Van Persie: “Ferguson hung the photo of two players in the locker room for going out partying”

first_imgVan Persie has given an interview on So Foot in which he has reviewed his career and especially his years at Manchester United. In it, he has narrated a curious anecdote, when Alex Ferguson He hung the photo of two of his footballers in the locker room and said that they would be guilty of losing the Premier for having partied without permission.. The party and the culprits: “Ferguson knew when to act and put pressure on the squad. In my first season we had a 15-point advantage in the Premier League and we played against City. If we won we would have 18 of income, but we lost, although we were still 12 ahead. It would have dramatized this situation. However, Ferguson did not. Two boys from the team left after the defeat. The day after he had photos of the two players posted on the walls of the dressing room from their night out. He told the entire team: “Okay, guys, if we don’t win the championship, know that it’s because of the imbeciles who decided to leave.”Who were?: “I have the names, but I can’t give them. That stayed in the locker room. It was incredible. He didn’t stop and warned us all: ‘From now on, if I see a player come out before we win the Premier, that Player is out. I don’t care who he is or the trophies you’ve won so far. If you leave before the end of the season, you leave the team and I’ll sell you. “After that speech, we went to train and it was the two most difficult training sessions of my life”. His transfer to United: “I had two other options: Juventus and City. There I began to weigh pros and cons between the positive and the negative of each possibility. I always had a great vision of Sir Alex Ferguson and United. At that time I saw players like Vidic , Ferdinand, Scholes, Giggs, Carrick … Real winners, experienced players. It was tempting to play with them. I felt welcome from the first day until the last despite having played eight years at Arsenal. “He was attracted to Ferguson’s personality: “Clearly. Being part of a group that has won everything and can win everything … They won the Champions League, the Premier. Evra was a true leader, he had a desire to win, positive energy. The intensity of the training sessions was Incredible. We even made five for two and those who formed the team of two were disgusted to lose. These players gave the impression of always seeking perfection, of pushing everyone forward. I loved that environment, they led me to give my best same”.Your reference for that team: “It’s hard to answer, most of them were impressive with their records, with their style. I think you always have to be yourself. Vidic was a warrior, he put his head where it is usually creepy to step on. He did anything to win. Giggs He was flamboyant, always giving the impression of being in his comfort zone. He was in good shape at 39. Evra was impressive speaking out loud, building confidence in the team. He spoke five languages, including Korean. “last_img read more

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GPL’s switch to natural gas troubling

first_img… Jagdeo says no feasibility study was doneBy Samuel SukhnandanOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoA recent decision taken by the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) to alter one of its advertisements to procure a 50 megawatt dual fuel plant that uses Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and natural gas, to natural gas only, has raised some concerns since it is believed that natural gas may not become available until 2020.While it has been noted that several existing GPL generators can be converted to use natural gas that ExxonMobil will be extracting during commercial oil production in another two years, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said even with a switch, it requires appropriate studies.“We do not have a feasibility study on natural gas, the efficacy of it being used to generate power in Guyana. So this Government is going to go, put out an Expression of Interest (EoI) for a type of power plant that we have done no feasibility study on as to whether it is suitable for Guyana or not,” Jagdeo contended.Contrary to ExxonMobil’s position that it will not be commercially feasible to extract and sell natural gas, the Government has made it clear that it wants the fuel to power GPL’s generators.A local company had also said several of the sets at Kingston Power Station and all of those at the Vreed-en-Hoop Power Station can be converted to use natural gas.But Jagdeo said even if this is possible, the Government has pledged to the international community to have 100 per cent of its energy come from renewable resources by 2025.“This is contrary to that pledge. This is another broken promise. Even by a long stretch of the imagination, even if this project starts in 2020, how does that solve the blackouts now?” he questioned.And even while Government has stated that 25,000 more people will have access to electricity, Jagdeo said there is no clear plan to improve the efficiency of the service.“So, you’re bringing more demand on the system but you don’t have any generating capacity and the generating capacity is already stressed. And so this is what we get for planning,” he opined.Jagdeo did not stop there; adding that the current Government is placed in an even better position than that of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), because under his presidency, the prices for oil were high.“They have collected over $20 billion in the two and half years they been in office. I hope the media ask them about the money… they never confirmed how much they collected because they did not adjust the prices of electricity downwards when the oil prices fell,” he claimed.The former Head of State said Government has no fixed plan to address the electricity situation in the country and has only given shallow explanations, noting that the problem will get worse.According to Jagdeo, the Administration has continuously uttered that they are “doing something” to rectify the constant power outages, but there’s never anything substantial or specific to support their claims.Moreover, he lambasted the Government further on their poor planning skills, highlighting that they have proclaimed that 25,000 more people will be benefiting from electricity in the near future, when there is no generating capacity and the current system is already stressed.Less than a week ago, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) minced no words in taking to task the Government-owned and operated GPL for the spate of power outages that have been registered throughout Guyana.According to the PSC, GPL, which is the only company providing the country with electricity, has provided no credible explanation to address the “series of unannounced and frequently prolonged power outages.”“To add insult to injury, the GPL recently from 2nd September to 5th November, 2017, announced a series of scheduled maintenance power cuts which, in Georgetown alone, amount to a total of 149 hours spread between 17 sections of the city. In addition, power cuts averaging about four hours each were scheduled for the Essequibo Coast, Berbice, East and West Bank Demerara, West Coast Demerara, Soesdyke and East Canjie,” said the PSC.Moreover, the PSC posited that “judging from this performance or, to be more accurate, absence of performance, GPL simply have neither the management nor the capacity to deliver a reliable power supply to the country and the Government has consistently failed to address this reality.“Guyana’s manufacturing and commercial sectors cannot function in these circumstances and, in this day and age at the exorbitant price that we are expected to pay for electricity, Guyana’s population should not be subjected to this punishment. As the Christmas season approaches, this has now become an even more pressing source of concern for the populace.”last_img read more

