Habitat preferences of Adélie Pygoscelis adeliae and Chinstrap Penguins Pygoscelis antarctica during pre-moult in the Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean)

first_imgIn order to understand and mitigate for the potential impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on marine predators, it is fundamental to gain insight into the drivers behind the temporal variation in their current distribution. With this in mind, we used platform terminal transmitter devices to track Adélie Pygoscelis adeliae and Chinstrap Penguins Pygoscelis antarctica breeding on the South Orkney Islands during the pre-moult phase of their annual cycles. We show that Adélie Penguins have an affinity to forage near and moult on sea-ice, and that Chinstraps remain over the shallower shelf waters during pre-moult, and return to the colony to moult. However, habitat models developed to predict the preferred foraging habitats of penguins during pre-moult had low predictive power. This indicates that predictive models may be insufficient to understand the distribution and foraging behaviour of penguins during certain stages of the life-cycle, and that collecting empirical data from individual colonies or archipelagos is vital if we are to understand the potential implications of future climate warming, or indeed the overlap with potentially competing fisheries.last_img read more

Jason Isbell Delivers Acoustic Performance On ‘Live From Here’ [Watch]

first_imgJason Isbell recently made an appearance on Live From Here With Chris Thile, formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor, at Chicago, IL’s  Symphony Hall.For Isbell’s guest segment, the southern rocker was joined by host Thile and house band member Chris Eldridge, as the trio delivered stripped-down acoustic renditions of “Last of my Kind”, “If We Were Vampires”, and “White Man’s World”, off of Isbell’s 2017 The Nashville Sound studio release. Isbell then worked through “Live Oak” off of his 2013 Southeastern album, before joining a collective of musicians on stage for “Voodoo Woman”, honoring late Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor.Watch portions of Isbell’s Live From Here performance below:Jason Isbell – “If We Were Vampires”[Video: Live from Here]Jason Isbell – “White Man’s World”[Video: Live from Here]For more information on tickets and Live From Here’s upcoming guests, head to Live From Here with Chris Thile’s website.For a full list of Jason Isbell’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to his website.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

