The Man United youngsters not good enough for Van Gaal

first_imgFor the last two decades, Manchester United have been one of the leading lights in developing and nurturing young talent.However, for the club that once brought football the famed ‘Class of ‘92’ the tide is turning, highlighted by their cull of players over the past few months.While it is unfair to expect a club like Man United to continually churn out top quality young players, it seems as though new boss Louis van Gaal doesn’t seem to believe the current crop are of the standard required to remain at Old Trafford and has wielded his axe.The most recent recipient of the Dutchman’s ire was one-time prospect Davide Petrucci.The 22-year-old was once hailed as a future first team midfielder, but after six years with the club he struggled to live up to expectations and was recently released, with Romanian side Cluj picking him up.His is just the latest example of United’s dearth of top talent, but who else falls into this category? Click the arrow on the right to find out…Man United fans, why do you think the club are unable to develop genuinely talented youngsters? Comment below… Click the arrow to see the Man United youngsters not good enough for Van Gaal – Previous Man United kids have gone on to have trophy laden careers and earned hundreds of international caps between them. However, new boss Louis van Gaal doesn’t seem to believe the current crop are of the standard required to remain at Old Trafford and has wielded his axe… Federico Macheda – Released (Signed for Cardiff City) – Click the arrow for more – When Macheda scored a last minute winner against Aston Villa in 2009 he was tipped as a future United first team player. However, like so many players, his career failed to reach the next level and the young Italian started to stagnate. A string of loan moves and reported attitude problems resulted in Van Gaal cutting him almost immediately this summer. He joined Cardiff City shortly afterwards. Tom Lawrence – Sold to Leicester – Click the arrow for more – Lawrence was a shock starter at the tail end of last season in United’s 3-1 victory over Hull City, but his rising star proved to be nothing more than a false dawn as the club sold him to Leicester this summer. With the superstar options in attack, he was never really going to trouble Van Gaal’s squad this season, but despite being only 20 years old was not deemed worth keeping on. 5 5 Danny Welbeck ��� Sold to Arsenal – Click the arrow for more – It is debateable as to whether Danny Welbeck still classifies as a youngster, but at 23 years old and boasting 92 league appearances for United, many would argue he should be at a much more advanced stage of his development by now. Indeed it seems Van Gaal agrees, given his willingness to sell Welbeck to league rivals Arsenal and for a relatively modest £16m. 5 5 5 Fabio Da Silva – Sold to Cardiff – Click the arrow for more – When the Da Silva brothers arrived at United as precocious youngsters, many tipped Fabio to be the one to excel at the club. However, fast forward nearly eight years later and it is Rafael who remains, with Fabio finding himself plying his trade in English football’s second tier. Injuries haven’t been kind to him, but his form has arguably been even more worrying, and after a dismal loan spell at QPR, United opted to keep Alex Buttner, selling Fabio to Cardiff.last_img read more

