Jonny Evans reveals how Man Utd players reacted to ‘genius’ Sir Alex Ferguson signing

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jun 2020 10:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Jonny Evans reveals how Man Utd players reacted to ‘genius’ Sir Alex Ferguson signing Sir Alex Ferguson pulled off one of the greatest transfer coups of the Premier League era by signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Jonny Evans has revealed Manchester United’s 2012/13 Premier League title-winning squad were left ‘stunned’ when Sir Alex Ferguson won the race to sign Robin van Persie from Arsenal. The former Gunners captain parted company with the north London club in acrimonious circumstances and appeared destined for Manchester City after becoming disillusioned with the direction the club he had served eight years had taken.Juventus were also in the running to sign the prolific striker, but Ferguson’s powers of persuasion ultimately proved decisive. Van Persie joined in a £24million deal and rewarded his manager’s faith by powering the Red Devils to another title. AdvertisementAdvertisementRecalling the mood at the club upon Van Persie’s arrival, Evan’s told the Guardian: ‘It was a genius signing, to get someone from one of your rival clubs, where he’d been [for so long] – everyone was shocked.’ADVERTISEMENTVan Persie scored 30 goals in all competitions during his maiden campaign at United, but Evans was particularly taken with the way his teammate was able to work out and execute premeditated plans. Comment Advertisement Robin Van Persie scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2012/13 season for Man Utd (Picture: Getty)Recalling a pivotal 3-2 win at Chelsea, Evans said: ‘We’d been working in training on trying to get Ashley Young running in between the right-back and right centre-back. ‘There was a moment where Robin caught everyone out and tried a reverse pass with his right foot, into Ashley’s path. Branislav Ivanovic ended up getting sent off for being the last player [when fouling].‘To be able to carry out this kind of plan made Robin the manager’s dream. There are other moments that stand out, too. His goal against Arsenal in his first game against them at Old Trafford – he did so with his [supposedly weaker] right, and you think: “This guy can score”.’United sealed the title following a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on a momentous evening. Van Persie, memorably, scored all three goals including a quite stunning volley after Wayne Rooney had played a 60-yard pass into his path. ‘Not many people take that shot on. It’s still ridiculous, now,’ Evans said. ‘Most would think: ‘Just get it under control.’ The run, the way he pulls off the defender’s shoulder, the way he finished: just world class. He’d been doing stuff like that in training. 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‘I was marking him one day and the ball came to his chest on the edge of the box, and he set it up as if going to volley with his left. As I went to block, he’s volleyed it over my head, back on to his right foot, and volleyed it into the net. All in one movement.‘He had this unbelievable finishing ability: left foot, right foot, with great power in his shots. The speed he got on the ball when putting it in the net was frightening. He was a natural-born finisher.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Bruno Fernandes broke down in tears after talks with Manchester UnitedMORE: Manchester United must offer more cash upfront to beat Chelsea & Dortmund to Jude Bellingham transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sweden’s AP2 drops 28 power utility stocks due to climate risks

first_img“Our potential for generating value over the long term is greater if we invest in other companies instead.”AP2 said the assessment had been based on a financial perspective and carried out because of the fund’s commitment to “address ethical and environmental concerns without compromising the overall target of a high return on invested assets.”The first climate risk assessment the pension fund did took place in 2014 and concerned fossil-fuel companies.That investigation led to the fund’s selling off holdings in 12 coal producers and eight oil and gas companies.AP2 said it would continue to assess the climate risks posed by its holdings over the next few years.In the next phase of this process, it aims to do an overall assessment of the portfolio involving several different climate scenarios, to understand more about how the pension fund’s investments are affected.AP2 declined to name the power utility stocks now being sold. Sweden’s AP2 is divesting its holdings in 28 power utility stocks with a combined market value of SEK670m (€72.2m) following its second climate-risk assessment.The SEK300bn pensions buffer fund said the profits of all of the companies whose shares it was now offloading came primarily from the carbon-based generation of electricity.These companies also lack any convincing strategy for diminishing their climate impact, it said.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive at AP2, said: “The decision involves disinvestment from approximately one-quarter of all electricity-generating companies, reducing the fund’s exposure to financial risk in the power sector. last_img read more

