Exclusive – Man United can’t expect instant success under Van Gaal, says former Old Trafford coach

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has warned Red Devils fans they can’t expect instant success with new manager Louis van Gaal at the helm.The Dutch mastermind was appointed as successor to David Moyes ahead of the summer’s World Cup, following the Scot’s car crash of a ten months in charge of the 20-time league champions.The Old Trafford faithful have seen a glimpse of Van Gaal’s technical nous during the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign, which saw the Oranje narrowly miss out on a place in the final and eventually finish in third place.But Meulensteen believes his Dutch compatriot has a tough task ahead of him in the Premier League after what he believes is the “end of an era” for the Red Devils.“I think what fans need to consider is that this season will be a new start for Man United,” he told Kick Off.“It’s almost like it’s the end of an era at the club, with Ryan Giggs hanging up his boots and players like Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra all leaving – it’s a big change for the team.“Nobody expected what would happen under David Moyes last season and obviously United will want to leave that behind them as quickly as they can.“In that respect, Louis van Gaal is a man with a very strong personality and a very strong philosophy, so he will try to implement that process right away.“But not only will the players will have to buy into his philosophy, people must realise the process will take time.“At this moment he has to build a new team because United are still a team that can be beaten, unless proven otherwise at the start of the new Premier League season.”last_img read more

New setback for automakers

first_imgBrendan Bell, a Washington representative for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said Sessions’ swift rejection of their arguments could lead judges considering similar disputes in California and Rhode Island to dismiss the cases. One of the plaintiffs, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which represents General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Co. and others, has not said whether it will appeal the Vermont decision. Sessions’ ruling built upon the momentum for stronger emissions requirements created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in April that said the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas pollution. As a result, the EPA now has dozens of scientists and researchers developing new regulations that are slated to be released by the end of the year. The rules are expected to incorporate President Bush’s “20 in 10” proposal to reduce gasoline use by 20 percent by 2017. Bell said the decision was “one more turn of the crank putting pressure” on the EPA as it develops the rules. “It sets the bar,” Bell said. “What California is proposing is technologically feasible and is the floor.” EPA spokeswoman Jennifer Wood said the agency was “in the process of taking the first regulatory step in addressing greenhouse gas emissions from new cars” and would issue a proposal by the end of the year. The Vermont case will also be part of the backdrop in the negotiations expected to begin this fall on an energy bill. The Senate approved tougher fuel economy regulations in June that would require automakers to reach 35 mpg by 2020. A similar House bill was silent on the issue and lawmakers from both chambers will need to resolve the differences. The industry has tried to build support for an alternative that would seek more moderate increases in the standards for cars and trucks, up to 32 to 35 mpg by 2022. Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, a nonprofit environmental group, said the ruling would help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., build consensus around the Senate version. “The Senate provisions look quite tame compared to California, they look very modest and moderate so it gives Pelosi a very strong argument,” O’Donnell said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A ruling by a Vermont judge this week against the auto industry over tough rules curbing greenhouse gas emissions could have national ramifications, from government agencies developing new regulations to the halls of Congress. The decision, the latest setback for the auto industry, could stifle similar litigation pursued by carmakers while placing more pressure on Congress to implement strict fuel economy rules in an energy bill expected to be negotiated this fall. Environmental groups said Judge William Sessions III’s decision on Wednesday bolstered the attempt by California and its allies to receive a waiver from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set up more stringent vehicle anti-pollution standards than those used by the federal government. “This, I think, turns up the heat on the EPA on the question of the waiver which is the key step here,” said Phil Sharp, a former Indiana congressman who serves as president of Resources for the Future, an environmental group. The EPA has said it will decide on the waiver by the end of the year. Under the Clean Air Act, California has permission to implement its own pollution rules if it receives a federal waiver. Vermont is among a dozen states that have adopted California’s standards. In Vermont, automakers challenged the limits developed by California that would require a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks by 2016. The industry said that would require average fuel economy standards to surpass 43 miles per gallon, well above the current requirement of 27.5 mpg for passenger cars. Those standards are unattainable, the industry said during the April trial, arguing that it would create a patchwork of regulations across the nation and cause financial hardships for the manufacturers. But Sessions was unconvinced, writing that “history suggests that the ingenuity of the industry, once put in gear, responds admirably to most technological challenges.” The judge reached his decision after listening to hours of expert testimony and analysis put forth by the auto industry during the 16-day trial. last_img read more

