.9% – Safety concerns regarding in-flight usage19.9% – Being connected to work19.6% – Safety concerns regarding terrorism8.8% – Being connected to friends and familyWhat factor makes you most interested in having free cellular service capabilities/calls on a flight?34.0% – Ability to use in case of emergency31.6% – Being connected to friends and family15.4% – Ability to coordinate airport pick-up10.4% – Being connected to work8.5% – Ability to plan other travel arrangementsWhat factor makes you less interested in having free cellular service capabilities/calls on a flight?30.9% – Noise level20.3% – Other passengers’ usage15.7% – Safety concerns regarding terrorism15.2% – Safety concerns regarding in-flight usage11.6% – Being connected to work6.2% – Being connected to friends and familyWould you use free in-flight Wi-Fi if provided on a flight?76.2% – Yes23.8% – NoWhat factor makes you most interested in having in-flight Wi-Fi?22.4% – Checking social media22.1% – Using streaming services20.4% – Checking emails19.1% – 19.1% – Keeping up with the news16.0% – Ability to work in-flightIf airlines allowed cellular service/calls, would you consider paying more for a ‘quiet cabin’ where cell service is not allowed?53.9% – No27.8% – Depends on the cost18.2% – Yes**Methodology 2: This 10-question survey was administered to the U.S. internet population from October 5, 2017 – October 8, 2017, receiving 1,502 responses. The methodology is explained here and a snapshot of survey findings are listed below: How often do you put your phone on airplane mode or turn off your cellular device during flight?59.9% – Always17.2% – Never10.4% – Almost Always6.4% – Sometimes6.0% – Almost NeverHave you ever snuck a text message or made a call secretly on a flight?86.1% – No, I have never snuck a text or call11.2% – Yes, I have texted2.7% – Yes, I have made a callIf you flight has wi-fi, do you feel more obligated to work on that flight?48.1% – Never25.9% – Sometime12.9% – Almost Never7.1% – Almost Always6.0% – Always Allianz Global Assistance USAAllianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We provide insurance to 25 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for credit card companies. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance, please visitallianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook atFacebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS.
The proprietors of a Chinese Supermarket in Albion, Berbice, along with customers, were on Saturday evening robbed after two masked gunmen invaded the business establishment.Reports are around 21:30h, the two perpetrators arrived at the “Z-One Chinese Supermarket” located at Lot 16B Albion Front, Corentyne, Berbice, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a small handgun.The men stormed the premises and immediately ordered the customers inside to lie face down on the floor while ordering the owners to hand over the cash.One of the gunmen taking one of the proprietors to the backAccording to a Police source, while making demands, one bandit hit one of the proprietors across the head with his handgun. Meanwhile, the other suspect proceeded to relieve the customers of their cash and cellular phones.While the robbery was in progress, the Police were notified, and a three-member team from the Albion Police Station was deployed to the scene.This publication was told that the crime scene was some three blocks away from the Albion Police Station, but from all indications, the Police Officers were not prepared for the welcome they received.As the ranks arrived at the robbery scene, the gunmen fired multiple shots at the vehicle, resulting in the officers having to shield themselves while running for cover to avoid being hit by the bullets that were fired in their direction.The ranks did not have time to return fire.Bullet holes on the police vehicle that came under fireAccording to another Police source, the three Constables who arrived in the patrol vehicle were not from the Impact Base Unit –one is a driver and the other two are attached to the Enquiries Unit of the Police Station.“No senior rank was with them at the time of the incident, those Constables are pretty young and were probably on the job about a year to two, and this is the first time they were exposed to rapid gunfire. Maybe they did not have enough time to act, since the bullets went flying as soon as their vehicle came to a halt at the establishment, or maybe they could not shoot back because customers were being held hostage. However, they are from Enquiries so even though we are trained to shoot, this is the first time they experienced something like this and no senior person was there to guide them. I mean, they turned up because they were the closest, like three lantern posts away from the scene is the police station…”, the source stated.The gunmen managed to make good their escape with the loot on foot. The Police have since recovered 20 spent shells outside the supermarket and another six inside. Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits rob Chinese-run supermarket at Industry – fled scene on CG motorcyclesNovember 11, 2016In “Crime”Gunmen storm Chinese supermarket at Enmore – escape with cash, other itemsJuly 2, 2016In “Crime”CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Masked bandits rob Berbice supermarketJanuary 12, 2017In “Crime”