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Talisman hosting junior curling clinic

first_imgThe clinic will welcome junior curlers from FSJ, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope, with parents, curling club members, Talisman employees and participants’ families all welcome to attend.The clinic will run from 4-6 p.m. and participants are also encouraged to join Team Koe for a meet and greet session following the session from 6-7 p.m.The clinic will also be serving food and drinks, which will be available for a small donation. All proceeds raised through the event will go towards local junior curling programs.- Advertisement -For more information on the upcoming clinic, contact the Fort St. John Curling Club at 250-785-2037.last_img read more

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Fire Chief Fred Burrows announces his retirement

first_imgLeading the way in Fort St John, Burrows represented the needs of the north and the BC Fire Service serving as a Deputy Director on the Fire Chief’s Association of BC Board, as well as numerous committees over his 14 years as Chief here.  According to the staff of the city of Fort St. John, Chief Burrows was instrumental in the growth of the City of Fort St John Fire Department, by building the station of 12 Career Firefighters to a contingent of 27 firefighters and 3 Chief Officers. It is shared Burrows led the way as the city modernized its fleet of fire apparatus and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the new City of Fort St John Fire Station and the Fire Training Centre that is set to open in 2020.Advertisement Starting with the city of Fort St. John in May 2003 as Deputy Fire Chief, Burrows would move his wife and family up north from Terrace, B.C. It is said the family of four and dog lived in a Travel Trailer while their home was being built. – Advertisement -After a short two years as Deputy, Burrows was promoted to Fire Chief.  Chief Burrows started his career as a volunteer in Courtney, BC. As a career firefighter at Expo 86 spending just over a year working on the site during construction and Expo itself. From Expo Burrows worked with Transport Canada as an Airport Firefighter in Port Hardy. Burrows and his family then moved to Terrace where he continued with Transport Canada and volunteered at the Terrace Fire Department. center_img Burrows created a legacy for the City of Fort St John that residents can be proud of, shared staff of the city by moving the fire service forward in this community.  FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire Chief Fred Burrows has submitted his retirement notice after 16 years of service with the City and over 40 years in the BC Fire Service. Fire Chief Burrows, retirement notice is effective November 30, 2019. As the Transport Canada Firefighting requirements were changing and reducing the number of airports that required stationed firefighters Fred got hired as a full-time firefighter with the City of Terrace. Burrows rose to the rank of Deputy Chief with the City of Terrace Fire Department. Advertisementlast_img read more

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West Brom land Argentine winger

first_img1 Sebastian Blanco West Brom have announced the signing of Argentina wide midfielder Sebastian Blanco on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv.The 26-year-old, capped twice by his country, can play on either flank and has become the Baggies’ eleventh summer acquisition.“I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to add Sebastian to the squad,” head coach Alan Irvine told West Brom’s official website“He’s an Argentina international who joined Metalist for a lot of money. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury not long after the move, which held up his progress.“Since then, he’s shown his quality. He’s adept with both feet, is a nice crosser of the ball, creates chances and also scores goals.“With the players we’ve brought in this summer, the squad has a much better balance thanks to the hard work of the chairman (Jeremy Peace), Richard Garlick, (technical director) Terry Burton and the recruitment staff.”last_img read more

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NEW SCREENWRITING COURSE AT RCC

first_imgBack by popular demand – New Screenwriting Course for BeginnersCalling all writers in Donegal and the North West. Have you a gem of an idea that you want to turn into a script?When: Starts March 31st every Saturday 1.15-4.15 for 6 weeks. Where:Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny Cost:€90Teacher: Orla Walsh- award winning film maker and screenwriter. Call 074-9129186/085-1471631 to enrol. All levels welcome. NEW SCREENWRITING COURSE AT RCC was last modified: March 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:NEW SCREENWRITING COURSE AT RCClast_img read more

