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first_img December 23, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 2019 Year-In-Review: Progress on Voting, Criminal Justice, Education & Morecenter_img Government That Works,  Press Release,  Year in Review From the largest expansion of voting rights in 80 years to establishing a state-based marketplace to reduce health care costs to a sweeping executive order targeting gun violence, Pennsylvania continued its comeback in the first year of Governor Tom Wolf’s second term, including the implementation of many of his top priorities and expansions of his key initiatives.In 2020, Gov. Wolf will continue to fight to invest in infrastructure, reduce climate change, raise the minimum wage, tackle poverty, reform our probation system, expand gun safety laws, and even more to improve education, reduce health care costs, and enhance the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.Highlights from 2019 include:Major Reforms and ProgressVoting: Gov. Wolf signed the most significant reforms to Pennsylvania’s election law since it was established more than 80 years ago. Pennsylvanians can now vote by mail, and they have more time to register and submit mail-in and absentee ballots.Climate Change: Governor Tom Wolf took action against climate change by signing an executive order that begins the steps necessary for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program that limits carbon dioxide emission. He also acted to reduce air pollution, including methane, from natural gas wells and pipelines with the approval of changes to the state’s air quality regulations that are part of his Methane Reduction Strategy.Criminal Justice Reforms: Building off Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized criminal justice reforms like the Clean Slate Law, Gov. Wolf signed two Justice Reinvestment Initiative bills that make major reforms to probation and other areas that will save money by cutting red tape and investing in programs proven to reduce recidivism.Supporting Military Families: Gov. Wolf introduced the PA GI Bill, a first-of-its-kind program that provides family of military members with assistance paying for college, which he signed into law in June. Pennsylvania National Guard members can now apply for the program.Boosting PA Agriculture: Gov. Wolf made historic investments in Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry through his PA Farm Bill. The program is based on the governor’s six-point plan to protect the longevity of agriculture, and the rollout of its grant programs is already underway.Licensure Reform: Gov. Wolf signed legislation that cuts bureaucratic red tape to make it easier for new Pennsylvanians, including military spouses, with an out-of-state occupational license to work.Rainy Day Fund: Gov. Wolf announced a $317 million deposit into the commonwealth’s Rainy Day Fund, the largest transfer in nearly two decades.Health CareState-Based Exchange/Reinsurance: Gov. Wolf signed a historic reform that will move the online health insurance marketplace from the federally hosted HealthCare.gov to a state-based exchange, as well as create a reinsurance program. The new programs will save money for people purchasing plans through the Affordable Care Act while increasing access to health insurance.Rural Health: Gov. Wolf continued to work to ensure Pennsylvanians in every part of the state have access to health care within a reasonable distance by signing a bill establishing the Rural Health Redesign Center Authority and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Redesign Center Fund, which support the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model.Youth Tobacco Use: The governor signed legislation raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 and expanded tobacco laws to include e-cigarettes and other vaping products.Vulnerable PennsylvaniansVulnerable Populations: Gov. Wolf moved to overhaul the commonwealth’s programs to protect vulnerable populations by signing an executive order directing state agencies to work together to identify areas of improvement and create a plan to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to the care and services they need. The executive order established the Council on Reform, which delivered recommendations on changes that should be made so the commonwealth is better serving vulnerable Pennsylvanians.Childhood Sex Abuse: Gov. Wolf signed three bills that mirror the Grand Jury’s recommendations after its investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. The new laws abolish Pennsylvania’s criminal statute of limitations on childhood sex abuse and extend the timeline victims have to file civil action against their abusers, as well as increase penalties for failing to report child abuse by a mandated reporter and make conversations with law enforcement agents exempt from non-disclosure agreements.Campus Sexual Assault: Gov. Wolf has been a steadfast supporter of campus safety and nearly three years ago established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign, and this year enacted two major legislative changes sought for years. One encourages students to report sexual assault by providing them immunity for violating drug, alcohol, and other minor student conduct policies. The other change requires postsecondary institutions to offer students online, anonymous options to report a sexual assault or misconduct.Rape Kit Backlog: In April, the Pennsylvania State Police announced they cleared the backlog of forensic rape kits. Pennsylvania also made improvements to the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, including establishing timelines for submitting, testing, and