RIMPAC 2018 Ends on a High Note

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo August 28, 2018 The world’s largest multinational maritime exercise, held June 27th-August 2nd, concluded after a month of rigorous training within the Hawaiian Islands and its waters. Hosted by the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet, Rim of the Pacific 2018 (RIMPAC) gathered more than 25,000 service members, 45 surface ships, five submarines, and more than 200 aircraft from 25 countries. Under the slogan Capable, Adaptive, Partners, RIMPAC 2018 focused on natural disaster, maritime security and control operations, as well as complex warfare exercises. International military forces demonstrated their skills through artillery, missiles, antisubmarine and air defense exercises, counter-piracy missions, mine clearance, explosive ordnance disposal, and amphibious operations, among others. Service members from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among others, combined efforts for RIMPAC 2018. Israel, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam participated for the first time. Another first for the exercise was the nomination of the Chilean Navy as the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC), under the command of Chilean Navy Rear Admiral Pablo Niemann Figari. For the first time in RIMPAC’s 40-plus years, a non-English speaking navy spearheaded CFMCC. “Nearly all goals of each participating nation were met,” Rear Adm. Niemann said. “Likewise, instructions or requirements of the command [U.S. Navy Vice Admiral John Alexander, Combined Task Force commander for RIMPAC 2018] were also fulfilled.” Disaster response and naval warfare Participants of RIMPAC 2018 responded to a simulated natural disaster at Pearl Harbor-Hickam Joint Base, on Oahu island, Hawaii. According to the scenario, a large-scale earthquake and tsunami hit the island, causing structural damage to infrastructure, death, and many injuries. The natural disaster prompted the U.S. government to request international military help. Services members from 10 countries took part in the humanitarian assistance simulation to rescue hundreds of patients—300 civilian volunteers—provide first aid, and transport victims by helicopter and ambulance to hospitals in Hawaii. Organizations such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, among others, took part in the civil-military exercise. Five submarines—the U.S. Navy’s USS Hawaii, USS Illinois, and USS Olympia; the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Rankin; and the South Korean Navy’s ROKS Park Wi—also carried out various operations The submarines performed three missions: amphibious, antisubmarine warfare, and support for special operations forces. Submarines supported a multinational special operations force—with units from seven countries—as it conducted an amphibious landing on the coast of Oahu. Submarine crew members also participated in detection and evasion exercises with surface ships and various aircraft. Another event that stood out: the live shot from USS Olympia of a Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile. The missile successfully hit its target, a retired ship sunk for that purpose. Through the exercises, participants demonstrated tactical maneuvering capabilities and interoperability among participating nations. “Multinational operations are complicated,” Vice Adm. Alexander said. “It takes skill to assemble an international team and have it be successful […]. This team proved they work great together and can adapt quickly to a dynamic environment.” Enduring partnerships The U.S Navy’s Third Fleet (C3F) debuted the Innovation Fair, held June 29th-30th. Twenty-two countries took part in the exhibition that featured sonar equipment, unmanned submarine vehicles, virtual reality technology, and advances in the medical and space fields. The fair served as a forum for technology exchange among partner nations. C3F expects to increase the reach of the fair for RIMPAC 2020. The Chilean Marine Corps’ participation was also unprecedented, with 25 service members joining landing forces at RIMPAC 2018. Chilean marines trained with their international counterparts and performed tasks successfully. “It’s a great honor to represent our Marine Corps in marking its 200 years of history,” Chilean Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Ernesto Iribarne said. “Some of our personnel expected to meet highly superior units in terms of equipment and capabilities, and actually I feel we brought about the surprise. Many marines from different countries were surprised with our equipment and readiness.” Held since 1971, the biannual exercise seeks to strengthen interoperability among the armed forces of the Pacific basin—as well as other countries—to promote stability and ensure the safety of maritime routes in the region. The exercise helps strengthen bonds of friendship among partner nations. “I couldn’t be more proud of our international teams’ ability to successfully complete an exercise of this nature,” Vice Adm. Alexander said. “We were able to conclude the exercise safely and to reach the national training goals. This is a true testament to the talent and lasting partnerships we built through RIMPAC.”last_img read more

