Solskjaer on his Man Utd future: I don’t want to leave!

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer confessed he hopes to remain in charge of Manchester United beyond May, after watching his side beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Wednesday evening.The Red Devils made it four wins out of four under Solskjaer , meaning the caretaker manager has equalled Matt Busby’s best-ever start to a United tenure.The visitors had to bide their time at St James’ Park, with the breakthrough coming as substitute Romelu Lukaku made an instant 64th-minute impact after Martin Dubravka spilt Marcus Rashford’s free-kick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Rashford then sealed the points 10 minutes from time, producing a composed finish after good link-up play from Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.Solskjaer has already managed to restore the feel-good factor at the club and he admitted post-match that he doesn’t want to depart at the end of his projected six-month spell at the helm.When asked if he will leave United in May, Solskjaer replied: “I don’t want to.”He went on to address matching Busby’s record, before bemoaning a ‘sluggish’ first-half display from his team. “I’m just thinking about the next game because if you win four you can win another four with this club,” he told Sky Sports. “That’s the challenge, that’s the standard we’re used to.””It was a very professional performance. We never hit the heights that we can do but I felt we were in control, kept plugging away,””It was a great goal again by Marcus and a great reaction again by Rom – good first touch as a sub.”In the first half it was sluggish, it was almost like a testimonial at times – too slow, too many touches and too many square passes and back”But the big, big plus was the clean sheet.”4 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is only the second manager in Manchester United history to win his first four league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby in 1946. Revival. #NEWMUN pic.twitter.com/Dt9XpCfGms — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2019 Lukaku has two in two as a substitute, while Rashford was again United’s stand-out forward operating centrally .Solskjaer believes this gives him a nice problem.”You can play with two of them, no problem,” he added. “One can play on the right, they can play two through the middle. It gives me options.”Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez can only dream of such riches in attack after his team drew a blank for the third time in four matches.”We know that the final third is the key,” he told Sky Sports. “When you pay big money for players, normally you are talking about offensive players who make the difference.”You have to give credit to our players because for 80 minutes they were in the game.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Toronto Pan Am executives pay taxpayers back for wine shirts parking tickets

TORONTO – Officials with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games billed Ontario taxpayers for everything from dress shirts and parking tickets to orange juice and wine before reimbursing them, documents released Friday reveal.The Toronto Pan Am committee released five years’ worth of expense claims and credit card reports — about 5,000 pages of documents — to all media after a newspaper filed a freedom of information request.TO2015 CEO Saad Rafi said the government had no say in the timing of the “document dump” on Friday, one day after the legislature recessed for two months.“We of course work with the government on all these matters,” said Rafi. “In the past the expense claims for the organization garnered a lot of attention, so we wanted everybody to have that information at the same time.”The expense reports, which often do not include the name of the executive making the claim, show Pan Am officials frequently charged taxpayers for their coffee, bottled water and snacks. Some also put cash advances on government credit cards, at very high interest rates.The inappropriate expenses, some going as far back as 2010, only turned up after the FOI request, and the reimbursements were made in recent weeks, said Rafi.“I didn’t know they existed,” he said. “When I saw those things, I said you know what, that’s not going to stand.”The Progressive Conservatives said the Liberal government has clearly not been able to change the “culture of entitlement” at the Pan Am organizing committee.“If you’re appointed to a committee by a Liberal, you can basically expense whatever you want, that’s the message that I think the public is hearing now,” said PC Pan Am critic Todd Smith. “The scandalous spending is continuing even after the new regime has been put in place.”The New Democrats said Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals appeared to have learned nothing from a similar scandal involving inappropriate expenditures at eHealth Ontario, which forced then-health minister David Caplan to resign.“Ontarians are footing the bill so Pan Am officials can go shopping at Harry Rosen, the LCBO or the Beer Store,” said NDP Pan Am critic Paul Miller. “For the Liberals, to wait until the day after the legislature rises makes a mockery of transparency and accountability. It’s just absurd and manipulative.”Rafi, who took over the top spot last January, rejected Opposition claims that people working with the Pan Am committee have a huge sense of entitlement.“I think what we’re doing here is trying to instill a sense of responsibility that this is predominantly a taxpayer funded games and people have that obligation to the taxpayer,” he said. “We are trying to continue with being open and transparent and make sure people follow the rules.”It’s not the first time expenses by the Pan Am executives have come under fire.Former CEO Ian Troop, who was paid $477,000 a year, was criticized after he billed taxpayers 91 cents for parking, $1.89 for a cup of tea and $8,561.19 for a Mexican hotel and cocktail party.The opposition parties also complained about a $7-million bonus package for TO2015 executives, including Troop, who would have been eligible for a $780,000 premium if he’d stayed and the Games came in on budget.Ontario taxpayers already shelled out over a million dollars to fired Pan Am executives, including a year’s pay and $27,300 in retirement benefits for Troop, who also got $10,000 in outplacement payments, $3,500 in legal fees and medical benefits of $15,800.Former Pan Am vice-president of human resources, Elaine Roper, was paid $300,000 when she was let go, while Louise Lutgen got $271,000 after she was dismissed as the vice-president of cultural affairs.The Progressive Conservatives said the latest round of expenses showed the Pan Am committee spent $5,800 on tickets to the PGA’s golf championship, and $8,200 on tickets to Toronto Argonauts CFL games.“TO 2015 is probably the perfect example where this type of behaviour has continued over a four-year period and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon,” said Smith.The total budget for the Pan Am Games, which will be held in communities across southern Ontario next summer, is about $2.5 billion.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2014 9:59 am MDT Toronto Pan Am executives pay taxpayers back for wine, shirts, parking tickets read more

