United to announce record revenues

first_img The annual results should also include details of pay-offs to former manager David Moyes and his coaching team, but the figures will not reflect any financial losses incurred from failing to qualify for Europe for this season. The key results have already been flagged up in a prospectus released in August for a new release of shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Manchester United are expected to announce record revenues on Wednesday of around £420million for last season with a £25million profit helped by sales of two million replica shirts worldwide. Press Associationcenter_img The prospectus states that total revenue is expected to be approximately £429million to £434million, an increase of 18 to 19 per cent. By comparison Real Madrid’s turnover was £480million but that includes player sales. Profit for the year is expected to be £23million to £25million – significantly down from the £146.4million for 2012-13 but that was mainly due to a one-off tax credit. Approximately five million Manchester United-branded licensed products were sold last year including two million replica shirts. Commercial revenue is expected to be up 25 per cent to around £190million due to pre-season tours and higher sponsorship renewals. Operating costs are due to be up 20 per cent to £373million mainly due to expenditure on transfer fees and higher player wages. The prospectus states: “The Manchester United jersey and training wear are completely redesigned for each season. The annual launch of the new jersey is always a much-anticipated day for our global community of followers. “The result is a robust wholesale apparel business that sold approximately five million items of Manchester United branded licensed products, including approximately two million replica jerseys, around the world in the last year.” The debt should be confirmed as £350million, with the cost of paying off the debt a similar level to the profits. The prospectus said: “We currently estimate that our net finance costs will be approximately £26.5million to £28.5million.” Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will take part in a conference call with investors after the results are released. last_img read more