Why I live in … Fashion stylist Di Cant reveals her dream home

first_imgYou know, these days, I don’t lust after a home anywhere. These days, I just love to travel, which I have done for 45 years. I have cruised many times, and recently went around the world for a great trip. I think when one owns a holiday home, they often feel they have to go to the one spot. But in saying that, to answer your question, a home in the south of France would be lovely. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? What is the best thing about your suburb? When I lost my husband, I moved to my apartment in Kangaroo Point to be nearer to my daughter and her family. What would you change about your home? What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Brisbane fashion and style doyenne, Di Cant, reveals why she lives in Kangaroo Point. Pic supplied.SHE’S known as the go-to-girl for all things regarding Queensland fashion. Stylist to the stars, Di Cant started as a model in the 1950s and 60s before becoming one of Brisbane’s leading stylists and she’s a veteran on the social scene.The 74-year-old reveals where she lives and why.Where was your first home that you bought?We bought our first home in 1965 and it cost about 10,000 pounds when John and I were very young and newly married. The house was a terrific, modern glass box designed by the architect, Colin Denham, for his client who then wanted to move interstate so put the home on the market. It was on Cash’s Crossing in Albany Creek. We must have been crazy as we had our first baby there, but when we were expecting our second baby we decided to move to nearer the city and built our next home at Kenmore. Later, in 1981, we purchased another home in Chapel Hill.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoBrisbane fashion and style doyenne, Di Cant. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Describe your dream home and location in Queensland? Silly as it sounds, things are different now. I probably have the perfect situation for me.I have owned other places, including a beach apartment at Main Beach and a home in Queenstown, but if I want to go away for a few days or a holiday, I just book a great place and go stay. I believe Kangaroo Point is one of the best kept secrets in Brisbane for inner city and riverside living. I have a lot of friends nearby and enjoy the precinct, the walks, the Story Bridge and the great city and river views. Where do you live and why? I did a lot of changes a few years ago when I needed to redecorate and make it fresh again. With some new cabinetry, furnishings, and fresh paint, I have fallen in love with the place all over again. Buy in a good area. Buy the house you want, in the street you want, or the apartment in the precinct you want, and later work towards getting it beautifully decorated. It must have ‘good bones’ and you should know the history of the property.A house is a house — make it your ‘home’.last_img read more

Extension officer wants farmers to treat agriculture as a business

first_img Share Tweet Share 60 Views   one comment Yams and dasheens displayed at an Agricultural Expo in 2011Extension Officer for the East, Edward Constance has appealed to farmers urging them to treat agriculture as a business in order to be successful.Constance who addressed villagers of Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere at a panel discussion in San Sauveur on Wednesday evening, advised farmers that they must be committed to their enterprises to realize success.“Farming is a business….if you are going into farming and you are not going into farming as a business then best you leave it alone. You have to treat it as a business. Farmers have to be committed to what they plan to do in their enterprise, you have to be committed; if you are not a committed farmer, you might just be wasting your time”.He advised them to be consistent which he noted as a major area of concern for extension officers.“Plant continually; every month you plant a portion, you plant a certain amount every month for the entire year you might have plantain ready for market”.Constance explained that there are several farmers who are successful because they take the agricultural business seriously.Ginger displayed at an Agricultural Expo last year“Farming is a work that you can do and be successful and make money because there are farmers in Dominica who make money. If you go on the west coast there are farmers who make money from agriculture but they do it as a business; they put their all into it and they produce so that when they produce they can sell and make money, they don’t want to plant two trees here and expect to make $1000.00 from two trees, no! The more production you can have is better for you, if you have ten acres of land and you want to go into pineapple put ten acres of pineapple or put five acres of pineapple so at the end of it when you start harvesting you will make some money”.He also appealed to the farmers to “educate their children and let them know that farming is not a dirty and slaving work”.The extension officer further advised the farmers to take advantage of imputes through the Ministry of Agriculture’s Horticultural Programme.“Those who have the land, please utilize the land go on a large scale, come to us we will advise you. Right now we have the Horticultural Program where we assist farmers with imputes and material so that they can establish certain crops on their farm”.The crops for which they can get assistance under the Horticultural Program are dasheen, yams, tarnia, sweet potato, passion fruit and ginger.“If you establish these crops under the horticultural program you will be assisted with imputes and the passion fruit farmers will be assisted with wire trellising material. These are some means and ways that we can help you to jump start to move from zero to one and from one then you can start increasing and you can start growing up”. According to him the technical support officers and extension officers are willing to assist them, “as long as they are ready to work”.The panel discussion was part of activities for the Feast of Saint Isidore which will be celebrated in the villages of Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere this weekend.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Extension officer wants farmers to treat agriculture as a business by: – May 24, 2012last_img read more

