Chris Smalling reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to choose Man Utd over Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment United signed Smalling in January 2010 and he remained there on loan until the summer (Getty)Smalling, who supported the Gunners as a child, told The Athletic: ‘In my head, I was going to Arsenal. Then Manchester United got in touch.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I was leaving the team bus at Blackburn away and [Fulham boss] Roy Hodgson said: “We’ve accepted a bid from Man United”. That threw me.‘I felt there were more opportunities to play at Arsenal, but I spoke to Fergie and he said: “I wouldn’t sign you if I didn’t think you could play games.”More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Maybe his aura felt right, but I made the right decision because I was soon playing alongside great players and winning the league.’United have struggled in the years since Ferguson left and Smalling is now plying his trade in Italy, though he believes the club are right to pursue a long-term approach. Smalling has impressed in Italy and could move to Roma permanently (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘We’ve had good spells, we’ve won all the cups since Fergie left. We finished second under Jose. We haven’t been far away at times and we’ve produced in big games, we’ve gathered momentum but then it has fallen away.‘We’ve not had consistency or stability to win titles and it’s difficult to get it when there are so many managerial changes, but it’s such a demanding place that you need to deliver all the time. I like the idea of a longer-term plan like now, but you also have to see progress.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Nov 2019 3:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link819Sharescenter_img Chris Smalling reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to choose Man Utd over Arsenal Advertisement The centre-back thought he would be joining the Gunners until Sir Alex made his pitch (Picture: Getty)Chris Smalling says he was on the verge of joining Arsenal until Sir Alex Ferguson swooped in almost a decade ago and convinced him to join Manchester United instead.The centre-back – who is currently on loan with Serie A side Roma – had impressed in a handful of Premier League appearances for Fulham to attract attention from some of the division’s biggest clubs.Arsenal were in talks with Fulham and Smalling was attracted to Arsene Wenger’s reputation for developing young players, but Sir Alex made a pitch of his own that was too good to turn down.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Makes Largest Rainy Day Fund Transfer in Nearly Two Decades

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – After restoring stability to Pennsylvania’s finances, Governor Tom Wolf today announced a $317 million deposit into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, the largest transfer in nearly two decades. The governor was joined by Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for the announcement at the Capitol.Following a $22 million deposit last year, the first in nearly 10 years, the state’s savings account will have a total balance of $340 million – over 1,000 times more than when the governor took office.“This contribution to the Rainy Day Fund is not just a sign that our economy is strong today, but that it will continue to grow because we are building the safety net we need for any future challenges,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am proud of the legislature for recognizing that responsible financial planning includes making good spending decisions alongside saving for the future.”“None of us has the luxury of knowing when the next economic downturn, or environmental crisis, or natural disaster will strike,” said Treasurer Torsella. “But we can take steps to better prepare ourselves to continue serving the people of this Commonwealth when it does and make sure that we don’t have to cut programs or raise revenue at the worst possible time. I commend Governor Wolf and the General Assembly for their continued commitment to shoring up the Rainy Day Fund and hope to see this continue far into the future.”In the wake of the 2008 economic downturn, the Rainy Day Fund was used to compensate for a decrease in state revenue. To pay bills, the commonwealth used more than $755 million from the fund, leaving just $60,000. Governor Wolf made it a priority to bring financial stability to the commonwealth after years of structural deficits so that state government is better prepared for the future.“Our reliance on the Rainy Day Fund during the Great Recession is even more of a reason to build the fund as high as we can during our good years,” said Gov. Wolf. “Because the future always has unknowns, the best plan is preparedness. A sufficient Rainy Day Fund ensures Pennsylvanians won’t have to cope with devastating cuts to programs like education if we face other economic bumps in the road.“This is the second of what I hope will become many significant contributions into our Rainy Day Fund.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 09, 2019center_img Pennsylvania Makes Largest Rainy Day Fund Transfer in Nearly Two Decadeslast_img read more