Sailing in a paradise not lost –Thailand’s marine sector promotes a…

first_imgAn old sea dog takes his OK dinghy for a spin around the bay.Much as I disdain power boats, jet skis and other mechanical forms of marine activities, these contraptions do, no doubt, contribute much to the tourism sector.  Tourism, because of the political problems in the kingdom, is coming under increasing pressure, but the marine sector is still flourishing and is continuing to draw hard currency into the nation’s coffers.A fully-fledged sailing boat is somewhat akin to a floating billboard and regattas are therefore a magnet for both local and international sponsors who wish to have a craft’s sides and sails festooned with their company’s own name and logo.  The sailors themselves also do their bit and just last month at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, a huge regatta featuring some 250 boats took place and 1,000 sailors from all corners of the globe added millions of baht to the Thai economy.The solar-powered “Heliotrope” provides a new, environmentally conscious blueprint for boat builders worldwide.Regattas are held annually up and down the coastlines of the kingdom, from Phuket to Pattaya, and the recently concluded Koh Samui Ragatta contributed greatly to “full house” signs going up around the island, with regatta organizers having to scramble to find accommodation for all those involved in the event.The welfare of less-advantaged citizens, especially youngsters, can also benefit from the sport of sailing.  An example of this is the annual “Pattaya Mail PC Classic” yacht race held off the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in south Pattaya.  For the past two decades this race has been sponsored at various times by the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Jomtien Pattaya Rotary Club and numerous hotelier groups and businesses from the private sector.  This event alone has raised millions of baht for many charities around the region, and especially to help the two groups at the opposite ends of society – the young and the aged.Thailand is producing more and more champion junior sailors in the worldwide Optimist series.On the subject of the environment, a classic case of sailing doing its ‘bit’ is the award-winning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, held in July each year, which promotes a clean and green event.As regatta organizer Byron Jones explains: “We are excited to lead the way in South-East Asia and introduce the Clean Regatta program to our event.  We are keen to help preserve the coastal areas of Phuket and ensure the marine environment is left in a better state for future generations.”The Clean Regattas program is a global certification system that encourages regatta organisers and yacht clubs to manage and run environmentally-responsible events.  Its main initiative is to reduce marine debris and preserve coastal land and waters.Buoyed up (to use a nautical term) by these environmental-protection measures, which add so much to the joy of sailing and guarantee its continuation, thousands of yachting aficionados from the temperate and cold northern climes of Europe, North America and elsewhere are lured here by tales of Sailing in Paradise, carried back first-hand by those who have participated in events here.Sailing a boatOwning a yacht is always regarded as the prerogative of the wealthy – a “rich man’s sport” so to speak, and it certainly is that.  Compared to the usual paraphernalia required to participate in active sports, a yacht is an extremely heavy investment and beyond the means of most ordinary folk.  But, there are ways of joining the fray.Opportunities abound to crew on someone else’s boat and enjoy all the action, fun and adventure without the expense.  To be out on the sea, matching your wits with Mother Nature’s forces of wind, climate and tide and enjoying the fresh air, the tang of the sea, and the huge dome of the heavens above is rather hard to beat – even as a crew member!Juniors: the momentum for sailingCuriously, when the sport of sailing was in its infancy many years ago, a well-to-do Thai’s idea of a day on the sea might have been to drive his or her limousine down to an air-conditioned launch, do a few circuits of the bay and then reverse the journey.  A “hard day at the sea” he or she would recount to colleagues ashore of the weekend’s activities.Sailing offers great fun and the chance to reconnect with the natural environment.Perhaps this ideal of a day on the briny still goes on, but nowadays Thais are excelling on the world yachting stage, from local events right up to Olympic standards, and the nation is producing some top-class sailors.Much of the new popularity of sailing is nurtured in the junior (under-16) ranks, where Thai and ex-pat children compete frequently – and successfully – in the worldwide Optimist dinghy series.  Thailand has improved so much that the kingdom’s teams have gone on to become world champions on several occasions.  The main problem for Thai youngsters who compete overseas is that the waters elsewhere are invariably colder than at home, and there is also no khao-pad readily available!There are numerous sailing groups up and down the kingdom that cater specifically for children; the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya, the Royal Thai Navy at Sattahip, Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien, while both Koh Samui and Phuket conduct vigorous training and racing programs for juniors.A racing fleet under full sail in the waters off Phuket.At this year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, some 150 boys and girls from all over Thailand competed in the Optimist National Championships.  Some of these sailors were as young as seven years old yet all thrived in the fickle weather conditions.  These youngsters know that a few hours sailing in the fresh air, the beauty of the environment and the challenge to their young minds certainly beats hours in a noisy, cluttered shopping mall, competing with television fare and brain-numbing game machines.Tales of survival (or otherwise) at seaOf course, there are horrendous stories of sea-borne disasters (Titanic, anyone?)   Nevertheless, facing the challenge of the sea, despite being fraught with peril, is inherent in our nature.  The sea is a hard master, but putting aside the usual Hollywood glorification of survival in films such as Robert Radford’s “All is lost;” and Tom Hanks in “Castaway”, there have also been real life heroic epics of adventure, such as the ongoing single-handed trans-oceanic races.Over the last two years, in fact, two teenaged girls have sailed single-handedly around the world.  