Solskjaer has Molde owners’ support to land full-time Utd job

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed a successful start to this stint as interim manager © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Molde’s owners hope he does not come back to Norway, because they want him to be successful in becoming Manchester United’s permanent manager.Solskjaer is on loan to United for the remainder of the Premier League season, having been appointed caretaker on December 19, as replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho. United are going through the process of seeking a permanent replacement for Mourinho, although an announcement is not expected until after the English domestic season ends in May.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a contender, while former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane, most recently Real Madrid’s manager, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are also among those who are being considered.Solskjaer, who played for United between 1996 and 2007, has made no secret of his desire to manage the club beyond the end of this season.He says he has the full support in that ambition of Norwegian businessmen Kjell Inge Rokke and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten, Molde’s joint owners.Solskjaer said: “When I rang the owner and said that United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said ‘Go over, enjoy yourself and please don’t come back’.“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about. To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them but it depends when I go back.“It’s been fantastic so far. Hopefully I will get to see my family soon, because that has been the only downside to the job.”Solskjaer’s family have remained in Norway while he has been staying in Manchester and concentrating on reviving United’s fortunes.– Winning run –He won his first eight games in charge, something no previous United manager had achieved, before that run was ended with a 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Burnley on Tuesday.Despite his short-term appointment, Solskjaer said the club are consulting him about players they are planning to sign at the end of the season.United made no signings during the January transfer window, deciding to wait to reinforce the squad.“I have got to know the players, what potential they have, how far away they are from reaching that potential, and who we can build a team on, so of course I put my views into the club,” said the interim boss.Solskjaer said he would be happy to continue advising United on potential signings even if the club appointed another manager for next season, believing his in-depth knowledge of the club’s culture puts him in a good position to judge which players would fit in at Old Trafford.“It comes down to playing style, how we want to look in one or two years’ time, what kind of players we want and what kind of personalities we look for,” he said.“It’s about finding players with the right Manchester United identity and DNA.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea and Barcelona in the hunt for Neymar

first_img0Shares0000Neymar was a huge hit with the Catalan giants, helping them win two La Liga titles and the Champions League before he completed a world-record move to Paris.LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Chelsea are reportedly competing with Neymar’s former employers Barcelona to sign the Brazilian star from Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar was a huge hit with the Catalan giants, helping them win two La Liga titles and the Champions League before he completed a world-record move to Paris. However the move has not gone according to plan in the Brazilian’s eyes and he has been pining for a return to the Nou Camp over the last 12 months.It looked like he may get his wish in the summer but the two European powerhouses could not agree a deal and Neymar ended up staying in France, much to his annoyance.There has been talk of a deal being resurrected at some point in the future, and when quizzed about the situation, Barca sporting directot Eric Abidal refused to close the door on the move.There is a lot to sort out if the 27-year-old is to return to Barca, but as long as he is playing well and at the top of his game, Abidal says they will be interested.“A top player, who has a Barca philosophy and who is performing at a high level, will always be an option,” Abidal said. “From there, at the sports level we can make decisions, but the whole financial issue, there are things that you can reach and others that you cannot.“The future will say. If it continues at this level, because the season is very long, I will not say that it will be option number 1 but it can be a clear option.”However they will face competition with reports also claiming that Chelsea are keen to do a deal and will rival Barcelona for his signature.0Shares0000(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Homeboy offers model to fight gangs

first_imgHe sees the answer to that question every day in the lives turned around at Homeboy’s bakery, its soon-to-open cafe, its landscaping business and such services as counseling, tattoo removal and help with academic subjects. But his message is even more important than Homeboy’s jobs and services. Young people who want to escape the pull toward gangbanging need a guiding hand, a sense of hope and reassurance that there are far better opportunities than the harsh life of the streets. Father Boyle has proved the point. The rest is up to those of us who live in ZIP codes far removed from downtown L.A., in areas where it would take many times more than $12.5 million to begin to resolve the damage caused by gang violence. There will never be enough charitable grants to create a Homeboys Industries in every neighborhood, with payrolls big enough to offer jobs to the many thousands of at-risk young people in Southern California. But we can learn from the Homeboy example. What works is to create opportunities to learn meaningful skills in schools, vocational programs and afterschool programs from adults who deeply believe that at-risk young people, just like the rest of us, can have promising futures. Relatively low-tech work such as the Homeboy bakery and cafe can help transform lives. Higher-tech programs can do that and more, helping bridge the wide gap between lower-skill jobs and those that pay several times as much. But it all begins with the kind of hope inspired by the work done at Homeboy Industries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eight years after a devastating fire, Homeboy Industries, the nonprofit business grown famous for employing former gang members, began reopening last week in its $12.5 million new facilities. The location is in downtown Los Angeles, but the celebration ought to be regionwide. Father Gregory Boyle, the priest who founded Homeboy 20 years ago, told the Los Angeles Times that every ZIP code in the county has had someone who turned to Homeboy looking for help. That is true figuratively, if not literally. For all the good Homeboy does for its 250 or so employees and 1,000 or so others it serves, you might wonder how much impact it could have in a region with thousands of gang members and scores of thousands of at-risk youngsters. Quite a lot, actually. Father Boyle says it well. As he told a reporter, Homeboy is announcing a message in the middle of the city: “What if we invested in people rather than try to incarcerate our way out of the problem?” last_img read more

