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Safety training a must

first_imgIf a BB gun is at the top of your child’s Christmas list, a Georgia 4-H gun safety expert urges you to put “target sport safety equipment” on that list, too. “As parents, we would never send our kids out to play in a little league football game without the proper protective equipment,” said Mark Zeigler, who coordinates the Georgia 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education program, or SAFE. “Target sports also require the proper protective gear, and the most important part of that gear is sound safety education.” More than 3,500 youths participate Zeigler leads the program’s certified coaches who are trained in youth development as well as shooting education and safety. SAFE coaches teach target sport safety to more than 3,500 students across Georgia. Although he didn’t have a BB gun as a child, Zeigler doesn’t discourage parents from buying one for their child. “It can be an appropriate gift when used under the supervision of an adult and if the child is taught basic firearm safety,” he said. “It’s paramount that children are properly educated first. I just can’t stress that enough.” 4-H’ers use the Daisy 499In the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie longed for “an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, Range Model air rifle with a compass on the stock and this thing which tells time.” Unlike Ralphie, Georgia 4-H’ers use the Daisy 499 model, which is specifically designed for target sports, Zeigler said. “The 499 is so specific, it can’t be bought in stores,” he said. “It was designed specifically to support shooters competing in international BB championship matches.” Learning to concentrateThough the SAFE program teaches the safety aspects of shooting sports, he says the most important thing students learn has nothing to do with sports. “Studies have shown that participating in shooting sports helps kids improve their concentration levels and their grades,” he said. “And it’s the lowest injury rate sport. In 4-H, we teach firearms safety mirrored with youth development standards and principles.” Like most 4-H activities, students can compete in target sports on the regional, state and national levels. “Although competition isn’t the goal of the program, when used correctly, competition can help young people develop life sills and positive habits they can carry through life,” Zeigler said. The Georgia 4-H target sports program is open to fifth- through eighth-grade students for BB and through high school for other shooting sports like archery, rifle, pistol and shotgun. Many training opportunities existIn addition to Georgia 4-H, target sport safety training is available through Boy Scouts, the National Rifle Association and the Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Program. Conservation programs like Ducks Unlimited and The National Wild Turkey Federation also offer programs for youths to develop interest in shooting sports. For more information on the Georgia 4-H SAFE Program, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Cruz Again Visits Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ted Cruz has made multiple trip is a few days to the Hoosier State.Cruz was in Plainfield and Lebanon asking for votes.He also challenged front runner Donald Trump to an Indiana debate.No word on whether Trump will accept.last_img

Daniel and Margo to be reunited for Christmas special

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell is to be reunited with his sister Margo for Christmas.The singing sensation and his older sister had not spoken for several years after their mum Julia died in May, 2014.Margo revealed last year “I don’t see Daniel at all. Things are not good there. It is circumstantial. “It has now been four years in May since Mam passed. That’s how long it has been since we spoke. That’s the way it is.“But he is doing magnificently well and he is my brother and I love him dearly because he is a good man.“Sometimes when people come into your life they change things so. I pray for them.”However, it is understood that Daniel and Margo put their differences behind them earlier this year. And now they are to share a stage together as they first did when Daniel joined Margo’s band many decades agoThe pair will appear on TG4’s highest-rating country music show, Opry le Daniel, on Christmas Eve at 9.30pmThe pair recorded the show live recently in front of a packed house at the Millennium Stadium in Derry.Margo said she is really looking forward to reuniting with Daniel for the special Christmas show.She said “I’m delighted to be appearing on Opry le Daniel on TG4 television,  especially at Christmastime, with my ‘wee’ brother Daniel, at 9.30pm on Christmas Eve’. Daniel and Margo to be reunited for Christmas special was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DanieldonegalMARGOOprey le DanielReunitedlast_img read more