Twenty years of freedom

first_imgNelson Mandela and FW de Klerk receivethe Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for theirefforts to bring peace to South Africa.(Image: FW de Klerk Foundation) De Klerk and Mandela at the WorldEconomic Forum, Davos, in 1992.(Image: World Economic Forum) MEDIA CONTACTS • Danny GoulkanMarketing and communications, NHC+27 11 482 9573 or +27 72 952 2260RELATED ARTICLES• Long walk immortalised in bronze• Drawing on Madiba’s influence• Mandela Day now a global event• Tutu, De Klerk to children’s aidJanine Erasmus“I wish to put it plainly that the government has taken a firm decision to release Mr Mandela unconditionally. I am serious about bringing this matter to finality without delay.”With those words, said on 2 February 1990, then-state president FW de Klerk set a remarkable chain of events in motion. An electorate that, to a large extent, was enjoying the right to vote for the first time in their lives, led to a democratic South Africa with one of the most progressive constitutions in the world.De Klerk, who had assumed the presidency just four months earlier, wasted no time in bringing about long-overdue change.He was making his inaugural State of the Nation address at the 1990 opening of Parliament in Cape Town, speaking before the House and to a television audience.South Africa will mark the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from more than 27 years of imprisonment at the opening of Parliament on 11 February.The 2010 event will also be significant as it will be the first time the State of the Nation address is delivered in the evening. By arranging the speech for a more convenient television time, rather than the traditional morning delivery, the government is encouraging more citizens to tune in.Understanding through dialogueAddressing the nation in 1990, De Klerk went on to say that the agenda for negotiation was now open. He invited “sensible” leaders to come forward and begin talking, so that an understanding may be reached through dialogue.De Klerk’s government had a number of firm goals in mind, among them a new democratic constitution; protection of minorities and the rights of the individual; an independent, unbiased judiciary; religious freedom; better housing, education, social and health services for all; and a strong economy.This could only be achieved with the abolition of apartheid laws and restrictions, a fact of which De Klerk was very well aware.Not only did the president decide to release Mandela, he implemented other changes on a scale that nobody had anticipated.Several political parties were unbanned. These were the African National Congress (ANC), the Pan Africanist Congress, and the South African Communist Party. He also lifted restrictions on 33 other opposition groups. Prisoners who were in jail merely for belonging to one of the banned organisations were pardoned immediately.De Klerk also lifted certain media, education and security restrictions, paving the way for the eventual lifting of the latest state of emergency, by then in place since 1985. The death penalty was suspended and the controversial and deplorable Land Act was repealed.The remaining apartheid laws were dismantled over the next three years, and South Africa’s first democratic election took place in 1994. It was no surprise that Mandela stepped into the role of leader of the nation.Peace and reconciliationThe country had endured tension and violent conflict for decades, said De Klerk, and it was time to break out of that cycle and strive for peace and reconciliation. The silent majority yearned for it, he said, and the youth deserved it.De Klerk was emphatic in urging South Africans to come to the negotiation table. “On the basis of numerous previous statements there is no longer any reasonable excuse for the continuation of violence. The time for talking has arrived and whoever still makes excuses does not really wish to talk.”His decisive actions, which would eventually cut short his own political career as he made way for a new party to take over the government, earned him the praise of the nation, and the world.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, speaking to the press at the time, exclaimed: “What he said has certainly taken my breath away … give him credit, man.”The BBC reported then-US president George Bush as saying that he welcomed the decision to dismantle apartheid, although more had to be done before the US would lift its economic sanctions. And Margaret Thatcher, then prime minister of Britain, wrote a congratulatory letter to De Klerk.Others, such as current UN secretary-general Perez de Cuellar and presidents Mario Soares of Portugal, Francois Mitterand of France, and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, also expressed their joy and approval.Some were more cautious. The late ANC president Oliver Tambo, speaking from Stockholm where he was receiving treatment for a stroke, described De Klerk’s steps as progressive, but pointed out that two of the ANC’s main demands were not fully realised – the release of all political prisoners, and the complete lifting of the state of emergency.Long-awaited releaseNelson Mandela was released on 11 February 1990 from the low-security Victor Verster prison, now known as the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, in the Dwars River valley near Paarl, Western Cape.Mandela had been relocated from Robben Island to the maximum-security Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town’s southern suburbs in 1984, and a few years later he was moved to a private house within the prison walls of Victor Verster.“When he built a home in Qunu after his release,” said Mandela’s daughter Zindzi, “he insisted that it be a duplicate of his house in Victor Verster, where he felt comfortable. My father often said that he missed his time in prison because it allowed him time to reflect.”Zindzi Mandela received news of her father’s imminent release while she was at the funeral of her partner Clayton Sithole, who died while in detention at the former John Vorster police station, Johannesburg, in January 1990, just 12 days before Mandela walked free.She described the day of her father’s release as emotional, painful and chaotic. “I was terrified. There were so many people, which I never expected. As much as I wanted him to come home as a father, I knew he would come back as a leader first. And I was in mourning for the father of my child.”Straight after his release Mandela addressed thousands of supporters from the balcony of the Cape Town city hall. He spent his first night of freedom at Bishopscourt, the official residence of the Archbishop of Cape Town, who at that time was Desmond Tutu.Mandela flew to Johannesburg the next day, where he attended a rally at Soweto’s FNB stadium, now the impressive Soccer City and venue for the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. From there he went to his house in Vilakazi Street, Soweto, where he spent his first night at home in almost three decades.In 1993 De Klerk and Mandela jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in abolishing the apartheid policies that had held South Africa back for so long. The Nobel Committee awarded this prestigious honour “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”.The laureates also jointly received the 1991 Unesco Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize.The announcement of the latter prize, made by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, read: “For their contribution to international peace, to encourage them to continue in their effort and as a tribute to what they have done to educate their people towards an understanding and towards an overcoming of prejudice that many would not have thought possible a few short years ago.”Bringing the struggle to lifeIn February 2009 the National Heritage Council announced the first site in the new National Liberation Heritage Route (LHR) – the house at Victor Verster prison where Mandela spent the last few years of his incarceration.Making the announcement, CEO of the National Heritage Council Sonwabile Mancotywa said that the prison had transformed from a place of pain to one that honoured the final stretch in the struggle for freedom. “It is a place of history that has contributed to South Africa’s cultural revival,” said Mancotywa.Mandela’s former wife Winnie Madikizela, also in attendance, expressed her pleasure that the LHR was going all out to recognise the country’s struggle heroes: “We hope that it can include the history of all those who gave up their lives for freedom,” she said, “and tell the story of the Tambos and the Sisulus and others as much as the Mandela story has been told.”The South African LHR, a network of historically valuable sites that reflects key aspects of the country’s struggle for freedom, is modelled on the Australian convict sites. In July 2007 it was submitted to Unesco for nomination as a world heritage site, and is currently on the tentative list.The route consists of a host of stops that cover critical aspects of the liberation struggle, such as the women’s movement, youth and student movements, massacres and assassinations, and sites of historical significance.A few examples are Constitution Hill, once a notorious prison and now seat of South Africa’s Constitutional Court; Sharpeville, site of the massacre in 1960 where 69 protesters died; the Isandlwana battlefield, where Zulus and British colonial troops faced off in 1879; and Olive Schreiner House in De Aar, Northern Cape, once the home of the renowned author of The Story of an African Farm and opponent of women’s oppression.The Mandela section of the route includes his birthplace Mvezo in Mthatha, Eastern Cape province; Qunu in Mthatha where he grew up; the Clarkebury Institution which schooled him; the house in Alexandra, Johannesburg, where he lived for three years in the early 1940s; Fort Hare University; the site in Howick where he was captured by police in 1962; Liliesleaf Farm; Robben Island; Victor Verster prison; and the Mandela family home in Vilakazi Street, where Winnie lived with their children while he was in prison.It is hoped that other countries in the Southern African Development Community will make similar submissions.last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, April 25

