Sanchez blames Man Utd flop on lack of game time

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Instead, in his first full season at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was sacked and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United finished sixth and as close to the relegation zone on points as they were to champions City.But despite winning no trophies, Sanchez has no regrets over joining United rather than City.“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United. I’ve always said that. It’s the club that’s won the most in England,” added Sanchez.“When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic — I was happy there — but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something.“I wanted to join them and win everything. I don’t regret going there.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Alexis Sanchez believes his failure to shine in a dismal 18 months at Manchester United prior to joining Inter Milan on loan was due to a lack of opportunities.The Chilean moved to Italy on a 10-month loan deal last week with United still paying a large chunk of his reported £400,000 ($484,000) a week wages.Sanchez failed to live up to the expectations United had when signing him from Arsenal on a four-and-a-half year contract in January 2018, scoring just five times in 45 appearances for United.However, he started just 31 of 77 games the Red Devils played during his time there and played the full 90 minutes on just 13 occasions.“I’ve always said to my friends: I want to play,” Sanchez told the BBC.“If they would let me play I’ll do my best. Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game — and I didn’t know why.”Sanchez was signed with United second in the Premier League and aiming to close the gap on local rivals Manchester City, who were also interested in reuniting Sanchez with his former boss at Barcelona Pep Guardiola.center_img FILE PHOTO: Alexis Sanchezlast_img read more

Furniture Deliveryman Accused of Sexually Assaulting Local Woman

first_imgA South Florida deliveryman is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a woman after dropping off her new furniture.According to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Richard Omar Fisher was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on August 31 after being charged with sexual assault and battery. He left the jail last Sunday after posting $20,000 bond.The arrest report states that the 23-year-old woman told investigators that she had moved on June 3 to a third-floor apartment in the Greenacres area. She ordered several items from City Furniture, and two deliverymen brought a love seat, a sofa, and a mattress and box spring to the residence on June 6.The woman told authorities that one of the men stepped outside, while the other man photographed the furniture and its placement in the home.She adds that she jokingly told the man he should quit his job due to the hot weather and pointed to her daughter’s room, suggesting that he could sleep in there. The man allegedly responded, “I’m going to sleep in your room.”When the pair entered the woman’s bedroom so that Fisher could photograph the bed, she decided to try the bed by laying on it. However, the woman says Fisher got on top of her and began to kiss and touch her.She reacted by trying to pull away him away while repeatedly saying “No” and “I don’t want to do this,” and telling Fisher that she needed to check on her 3-year-old daughter, who was crying in the other room. The man reportedly left when a telephone technician knocked on her front door to install equipment.At that point, she called a friend and then City Furniture, and later picked Fisher out from a sheriff’s photo lineup.City Furniture informed PBSO on June 12 that both deliverymen had been suspended, although Fisher told investigators that he was married, had children, and did not commit the alleged assault.PBSO obtained a warrant to collect DNA from Fisher, and lab results indicated that it is likely that DNA found on the woman belongs to him. Fisher was then picked up in Broward County on August 28 and transferred to the Palm Beach County Jail on August 31.Records indicate no previous arrests for him in Florida.last_img read more

Florida Authorities Warn of Road Rage Among Mating Alligators

first_imgOfficials in one part of Florida are telling residents to be on the lookout not only for aggressive drivers on the road, but for alligators with that attitude.The message came after a nine-foot gator had to be removed from a road in Manatee County on Friday.The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office warned motorists that we are in that time of year when alligators are mating and may therefore be more mobile and aggressive.They posted:Courtesy: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookA male gator measuring 9 feet, 2 inches was removed from a roadway after it was spotted “being aggressive with traffic.”Sheriff’s deputies relocated him to an alligator farm.Wildlife officials add that the Florida mating season begins in early April and could continue into June.last_img read more