Sleepers abandoned

first_imgLONDON & Continental Railways Ltd, the company charged with building the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, confirmed on July 9 that it had abandoned plans to operate overnight sleeper trains to Paris from Glasgow, Swansea and Plymouth. LCR Chief Executive Adam Mills promised that ’we will bring the regional Eurostar day services to Paris into operation as soon as the testing and commissioning programmes currently under way are completed’, but ’we have concluded that a night service from the regions is simply not viable.’While an LCR spokesman described overnight trains linking London to Amsterdam and Frankfurt as ’still under review’, three years after the Channel Tunnel opened there is still no firm date for the endlessly-delayed Eurostar services north of London. Day and night trains were promised by ministers seeking to refute claims that the Tunnel would benefit the prosperous Southeast at the expense of the regions. Subsequent investment in overnight and regional Eurostar services by taxpayers in France, Germany and the Netherlands as well as Britain has certainly exceeded £500m with not a penny in revenue to show for it so far, let alone operating profits.While the seven regional Eurostars could be used elsewhere, the 139 overnight cars ordered in July 1992 are being delivered for secure long term storage to the same military depot that was home to other new rolling stock which fell foul of Railtrack’s safety case regime. Extreme attitudes to safety and security are mainly to blame for this fiasco. With flexibility, surplus BR sleepers could have provided a start-up service to test the new market. Regional Eurostars are being kept out of service because of pantograph arcing which breaches new signal interference limits, though it is no worse than locomotives that have been running for decades without problems. And when they do finally run, LCR will be unable to sell empty seats to domestic travellers in case they leave a bomb on board. olast_img read more

France aims high with first-ever investor climate-reporting law

first_imgIn August last year, France became the first country to introduce mandatory climate change-related reporting for institutional investors. The relevant law has been hailed as “groundbreaking”, with potentially far-reaching implications. Many investors, in the meantime, have their work cut out for them.The reporting obligations are set out under Article 173 of France’s law on “energy transition for green growth”, with an implementing decree setting out the requirements in greater detail. Effective since the beginning of January, the decree applies to a wide range of investors, including asset managers, insurance companies, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and pension and social security funds.They are being required to report not only on how they integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in general into their investment policies – and, where applicable, risk management – but also specifically on how climate change considerations are incorporated.The law makes France the first country to introduce mandatory carbon reporting by investors, according to Trucost. Although several large asset owners already disclose their carbon footprint and/or report on their responsible investment strategy, this is either of their own volition or as part of a wider initiative or code.The Swedish government has threatened to pass legislation to force the country’s commercial pensions and investment sector to report carbon footprints, but no decision has been made on this. Also, the focus of this particular push in Sweden appears to be different from the French initiative, being pitched in terms of transparency for customers rather than as part of a high-level public policy drive to cap climate warming.The French requirement, according to the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), is “a groundbreaking measure for the investment community” and “very good news” for responsible investment.Article 173 is ambitious on climate change, added Eurosif, being the first national regulation built around 2°C as the maximum tolerable global temperature increase. It also “mainstreams” ESG disclosure.The 2° Investing Initiative also believes the law has far-reaching significance.In an analysis published before the implementing decree was finalised, the association hailed the law as “a significant step forward for France and the global development on this topic”.The impact of Article 173, it said, “will be felt beyond France and contribute to international demand for climate-related non-financial data of companies”.Quantum leapIt is also very much being felt on the ground among French institutional investors, according to Benoît Magnier, chief executive at Cedrus Asset Management in Paris.He welcomed the law as a game-changer, saying it cemented climate change as a strategic matter for investors.But meeting its requirements will not be easy, he said, and the asset manager has already received plenty of “panic calls”.“The big insurers will have some work to do, but it’s not a real problem for them – it’s a challenge really for the medium-sized investors,” Magnier told IPE. “They’re the ones who have to start from scratch, understand the issues and invest resources to come to grips with it.”Philippe Desfossés, chief executive at ERAFP, the €23.5bn supplementary pension scheme for French civil servants, puts it somewhat more starkly.In his view, the requirements are “a quantum leap” for most investors.“We had been trying to convince the government to go for something more limited, to be able to move quickly,” he said.“But [it] took a different path and went for something more comprehensive and ambitious. It’s good because this puts pressure on those institutions that weren’t paying attention to this area. But I have some doubts about this leap to fully fledged disclosure when so many investors have not even measured their carbon footprint.”The nitty grittySpecific requirements under Article 173 and the implementing decree include requiring investors to disclose how they address climate change-related risks, split into “physical” and “transition” risks, and to assess and report on their contribution to international efforts to cap global warming and to supporting France’s “energy transition”.As part of these overarching requirements, investors should, inter alia, describe how they take into account aspects such as changes in the availability and price of natural resources, policy risk related to the implementation of international climate targets, and the soundness of capital expenditure for the development of fossil fuels.These and other disclosures are not required of smaller investors, namely entities with a total balance sheet or belonging to a group with a total balance sheet of less than €500m. These are only obliged to provide a general overview of how they integrate ESG factors.Investors have until the end of June 2017 to deliver the information required by the law.The government plans to review the implementation of the decree after two years of application, by the end of 2018.FIR, the French responsible investment forum, believes the government struck the right balance between imposing new responsibilities but also allowing for flexibility, and welcomed what it said was a pragmatic approach.Thierry Philipponnat, chairman at FIR, said there were two grounds for satisfaction.“Firstly,” he said, “[it is] an ambitious and pioneering law on the fight against climate change, and one recognised as such by the international responsible investment community.“Secondly, [it’s] an approach taken by the public authorities that allows for the development of good practice in a field where more work on methodology still needs to be done.”last_img read more

