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Bryan Cranston Suits Up For MLB One-Man Show

first_imgHe’s channeled a loving dad, a meth dealer, an American President and now, a Major League baseball player. To promote MLB’s upcoming postseason, Bryan Cranston swings for the fences in his new one-man show embodying all that fall baseball can be. The Tony winner dons the uniforms of the Yankees, Tigers, A’s and more in the performance, even calling upon the help of eight-time All-Star Pedro Martinez for lessons on the best way to hoist a World Series trophy triumphantly into the air. As it all comes to a close with the final word of his haunting reading of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” the only thing we wish is that the show actually existed so that we could sit in the front row getting whacked in the face with baseballs and Cracker Jack. Cranston would be in the running for another Tony for sure, if not MVP. View Commentslast_img read more

Burtons Honored

first_imgMaxine Burton was so excited about going to 4-H camp she begged her father to let her go even though she was sick. As a child, Bob Burton attended camp too, and he made two “friends for life” on the Gwinnett County Livestock Judging Team.“Sixty years ago this summer, I attended 4-H camp at Rock Eagle. I learned there were rules and, if you didn’t follow them, there were consequences,” said Bob Burton, now a father and grandfather.During the 2019 Georgia 4-H Gala on Aug. 10, the Burtons were awarded the prestigious Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award for their ongoing, significant and heartfelt support of Georgia 4-H.“This award is not really for us. It’s for all of those leaders, all of those agents who spent nights away from their family and spent time helping 4-H’ers prepare for life,” said Bob Burton upon accepting the award with his wife. “Those projects and all of those competitions. All you are doing is just preparing for life. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.”Georgia State 4-H Leader Arch Smith thanked the Burtons for their years of support of the Georgia 4-H program and the generous gift they gave to help save the camp on Tybee Island, Georgia. The Burtons own and operate burton + BURTON, the world’s largest wholesale distributor of balloons and coordinating gift products in the world.“In the late 1990s, Georgia 4-H was faced with a decision on whether to close the Tybee Island 4-H Center,” Smith said. “The Burtons made a gift that allowed the camp, now the Burton 4-H Center, to continue to prosper. We are grateful to the Burtons for what they did to allow us to still be on Tybee Island.”Georgia 4-H opened the center on Tybee Island in 1947. By the early 2000s, the camp, located on a tidal creek surrounded by marsh, needed extensive renovations.The Burtons’ donation to the Georgia 4-H Foundation helped pay for updates including electrical upgrades, new floors and wall coverings for cabins, renovation and expansion of the dining hall, construction of a new staff house, improved teaching facilities, and equipment for the environmental education program.In 2004, the Georgia 4-H Foundation named the Tybee Island center the Burton 4-H Center in honor of the couple. The Burtons continue to support Georgia 4-H through Project Achievement, special events, 4-H centers and scholarships. Bob Burton is an active member of the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and the Burtons were named Friends of Extension by Epsilon Sigma Pi in 2009.The Burtons’ connection to 4-H began when they were both Georgia 4-H members. Maxine Burton was involved in 4-H in Forsyth County and she remembers looking forward to 4-H meetings and attending 4-H camps across the state.“My fondest memories as a child were going to a Georgia 4-H camp each summer. In 8th and 9th grade, I attended Camp Chatham/Tybee Island, and little did I know I would meet a lifelong friend of 54 years. I am so fortunate to have married a 4-H’er and to have attended Camp Chatham/Tybee Island, which ultimately became the Burton 4-H Center,” Maxine Burton said.Bob Burton, a Gwinnett County 4-H’er, was active in judging events and competitions as well as attending summer camps at all of the Georgia camps. While earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia, he was a summer camp counselor at Camp Chatham on Tybee Island, the camp that is now named in his honor.Upon accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, Bob Burton said he is thankful for all of the Extension agents and adult 4-H volunteers who supported him when he was a 4-H’er and those who support today’s 4-H members.Burton is grateful to Wayne Shackleford, who was his 4-H agent before becoming the associate 4-H leader.“Wayne Shackleford made a huge impact on me. He told me that I had leadership abilities.And if he thought it, I thought it,” Burton said. Another legendary 4-H leader, Cecil Johnson, also heavily influenced Burton.“On a quiet night in front of the (Rock Eagle) chapel, he told a group of us that we are living in a fishbowl and that people see how you act and judge you by how you act,” he said.He recalled one volunteer, Hugh Snell from Snellville, Georgia, buying him a $5 chicken dinner when he only had enough money for a hot dog. “What stuck with me was all the small kindnesses like that. Those small things are what people remember,” Burton said.For more information about the Georgia 4-H program, go to Georgia4H.org.last_img read more