Door-to-door campaign pushes college diplomas

first_img“The idea is that we give these families the exposure they wouldn’t get otherwise because of a lack of resources or because of their economic conditions.” For parents like Yadira Reyes, whose son Gerardo is in third grade, the early morning knock is not a nuisance – it’s a welcome visit. “It is great to know that his school is involved in programs like these, they can help me stress to him the importance of college,” she said. Sisters Claudia and Vilma Lopez signed up with Project GRAD when they were freshmen at San Fernando High School. Now in their last year at California State University, Northridge, they said the program was instrumental to their success. “There are two of us and we are the first to go to college in our family,” Vilma Lopez said. “This gave us all the information we needed for college. Our parents don’t know these things.” Vilma, a history major, said she was so inspired by the Project GRAD program, she plans to become a teacher herself. “It comes full circle,” she said. (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ARLETA – As Laura Hurtada knocked on her last door of the morning, the energetic mother of four could not hold back her smile. Just four years earlier, Hurtada had been on the other side of the door when a volunteer from Project GRAD came to talk about her daughter’s future education. She made a commitment then to get Brenda, then just a sixth-grader, through college, and worked all day Saturday to elicit the same promise from other parents. “Most parents don’t even think about college, they think they can’t afford it, they are scared and don’t have enough information,” Hurtada said. “But with this program there are workshops, and support … it makes you feel like you are a part of the process.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now Hurtada joins in every year to volunteer her time and get other parents involved. “At first I was nervous about knocking,” Hurtada said. “I thought people would slam the door on me but it’s amazing how people receieve you once they know you are there to help their children.” The Walk for Success program is a key component organized by Project GRAD, a nine-year-old nonprofit organization now operating in 13 Los Angeles schools. It offers scholarships up to $6,000 to students who graduate from high school and go on to college. The act of going door-to-door and getting parents to sign contracts is key to the success of the program, explained Nancy Garcia, a Project GRAD representative at Beachy Avenue Elementary. last_img read more

Video: Unbelievable long-range bicycle kick in Segunda Division B

first_imgCheck out this outrageous effort by Javi Gomez to seal a vital victory for promotion hopefuls UD Socuellamos. The Spanish third division (Segunda Division B) match ended in a 1-0 victory and there is nothing much losing side Toledo could do to prevent this goal. What was Gomez thinking shooting from there?As the game entered the 70th minute, a long ball, high into the air, was controlled with Gomez’s chest. With his back to goal, the 33-year-old went for the acrobatic option, striking the ball well and it went looping over the goalkeeper. See below! 1 Javi Gomez: Unbelievable effort – see above! last_img read more


