Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not interested in “bulls***” stories about the destinies of teams that spent Christmas Day top of the Premier League.A 2-0 victory over Wolves on Friday ensured the Reds would be top of the pile on December 25, while Manchester City’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday kept their advantage at four points.Only twice since the start of the 2008-09 season has the team who led the way at Christmas failed to win the title, and on both occasions it was Liverpool. 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? Klopp was emphatic in declaring the fact irrelevant to this year’s race and underlined that the Reds are only thinking about their next match against Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day.”I heard all these things … [about] how many times in the last years when you were first at Christmas you won the title, only Liverpool haven’t. Wow. You [the media] are afraid to say it because you think then I know it, but it’s all bulls*** stories,” the German told a news conference.”What is it? What does it mean? It’s a different team, it’s a different time, everything was different. It’s not interesting.”If it was not the case and Liverpool had been champions twice as well, would I then think, ‘Oh, half way through, job done’? No, of course not.”Nothing happened so far. We don’t have to think about May. What we have to do is think about December 26 against Newcastle. Let’s try everything we have to win that game.”After that, Arsenal is coming. You don’t have to go home, you can stay in the stadium because they’re coming. It’s a very intense time. Let’s enjoy it.”Is it Boxing Day yet?! #PL pic.twitter.com/c0OxxKpUys — Premier League (@premierleague) December 24, 2018 Klopp stated he felt “nothing” after City fell to Palace and questioned why Tottenham, who thrashed Everton 6-2 on Sunday and sit six points off top, are not being included in the title discussions.”We never think about Man City, so now we start thinking about Man City? That would be silly,” he said.”I didn’t expect Man City would lose against Crystal Palace, of course not, but it’s clear it can happen to us and them, that’s football.”Nothing changed. Absolutely nothing. We were always focused on the next game and that hasn’t changed since Saturday.”In the moment when people who are not involved, but emotionally involved like friends and that, and they see City lose 3-2, all these messages come in like, ‘Wow, unbelievable…’ and I don’t even feel it, because if you’re in the job you know you still have 20-something games to play.”Don’t think that you’ve won something before you win something, we are not children anymore. We are just in a situation.”With all the things said about us and Man City, how can anybody forget Tottenham? That [beating Everton] was impressive.’Tis the season to be jolly…Relive our 6-2 win at Everton #COYS — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 24, 2018 “They said it themselves after the game, everybody is talking about the other two. That’s a nice situation.”We don’t do favours for anybody, you [the media] do sometimes because you only speak about us and them and give Tottenham the chance to come from behind and overtake.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Children and certain vulnerable adults in Nova Scotia now havethe added protection of the life-saving AMBER Alert program. In a video testimonial shown at the Province House launch of theprogram today, May 25, John Walsh — host of America’s MostWanted on Fox TV — praised Nova Scotia for joining the sevenprovinces and 49 states who have adopted AMBER Alert. “Working together, we can save children and we can catchcriminals,” said Mr. Walsh. “Congratulations Nova Scotia, onadopting the AMBER Alert program.” As of May 15, AMBER Alert is credited with finding 154 children. Justice Minister Michael Baker commended the community-mindedorganizations that have teamed up to bring the much-heraldedprogram to Nova Scotia. “It’s especially appropriate that today, on National MissingChildren’s Day, we’re able to announce the introduction of AMBERAlert. It’s a unique partnership that makes our streets andcommunities even safer,” said Mr. Baker. “We appreciate thecommunity spirit shown by our participating private broadcasterswho provide a vital link to the public.” Nova Scotia becomes the eighth province to adopt AMBER Alert,joining Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland andLabrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. “Child Find is pleased with the implementation of the Nova ScotiaAMBER Alert program,” said Dianna Cann, chair of the AMBER Alertcommittee and executive director of Child Find Nova Scotia.”AMBER Alert is a proven and effective tool for finding missingchildren. It has been our primary focus since 2003 and we areelated with the high level of commitment by our partners to getthe program off the ground.” “This program will ensure a co-ordinated, comprehensiveapproach,” said chief superintendent Tom Bennett of the RCMP, onbehalf of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. “Ourconcern is the safe return of the victim, and this integratedapproach is the best model available to assist investigators.” AMBER Alert works through the volunteer efforts of local radioand television broadcasters, who work quickly with lawenforcement agencies to broadcast details of missing children andpotential suspects. “Nova Scotia’s private radio and television broadcasters, cableTV providers and daily newspaper publishers have embraced theAMBER Alert program,” said Chris Perry, president of the AtlanticAssociation of Broadcasters. “This buy-in by the media willensure the public will be immediately and thoroughly involvedshould an AMBER Alert be issued.” For more information on AMBER Alert go to the website atwww.codeamber.org , or the National Center for Missing Childrenwebsite at www.missingkids.org .
Scott Hannah, president and CEO of the Credit Counselling Society, says you need to be realistic about what you can and cannot afford.Hannah says you have to make the choices that are right for you and your family.“You can’t be all things to all people,” he said. “You have to make some choices. You can’t afford to do everything.”Extra spending in the holiday season may include extra lunches or dinners out with friends and co-workers, a babysitter so you can attend a special concert or an extra holiday donation to your favourite charity at the end of the year.Nothing is worse than going through the holiday season knowing you’re in debt, you’ve got problems and you’re going to have to face them in the new yea OTTAWA — The holiday season comes every year and so too the warnings of overspending, but the consequences of a financial hangover this year are growing compared with just a few years ago.As the Bank of Canada continues to raise its key interest rate target, the cost to borrow using variable-rate loans like home equity lines of credit has climbed higher and is expected to continue to rise next year.“Where we are in a rising interest rate environment, it becomes even more critical to manage your budget effectively,” Jennifer Auld, a district vice-president at TD Canada Trust, says.What to budget for groceries and how to save money on your supermarket billHigher interest rates, debt putting pressure on Canadians’ financesHow to decide if it’s better to pay down debt or build up your savingsThe holiday season and all of the costs that come with it can be a pricey one and Auld says setting a budget and sticking to it are key to preventing a financial hangover come the new year.Planning your holiday spending means not just budgeting for gifts for loved ones, but also the myriad other holiday expenses.“The first step is really figuring out what your budget is and adding five to 10 per cent to that because things will inevitably pop up over the holidays,” Auld says.She says it means making a list of who you want to buy a gift for and how much you can spend, but it also means planning for the costs of extra entertaining that comes with the holiday season.“I think you can often get caught up in the magic of the season and it is tempting to overspend when you are out shopping, but if you have a dollar value in mind per person when you’re out shopping I think it is easier to stay on track,” she said.The holiday season and all of the costs that come with it can be a pricey one. “It’s from entertainment, it could be from travelling, it could be additional clothing because you’re going out and entertaining, it could be a number of things,” Hannah said of the debt that people rack up.According to a survey done earlier this year for the Retail Council of Canada, suggested that 65 per cent of Canadians plan to have a firm budget for spending this holiday season.The same survey suggested roughly two-thirds of Canadians plan to spend about the same amount this year as they did last year with the average being $675.Auld says there are a number of money management apps that can help you keep track of what you’ve spent to help stay on budget and help save you from the financial hangover.If you do go over your budget, she says it is key to have a plan to repay your debt as quickly as you can and start preparing yourself for next year.Hannah says if you’re having financial difficulty now, you should seek help ahead of the holiday season rather than waiting until the new year when the holiday bills start to come rolling in.“Nothing is worse than going through the holiday season knowing you’re in debt, you’ve got problems and you’re going to have to face them in the new year,” he said. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images