Panamanian, U.S. authorities seize cocaine worth US$362 million

first_img [AFP, 25/04/2012; Cbp.gov, 24/04/2012] MIAMI — United States Customs and Border Protection announced on April 24 the capture of two high-speed boats in the Caribbean loaded with more than 4,840 pounds (2,200) kilograms) of cocaine worth more than US$362 million. A Florida-based P-3 reconnaissance plane detected the two vessels on April 20 some 120 miles (193 kilometers) off the east coast of Panama and notified local authorities, who chased the two boats. “One vessel abandoned the contraband before arriving on shore, while the second go-fast [vessel] was seized nearby,” the border patrol said. “A U.S. Navy vessel operating in the area retrieved 89 bales of cocaine from the scene.” The border patrol said the Florida-based reconnaissance planes — originally designed to hunt submarines — had helped authorities seize some $2.8 billion worth of cocaine since October 2011. The long-range aircraft monitor a 42-million-square-mile (109-million-square-kilometer) area in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific in search of drug smugglers. “By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S., the P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore,” the customs service said. By Dialogo April 26, 2012last_img read more

New Year’s resolution: member culture

first_imgHappy belated New Year! A new year grants businesses (and marketers) a fresh start to serve members online and in-person. If you’ve been following the blog, you know that I continually preach the importance of the right online presence. It’s 2016, all the cool kids are online! The need for a strong digital presence, however, doesn’t negate the need for great customer service and face to face interaction. It increases it.It’s no secret that if you make a mistake or your business falters in the customer service department, people online will SLAY you. It’s not that they hate you, per se (although they might, idk), it’s that transparency and top notch service is at the top of peoples’ lists when it comes to what they look for in a business. With sites like Yelp and Angie’s List, it’s so easy to vent your consumer woes, often getting a response. These reviews aren’t just ol’ grumpy gills projecting fury onto the keyboard, they tend to be the go-to resource when people are making a decision about your business. Sure, I may look at your website in the beginning of the purchasing process, but my ultimate decision comes down to what my peers say. Chances are, if you have a review average lower than 3 or 4, I’m going to take my business elsewhere. I’m not unique in holding this value. It’s well known that millinnials value the opinion of their peers when researching a product and that’s why social sites are oftentimes a nightmare dressed like a day dream. The answer to this isn’t to fear bad reviews, causing you to avoid digital, or shut people down online – both of which raise huge neon red flags – but to up your game as a business. Social is breaking down the 4th wall and there’s nowhere to hide if you aren’t top notch. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Three millionth passenger at Split Airport

