WHINSEC CGSOC Staff Ride in a Two-Century-Old Tradition

first_imgBy Assistant Professor Ruben D. Colon, History and Leadership Department, CGSOC August 16, 2016 The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) Command & General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) staff ride to the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, on August 8th and 9th, which carries on a tradition that began in Germany in the 19th Century. CGSOC Class of 2017’s 66 students were making a historical study of operational leadership during the United States Civil War as a tool to aid their professional judgment and understanding of the strategic and operational ideas during combat. Students used the historical analogies found during the battle at Chickamauga to analyze, explain, and comprehend contemporary events and relate them to future issues during military operations. The staff ride was preceded by classroom study of the battle of Chickamauga to prepare the students for the visit to the battlefield. Phase II was the actual visit on the ground at Chickamauga, where the students were challenged to identify the critical issues and problems facing commanders during this battle. Phase III concluded the staff ride allowing students to reflect on their experiences and integrating all they learned of the attributes demonstrated by leaders during the Chickamauga Campaign. Mexican Army Colonel Alejandro Nuñez Robles, a partner-nation instructor at the Institute, was the primary instructor for this event, steering the students through the learning objectives. Mr. David S. Stieghan, the Infantry Branch Historian at the U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, and Mr. James Odgen, a Park Ranger at Chickamauga, provided insight at areas that were strategically important during the complex battle at Chickamauga. Their expertise, knowledge and understanding of the battle augmented the learning objectives students had prepared during their presentations. At one site on the battlefield, Stieghan arranged students into the rank and file formations used at Chickamauga. He then simulated a maneuver across the old battlefield in order for students to experience some of the confusion and duress that both Union and Confederate troops felt during the battles of that campaign. Students admired Stieghan’s approach, one commenting that “the rank and file exercise gave [the participants] an appreciation for the difficulties in battle that leaders faced then and still face today.” The staff ride is a tradition that began in Germany during late 19th century as a tour of specific Napoleonic battle positions to train the German general staff officers to study the failures and successes of events in combat that offer lessons that can be applied by leaders in the future. The CGSOC class of 2017 is composed of field grade officers from the U.S. Army’s active component, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps; and military and law enforcement officers from the nations of Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Logistical support for the staff ride was provided by U.S. Army Major Jacob Kim and Mr. Pedro Valle of WHINSEC School of Professional Military Education, with Mrs. Maria Marrero and Mrs. Ana Brewington, Translation Division, providing interpretation services.last_img read more