BOJ’s Kuroda warns second-round effect of COVID-19 may dent economic growth

first_img“At this moment, we didn’t see the need to further lower the entire yield curve. Of course, if necessary we will do that. But now, we don’t think it’s necessary,” he said.The BOJ eased policy in March and April, mainly by boosting asset buying and creating lending schemes to channel funds to companies hit by the pandemic. It has kept its interest-rate targets unchanged.Kuroda said he was “cautiously optimistic” that Japan’s economy will gradually recover from the second half of this year, allowing the BOJ to scale back its crisis-response steps.“Once the impact of COVID-19 on the economy has subsided, the economy starts to recover and comes back to a normal growth path, then of course our extraordinary measures may be gradually curtailed,” Kuroda said.“But then, we have to achieve our 2 percent inflation target,” he said. “That’s unlikely to be met in the short run. The BOJ’s expanded balance sheet would not be normalised until 2 percent inflation is achieved.”Under yield curve control, the BOJ guides short-term rates at -0.1 percent and long-term yields around zero. It also introduced several crisis-response tools, including a lending facility to ease funding strains that expires in March next year.Topics : Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said second-round effects of the coronavirus pandemic could hurt the Japanese economy “considerably”, signalling the bank’s readiness to ramp up stimulus measures again to cushion any blow from the crisis.But in an online seminar on Friday Kuroda said the central bank saw no immediate need to cut interest rates, and instead will focus on easing corporate funding strains and stabilising markets with its lending facility and asset purchases.“Japan’s economy has been in an extremely severe situation … In the second quarter, we’ll likely see considerable negative growth,” Kuroda said.last_img read more

Big on style, small eco-footprint

first_imgSustainable materials were also used, with a focus on low toxicity and maintenance, plus water and solar collection.It is on the market with Sharon and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga.At Bridgeman Downs, Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett is marketing an acreage retreat with loads of eco mod cons.Located at 40 Tiverton Place, the six- bedroom house sits on a 1.04ha block just 30 minutes from the CBD.More than 4000 trees have been planted on the property, and the house has been designed for the Queensland climate, making the most of natural light and breezes. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Property ticks boxes for richest female CEO Queenslander and art collection up for grabs 24 Athol Street, Yeronga, uses sustainable materials.The lights across Brisbane will go out for one hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour — a global movement started in Australia in 2007.To mark the moment, here are three of the most eco-friendly houses currently on the market in Brisbane.The first green gong goes to 24 Athol St at Yeronga, a contemporary house designed by Michael Kisluk of TVS Architecture.On the market for $1.95 million, the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, full height glazing and clever design to make the most of the breezes and natural light. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK 15 Hall Street, Paddington, has 22 solar panels. The main living area opens up on to the deck, yard and pool, allowing for natural breezes and light to enter the house.There are also Haiku SenseME fans to replicate natural breezes. The technology allows the user to set their preferences, whether that means the lights turning off when no one is in the room or adjusting speeds to suit the temperature.The permeable grass driveway also reduces water run off. It is also listed for sale. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago40 Tiverton Place, Bridgeman Downs, has had more than 4000 trees planted on the property.Boasting a huge range of luxury features, it also has 25,000 litre underground water tanks and solar panels. It is listed for sale.In Paddington, Gabrielle Trickey of Gabrielle Trickey Properties is selling 15 Hall St, a four-bedroom modern house on a 405sq m block.Sustainability and the environment were the key factors considered during the renovation of this property.It has 22 solar panels and is “largely self-sufficient”, sending power back to the grid for nine to 10 months of the year, according to the listing.last_img read more

