Man Utd legend explains why he has ‘no doubt’ Odion Ighalo will be a success

first_img Ighalo scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for Watford during a three-year spell in the Championship and Premier League, and Cole believes that this experience will prove vital. “He’s got Premier League experience from his time at Watford, he did well there,” Cole said. “He made the move to China but he’s coming back to England and will give everything he’s got. “Being a Manchester United fan, he will want to prove that he’s good enough for the club.” Ighalo spearheading the attack in the number nine role could also help in the development of Martial, 24, and Rashford, 22, as he can offer advice to his younger team-mates. “I think more in Martial’s case, as he’s been more of a centre-forward,” Cole added. Read Also:How ex- Eagles coach, Fatai Amoo discovered Odion Ighalo “Marcus isn’t a natural centre-forward. You can learn off experienced players but not being that kind of natural centre-forward yourself, I think Marcus’ case is a little bit different.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The former Nigeria striker moved to Old Trafford on a six-month loan deal from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua to bolster the United forward line. Marcus Rashford – the Red Devils’ top-scorer this season with 19 goals – suffered a back injury in January that is expected to keep him out for two months, leaving Anthony Martial and youngster Mason Greenwood as United’s only fit strikers. As such, 30-year-old Ighalo was recruited on the January transfer window deadline day, having last played in the Premier League for Watford in 2017. And Cole, who scored 121 goals for United, believes that Ighalo will bring a new dimension to his former side’s attack. “That’s what we are hoping for”, Cole told Goal, “There are no doubts that he will do just that.” “He is a big supporter of the football club, he’s a fan. He wants to come here and do what he can for Manchester United, play to the best of his ability.” Former Manchester United forward Andy Cole believes January loan signing Odion Ighalo will be out to show that he is good enough to play for the club he grew up supporting. Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History10 Most Praised Historical MoviesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Largest Cities In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer drawn together in same group at ATP Finals in London

first_imgATP Finals Groups Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic Stefanos TsitsipasDominic Thiem Alexander ZverevMatteo Berrettini Andre Agassi GroupBjorn Borg Groupcenter_img Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been drawn in the same group at the ATP Finals tournament, which starts on Sunday at London’s O2 Arena.Five-time winner Djokovic and six-time winner Federer are drawn alongside Dominic Thiem and Matteo Berrettini.World number one Rafael Nadal is in a group with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.Earlier on Tuesday Nadal said he plans to compete in London, despite pulling out of last week’s Paris Masters.The Spaniard said an MRI scan had confirmed a “small” abdominal injury, which forced him to withdraw from the semi-finals in Paris.Despite pulling out, Nadal overtook Djokovic at the top of the rankings this week but could lose the position as year-end number one in London.If the Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match at the ATP Finals, Djokovic will take top spot if he wins two group-stage matches and reaches the final.Djokovic will also finish the year as number one if he wins the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semi-finals.The ATP Finals are the season-ending championships featuring the year’s eight best players and has been held at London’s O2 Arena since 2009.The players play three round-robin matches with the top two in each group progressing to the semi-finals.Britain’s Joe Salisbury and partner Rajeev Ram are in the doubles competition and play Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the opening match at 12:00 GMT on Sunday. Daniil MedvedevRoger Federer Source: BBClast_img read more

Emirates the first to operate all B777 and A380 fleet.

first_imgDubai-based Emirates has reduced its passenger  fleet to two aircraft types after the retirement of its last Airbus A340 and A330 planes from active service.The move makes the Gulf juggernaut the  world’s only airline to fly just Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.Airlines try to minimise the number of aircraft types they operate to reduce costs in areas such as maintenance and spare parts as well as to try and standardise the passenger experience.Having a big fleet of any aircraft also gives a carrier additional clout with the manufacturer in terms of pricing negotiations and determining aircraft features.With 85 A380s and 160 B777s, Emirates is the biggest operator of both aircraft types.The just retired A330, A6-EAK, was the last of a fleet of 29 and had travelled almost 45 million kilometres — the equivalent of 60 return journeys to the moon — since it joined the fleet in 2002.The last serving four-engine A340, A6-ERN, had joined the fleet in 2004 and was one a fleet of five.“The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years —- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years,’’ the airline said in a statement. “In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.’’Emirates says the retirement of the older aircraft will be balanced by younger, more modern aircraft entering the fleet and its average aircraft age will remain one of the industry’s youngest at 5.2 years.The 85th A380, the first of a new generation of a the superjumbos, and the airline’s 125th Boeing 777-300ER were delivered in the past two weeks and are among 36 new aircraft — 20 380sw and 16 777s — to be delivered to Emirates this calendar year.The order includes Boeing 777-300ER aircraft  with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio to come to be delivered from November.The airline has 234 aircraft worth over $US 112 billion on its order book, including 150 new Boeing 777X aircraft to be delivered from 2020. The new fuel -efficient 777s  will sport composite wings and feature larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin.last_img read more

