Late January and early February are great times to plant cool-season vegetables. Many gardeners gave up on planting a fall vegetable garden last year due to the exceptional drought conditions. However, the great thing about living in Georgia is that we have a second window of opportunity in late winter to plant a number of cool-season vegetables.Cool-season vegetables include beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, English peas, Irish potatoes, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. You can even start planting asparagus roots, asparagus is a perennial plant that takes two years to mature and start producing harvestable spears. Most cool-season vegetables, if planted around the first week of February, will be ready to harvest around early April or May, depending on the variety. By the time you harvest these cool-season vegetables, you can turn the garden over for planting your summer vegetables at the ideal time. Cool-season vegetables are generally very fast growing and are easily planted by direct seeding into the soil. There is no reason to purchase or grow transplants this time of year, since the soil moisture and weather conditions are ideal for seed germination. Transplants are more often used in fall planting, since it’s usually too hot and too dry in late summer or early fall for cool-season vegetables to grow from seed. Most cool-season vegetables are medium to heavy feeders, which means they will require around 20 to 30 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of garden space. Ideally, this fertilizer should be divided into two or three applications (i.e., 10 pounds of fertilizer at planting and at four- to six-week intervals). Because most cool-season vegetables grow close to the ground and have direct contact with the soil, avoid using fertilizer sources such as animal manure that could increase the chance of contamination by foodborne pathogens.It’s also a good idea to do a soil test to determine your soil pH and how much lime you need to apply, if any, to adjust the soil pH. (For more information about submitting samples to the University of Georgia for soil testing, call your local UGA Cooperative Extension office.)A pH of 6.0 to 6.5 is recommended for all vegetables except Irish potatoes, which require a pH of 5.0 to 6.0. If you decide to grow Irish potatoes, dedicate a separate garden space solely to them due to their unique pH requirement.As with all vegetables, try to select a garden site that receives at least eight to 10 hours of sunlight a day. Select a location that is conveniently located near your home and a water supply. The soil should have a good texture and be well drained. Most of the leafy greens and some of the cole crops – those in the Brassica family – can also be grown in containers due to their smaller size. Adding a mulch of wheat straw, leaves, compost or pine straw will help conserve soil moisture, control weeds and reduce cultivation. Apply enough mulch to have 2 to 4 inches after settling. Newspaper can also be used as a mulch. Place newspapers two to three layers thick around plants. Apply 3 inches of straw or compost on top of the newspaper. Avoid using hay bales for mulch, since most hay fields are sprayed with herbicides for weed control that could carry over into your garden and kill your plants. For more information on seeding rates, recommended varieties and row spacing, check out UGA Extension publications “Vegetable Gardening in Georgia” and “Home Gardening” online at extension.uga.edu/publications. More detailed information on home gardening potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and rutabagas can also be found on the publications website.
continue reading » Three credit union leagues have joined CUNA in its lawsuit against Equifax over the credit bureau’s recent data breach that compromised personal financial information for more than 145 million people.The Credit Union Association of New Mexico, the California-Nevada Credit Union League and the Michigan Credit Union League say they are now plaintiffs in a suit CUNA originally filed in a Georgia District Court on October 4. Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union and Greater Cincinnati Credit Union are already plaintiffs in the suit.Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Daleville, Alabama, has $1.2 billion in assets and about 98,000 members. Greater Cincinnati Credit Union is a state-chartered credit union headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Israel’s coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz breaks a year-long deadlock but has pitfalls — from power sharing mechanisms to West Bank policy and the premier’s corruption charges.Monday’s agreement for a unity government, signed by Netanyahu and parliament speaker Gantz after three inconclusive elections in less than a year, seeks to give the Jewish state desperately-needed political stability as it confronts the coronavirus pandemic. “After a year and a half of political stalemate and as the country endures one of the most severe economic crises in its history, it is high-time for Israel to have a functioning government,” said Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute think-tank. Implementing the deal will require majority support in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset. That is likely to happen, assuming it is backed by Netanyahu’s unified right-wing bloc and most of Gantz’s supporters. Netanyahu will serve as prime minister through the first 18 months of the three-year deal. Gantz will first serve as “alternate prime minister,” a new position that must be created through an amendment of Israel’s so-called Basic Laws. Passing that amendment is a key part of the coalition deal.After 18 months, Gantz takes over as prime minister, with