HBS’s Thomas K. McCraw Sr., 72

first_imgThomas K. McCraw Sr., a renowned and much-honored Harvard Business School (HBS) historian, teacher, and author, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for his book “Prophets of Regulation,” died Nov. 3 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., after a long illness. He was 72.McCraw, who played an important role in making business history more influential and accessible in the broader fields of history and management, retired from the active HBS faculty in 2006. At the time of his death, he was the School’s Isidor Straus Professor of Business History Emeritus. He was also the former editor of the Business History Review, a quarterly journal of research published by Harvard Business School.“Tom McCraw was an extraordinarily insightful and influential historian who won acclaim both on this campus and around the globe,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “His work will influence students and scholars for generations to come. Tom was the personification of the phrase ‘a scholar and a gentleman,’ and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him at Harvard Business School as a friend, colleague, or teacher.”McCraw joined the HBS faculty as a visiting associate professor in 1976, when he became a colleague and protégé of the late Professor Alfred D. Chandler Jr., the great historian of American and global big businesses and organizations. Chandler was recruiting a group of young historians, including Richard S. Tedlow, now the School’s Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, and Richard H.K. Vietor, the Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration, to make HBS the center of research in business history.The group also became known for its excellence and innovations in the classroom, including the creation of a required first-year M.B.A. course “Creating Modern Capitalism,” an effort McCraw led and for which he edited an accompanying case book (published in 1997) titled “Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions.”According to Geoffrey G. Jones, the current incumbent of the Straus professorship and faculty chair of the School’s Business History Initiative, “Tom was a true leader and institution builder, who strove courageously and selflessly to create and sustain the big picture. A prolific and lucid author, he repeatedly made the case that history matters to the concerns of today. He was a master of using biography to deepen understanding of highly complex issues, but he was also a remarkable synthesizer, a skill he employed to pioneer the teaching of global business history in the 1990s. Charismatic, brilliant, and generous, Tom inspired generations of colleagues and students. In that regard, I speak from personal experience as well. He recruited me to join the HBS faculty from my university position in England. He was my mentor and my role model, and I will miss him terribly.”In his early work, McCraw combined his knowledge of history and public policy to provide a long-term perspective on issues raised by business and government relations. In an influential series of books and articles, he analyzed the rise of economic regulation in the United States in the past two centuries and explored how government policies affected competitiveness.As McCraw saw it, “Too much government regulation can kill a company, an industry, and even a national economy — but so can too little. Successful capitalism requires the persistent encouragement of private entrepreneurship, but also constant public monitoring to ensure that the system does not spin out of control.”He believed that a “foundational truth about capitalism is that no industry can regulate itself. The pressures for innovation and profit are simply too great — and never more so than in the present era of global capitalism.”McCraw’s most recent book, “The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy,” was published just a few weeks ago by Harvard University Press. This volume is the first to tell the story of how several foreign-born financial specialists, including Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, solved the fiscal crisis facing the newly created United States of America after the Revolution, when the new country was bankrupt and without the power to tax.At the time of his death, McCraw was preparing to write another book that he planned to publish in 2015, covering 10 industries and important entrepreneurs who had come to the United States from other lands.McCraw was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Corinth, Miss. The son of an engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), he grew up near several dam and power plant construction sites in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Witnessing firsthand the people, events, and places that shaped the history of the TVA — one of the broadest reform programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal — influenced McCraw’s decision to study business history.After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of Mississippi, which he attended on a Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship, and serving four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, McCraw earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin.McCraw began his academic career as a professor in the history department at the University of Texas, Austin, but came to Harvard Business School in 1973-74 on a Harvard-Newcomen Fellowship in Business History. He returned in 1976 for a two-year appointment as a visiting associate professor and was named a full professor with tenure in 1978. He became the Straus professor in 1989.McCraw is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan (Morehead) of Belmont, Mass.; two children, Elizabeth McCarron of Wellesley, Mass., and Thomas Jr., of Bedford, N.H.; three grandchildren; and a brother, John C. McCraw of Gainesville, Fla. Another daughter, Carey, predeceased him in 1970.In lieu of flowers, donations in McCraw’s memory can be sent to the Belmont Library Foundation, P.O. Box 125, Belmont, MA 02478.To read the full obituary.last_img read more

