Klopp backs Salah after positive tests following brother’s wedding

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp refused to blame Mohamed Salah after the forward contracted COVID-19 having attended his brother’s wedding in Egypt, although the German said he would personally avoid social engagements.



Mohamed Salah throwing a ball: FILE PHOTO: Premier League - Liverpool v West Ham United


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Videos emerged of Salah dancing during the ceremony without a face mask or socially distancing, with the 28-year-old later testing positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations clash against Togo last week.

Salah, who is the joint leading scorer in the Premier League this season with eight goals, returned another positive test on Wednesday and is set to miss Sunday’s clash against league leaders Leicester City.

“He is flying back today. I’ve been in close contact with him. When you have a negative test, the process starts. He has had no symptoms. Nothing to say in public about the situation,” Klopp told reporters.

“I was in Germany in the summer and a friend moved a birthday party for me and I decided not to go. It was allowed. In other countries there’s more social pressure and a brother’s wedding is a special moment. My players are incredibly disciplined.”

Champions Liverpool are faced with a mounting injury crisis ahead of the clash against league leaders Leicester. Defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was injured in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester City earlier this month, and captain Jordan Henderson, who injured his leg on international duty with England, are also sidelined for Sunday’s match but Klopp has warned his players not to wallow in self-pity.

“There’s no season when you don’t have injury problems. It is always the same, it’s slightly different in that a lot of players in the same position have got injured and seriously injured, which makes it tricky,” he said.

“Nobody here feels sorry for ourselves, it’s just the situation. At the moment it hits you but the next moment you are in the solution process.”

Klopp confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Spaniard Thiago Alcantara are close to full fitness after overcoming a hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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Mido slams Salah for attending brother’s wedding prior to coronavirus diagnosis

Mohamed Salah has been slammed in an extraordinary tirade by former Egypt forward Mido, who criticised the Liverpool star for contracting COVID-19 and called the national team’s administration “cowards” for aiding the player’s apparent negligence.

It was confirmed last Friday that Salah had been diagnosed with the virus after returning two positive test results.

It subsequently emerged that Salah had attended the wedding of his brother in Cairo earlier in the week, an event that was said to have had hundreds of guests.

While some footage from the wedding showed Salah dancing in a crowd with a facemask on, in others the covering is shown to be only around his neck – like much of the world, Egypt has imposed COVID-19 protocols to curb the spread of the virus, including social distancing measures and the wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces.

It has not been confirmed that Salah contracted the virus at the wedding, but he has attracted widespread condemnation for attending it during a pandemic and so close to Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Togo.

Now Mido, a controversial figure himself during his playing days, has blasted Salah and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) – including his former team-mate Mohamed Barakat, now national team director – for allowing the situation to arise in the first place.

Mido on Salah

“I know I may be under attack after my next talk, but it has to be. Mohamed Salah made a big mistake by attending his brother’s wedding a few days before the Egyptian national team match,” the former Tottenham, Ajax and Roma striker told Al-Nahar TV. “He showed great negligence with the steps taken to prevent coronavirus, and the result was that he was infected.

“The neglect of Mohamed Salah caused the Egyptian team to lose an important player in a very important match and time, and he also risked the health of his team-mates. He should not have been present at his brother’s wedding, especially at that time.

“The other point here is the silence of all those responsible for the player’s negligence, which confirms the fact that the player is still bigger than the national team and this will lead to a great failure.

“When I missed the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, I was punished by missing the final and being excluded from the national team for six months, even if I played [at club level].

“The final we lost, I was young and I thought I was bigger than the team, but I confirm now that no one is bigger than the team, and if someone thinks this, this will be a great failure.

“Officials in Egypt did not direct any word of blame or reproach to Mohamed Salah and the harm caused by his negligence to the Egyptian team, and I name each of the minister of sports Ashraf Sobhi, chairman of the EFA Amr Al-Ganayni, the coach of the national team Hossam Al-Badri, and the national team director

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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers – ‘Weapons and Accessories’ gameplay

Earth Defense Force: World Brothers

D3 Publisher and developer Sandlot have released the first in a series of weekly gameplay videos for Earth Defense Force: World Brothers. The first video focuses on weapons and accessories.