Elaine Gray

first_imgElaine Gray, 72, of Milan passed away Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, Kentucky.  Elaine was born Tuesday, August 12, 1947 in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of the late Howard and Violet (Loomis) Justice.  She married Kenneth Gray December 9, 1968 and he survives.  Elaine was a homemaker and a member of Hope Baptist Church.  She enjoyed being on the computer; crocheting and donating what she crocheted to various children’s hospitals.  She especially loved spending time with her family.Elaine is survived by her husband Kenneth of Milan; son Kenneth Gray Jr. of Kentucky; daughters: Kara (Brian) Fisher of Aurora and Kristi (Kevin) Hyde of Moores Hill; sisters: Nina (Franklin) Davies of Dillsboro and Sharon Henson of Scottsburg, Indiana; and five grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son Kevin Gray; brothers: Ben and Leo Justice; and sisters: Ora Withered, Anita Steele, and Minnie Mae Justice.A memorial service celebrating her life will be held 3 PM Saturday, February 29 at Hope Baptist Church, 15593 HWY US 50, Dillsboro 47018, with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 1 – 3 PM Saturday, February 29 also at the church.  Memorials may be given in honor of Elaine to the American Heart Association.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

New online portal for buying licenses and more from the state

first_imgStatewide—Signing in to buy hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses will look different the next time you do so because of a new state online portal called Access Indiana.The new portal is a safe, secure, and easy to use way for citizens to interact with all facets of state government through a single login instead of many. Presently, there are 18 services that users can enter from Access Indiana – a full list is available by clicking here.Individuals who already have an Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) account to purchase licenses should watch for an email from the DNR that will provide helpful login information. New DNR customers will be directed to create an Access Indiana account first, before supplying additional DNR-specific account information.last_img read more

Johnson positive over Olympic Stadium

first_imgBoris Johnson insists good progress is being made in talks aimed at finally ending West Ham’s long wait to move in to the Olympic Stadium. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) met on Tuesday to discuss West Ham’s bid to occupy the stadium, which was given “preferred bidder” status last December. Since then the two sides have been trying to resolve details of the club’s proposed move, including how much they will pay towards conversion costs for the £429million stadium. Sources say talks between the two sides in the private meeting were positive, and London’s Mayor echoed those sentiments afterwards. “There has been a lot of progress, I won’t hide that,” he said. “Good conversations have been going on. Tax payers put a huge amount of money, £500million, in to building an iconic stadium, and they put further money in to doing it up. “We have got to get the best possible terms for the tax payer.” Sources said the club hoped a deal could be signed within weeks rather than months. That will come as comforting news to organisers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, who need to know by the end of next month whether they will be able to use the stadium. “It would be great to do it,” Johnson added when asked about World Cup matches being staged at Stratford. “We are looking at it. I have asked our engineers to see whether we can make it work, but this particular negotiation isn’t relevant to that.” The LLDC will discuss the future of the stadium at their next board meeting on March 26, although they can call an extraordinary general meeting if they reach an agreement with West Ham before then. Should a deal be agreed, West Ham could move in to the stadium at the start of the 2016-17 season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jack all right after Scholes claim

first_imgPaul Scholes’ claim that Jack Wilshere has failed to improve since he burst on to the scene as a teenager understandably irritated the Arsenal midfielder, but rather than let it fester he sought out his idol’s number to ask for advice. Press Association The Gunners academy graduate was widely touted as one of the most exciting midfielders produced by England in years and represented the senior side aged just 18. However, a string of injuries halted Wilshere’s progress, leading former Manchester United midfielder Scholes to recently claim he has failed to reach the “next level”. “This season I have improved a lot, scored a few more than I have in the past and got a few more assists. “That side of things, you can keep the ball and you can look good but it’s those stats that matter. That’s what I have to build on.” Scholes also criticised Arsenal as a whole for a lack of discipline, characters and leadership – traits they will need this weekend in the FA Cup final against Hull as they seek a first trophy since 2005. “We’ve been here before in the Carling Cup,” Wilshere said. “No disrespect to the Carling Cup but this is bigger than the Carling Cup. The FA Cup is a trophy that, when I grew up, you remember. “We don’t have to prove we have leaders to win this – we just have to win it.” The ex-England international said that the 22-year-old did not look any better than he did aged 17, which took Wilshere aback somewhat. “It was a bit strange, out of the blue,” he said. “I remember watching it, he was having a go at Arsenal, and I was thinking ‘Is he going to come for me?’ “I actually spoke to him after. We had quite a good chat. He is entitled to his opinion but I just wanted to know. “If it had come from a rubbish player I could say ‘what are you talking about?’ But it came from Paul Scholes. “So I wanted to get to the bottom of it. I spoke to him, he explained it a bit better and told me what he thought I should work on. For me he was the best English midfielder of all time.” Wilshere accepts he must now fulfil his widely acknowledged potential. “(Scholes) was right in a certain way,” he said. “When I first burst on to the scene there was all this noise and then I got injured. “I have had bad luck with injuries but I can’t keep saying I’ve been injured a lot. There comes a time when you stop being a kid and I think that’s what he’s referring to. ‘He’s young, he’s got all this potential ‘ – you have to start putting that potential in. last_img read more