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Women’s meet shines light on self-sufficiency

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“There is no job security in corporate America,” said Judi Finneran, director of Team Women, a women-only networking chapter. “Employers don’t want people to retire from their companies anymore, because it costs them too much.” With her in-home wine tasting business, Finneran calls herself the equivalent of the Tupperware lady from the 1970s. She’s also among the more than 2 million self-employed residents of California, a population that grew more than 7.6 percent in 2004, according to the U.S. Small Business Association. Although the thought of opening a business may seem risky to some, the speakers on Tuesday said working for somebody else these days is even riskier. So like the farmers of days gone by, they’re taking care of themselves. After more than 15 years in sales, John Klymshyn walked away from the corporate life to start his own business. He now crisscrosses the country giving speeches and motivating others on ways to sell and cultivate more clients. He said the job change gives him more family time and encourages others to take the same chance. VALENCIA – They once sported power suits in the office, but in the era of downsizing, outsourcing and disappearing pensions, these folks have tossed those getups aside to work for themselves. They are a growing number of people who’ve left the cubicles of corporate America to stake out claims on their own, in search of dependable futures, financial security and freedom from nagging bosses. They’re finding it in home-based businesses – some have become personal chefs or formed their own companies, such as financial planning and one-stop attorney offices. Entrepreneurs, financial wizards and consultants congregated on Tuesday at College of the Canyons for its Women’s Leadership Conference. They shared their struggles and triumphs about making it on their own and explained the reasons that drove them to it. “About eight years ago, I went out on my own, thank God,” he said. Debra Vanatta also found a new life when she left court reporting and opened up a Curves workout center in Newhall in 2001. Today she owns four of them in Santa Clarita. Running the centers came easy to her, because she’s already into fitness. But she found that the concept of Curves connected well with women because the franchises fit their needs. The facilities are women-only and promote 30-minute workouts. “It reached out to benefit others,” she told the room full of women considering opening their own businesses. Sitting in the audience, 50-year-old Irene Dugais listened closely to Vanatta and others on the panel. The Rancho Cucamonga woman is a project accountant in construction, but plans to go out on her own next year and buy rental property and then refinance it to purchase more property in Arizona. She said it’s the answer to having a secure future. “What if in a year they say, `We don’t need you anymore?”‘ she said. “My goal is to be self-sufficient.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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MTA tap-dancing on issue of fares, Yaroslavsky says

first_imgCounty Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, calling MTA officials disingenuous for suggesting otherwise, said Wednesday that an increase in bus fares is on the horizon. “I think the agency has to be publicly upfront that it’s headed for a fare increase,” Yaroslavsky said as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority opened hearings into a $3 billion budget proposed for fiscal 2006-07. Facing a $112 million operating deficit, administrators propose closing the gap by raiding MTA’s cash reserves, leaving a relatively small $66 million to cover emergencies. Unless the agency can produce millions more in revenue, Yaroslavsky told an MTA committee, “You are going to have to raise those fares, and you are going to have to raise those fares a lot.” But the Bus Riders Union, which forced the consent decree requiring expanded services for the poor and minorities, says it expects some routes to be eliminated when the decree expires in October. “It’s not only gutting the consent decree, but it’s calling for chopping up a lot of service,” said Manuel Criollo, a lead organizer in the Bus Riders Union. The fiscal crisis comes as the agency faces skyrocketing fuel prices and labor negotiations with powerful unions representing about 7,000 employees. Last year fuel prices shot up $14 million over budget. The agency last changed fares in 2004 – the first time allowed since the 1986 consent decree – increasing a monthly pass by $10 to $52 and lowering the one-way price from $1.35 to $1.25. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe full MTA board will consider the budget next week. MTA administrators say they are treating the upcoming budget as a stop-gap measure to buy time while they increase efficiencies, scale back routes, turn over some services to municipal operators and renegotiate fare-recovery contracts. “We have a level of service we cannot sustain. It’s not a secret,” said Roger Snoble, the agency’s chief executive. He said a federal consent decree that requires the MTA to expand service in order to minimize crowding on buses is one of the key reasons for the agency’s budget crisis. Next year, the MTA is expected to implement a “smart card” that could allow it to set fares based on distance and other factors. last_img read more