April 15, 2003 Letters

first_img Immigration Policy The March 1 News featured a letter under the heading “Haitian Immigrants” calling on Florida lawyers to condemn INS (now replaced by the Department of Homeland Security) policy toward Haitian asylum seekers. This prompted me to write in support of the current policy as the only sane approach.In December 2001 the federal government implemented a policy of detaining Haitian asylum seekers while their claims for asylum were considered. In November 2002 the INS expanded this policy to all aliens arriving illegally in the United States by sea. Cubans constitute an exception under a 1966 law enacted by Congress.Most Haitians are found ineligible for asylum and are deported back to Haiti, if they can be located when the deportation order issues. Detention is the key, as history has shown that aliens who are released pending their immigration claims often defeat deportation by disappearing into the community.The INS announcement of the current detention policy recites concerns that perceptions of a loose immigration policy will motivate more illegal and dangerous mass migrations by sea, including large scale smuggling by organized smugglers. A policy that allows people to avoid deportation just by not showing up for the hearing will predictably have this effect.A firm immigration policy is essential to the protection of Florida’s quality of life. Florida’s population is projected to explode from 15.9 million in 2000 to 24.5 million in 2030. Despite low American birth rates, the United States population went from 203 million in 1970 to approximately 280 million today. At current immigration levels (which far exceed traditional levels) the U.S. Census Bureau projects a population of 404 million in 2050 and 571 million in 2100. This directly affects us, as a large proportion of this flood of immigration ends up in Florida.Overpopulation in Florida aggravates a host of problems, including school overcrowding, traffic congestion, environmental degradation, urban sprawl and overbuilding, and looming water shortages. Florida’s public services and social services are already badly strained, and importing more poverty will make it even worse.School overcrowding is largely fed by current extraordinary levels of immigration. Many schools are especially hard hit by a massive influx of students who can’t speak English. Schools nationwide are struggling with shortages of personnel qualified to teach a growing population of non-English speaking students.We should help the less fortunate in Haiti and elsewhere. The Miami Herald recently described a bipartisan proposal in Congress to give Haiti significant trade benefits to boost the Haitian economy. The people of Haiti also receive aid from our government. For the sake of our posterity, however, a firm immigration policy is essential.David Falstad Orlando Law School Loans I write in support of SB96 (a bill to help assistant state attorneys and public defenders pay back law school loans) sponsored by Sen. Skip Campbell as referred to in the March 1 issue of the News, particularly the quote by committee Chair Sen. Alex Villalobos: “You can’t afford to stay” and further, Sen. Rod Smith’s observation: “People come out of law school with $80,000 to $120,000 of loans; they can’t afford these jobs.”Unfortunately, while we qualify for deferrals and low income graduated payments, the interest on our student loans continues to accumulate, then capitalize and compound so that each day we work for the state, our debt increases.However, my own experience, while being mired in law school debt, may provide some insight into the mind-set of those elected officials charged with prosecution or defense. It also provides a warning to others who might dare to lobby for wage increases or contact their senators or representatives.In early 2002, when the legislature was previously working on the state budget, I exercised my rights as a citizen and made an appointment to see my local state senator to lobby for higher budgets for state attorneys and public defenders. As an assistant state attorney at the time, I first informed my state attorney and employer that I was going to lobby on behalf of all of us similarly situated, explaining that, even though the budget was in crisis, it would not always be so.In meeting with my senator, I pointed out that in my short experience as an assistant state attorney I had been impressed by the great many attorneys working in our circuit who were dedicated and driven to provide excellent legal representation either as prosecutors or defense attorneys. I indicated Florida would do well to show respect and support for those of us who do this important public interest work, and one way would be by providing excellent starting salaries and across-the-board increases to those whose tenure represents years of dedication, while at the same time lowering the very high turn-over rate among new-hires and generally improving the overall employee moral. In the alternative, we might be given assistance in paying on those huge law school debts while we accept low starting salaries.Interestingly, in less than one month after meeting with the senator, I was put on probation, and within three months I had been fired for being unable to perform my work. This, in spite of the fact that I wrote copiously on my strategy to address the state attorney’s concerns and asked for advice regarding the same. My requests for advice and consideration of my health issues went ignored as I received virtually no response from my employer, in spite of the fact that I provided medical information as to a coincidently pending diagnosis and urgent surgery for a condition that was causing severe and chronic headaches.When I asked for my termination date to be extended three days to include the date for my surgery and recovery period, my termination date was punitively back-dated by more than two weeks. Upon applying to and interviewing with the local public defender, I informed him of my termination, and while he explained the state attorney’s position is mostly political, I was not hired.My experience has informed me that, unfortunately, politics and the elected officials’ expertise at keeping payroll expenses in check, in spite of need, is the driving factor in the mind of some of those elected lawyers charged with prosecution and defense and who hold public office, certainly not whether the interests of the citizens of this state are served by lawyers dedicated to the public charge they serve and who should be fairly compensated for the work they do.Lynn W. Rhodes Bartow April 15, 2003 Regular News April 15, 2003 Letterslast_img read more

Schumer calls for protection of post office

first_imgSchumer said the post office delivers medication to millions of Americans every day, and medically-fragile groups including veterans are vulnerable to lengthy delays in the delivery of their medication. In addition, Schumer said the post office employs more than 3,900 people in the Southern Tier. “But we have to preserve the security of elections and I want to do everything I can to do it because if Americans doubt the safety accuracy fairness of our elections it’s the beginning of the end of our great country,” Sen. Schumer told 12 News Monday. “We’ve had the grandest experiment in democracy in the history of the world but it’s because everyone believes our elections are on the level. If people start thinking they’re not and President Trump makes people think they’re not that’s a bad thing and whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, you shouldn’t want that to happen.” Senator Chuck Schumer (D) was in Norwich Monday to call for legislation that will help protect the United States Postal Service (USPS). He and other top Democratic lawmakers are claiming the new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, is actively trying to sabotage the service. NORWICH (WBNG) — Federal officials are fighting to preserve a valuable public service.center_img Most importantly, he said the service must keep its integrity ahead of this year’s presidential elections. Schumer said he wants to make all ballots first-priority mail this fall to ensure their timely delivery.last_img read more