DELIGHT AS 286 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR KILLYBEGS

first_imgKILLYBEGS is celebrating a massive jobs boost today – with 36 new posts in the seafood processing sector and a further 250 in a pilot jobs initiative.The national seafood processing sector has been given a massive jobs boost with the creation of 160  new posts – 36 of them in Killybegs – over the next three years.Simon Coveney, minister for the marine, revealed 18 companies nationwide been approved for grant aid of 1.7 million euro to improve efficiency, promote consolidation and bring in additional income. A pilot jobs initiative for Killybegs has also been announced aimed at creating an additional 250 jobs in the area by 2014.Mr Coveney said the projects approved for support create additional income and employment.“For example, Fastnet Mussels in Cork will be investing in new capital equipment in order to produce value added cooked mussel products,” he said.“Atlan Fish in Donegal are developing a value added processing area in order to increase production and broaden their product range, while Rockabill Shellfish in Dublin plan to increase production of value added prawn products and improve efficiencies through the installation of energy efficient equipment. “In total 158 new jobs will be created around the country and will be a huge boost to local economies, many in rural coastal communities.”Elsewhere the Killybegs jobs initiative is the result of an economic study carried out for the EU Commission which assessed the status, development and potential diversification of Killybegs as a fisheries dependent community.Mr Coveney said: “It is clear from this economic report that significant job creation potential exists for fisheries-dependent regions such as Killybegs, provided there is a focus on the natural resources that are obvious to the region.“I am conscious that there needs to be greater integration and ‘joined up thinking’ from state agencies and stakeholders in the region if this potential is to be achieved. With that in mind, I’m establishing a focused expert group to identify a direct series of actions that I believe can deliver 250 jobs in the Killybegs region over the next three years.”The minister added: “I am confident that this model of co-ordinated developmentally focused activity which is concentrated on natural resources can be a good model to drive economic development and job creation in the Killybegs region.” DELIGHT AS 286 NEW JOBS ANNOUNCED FOR KILLYBEGS was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Highest winds of spring 2019 recorded in Donegal

first_imgMet Eireann has revealed that the highest wind speeds of spring 2019 were recorded in Malin Head.Ireland’s most northernly point saw the worst of Storm Gareth at the beginning of March. Damaging gusts of 70 knots (130 km/h) were registered at the Malin Head station on 12th March. This was the highest reading in the country between March, April and May.Malin Head also recorded the highest mean wind speeds of 15.0 knots (27.8 km/h) throughout the three months. The latest Spring report from Met Eireann showed that Cork enjoyed the highest average sunshine of the season. Dublin had the lowest total monthly sunshine in the country. Highest winds of spring 2019 recorded in Donegal was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Malin HeadMet Eireannweatherwindlast_img read more

Start implementing NDP, IMF urges SA

first_img2 October 2013The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged South Africa to move forward with the structural reforms outlined in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) in order to boost growth and create jobs for a growing population.In its annual country report on South Africa, released on Tuesday, the IMF said that, while a weak global economy was not helping South Africa to lift its growth to the levels where it could start making a dent on unemployment, the country had to focus on tackling domestic constraints to growth.The report notes that South Africa’s economic growth is lagging that of its peer emerging markets, averaging 3 percent since 2009 compared to 5 percent for emerging markets in general.The country’s outlook “is for continued sluggish growth and elevated current account deficits,” the IMF said in a statement, projecting a further slowing of growth from 2.5 percent in 2012 to 2 percent in 2013 “as weak consumption growth and lacklustre private investment offset robust public investment and higher export growth”.As the government’s infrastructure drive gathers pace, the country’s growth is expected to rise to about 3 percent in 2014 and 3.5 percent in the medium term – not enough to bring down South Africa’s 25 percent unemployment rate.The IMF report notes that South Africa “has posted major achievements since the transition to majority rule in 1994. Per capita GDP has increased by 40 percent in inflation-adjusted terms. The poverty rate has dropped by 10 percentage points. Schools and hospitals have been built in previously under-served areas, and government-financed houses have been made available to many in need. Social transfers now reach more than half of all households.”However, “while inequality along racial lines has decreased, income distribution in South Africa remains globally among the most unequal. At the lower end of the wage distribution, households’ purchasing power has stagnated over the last two decades”.To address the country’s vulnerabilities, create jobs and foster inclusive growth, the IMF stressed the need for firm policy action and progress on reforms.The report welcomed the government’s National Development Plan (NDP) as a “blueprint for the structural reforms that will facilitate high and inclusive private sector-led growth”.South Africa could address some of the key bottlenecks, the IMF said, by improving education outcomes in order to raise the skills level of young people entering the job market; by reducing high transport costs for workers and job seekers; and by enhancing competition in product markets in order to promote innovation and dynamism.The country should also “ensure that outsiders have a voice in collective bargaining between large established firms and labour unions, so that wage costs allow for job creation by small or new businesses”.While it would take time to implement the NDP, the IMF said that moving on individual reforms would help to address some of the major constraints.“The government’s infrastructure investment drive is an example. The introduction of a youth employment incentive – which is under preparation – would be another important signal,” the IMF said.“Lastly, a social bargain could help spur job creation by combining commitments for wage restraint from unions, commitments for job creation from firms, and commitments to strengthen public services from the government.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Serena and Venus Williams Join Advisory Board of the Billie Jean King