Farm Succession Workshop in Celina Jan. 30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A workshop on farm transition and succession will be held 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 30, 2019, at Romer’s Catering at Westlake, 1100 S. Main St., Celina.This event is designed to help families develop a succession plan for their farm business, learn ways to transfer management skills and the farm’s business assets from one generation to the next and learn how to have conversations about the future of one’s farm. Attendees are encouraged to bring members from each generation to the workshop.Featured speakers will include David Marrison, OSU associate professor; extension educator, attorney Robert Moore with Wright & Moore Law Co., Peggy Hall, OSU assistant professor and an attorney in agricultural law; and Denny Riethman, Mercer County OSU Extension educator. Registration is limited to the first 60 people. The cost is $20 per person and $30 per couple. The registration deadline is Jan. 23. Contact the Mercer County OSU Extension Office at 419-586-2179 to register.Topics covered during the workshop will include:• key questions to answer when planning for the future of the family farm business.• family communication in the farm-transition process.• analyzing the family farm business/keeping the business competitive into the future.• providing income for multiple generations.• developing the next generation of farm managers• farm succession with multiple offspring and family members: fair versus equal.• retirement strategies.• preparing for the unexpected.• strategies to get farm and family affairs in order.• analyzing risk in today’s world.• long-term health-care issues and costs.• farm business structures and their role in estate and transition planning.• estate and transfer strategies.• buy/sell agreements.• trusts and life insurance.• tax implications of estate and transition planning.• information needed by an attorneylast_img read more

Questions About Brazil Packer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association is asking the U.S. treasury secretary to conduct a review of Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods increasing its stake in Kansas City, Missouri-based National Beef Packing.Marfrig announced in mid-November the company would buy the remaining 31% of National Beef, the fourth-largest meatpacker in the U.S. The shares in National Beef had been owned by the investment firm Jefferies Financial Group. Marfrig had already purchased 51% of National Beef from Jefferies and other shareholders in June 2018.National Beef operates two beef packing plants about 80 miles apart in Kansas. One is in Dodge City and the other is in Liberal. National Beef also owns a packing plant in Tama, Iowa, and operates other case-ready and further-processing plants in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio and Missouri.Marfrig announced the purchase of that 31% of shares from Jefferies is already final.USCA wrote Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday asking him to review the sale under the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS. The committee is made up of members from several federal agencies, and it meets in closed settings to review foreign acquisitions in critical industries involving infrastructure, technology, manufacturing and mining. In recent years, CFIUS has examined multiple major acquisitions in agriculture, but the Treasury Department has not added a representative from USDA and FDA to join the committee for reviews, despite calls from members of Congress.In its letter, USCA cited work from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, highlighting that Brazilian meatpackers have benefitted from subsidized loans and other resources from the Brazilian National Development Bank. Marfrig had also settled an agreement with Brazilian prosecutors, paying $28.73 million to cover damages from an earlier bribery investigation.National Beef did not respond to an email seeking comment.Marfrig and one of its main Brazilian competitors, JBS S.A., are now two of four of the largest meatpackers in the United States with Cargill and Tyson Foods being the other two U.S.-based competitors.USCA President Kenny Graner warned of the growing influence of foreign ownership in U.S. agriculture. In an interview, Graner noted a large share of packing capacity is now controlled by Brazil.“You have these foreign owners buying up a large percentage of our kill capacity here in the U.S.,” Graner said. “What is it to them to give back to our rural communities when they just want to take the profits back to Brazil and utilize the exchange rate and become more profitable in their own countries?”Graner added that President Donald Trump has stressed “America first,” but that runs counter to increased foreign ownership, especially when Brazilian beef competes against the U.S. for global exports. “You’ve got political people in both parties working with these foreign investors, but it’s time to put our ag industry first,” Graner said. “Let’s not allow our industry to be sold off to foreign investors.”If CFIUS were to review the sale, the findings would likely remain undisclosed to the public. CFIUS seldom releases details of its reviews and often releases a single report of its work more than a year afterward.The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee wrote Mnuchin in April 2018 to request a CFIUS review of Marfrig’s initial majority-stake purchase of National Beef. Three other senators signed the letter at the time. The senators cited earlier purchases of major agricultural companies, stating, “It has become increasingly clear that growing foreign investment in U.S. agriculture requires a thorough review process to safeguard the American food system.”The senators added in the 2018 letter that there were also issues over corruption scandals in Brazil “that revealed unacceptable safety and quality issues with Brazilian beef intended for the American market, including Marfrig.”Read the letter here: https://bit.ly/…Grassley said Tuesday he did not recall receiving any response from the Treasury Department regarding the letter. Responding to a question from DTN, Grassley also said he does not think CFIUS takes foreign investment in agriculture as seriously as other industries.“No, but that’s probably because the ignorance of agriculture inside the beltway mentality here,” Grassley said.In October, Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote Mnuchin also raising concerns about Brazilian meatpackers and their expansion in the U.S. Menendez and Rubio specifically asked CFIUS to investigate JBS S.A.’s acquisitions in the U.S.USCA stated the group “believes an investigation into the activities of Marfrig Global Foods is necessary to ensure the safe, affordable and abundant food supply that our nation currently enjoys.”Read the Menendez and Rubio letter here: https://bit.ly/…On Nov. 17, Marfrig’s board of directors unanimously voted to increase Marfrig’s ownership interest in National Beef. Marfrig recently announced its third quarter results showing its North American quarterly revenue at just under $2.25 billion and gross income at $374 million for the quarter. Marfrig also recently signed a partnership with ADM to produce more plant-based products.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ricafort eager to bring energy, help motivate Maroons