Ellsworth/Sumner football comes back to beat Washington Academy

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at ELLSWORTH — As the ball flew in Andrew Brown’s direction, he wasn’t about to let it reach anybody else.With the Ellsworth/Sumner football team leading Washington Academy by six points in overtime of Friday night’s Little Ten Conference showdown, the visitors were down to their last gasp. The Raiders, needing to convert on fourth and long, threw a pass toward the Eagles’ end zone.Although there were open receivers behind him, Brown was well aware of his surroundings. He stepped in front of the one closest to the ball, raised both hands and emphatically knocked it to the ground in front of him. A dramatic comeback — one that seemed incredibly unlikely at various points in the game — was complete.The Ellsworth/Sumner football team came back from a 22-0 deficit early in the second half to beat Washington Academy 34-28 in overtime on Friday night. It was the Eagles’ first win of the season, and it was a welcome way for the team to kick off the weekend’s Homecoming festivities.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“These kids have been through a lot, and they’ve always stuck with it through everything and kept fighting,” Ellsworth/Sumner coach Duane Crawford said. “No matter what setbacks we had, we always kept our heads up. Tonight, that helped us pull out the win.”Those setbacks were numerous for Ellsworth/Sumner  in the first half. Washington Academy repeatedly stopped the Eagles on defense and went into halftime with a 14-0 lead. The Raiders extended that lead in the second half with a quick touchdown drive to put Ellsworth/Sumner in an even bigger hole.After Washington Academy’s third touchdown, though, Ellsworth/Sumner got its offense rolling. Jacob Shorey scored on a 20-yard touchdown run near the end of the third quarter and added another midway through the fourth to cut Washington Academy’s lead to 22-16.On the next possession, as the Raiders were driving toward midfield, Charlie Hughes stole the ball straight out of the Washington Academy quarterback’s hands as he dropped back to pass. He ran it all the way down to the Raiders’ 5-yard line, and Ellsworth would score another touchdown moments later to tie the game.“I watched him with the way he was holding the ball, and there was an opening for me to grab it,” Hughes said. “In my mind, I was going to get the ball and start running. The whole field was wide open.”Ellsworth/Sumner (1-3) conceded another touchdown with 1 minute, 30 seconds to play but responded with another Shorey touchdown run. This one came with three seconds left, and the game went to overtime tied at 28 when the Eagles failed to convert the 2-point conversion.The Eagles scored a touchdown almost immediately to start overtime. They appeared to have won the game when Washington Academy (0-4) threw an incomplete pass on the ensuing fourth down, but the side judge flagged them for pass interference to give the Raiders a fresh set of downs. Yet the defense stuffed Washington Academy for losses on two of next three plays, and Brown’s pass breakup on the next fourth down sealed the victory.“We knew we had to make a defensive stand, but to basically stop them twice near the goal line like that really says a lot about our defense,” Crawford said. “Even when it was tough, we made the plays we needed to make.”Shorey led the way for Ellsworth/Sumner on offense with 23 carries for 113 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Connor Crawford passed for 87 yards and rushed for one touchdown, and Chris Fickett had 97 all-purpose yards and a pair of 2-point conversions. Declan White had six solo tackles and eight assisted tackles on defense.“There were just so many guys who stepped up for us tonight,” Duane Crawford said. “There’s been more of that the past two weeks, and hopefully we can keep getting it.”As the Eagles gathered in the south end zone at Ellsworth High School for the team’s postgame meeting, players bumped chests and high-fived one another. Chants of “E-H-S!” rang out from the fans that had remained, and the players soon joined them.When the players broke the post-game huddle, lineman Keith Jordan slammed his helmet to the turf. After the team’s game against Mattanawcook Academy three weeks ago, he’d done the same thing out of frustration over a 58-8 defeat. This time, it was a celebratory slam.“This win means the world to us,” Jordan said. “This win is a momentum changer for our season. We’ve had a little bit of a struggle over the past three weeks, but now we’re here and ready to go.”Ellsworth/Sumner’s next game will be on the road against the Dexter Tigers (4-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The Eagles beat the Tigers 30-16 last season. Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Bucksport softball team beats Madison to claim state championship