first_imgSplit Airport is connected with more than a hundred flights a day during the summer months by direct flights of about 60 European airlines, which connect Split as the main center of Dalmatia with 108 destinations in Europe. For the past eight years, Split Airport has seen an increase in the number of passengers every year. Their number rose from 1,2 million in 2010. to last year’s record of 2,8 million, and this year the three millionth passenger and a new record were recorded.Thus, last week, on October 25, the three millionth passenger was welcomed at Split Airport for the first time in history, and he arrived on flight OU 413 of Croatia Airlines from Frankfurt.This is the result of a positive growth trend in the number of passengers and air traffic, especially in the summer. Namely, Split Airport in the first nine months recorded an increase in passenger traffic of 10% compared to the same period last year. In July alone, almost 700.000 passengers passed through Split Airport, which is also a record number of passengers in one month in the history of not only Split Airport but also other airports in Croatia.Low cost carriers are the most important group in Split, bringing as many as half of passengers to Resnik. Works on the reconstruction and upgrade of the passenger terminal, which is being expanded by an additional 35 square meters, for which the Airport has partially provided its own funds, should be completed by the 2019 season.According to previous announcements by airlines, the growth trend in passenger and aircraft traffic will continue in the off-season.Tourist records of Split-Dalmatia CountyAccording to the eVisitor system and the SDŽ Tourist Board, 431.504 arrivals and 2,117.324 overnight stays were realized in commercial accommodation in Central Dalmatia in September, which is an increase of 9 percent in arrivals and 1 percent in overnight stays.In the first nine months, 3.231.624 arrivals (an increase of 8 percent) and 16.928.079 overnight stays (an increase of 5 percent) were realized in commercial accommodation. The most numerous guests in the first nine months are Poles with 308 thousand arrivals and 2,3 million overnight stays and Germans with 2 million arrivals, which grew by 6 percent in arrivals and 2 percent in overnight stays. Significant growth in arrivals and overnight stays in the first nine months compared to last year was recorded from the US market, with 25 percent in arrivals and 23 percent in overnight stays, as well as Scandinavian, British and French guests.Split-Dalmatia County is a record holder in Croatian nautical tourism with 1,34 million overnight stays by boaters in the first nine months, or almost half of all nautical overnight stays made in Croatia.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta’s stance on David Luiz amid Arsenal exit speculation

first_imgAdvertisement David Luiz could leave Arsenal at the end of the season after less than a year at the club (Picture: Getty)David Luiz could be on his way out of Arsenal less than a year on from his acrimonious move from Chelsea. The experienced centre-half was deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard following a falling out during pre-season and was promptly sold to Arsenal on the final day of the summer transfer window. Luiz signed a one-year deal which included an option for a second season but Arsenal are yet to trigger an extension, which means the 33-year-old could walk away for nothing at the end of the season. The Brazil international performed erratically during the first half of the campaign under Unai Emery, but he has been one of Arsenal’s outstanding performers since the appointment of Mikel Arteta in December. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to ESPN, Arteta is keen to retain the services of his most senior outfield player who has featured on 10 occasions in the Premier League since he took over from Emery. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 May 2020 8:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares William Saliba is set to return to Arsenal from Saint Etienne imminently (Picture: Getty)Reports earlier this week claimed the former Arsenal captain was willing to entertain offers for three other central defenders, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi, with William Saliba due to join from Saint Etienne and Pablo Mari’s loan deal likely to be made permanent. Luiz recently spoke of his desire, meanwhile, to end his career back at Benfica, the club which launched his European career, but has been fulsome in his praise of Arteta recently.‘Mikel is doing amazing, I am enjoying being almost 33 years old and still learning and improving and to see how beautiful football is,’ Luiz told Adidas. ‘Every day he changes something more and how a new idea and philosophy can still improve me as a person, as a player and as a leader.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Mikel has tried to make us understand where to play and how to play. He gives us a plan: ‘If the team is like that, if there is a low block parking the bus how you can create, take the responsibility to make a risky pass’.‘If the pass arrives there then we create an opportunity and score the goal, if the pass doesn’t arrive there we can win the ball back quickly.‘Mikel, he brings a philosophy where everybody has to think for the best of the club, and make the club shine again. Everybody, not just players, everyone has to breathe this oxygen. It doesn’t matter where or when we lost it, we bring it back.’MORE: Barcelona want just £45m for Arsenal and Juventus target Ousmane DembeleMORE: Lauren reveals how Arsene Wenger started to hide in training after repeated bust-ups between Arsenal starsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Mikel Arteta’s stance on David Luiz amid Arsenal exit speculationlast_img read more