Railpen joins with US, Kuwait investors in $700m private equity JV

first_imgRPMI Railpen has joined public sector funds in Alaska and Kuwait to create a new alternatives investment management company.The three investors – including the $66bn (€53.6bn) Alaska Permanent Fund and the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) of Kuwait – have committed an initial $700m to Capital Constellation, according to a joint press statement. The company will invest in “next generation private equity and alternatives managers” and plans to deploy more than $1.5bn in the next five years.Capital Constellation will be advised by Wafra, a $20bn investment company owned by PIFSS.Paul Bishop, Railpen investment director and a board member of Constellation, said the new joint venture offered “unmatched access to the next generation of successful alternatives managers, and will be a source of long-term returns that will help us achieve our mission to pay members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably”. “We think the historical outperformance of first-time funds is meaningful, as is the participation Constellation receives in [general partner] economics,” Bishop added.Julian Cripps, managing director of RPMI Railpen, said the deal demonstrated that the pension fund was “not afraid to think innovatively and act boldly”.Constellation will provide initial fundraising support for new managers in alternative asset classes such as private equity and real estate. It will also provide “strategic and operational support” for new firms as they look to raise capital from other investors.  It has already agreed its first investment of $100m into Astra Capital Management, a US-based private equity firm specialising in technology investments.Daniel Adamson, managing director of Wafra and president of Constellation, said the new venture had already begun working with Astra’s leadership team and described it as “a firm with the talent to ascend to great heights”.RPMI Railpen, the £25.5bn (€30bn) industry scheme for UK railways, had £2.4bn allocated to private equity at the end of 2016 via its legacy pooled fund. Railpen has been shifting its investment structure from asset class ‘silos’ to growth and income pools for the last few years. New private equity investments – including the Constellation investments – are held in its illiquid growth fund.PIFSS runs Kuwait’s social security funds, including pensions, sick pay and disability pay. Alaska Permanent was one of the world’s first sovereign wealth funds when it was formed in 1977, and invests the US state’s oil revenue.last_img read more

Instant Hotel champs list latest Brisbane project

first_imgOne of the bathrooms.Other features include ducted airconditioning and smart home wiring with Clipsal Nero home automation system.The listing of the townhouse comes after the couple sold two renovated houses on the same site — 10A North St for $850,000 in December and 12 North St for $870,000 in January. Gene and Sharon from Bellenden Ker will be the last couple to have their instant hotel judged. Supplied. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoDebbie and Justin’s penthouse with stunning views was featured on the show last night, scoring a guest rating of 19 out of 30. The judges scored the property eight out of 10.But for buyers looking to holiday at home, Terry and Anita’s townhouse at 10 North Street in Newmarket could be the perfect fit. The townhouse — the only one they will be selling — is listed with Place New Farm agent Alex Rutherford. Channel 7 Instant Hotel winners Terry and Anita at their winning home in West End in 2017.“Offering incomparable design, partnered with premium quality fittings and inclusions, this four bedroom Newmarket home offers a high standard of living in a superbly designed setting,” the listing says. The lower level bedroom in the townhouse has been designed for flexible use. The couple were crowned the winner’s of the debut season of Instant Hotel, with the second season currently screening on Channel 7.The current season, which screens on Monday evenings, includes two Queensland teams — Bellenden Ker couple Sharon, 44, and Gene, 72, who have an English style manor in the rainforest, and mother-and-son duo Debbie, 57, and Justin, 27, who have a Sunshine Coast penthouse. Both properties are holiday rentals. And synthetic grass means you can pop the mower on Gumtree. THEY were crowned the winner’s of the 2017 series of Instant Hotel, and their residential renovations have been attracting top dollar.Now their latest project is on the market. Brisbane couple Terry Brouwers and Anita Bocquee are selling just one of the four townhouses they have built across two blocks in Newmarket. There are plenty of windows to let in the natural light. As is the statement staircase. On the ground floor there is a bedroom with data and television outlets to provide for flexible use options, a bathroom, laundry, garage and carport.On the first floor is the main living area, with its high ceilings and open plan lounge, dining room and kitchen which opens on to a rear deck. Polished concrete floors are offset with timber hardwood features, and ceiling fans and ducted airconditioning partner with louvre windows and bi-fold doors. The kitchen has designer appliances and fixtures, a walk-in pantry and quartz island bench with breakfast bar. It flows out on to the deck which has a built-in barbecue, wine fridge and more cabinetry.Upstairs, there are three bedrooms including the master bedroom with its own ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. There is also a family bathroom on this floor. Polished concrete floors are a key feature. “The finishes are of an extraordinarily high standard,” she said. “It is like a house and we are getting a lot of interest, particularly from the downsizers.”The townhouse even has a mud room — a feature becoming increasingly in demand. Features include a chic, glazed wooden entry with a smart lock feature, polished concrete floors, a private courtyard and a low maintenance yard with artificial grass. Ms Rutherford said the townhouse had all of the must-have inclusions that were often found in luxury detached houses.last_img read more