First Dutch girl Laura Dekker, and then an Australian girl Jessica Watson, both displayed incredible stamina and adaptability as they faced some 250+ days at sea – all alone!Feats like these represent the triumph of the human spirit as the two girls took on stupendous odds, fighting for survival in the treacherous Southern Ocean with winds raging at 80-knots and sea swells as high as city skyscrapers.There are also any number of family groups who regularly take to the seas, sailing around the globe to educate their children, both onboard and at visiting ports.  One such marine “globe-trotter” and his family made landfall at Phuket some years ago.  The captain was cajoled, urged and likewise press-ganged into joining the ongoing regatta.  He unloaded all excess materials to make his craft race-ready; this included a live-aboard resident pet dog, which was deposited into the anchored dinghy.  After the race, he returned, but no dog!  Both he and the family were heart-broken.At the prize-giving, our sailor went up to receive his second place prize which, along with the usual silverware, included a huge box.  And out jumped his beloved dog!  One of the competitors had seen a dog swimming alone in the Andaman Sea, picked it up and brought it ashore.HM the King:Imprimatur of sailing in the KingdomSpeaking of single-handed sailing, as we all know, the King of Thailand, an avid sailor, boat-builder and competitor has set a number of sailing records.I have had the extremely good fortune of having sailed with His Majesty out of the Klai Kangwon Palace, where the King keeps a flotilla of sailing dinghies.  First through the Bangkok Post and then through successive issues of the Pattaya Mail I have written a number of first-person narratives of these treasured encounters.The King’s love of the sea and sailing has been legendary and is inherent in the development of the folklore of sailing in Thailand.  For example, on 19 April, 1966, the King sailed the OK dinghy he had built himself across the Gulf, from the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin to the Royal Thai Navy base at Sattahip.  This distance of 60 nautical miles required tremendous stamina and determination for some 16 hours of concentrated helming.  At the time it was mooted as the longest single-handed dinghy crossing, out of sight of land, in the world.On another occasion, on 16 December, 1967, His Majesty was awarded a Gold Medal by Queen Siirikit, as the winning helmsman (OK dinghy) in the then South East Asian Peninsular Games (now the SEA Games).  Actually, sailing history was created when the King’s daughter, HRH Princess Ubolratana, came in equal first.  This day has since been celebrated as Thailand’s National Sports Day.Besides having his own yacht club at the Klai Kangwon Palace, the King is also Royal Patron of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club, the centre of most of Thailand’s sailing activities.  With full support from the Royal Thai Navy and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Royal Varuna has hosted innumerable world, national and local championships in its 60-year history.In the early days of sailing, the King and Queen, together with members of the Royal family, frequented the then Varuna Marine Club, located on a pristine beach in south Pattaya, now unrecognizable as a sea-front restaurant.Many times the Royal family entertained visiting dignitaries at the old Varuna Marine Club.  On one particular weekend, in March, 1965, there was a gathering of Sweden’s Royal Family, the UK Royal Consort, Prince Phillip, Prince Bhisadrj Rajani, the incomparable Prince Birabongse Banubandh and the Portuguese Ambassador.  Of course a race around Koh Larn eventuated and The King won, but, for matters of protocol, Prince Phillip’s placing was not mentioned!His Majesty has always looked on sailing as a marvelous escape from his Royal duties, while nurturing both the environment and a healthy lifestyle.Sailing infrastructureThe growing popularity of sailing has seen the inevitable build-up and development of related marine infrastructure around the kingdom.  Marinas, boat yards and chandleries have evolved around all the main venues: Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and, as noted before, the Ocean Marina at Jomtien.Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Jomtien offers one of the finest sailing facilities in Southest Asia.Boat-building in the kingdom has also seen an exponential development.  The world’s largest production yacht, the Mirabella, was designed, built and launched from the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in September, 1991.  And earlier this year the same venue saw the launch of the world’s first “solar-powered catamaran” the Heliotrope – a craft eventually capable of trans-navigating the world by solar power.  The environment wins big around here as the rich boys with their rich toys can help Mother Nature along the way.This, then, is a ‘superficial’ view of some of the pros and cons of sailing.  I could write much more, but I pity the readers and also I must hurry, for my yacht will be leaving the Ocean Marina very shortly for a jaunt around the bay.  Incidentally, my ‘yacht’ is a 3-metre open dinghy, a replica of His Majesty’s OK dinghies.  But, nevertheless, in a short time, I, too, will succumb to the joys and freedom of “sailing in a paradise not lost.”NB:  For more information about sailing opportunities in Pattaya, go to website: http://varuna.org or www.oceanmarinayachtclub.com.The pristine waters of Thailand are the nation’s treasure and can still offer a veritable paradise for sailing enthusiasts. (Photo/ArtAsia/Everingham)The Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Pattaya. To play somewhat on the title of the masterpiece by British bard John Milton, I shall attempt in the following article to show how sailing, and its related water-borne activities, can greatly contribute to protecting and saving the environment and also help to promote a healthier and better lifestyle. According to authors Beard and McKie, in their riotously funny book A Dictionary for landlubbers, “Sailing is the fine art of getting wet, and becoming ill while going nowhere at great expense.”  While admittedly, sailing is not for everyone – for only a few, in fact – there are some most positive aspects, which I shall try to emphasize here.His Majesty the King of Thailand has been a driving force in the development of sailing in the kingdom.Environment & EconomicsSailing is both environmentally-friendly and economically sound.  Many years ago, when I first entered this delightful country, I wrote an article, entitled “Sailing: a panacea for tourism.”  Now, a decade or two down the line, the environment is under constant siege and the ‘fixes’ have reached a greater urgency and are much more expensive to implement, but not impossible, and sailing can help.last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Weekend Event Calendar – Easter Weekend In Olympia Washington