storing rape kits.EducationPublic School Funding: Since taking office in 2015, Gov. Wolf has made good on his promise to fight for our schools and now secured more than $1.2 billion in public education funding since taking office. With this year’s funding increase, Pennsylvania has doubled investments in early childhood education during Gov. Wolf’s time in office.PAsmart: Pennsylvania continued to build Gov. Wolf’s STEM and career readiness initiative, PAsmart, and the governor secured a $10 million increase to $40 million for PAsmart, where the governor secured a $10 million increase for a total $40 million investment in 2019. In the inaugural year, the administration awarded nearly $10 million in PAsmart grants to 765 schools to expand computer science classes and teacher training. The administration has added thousands of registered apprenticeships and increased CTE students earning industry certifications by 50 percent.Reform: Kids in Pennsylvania will stay in school longer because the legislature approved Gov. Wolf’s plan to raise the school dropout age from 17 to 18 and lower the required age to start school from 8 to 6.Higher Education: Over the past five years, funding for higher education has increased by $188 million. Pennsylvania foster kids can also now attend college tuition-free, thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Wolf.Gun ViolenceGun Violence Reduction: Gov. Wolf continues to fight to combat gun violence in communities across Pennsylvania. A law signed by Gov. Wolf that requires domestic abusers to turn in their guns took effect in April. In August, he signed an executive order calling upon state agencies to target the public health crisis of gun violence. The governor continues to fight for increased gun violence reduction measures, including universal background checks, safe storage legislation and Extreme Risk Protection Orders.Civil RightsAnti-Choice Legislation: The governor continued to uphold the rights of Pennsylvanian women by vetoing anti-choice legislation, following through on a steadfast vow to support women and their ability to decide the healthcare that is best for them. He also fought back against federal anti-choice legislation, denouncing national efforts to take away the right for women to make their own healthcare choices.Equality: Gov. Wolf continued to push for equality for all Pennsylvanians. He called for the legislature to expand non-discrimination laws to include LGBTQ citizens. He spoke out against decisions by the White House to reduce transgender and LGBTQ protections.He also advocated for immigrants and refugees, repeatedly reminding Pennsylvanians that our commonwealth was founded on inclusivity.Pennsylvania officially recognized Juneteenth, the day honoring the announcement of the abolition of slavery reaching the furthest point of Texas. “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” will now be held June 19th each year in Pennsylvania.Citizen EngagementRecreational Marijuana: Gov. Wolf supported Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has he embarked on a listening tour to gather opinions on recreational marijuana legalization. Lt. Gov. Fetterman produced a report on the feedback he heard while visiting all 67 counties. In response to the lieutenant governor’s report, Gov. Wolf called for several actions, including for the General Assembly to seriously debate and consider the legalization of adult-use, recreational marijuana.Acts of Kindness: Gov. Wolf also encouraged Pennsylvanians to participate in “1-4-3 Day” by committing acts of kindness in honor of Fred Rogers, who used the numbers 1-4-3 to represent the letters in the words “I love you.” Across the state, Pennsylvanians heeded the call and filled the day with kind words and good deeds.last_img read more

first_imgHalf of the large listed companies in Germany still have much to do when it comes to the governance of their pension funds, according to Susanne Jungblut, director of Solution Compensation & Benefits at KPMG Germany.Jungblut also warned that, judging by the results of a recent survey of one-third of those companies listed in the DAX and MDAX indices with more than €100m in pension liabilities the “need for action” was likely to be much higher among smaller companies, which “still often have large defined benefit obligations” on their balance sheets.“Especially in the low-interest-rate environment, risk management of pension liabilities has significant importance and should be tackled,” she said at the Handelsblatt conference in Berlin.The survey found that, while 90% of the companies surveyed regularly run ALM studies, only around half of those do so quarterly or monthly. Similarly, the legally required ‘sensitivity analysis’ of liabilities is conducted only once a year by one-third of the companies, while half of respondents conceded they did not know how often such analyses were conducted.“This is not sufficient given the fast economic developments,” Jungblut said.She added that, while most companies actively include their actuaries in assessing pension risks, she was worried about the minority where the actuary seemed to be the only one with knowledge of that risk.Jungblut also said it was “really bad” that a minority of companies lacked any defined responsibilities regarding pension risks.Special reporting tools for pensions, a pensions committee and a pensions governance directive were each found in half of the surveyed companies, respectively.Jungblut noted that German companies had “become aware of the relevance of pension governance and had also recognised the need for action”.