Repost: Secretary Leslie Richards’ Latke Recipe for Hanukkah

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Repost: Secretary Leslie Richards’ Latke Recipe for Hanukkah December 17, 2016 Holidays,  The Blog With Hanukkah starting on December 24, we’re reposting Secretary Richards’ blog about her family latke recipe. Chag Sameach!On Hanukkah, those of the Jewish faith celebrate by lighting the menorah and eating traditional fried foods like latkes, which alludes to the significance of oil to the eight-day celebration. My family is big latke fans — our dog’s name is even latke! Every Hanukkah, I make this recipe for my family and friends, and am sharing it with my fellow Pennsylvanians this year so they can enjoy them as much as us. Chag Sameach!Leslie’s Latke RecipeServings: Makes about 20 3-inch latkesIngredients2 extra large eggs1/3 cup of beer½ cup of all-purpose flour1 tsp kosher saltpinch of fine ground black pepper¼ of a Spanish onion, grated1 ½ pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and grated1 ¼ cup of light vegetable oil for fryingapplesauce and sour cream for toppingsInstructions1. Whisk together eggs, beer, flour, salt and pepper2. Add the onion and the potatoes to the batter3. In a large skillet, heat ½ inch oil over moderately high heat4. Drop 2 tablespoons of batter (approximately 3 inches in diameter) in oil, turning them once, for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown5. Drain on paper towelsServe with applesauce and sour cream.Best if prepared right before eating. If you need to prepare them ahead of time, they can be frozen. To reheat, lay out on parchment in a pan and freeze (single layer). Warm in 300 degree oven directly from freezer to oven. HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Real estate experts vote on Brisbane’s best streets