first_imgLATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump tells Curry that White House visit is off; LeBron reacts Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I guess it’s a good thing because every time I just step on the court I really just want to bring the energy and motivate everybody,” said Ricafort Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The UAAP eligibility board initially deemed Ricafort ineligible to play as he will reach 25-years-old, the league’s age limit, in January of 2018 but UP argued that the basketball tournament is long over by the time the forward reaches that age.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the event that the TRO expires and the UAAP’s decision stands, the victory against La Salle, and other wins Ricafort takes part , may be forfeited.But amid the legal hoopla, Ricafort just wants to focus on playing as hard as he could for the Maroons. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Photo by Trista Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRob Ricafort couldn’t help but feel like the lucky charm after University of the Philippines plucked its third win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s, a 98-87 stunner of La Salle, on Saturday.The 24-year-old played his first game for the Maroons against the Green Archers after he got a temporary restraining order against the ineligibility ruling by the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “I just want to contribute as much as I could and be better especially that today was my first game,” said Ricafort who had two points and one assist in 10 minutes of play. “We beat La Salle, and they are the no. 1 team and that says a lot about our team.”And Ricafort wasn’t shy to tell who among teammates got lucky every time he got to the floor.“I guess I feel lucky when I stepped on the court, because every time I’m in there, Paul [Desiderio] starts shooting the lights out!” exclaimed Ricafort.Desiderio seemed to relish Ricafort’s blessing as he finished with a career-high 30 points, 18 of which were from long range.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Maybe I’ll go bald for a film, says Priyanka Chopra

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, who has managed to pull off different looks in her over decade-long movie career, has sported a bald look for her forthcoming film “Mary Kom”. The actress, who didn’t actually shave off her head, says she may consider going bald if an entire film requires her to do so.For “Mary Kom”, which releases Sep 5, the requirement was only for a scene.”It was just about one scene in ‘Mary Kom’, so it was not required for me to go bald. Then who would have shot the rest of the film? But if a film requires for me to go bald entirely, maybe I will do it. But just for one or two scenes, I can’t go bald,” Priyanka said here.She has sported a bald look for her forthcoming film Mary Kom.”Mary Kom” is a biopic on boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom, who fought all odds to pursue her passion.Talking about the film, which marks the directorial debut of Omung Kumar, Priyanka said: “When Omung came me to me with this film, I was quite sure I want to do it. I knew Omung for many years and besides this film was being made (co-produced) by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.”There was a comfort zone and Omung and Sanjay gave me confidence. It’s an incredible story,” she said.last_img read more

