Sadio Mane is in contention to start Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.Liverpool get the new season under way on Friday when they host the winners of the Championship at Anfield.And Mane’s participation has been in doubt following his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer. 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? Mane played in the final for Senegal on July 19 as his side lost out to Algeria in Cairo, and missed Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City as he completed his holidays.The former Southampton forward returned to training on Monday, and Klopp insists that Mane is being considered for a starting berth against the Canaries.”He only had two weeks off, so you don’t lose anything – that is the good news at least!” he told a press conference.”He looks fit. Yesterday was the first session with the team. He looks absolutely OK. Yes, he’s an option.”Mane is not the only Liverpool player to have returned late to training ahead of the new campaign, with fellow forward Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita having also participated at AFCON for the hosts Egypt and Guinea, respectively, while Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both key in Brazil winning Copa America on home soil.As such, Klopp has been forced to hand opportunities to fringe players during pre-season as well as experimenting with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum as wide forwards in the absence of his normal front three.And the Champions League-winning coach believes that will allow him some flexibility when it comes to selecting his team to face Daniel Farke’s newly-promoted outfit.”We have a lot of options, a lot of different line-ups. No player gave me a reason to leave him out, so we have hard decisions on a squad.”It is not about playing the best football in history tomorrow. It is about playing the best football in this moment.”We have to stay the team that nobody wants to play against because of that intensity.”Klopp also confirmed that James Milner will be fit for Friday’s match having missed the Community Shield with a minor muscular injury.
A record nine Nova Scotia nominations are finalists for the 2010 National Awards for Tourism Excellence. Premier Darrell Dexter extended his congratulations to those short-listed for the prestigious awards. “Nova Scotia can be proud of these nominees, recognized for creating outstanding tourism experiences,” said Premier Dexter. “They make our province a top travel destination and help to create good jobs that grow the economy.” The awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, recognize people, places, organizations and events that offer a superior tourism experience to travellers in Canada. “Members of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry are working hard to provide exciting reasons for people to come to our province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Our record number of nominees recognizes that tourism helps to make life better for families in every region.” Grand Chief Membertou 400 has been named a finalist for Event of the Year. The three-day celebration honoured the life and legacy of the distinguished Mi’kmaq leader on the 400th anniversary of his baptism. Largely staffed by volunteers, the event brought 80,000 visitors to Halifax and was included in Her Majesty the Queen’s royal tour. It generated about $2.5 million for the local economy. “I would like to thank the government of Nova Scotia, and federal and municipal governments, for their generous support of the Grand Chief Membertou 400 celebrations,” said Deborah Ginnish, project leader for the Grand Chief Membertou 400 and executive director of the Mi’kmaq Association of Cultural Studies. “Their contributions allowed Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq community to introduce its rich culture to tens of thousands of Nova Scotians and visitors to our province, bringing great joy and pride to our people.” Three finalists were named in each of 14 judged award categories.The National Awards for Tourism Excellence will be presented at a gala dinner in Gatineau, Que. on Nov. 2 as part of The Tourism Summit, TIAC’s annual national tourism policy conference. More information about the awards and summit can be found at www.tiac-altc.ca .
It’s time to dig out your home’s hidden treasures to support an enriching Reading Week experience for Brock students.The annual Brock Bazaar returns Sept. 9 in support of the University’s Alternative Reading Week (ARW) program, which allows students to participate in volunteer work both in the local community and abroad.The community wide yard sale, hosted by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society, allows Brock students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader public, to register and sell their items.The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Academic South hallway.Registration is $15 per table until Saturday, Aug. 5, after which the price will increase to $20.Parking, as well as a table to sell items, is included.One hundred per cent of the registration fee will be donated to the ARW program.Yard sale participants keep all of the profits from their sales.Registration can be done online or by visiting Mackenzie Chown A-Block 204.Anyone who would like to donate items to the cause but is unable to attend can connect with organizers via the above link.For more information, contact Nicolas Sardella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-688-5550, x6321.