Earth Defense Force: World Brothers is due out for PlayStation 4 and Switch on December 24 in Japan, and early 2021 in the west. Read more about the game here.

Watch the trailer below.

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Big Brother’s Nicole Franzel, Victor Arroyo Cancel Wedding

Victor Arroyo and Nicole Franzel had to cancel their December wedding


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Victor Arroyo and Nicole Franzel had to cancel their December wedding

Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo, who met on season 18 of Big Brother, were supposed to be married in December 2020. in fact, Franzel’s wedding was a hot topic of discussion inside the Big Brother 22 house this year. But they have now had to cancel that and figure out a time to reschedule it. Here’s what they had to say about it, plus they address the rumors that they were asking guests to pay for the wedding.


The Cancellation is Due to Covid-19

The couple revealed on their podcast “Coco Caliente” that they had to cancel their upcoming wedding due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. The big day was supposed to be held as a destination wedding in Turks and Caicos in December.

“We were supposed to get married in Turks and Caicos on December 9 … we just found out that the resort’s not opening. We’re postponing to the spring and we’re going to keep everything the same and we’re really excited about it … this is the third time we’ve had to postpone our wedding,” said Franzel.

She also revealed that in the house, the houseguests all thought maybe the pandemic was dying down because they could see how many flights were going in and out of the Burbank airport every day, so she had gotten excited about the wedding, assuming it would be going on full steam ahead.

“It was going to be exciting to come out [of the house] and be able to be around more people and I was like, ‘Oh my god, my wedding’s going to be on for sure!’ So that’s probably the most shocking thing [from after being on the show,” said Franzel.

Sadly, just two days ago, Franzel posted to Instagram, “Only ONE month til I MARRY this hunk,” but now that wedding has been called off.


The Wedding Was Quite the Hot Topic In the Big Brother 22 House

During the all-stars season that just wrapped, Franzel famously disinvited Janelle Pierzina to her wedding in her goodbye message to Pierzina when she was evicted after the two of them didn’t get along in the house.

So then after Pierzina was evicted, she tweeted out a photo of the invitation along with the snarky caption, “Just received my invite. 3k for hotel so Nicole’s reception and hotel stay can basically be comped. Glad I don’t have to go. I hate cheap ass weddings where the go-to song is ‘Cotton Eyed Joe.’”

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Big Brother’s Nicole Franzel, Victor Arroyo Postpone Wedding

All in due time. Big Brother alums Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo have postponed their wedding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the couple exclusively confirm to Us Weekly.

Franzel, 28, and Arroyo, 29, initially planned to tie the knot in December, but they pushed the date to May 2021.

“We were very much looking forward to celebrating our wedding with a small group of close friends and family this December, but due to COVID-19, we had to make the difficult but necessary decision to postpone until May 2021,” they tell Us.

Big Brother Nicole Franzel Victor Arroyo Postpone Their Wedding
Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo. CBS

Franzel teased their wedding date earlier this week on Instagram. “Only ONE month til I MARRY this hunk,” she wrote on Monday, November 9. “#arroyalwedding.”

Arroyo then replied in the comments section, “So excited and damn we look good …except my no shave November mustache.”

The reality stars competed on season 18 of Big Brother in 2016, at which time Franzel was involved in a showmance with Corey Brooks. The twosome split soon after the finale, and she later began dating Arroyo.

The Coco Caliente podcast hosts confirmed their relationship in September 2017, noting that they had been an item for three months. “Nicole is my girlfriend,” Arroyo told fans in a Twitter video at the time, kissing Franzel more than once.

“[After] Big Brother, me and Nicole stayed friends,” he told Entertainment Tonight in September 2017. “We talked a lot as friends and, you know, through her life and my life, we were just an open book. … She’s friggin’ awesome. A lot of people don’t know her beyond Big Brother, but she’s a sweetheart in real life and I love her to death.”

Arroyo then detailed how their relationship blossomed into something more. “Everything came together for the premiere of Big Brother 19, where we were in New York and we just clicked,” he recalled. “From then on, it was, I guess it was a love story, and now she’s my girlfriend.”