Bold features make Andrew Winter’s Gold Coast home stand out from the crowd

first_imgThe Sanctuary Cove residence at 7394 Marine Drive East has some impressive features.It looks like the neighbouring luxury homes from the street, but step inside real estate guru Andrew Winter’s home and it ticks all the right boxes, including ones you didn’t know you wanted.Bold features including a marble-look front door, black kitchen ceiling and textured walls highlight its daring style.But that’s to be expected in the home of property expert and real estate royalty Andrew Winter.The Selling Houses Australia and Love it or List It host is the artistic mastermind behind the Marine Drive East property. A black kitchen ceiling is one of its standout features. It belongs to property expert Andrew Winter and his wife Caroline. PIC: Eric Milliken It has panoramic water views that can be admired from multiple places inside and outside of the house.He and wife Caroline spent a year transforming the once Tuscan-inspired house into a luxurious and modern home.While the couple renovated it from top to bottom, they decided to stick with its solid bones.“What we didn’t change was the original architecture or layout of the build,” Winter said when it hit the market.“It had the most perfect orientation for its block, all the bits that need the sun get the sun and the bits that need shade get shade.” MORE NEWS: Ray White boss lists own family home MORE NEWS: The Coast’s most popular suburbs While Winter is no stranger to flipping homes, he said each and every property presented challenges.“The most important thing we have learnt is nothing ever goes completely to plan, the hardest part is the management of the whole thing,” he said. A central resort-style courtyard with pool is a highlight. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoAll of the bedrooms open onto the courtyard. It is listed with an asking price between $2.95 million and $3.25 million.The house is U-shaped with a resort-style, landscaped courtyard and 15m pool at its heart. The kitchen is a highlight with a black ceiling and feature lighting accentuating its finer details, including gold tapware and porcelain benchtops, while lighter hues in the adjoining living and dining areas offer a stark contrast.Glass stacker doors allow a seamless flow between the living area and waterside terrace, which overlooks the Coomera River.The main bedroom shares the water views from its own deck, which can also be accessed from the ensuite.Each of the remaining bedrooms, all of which have ensuites, open onto the central courtyard.A pontoon and triple garage are also part of the package.It is listed with Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Charlon Delos Angeles and Amir Mian with an asking price ranging between $2.95 million and $3.25 million.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenThe 6 best coastal homes that have sold01:19last_img read more

How the Archdiocese of Jaro gets around COVID restrictions

first_imgAvailable data (2015) showed the Archdiocese of Jaro’s jurisdictionhaving a Catholic population of 2,641,965. The COVID-19 pandemic “presents an evolving scenario, onethat is not static or easily predictable,” Lazo stressed in an earlier messageto the faithful of the archdiocese. But he assuring the Ilonggos that “God willnever abandon us.” Laso previously issued what he termed as “personalguidelines” to further keep people safe. These were the following: “As a people of God, our primary and basic response to thispandemic is no other than prayer,” according to Lazo. * Always clean and disinfect surroundings. The Archdiocese of Jaro covers the provinces of Iloilo andGuimaras which are currently on an enhanced community quarantine to curb thespread of COVID-19. In his homily, he acknowledged the sacrifices of frontlinersbattling COVID-19. “Ang kasuguan sa paghigugma para sa tanan. Makita naton inisa aton mga frontliners, second liners sa subong nga panahon – sa tunga sangkrisis, kita makaalagad nga may paghigugma kag may pagpaubos sa pagbulig saaton isigkatawo,” said Lazo. This noon, April 10, until 3 p.m. it is pushing through withthe traditional Siete Palabras, reflections on the crucified Jesus Christ’slast words. ILOILO City – The Archdiocese of Jaro may have suspendedHoly Week activities that usually attract huge crowds but it has certainly notstopped observing Lent in this period of the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) pandemic. * Observe proper hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette.center_img * Refrain contact with individuals displaying symptoms ofthe illness. The archdiocese, through its Commission on SocialCommunications, would be broadcasting live from the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedralthe Sieta Palabras through its Facebook page. It would also be aired live byradio stations. Yesterday, April 9, while the archdiocese cancelled thetraditional Holy Thursday Visita iglesia, Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo celebratedthe Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper live on Facebook at the cathedral. After the Siete Palabras, the archdiocese will live streamGood Friday services from the cathedral. He encouraged people to “participate in the Eucharisticcelebration” through social media, the internet, television and radio. * Observe social distancing. * Eat healthy. “Matuod madadamo ang kulang sa aton selebrasyon karon, peroang aton pagtuo buhi sa gihapon. Ang Ginoo padayon nga nagapahayag sang Iyapaghigugma sa tunga sang krisis nga aton ginaagihan,” said Lazo. * Stay at home and seek medical attention when exhibitingsymptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty of breathing and diarrhea./PNlast_img read more