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Eden Hazard will need tests on a twisted ankle just three weeks before Real Madrid go to Barcelona in La Liga after hobbling off in his team’s 2-2 draw with Paris Saint Germain.“It’s more than just a knock,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. ‘It’s a knock on the ankle and a twist as well. And if it’s just a knock then that’s fine but if it’s a twist too.“Hopefully it will be okay with just three days rest. We will see on Wednesday. I hope it’s not a bad twist.”Hazard grimaced as he sat on the sidelines waiting for treatment.He eventually had to hobble around the perimeter, replaced by Gareth Bale who will now be even more important to Zidane if has to be without Hazard against Barcelona at the Nou Camp next month.“If we play like that every game I will sign for that.” said Zidane who was as happy with the display as he was concerned about Hazard’s injury.“His performance was spectacular,” he added.“Madrid were the better team,” said PSG coach Thomas Tuchel. “Madrid played like a team that have won three Champions League in the last four seasons.“Keylor Navas played very well for us. But the plus for us is that we finish top of the group.”Asked why he had not started with Neymar who was a second half substitute, he said: “Neymar has been out for six weeks. I didn’t think he needed to play this game. I have spoken to him and I took the decision for him, for his fitness.”The game turned on a refereeing decision in the first half when Thibaut Courtois was sent off and had a penalty awarded against him only for VAR to advise the referee to over-rule the decision for a previous foul on Marcelo.“I thought VAR was only to be used in the event of the possibility of a clear and obvious error,” he said.“The referee had decided that it was not a foul. I don’t think VAR should have intervened. It was a bit strange.”Tags: Eden HazardReal MadridZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

first_imgThe quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies. The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front. That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.” Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet.___ “Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.” The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures. ___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount. Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus.The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis. March 26, 2020 Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.___ Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak.The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals. The Latest: Padres to play “God Bless America” at Petco Park Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43. With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines.___The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’. Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income. A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak.The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors. The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria.The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended. The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

first_imgThe shirt has not been in use since full-back Antonio Valencia departed the Red Devils last summer. Other previous owners of the number 25 include the likes of former goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington, Jordi Cruyff, Quinton Fortune and right-back Danny Simpson. Speaking following the confirmation of the move last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us. He’s a great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”Solskjaer hopes Ighalo will add depth and quality to his frontline which is without the injured Rashford until at least March.“We will give him time to settle,” Solskjaer said, adding, “He is a striker, has a physical presence and is a goalscorer so he will give us a lot. You would be thrilled when you have been a Manchester United supporter your whole life and you’ve been working your whole life.“Being the top scorer in the African Cup of Nations tells you a lot about the qualities we are going to get. He’s a different type of striker. He’s a proven goalscorer, physical presence.“It also gives us a chance to rest Mason Greenwood and to rest Anthony Martial at times with so many games coming up. We want to go far in the Europa League, we want to go far in the FA Cup, we’ve got league games to go.“It was important we had another type of striker to use. Marcus Rashford is going to be out for a little while but when he comes back as well we’ll be a different team.”Ighalo told Sky Sports News that he was a boyhood fan of Manchester United and is looking forward to starting work with the Premier League side.“It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid I followed and dreamt of Manchester United. But it is a reality now. I cannot say much more now until I get started. It’s been crazy. Obviously, I am happy to be in Manchester first of all.“This is a great opportunity for me and I am grateful to God, and to my agent, and the coach who has given me this opportunity to be here. I am happy to be here and to work out with the team and finish very well this season.”While Ighalo is thrilled to joining the Red Devils on a short term loan, the striker turned down a move to Nou Camp when Barcelona found themselves almost in the same position as the former English champions and the Spanish champions wanted him on a six months loan deal.Giving reason on why he turned down a move to Barcelona last year January to continue his career in the Chinese Super League, he said: “My agent spoke to me about a loan interest from Barcelona. The club wanted a striker with La Liga experience and someone who understands Spanish football.