Arroyo proposed to Franzel in September 2018 during a visit to the Big Brother house with fellow alums. Live-feed viewers shared the news on Twitter, pointing out that season 20 houseguests wished them well with a “Congrats Victor & Nicole” message on the pin-art wall in one of the rooms.

The pair celebrated their anniversary in June, with Franzel quipping via Instagram, “Exactly 3 years ago we kinda sorta hit it off.”

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Clothing Brand Created by 2 Blind Brothers Is Working to Find a Cure for Blindness

Two blind brothers saw a need to launch a clothing brand that would help raise awareness of a rare degenerative eye disorder they’ve had most of their lives in hopes of finding a cure. And thus, Two Blind Brothers were born.

Bradford Manning, 35, and his brother Bryan, 30, are both legally blind. They have had Stargardt disease, an inherited form of macular degeneration typically passed onto children from their parents that causes central vision loss over time, since they were each 5. 

Experts estimate that the disease affects one in 8,000 to 10,000 people, according to the National Eye Institute, and although there is no treatment at this time, the institute said there are several gene therapy and drug therapy trials going on. 

When the brothers learned of a gene therapy discovered by an underfunded researcher for a juvenile eye disease that was about to hit the market back in 2015, they started doing their own research.

“It was mind-boggling to us,” Bryan told the Associated Press. “Our whole lives they were like, ‘Oh, a cure is down the line, a cure is down the line.’ This one isn’t for us, but it is happening, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness kicked this off with a just a tiny charitable gift to this brilliant researcher.”

And then came a purchase that changed their lives. During a trip to Bloomingdales, the brothers told the news outlet, the pair separated and met up later. It was then that they discovered they both had purchased the same shirt.

“It was the feel of it. It felt so soft and comfortable that we both keyed up on it, and then we had this idea, ‘Well what if we could take this sense of touch to a different place, make super comfortable clothing, and turn over the profits to researchers at work on eye diseases?’” said Bryan.

In 2016, Brad, who worked at an investment firm, and Bryan, who sold software, left their fields to launch Two Blind Brothers.

Their casual line of clothing, an assortment of ultra-soft Henley shirts, hoodies, polos and T-shirts, socks, knit beanies, and sunglasses for men and women, along with items for kids, are made from bamboo mixed with cotton and spandex, and manufactured out of their Los Angeles facility. Their merch is sold online at Twoblindbrothers.com.

The brothers have incorporated Braille into their designs that indicate the color of each garment. Their items start at $30 up to $200, with all the proceeds going to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which conducts research to help eradicate blindness.

When asked how two guys with a rare degenerative eye disease would go into a business about designing clothes, Bradford told the New York Post: “We do have an edge when it comes to fabrics and responding to touch,” he said.  “But we did have to call in a lot of favors.”

And, boy did the favors help.

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Chantel Is Skeptical About Brother’s Relationship Ahead of Abroad Wedding

The Family Chantel: Pedro and Chantel Pack for Her Brother’s Philippines Wedding

The Family Chantel: Pedro and Chantel Pack for Her Brother’s Philippines Wedding

Chantel Everett is feeling uncertain about her brother’s wedding in the Philippines on the upcoming episode of The Family Chantel.

In PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at Monday’s episode, provided by TLC, Chantel and her husband, Pedro Jimeno , share their thoughts on Royal and Angenette’s international nuptials while airing their concerns about the couple’s relationship.

“I am very happy [about] going to the Philippines,” Pedro says. “I feel like I want to explore one more city, you know, one more nation.”

Prior to being introduced this season, Chantel’s brother Royal brought Angenette over from the Philippines on a K-1 Visa and they got married in court with no family or friends in attendance. Though they are planning to have a second wedding in Angenette’s home country, Chantel and her family are still hoping to get to know her better before the big day.

Chantel, for one, is feeling skeptical as Angenette was embraced a lot faster by her family than Pedro was, despite both of them having come to the United States on a K-1 visa. Furthermore, Angenette told cameras that she had a miscarriage a while ago, and Royal doubted that it was his baby.

While Pedro is excited to experience a new culture, he thinks some things need to be cleared up between the pair before their second wedding.

“If Royal feels like it [wasn’t] his baby, why feel like this, you know? It’s like, who [is saying] the truth here?” Pedro wonders. “I think they need to clear the air before they get married again the second time.”