Senate hears presentations, approves resolution

first_imgEditor’s note: An earlier version of this article misidentified the Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Survey as the Inclusive Campus Survey. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: campus climate survey, Hesburgh Library, library renovations, ND student senate, renovations, Student government, student senate Notre Dame’s student senate convened for its weekly meeting Monday evening, hearing presentations regarding the Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Survey and Hesburgh Library renovations, as well as approving a new constitutional amendment and nominating senators for the Constitution Committee.Junior and student government director of gender relations Elizabeth Boyle started the meeting with a short announcement about the Sexual Conduct and Campus Climate Survey sent out to students via an email from Erin Hoffman-Harding, vice president for student affairs, Nov. 5. “This [survey] is the way that we can gauge violence, specifically sexual violence on campus, and it’s the only way that we can monitor and number where those things are coming from and how frequently they’re occurring,” Boyle said.Boyle said the survey will remain open until Nov. 26, and all students are highly encouraged to take the survey. University librarian Diane Walker and head of the Library Renovation Steering Committee Jessica Kayongo then presented to the senate about the renovation plans for Hesburgh Library.“When I was interviewed and accepted this job, a then-student who was writing an article on the library for ‘The Scholastic’ and wanted to interview me — this was before I arrived on campus — one of her questions was, ‘Students don’t find the Hesburgh Library an inviting or welcoming space, and certainly not a very lively one — what will you do to change that?’” Walker said. “So I took that as a mandate that we really needed to address the space in this building.”Walker said some of the main goals behind renovating the library were to promote its research and learning services, provide high-quality study spaces for students and make space to organize and publicize the library’s physical anthology, including special collections. “[We want to] basically transform the environment here so that it lives up to the expectations and the aspirations of our university, to be a top light and provide a top experience for everyone who is here,” she said.Parts of the first and second floors of the library have already been renovated, as well as the 10th floor of the building. Walker said the renovation team is planning the project in phases while Notre Dame raises funds for it. Currently, space on the first floor for subject librarians and technology areas on the first and second floors are being renovated. Kayongo said future plans include renovating the first floor study space known as the “Fishbowl” to become the Grand Reading Room, creating a similar space on the second floor and moving and combining the special collections and archives on the first floor.The senate also voted to approve a resolution regarding an update to the Student Union Constitution whereby a substitute leader can be elevated in the case of the absence of the senate chair, who is normally the student body vice president. Sophomore and parliamentarian Halena Hadi proposed the resolution, explaining that in case of the vice president’s absence from the senate, it would be best to designate a non-voting member of the senate to substitute as chair. Hadi said that she drafted the resolution after senior and vice president Corey Gayheart had to miss a senate meeting and sophomore class council president Sam Cannova and junior class council president Laksumi Sivanandan chaired the senate in his absence. Since the two are voting members, it could cause an issue in the case of a tiebreaker vote, since the chair of the senate only votes when there is a tie. “This is mainly just to maintain impartiality, because Corey’s not a voting member as it is unless there’s an emergency, in which case he would break the tie,” Hadi said. “I just thought we should stay in line with that, especially in the situation where he’s gone, we should have another nonvoting member take his place so that we can preserve the right of all voting members to vote.”The senate unanimously approved the resolution. The group also nominated and appointed three nominees to the Constitution Committee. Hadi said the committee’s duties would include independent reading of the constitution and proposing potential changes to the document as they see fit. “There is no mandated meeting schedule, so we would probably meet every two or three weeks or as issues arise,” Hadi said. Sophomore and McGlinn Hall senator Isabella Schmitz, junior and Sorin Hall senator Mark Spretnjak and junior and Lyons Hall senator Caila Lindsey were nominated and approved to be on the committee. During the new business portion of the meeting, Lindsey asked a question about students who may want to run for student body president, but cannot as they are studying abroad in the spring semester. “I want to discuss how we can change that, because there are students who are going abroad who couldn’t go abroad any other semester,” Lindsey said. The senate debated this topic and Gayheart spoke from experience, saying that the transition period could be difficult to navigate for a student trying to lead from abroad. “My first thought is that because the term starts on April 1, there’s a lot that happens during the transition period — so February and March,” Gayheart said. “There’s a lot of meetings with cabinet directors and things like that, that in theory, people should probably be present for.”In addition, Gayheart said because the term begins before the end of the semester, the student body vice president would miss senate meetings if they were abroad. Sivanandan said students have to choose between studying abroad and running for a leadership role, as students can’t pursue both opportunities.“As someone who had to go through the decision-making process of going abroad or running for something, I get that we are all Notre Dame students who want to do everything, go study abroad and having all these leadership positions, but sometimes you can’t really have your cake and eat it too,” she said. “You have to decide what you think is the best thing to do.”last_img read more

How BOCES students are helping a fallen officer’s legacy live on

first_img“That allows our students to get some authentic, real-world, project-based learning that connects to what they believe in and where they want to be in a career,” said Center for Career & Technical Excellence principal Matt Sheehan. It honors the life of D.W. Smith, a Johnson City police officer who was killed in the line of duty back in 2014. (WBNG) — The Discovery Center is getting ready to welcome a new exhibit. “It’s heartwarming to me to think how many children, future generations of children, are going to now partake in this exhibit,” said Dodge. “It’s going to be amazing to go to the Discovery Center in years from now and see our work on display. It’s amazing, it’s really surreal to see it here right now,” said P-Tech student Nicholas Seman. They also built a garage for Smith’s old cruiser which will be donated too, being fixed up by SUNY Morrisville students. The structures are expected to be finished up in the coming months and make their way to the Discovery Center late May. “We’ve been using D.W. Smith’s patrol car for about the last six years but it’s reached its end of life service and it was a piece of him that we weren’t ready to let go of,” said Johnson City police chief Brent Dodge. Honoring a life lost too soon, but one that will never be forgotten. Students at BOCES designed and built a police station playhouse for the center’s story garden. And of course, it will allow Smith’s legacy to live on. The exhibit will offer an opportunity for kids to learn and explore through play, something the Discovery Center prides itself on. “Have all the area children come and learn a little bit about law enforcement and learn a little bit about the sacrifice that some of the officers from this area had to make over the years,” said Dodge.last_img read more

Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center identified as coronavirus hotspot, other Broome County updates

first_imgThe economy In total, 215 cases of the virus have been reported. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the Vestal Rehabilitation Park and Nursing Center has been identified as a hotspot for the coronavirus. Garnar announced the death of an 11th Broome County resident from the coronavirus. They were a female in their 80s. A map detailing where cases are located can be found by clicking here. Broome County COVID-19 Community Heroes The county executive says he’ll talk about reopening the economy more frequently in future news conferences. Broome County April 20 coronavirus update There are 48 tests pending. This is the fourth hotspot identified along with the Broome County Correctional Facility, Susquehanna Nursing Home and United Methodist Homes Hilltop Campus. There are 155 active cases of the coronavirus in the county. 49 people have recovered from the virus.center_img New coronavirus hotspot County Executive Garnar announced that the county will begin to reopen the economy but it will be important that people wear masks. Yet, Garnar says Broome County is suffering from “tremendous budget problems.” The county has no revenue, he says. If you know someone who is helping the community out during the pandemic, and think they deserve some recognition, click here. Coronavirus numbers The county is currently on a hiring freeze. Garnar says he thinks you’ll see signs that read, “no masks, no service” in regards to businesses reopening to the public. Garnar announced that people can now nominate their friends and neighbors to be a “community hero” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Community Champions will be named on the county’s social media pages.last_img read more

Arsenal defender Rob Holding close to Newcastle loan move

first_imgArsenal defender Rob Holding close to Newcastle loan move Rob Holding is set for a short-term move away from the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal defender Rob Holding is nearing a loan move to Newcastle United, with a deal expected to be completed this week.The centre-back started and impressed in the Community Shield win over Liverpool last week, but with a plethora of options in the middle of defence for Mikel Arteta, Holding appears to be on his way out of the Emirates.The former Bolton man, who turns 25 this month, is under contract at Arsenal until 2023 and will not be leaving on a permanent deal as he could still have a future in north London.Holding had looked like he was securing a place in the first team at the start of the 2019/20 season before suffering a serious knee injury which kept him out for the majority of the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNewcastle appear to have won the race to sign him on loan, with newly-promoted Leeds United also interested in bringing him in, with the Guardian reporting that a deal will be done this week to take him to St James’ Park.Arsenal played three central defenders against Liverpool at Wembley and Arteta has deployed that formation regularly, but even with a three-man defence, competition is fierce for places in the starting XI.David Luiz, Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari, Calum Chambers and William Saliba are traditional centre-backs, while Cedric Soares, Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney can operate on either side of the back three.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners are also expected to complete the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille in the coming days, adding yet more competition in defence.The Brazilian had attracted the attention of Manchester United and Napoli but Arsenal appear to have won the race for his signature and former Gunners man Martin Keown is very excited about his expected arrival.‘I sincerely hope so (he signs) he’s really strong, quick, left-footed player,’ he told BT Sport. ‘I saw him play against Chelsea for Lille last season I went out to watch him.‘Magnificent player, I think he’s the future. He sees danger and he’s a leader. He’s strong, powerful, I sincerely hope this transfer does go through and he becomes an Arsenal player. ‘That will really secure them at the back whether it’s going to be a four or a three I think this lad can play in either system.’MORE: Dani Ceballos closing in on Arsenal return following Mikel Arteta interventionMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Arsenal terminate his contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Sep 2020 10:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kSharescenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolf

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf February 07, 2016center_img Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos On Tuesday, February 9th at 11:30 AM, Governor Tom Wolf will deliver his 2016-2017 Budget Address. The speech will be live streamed on our website at governor.pa.gov/live. You can also find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Watch this budget preview from Governor Wolf — and make sure you tune in for the full 2016-2017 Budget Address live this Tuesday at 11:30 AM at governor.pa.gov/live.Today, we stand at a crossroad. The path we choose will have a profound impact on our commonwealth’s future. My proposed budget provides a clear vision for a promising future for our state. It assumes the bipartisan budget agreement that proved elusive in December is ultimately enacted this year. It provides a plan for 2016-17 that meets our needs and continues to restore the cuts to our schools.We must, however, acknowledge that a failure to act has severe consequences that will be felt across the Commonwealth. If we do nothing, and continue the status quo, our schools will face impacts that cut deeper than anything we have faced in recent memory.In fact, it would result in another $1 billion cut from education; doubling down on the deep cuts of the past.Funding for home- and community-based services for seniors, veterans and child care would be reduced by hundreds of millions.Bond ratings would be lowered again, while debt costs and local property taxes would soar upward. And our deficit would balloon to over $2 billion dollars.We must take action to avoid this from happening to our state and to our future. We still need schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works. BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolflast_img read more