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GARDAI LAUNCH MURDER INQUIRY AFTER MAN FOUND DEAD IN APARTMENT

first_imgGARDAI have begun a murder inquiry in Letterkenny today after the body of a man was found in a flat there.Officers moved into the area around the Riverside apartments just before lunch after a Polish national was found stabbed to death.A number of Garda vehicles are at the scene. It’s understood the body of a man – believed to be a foreign national – has been found at the scene.Initial inquiries are believed to have led Gardai to conclude the man was murdered.The victim had suffered several serious injuries. It’s believed the Polish man had been stabbed.Gardai later extended the cordon around the block of flats as the investigation quickly escalated. It’s understood the dead man, who was in his 40s, has been living in Donegal for some time.Local residents have expressed shock at the incident.“Gardai arrived very quickly and they soon cordoned off the area,” said one resident.“It’s just awful to learn that someone has lost their life here where we live.”The State Pathologist’s office has been informed. A Garda spokesman said: “Gardai in Letterkenny are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man’s body at an apartment at Lower Main Street, Letterkenny at approximately 11am this morning 15th May 2013.“The body of the man in his early 40s remains at the scene.“The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination and the State Pathologist Office has been notified.”GARDAI LAUNCH MURDER INQUIRY AFTER MAN FOUND DEAD IN APARTMENT was last modified: May 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:GARDAI CONDUCTING SEARCH OF LETTERKENNY APARTMENT BLOCKGARDAI LAUNCH MURDER INQUIRY AFTER MAN FOUND DEAD IN APARTMENTlast_img read more

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Has Arnold managed his own defeat?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The fact is that, when Schwarzenegger came into office, there was a sense of urgency to solve the state’s money problems. But this year, and now? It’s rather late for a special election for which there was little run-up on the governor’s part. Just the opposite. Last year, he gave the impression, outside Sacramento, that the budget crisis was resolved. Thus, it’s no surprise the governor has remained behind for his initial priorities. Public polls repeatedly confirmed what experienced political strategists knew intuitively long ago: The governor’s ad campaign would have, and indeed has had, little effect on voters. Not simply because his ads were lacking, but mainly because the governor long ago sabotaged his own agenda. During his political honeymoon, he could have successfully pushed a spending limit, putting that tough issue behind him while he was popular, or setting the stage for a special election. Instead, he squandered his political capital to borrow $15 billion in bonds, without the required fiscal reform. In his dealing with recalcitrant legislators, he had adopted a carrot-and-stick approach. But, as his popularity declined, the stick seemed less imposing, especially since he had already, and quite inexplicably, given away the carrots to Democratic legislators his first year. Compounding the damage, he negotiated a Hollywood-style deal (i.e., a deal is not a deal) with the teachers and, consequently, lost his credibility. This year, he withdrew a flawed attempt at needed pension reform, because it inexplicably disallowed benefits for cop-and-firefighter widows and orphans. For two years, this capable macho guy has needlessly staged theatrical carnivals featuring contrived audiences. As expected, television news ridiculed each group of “participants chosen in advance.” This is a smart communicator who mistakenly listened to sycophants. Instead of connecting Reagan-style with people, Schwarzenegger became a caricature who did not wear well. Although the governor is smarter than his advisers, give them credit for achieving the impossible – morphing the muscle guy into the 90-pound weakling who was nonetheless depicted by opponents as the threatening bully. Somehow they polarized the electorate without changing policy. But the governor’s threat of a special election had taken on a life of its own, and, for him, there seemed to be no turning back. He seemed to think that, if he just spent enough money, bought enough ads, he could undo the damage. Perhaps he bought into his own vendor-driven campaign. It’s the Stockholm syndrome for politicians. Your political advisers keep telling you what you want to hear, so you listen to them more. Pretty soon, you are permanently seduced into believing it’s not who you are or what you say. It’s not even how you say it. It’s how often you say it. Yet, the tragedy now is that serious and necessary public policy reforms that the governor courageously backed may fall victim to political incompetence, or could become discredited. Consequently, these ideas, which could have prevailed last year, and might have possibly won next year, are put in danger. Arnold Steinberg is a Republican political strategist and analyst.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prepare for the inevitable alibi game, in which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his campaign team will blame not themselves, but others, should today’s election result in the debacle that all the polls predict. Is it the fault of President Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove or Scooter Libby? Has Schwarzenegger been too Republican? Did he polarize? Or is the problem that he was outspent by unions who destroyed him earlier this year? The spending argument is particularly silly. The governor’s media buys have been the advertising equivalents of B-52 saturation bombing. Sure, the opposition had more flights. But there were no living viewers here who had not seen every spot, repeatedly. Over the last few months, the governor’s operatives spoke often about a hidden vote, in order to keep big dollars rolling into their campaign. They alluded to a mysterious voter turnout scenario in an effort to impeach public polls that consistently showed his ballot measures in trouble. Should they lose today, they will bemoan a supposed freakish outcome, because the number of people who turned out was (take your pick) unpredictably high or unpredictably low. Voter turnout is the refuge of campaign scoundrels as an explanation for their own screw-ups, because how do you disprove their negative? last_img read more

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