first_imgLizzie Thompson loves walking her dog, Doug, down Brisbane’s best street, Sutherland Ave, at Ascot. Picture: Peter WallisIT’S home to a world famous fashion designer, the head of a giant Queensland company and one of the real estate industry’s stalwarts, and now it has been voted Brisbane’s best street.Sutherland Ave, Ascot, has taken out top honours in the vote by 20 of Brisbane’s leading real estate industry identities as the best street in Brisbane.We asked 20 prominent agents to nominate the best five streets in Brisbane. Their picks were then rated from 1-5 with the top pick achieving five points, then down to the fifth pick achieving one point.4 Sutherland Ave, Ascot is listed for sale through Ray White Ascot. Picture: realestate.com.auUsing this method the very small, exclusive street in Ascot, with only 16 homes, came out tops. But it wasn’t the only one to shine. Beautiful Laurel Ave in Chelmer, which came in second spot, actually achieved more votes in the number one spot than Sutherland Ave.These two were closely followed by Virginia Ave in Hawthorne.Top street picks ranged from inner city Teneriffe to acreage enclaves in Bridgeman Downs.Ray White Ascot, principal Dwight Ferguson rated Sutherland Ave the best for a number of reasons.‘This street is simply stunning in all seasons but particularly spring through to autumn,’’ he said.“It is more a tree-lined promenade boasting classic heritage homes all positioned on very large parcels of land. The owners of these houses are all very house proud and present their properties accordingly.“Very rarely do homes come on the market in this street but when they do they are very sought after. This by far is my favourite street.’’127 Laurel Ave, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auRenowned fashion designer Keri Craig-Lee and her husband Trevor, a leading Queensland business man, have lived there for many years.Ms Craig-Lee loves the street so much she dedicated a number of pages to her home in her newly released book, The Label, The Lady, The Lifestyle.Homes were not often offered for sale in Sutherland Ave, with CoreLogic data revealing some of the properties had been held by the same owners for more than 40 years.The top sale in the suburb was in 2014, when a house changed hands for $10.2 million.Principal of Adcock Prestige, Jason Adcock, put Laurel Ave as his number one pick because it was a beautiful tree-lined street with century old camphor laurel trees on both sides.“It has lovely restored turn-of-the-century grand Queenslanders on large manicured blocks and some homes have absolute riverfront frontage with tennis courts and pontoons.’’Mr Adcock said the demographic of the street was a mix of younger professionals and CEOs with some of the leading lights in the Queensland business world living there.The highest sale price achieved in Laurel Ave was $6 million in 2010.Victoria and Paul O’Neill have lived in Laurel Ave, for 22 years and have listed theirriverfront home for sale.Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson.Paul and Victoria O’Neill have lived at 127 Laurel Ave for 22 years. They have now listed their home for sale through Jason Adcock.Mr O’Neill said they were initially attracted to the street because it backed onto the river. The long straight road with camphor laurels, which they could walk along also appealed.And he said the street had a “good sense of community’’ with people looking after their homes.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: Location, location, location01:29Tyson Clark of Sothebys, picked Virginia Ave, Hawthorne. “This street has it all and is home to some of the most spectacular homes in Brisbane,’’ he said.Deborah Evans of Deborah Evans Property also rated Abbeyfeale St, Tingalpa.“It’s not a high end street, just a simple everyday Australian street with a fabulous sense of community,’’ she said.“They all get together at Christmas and regularly win the Christmas lights competition.’’DID YOUR STREET GET A VOTE?Sutherland Ave, Ascot 38 Laurel Ave, Chelmer 28Virginia Ave, Hawthorne 25Oxlade Dr, New Farm 20Dickson Tce, Hamilton 16Virginia Ave, HawthorneWhere this home is listed for sale was voted the third most popular street. Picture: realestate.com.auTeneriffe Drive, Teneriffe 13Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill 9Wendell St, Norman Park 9Adelaide St East, Clayfield 8Garfield Dr, Paddington 7Aaron Ave, Hawthorne 6Moray St, New Farm 6Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs 5Eldernell Tce, Hamilton 5Enoggera Tce, Paddington 5Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket 5Macquarie St, Teneriffe 5More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoRosebery Tce, Chelmer 5London Rd, Chandler 5Howard St, Paddington 4James Street, New Farm 4R efinery Pde, New Farm 4Rosary Cres, Highgate Hill 4Triverton Place, Bridgeman Downs 4Victoria Ave, Chelmer 4Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo 4Cochrane St, Paddington 3Flametree St, Bridgeman Downs 3Palm Ave, Ascot 3Richmond St, Chelmer 3View St, Paddington 3Waterline Cres, Bulimba 3Whynot St, West End 3Griffith St, New Farm 2Hill End Tce, West End 2Hillside Cres, Hamilton 2Ironbark Place, Bridgeman Downs 2McNab St, Paddington 2Mortlake Rd, Graceville 2Newstead Tce, Newstead 2Windermere St, Ascot 2Oakridge St, Burbank 2Brisbane Corso, Yeronga 1Hiron St, St Lucia 1Kennedy Tce, Paddington 1Kneale St, Holland Park West 1Laidlaw Pde, East Brisbane 1Retreat St, Bridgeman Downs 1Rosecliffe St, Highgate Hill 1Scott St, Kangaroo Point 1Tristania Rd, Chapel Hill 1Walker Ave, Teneriffe 1Yabba St, Ascot 1Latrobe Tce, Paddington 1Abbeyfeale St, Tingalpa 1last_img read more