Netanyahu serving as his alternate. Through the first six months, the government will be defined as an “emergency” body focused primarily on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating the economic devastation it has caused. Israel has more than 13,800 confirmed virus cases, including over 180 deaths, and a nationwide lockdown has left huge numbers of people without an income.Cabinet portfolios are split between the two camps. Key ministries assigned to Netanyahu’s side include finance and interior, while Gantz’s side will control the justice ministry and the position of foreign minister will rotate.The former army chief announced Tuesday evening he would serve as defense minister. Ministers can only be fired if there is agreement from both sides, and the prime minister cannot sack his alternate. Power sharing Topics : Netanyahu’s trial The prime minister was due to face trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust last month. The trial’s start date was postponed to May 24 because of the pandemic. Under Israeli law, a prime minister can continue to serve while under indictment, but a regular cabinet minister cannot. With his trial, including possible appeals, expected to last several years, the veteran premier did not want to be forced out of government when his term expired. His expected transition to alternate prime minister in 2021 likely solves that problem. Netanyahu’s Likud party also retained significant say over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, influence that could help the prime minister as his case moves forward. Legal cases have also been filed by non-government groups seeking to block an individual under indictment from serving as prime minister. Under the coalition deal, if Israel’s top court bars Netanyahu from serving, his agreement with Gantz is dissolved and another election will be called. West Bank annexationsFor Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump’s plan for Middle East peace offered Israel an “historic” opportunity. The plan — rejected by the Palestinians and condemned by much of the international community — gave Israel the green light to annex Jewish settlements and other strategic territory in the occupied West Bank. Such annexations would violate international law and likely inflame tensions in the volatile region. Gantz had praised Trump’s controversial plan but was more cautious regarding its implementation. The coalition agreement says that any measures regarding Trump’s plan would be executed “in full agreement of the United States,” while maintaining “international dialogue” and “the need to maintain regional stability”.At the same time, with Gantz’s permission, Netanyahu can bring Trump’s annexation plan to cabinet and parliament for discussion and approval from July 1.Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday condemned the formation of an “Israeli annexation government,” saying it marked the end of the two-state solution. But he warned that the Netanyahu-Gantz deal risks creating a government “without a grand vision or clear goals” that would be vulnerable to being bogged down with “cumbersome political agreements.”Here are the main points of the deal:
Gold standard: Fentimans was one of the winners on the nightSadly, David Beckham couldn’t attend The Grocer Drink Awards on Monday. We tried to get him involved, honest, but we hear he’s too busy talking head lice with HuffPost these days.It’s a shame Becks couldn’t make it, because Haig Clubman, the brand the star part-owns with spirits giant Diageo, scooped a gold medal win, thanks to glowing reviews from consumers and expert judges alike.Haig Clubman’s performance in the awards is particularly impressive because the brand goes against all the rules of whisky. There isn’t a whisper of an age statement or Highland region, and its bottle looks, quite frankly, like a posh Eau de Toilette.Meanwhile, the cider win wasn’t scooped by one of the UK’s prestigious West Country cider houses, or even a bestselling own-label offering. Instead, it was won by none other than US whiskey giant Jack Daniel’s for its recently launched Tennessee Cider. A curveball indeed.That’s without mentioning that Aldi raked in three wins for its own-label lines, its Medusa Ruby Red Ale seeing off competition from some seriously well-established brands.But that’s what makes The Grocer’s booze awards (run in association with Cambridge Market Research) stand out, and, I dare say, considerably heightens the stakes. No drink has won its gold medal by virtue of any of its price, marketing or even taste credentials alone.A resounding endorsementWin one of The Grocer Drink Awards, and it’s a resounding endorsement of the whole package, thanks to the fact that bona fide shoppers and experts’ views are weighted equally in our judging process. After all, it’s ordinary consumers who ultimately decide whether booze brands sink or swim.Needless to say, though, the experts we do enlist aren’t just snooty wine snobs and bearded beer geeks. They’re pub owners, bartenders, brewers and buyers – people who genuinely understand the business of selling booze, and what really constitutes ‘great value for money’.It means genuine innovation is celebrated, and smaller and crossover brands that might otherwise get sniffed at by armchair commentators are given a chance to shine.So while this year’s awards are over – and believe me, we saw them through with a bang (I’d wager more than a few hangovers needed a thorough nursing across the drinks industry on Tuesday morning) – they’ve set an exceptionally high benchmark for next year.We can’t guarantee any sports stars will attend, but I hear Conor McGregor’s ‘Notorious’ whiskey may hit shelves in the near future. Perhaps he’ll be ready to challenge another champ by next November.Cheers!