The getaway guide

first_imgDive into the deep South–Kathadi NorthIt was the perfect wind on the coast of Rameswaram that first brought Jehan Driver, 34, CEO, Quest Expeditions Private Limited, here on a kite surfing trip. This memory and the love for the sport led him to setup a quaint little resort Kathadi (Tamil,Dive into the deep South–Kathadi NorthIt was the perfect wind on the coast of Rameswaram that first brought Jehan Driver, 34, CEO, Quest Expeditions Private Limited, here on a kite surfing trip. This memory and the love for the sport led him to setup a quaint little resort Kathadi (Tamil for kite) North close to the town, three years ago. Surrounded by palm trees and a desolate beach just half a kilometre away, the space and the setting have a dream-like quality to them. “The beach is calm, with no waves April through September and we use it for leisure activities. Kite surfing, a more serious sport that requires training moves to the South side during these months,” explains Driver who also runs another property, Kathadi South, a basic campsite with beach huts. Kathadi North, though a boutique homestay, provides accommodation in its four huts with thatched roofs. Not suited to the palate of a luxury traveller, the resort is for lovers of water sports and those who are looking to spend their holiday by a pristine, undiscovered beach. The food is homely and served at an openair community table where your hosts Driver and Upasana Mody, 34, (both former residents of Mumbai) dine with you and regale you with tales of life in the Deep South. Choose from kayaking, snorkelling and Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) or short expeditions to explore the coast.Getting there: The closest airport Madurai is at a distance of 140 km. The closest railway station Rameswaram is at a distance of 30 kilometres. At Kathadi North, 1/1164 Meenavar Kadal Karai, Pirappan Valasai Village, Ramanathapuram; Price Rs 3,500 onwards for the stay and Rs 500 onwards for the activities; Tel 8657195551advertisementLive the Kapoor & Sons life–180 degrees McIver, Coonoor Remember the colonial bungalow the Kapoor family called their home in the film? Or the charm of the rustic villa you were privy to in Mani Rathnam’s latest Kaatru Veliyidai? This holiday, you can make a part of it yours and spend some quiet time in the sprawling gardens, taking in the 180 degree view of quaint little town of Coonoor. Thus named, 180 degrees McIver dates back to 1876 and was turned into a hotel by SerendipityO in 2010. The six spacious rooms, each one a different colour, were re-designed by a French designer and use antique furniture that adds to their colonial charm. The rooms take their names from the original owner’s estates-Blackwood, Creswell, Balfour, Cranley, Cromwell and Montecute. The property has a garden restaurant La Bella Vie that serves French, Continental and Indian food and a coffee shop that sells fresh bakes. Don’t worry about piling on the calories during your holiday as McIver also hosts yoga classes twice a week for its guests. “There’s been a lot of attention to the property after Kapoor & Sons and we often find passers by identifying McIver,” says Anita Mathias, manager, SerendipityO. Book your rooms early this summer, before other fans beat you to it.Getting there: The nearest airport, Coimbatore, is at a distance of 70 kilometres. The nearest train station is Coonoor that is served by the picturesque narrow gauge train (toy train) from Mettupalayam, located at a distance of 34 km. At 180 degrees McIver, 1-4, Orange Grove Road, Near SIM’s Park, Coonoor; Price Rs 4,000 onwardsAdventure filled weekends–Adventure zone, Chennai For those who don’t have a long summer holiday on the cards, here is how you can get your quick fix of adrenaline rush. Established in 2008 at Madhurantakam by Major Roy Swaraj Robert, Adventure Zone has been quite popular among corporates for their structured outbound training programs. On offer are activities such as rappelling, rock climbing, scuba diving, shooting, parasailing and even karaoke, and nature and birding tours. “I wouldn’t categorise any of the adventure activities as leisure though. You will be doing most things yourself with essential safety back up and it does get hot and sweaty,” says Major Roy, 53. You could plan a day-long activity trip or choose to stay in luxury air conditioned tents at the location. There is no fixed check-in or check-out time and no specific age-limit for the activities. Book your summer slots soon as everything is on a first come first serve basis.Getting there: Located at a distance of 40 km from Chennai; At 37, Cheyyur Road, Village Zameer Endathur, Taluk Madhurantakam; Details www.adventurezone.mysite.com; Price Rs 500 onwards for activities. Rs 2,200 per head for tent stay; Tel 94443 84608Holistic healing–Watsu, Pondicherry Leave your stress behind and enter the first Deepak Chopra Healing Centre for a rejuvenating holiday. It was last year that the Dune Eco Village and Resort partnered with