Guyana slams US human trafficking report

first_imgNewsRegional Guyana slams US human trafficking report by: – June 29, 2012 Tweet As in 2011, Guyana remains on Tier 2 in the latest US State Department report. (File photo)GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday June 29, 2012 – The Guyana government has denounced the latest US State Department report on trafficking in persons which contended that Georgetown has made no discernible progress in holding human trafficking offenders in Guyana accountable. It added that limited progress was made in preventing human trafficking during the reporting period.Echoing previous editions of its annual report, the US State Department said: “Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Guyanese nationals have been subjected to human trafficking in other countries in the Caribbean region. Cases of human trafficking reported in the media generally involved women and girls in forced prostitution.”As in 2011, Guyana remains on Tier 2 in the latest report, which says that government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.Georgetown reacted on Wednesday via the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking with a detailed, strongly worded statement in which it claimed that the US report “fails to establish not one single fact”. It went on to state that the architects of the report “have not made significant progress in improving the veracity, coherence and validity of their annual assessments”, adding that the Task Force “considers the report an affront to its members…”. It condemned one aspect of the report as “a total falsehood”.The full text of the statement follows:“The Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons finds the content of the US State Department’s most recent assessment of the Government of Guyana’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons, to use a local parlance, ‘a difficult pill to swallow’.  The Report fails to establish not one single fact. The Task Force notes several inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the Report that must be addressed. What is clear is that the architects of this Report have not made significant progress in improving the veracity, coherence and validity of their annual assessments.“The Ministerial Task Force denounces the Report since it comprises unsubstantiated generalizations and repetitive uncorroborated claims. The Task Force strongly recommends that the US State Department seek to improve its methodology, establish proper baselines to guide comparisons, avoid use of anecdotal claims and develop a consistent, understandable, transparent and logical tier ranking system if countries are to benefit from these rituals.“The plethora of uncorroborated claims made in the Report can only result in a distorted view of the Guyanese reality as regards the national trafficking in persons’ situation.  Further the Task Force considers the Report an affront to its members, frontline government staff and over one hundred (100) citizens who have been trained to identify and report trafficking in persons and have been doing so along with NGOs such as Help Shelter, Food for the Poor (Guyana) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) all of whom partnered with Government in responding to trafficking in persons matters.“While we were encouraged by what we felt at the time was meaningful dialogue between the Ministerial Task Force and US Embassy Officials, this Report raises significant concerns over the efficacy of these engagements. A perusal of the Report reveals two inescapable inferences; one, the architects had already decided what they wanted to put in the Report and two, the architects gave little or no credence to the information presented by government in partnership with NGOs. Consequently, those two factors beg the question of the usefulness of such engagements in future.“The danger of these unfounded claims and anecdotes that are replete in the US Report is that even though they are not the product of systematic research nor critical analysis they have nevertheless been published in the local media thus influencing public opinion. The US Report’s misrepresentation and scaremongering must be refuted because of its impact on the country’s image and the perpetuation of stereotypes and fears.  Worst yet, it can lead to a waste of resources and energy, and a reduction in traditional opportunities for personal economic development and educational advancement.“Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the Report is the assertion that; “the government has not updated its National Plan of Action (NPA) to combat trafficking in persons since 2005.”  This is a total falsehood.“During the engagements leading up to this report we shared with the US the National Plan of Action (NPA) that guided our response for the period 2010-2011.  The plan covered prevention and awareness, direct assistance to victims of trafficking and criminal justice response to combat trafficking in persons.“The NPA comprised sixteen specific objectives: to provide information about Trafficking in Persons and safe migration to vulnerable communities; to improve cooperation mechanisms among key stakeholders to prevent TIP; to enhance capacity of hinterland communities to prevent Trafficking in Persons; to provide appropriate and comprehensive direct assistance to victims; to enhance capacity of stakeholders to identify victims and provide direct assistance through training; to formalize and strengthen a National Referral Mechanism and Inter-agency protocol; to enhance the capacity of the Law Enforcement Agency to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers; and to enhance cooperative and enforcement mechanisms among neighbouring countries  to convict traffickers and protect victims, inter alia.“One of the successful outputs of this plan was the formation of the Training and Awareness Sub-committee, a task oriented group to standardise training material and eliminate gaps in geographical coverage of awareness programmes.”“Equally startling is the claim that; “the government’s public insistence that human trafficking is not a significant problem in the country created a potential disincentive for police and court officials to address trafficking cases.” If we are to logically extend this line of reasoning then if government says that kidnapping and abductions rates in Guyana are negligible then according to the logic of the US Embassy the Government of Guyana can be accused of creating a disincentive for these crimes to be reported and investigated.“The Report goes on to say; “There was evidence that people could be penalized for reporting suspected human trafficking crimes to the police.”  Police investigations into this matter pointed to the possibility that a young female was trafficked and that a family member was apparently complicit in the arrangement.  It was further alleged, that the said family member had received a financial reward in return for her involvement.  Although not widespread, this is the second time that the Guyanese authorities have found evidence indicating that family members were complicit in trafficking another family member. The fact that the family member eventually reported the matter is not sufficient to exonerate her of facilitating a crime.“Further, the Report states that; “Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.”  The Ministerial Task Force challenges the US Embassy to validate this assertion with quantitative data since none was provided.  The Report provides no evidence of forced labour; in fact, in a surprisingly strange twist in its analysis, the Report accuses government of not doing enough to generate the data to back the “claim” made in the US Report!!“The architects of the Report punctuate their analysis with a view that there are “vulnerabilities” especially among hinterland residents. The Task Force wishes to emphasize that the Government of Guyana has gone about attacking trafficking in persons through the criminal justice system as well as social prevention measures.  Programmes such as the Hinterland Scholarship Programme which has expanded over the years, the School Uniform Programme, economic assistance to single mothers, and skills training for youths all are aimed at tackling vulnerabilities and achieving human security.“This approach is in line with the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. Notwithstanding the fact that this social prevention approach has suffered a setback owing to opposition budget cuts, government is determined to attack vulnerabilities wherever it exists.“Unfortunately, the US assessment does not find any merit in this approach, yet in another strange twist of logic it highlights issues of vulnerabilities.“In so far as child labour is concerned, the Ministerial Task Force wishes to point out that even though child labour and trafficking in persons can overlap there are institutional arrangements in Guyana to address each of these issues.  In addressing child labour and human smuggling the Guyanese authorities would usually seek to establish where trafficking exists and vice versa. In fact, the US Report alluded to a raid where Law Enforcement officials targeted commercial premises used for prostitution.  While investigators did not find human trafficking, they however discovered breaches of Guyana’s Immigration Regulations.“In responding to the US Report, the Ministerial Task Force is obligated to defend our national image against unwarranted criticisms. While we applaud the efforts of the US to highlight this global issue, we encourage them to conduct more systematic research and be more objective in their analyses in future Reports.  The Task Force is also cognizant of the useful role the local media can play in sensitising Guyanese against menaces to human security such as human trafficking.  It is the intention of the Task Force to continue to engage the media constructively.“The Ministerial Task Force fully recognises the need for a robust response involving partnership among government agencies, and non-governmental stakeholders.  This is a key component of the 2012-2013 NPA which is built on the four Ps strategy: prevention, prosecution, protection and partnership. Thus the Task Force’s current focus is to implement the deliverables set out in the NPA, including reviewing and improving the protocol for victim identification and direct victim assistance and the training of first responders.“The Ministerial Task Force intends to work with other government agencies to employ a range of social prevention measures to reduce vulnerabilities wherever they exist. We anticipate a more constructive engagement between local stakeholders and US Government.  It would be remiss of us not to mention the training support offered by the US to enhance local capabilities for responding to trafficking and to publicly express our gratitude.  We hope that such fruitful engagements will continue free of rancour and in the spirit of mutual respect.  The Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons is committed and stands ready to continue working with all stakeholders to raise public awareness of trafficking in persons in Guyana.Caribbean 360 News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 88 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Bacolod named top PH model city anew