first_imgTennis icons and equal rights champions, Serena and Venus Williams have joined the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) advisory board, it was announced today.In addition to their success on the tennis court, where they’ve captured a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles, along with 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals each, the Williams sisters are strong advocates for equal prize money in the sport. They are also accomplished businesswomen and dedicated philanthropists. In 2016, Serena and Venus teamed up to establish The Williams Sisters Fund, which seeks to support various philanthropic efforts. Their first project, The Yetunde Price Resource Center, was created in honor of their late sister, Yetunde Price.Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters first met at a World TeamTennis clinic in Long Beach, California when Serena and Venus were young girls. They also worked together on the court when King was the Captain of the US Fed Cup and Olympic teams.“I’m thrilled to announce that my dear friends, Serena and Venus Williams, have joined the BJKLI advisory board,” said BJKLI Founder, Billie Jean King. “Without a doubt, they are two of the foremost athletes of their generation and true forces in challenging the public discourse on equality in sport and society. Serena and Venus will be tremendous additions to the BJKLI, and we are pleased to welcome them to our organization.”The BJKLI was founded in 2014 by Billie Jean King, her partner Ilana Kloss, and the global CEO advisory firm, Teneo, in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Since its inception, the BJKLI has partnered on industry-leading research and hosted a number of symposiums that have brought together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest conversations on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change.“It is truly an honor to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative,” commented Serena Williams on her appointment. “Billie Jean has been an inspiration to me on and off the court, and I am excited to play a role in shaping the future of the organization and driving its mission forward.”“Billie Jean has been a role model for me and I’ve always admired her spirit of giving,” said Venus Williams. “I’m delighted to join the advisory board of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and I intend to continue to do everything I can until Billie Jean’s dream of equality is made real.”The release of the Battle of the Sexes film in 2017 marked a pivotal year for the BJKLI. The organization celebrated at a luncheon at New York’s iconic Rainbow Room. The film, which is centered on the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, highlights the inequality that existed between men and women. It serves as a poignant reminder that while progress has been made in the fight to achieve equality for all, much remains to be done.Building on the momentum of last year, 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI recently announced a partnership with Starbucks and support for the company’s commitment to global gender pay equity, encouraging others to embrace the principles of equal pay and make change. In the fall, the BJKLI will celebrate its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday. Events are planned to mark both occasions.The Williams sisters join other notable advisory board members including:Billie Jean King; IIana Kloss (Co-founder, BJKLI); Paul Keary (Vice-Chair, BJKLI and Co-founder & COO, Teneo Holdings); Christiane Amanpour (Anchor and Chief International Correspondent, CNN); Jason Collins (Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate); David Furnish (Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation & CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group); Margo Georgiadis (CEO, Mattel); Maritza Gomez-Montiel (Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP); Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft (President, The Kraft Group); Robert McCann (Chairman, UBS Americas); Pat Mitchell (Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies); Andy Roddick (Former World No. 1 and U.S. Open Champion); Pablo Salame (Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs) and Michael Strautmanis (VP of Civic Engagement, The Obama Foundation).For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit BJKLI.org.last_img read more

Rep Rendon invites residents to March office hours

first_img Categories: Daire Rendon News 21Feb Rep. Rendon invites residents to March office hours State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will sponsor local office hours for the month of March.“Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet face-to-face with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Rep. Rendon said.The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Friday, March 2Crawford County: 9 to 10 a.m. at Goodale’s Bakery, 500 Norway St. in Grayling; andKalkaska County: Noon to 1 p.m. at Trout Town Tavern & Eatery, 306 Elm St. in Kalkaska. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend, but would still like to speak with the representative, may contact her Lansing office at (517) 373-3817 or [email protected]### Monday, March 5Ogemaw County: 9 to 10 a.m. at West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce, 422 W. Houghton Ave. in West Branch;Roscommon County: Noon to 1 p.m. at Markey Township Hall, 4974 E. Houghton Lake Drive in Houghton Lake; andMissaukee County: 3 to 4 p.m. at Missaukee County Commission of Aging, 1980 S. Morey Road in Lake City.last_img read more

Rep Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address

first_img12Feb Rep. Brann invites local school superintendent to State of the State Address Categories: Brann News,Brann Photos PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming welcomed Godwin Heights Public Schools Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff to the House floor for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address.last_img