the author and alternative-medicine advocate to add to its ayurvedic offerings and provide a healing experience to its patrons. The centre offers Chopra’s famous Perfect Health programme, both for short (a week) and longer durations. The space has a rather rustic appeal with thatched roofs, open-to-the-sky showers, traditional wooden steam chambers and plenty of tropical flowers in bloom. Therapies are carried out by trained Ayurvedic practitioners under the guidance of Dr Indira Priyadarshini on traditional massage tables in naturally ventilated rooms. The highlight is the Watsu, an aquatic bodywork form that uses zen shiatsu and acupressure in warm water to provide a relaxing and healing experience. Conducted by one of the only two licensed practitioners in the country in an exclusive heated, salt chlorinated pool at the centre, Watsu can be a transforming experience for most people. You are guided by the therapist who cradles, rocks and stretches through gentle, flowing movements in the water while you float on the surface. Your body moves towards a state of deep relaxation while your breathing is in rhythm with your therapist.advertisementGetting there: The closest airport is Chennai at a distance of 140 km. At Deepak Chopra Healing Centre, Dune Eco Village and Spa, East Coast Road, Pudhukuppam, Puducherry; Tel 91595 50341; Price Rs 1,500 onwardsLuxury at the foothills–Dvara, Siruvani Situated in the foothills at Siruvani near Coimbatore, Dvara is a boutique heritage resort that’ll make your vacation more luxurious. Taking its name from the word ‘door’, the first thing you will notice is, well, the doors. Sourced from numerous palatial homes of Chettinadu, each finely crafted wooden door has different patterns and is reminiscent of the heritage of the region. The property is warm and intimate with ten rooms, seven of which face the lake and give you a breathtaking view of the mountains. The large rooms are well-appointed with tastefully picked yet functional antique furniture. On request, your garden transforms into a private party venue with a dinner table setup and a portable barbecue grill you could spend the evening grilling at.Getting there: The closest airport and train station is Coimbatore located at a distance of 30 km. At Dvara, near Karunya Post, Siruvani; Tel 7339111222; Details www.dvara.in; Price Rs 10,000 onwardsDown by the river–Anaikatti There are things money can’t buy but then come along an experience like sipping coffee by the pool under a canopy of coconut and palm trees which almost makes you believe it can. And that is exactly why a weekend getaway to Anaikatti- by the Siruvani (a Sterling holidays resort), the newest property by Sterling Holidays, is a great idea if you’re looking for a break from the chaos of city life. The frustration that comes with being unable to use your phone, however, melts almost immediately as you step out of your car and onto the driveway. You’re greeted with a view of lush green trees, sounds of chirping birds and the river gushing by-just about everything you need to reconnect with life. The resort, which boasts of 33 rustic but well-equipped cottages, lies amidst the Silent Valley National Park, offering visitors a rich wildlife experience.advertisementGetting there: The resort is about 55 km from Coimbatore airport; At 6/301, Vadakottathara, Palakkad Dist, Kottathara, Kerala; Tel 04924227100’A cheese-making holiday–Cinnabar After you’ve had enough of walking around on the winding hill roads of the beautiful little town of Kodaikanal, there’s a chance to pick up a hobby or two. Cinnabar, a rustic homestay and cheese farm offers cheese making and baking classes. Started in 2003 by Bala Krishnan, the homestay has two rooms with Cypress wood ceilings and local Australian Blackwood floors insulated with coconut coir to help deal with the cold weather. Baking is a daily activity and guests can learn by being a part of the process in the evenings. If neither is your cup of tea, you could also take up a cookery class with the hosts.Getting there: The closest airport Madurai is at a distance of 116 kilometres. The closest train station is Kodai Road at a distance of 80 km; At Cinnabar, Chettiar Road, Kodaikanal; Tel 9842145220; Detals cinnabarfarm@yahoo.com; Price Rs 6,000 inclusive of breakfast and dinner for twoDip into culture–Svatma, Tanjore There isn’t a better holiday experience than one that takes you back in time. At Svatma, a heritage boutique hotel, your day begins with a session on veda chanting. Evenings are dedicated to in-house Veena concerts followed by a discussion on Indian ragas. Tanjore painting, bronze casting and handloom weaving demonstrations are part of your day as are cookery classes where you can make your own dosas. Getting there: The closest airport is Trichy at a distance of 48 kms from Thanjavur; At No. 4/116, Blake Higher Secondary School, M Chavadi, Tanjavur; Tel 04362273222; Details www.svatma.in; Price Rooms start at Rs 16,000 Suites start at Rs 21,000last_img read more

