Review all the lip service Manchester United’s Ed Woodward gave investors as he explained…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 7gaaNBA Finals | Brooklyn VslWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E81upk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) t0Would you ever consider trying this?😱17ivCan your students do this? 🌚3wzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Since sacking José Mourinho back in December 2018, Manchester United’s performance in the domestic and European competitions hasn’t really been mind blowing with club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær on the helm. Recently, the executive vice chairman of the club, Ed Woodward, has come forward with his opinion, stating that with proper time, the Red Devils will taste success once again.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesFrom finishing 6th in last season of the Premier League and missing out this year Champions League tournament, to the shameful  defeat against West Ham, but Woodward believes that with given time, the Norwegian gaffer will turn things around.“We and our growing fan base demand success. Success means winning trophies. That target and that standard has never changed for Manchester United . The progress we have made on the business side underpins the continued investment in the football side.” The 47 year old’s optimism for the future was noticed, in a recent interview.Advertisement The annual financial revenue at Old Trafford has reached a monumental record of £627.1 million in the last financial year ending in June, which is bound to drop following the expensive transfers and contract renewals at the club.“Much of the progress made around that investment, in the academy, the recruitment department and the training ground facilities, is behind the scenes and therefore isn’t immediately apparent to those on the outside looking in.” Woodward added.Advertisement United are currently in the 8th position in the league table, trailing behind leaders Liverpool by 10 points. Advertisementlast_img read more

One death resulting from collision on Highway 2 near Swan Lake

first_imgInvestigators have concluded that the tractor trailer was eastbound and the Pontiac Aztek was westbound when they both lost control and traction.The driver of the Aztek, who was pronounced dead at the scene, is believed to be an Alberta resident.The highway remains closed in both directions while officers continue working on a detour.- Advertisement -Road and weather conditions are believed to be a contributing factor of the collision.last_img

Donegal apprentices celebrate at annual graduate ceremony – Pic Special

first_imgGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship, were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD on Friday.The event was co-hosted by SOLAS, Donegal ETB and Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB.Speaking at the presentation, Minister McHugh noted the growing demand for people with vocational skills and praised the high quality of the Irish apprenticeship system and its success in developing highly skilled workers, like those receiving the Advanced Certificate. He said: “The skills learned through an apprenticeship are invaluable and offer real job opportunities. Businesses need employees with strong practical skills, and apprenticeships and vocational training are key to delivering these.”Andrew Brownlee, CEO, SOLAS, spoke of the apprenticeship programme and drew particular attention to the calibre of the Irish apprenticeship system which is recognised nationally and internationally.“You have completed a comprehensive apprenticeship that is recognised at home and abroad as one of the best in the world. An example of the standards achieved by apprentices during their apprenticeship is the success obtained by the Irish Team at successive World Skills Competitions. This is a remarkable achievement and it proves beyond doubt that our apprenticeship system and our apprentices are among the best in the world”.At the most recent World Skills Competition held in Russia in August, four gold medals, one bronze medal, a Best of Nation medal and seven Medallions for Excellence were achieved by the team of 17 young apprentices, trainees and students who represented Ireland. Among the team of 17 were Donegal apprentices, Christopher Kehoe and Jack O’Donnell. Christopher Kehoe completed his final training in Letterkenny Training Centre under the direction of Welding Instructor and World Skills Expert Cathal McGee.Cathal also accompanied the Irish Team to Russia as their World Skills Expert in Welding. Jack O’Donnell completed his final training in Gaoth Dobhair Training Centre under the direction of Plumbing Instructor John Sweeney. Both Christopher and Jack won Medals of Excellence at the championships.The Advanced Certificate Craft is at Level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications and is an internationally recognised qualification.There has been an increased focus on Apprenticeships in recent years. Apprenticeship in Ireland has traditionally been the path to skilled occupations in a range of sectors such as construction, engineering, motor and electrical. However, under the guidance of the Apprenticeship Council, the apprenticeship system in Ireland is expanding.Things are changing, with an expanded model of apprenticeship, in which a wider range of occupations are attracting more people into apprenticeships. New apprenticeships have been launched in sectors such as auctioneering and property services, finance, biopharma, ICT, logistics and hospitality with more in development across a range of sectors. Alongside this, we are seeing an increase in the number of new apprentices being registered across all of the current trades. This is a testament to the high regard which the apprenticeship system in Ireland is held. It has long been respected as a comprehensive and successful career and education route for people of all ages.Representing the Education and Training Boards, Anne McHugh, CE, Donegal ETB said “We are delighted that so many young people have received their Advanced Certificate Craft here today. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the young people, their families, the companies with which they work with and of course, the staff in our Training Centres who support and work so hard with them during their time with Education and Training Boards.Both Donegal and Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Boards are delighted that Government policy is so strong in the area of Apprenticeship and we are very much committed to working with SOLAS to promote the development and growth of apprenticeship activity both regionally and nationally.Also, as part of our future plans, we intend working closely with employers and other bodies to achieve the best possible outcomes for our young people”. Donegal and MSL ETB are currently rolling out a new training initiative across the Northwest. Skills to Advance which was developed by SOLAS, is aimed at upskilling people in employment.An example of this is the development of a strategic partnership between Donegal ETB and a national health services innovations company where the ETB are currently running a Diploma in Professional Administration (Level 6) to upskill operational staff within the company with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the Donegal base.Evening course provision in both ETBs is also being utilised to provide Skills to Advance training for many workers in counties Donegal, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.Concluding the ceremony, Andrew Brownlee congratulated the apprentices who received their Advanced Certificates Craft on their achievement of being recognised as highly skilled craftspeople and wished them every success in their careers.Graduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Pictured is Anne McHugh CE Donegal ETB speaking at the event. Photo Clive WassonGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Geoffrey Browne, Chairman Donegal ETB speaking at the presentation event. Photo Clive WassonAndrew Brownlee, CEO, SOLAS, speaking as graduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonGraduating apprentices from Donegal, who recently completed their apprenticeship were presented with their Advanced Certificate Craft by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD in The Great Northern Hotel Bundoran on Friday last. Photo Clive WassonDonegal apprentices celebrate at annual graduate ceremony – Pic Special was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A’s get six homers, stout pitching from Anderson and blast Orioles