Special ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ presentation funds Puerto Rico relief

first_imgBatesville, In. — A special showing of the 1975 cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be at midnight in the Gibson Theater Friday, October 20.The presentation of the production will done as a “Shadow Show.” Volunteer Charlotte Meritt says, “In a “Shadow Show” actors mimic the screen performance while their back is to the stage. The method requires the performers to know the movie very well. And members of the audience can interact with the live actors.”The show is free, but volunteer Charlotte Meritt says they would like movie goers to bring supplies for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. Doors open at 11:30. The show starts at midnight.Here are some suggestions: The following items are being requested:BOTTLED WATERNON PERISHABLE FOODLarge plastic totesHeavy duty trash bagsMops, brooms, and rakesCleaning supplies (especially bleach)Walkers & wheelchairsHand SanitizerUtility Knives & Leather work glovesBox FansNew Bed Pillows & Blankets .First Aid ItemsBatteries – all sizesEnsure & incontinence productsPersonal Hygiene Products/Toiletries – Body wash, shampoo, deodorant, over the counter medicines, toilet paper, paper towels, shaving cream, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes and paper platesDiapers, formula, baby food, bottles, wipes, diaper rash ointmentThe donations will go to Matthew 25 in Cincinnati, they have a distribution network and personnel in place on the island. Cash is always a welcome donation. Special thanks to the Grinning Gobblin and Don for his sponsorship over the last 4 years.last_img read more