a month agoLee Clark: Newcastle need Almiron goal; Noble tribute; Souness right on Man Utd

first_imgLee Clark: Newcastle need Almiron goal; Noble tribute; Souness right on Man Utdby Lee Clarka month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWithout being disrespectful to Brighton, because every team you come up against in the Premier League are tough opponents, but if Newcastle are playing teams in the same situation as themselves at St. James’ Park, you expect them to be on the front foot, be positive and taking the game on.I think Steve Bruce would have wanted his team to play that way. He certainly wouldn’t have wanted the 71 per cent possession to 29 per cent possession ratio in favour of the away team. In the first-half Brighton were totally dominant and in saying that if you look over the course of the game Newcastle probably had as many clear cut chances as Brighton.The chance that Miguel Almiron had is one that a striker with confidence puts down the side of the goalkeeper into the corner of the goal. Instead he just fired it straight down the goalkeeper’s throat. That’s a player who is trying desperately hard to break this goalscoring duck. He’s got such a brilliant work ethic for the team, the reports you get from the training ground is that he works ever so hard on the pitch and I think everybody that is associated with the club are willing Almiron on to get this goal because I think if he gets the first one, his confidence levels will rise and he’ll go on a bit of a run.I know Brighton had their own chances and they were the dominant team. So I think all in all it was a disappointing performance and a disappointing weekend because I think Steve Bruce and his staff were probably expecting three points. The positive thing out of it is that they haven’t lost the game, they’ve kept the clean sheet that will help the defenders and the goalkeeper and then obviously they’ve got a point from a performance that probably didn’t warrant it. The problem they’ve got now is they’ve got extremely tough league games in the next three. They’ve got to start to picking up points because it’s getting really tight at the bottom there in terms of there being five or six teams where one or two wins can get you out of the relegation zone and on the other hand two or three losses puts you right in there and gives you confidence issues.DELIGHTED FOR ANDY, BUT…I was absolutely delighted to see Andy Carroll back in Newcastle colours, but the problem we’ve got is everyone is hanging their hopes on him because of the season we’ve had. It’s a big call because of his injury problems, he’s not going to be straight into the firing line in terms of starting games. It’s going to have to be a gradual process with Andy working up his match fitness. He got 10-15 minutes against Brighton and I think Steve will be trying to use him from the bench and maybe giving him a little bit longer with each appearance, then seeing how long it will take before he believes he is ready to start. But Andy has obviously lifted the mood around the club and around the city. All I’d warn is that there’s a lot of pressure on him because everyone is hanging their hopes on him to be the one that turns things around for the club.HUDDERSFIELDI’ve seen the two games since Danny Cowley took over and I totally agree with his sentiments from what he said after those games: it’s a club that has forgot how to win. It’s been that long. It’s a group of players, I think he used the words, that play the scoreboard rather than the game, so even when they go ahead they are worrying about getting pegged back, and if they get overtaken it seems to effect their mentality and confidence. I thought for an hour they did great against West Bromwich Albion, it’s always a tough place to go the Hawthorns. But then as soon as West Brom got back to 2-2 there looked like there’d be only one winner and that ended up being the case.Danny has come out and said he feels the team isn’t fit enough to play the way he wants to play for 94, 95 minutes. It’s a really tough period for the club. The manager is trying to get his ideas across, it’s not going to happen overnight, especially if he wants to change so many things. Reports stated that ten days leading up to the game Danny gave the players so much information, so you could worry about it being overload for them. You just hope that they can get this first win sooner rather than later because the longer it goes on the longer it will just frighten the life out of everyone in terms of fans, players, staff, because everyone starts losing their confidence and wondering where the next result is coming from.SOUNESS WAS RIGHT ABOUT MAN UTDI think there is a good chance that it could be the worst ever Manchester United squad in the Premier League era without a doubt. I was really disappointed with their performance against West Ham United. The three guys in the Sky Sports studio – Graeme Souness, Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho – know a hell of a lot about winning major trophies and what it takes, and they were quite scathing and rightly so on the performance level that Man Utd delivered against West Ham. I thought it was quite inept, quite flat to be honest. All you expect from a Man Utd team, even in the games that they’ve lost, you expect them to be up and at you, creating numerous chances, playing with lots of a tempo, lots of speed, hitting you on the break, you’re always worried even when you’re in front that they can come back and hurt you because of their pace. They just look like a run of the mill Premier League team at the moment. People are talking about them breaking into the top-four, I would say that you’ve got to worry about them getting into the top-six at this moment in time, never mind the top-four, because I think their performance levels are quite average at best. NOBLE RIGHT WHERE HE WANTS TO BEThe answer to Mark Noble joining a bigger club is tough when you’re playing for the club that you love and support and you’re playing every week and you’re classed as one of the main men.He’s been a terrific ambassador for West Ham. You can see he loves the club. When they’ve had the times of turmoil and disappointment, he’s always been the one that steps up and comes to the fore, whether that has to be communicating with the fans or on the pitch.He’s the leader for those West Ham supporters and their fans – and the group of players who are in the dressing room would understand what the club means to play for West Ham because of Mark Noble. Am I surprised he hasn’t been in the England set-up? Yeah I probably am. But in terms of playing for a big club, I don’t think he’d be too bothered or interested in that. He’s living his dream so I don’t think moving anywhere else would’ve been of any interest to him. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorLee ClarkShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more