“It was meant to be a six-month loan and strictly as a back-up striker. It was nice to hear that Barcelona were interested and any footballer would be more than happy to take it. But with due respect I had just finished as the second top scorer in China with 21 goals, I deserve better and didn’t want to be a short-term player somewhere.“We rejected it, it was an easy decision to make and I chose to stay in China by joining Shanghai Shenhua on a longer contract,” Ighalo added.The former Watford striker, who previously spent five years at Granada, rejected an opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League and potentially claim a first European league title with the 25-time Spanish champions.Ighalo insists he has no regrets over his decision to snub Barcelona and sign a three-year deal at Shanghai Shenhua as he believes he had to adopt a long-term plan for his career.“You need to weigh things up properly in life and ask yourself if it is your call to make, or one to satisfy others,” said Ighalo.“I respect my decision. I needed to focus on what is good for my career long-term and when you decide to do something – you stay true to yourself. It wasn’t for me and I am happy where I am.”Ighalo’s Manchester United signing is a shock as he has spent the last three years playing in China. The Chinese Super League is largely seen as an inferior competition and one where players move after their prime to see out their careers with often lucrative contracts.Ighalo does have plenty of Premier League experience. He played for Watford between 2014 and 2017, scoring 16 goals in 55 top-flight appearances for the Hornets.The striker was also a key player for Nigeria before announcing his international retirement in July 2019, scoring 16 goals in 35 outings for the Super Eagles. He was the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with five goals in five appearances to help the Super Eagles to the semi-finals.Ighalo will add to United’s attacking options following an injury to top scorer Rashford. The club only have Anthony Martial and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood currently available, meaning Ighalo can expect plenty of game time.However, former Chelsea forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is of the opinion that Ighalo’s move to Old Trafford only highlights the difference between Manchester United and Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.Surprised by the move, Hasselbaink said Ighalo was neither United’s number one nor number two transfer target in January, but he believes the 2019 AFCON top scorer rode his luck to the Theatre of Dreams.“He must be the luckiest man! Going to China, being away from Europe nobody seeing him for two and a half years since he was at Watford and then getting a loan move at United,” the ex-Netherlands striker told SkySports.“Wow. That doesn’t happen!“It says how far behind United are from Liverpool, Manchester City and even Chelsea. They have got a big job ahead.“They needed somebody in. I think he was not their number one and I would be surprised if he was their number two or three as well.“He is getting an opportunity and he will definitely get minutes and we will see if he can do it.”The former Watford attacker arrived in Manchester on Sunday ahead of his formal unveiling by the Red Devils.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram During the 2018/19 winter transfer season, with Barcelona striker, Luiz Suarez, far from his best, the Catalan Club turned their direction to Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, to save their season but the 2019 AFCON top scorer turned the Spanish giants down. The same situation again played out in the just concluded winter transfer. With Manchester United Marcus Rashford out till the end of March, attention was again turned to the Chinese Super League top goal poacher for their top-four ambition. Will Ighalo be a lion in the winter at Old Trafford? This is the big question as he prepares to debut for his new clubWhat was initially thought to be mere rumour turned out to be a reality on the night of Friday, February 29,  when Manchester United beat the winter transfer deadline to sign Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo in a £3 million loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in what is no doubt the most shocking transfer of the January window.Ighalo will be on loan at Old Trafford for the rest of the season as cover for Marcus Rashford, who has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a back injury and the striker has since been handed the number 25 jersey ahead of his possible debut against Chelsea following the Premier League winter break. Odion Ighalolast_img read more

first_imgDec. 15 and 16: Descanso Gardens sale of designer containers, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Boddycq House Terrace. Dozens of inspired plantings can be purchased during the event, with proceeds going to garden operations; 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca?ada Flintridge. For information, call (818) 949-4200.Dec. 19: Bird walk, 8 a.m. South Coast Botanic Garden. Free with gate admission. For information, call (310) 544-1948.checklistHoliday plants: Put them outside occasionally for watering to give them a break from interior heaters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGift ideas: Check nurseries for pots, pruners, seeds, bulbs, gloves and plants.Roses: Time to start dreaming. Check nurseries for catalogs and photos of new introductions for January bare-root planting. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more