first_imgMac Cumhaills GAA NotesMAC CUMHAILLS JACKPOT HITS €10,000 There were no winners of this weeks Jackpot.Numbers drawn were 12, 18, 20 and 23.There were 3 match 3 winners.Daniel Gallen, Willie Harold and Betty Gallagher receive €50 each.Barry Dowds and Peter Moloneys team selling this week.Next weeks Jackpot is €10,000. Under 14 ALL COUNTY LEAGUE SEMI FINAL.The All County Semi Final took place in Glenties on Sunday evening. Mac Cumhaills were up against Killybegs in what turned out to be a very close and entertaining game. Killybegs started the better of the two teams and opened up a two point lead, but they squandered a lot of chances and this allowed Mac Cumhaills to get into the game. A quick counterattack saw Karl Doherty score an excellent goal and this was followed by Luke Gavigan goal, the result of a great solo run. More scores from Oisin Gallen and Alex Mc Geehan saw Mac Cumhaills increase their lead but Killybegs came back with a goal and a point to leave only four points in it at half time. Killybegs struck again after half time with a good goal and some excellent 45’s from Ryan Cunningham. mac Cumhaills never panicked and kept fighting for every ball. more points from Oisin Gallen, Anthony Gallagher and Chad Mc Sorley saw Mac Cumhaills book their Final place. Full time score Mac Cumhaills 3-11 Killybegs 1-13.County final is this Friday. Venue to be confirmed.UNDER 14 GIRLS FOOTBALLThe U14 girls won their first division one group game against Muff on Thursday by a score of 6-14 to 2.04. There were great performances all over the field and all six subs made a great contribution also. Sarah MacRoary and Katie Lafferty were on fire in the full forward line scoring 3-09 between them. Away to St Eunans on Tuesday evening. Home to Moville the following week.UNDER 8 FOOTBALLWell done to all the u-8 boys and girls that took part in Round 1 blitz in Letterkenny today.Sean Mac Cumhaills had 3 teams playing against St.Eunans,Gweedore and Convoy.They all performed very well and made the club proud.A big thank you to all the coaches for there help and the St.Eunans Club for there hospitality.RESULTSSenior Football: Killybegs 1-07 Mac Cumhaills 0-09Reserve Football: Killybegs 2-05 Mac Cumhaills 4-09BINGOThe Bingo is on in the Villa Rose hotel this week. All very welcome.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS DEFEATED BY KILLYBEGS IN ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgFrank McBrearty , Donegal Mayor and Teacher Laura McGettigan toss around a few ideas at the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition launch last year. Seated from left are Rachel Mitchelle, Kevin McColgan, Corey McGettigan and Roisin Brennan Back from left are Kevin McHugh, Chantelle Grant, Seamus Neeley, County Manager, Joey O’Leary, Finn Harps Chairman, Eamonn Browne, Donegal Road Safety Officer and John Campbell, Finn Harps. Pic: Clive WassonThe Finn Harps/Donegal County Council road safety campaign ‘Putting Road Safety in the Picture’ has been hailed as a huge success.The winning entry to be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers match in Finn Park this Friday night.The art competition was open to all Primary Schools in the county and attracted over 500 entries. The category winners are –Kayla McDermott, Scoil Íosagáin, St.Mary’s Road, BuncranaCarla McDermott, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, IllistrinShane McCaul, Clonmany N.S. Carley Sweeney, St.Bernadette’s School, LetterkennyMikaela McConnon, Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard, Donegal TownNiamh Ni Chleirigh, Scoil Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir CeanainnThe overall winner will be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers match in Finn Park on Friday 2nd May 2014.The winning piece will feature as an advertising hoarding promoting Road Safety in Finn Park for the current season. The Mayor of Donegal County Council , Councillor Ian McGarvey, praised all the schools for their participation in the competition.He said, “I wish to congratulate all the winners and I would like to thank all the schools for getting behind this initiative. We had over 500 entries and it is fantastic to see our schools involved in promoting Road Safety with our young people. Do make our roads safe by looking out for each other, drive safely and let’s make our contribution.”Finn Harps John Campbell stated “Finn Harps Football Club are delighted to be associated with the Donegal Road Safety Campaign through this unique competition. Harps are delighted to have the group winners as their guests at the Shamrock Rovers match. We also look forward to unveiling the overall winner on the night. As in other years the winning overall entry will be on display at Finn Park for the coming season as an 8 x 4 display.”HARPS AND COUNCIL HAVE ROAD SAFETY DOWN TO “A FINE ART” was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Art competitionDonegal County Councilfinn harpslast_img read more

Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity. Here’s What to Do Instead.