first_imgMODEL CITY. Bacolod City wins anew as the Top Philippine Model City of The Manila Times’ 3rd Philippine Model Cities and Municipalities. Bacolod also won two special awards – Business- Friendly/ High Returns and Retirement Haven. The awarding ceremony was held at the New World Manila Bay Hotel in Manila today, Sept. 25. Photo by Bacolod City PIO Bacolodalso received the special awards Business-Friendly/High Returns and RetirementHaven. “Ingiving us this award, The Manila Times has played a vital role in Bacolod’smarch to progress and development,” said Leonardia. “Wehope to see the day that the standards The Manila Times (organizer of theannual search) has established for Bacolod and the rest of us, will become thestandards of model cities in the Philippines because once we have model cities,we will also have a model country,” Leonardia said in a statement on Thursday. TheTop Philippine Model Municipalities were Liloan (Cebu), champion; Guiguinto(Bulacan), first runner-up; and Pulilan (Bulacan), second runner-up. Meanwhile,General Trias City led by Mayor Antonio Ferrer was named first runner-up whileOrmoc City headed by Mayor Richard Gomez was declared second runner-up. “Theaward then became our guidance and standard and became an inspiration for us todream bigger dreams,” he said, citing the other recognitions received byBacolod, such as for being business-friendly from the Philippine Chamber ofCommerce and Industry, and “Most Competitive City in the Visayas” as declaredby the National Competitiveness Council.center_img TheManila Times’ “Philippine Model Cities” is a forum that aims to recognizeeffective and innovative local governance that improves the quality of life andmake local business environments friendlier. (With PNA/PN) Leonardiasaid the city’s first award in 2017 became a source of inspiration for Bacolodfollowing his return to the City Hall after serving as a congressman for oneterm. BACOLODCity – This city was once again named the “Top Philippine Model City”, besting37 other cities shortlisted in this year’s Search for the Philippine ModelCities and Municipalities. The“City of Smiles,” which first won during the inaugural search in 2017,reclaimed the champion’s trophy after losing to Davao City in 2018. MayorEvelio Leonardia gave credit to the “team effort” of the city officials and thepeople of Bacolod.last_img read more