‘Dad … I guess I still love you’

first_imgStern’s life-altering epiphany came on Jan. 23, 2002. He was watching a Lakers game on television when he decided to fulfill a promise to his wife, Lisa, and feed the dog. When he got to the dog bowl in the back of the house, he heard muffled screams coming from the garage. Stern opened the garage door and saw armed men punching his struggling wife. One pointed a gun at him, but he stayed calm. “What do you want?” Stern said. “The ring,” the man said. Stern told Lisa to give them her diamond engagement ring and they fled with the jewel. But the life-and-death moment was not what changed Stern. Instead, it was how his daughter, who was then 5, reacted to the crisis. Unlike Stern, who was frantically calling 911, she calmly fetched her mom a glass of water and a towel to wipe her bloody face. The little girl’s focus on her family struck Stern, who vowed to remake his life. Stern’s new book, “CEO Dad: How to Avoid Getting Fired by Your Family,” retells his epiphany with a heavy dose of fiction and funnies. It was published earlier this month by Davies-Black Publishing based in Mountain View. Laura Simonds, director of marketing and sales at Davies-Black, thinks the book will appeal to top executives, their families and the employees they terrorize. The underlying theme doesn’t worry Simonds because workaholic parents are a reality. “I think it’s something that families have had in the back of their minds for a long time,” Simonds said. “It’s one of those unspoken things that Mom or Dad just has to be that way. But in their heart of hearts they are screaming, `We want you. We want you back.”‘ Five one-minute animated shorts based on the strip are slated to air on CNBC in June. A spokesman for the network said they are “in talks” with Stern but declined to confirm details. Bob Balaban, who co-starred in “For Your Consideration” and “Best In Show,” is directing the shorts. He said he signed onto the project because it passed his three criteria: It was “innovative, funny and good.” The main character, Frank Pitt, “has no balance whatsoever” between work and life, Balaban said. “But he keeps trying. And I think that’s an inherently funny concept.” [email protected] (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stern tames his dark side by volunteering with recovering drug addicts and by following a strict regime of pushing his two daughters, ages 4 and 10, on the swing set in the backyard of his Woodland Hills home. He still works 50 to 60 hours each week, but he does it around his daughters’ schedules. Used to be that wasn’t the case, as Stern highlights in one comic in which Frank Pitt gets a Father’s Day card from his son: “Dad, you never come to my soccer games and you treat your customers better than your own family … but I guess I still love you,” the card reads. “These are your words?” Pitt asks. “Mom helped,” the son replies. WOODLAND HILLS – Tom Stern has been in recovery for five years, two months and 25 days. His addiction? CEO Dadism – when workaholic business executives treat family like employees. Stern, 51, beat his addiction by creating a comic strip poking fun at himself. In one comic the main character, Frank Pitt, considers rewarding his second child’s stellar grades by promoting her to first born. Now, with fresh successes – the strip is the basis for a new book and series of animated shorts to run on CNBC – Stern’s micromanaging tendencies are flaring up. “That’s the thing with CEO Dadism,” Stern said from behind the desk of his immaculate home office. “You never fully recover.” last_img

Fishing the North Coast: Steelhead season showing signs of life

first_imgThat little shot of rain seems to have done the trick. For the first time this season, just about all of the coastal rivers are starting to see winter steelhead show up in decent numbers. From the Chetco to the Eel, the reports have all been good. Boats drifting the Chetco are landing one to three fish a day, with some scoring two-fish limits. After a couple weeks of tough fishing, the Smith bounced back over the weekend and fished well. In Humboldt, the Mad is full of steelhead, and back …last_img read more

UK investors ‘still believe in South Africa’

first_img12 October 2012British companies based in South Africa have not been shaken by the ongoing strikes and the recent Marikana tragedy because they believe the country is a good place to invest in the long term, says UK Secretary of Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable.British companies make up over half the foreign direct investment (FDI) in South Africa.Cable was briefing the media in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday following a meeting with Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Cable said British companies based in South Africa were “not fazed” by mining sector strikes, but rather considered the long-term perspective when they considered whether or not to remain in a country.SA fundamentals ‘attractive to investors’He said South Africa had a lot of “fundamentals that are attractive to investors”.“I think the assessment of serious investors here is that South Africa is an open economy and approaches foreign investment in a positive and welcoming way,” Cable told MPs. “The regime is a good one.”Cable was accompanied by a delegation of UK small and medium-sized firms and had visited UK company Bombardier, which supplied the Gautrain, while in the country.He said he believed there might be some developments for UK investments in the area of skills and apprentice training.Although value on inward investment had slowed, the number of projects had risen, and Cable said there had been rapid growth in trade between South Africa and the UK in recent months.Although trade has been more or less balanced, South African exports to the UK have recently declined, but Cable said the aim was to achieve balanced trade between the two countries.UK firms ‘considering a number of SA projects’Minister Davies, also briefing reporters, said UK companies were considering a number of projects in South Africa, including a number in business process outsourcing (BPO), which could potentially create as many as 4 000 jobs, as well as investments in the hospitality sector and a plastics manufacturing project.He said the 2015 target of doubling trade between SA and the UK looked unlikely to be met before 2016 and 2017, adding that his department would soon promote a list of value-added products to the UK.Commenting about the bulk wine issue, Davies said there were no environmental regulations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that made it mandatory for countries to ensure that carbon emissions were kept at the lowest possible level when goods were shipped between two countries.He said flying or shipping goods from one part of the earth to another did not necessary mean that the product necessarily had a higher carbon footprint than those manufactured locally.At times more emissions were emitted in manufacturing a product locally or when consumers had to drive many long distances to buy the product from retailers, he said.The bulk wine issue has cost South Africa about a 1 000 jobs in its bottling sector, because wine destined for the UK is now placed in plastic containers rather than bottles.Source: read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