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#productivity China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… For years, the business world lived under the false pretense that open plan offices were a killer idea. I myself even bought into the hype. At Netconcepts, the digital agency I founded (and sold in 2010), only the executives had offices with doors that closed. Open plan offices were a win-win for anyone looking to cut costs and spark collaboration among employees, or at least that was the general consensus. After all, an open plan office is bound to boost morale and ignite free-flowing conversations, right?Not so fast. A new Harvard study revealed that open plan offices have the exact opposite effect on workplaces: they actually kill collaboration and productivity.The study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, looked into the impact of open office spaces on employees at two Fortune 500 companies. The results were staggering. The participants had 70% fewer face-to-face interactions and sent 56% more emails in open plan offices. Rather than promoting collaboration, open air spaces caused employees to withdraw into the world of electronic messaging.Even worse, the lack of face-to-face interaction had a direct impact on workplace productivity. Performance reviews showed a startling decrease in overall metrics – showing that office chit-chat might actually be a good thing for productivity.Researchers Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban summarized their findings by stating: “Consistent with the fundamental human desire for privacy and prior evidence that privacy may increase productivity, when office architecture makes everyone more observable or ‘transparent’, it can dampen [face-to-face] interaction, as employees find other strategies to preserve their privacy; Rather than have an [face-to-face] interaction in front of a large audience of peers, an employee might look around, see that a particular person is at his or her desk, and send an email.”If employees are less productive in this setting, and more likely to communicate electronically, wouldn’t it be better for them to work remotely? The numbers seem to suggest that’s the case.Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom gained some revealing insights in a two-year study of workplace productivity at Ctrip, China’s largest travel agency. At the time, Ctrip was suffering from high attrition – with employees struggling thanks to long commute times and unaffordable rent near their Shanghai headquarters.Bloom divided a group of 500 employees into two groups – a control group and remote workers. The control group continued working at Ctrip’s headquarters, while the remote team converted to working at home full-time.The results speak for themselves. Published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the study showed a number of benefits in favor of a remote setting. Home workers saw a 13% increase in performance and improved job satisfaction. Even more impressive – their attrition rate was cut in half. Bloom noted that the remote team had two things working in their favor – limited distractions and extra time. By being free of factors like office interruptions and commute times, the at-home workers were simply able to get more done.As Bloom notes during his TEDxStanford presentation, the term “virtual office” summons images of lazy workers lounging on the couch or in pajamas. In reality, working from home has enormous potential. Remote workers tend to feel happier and more valued – signs of a productive and loyal workforce. Even better, they can save money. Ctrip was able to increase profits by $2,000 per employee by saving on office expenses.Could remote teams really propel your business to be more productive and profitable? The answer is yes, according to innovative entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss and Matt Mullenweg who have leveraged remote teams to their advantage. Thankfully, you don’t have to play the guessing game when it comes to your team’s productivity. Time-tracking software like Time Doctor lets you keep a watchful eye on your employees from afar. This software monitors workplace activity by tracking time use, taking screenshots of employee computers and providing analytics on potential poor time use. Through this data, you can glean insights into your team’s productivity and even monitor your workers – without paying for an office. When I interviewed Time Doctor founder Rob Rawson for my Get Yourself Optimized podcast, he noted that one of the main benefits of a remote team is that you can hire from literally anywhere in the world, meaning you have access to a much deeper pool of talent. Managing a virtual team is easier – and more common – than ever before. Nearly 50% of millennials are already freelancing. The rest of the country will soon follow suit, as experts predict that the majority of workers will freelance in some capacity by 2027. There are already a wealth of tools and software available to help you manage a remote team like you would in an office setting.Our perceptions don’t always reflect reality. Open plan offices don’t stimulate creative collaborations or enhanced productivity – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. With their extra freedom, remote workers have better performance and morale. Businesses should welcome the idea of ditching the traditional office and embracing a virtual team. It might just help them save money, avoid attrition and boost workplace productivity. Stephan Spencer Related Posts Stephan is an internationally recognized SEO Expert, author, blogger professional speaker, consultant, and founder of Netconcepts. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

We need Mamata in fight against BJP, says CPI(M) leader

first_imgAt a time when there is a tussle between the State and Central Committees of the CPI(M) over joining forces with the Congress, Central Committee member Gautam Deb has hinted that the party may join forces with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to keep the BJP out of power in Bengal.TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, however, brushed aside Mr. Deb’s remarks.“If Mamata Banerjee is honest about fighting the BJP’s communal politics, then she can talk to us and we can discuss the issue. We want to ensure that the BJP does not get a single seat in Bengal,” Mr. Deb told The Hindu on Sunday.The CPI(M) wanted to “unify all the secular democratic forces against the BJP” and the TMC was “necessary” for the purpose. “Currently the main danger to the country and Bengal is the BJP. If such a right wing party gains influence in the State, there will be no democracy and minority rights. We need Mamata Banerjee in our fight [against the BJP],” he said.However, CPI(M) insiders told The Hindu that Mr. Deb’s remarks had not gone down well with a large number of State Committee members. “Several State Committee members have opposed the comments,” said a State Committee member.The TMC leadership, however, said it was “too early” to comment on Mr. Deb’s remarks. “We don’t see any reason to take his [Mr. Deb’s] remarks seriously. I don’t have any reaction,” party Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Burglary at The Hindu’s Pune office

first_imgBurglars broke into a number of offices including that of The Hindu newspaper in the city’s Rasta Peth area late Thursday.According to the police, the break-in occurred sometime after 10 p.m. on Thursday. Around half-a-dozen offices, including those of a couple of medical practitioners, located inside the Mittal Court building were broken into.Office sources at The Hindu said that desk drawers were damaged and a small amount of cash was stolen. However, laptops and other valuables remained untouched.“It appears that the miscreants broke in through the wash rooms of some of the offices. We are examining the CCTV footage for further clues. We are yet to ascertain the exact amount of cash stolen from other offices,” said an official attached to the Samarth Police Station. A complaint of theft has been lodged at the Samarth police station. Authorities are investigating further.last_img read more