Snacking clue to obesity epidemic

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharecenter_img By Helen BriggsHealth editor, BBC News websiteFoods like pizza are energy denseSnacking and super sizing are two of the dieter’s worst enemies, research suggests.The average daily calorie intake in the US has increased by almost a third in 30 years, reaching 2,374 kilocalories.The influence of bigger portion sizes and excessive snacking outweighs the shift towards high-calorie foods, say experts.Focussing on reducing how much and how often people eat could help tackle obesity, they report in PLoS Medicine.Obesity levels have risen sharply in many western countries since the 1970s. In the US, where the study was carried out, a third of all adults – more than 72 million people – are now categorised as obese.A team from the University of North Carolina analysed data from food surveys carried out in the seventies, eighties, nineties and the last decade.The surveys record all food and drink a person consumes over a 24-hour period.The average daily energy intake of a US citizen increased from 1,803 kcal in 1977-78 to 2,374 kcal in 2003-06.In the last decade of the study alone, the average daily calorie intake went up by 229 kcal.Several factors are involved in energy intake – the number of calories (energy) in a specific amount of food (energy density), portion size and how many meals and snacks a day eaten.The researchers say that while all of these have gone up, increases in the number of eating occasions and portion size seem to account for most of the change.They suggest efforts to prevent obesity should focus on reducing the number of snacks and meals a day as well as portion size.“These findings suggest a new focus for efforts to reduce energy imbalances in US adults,” write Kiyah Duffey and Barry Popkin of the University of North Carolina in the journal PloS Medicine.Commenting on the paper, Dr Áine O’Connor, a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation said: “Many factors influence total energy intake that can lead to [being] overweight and obesity but it is possible that having more eating occasions through the day, for example by frequent snacking, would increase calorie consumption and so lead to weight gain.“This study also looked at portion size and studies have shown that having larger portions of food leads to an increased intake.“The researchers were based in the US, but many of the factors causing the obesity epidemic there are mirrored in the UK and, for those trying to control their weight, it is important to manage both how much and how often they eat.” HealthLifestyle Snacking clue to obesity epidemic by: – June 29, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Ferguson: United needed new faces

first_img Referring to the £59million capture of Di Maria from Real Madrid, he told MUTV: “When you can identify ability like that for Manchester United, they have the resources to do that – fees I never quite equalled but they needed a big injection this year.” On the other signings, he added: “Herrera played against us three years ago for Bilbao, he’s a talented young player and we scouted him quite a lot. He’s quite aggressive for a lad who’s not got a great frame. “I watched Rojo at the World Cup and thought he did well. He’s capable of playing left side or centre back. “Luke Shaw we tried to get when he was 16. They (Southampton) wouldn’t sell him but they always said we’d be the first to know if he did. He’s a talented boy, good footballer and likes to get forward. “Daley Blind is a common-sense footballer, a version of Darren Fletcher a few years ago. And Falcao is the one we’re all waiting to see, he’s got fantastic goalscoring ability.” Despite the big-money arrivals, Ferguson is pleased that Van Gaal has decided to use the club’s academy as well. He added: “The rebuilding of the team, they’ve brought in some good quality which is really important because you need quality at Manchester United, you need the best players. “What’s pleased me about Louis is he’s given about seven of the young kids their debuts, which falls into line with the history of the club. I think the supporters will respond well when a young player gets his opportunity.” Ferguson was often pictured in the stands last season as the man he initially chose to replace him, David Moyes, struggled to get the team performing. There was never anything to suggest Ferguson was influencing Moyes, but he is adamant he has nothing to do with Van Gaal when it comes to first-team affairs. “There’s no ongoing dialogue. He comes into my office sometimes after a game, we have a chat, it’s not a matter of picking up the phone to him as he’s a very capable person, a strong leader. He knows what I’m about but there’s no need for him to phone me,” he said. Ferguson remains a United ambassador and director, as well as filling a number of other roles. He continues to work with UEFA and the League Managers’ Association, but says fewer managers are now calling him for advice, as was often the way in the past. “One or two do, not many. I think they probably think I’m dead!” he said. Press Association Sir Alex Ferguson felt Manchester United needed the injection of talent provided by manager Louis van Gaal and chief executive Ed Woodward. United responded to a poor first season after Ferguson’s retirement by bringing in Van Gaal and underneath him the likes of Daley Blind, Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo and Luke Shaw. The new signings have helped United into the top four already despite some indifferent performances, and Ferguson believes fresh faces were needed. last_img read more