Bugs in the grocery aisle Loblaw adds cricket powder to its PC

first_imgCanada’s largest grocer believes Canadians are ready to cook with crickets and is bringing the alternative protein ingredient to grocery shelves under its President’s Choice label.A number of Canadian companies already sell various insect protein products, like mealworm bolognese sauce and honey-mustard flavoured whole crickets. But Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s announcement signifies more Canadians appear to be willing to munch on insects.Shoppers can now find bags of President’s Choice cricket powder at their local Loblaw stores, the company said Tuesday. It’s the first time Loblaw’s in-house brand is selling insect protein, though one Toronto Loblaws store sells a small selection of alternative protein products.President’s Choice is always discovering new tastes and flavours, said spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an email.“As a leader in the industry, we wanted to be among the first to bring cricket powder to Canadians in an easy and approachable manner.”Entomophagy, a name for the eating of insects, may be relatively new to Canadians. But around the world people consume more than 1,900 different species, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The most frequently consumed are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants.In Canada, insects sometimes appeared as ingredients on restaurant menu items. A Vancouver restaurant made headlines when it offered cricket pizza several years ago and the insect was centre stage at the 2017 summer Pacific National Exhibition fair where the ingredient could be found in burgers and fries.A number of entrepreneurs have attempted to capitalize on the food trend, packing insects into both protein powders and bars.Entomophagy proponents say it has environmental and health benefits. Insect farming tends to produce less greenhouse gases, and requires less feed, water and land than more traditional livestock. Companies selling insect products tout their high-protein content.The insects used for the President’s Choice cricket powder come from Norwood, Ont.-based Entomo Farms.The farm started in January 2014 and has grown from 464 square metres to 6,100, said co-founder Jarrod Goldin. There’s plans for expanding further, with another 3,700 square metres soon to be built out, he said.For reference, 2,800 square metres house about 100 million crickets, Goldin said.Entomo sells cricket and mealworm products, like protein powder and whole-roasted mealworms, under its own brand name on its website and at various grocery stores — though no national chains, he said.Cricket powder is really malleable, he said, and can be added to most anything people already eat.Goldin sprinkles some on top of plain yogurt and berries for breakfast, for example. It can be baked into pizza crusts, added to pancake mix or put into a chili recipe.The only limit is imagination, he said.The President’s Choice website features recipes for chana masala, chocolate coconut bars and strawberry-banana smoothies all featuring the new cricket powder product.The taste varies based on concentration. A small amount won’t add any flavour, Goldin said, otherwise “it has a very lovely, earthy, nutty, mushroomy kind of flavour.”The Loblaw deal has been in the works for years, Goldin said, and he’s hopeful it’s the first of many insect-protein products the national grocer will stock.“President’s Choice is actively working on additional products made with cricket powder,” Loblaw’s Thomas confirmed, adding an assortment of alternative plant-based protein products will be available in 2019.It may not be the only large grocery chain to start selling insects.Metro Inc. doesn’t currently carry any such products, said spokeswoman Sadie Weinstein in an email.“But we’re always assessing food trends and might look to carry some of these products in the future.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU)last_img read more

Company can be ordered to drill to end 14yearold oil leak

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — A federal regulatory board has ruled that a New Orleans company can be required to perform more underwater drilling and excavation work to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.The Interior Board of Land Appeals refused to excuse Taylor Energy Company from requirements to permanently plug wells that could be leaking oil and gas. The board publicly released its Oct. 30 decision on Tuesday.One week before the board ruled, the Coast Guard ordered the company to install a new containment system to capture and remove leaking oil until a permanent solution can be developed.Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) is leaking daily from the site where slicks often stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast.The Associated Presslast_img read more