Complete Van Gaal transcript

first_img A: “We haven’t qualified ourselves for the Champions League (yet) because we still have to play a match and that is not so easy. We can for example play against Fenerbahce or Rapid Vienna or other clubs like Lazio for example so that is not so easy to beat. But it is our goal, and our aim also. But I think that we have now a selection (that is) more balanced than last year. The positions are occupied double. But I think we need still more speed in front and also more creativity and that is why I want that (Angel) Di Maria shall stay. But we don’t know that (he will) so we have to wait and see.” Q: HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO BRING IN THAT KIND OF PLAYER IF YOU HAVE TO? YOU KEEP BEING LINKED WITH RONALDO. DO YOU NEED TO SIGN THAT KIND OF PLAYER? A: “Of course. I can give examples of champions, Bayern Munich – they have (Franck) Ribery and (Arjen) Robben, Chelsea – they have (Eden) Hazard and Willian – speed and creativity. Real Madrid – have (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Gareth) Bale. Manchester United fans want us to compete with these teams. Barcelona have Neymar and (Lionel) Messi. (Ashley) Young has made a fantastic season. (Juan) Mata the same, with assists and goals but to win the Champions League we need speed also. That is why I think, maybe, we still have to buy a player with speed and creativity.” Q: HOW HARD IS IT TO GET THAT KIND OF PLAYER? A: “It’s very difficult. It is not so easy because you have always three parties – the player himself, the club and then also the availability of the money in Manchester United.” Q: WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM WAYNE ROONEY THIS YEAR? A: “He is our striker. Probably he has to prove it. I have full confidence that he shall do that. He is also the captain of the team so he shall play a lot of times in the striker’s position. Normally we shall have a lot of matches so Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) can also play in that position. We have still (James) Wilson. You have seen (Adnan) Januzaj yesterday (against Barcelona) in the striker’s position. He did it very well so we have enough choices to make.” Q: DOES ROONEY HAVE TO DELIVER 20-25 GOALS? A: “Of course, of course, because (Sergio) Aguero is making that amount of goals.” Q: HOW SETTLED ARE YOU IN MANCHESTER. HOW HAVE YOU FOUND IT? WHAT IS THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM PLAN FOR YOU? A: “The short-term is to improve every day, that my selection is performing every match better. And that we win the matches because that is the short-term, and that we start better than last season because we lost the competition in the start of the season, not in the middle of the season, not in Christmas time. Only the start. And the long-term vision is to make a championship or an FA Cup or a Champions League, that’s the long-term.” Q: THERE HAVE BEEN ACCUSATIONS OF YOU TRYING TO BUY THE TITLE. DO YOU SEE THAT AS CRITICISM AND IS IT JUSTIFIED? A: “You have seen playing yesterday (against Barcelona) the second half? The players? How old are they? (REPORTER SAYS: THE AVERAGE AGE WAS MAYBE 21 OR 22). Van Gaal: “So I think it’s very young.” Q: YOU MENTIONED RONALDO. HE IS A BIT OF A HOLY GRAIL FOR UNITED FANS… A: “I can imagine…” Q: HOW REALISTIC IS IT FOR UNITED FANS TO THINK THAT ONE DAY HE WILL COME BACK TO OLD TRAFFORD? A: “I cannot answer this question. You can put it in another way and I shall say the same. We cannot show our strategy in buying or selling players. When we shall buy a player and he has signed, then we shall say it. But not in a process and not in a strategy. I cannot say that. I want to say that. For the fans I want to say that. But it is not smart because I have to protect the interests of the club. The culture, the structure, the people in the organisation. Then I have to answer these questions. I cannot do that.” Q: BUT I PRESUME YOU WOULD SEE RONALDO AS THE SAME BRILLIANT PLAYER THAT EVERYONE ELSE DOES? A: “Now, I make an exception for Ronaldo. He is a fantastic, fantastic player. But he knows that. But I like him.” Q: YOU MENTIONED THE OTHER DAY YOU HAD GOT RID OF 17 PLAYERS.. A: “I don’t know if it is really 17 but I think it is like that.” Q: YOU BROUGHT 10 IN. DID YOU REALISE WHEN YOU TOOK THIS JOB THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO MAKE EXTENSIVE CHANGES? A: “Yes. But you know also that, at that time you won the league you played already with a lot of players above 30 years (old). You know also that it is very difficult to cope with the Premier League when you are above 30. You have seen that with a lot of players so I have to change. I also believe in change because it gives all the players a new challenge and also to prove themselves with the new player.” Q: SIR ALEX FERGUSON HAS BEEN HERE IN SAN JOSE. WHEN DAVID MOYES WAS MANAGER PEOPLE SAID THAT WAS UNHELPFUL FOR HIM TO BE AROUND BECAUSE IT ADDS PRESSURE…DO YOU THINK LIKE THAT? A: “No.” Q: IS THAT A RIDICULOUS THING TO SAY (THAT FERGUSON’S PRESENCE ADDS MORE PRESSURE)? A: “I don’t think (he adds pressure). I want to talk with him. I talk with him a lot of times. We eat together. He is sitting in the board, so he has to judge on me. I know that. But there is nobody in this world who can push me more than myself.” Q: WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF YOUR REIGN? A: “You want always more. In my other teams I was already, in my first year, a champion so I hope that we can manage that in three years’ time. But when it is this year I am very happy. But I cannot say this year we shall be the champion. We have to fight for it. That is the most important thing. Until