first_imgOAKLAND — The ball was carrying out to center and right field Tuesday night at the Coliseum.Was it ever.Rookie catcher Beau Taylor lit the fuse with his first major league home run, the first of six by six different players, and Brett Anderson (7-4) pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run in a 16-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles before a crowd of 14,310. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. Things were bordering on the ridiculous …last_img

Party is over for Alagiri and friends

first_imgIt is celebration time in Madurai! For, so swift and sudden has been the change that it has lifted the people of this temple city from their despondency. With a new government taking over, the air of freedom seems all pervasive in the former fiefdom of M K Alagiri.”What next?” is the question that invariably lingers in the minds of the people, who are secretly gleeful at the increasing discomfiture of the Union Minister.With his close aides in jail, the DMK patriarch’s elder son is rattled at the prospect of his turn being perilously close. These were the people with whom the ‘Prince’ ruled the southern districts, holding his court in Madurai. Now his wings have been clipped. The sheen of invincibility too has vanished, resulting in his isolation.Alarm bells started ringing when the police first laid their hands on ‘Pottu’ Suresh, a school drop-out turned Man Friday of the Union Minister. Widely seen as the alter-ego of his master, he came to wield immense power with many bureaucrats, seeking transfers and plum postings, waiting for his appointment. So much so, Jayalalithaa chose to call him Deputy CM as Alagiri was considered the CM of the Southern districts.It was a meteoric rise for someone who was an unsuccessful roadside vendor close to two decades ago. Earlier, Suresh was known with the prefixes ‘nighty’ and ‘bajji’ for selling women’s accessories and then hot ‘bajji’ in the Town Hall Road. Sporting a huge tilak (‘pottu’ in Tamil) after associating with netas, it became his new identity. His final destination was Alagiri and within a short period of time, he edged out old timers and entered the Minister’s inner circle. “Pottu’s words are mine and should be complied with,” was Alagiri’s reported diktat.advertisementNone of the DMK leader’s courtiers, who gained prominence and power, had any stature. Neither were they from the party ranks nor from the family association. The less said the better about their vice- like grip. In spite of their humble beginnings, they have come to flaunt huge wealth which, even the DMK old timers could not digest. Worse, they were despised by the public for unleashing a reign of terror. The more notoriety they earned, the more dependable they became for their master.Doing his bidding without any hesitation is their only creed. No wonder, with the DMK’s crushing defeat in the assembly poll Alagiri’s cronies were expected to face the music. But, none had expected that the crackdown would expose and disarm the ‘ Prince of Madurai’ so soon.His lieutenants who landed in prison include, ‘Attack’ Pandi, an accused in the Dinakaran attack case, G Thalapathy, former MLA, and ‘Essar’ Gopi, accused in the murder of former DMK Minister Tha Kiruttinan. Those awaiting police action include Deputy Mayor P M Mannan, also an accused in the Kiruttinan case.These are only samples as the list is not exhaustive.More than keeping them as henchmen, the DMK satrap went a step ahead by elevating them as senior functionaries in the party. Ever since the pyrrhic victory in the 2009 Tirumangalam bypoll, which was the beginning of the cash for vote syndrome, Alagiri’s writ was never challenged. Despite their criminal background, he got his associates elevated to the DMK Executive Committee as well.Though the Dinakaran and Kiruttinan cases ended in acquittal, the spectre of their revival has come to haunt Alagiri and his associates.As the noose is tightening around Alagiri, no tears are shed either in the party or in the city, which he has made his home for well over two decades. ‘He who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind’ is the reason proffered by the ordinary citizen about the fate that has befallen the DMK strongman and his associates.A man is judged by the company he keeps. It is more so in public life where none can escape scrutiny of one’s conduct.This is particularly true of Alagiri, who, given a long rope by his octogenarian father, turned out to be a law unto himself.He has no literary or intellectual pretensions like his father, who keeps the company of discredited writers and poets, to sing paeans. If the Dravidian movement could be called as anti- intellectual and anti-democratic for parading the halfbaked as scholars and thugs as leaders in the public domain, Alagiri could well be seen as its logical culmination.Wily Marans bunk DMK rally When the DMK took to the streets protesting Jayalalithaa’s ‘politics of vendetta’, one man invited the wrath of party workers by being conspicuous by his absence – Dayanidhi Maran. Both the Marans have flown to distant Indonesia where they are holidaying with their families. The DMK rank and file is not ready to forgive the indiscretion of the duo, who are seen as parasitic time servers. Their grouse is that the Marans consider themselves above the party. Having enjoyed power, they were expected to stand by the