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Ferguson ‘had to go out a winner’

By on September 21, 2020

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson admits he was desperate “to go out a winner” after being beaten to the Barclays Premier League title by rivals Manchester City last year. He added: “We had a terrific points lead. The problem is when you have a lead and you start to lose a point. When we lost to City in the Monday night game you start to think ‘Christ, you can’t throw this away’.” That need to end on a high note extends to the final game of the Ferguson era at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday too. The silverware may have been sewn up already, but Ferguson has no interest in signing off with defeat. “We need to win the game on Sunday,” he added. “We won the last home game (against Swansea) and I don’t want to lose my last game, that’s for sure.” Ferguson was instrumental in the decision to appoint Everton manager David Moyes as his successor and he explained why he felt his fellow Scot was the man for the job. United may have known plenty of success in recent seasons, but Ferguson feels the ability to deal with adversity could be crucial for Moyes. “What I know of David is he’s hard working, there’s an integrity about him, he’s got a work ethic about him and he’s a serious football man,” Ferguson said. “These are qualities he’s going to need. If you look at what he’s done at Everton for instance. “Eleven years without real financial backing, but he persevered and created some decent teams in the last few years.” The Manchester United manager, who retires after 26 years of unprecedented success at Old Trafford, explained how important it was to him to leave his post with the club back on top of the pile. Speaking on stage at the club’s end of season awards ceremony, Ferguson told MUTV: “That was an issue when (wife) Cathy and I chatted about this at Christmas. At that point we had a five-point lead and I thought we had a great chance. I said ‘I really need to go out a winner. We need to win something’. After the disappointment of last season we couldn’t take a second one. I was hopeful we’d win it and we did.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Westerhof: Nigeria can surprise the world

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgClemens Westerhof has been dreaming lately. And from far away Holland, his home, the man who turned Nigeria’s football around spoke of his dreams yesterday in a telephone chat.“I sleep and in the middle of the night I wake up. They ask me what is the matter and Isay I have just dreamt of Nigeria doing well in the World Cup in Brazil.”Clemens WesterhofStephen Keshi, the Eagles coach was captain of Nigeria when Westerhof was the manager. Nigeria placed 5th in the FIFA ranking after USA ’94 World Cup which followed the Nations Cup victory in Tunisia. A television house is doing a documentary on what transformed Nigeria’s football and has invited Westerhof to Nigeria this April to speak on how he did it. Interestingly, May 3 is Westerhof’s birthday and he will be in Nigeria to celebrate it.“Westerhof could make you play like Pele,” Keshi said of the Dutch in his media chat last week. The Dutch was known for inspiring players and high discipline. And these virtues, he said, Keshi must imbibe in the current team for them to excel in Brazil.Westerhof commended Keshi, advised on selection and said “Nigeria can be among the last four in the World Cup and the time for this is now. I dream that this is Nigeria’s time and I want Keshi to make the team a family so that they can play for each other on and off the field, make discipline high so that nobody loses his head, make good preparation and select well. If it goes like this, Nigeria will be among the last four, I tell you.”He watched Nigeria’s friendly match against Mexico in Atlanta and said this of the Eagles:“You have fantastic goalkeepers. And I tell you, Nigeria have many players in Europe. Not all of them are known to Nigerians but there are many good ones. Keshi can do better than I did. He should. And he can. Nigeria can be among the last four.You have many good players but they are silent. Ike Uche is good but he must be a team player. And the boy in Newcastle (Shola Ameobi) can be made strong and made to play behind the central attacker. Emenike is strong. You must have a strong left footer like Amunike or Friday Elaho. You can make the players very fit, very strong and Oyibo is in trouble, I tell you. Then you ensure there’s strong discipline. I dream every time about Nigeria. The time for Nigeria is now and I know that Keshi can do it. At Tunisia ’94 I told the government the cup is coming to Nigeria. And in Tunisia the foreign media came and I told them the cup is ours. I allowed the players to take a stroll and the media came to me and said what have you done to your players. They are very confident and already walking like champions.I told them I made them believe so and that the cup is ours. Keshi must do same in Brazil. When we reached the final I called Amuneke and told him, listen, you will be the joker tomorrow. Are you ready to play? He said “yes, coach, I play with my heart out.I told him you play tomorrow but don’t tell anybody yet. The final was his first match and he scored the two goals that gave us the cup. Sometimes you surprise everybody. How is the Federation President?I wish Nigeria well in Brazil.”last_img read more