TLC Pedro Jimeno and Chantel Everett

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When Pedro asks Chantel if she’s “excited” for the wedding, she’s uncertain.

“I don’t know,” she admits as they pack their suitcases. “We don’t know anything about Angenette’s family, we don’t know anything about the Philippines, really, at all.”

She goes on to explain an incident with Angenette that gave her pause. “When we went dress shopping, I asked her about how she met Royal and if she messaged any other guys, before she met Royal, that were in America,” she recalls. “And it seemed like she was about to cry.”

“Royal was the only fish that she can catch,” Pedro jokes as Chantel laughs. “The only big fish, you know, that she can catch.”

Referencing their own journey, Chantel says, “I guess I was the only fish you could catch as well.”

He sweetly replies, “Yeah, the best one.”

TLC Chantel Everett and Pedro Jimeno

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Pedro moved from the Dominican Republic to Atlanta on a K-1 visa after he and Chantel secretly got engaged following a brief romance. Fans first met the couple on the

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How two blind brothers created a one-of-a-kind shopping experience to raise money for a cure

Would you buy something you can’t see?That’s the question posed by two New York brothers who’ve lost much of their vision to a rare degenerative eye disorder and have dedicated their lives — and livelihoods — to raising money for a cure.Bradford Manning, 35, and his 30-year-old brother, Bryan, are the founders of the clothing brand Two Blind Brothers. They’ve hit on a strategy that’s helped raise more than $700,000 for the cause: selling mystery boxes full of an assortment of their ultra-soft shirts, cozy socks, knit beanies and sunglasses.The two turn over all profits from the boxes and their other sales to groups like the Foundation Fighting Blindness, funding research on retinal eye ailments like the one they’ve suffered from since they were 5, Stargardt disease. It’s an inherited form of macular degeneration that causes central vision loss over time.“We just wanted to try and help and raise awareness and just do something good,” said Bryan.Since 2016, when they left their previous careers — Brad worked for an investment firm and Bryan sold software — they’ve picked up celebrity supporters like Ice-T and entrepreneur Richard Branson. Ellen DeGeneres helped with one of her famous Shutterfly checks for $30,000. And the sale of their mystery boxes, costing between $30 to $200, is now a social media phenomenon.Customers have included relatives of the blind, among them parents with vision impaired children; some have posted unboxing videos on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram, with a few opening boxes blindfolded. The brothers hit on the idea in 2015, when a gene therapy discovered by an underfunded researcher for an unrelated juvenile eye disease was about to hit the market. “It was mind boggling to us,” Bryan said. “Our whole lives they were like, ‘Oh, a cure is down the line, a cure is down the line.’ This one isn’t for us, but it is happening, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness kicked this off with just a tiny charitable gift to this brilliant researcher.”Soon after, they were separated while shopping at Bloomingdale’s. When they reconnected, they found that they had purchased the same soft shirt.“It was the feel of it. It felt so soft and comfortable that we both keyed upon it, and then we had this idea, well what if we could take this sense of touch to a different place, make super comfortable clothing” and turn over the profits to researchers at work on eye diseases, Bryan said.With advice from friends in the fashion industry, two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers.The casual line of super soft Henleys, hoodies, polos and T-shirts for men and women, along with offerings for kids, are made of sustainable bamboo mixed with cotton and spandex. They’ve incorporated Braille indicating the color of each garment into some of the designs they sell online at Twoblindbrothers.com.The goods were originally manufactured in Texas, mostly by visually impaired people. But as they’ve grown, most of the operation moved to Los Angeles. Brad was diagnosed at 7 after their mother, a nurse, …

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Two Blind Brothers clothing brand a cause-driven phenomenon

NEW YORK — Would you buy something you can’t see?

That’s the question posed by two New York brothers who’ve lost much of their vision to a rare degenerative eye disorder and have dedicated their lives — and livelihoods — to raising money for a cure.

Bradford Manning, 35, and his 30-year-old brother, Bryan, are the founders of the clothing brand Two Blind Brothers. They’ve hit on a strategy that’s helped raise more than $700,000 for the cause: selling mystery boxes full of an assortment of their ultra-soft shirts, cozy socks, knit beanies and sunglasses.