the end we have to challenge the number one. And maybe we are.” Q: HAVE YOUR NEW SIGNINGS MADE YOU STRONGER PHYSICALLY? A: “Yes. That is the word, more balance, what I have used in all my press conferences. Now when they are here, I say ‘OK, our team is more balanced’. Because of the buy of (Matteo) Darmian also. He is a defender but I think he shall give us a lot of contribution this year. But especially the midfielders because, for example, I have to play with (Marouane) Fellaini and (Ander) Herrera in the holding midfield positions and they were not used to playing in that position. But I have played them because (Michael) Carrick was injured and (Daley) Blind was injured. Then I have to use players in positions they can play always but it is much more difficult because they are more attacking kind of midfielders than holding midfielders. Now we have bought these holding midfielders so we have more balance. That is why we have bought Sergio Romero, so we have another first-class goalkeeper next to David de Gea, so we are prepared.” Q: DO YOU NEED MORE CREATIVITY AND SPEED TO BREAK DOWN TEAMS WHO DEFEND DEEP AND GET MEN BEHIND THE BALL? A: “Yes but then Ashley Young and Juan Mata can do the job also. When clubs shall park the bus, Young and Mata are creative. But, especially Mata, has not high speed. But creative, he is. He scores a lot of goals and gets a lot of assists. That is not a problem. It is when, like yesterday, when we are more compact and in a certain pressing situation, we can use the speed. You have seen it against Barcelona that we have created a lot of chances. I think we created more chances as Barcelona and also bigger chances.” Q: CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF STOPPING WITH UNITED BEYOND THE END OF YOUR THREE-YEAR CONTRACT? A: “I cannot answer that because then my wife is very mad. I am sorry.” Q: BUT SHE WOULD LIKE YOU TO STAY ON, WOULDN’T SHE? A: “No.” Q: BUT YOU DON’T GIVE THIS KIND OF JOB UP EASY, DO YOU? A: “Yes, I give it up.” Q: YOU WOULD? A: “Yes. I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason. I have to admit I have said to her, when I met her and after our relationship seemed to be very good, then I said at 55 years I shall quit. I am still working and next week I am 64.” Q: IS IT NOT HARD TO WALK AWAY FROM? A: “I have done everything in my career as a manager. I have been in the Netherlands, your home country. I have been in Spain, fantastic league. Germany, fantastic league. The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here. And also to participate in a world championship or European Championship. I have done that. So. I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don’t think so. You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife.” Q: AND WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE BEFORE THAT..? A: “I hope so. That is why I want to do that in three years.” Press Association Sport was one of a handful of media outlets invited to talk to Louis van Gaal in San Jose on Sunday night. A: “I think that in our circumstances, with the threat that David de Gea is going to Real Madrid, we have to prepare our season and I think Sergio Romero can fulfil that because you have to handle very quickly when it may happen with David de Gea. And I think it is a very good choice. He is the Argentinian goalkeeper. He has international experience. I know him very well because I picked him when he was 19 years old to (sign for) AZ (Alkmaar), my former club, so I know him. I know also his character so I hope he can have a contribution to our selection and I have that confidence that he can give that.” Q: WILL YOU USE YOUR GOALKEEPERS MORE NEXT YEAR? LAST YEAR YOU STUCK WITH DAVID DE GEA THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH… A: “I cannot say anything about that because players have to prove (themselves). Players put themselves in the line-up, the manager is not doing that, believe me. When I see that a player is better than the player in the line-up, he shall play the next match.” Q: SERGIO ROMERO IS ARGENTINA’S GOALKEEPER. IF DAVID STAYS, HE MAY NOT BE HAPPY SITTING ON THE BENCH ALL THE TIME… A: “I have of course spoken with Sergio and also with David and with me always the best shall be in the line-up so you have to fight and I think in a top club as Manchester United you always need competition. And that’s why we are buying the players.” Q: HOW HAS HE DEVELOPED SINCE HIS TIME AT AZ? A: “I don’t think that he has made so much progress because he did not play so much in the clubs after (he left) AZ and still he was the best Argentinian goalkeeper, so I know what he can (do) and of course I saw him in the World Cup (semi-final) because he stopped our penalties very well and that is why were not in the final, but I have seen him in the World Cup but I remember him especially from my former time and then I know what he can do, so he is a very dominating goalkeeper, he dominates the 60-metre area, I think that is different in England. He has to prove that. His stature is also tall and he gives a lot of confidence to the players. Of course, he has to learn English because that is also a problem always with a foreigner. He is very good with his feet so he fits in our profile. Yeah, I have a lot of confidence that he can fulfil what we are expecting, but always with when you buy players you have to wait and see.” Q: HOW DO YOU REFLECT ON YOUR FIRST YEAR IN CHARGE? WAS IT A CASE OF OBJECTIVES MET BY QUALIFYING FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE? Here is the transcript of the Q&A with the Manchester United manager: Q: WHY HAVE YOU BROUGHT SERGIO ROMERO TO THE CLUB? Press Associationlast_img read more