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Iowa gas prices rise 28 cents a gallon in the past month

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgDES MOINES — As temperatures gradually rise in Iowa during in springtime, so do gasoline prices.Rose White, spokeswoman for AAA-Iowa, says motorists across the state are shelling out more to fill the tank than they did a month ago. “Iowa motorists are paying an average of $2.56 a gallon, which is three-cents higher compared to the state average reported a year ago,” White says. “During the past month, the average price for a gallon of unleaded fuel in Iowa has increased 28-cents a gallon.”With winter behind us, Iowans are driving more and that’s driving up demand — and prices at the pump. “We do see crude oil prices climb higher and often that is because many of the refineries are curbing production because they do have seasonal maintenance checks,” White says, “but we also see the higher demand as we start approaching the summer travel months.”Sometimes it pays to shop around for gas, as the price varies about 15-cents a gallon from one end of the state to the other. “Some of the lowest prices in the state right now can be found in Council Bluffs, where the average is currently $2.52 a gallon,” White says. “Some of the highest prices can be found in Dubuque where the average there is currently $2.67.”The statewide average of $2.56 a gallon is five cents cheaper than the national average. Triple-A says the nation’s least expensive markets are Utah and Alabama at $2.34, while the highest state average is in California where motorists are paying $3.43 a gallon.last_img read more

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FAU Donors Barry and Carole Kaye Pass Away from COVID-19

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgCarole and Barry were noted philanthropists who donated millions of dollars to various causes in the community, including City of Hope, the Whitney Museum, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Ben-Gurion University and Florida Atlantic University.At FAU, the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, the Carole and Barry Kaye Great Hall in FAU’s alumni center and the Barry Kaye Hall in the College of Business are named in their honor. Barry Kaye was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from FAU in 2005.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service for the Kayes was held Tuesday via Zoom. “We appreciate the generosity of Carole and Barry Kaye and their family to the College of Business,” said Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of FAU’s College of Business. “Prior Business Dean Dennis Coates and Barry Kaye were good friends, and I have enjoyed getting to know Howard Kaye and his family. Their support means a great deal. Many of our business faculty have their offices in Barry Kaye Hall, and our students take classes there as well. It is sad that the COVID-19 virus has taken Carole and Barry Kaye and so many others. But as I listened to the memorial ceremony, I could not help but admire their love for each other over a 58-year marriage, as well as their devotion to family and friends. They have left a great family legacy, and they certainly lived a full, adventurous and remarkable life together.”The couple is survived by their children, Howard and his wife, Andrea; Alan and his wife, Michelle; and Fern Tessler and her husband, Lenard; Barry’s son, Rory; 15 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. The Kayes were predeceased by Barry’s son, Ronald. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of a beloved Boca Raton couple known for their philanthropy. Barry Kaye, a longtime Boca Raton resident died April 21 from complications due to COVID-19. He was 91. Carole Kaye, his wife of 58 years, also succumbed to the disease and passed away five days later. She was 87.Barry and Carole Kaye, prominent Boca Raton philanthropists and benefactors, passed away from COVID-19. https://t.co/JMjAXngGH3— Boca Raton Magazine (@bocamag) May 1, 2020last_img read more

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Westport Winery Claims Chairman’s Trophy in Ultimate Wine Challenge

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned the Chairman’s Trophy and 93-points at the 2015 Ultimate Wine Challenge for their best-selling wine, Duckleberry Grunt. This is a unique blend of blueberries and Gewurztraminer that is so popular each bottle is wrapped in camouflage tissue when it leaves the winery since most people choose to hide it from their friends.A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. The sculpture commemorating this wine features five decoys carved from cork by Westport artist Vern Jones.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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