Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he is finding it difficult to understand some of his team-mates who have different accents.The Brazilian says he struggles to understand teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and also has to contend with Mackem Henderson, Glaswegian Robertson and Yorkshireman Milner.The shot-stopper who arrived Anfield from Roma last summer says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.Allison says it is very difficult for him to understand Brummie and Yorkshire accents and also the scouse twang of Trent Alexander-Arnold and some other training staffAlisson told the Daily Star via The Mirror: Virgil 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.“The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Alisson has had a brilliant season so far.
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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a rally in Rajshahi on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday termed her Awami League’s logo “boat” as the symbol of Bangladesh’s independence and development, seeking peoples support for it in the next local body and national elections.”The boat of Prophet Nuh (SM) had saved people from disaster and (our election symbol) boat awarded us the independence and led the nation towards development,” she told a mammoth public rally at this north western divisional city.The premier urged the people to vote for “boat” in the upcoming local government and general elections to keep up the current trend of development and spirit of independence describing her call as “my ardent appeal to you all”.Rajshahi district and city unit of Awami League staged the rally at the city’s Madrasa Maidan with city AL president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton in the chair while the party’s presidium member and health minister Mohammad Nasim, joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, among others, spoke.Sheikh Hasina, who also heads the Awami League, said all these elections would be held with party symbols and “I seek your votes also to let people live in peace and happiness”.”We want to build a hunger and poverty free, prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” she added.Sheikh Hasina blasted the opposition outside parliament BNP for waging movement to defend their party chief, calling it a campaign for “a thief” convicted of emblazing orphans money.”This movement is for a thief (Khaleda). It is also forbidden in the Holy Quran to embezzle fund of the orphans . . . so she is now paying the price and suffering the punishment,” she said.The premier also wondered about the location of the orphanage and number of orphans there for whom the fund was raised and said “Khaleda along with her family members and her party men grasp the money meant for the orphans”.She said Khaleda Zia brought funds from abroad to set up the orphanage long 27 years back but never set it up and rather plundered that fund.”That fund did not go to the orphans . . . so the Anti Corruption Commission filed the case and she (Khaleda) was eventually punished in that case,” the premier said.Sheikh Hasina said, looting and plundering, however, symbolised BNP’s character as Bangladesh became champions for five consecutive times during their tenure in power while her incumbent government managed to repatriate the money siphoned out by the ex-premier’s sons from abroad.The prime minister said despite their frantic efforts the past caretaker government failed to find any irregularity in the operations of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust.The trust was set up to assist the students, injured of the 21 August grenade attack and the distressed AL leaders and workers.The premier said whenever Awami League was elected to power the country witnessed massive development benefitting its people while darkness and destruction featured the past BNP rule as their motto was to plunder everything.”If anyone fails to overcome the greed to embezzle orphans money, how he or she could offer something to people,” she said.The premier said Ziaur Rahman died in 1981 leaving nothing but a broken suitcase and a torn ‘genji’ but in few subsequent years the Zia family amassed cash and property worth hundreds of crores of taka and at a certain stage started to siphoning off the money abroad.Sheikh Hasina alleged that they had procured sets of marine vessels giving those names like Coko 1 and Coko 2, set up Dandy Dyeing Industry, took bank loans of Tk 9 billion not refunded ever.”Simultaneously they (BNP) were resorted to looting, corruption, terrorism, militancy and even created ‘Bangla Bhai’ and thus snatched away the peoples’ peace,” she said.The premier said no mayor could do what Awami League’s Khairuzzaman Liton did for the development of the old divisional city of Rajshahi though her government also provided sufficient fund to the BNP-supported mayor this time to continue the development campaign.”We didn’t stop development here, but they (BNP mayor and councilors) failed . . . they failed because their minds are always filled with the mindset of looting,” she said.Sheikh Hasina added: “If their leader embezzles the orphans’ fund what the followers will deliver, please judge this.”The premier urged people to recall how the unbridled corruption, looting, terrorism, militancy shook the country and particularly Rajshahi region during the BNP tenure.”This region was turned into a den of terrorists, militants and ‘Bangla Bhai’,” she said adding that simultaneously entire country witnessed serial bombings at 500 points in 2005 alone as BNP “played ducks and drakes with the peoples fate”.The premier also reminded the rally the violent street campaign spearheaded by BNP and its crucial ally Jamaat to upset the 5 January elections and in subsequent years claiming hundreds of lives through arson and bomb attacks.Taking a swipe over the BNP claims that Ziaur Rahman reintroduced multiparty democracy in the country; Sheikh Hasina said Zia’s multiparty democracy featured leaders who were war criminals and killers of father of the nation.”He had made them prime ministers, ministers and advisers while curfews were enforced every night in his (Zia’s) tenure . . . then, how come he established democracy,” the premier said.The premier announced that a medical university would be set up in Rajshahi while works were underway to set up an ICT Park for the people of the region.She highlighted various achievements and successes of her government in various socio-economic fields over the last nine years.”Some 20 million students across the country are now getting stipends, some 35,42,90,162 textbooks are being distributed free of cost students on the first day of the year, some 1 million Bangladeshi workers went abroad over the last one year while the country has already entered into 4G world,” she said.Moreover, the premier said, Bangladesh’s power generation capacity now rose to 16,000 MW while by 2021, every household of the country would get electricity.
Shahriar Alam and Tarique RahmanState minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam claimed on Tuesday that his Facebook page was hacked.And, he added, the post he gave on Monday showing copies of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s passport and application to the UK home office was no longer there.Shahriar’s Facebook post on Tuesday reads, “My Facebook (page) has gone through huge torture overnight. Hacking! The posts have disappeared.”Asked about the matter, Shahriar Alam on Tuesday morning told Prothom Alo that some of his Facebook posts had been vanished as, he insisted, his page was hacked.Addressing a reception in London a few days ago, the state minister told newsmen that Tarique Rahman, who has been living in London since 2008, gave up his nationality by handing over his Bangladesh passport to the UK home office almost four years ago.Following the state minister’s remarks, the BNP challenged and the BNP’s law affairs secretary Kaiser Kamal, on behalf of Tarique Rahman, served a legal notice upon Shahriar.According to the legal notice, Shahriar was asked to say sorry either to the nation or Tarique Rahman. Otherwise, it added, legal action will be taken.Addressing a press conference at his Gulshan house following the legal notice, Shahriar on Monday reiterated his position and said Tarique, his wife and daughters handed over their passports to the UK home office nearly in June 2014.He also said the UK home office then sent their passports to the Bangladesh high commission in London. The passports are now kept at the Bangladesh high commission office.After the press conference, Shahriar Alam posted copies of Tarique’s passport and the application to the UK government.