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve been waiting on some warm temperatures. We haven’t put anything in the ground yet. We may fire up today and plant some on the west side of the county. We go about border to border in Paulding County with about 3,500 acres with my dad in a partnership. We have all corn, beans and wheat, with about 400 or 500 acres of wheat. We bale that straw.For corn we strip-till everything with an 8-row Brillion Zone Commander about 14 inches deep. We band fertilizer with that in the fall three to six inches down in the ground. It can sometimes be more of a challenge getting that done in the fall but last fall we got everything done in a really timely manner.A couple of weeks ago I was getting a little scared. We actually needed some rain on our ground to soften the top up. We got some rain and now it is drying out a lot more evenly and I feel a whole lot better about ground conditions than I did a week or two ago.We were also nervous about how the lack of freeze this winter would affect the wheat. I have now been across the wheat with two passes of nitrogen and one pass of chemical and we are very pleased with how that is turning out.  As of right now it does look pretty nice. We didn’t see any burn with the 28%.My biggest concern right now is this cold rain that may be coming and whether or not we should have any seed out that will have to try and weather through it.last_img read more

Without a Sense of Pride

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Everything matters.If you own a restaurant, the value that you create isn’t found only in the food you serve. It’s found in all of the little details. It’s found in your service. It’s found in your decor. It’s absolutely found in the cleanliness of your restaurant. But if everything is wonderful and your bathrooms are filthy, the mystique is ruined and the value diminished.I’ve been in a McDonald’s (not really a restaurant) where even the bathrooms were immaculate because the owner or manager had a sense of pride. I’ve also been in expensive restaurants where the service was awful and the restrooms were worse than a roadside rest stop. Without a sense of pride that extends to the last detail, the value is destroyed. It can transform an experience.What does this mean for you as a salesperson, a businessperson, and a success-minded individual? It means everything matters.You take pride in your ability to create value for your dream clients by developing the business acumen and the situational knowledge that earns you the right to be their strategic partner. But you also need to take pride in preparing for each and every sales interaction, something many people overlook. Being unprepared destroys value.You take pride in the consistency of your follow up. But you also need to take an equal pride in the quality of your follow up. Consistency can’t be overshadowed by poor quality. Poor quality responses, answers, or proof providers can destroy value.You take extreme pride in ensuring that that value you that you sold your dream client is delivered. It’s true that these big outcomes count for more than anything else. But you can die the death of a thousand paper cuts if that pride doesn’t extend to all of things that you might overlook—but that your client doesn’t.There is too little attention paid to small details. But small details are game changers, and improving them takes a little extra effort and lot of caring. Without a sense of pride, you create a lot less value than you might otherwise.QuestionsDo you have any examples of when value and experience was destroyed because of a lack of pride?How could that have been remedied?In what areas to you take great pride?In what areas could you stand to improve a little?last_img read more

TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections

first_imgRoger Pogoy added a career-high 31 points while Jayson Castro registered the first triple-double of his career, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for TNT.The KaTropa delivered the knockout punch at the start of the fourth quarter when they went on a 20-2 tear in the first six minutes of the period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA IMAGESThe game between Phoenix and TNT got heated quickly on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas and forward Jason Perkins and KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel and Semerad twins Anthony and David were all ejected just less than three minutes into the game.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The scuffle started after things got testy between Anthony and Phoenix import Rob Dozier just as TNT was about to inbound the ball.Alas was tossed for flagrant misconduct, the Semerads and Perkins were thrown out for fighting stance while Dickel was sent out after throwing the ball at an official.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I thank the team and the players for staying in the game. They kept their composure,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose squad had the last laugh after coming away with a 114-88 win, their third in four starts. “I just told them to stay in the game and play harder.”Things nearly got out of hand again late in the game and to no one’s surprise, Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva got himself in trouble anew for the second straight game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abueva got ejected after he clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.The 31-year-old Abueva on Saturday was penalized by Phoenix for his actions late in the Fuel Masters’ 103-98 victory over the Blackwater Elite Friday night.Abueva, who was deducted P20,000 off his salary by the Fuel Masters, was called out by Elite guard Ray Parks after their game.Parks claimed Abueva cursed and made lewd gestures toward his girlfriend and actress Maika Rivera.Jones returned to his dominant ways, firing 40 points that went with 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals four nights after being held to just 14 points in a blowout loss to NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more