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Easter weekend is the start of Spring Break for most Thurston County public schools.  As families prepare to take a few days off, turn to ThurstonTalk’s event calendar for all the activities around town.  Use our *new* Kids & Family section to find a new place to play or rediscover an old favorite haunt.  Using the Activities drop down menu, you can sort for either indoor or outdoor stories.Here is a recap of the Easter Egg Hunts happening around Olympia this weekend.  For more specific details, click here.Friday, March 29 –Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble at the RAC at 8:00 pmSaturday, March 30 –10:00 am – Westfield Capital Mall10:00 am – Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the RAC10:00 am – New Apostolic Church11:00 am – Tumwater High School11:00 am – Bucknell Field in Lacey12:00 pm – South Sound Church1:00 pm – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & FarmSunday, March 312:00 pm – Priest Point Park2:00 pm – South Sound ManorOther events happening this weekend include:Dig razor clams in Ocean Shores this weekend.Play outside on Saturday, in honor of the 100th birthday of the Washington State Parks system.Visit the WET Science Center.Gather ideas for activities during Spring Break.Attend a performance at Olympia Family Theater or Harlequin Productions.  Both local theater groups have shows throughout the weekend.Catch a roller derby bout between #1 Oly Rollers and #2 San Diego Starlettes on Sunday evening.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com.  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Watch: Joao Felix’s wonderful run against Getafe results in a penalty for Atletico Madrid