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 BREWER — After the Bucksport softball team’s miracle win in its previous game against Mattanawcook Academy, Saturday’s final hurdle required the Golden Bucks to dig even deeper.For four full innings of Saturday’s Class C championship, Bucksport had outhit and outpitched the opposing Madison Bulldogs. Yet Madison had produced a run in its one scoring opportunity, and Bucksport had failed despite putting multiple runners in scoring position.In the fifth inning, it looked as if that was about to happen again. Bucksport had produced four hits in the inning, but Madison had picked off two runners on the basepaths to keep the Golden Bucks scoreless. After Madison intentionally walked Bucksport’s Madysen Robichaud to load the bases with two outs, it was up to MaKenzie Smith to turn the team’s luck around.Early in the count, Smith hit a looping drive to right-center field. In a stroke of destiny similar to the dropped ball against Mattanawcook three days earlier, the ball somehow, someway found a patch of grass to fall for a single. It gave the Bucks two runs, which, for the second time in four days, proved to be all the team needed.Bucksport’s MaKenzie Smith rips a single into right-center field during the fifth inning of the Class C championship softball game against Madison on June 17 in Brewer. Smith’s hit knocked in two runs and gave the Golden Bucks the lead for good. RICK MCHALE PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSmith’s single in the bottom of the fifth gave the Bucksport softball team the state championship for the eighth time Saturday. The team’s 2-1 win over Southern Maine No. 1 seed Madison also marked its third undefeated season since moving to Class C in 2012.“It was meant to happen,” Smith said. “Every minute in games and at practice along the way, we’ve worked hard and just had those moments of destiny.”There were moments early in the game when it didn’t feel like destiny was on Bucksport’s side, though. Although the Golden Bucks had outpitched and outhit Madison the entire way, it was the Bulldogs who opened the scoring on an RBI double in the third inning. Even though Madison didn’t have a hit until that point and would only get one more the rest of the game, it was still ahead where it mattered: the scoreboard.It’s fitting, then, that the play that ultimately did reverse the Golden Bucks’ fortunes came within inches of not coming to fruition. Madison (19-1) had three players chasing Smith’s blooper into shallow right-center, and had the ball been hit a yard or so in any other direction, it might have been caught.“They were ready, and I thought one of them was going to catch it,” Smith said. “I think there were a few of them [within distance of the ball], and they all looked like they might have a chance.”Smith’s base hit meant the Golden Bucks didn’t waste a brilliant outing by pitcher Kate Saunders. The junior struck out 13 batters — six in the first two innings alone — and only walked three in yet another complete-game performance.Saunders gave up a double to start the sixth inning after her team took the lead, but she would bounce back by retiring the last five batters of the game to secure the win and avenge Bucksport’s 3-1 loss to Madison in last year’s state championship game.“I just had to stay calm, cool and do my thing,” Saunders said. “They really wanted it, too, but I knew that I was out for revenge. I wanted that gold trophy today.”Members of the Bucksport softball team hoist the Class C championship trophy after beating Madison 2-1 in the state championship game June 17 in Brewer. The win gave the Golden Bucks their fourth state title in the past six seasons. RICK MCHALE PHOTOFor the fourth time in the past six seasons and the fifth time under head coach Mike Carrier, the Golden Bucks got to hoist that trophy. When a tournament official brought it out to the field, Carrier let his players do the honors.“I’m older now and don’t show as much excitement,” Carrier said laughing. “I still do inside, but I don’t run around like a fool like I used to.”Neither Carrier nor Smith knew where the trophy would go once it got back home. With how much Bucksport’s softball program has won over the years, the trophy case at the entrance to the school’s Ralph Jewett Gymnasium has gotten rather full.“They’ll find some room for it, I guess,” Carrier said. “We’ve been in that position a few times, but I’ll always remember this one.” Biolast_img read more