Dream Riders cycle for kids

first_imgNedbank Dream Catchers – riders who raised more than R15 000 in 2012 – from left to right: Bastiaan Smit, finance executive at Nedbank Retail; Veronique Breugelmans, a Reach For A Dream volunteer; Bronwyn du Preez, Business IT Strategist at Nedbank Retail; and, Louise Davies, from Nedbank Wealth.(Image: Nedbank Dream Riders)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+27 11 295 3560Ray MaotaOver 200 youngsters will benefit after a team of passionate and dedicated cyclists raised over R1-million for the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which helps youngsters with life-threatening ailments fulfil their life dreams. A growing teamA team of 488 cyclists took part in the 2012 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg and collectively raised R1 050-million (US$118 801) for various projects. Dream Riders began in 2007 when eight employees at Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, collected sponsorships from friends and family for every kilometre of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge they completed.By joining the team, each cyclist commits to raising at least R1 200 ($135) in sponsorships and donations, while riders can ride either the 40km, mountain bike or road race as a Dream Rider. The annual 94.7 Cycle Challenge is the world’s second-largest timed cycle race, after the Cape Argus Cycle Race, which takes place each year in Cape Town.Between 20 000 and 30 000 riders complete the challenging 94.7km course every year. The event’s main sponsors are radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum, the life insurance company. Volunteering to helpKone Gugushe, the divisional executive of corporate social responsibility at Nedbank, explains: “We encourage our employees and clients to volunteer in support of our corporate service initiatives objectives to develop and grow volunteerism in the workplace as a logical extension of our vision-led, values-driven ethos, as well as our deep green aspiration of being highly involved in the community and environment.”Nedbank’s staff members are encouraged to play their part in uplifting and empowering communities through volunteering for such initiatives. Some of those for which they volunteer are: the Local Hero Programme, which encourages and honours individuals who participate in volunteer work by supporting their projects financially; and the Team Challenge Programme, a 10-month staff volunteerism programme in which staff form teams that support various non-profit organisations. Reaching for the dreamGugushe said: “Reach for a Dream gives hope and fulfils dreams of over 200 children with life-threatening ailments in our society and we believe that this contribution will enable them to help more children … Additionally, through such initiatives, we are able to extend our reach and make a meaningful difference where we might not have been able to reach ourselves.”Bronwyn Feldwick-Davis, Reach for a Dream’s projects and marketing manager, said it was a landmark year for the foundation as the number of riders doubled, and together they raised R1-million ($113 147).“This makes the Dream Riders one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and enables us to distribute the funds to all of our seven branches. Nedbank once again sponsored all the costs for the team, for which we are so grateful,” she said. “This allows all the money raised by the cyclists to go directly to dreams and projects and not expenses.” How the money helpsReach for a Dream helps youngsters aged from three to 18. According to Dream Riders, to fulfil a dream for a child who has a life-threatening illness, on average costs R3 500. The diseases that the youngsters who benefit from this project have include cystic fibrosis, HIV/Aids, renal failure, type 1 diabetes, and leukaemia.They have varying wishes, among them going scuba diving, going shopping, going to the airport, going on a steam train ride, meeting the president, and going on a submarine ride.Reach for a Dream says that for children with life-threatening illnesses, the magic of childhood may be lost in the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their disease. The foundation tries to alleviate some of this strain, which often affects the whole family, by creating a different environment for the child – one that is not focused on her or his illness.last_img read more

U.S. Supreme Court decides not to look into EPA efforts in the Chesapeake Bay

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many in agriculture were disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a lower court ruling allowing the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.While this action relates to the EPA’s “blueprint” for restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it has national implications related to the power and reach of the federal government under the Clean Water Act.“The EPA has consistently pushed the legal limits of the Clean Water Act, with the Chesapeake Bay blueprint and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule being two of the most recent examples,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president , who farms on the Chesapeake Bay watershed in southern Maryland. “When Congress passed the Clean Water Act, their intention was to create balanced, practical policies to protect America’s water resources with a clear division of power between states and the federal government. In both of these cases, the EPA’s actions represent an unlawful expansion of their authority. That’s why we joined this petition on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, and we are party to a lawsuit challenging the WOTUS rule.“We support the goals of the Clean Water Act, and we remain committed to working with the EPA and other stakeholders to protect our water resources.”last_img read more