first_imgMADRID, SPAIN – AUGUST 18: Joao Felix of Atletico de Madrid battle for the ball for the penalty kick with Bruno Gonzalez of Getafe CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Getafe CF at Wanda Metropolitano on August 18, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)Advertisement 5xrxcvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vskn0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehw52( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7g19Would you ever consider trying this?😱0pjppCan your students do this? 🌚kf6dRoller skating! Powered by Firework Joao Felix’s 120mil Euros transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was one of the biggest deals this transfer window and why it shook fans across the globe was because this massive fee was for securing the services of a 19 year old.Advertisement A player who many consider as one for the future, has become impatient and has started paying dividends on the pitch in his La Liga debut.Advertisement Watch his brilliant solo run into the box to earn his team a penalty :Advertisement With blistering pace to burn and a immaculate set of feet combined with his lethal finishing, Felix is destined for greatness. His call-up to Portugal National team before the UEFA Nations League was testimony to his insane potential.The attacking midfielder had a splendid preseason before this game against Getafe where he scored 5+ goals and assists. Advertisementlast_img read more

Beaver Valley Nitehawks ring in New Year in style, rally past Leafs 7-5 in clash of Murdoch heavyweights

first_imgNelson out shot the Hawks 40-29. But almost half of those shots came in the opening frame when the Leafs dominated Beaver Valley 18-7 on the shot meter.Travis Beekhuizen survived a shaky first period to register the win in goal for Beaver Valley.The goaltending team of Brett Soles, who started the game, and Cody Boeckman, shared the loss for Nelson.After finishing November with a 10-0-0-1 record Nelson completed the month of December with a 4-3-1 mark. Two of those defeats came against Murdoch rivals Castlegar (6-1) and Beaver Valley.In the last four games Nelson is 1-2-1.The road doesn’t get any easier for the Leafs as the club takes to the road this weekend for a pair of games in the East Kootenay, starting Friday in Fernie against the Eddie Mountain leading Ghostriders.Sunday, Nelson, playing the next five games on the road, visits Castlegar in a 2 p.m. afternoon affair.Next home game is Friday, January 18th against Columbia Valley Rockies.Meanwhile Beaver Valley, 9-1-1 in December plays a home-and-home series against Kimberley Dynamiters, starting Friday in the Bavarian City.MURDOCH NOTES: The Beaver Valley win puts the season series at 4-2 Leafs, but allows the Hawks to gain some revenge after Nelson rallied to a 7-6 victory in November at the Hawks Nest. . . . Sunday, Nelson completed another deal that saw forward Jacob Boyczuk traded to Revelstoke Grizzlies for future considerations. Boyczuk came to Nelson before the season started from Beaver Valley in a deal that saw Walker Sidoni shipped to Fruitvale. In 31 games this season for Trail native had 12 goals and 14 assists. Boyczuk is the second player off the Leafs top line that included Colton Schell and Colton McCarthy, to leave the team. McCarthy is now playing for Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League. . . .Nelson captain Schell continues to lead the league in scoring despite accumulating two points in the last four games. In two games against Castlegar and Beaver Valley, the Nelson sniper has been all but silenced, picking up only one assist against Beaver Valley. . . Nelson fans got a good look at newcomer Conner Gross. The Alberta native, traded from Grand Forks during the Christmas break, scored in his first game with Nelson. . . .Former Nelson head coach Simon Wheeldon was behind the bench again for the Leafs. Wheeldon was filling in for assistant coach Brent Petrick, who was suspended by the league following an altercation Saturday in Spokane. The Murdoch Division is a lot tighter to start 2013 after the Beaver Valley Nitehawks put some serious hurt on the front running Nelson Leafs in the traditional New Year’s Eve classic Monday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks exploded for five third period goals en route to a 7-5 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory against the Murdoch Division leading Leafs.The Hawks turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 advantage with four goals in a nine-minute plus span to move to within four points of the Leafs in the Murdoch Division.Beaver Valley and Castlegar are now tied for second spot in the division.The real damage came early in the third period when Beaver Valley scored three times in just over a minute — two goals coming from Kurt Black and a single from Dallas Calvin.The three goals erased a Nelson 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.Michael Bell increased the advantage to 6-4 with a shorthanded marker before Seth Schmidt stopped the bleeding for Nelson with a goal that brought the home side to within one.However, Calvin, with his second of the game and fourth point, iced the game for the Hawks. The goal came with Nelson on the power play.Nelson looked to be in complete control of the divisional matchup scoring three times in the first period.Bryce Nielsen, from his knees, newcomer Conner Gross, with a nice foot to stick play, and Aaron Dunlap gave Nelson what appeared to be insurmountable momentum.But in the second Connor Brown-Maloski started the comeback with a power play goal three minutes into the period.Brandon Butlin made it 3-2 late in the frame before Major Midget affiliate Brandon Sookro regained Nelson’s two-goal advantage before the period ended.last_img read more

Playoff hockey returns to NDCC Arena as Saints host SFU in BCIHL Final

first_imgNelson hosts Games one and two of the best-of-three series.Puck drop is 7:30 p..m. both nights.However, if a Game three is needed it will be played Sunday in the Castlegar Recreation Complex at 6 p.m. The Saints enter the Finals as the BCIHL’s top-ranked team after finishing first in the regular season standings with a record of 21 wins and 3 losses.Selkirk, advancing to the final after defeating defending champion UVIC last weekend in Castlegar, set records for both wins and points this season and picked up victories in all four games against SFU.But the second-place Clan is no pushover, as their roster features a number of former WHL and BCHL players including goaltender Graeme Gordon, who led the Vernon Vipers to a National Championship in 2010, and former Trail Smoke Eaters sniper Nick Sandor.SFU placed four players in the Top-10 in league scoring and outscored Thompson Rivers University 11-3 in a first-round series sweep last weekend. The games in Nelson will represent a homecoming for Saints forward Connor McLaughlin, who was a member of the Nelson Leafs’ 2009 KIJHL championship-winning squad.He spent three seasons in the Green and White, appearing in 136 games. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 in Nelson and Game 3 in Castlegar will be available at the door on game night or in advance from Mallard’s Source for Sports or the gymnasium at Selkirk’s Castlegar Campus.Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, children and Selkirk College students and staff. Playoff hockey is returning to the NDCC Arena.Only the home team will not be wearing Green and White.The Selkirk Saints will be the new home team as the squad opens the BCIHL best-of-three championship Friday in the NDCC Arena against Simon Fraser University.The venue move was necessary after Castlegar Rebels defeated the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Game seven of the KIJHL Murdoch Division Finals.The Rebels now advance to the Kootenay Conference Final which begins Friday in Castlegar.last_img read more