party at the time of distress is the chorus in DMK circles.advertisementMaybe mounting troubles could have forced them to stay away from the massive protest in which over one lakh party workers, led by the M K Stalin, courted arrest. With the patriarch taking a back seat, it was left to his younger son to shoulder the leadership. Even a limping Khushboo was seen getting into the police vehicle, raising the morale of the party which is reeling under the ruthless crackdown by the AIADMK government.And this being the first major agitation of the DMK after the humiliating electoral defeat, Maran junior’s absence was not taken kindly.Further, this has marginalised him after his exit from the Union Cabinet. “Are they attempting to make peace with the czarina in order to protect their business interest?” is also a question that is doing the rounds.Babus to face music nowAfter the netas, it’s the turn of babus who ruled the roost during the Karunanidhi regime to face the music. ADGP Jaffer Sait, former state Intelligence chief, has been placed under suspension. This follows a vigilance raid last week at the residences of Sait, his relatives and close associates.He has been charged with acquiring a prime plot in the name of his wife under the social worker category and building flats for sale together with another aide of Karunanidhi. In the run-up to the assembly poll, the EC transferred him to West Bengal following allegations by the Opposition. He preferred to go on leave and was vacationing in Bangkok. The buzz in the corridors of power is who will be the next to face the music.Left gets it wrong, againOnce again the Marxists have proved that they are twice removed from reality. On the emotive issue of Eelam, the CPI(M) has been treading the beaten path, by calling for unity among Tamils and Sinhalese. But, in the aftermath of the colossal human tragedy in Sri Lanka, the party’s formulation has made it a laughing stock among the pro-Tamil groups.In mobilising public opinion it is no match for its Dravidian counterparts. Concerned at the CPI too marching ahead of it in raising this issue, the party General Secretary Parakash Karat came here last week to parrot the worn out formulations. Even its sympathisers are red faced at the party living in the past. Will the Marxists see sense?Jaya seeks to revive dam dispute With Jayalalithaa back in the saddle, the Mullaiperiyar (Mullaperiyar in Kerala) dam issue could gain added momentum.advertisementIt is the lifeline of the six southern districts of Tamil Nadu which are facing the threat of desertification as storage level has been brought down to 136 in 1979 following Kerala raising safety concerns. Later the dam structure was strengthened as per Centre Water Commission guidelines. But, storage is no more the bone of contention with Kerala now pressing for a new dam even after the Supreme Court ordered reverting storage to the original 152 ft in phases.As a first step towards protecting her turf, Jayalalithaa has opposed the Centre’s Dam Safety Bill, objecting to certain clauses which she finds are detrimental to the state. As in all other issues, her bte noire Karunanidhi stands discredited.He had called off a fast due to pressure from the Congress. This presents her an opportunity to outsmart the old fox. Further, it would help her to rob the wind out of the sails of Vaiko and other pro-Tamil parties whose voice has turned shrill against Kerala.last_img read more

Virat Kohli still on top as India slump to 3rd spot in ODIs

first_imgIndia lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the topThe Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day rankings announced on Wednesday.India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the heap.Sri Lanka’s 3-2 series win over England helped them gain one ratings point to move up to 112, the same ratings points as India.However, when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Angelo Mathews’ side edged out India.In the individual rankings, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained steady at sixth followed by Shikhar Dhawan at eight spot (a loss of one position).Rohit Sharma entered the top-20 at the the 20th position.Among the bowlers, seasoned off-spinner Ravindra Jadeja slipped a position to fifth to be only Indian in the top-10.Elsewhere in the list, off-spinners James Tredwell of England and Sachitra Senanayake of Sri Lanka entered the top 20 for the first time at the end of the five-match ODI series between the two sides that finished at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Sri Lanka claimed the five-match series 3-2 after they sealed the fifth and final ODI with a six-wicket win on Tuesday.Tredwell jumped 18 places to a career-best 12th with 627 ratings points, while Senanayake vaulted 20 places to 13th, with 623 ratings points.Both Tredwell and Senanayake claimed nine wickets in the series. However, Senanayake had a better average of 15.11, while Tredwell’s haul came at an average of 18.44.advertisementMeanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan moved up two places to seventh in the rankings for ODI batsmen, in the only positive movement inside the top 10.Dilshan was the highest run-getter in the series, with 222 runs at an average of 44.40.South Africa batsman AB de Villiers occupies the second place and Australia’s George Bailey holds the third position.last_img read more