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GALLERY Students take lifechanging journey through southern Africa

Eighteen hours in ‘The Beast’ was just the start.A colossal bus ride through the uneven roads of southern Africa is not what most students would think of when they ponder experiential learning at Brock University. However, on the Brock Abroad: Namibia program, 18 hours in the all-terrain ‘beast’ bus was just the beginning of what would prove to be a life-changing experience.Launched in 2007, the annual Africa journey is one of several experiential learning programs offered by Brock International Services, in which participants learn about local academics, business and culture, while participating in a variety of activities and workshops. ‘The Beast,’ a vehicle from Wadadee Guest House, took the team everywhere, including an 18-hour drive from Cape Town, South Africa, to Windhoek, Namibia.This spring, 21 Brock students and their co-leaders flew out on April 26 for a month-long odyssey that began in Cape Town, South Africa.  While there, the group visited Robben Island — where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before the fall of apartheid — and learned more about the townships that surround the city. The group also spent time learning about the fight to end apartheid, and the unique struggle Namibia faced in gaining its independence.From Cape Town, the students boarded ‘The Beast’ for the 1,400-kilometre bus ride to the Namibian capital, Windhoek, where they participated in a wide array of hands-on experiential opportunities.One of the program’s goals is to have participants identify and understand the challenges and opportunities faced in the host community, and how they relate to communities in Canada. “It’s through the vehicle of volunteering, visiting important cultural sites and museums, and speaking with local community partners that participants learn,” said Christina Bosilo, co-leader of the trip and manager of international learning programs in Brock International Services.The students met this important goal by working alongside several local organizations, including the Bernard Nordkamp Centre (BNC) in Katutura, which provides after-school programming for local children. At the BNC the team provided leadership training for older children as well as wellness-based activities for younger participants.But Child and Youth Studies student Madeline Pontone was quick to point out that the important lessons being learned were not exclusive to the youngsters in the classroom.“Getting to live and volunteer in the community of Katutura provided a level of immersion that fostered deep reflection and learning, something that is difficult to achieve at home,” she said. For Janet Westbury, experiential education co-ordinator for graduate programs in Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and the trip’s other co-leader, these pivotal interactions created the a unique legacy for those on the journey.“It’s important that it’s not just about what we taught, but also what they taught us,” she said. “We learned from the leaders in the communities.”The team also spent time painting local schools and took part in excursions which showed them the natural beauty of the country.“The landscape, it’s stunning and ever-changing,” said Westbury. “You don’t want to miss anything outside the window. Namibia has a huge diversity in a relatively small package.”From sandboarding in the dunes to taking the children from the BNC to a local giraffe sanctuary, the group experienced a huge cross-section of Namibia’s culture and landscape in a relatively short amount of time.For Child and Youth Studies student Carley Kent, the well-rounded nature of the trip has been life changing.“It may sound cliché,” she said, “but my experience in southwest Africa has forever changed me as a person.”For Westbury, the month-long trip seemed to fly by, and all too quickly the team was on its way back to Canada — but not before they had grown in ways that seemed unimaginable before they set off.“A co-curricular trip like this focuses on growing our students personally,” she said.“Our whole team chose to be present in each moment of the trip, and for this reason they will come home with a new awareness of the day-to-day realities of those living on the other side of the world. But even more importantly, they will bring to Canada a full slate of invaluable lessons to share about the beautiful Namibian culture and hospitality that we were greeted with every day.”To hear more about the Brock Abroad: Namibia Program there will be a lunch and learn panel event in the Thistle 253 e-classroom on Wednesday, June 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.If you have more questions about the program, or wish to attend the lunch and learn, e-mail studyabroad@brocku.ca read more

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