Bacolod boosts pneumonia, flu protection for elderly

first_imgPersons with disabilities aged 50years old and above also availed of free pneumonia and flu vaccination duringthe activity dubbed “Bakunado si Lolo at Lola, Iwas Pulmonya” with vaccinesprovided by the Department of Health in Western Visayas.(With a report from PNA/PN) Dr. Jovy Vergara, assistant cityhealth officer, said pneumonia ranks second and third in terms of morbidity andmortality, respectively, among those 60 years old and above. In 2010 alone, 57,809 deaths due topneumonia were recorded – making it the top five leading causes of death in thecountry, reports said.  Pneumonia causes inflammation of theair sacs in one or both lungs. It can be caused by a variety of organismsincluding bacteria, viruses and fungi. Symptoms may include breathingdifficulty, coughing, fever, and weakness. BACOLOD City – Around 1,000 seniorcitizens here received vaccination against pneumonia and flu as part of thecity government’s efforts to protect them from respiratory infections. Aside from weakened immune system,elderly patients with pneumonia are more prone to severe complications,hospitalization and death due to pre-existing health conditions and illnessessuch as diabetes, chronic lung disease and kidney or heart conditions, amongothers. The disease could be lethal orlife-threatening for senior citizens, Vergara added during the immunizationactivity at the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports Center on Thursday. In the Philippines, pneumoniaaccounted for over 57,000 deaths among Filipinos annually in the past decade,according to authorities. Vergara added most elderly patientsseek treatment only during the last stage of the disease. Vergara said pneumonia is avaccine-preventable disease, noting that the government is putting a premium onvarious programs like free vaccination especially among the elderly.  “Among the elderly, especially thosewith chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia is more dangerous astheir immune system is weaker,” he said.last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Basketball

first_imgWhen you go to see the Lady Bulldogs of Batesville play basketball this year, they will certainly have a different look.  Before practice started, they were planning on 3 young ladies being in their starting lineup who are now injured with two of them probably out for the year.  One tore an ACL, another broke her leg, and the third suffered an injury to her hip which required surgery.  But like the old saying goes, “the show must go on”.When this season started, Batesville had 2 freshmen, 2 sophomores, and a junior in their starting lineup.  Don’t let this deter you from going to see them play.  The young ladies that are playing are very good athletes, but they are very young.  This means that they will take their lumps early, but I am sure that Coach Cox and his staff will have them rolling before the season is very far along.Most of this years’ roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores.  As any coach would say, “we may not set the world on fire this year, but watch out before these young ladies graduate!”  Right now there are no seniors on this year’s team ready to play.  In fact, there is only one senior on the team, and she is one of the injured.last_img read more