Embarrassment barrier for abused men 9 July 2013Men are suffering from domestic abuse, but embarrassment will usually stop them coming forward until it is extreme, police say. Men often wait until knives are pulled before seeking help, Detective Sergeant Alan McGlade from the Hamilton police Family Safety Team said. Most reports of abuse against males were either of psychological or extreme physical violence, such as stabbings. “If I think about women abusing men, some of the violence is quite serious,” McGlade said. “The men think, ‘oh, she gives me a slap, I’m not going to tell anyone, but she stabs me, well…’”A  30-year-long study beginning in 1977 by Professor David Fergusson,  which sampled 1000 people in Christchurch, found levels of victimisation  and perpetration of abuse were similar for both men and women.  Victimisation  rates were slightly higher for men surveyed, with 6.7 per cent of men  and 5.5 per cent of women admitting to minor violence against their  partner, and 2.8 per cent of men and 3.2 per cent of women admitting  more serious violence. Psychologists say abuse against men  exists, emotionally and physically, but is under-reported as men are  usually too embarrassed to say anything. This can have severe outcomes. read more

Mourinho to boost squad with new players

first_imgJose Mourinho will be hoping to make a couple of additions to his squad in what is his first transfer window as Tottenham boss.  Jose Mourinho  It was revealed that the Special One’s first signing is set to be Krzysztof Piatek after agreeing a deal worth £28million with AC Milan.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Read Also:Mourinho feels ‘depressed’ about Kane’s injury But Tottenham’s spending is not set to end there, with Spurs also linked with both Norwich’s Max Aarons and Flamengo star Gerson. Promoted ContentThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Historical Mysteries That Still Haven’t Been SolvedCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Big Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

The ‘Big Four’ is OPEN

first_imgBatesville, In. — Chef/Owner Devin Murchen has announced the reopening of the The Big Four Café at 121 S. Depot Street in Batesville.Seven-days-a-week “The Big Four” will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu is described as creative, fresh, with infused ingredients. For more information take a look at their Facebook page.last_img