NFF to get N200m Coronavirus palliative from FIFA

first_imgRespite has come the way of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), as they are in the coming days to receive $500,000 (about 200 million Naira) from FIFA as a palliative for the Coronavirus Pandemic. The NFF is one of 211 member-associations who will enjoy this generosity from the world football body. FIFA will release $150 million (139 million euros) to its member football associations to help handle financial troubles caused by the coronavirus, the global governing body said on Friday. FIFA said that “all operational funding” for 2019 and 2020 would be distributed amongst the 211 member associations in the next few days “as the first step of a relief plan to assist the football community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic”. Each national governing body will receive $500,000, that FIFA says would normally be delivered “upon fulfullment of specific criteria”, but will release those funds and any “remaining entitlement for 2019 and 2020”.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy About10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic Loading… FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, said that the funds were the “first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community”. “It is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs,” added Infantino. “This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress.” The funds come from the Forward 2.0 programme, which was launched in 2016 and will provide $1.746 billion (around 1.6 billion euros) in total over the 2019-2022 period. read also:FIFA to honour investment in women’s game despite coronavirus Last month FIFA announced the creation of a football aid fund but it has since not given any additional details on its operation or scope. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Saints and United in drab draw

first_imgOn a day of potential farewells at St Mary’s, Southampton and Manchester United ended their respective Barclays Premier League seasons with a less-than thrilling 1-1 draw. But, if the two clubs meet early next season, the chances are a number of the main protagonists will have moved on to pastures new. With the managerial futures of both Giggs and Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pochettino unclear, it is likely two new coaches will be brought in over the summer – and for Saints their main challenge will be replacing a seemingly Liverpool-bound Adam Lallana. The 26-year-old is reportedly the target of a big bid from Anfield and Lallana, who picked up both the club’s fans’ and the players’ player of the year awards earlier in the week, once again showed how he can cut it against some of the best players in the league. Giggs made seven changes from the midweek win over Hull for what will probably be his last match in charge as he recalled Nemanja Vidic for his final game for the Red Devils. But it proved to be a torrid outing for the man who will be lining up for Inter Milan next year as he and his defensive partner Rio Ferdinand, another who could well be departing Old Trafford, struggled to contain Southampton’s rampant frontmen in the opening 45 minutes. Nathaniel Clyne, a possibility for Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad announcement on Monday, created the game’s first chance as he crossed to Victor Wanyama who diverted the ball through to Lallana, but the Southampton captain could not steer a clever flick past David De Gea. In front of the watching England manager, Lallana then crossed for World Cup hopeful Luke Shaw but the left-back could only head onto the roof of De Gea’s net. Lallana was proving to be the main catalyst in the hosts’ attack and, after profiting from a mistake from the unsteady Vidic, he bent in an effort that De Gea once again was able to gather, but it was not too long before another England international was celebrating putting Southampton ahead. Vidic could only head a long ball into the path of Steven Davis under pressure from Lambert, who was then picked out to slot home his 13th league goal of the season. United’s players gathered around Mike Dean after the award of the goal as Vidic had a bloody nose after the clash with Lambert in the build-up to the goal. Southampton looked to capitalise on their opening goal and Lambert fired in another shot at the back post, with Chris Smalling diverting the effort behind for a corner. United were able to spring a break from the resulting set-piece, with Jack Cork booked for pulling back the marauding Adnan Januzaj. Vidic was on the end of Mata’s deep free-kick but could only head wide as he continued to mop blood away from his nose. The Serbian defender’s final game for United continued to go wrong as he was booked for hauling down Lallana after losing his own footing, with Lambert’s tame free-kick held comfortably by De Gea. The ever-busy Lallana came close to creating a second for Southampton with five minutes of the first half remaining but his flash across goal just eluded the head of the onrushing Davis. Giggs reacted to a mediocre first half by replacing Shinji Kagawa with Michael Carrick and, after his side had started the second-half on top, they soon drew level. Danny Welbeck was bundled to the ground by Wanyama and Mata curled the resulting free-kick well out of the reach of Boruc. The visitors almost took the lead moments later as Januzaj crossed unchallenged, with Welbeck only able to head over and, while Southampton continued to threaten, Vidic and Ferdinand were proving to be a much tougher nut to crack since the interval. James Ward-Prowse replaced Lallana, with the Saints skipper receiving a standing ovation from the home fans in what could prove to be his swansong for the club. Shaw, also linked with a potential departure after an impressive season, was the next to be afforded such an accolade as he made way for Calum Chambers with a little over 10 minutes remaining. Those changes seemed to hand the impetus to United but, other than a late Welbeck chance, they could not muster a winning goal to potentially end the Giggs reign in style. With Southampton guaranteeing an eighth-placed finish with a win at Swansea and United heading into the game with only the slightest possibility of qualifying for next season’s Europa League, this game had long lost any meaningful intrigue. The hosts dominated the opening 45 minutes and Rickie Lambert put Southampton into a deserved first-half lead, with a Juan Mata free-kick nine minutes after the interval enough to earn Ryan Giggs’ side a share of the spoils. Press Associationlast_img read more