Rooney hurt by United form

first_img For Rooney, though, the players need to do their bit. “We all have to step up,” he told a number of national newspapers ahead of Sunday’s away game with Aston Villa. “It hasn’t been good enough of late and we all have to come forward and show why we were champions last year and do better. We have a good run of games now and hopefully we can do that.” Rooney is one United player who could be admonished of blame for United’s form. The England international has been the club’s stand-out player this season, but still considers himself culpable. “It’s not about me, it’s about the team. If the team isn’t doing well then my form is not important – we have to do well as a team and roll our sleeves up and really pull ourselves together,” he added. “It’s not nice (the table). We are all proud players and it’s not nice being there. It hurts. Hopefully there will be a reaction.” Much has been said about the transfer business Moyes did in the summer and how much he is expected to do in the forthcoming window. Some have criticised the Scot for his dealings, with others claiming United no longer spend big, but he is adamant that the money is there for him to freshen things up should he so wish. The champions currently sit ninth in the Premier League and are nine points behind Everton who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot. With David Moyes still adapting to life in Sir Alex Ferguson’s place as manager, the transition has been a long one and questions have been asked of where United are heading on and off the field. Press Association “We can definitely find the money for a big deal, 100 per cent,” he told national newspapers. “I know that because the money was available this summer. We were very close to a major, major signing, and if it had gone through it would have definitely shown what the club is worth. “We didn’t do it in the end, we didn’t quite get there because players had chosen other clubs or made different decisions, but we were close to a couple of major signings and we didn’t miss out because of money, that’s for sure.” With United’s pursuit of a top-four spot currently off-beam, questions have been asked in some places as to how the club’s owners would react if Moyes and his players fail to qualify for the competition next season. Moyes was dubbed as ‘the chosen one’ after being picked for the job by Ferguson and former United defender Gary Neville believes Moyes should remain, no matter what. “My view is simple: David Moyes deserves to have the same period of time that every Manchester United manager has had,” he wrote in the Mail on Sunday. “I don’t care what Chelsea or Real Madrid do in sacking their managers after winning trophies. “Manchester United should be different and stay true to their values. And even if United didn’t qualify for the Champions League, which would be a huge disappointment, I would maintain that view.” Wayne Rooney is “hurt” by the way Manchester United’s title defence has started and has told his team-mates they need to start delivering.last_img read more

Lambert offers backing to Moyes

first_img United, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, have so far had a hugely disappointing 2013/14 campaign following Moyes’ appointment as manager over the summer, and ahead of Sunday’s trip to Villa the Red Devils are ninth in the table, 13 points adrift of leaders Arsenal. The way things have gone for the Old Trafford club under their new boss has generated plenty of talk of a crisis, but Lambert said: “I think people are getting carried away by where United are in the table. “They are still a top club with top players. “Any manager going in there – it doesn’t matter who it was, what country they came from, anything – after probably the most successful manager Britain has ever produced (Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson) was always going to find that really hard to do. “So I think the criticism is a bit over the top. “They have had success for years and years, and when you fall below that really high standard, then people jump on the bandwagon and say they are a spent force. I never really buy into that. “I’m pretty sure David Moyes will get that job right. “He is a really good manager and a good guy – I’m convinced he will get that job right. “He is just in the door. I think some of the criticism has been pretty harsh.” Lambert dismissed the suggestion that the presence of Ferguson, who guided United to 13 Premier League and two Champions League titles, watching the club’s games from the stands this season was unhelpful for his Red Devils successor. Press Association Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has backed David Moyes to “get the job right” at Manchester United and branded criticism of his fellow Scot as “pretty harsh”. The Villa boss also stressed his confidence in Moyes’ man-management skills. Pundit Mark Lawrenson recently suggested United striker Robin van Persie is keen for a transfer – something Moyes subsequently described as “absolute nonsense”. And, asked about that situation, Lambert made reference to Wayne Rooney, the United frontman who had looked set to possibly move on over the summer but has been in impressive form for them this term. Lambert said: “He (Moyes) went into a situation with Wayne Rooney and Rooney has been playing really well. “David Moyes has been in the game longer than I have and he will know how to handle it.” Van Persie will not feature against Villa, with it emerging on Friday that the Holland international will be sidelined for a month due to a thigh injury. Asked for his reaction to that news, Lambert once more pointed to Rooney, who is available in the league again after suspension and, like Van Persie, has scored 10 goals for United in all competitions this season. “He (Van Persie) is a great player, but they have great players to come in,” Lambert said. “Rooney comes in from suspension – they still have great players.” Villa – currently 11th in the table, three points worse off than United – will be without midfielder Fabian Delph for the contest. Delph is suspended having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 2-0 defeat at Fulham last weekend. In terms of injuries in his squad, Lambert has reported that centre-back Ron Vlaar is “struggling” with his calf problem, but indicated that full-back Antonio Luna and striker Libor Kozak – recently sidelined by groin and toe complaints respectively – may be available on Sunday. last_img read more