The two turn over all profits from the boxes and their other sales to groups like the Foundation Fighting Blindness, funding research on retinal eye ailments like the one they’ve suffered from since they were 5, Stargardt disease. It’s an inherited form of macular degeneration that causes central vision loss over time.

“We just wanted to try and help and raise awareness, and just do something good,” said Bryan.

Since 2016, when they left their previous careers — Brad worked for an investment firm and Bryan sold software — they’ve picked up celebrity supporters like Ice-T and entrepreneur Richard Branson. Ellen DeGeneres helped with one of her famous Shutterfly checks for $30,000.

And the sale of their mystery boxes, costing from $30 to $200, is now a social media phenomenon.

Customers have included relatives of the blind, among them parents with vision impaired children; some have posted unboxing videos on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram, with a few opening boxes blindfolded.

The brothers hit on the idea in 2015, when a gene therapy discovered by an underfunded researcher for an unrelated juvenile eye disease was about to hit the market.

“It was mind boggling to us,” Bryan said. “Our whole lives they were like, `Oh, a cure is down the line, a cure is down the line.’ This one isn’t for us, but it is happening, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness kicked this off with just a tiny charitable gift to this brilliant researcher.”

Soon after, they were separated while shopping at Bloomingdale’s. When they reconnected, they found that they had purchased the same soft shirt.

Brothers Bradford (left) and Bryan Manning are the founders of the Two Blind Brothers clothing brand. Since 2016, when they left their previous careers — Brad worked for an investment firm and Bryan sold software — they’ve picked up celebrity supporters like Ice-T, entrepreneur Richard Branson and Ellen DeGeneres.

Brothers Bradford (left) and Bryan Manning are the founders of the Two Blind Brothers clothing brand. Since 2016, when they left their previous careers — Brad worked for an investment firm and Bryan sold software — they’ve picked up celebrity supporters like Ice-T, entrepreneur Richard Branson and Ellen DeGeneres.
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“It was the feel of it. It felt so soft and comfortable that we both keyed upon it, and then we had this idea, well what if we could take this sense of touch to a different place, make super comfortable clothing” and turn over the profits to researchers at work on eye diseases, Bryan said.

With advice from friends in the fashion industry, two blind brothers became Two Blind Brothers.

The casual line of super soft Henleys, hoodies, polos and T-shirts for men and women, along with offerings for

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Kangana Ranaut Extends Her Brother’s Wedding Invite To ‘Friend’ And HP CM Jairam Thakur



a group of people posing for the camera: Kangana Ranaut Invites HP CM for Brother's wedding  Photo Credit: Instagram/@KanganaTeam


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Kangana Ranaut Invites HP CM for Brother’s wedding Photo Credit: Instagram/@KanganaTeam


Actor Kangana Ranaut has extended her brother Akshat’s wedding invite to her ‘friend’ and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and HP Cabinet Minister Mahender Singh Thakur. Taking to Twitter, she shared pictures from their meeting and wrote, “Today our family extended invite of my brother Aksht’s wedding to honourable Chief Minister of Himachal, a dear friend Shri @jairamthakurbjp ji also HP cabinet Minister and family friend our uncle Shri @MahenderSTBJP ji. (sic)”

Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur thanked Kangana for the wedding invite.

In the photos shared, she can be seen clad in purple ethnic wear and was accompanied by her sister Rangoli Chandel and brother Akshat. Earlier, she shared that the family has extended the wedding invite to former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and her father’s friend, Shanta Kumar. She tweeted, “Today our family extended the invite of my brother Aksht’s wedding to Shri Shanta Kumar ji one of the great leaders of his time and my father’s friend, it is my honour I got to visit Vivekanand Medical Research Institute uncle is mentoring now.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, she has recently wrapped p the schedule of Thalaivi and returned to Manali for her brother’s wedding. Apart from Thalaivi, Kangana has Tejas in which she essays the role of an Indian Air Force pilot, Dhaakad, an action thriller film. She also announced Aparajita Ayodhya, which is based on the Babri Masjid demolition incident and a yet-to-be-titled film based on the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits.

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