Barry: Barkley better for struggles

first_img The 21-year-old’s struggles to recapture his scintillating form of manager Roberto Martinez’s first campaign were almost symptomatic of the entire team’s troubles which saw them finish a disappointing 11th. Barkley managed just two goals, taking 11 matches to get off the mark, but has already opened his account with a fine strike in an encouraging performance in the opening 2-2 draw at home to Watford. Press Association Everton midfielder Gareth Barry believes Ross Barkley has benefited from last season’s difficulties. “Ross burst onto the scene and set his standards so high but inevitably it is impossible to keep those going continuously,” Barry told Press Association Sport. “I am sure last season he would have wanted to score more goals and have more assists but you can’t continuously keep that upward curve going. “But it will have been a good year for him in terms of his future and he started well with a fantastic goal.” While Everton undoubtedly need more goals from midfield, and the arrival of Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu should assist in that, their fortunes are likely to be determined by the form of striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium international scored 20 times last season but eight of those were in the Europa League and without the distraction of European football this season he will be expected to have much more of an impact in the Premier League. “Every top team needs a goalscorer scoring 20 goals and in Rom I think we have a player who can do that year in, year out,” added Barry. “It is important he stays fit and gets his confidence going and he can achieve great things too.” Fitness is currently an issue for Everton with left-back Leighton Baines ruled out for three months after an ankle injury. With Bryan Oviedo still working his way back to fitness teenager Brendan Galloway is likely to fill in but it is a difficult ask to replace Baines – Everton’s Mr Consistency who provides a threat from the flanks. “The manager described it as a disaster and that is probably the right word because of the influence he has in games and around the dressing room,” said Barry, speaking at Everton in the Community’s golf day “It is a chance for someone else to step in and improve us again.” Everton head to St Mary’s on Saturday and Barry admits Southampton are now serious competition to them after finishing seventh last season but feels they have to take advantage of Saints’ involvement in Europe over the course of the campaign. “They are on the back of a fantastic season. Everyone was writing them off last year but the players have produced a good season,” he added. “It is teams like Southampton we are competing with – we want to finish above them and kick on from there. “Last season it was great to be involved in European football, it is where this club wants to be, but at the same time it can take something away from Premier League performances. “So in terms of that there is no excuse for the players not being ready for Premier League.” Everton have not won in their last six visits to the south coast club and their record there is poor. “The last two visits have been really tough games for different reasons and I don’t think they have been just football aspects – things that could go wrong went wrong,” said Martinez. “Two years ago we had two early own goals. But it is not just in the last two seasons – the last six visits we have had three defeats and three draws. “We’ve only had two wins in 22 years so it becomes an extra challenge and we want to embrace that.” last_img read more