Several departments aid in house fire over weekend

first_imgHarrison, OH—Both the Bright Volunteer Fire Department and New Trenton Fire Department were called in as mutual aid to a house fire in Harrison on Saturday.  Harrison Fire Department reported heavy fire venting from the first floor as well as sides with extension into the second floor. The fire was reported to have flamed from the basement to the attic.  Other dangers included power lines that dropped in the front yard and across Broadway Street according to the HFD.Other departments that assisted in the fire included Whitewater Fire Department, Crosby Fire Department, Colerain Fire Department, Miami Township Fire Department, and Morgan TownshipFire Department.last_img

Eoin Morgan has Climbed Everest by Winning World Cup: Andrew Strauss

first_imgLondon: Andrew Strauss, England team director, is all praise for captain Eoin Morgan, saying he has climbed Everest – the highest mountain in the world – by winning the World Cup 2019.On July 14, Morgan-led England ended the 44-year-old drought to become world champions when they defeated New Zealand on boundary count in the summit clash of the 2019 edition of the showpiece event.“The question for him is what he wants to achieve here,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Strauss as saying, “because he has climbed Everest. That is the question for all the players, because we have made mistakes in the past. We’ve won Ashes series and got to No.1 in the world and thought that was the end in itself.“We have to find a way of making this a launchpad for something bigger and better and that is a huge challenge,” added Strauss.The former England skipper also said that it’s upto Morgan to decide whether he wants to lead the side or not. “I certainly hope that what he is doing right now, unless he is absolutely clear he wants to carry on, is just taking a bit of time to reflect where he is at,” said Strauss.“To stay on as captain he needs to be driven and motivated to push people on as he has done over the last four years and if he has the bit between his teeth then we’ve seen just what a fantastic leader he is,” he added.Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, who is currently vice-captain in all three formats, is Morgan’s most likely successor. He has previously led the side in six ODIs and four T20Is.On Monday, Buttler said there was “no reason” why Morgan should not stay on as captain. “There is plenty of life in him yet,” he said. “I hope (he carries on). He has done an incredible job. He is the best captain we’ve ever had and all of us love playing under him. We are all very hopeful.” England will now shift their focus to Test cricket as they will face arch-rivals Australia in the five-match Ashes Series beginning August 1. (IANS)Also Read: We Had Allah With Us: Eoin Morgan World Cup Winning Captainlast_img read more

Church’s Chicken signs on to GFF Elite League

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday received a sponsorship cheque from Camex Restaurants Inc. (CRI) through their Church’s Chicken brand as plans intensify for the third season of the Elite League.This was in the form of a monetary donation presented by CRI’s Director of Finance, Christine Bennett-Blair, at the Camp and Middle Street location to Dion Inniss, Executive Committee Member of the GFF.In receiving the cheque, Inniss expressed his gratitude for the sponsorship, who noted “Church’s Chicken has been a very reliable and dependable investor over the years and we are very pleased to have them on board again.The business community has spoken about an economic downturn yet Church’s saw it fit to invest with the GFF. We are very thankful and look forward to a long-lasting partnership.”Meanwhile, CRI Marketing Consultant, Deslyn Griffith said she was pleased to support football and the investment opportunity is one for the development of youth and community.“Camex Restaurants Inc. under the umbrella of our premier brand, Church’s Chicken is pleased to be associated yet another year with the Elite League. We see both our franchise and the Elite League, under the leadership of the GFF, as being the leaders of our respective industries, hence our continued support,” Griffith said.Griffith further noted that the Elite League is a tool that the GFF uses to further youth and community development, and as such, her entity saw it as an opportunity to lend their support.Other persons present at the hand-over were GFF Marketing Director Dario McKlmon; CRI Director of Training & Brand Ambassador Dawn Braithwaite; CRI Director of Operations Dhara Cumberbatch and Church’s Chicken Crew Members Sarafina Semple-Grant and Trayann Atkinson.last_img read more