BT, the UK communications giant, is considering a contingent assets deal with its £50bn (€57.3bn) pension scheme as it tries to rein in a growing deficit.In its annual report for 2016-17, BT said it was considering “a number of options” for addressing the scheme’s £7.6bn shortfall as it prepares for its triennial actuarial valuation.“These options include considering whether there are alternative approaches to only making cash payments, including arrangements that would give the BT Pension Scheme [BTPS] a prior claim over certain BT assets,” the annual report said.The report gave no further details, but according to Richard Farr, director at Lincoln Pensions, an employer covenant specialist, there were a variety of options open to both parties if BT wanted an alternative to cash contributions. However, some options were less appealing than others, he said.“The UK network is BT’s biggest asset, but why would the trustees want security over that if that’s what causes a future problem?” Farr said.Instead, the trustees might prefer a guarantee secured by assets not correlated to the UK business, such as subsidiary companies in other countries.“The key question is what value and flexibility can BT obtain from the negotiations and how will the stock market price the impact on BT’s ability to manage its business effectively,” Farr added.Holding assets directly linked to the employer can also reduce a scheme’s annual payments to the Pension Protection Fund, depending on the type of asset and strength of the guarantee.Contingent assets deals are often linked to property, but some employers have found more novel ways of guaranteeing pension scheme funding.In 2013, the Dairy Crest Group Pension Fund struck a deal with its sponsor, Dairy Crest, giving it “a floating charge over maturing cheese inventories with a maximum realisable value of £60 million”.Three years earlier, drinks giant Diageo agreed a joint investment deal with its pension fund to invest in whisky.BTPS’s only direct investment link to its sponsoring employer – according to the annual report – was a £10m allocation to index-linked bonds issued by BT. The annual report did not give any detail about this investment.Any contingency asset deal would have to be signed off by the Pensions Regulator (TPR). Responding to the mooted BT arrangement, Charles Cowling, director at consultancy firm JLT Employee Benefits, highlighted a recent shift in focus by TPR that could see it scrutinise funding arrangements to ensure an adequate balance between deficit contributions and dividend payments.BT is one of the highest-yielding companies in the FTSE 100, according to Morningstar. In the last three financial years, the company paid out £3.4bn to shareholders while contributing £2bn to the scheme in deficit reduction payments, on top of its regular contributions.BTPS achieved a 21% investment return in the 12 months to 31 March, the sponsor reported. However, this strong performance was effectively wiped out by a falling discount rate, which meant the scheme’s deficit still climbed by £2.4bn.“The return reflects strong asset performance across all asset classes, in particular equities and government bonds which increased by 16% and 23% respectively,” BT said.
The participants of the 2nd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress in Moscow – organized by PortNews Media Group – have suggested establishment of a working group for improvement of the Dredging and Health, Environment and Safety (HES) regulations.When speaking at the Congress, Andrey Lavrishchev, General Director of FSUE Rosmorport, emphasized that the system of dredging and HES regulations has a number of problems hindering the construction and repair works in seaports and increasing the cost of those works.Victor Chebotayev, Chief Engineer of FSUE Natsrybresurs, added that “it would be necessary to create a single window system for dredging operations as well as a system of state environmental monitoring of bottom sediments and dumping areas. Organizations subordinate to the Ministry of Nature could be charged with this task.”During the last week’s event, Sergey Koskin, Deputy Director, Department of State Policy for Regulation of Water Resources, RF Ministry of Nature, reminded that the Ministry already has a working group on elimination of administrative barriers which welcomes such proposals.Andrei Kozlov, Deputy Director, Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport of the Russian Ministry of Transport also emphasized the necessity to improve legislation on construction of hydraulic engineering structures.
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, Ariz., 631; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 531; 3. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 524; 4. Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif., 453; 5. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 417; 6. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif., 359; 7. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 338; 8. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 329; 9. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 319; 10. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa, and Chris Olexiewicz, Chandler, Ariz., both 318; 12. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 295; 13. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 294; 14. Nate Warren, Phoenix, Ariz., 286; 15. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., and R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., both 278; 17. Steve Stultz, Peoria, Ariz., 274; 18. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif., 272; 19. Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, Texas, 264; 20. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D., 260.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 100; 2. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 93; 3. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, and Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, both 88; 5. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 86; 6. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, and Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, both 82; 8. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 80; 9. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 73; 10. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 69; 11. Jeff Emerson, Millsap, Texas, 61; 12. Shawn Mize, Crowley, Texas, 57; 13. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 54; 14. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 53; 15. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 46; 16. Jeff Day, Greenville, Texas, 39; 17. Joshua Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 38; 18. Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas, 36; 19. Charles Duarte, Burleson, Texas, 35; 20. Tony Rost, Utica, Neb., 31.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas, 323; 2. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 274; 3. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 273; 4. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 256; 5. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 247; 6. Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 232; 7. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 205; 8. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 202; 9. Tyler Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 198; 10. Adam Schwarz, Woodway, Texas, 194; 11. David Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 191; 12. Dustin White, Lamesa, Texas, 176; 13. Hunter Russell, Midland, Texas, 175; 14. Jeff Bauser, Belton, Texas, and Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, both 169; 16. Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, and Mart Wampler, Snyder, Texas, both 162; 18. J.C. Howell, Mabank, Texas, 161; 19. Keith Cagle, Odonnell, Texas, 156; 20. Travis Graves, Wolfforth, Texas, 149.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 273; 2. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 237; 3. Craig Ebers, Yuma, Ariz., 235; 4. Brian Johnson, Yuma, Ariz., 224; 5. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 208; 6. Brandon Gaddis, Snyder, Texas, 177; 7. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 175; 8. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 164; 9. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, Jamie Herring, Killeen, Texas, and Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, each 153; 13. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 152; 14. Daniel Van Haitsma, Boyd, Texas, 144; 15. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 141; 16. Leonard Manos, Yuma, Ariz., 136; 17. Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D., 131; 18. Lee Riley, Lubbock, Texas, 129; 19. Trevor Hudson, Copperas Cove, Texas, 124; 20. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 114.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 327; 2. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 314; 3. Josh Wood, Yuma, Ariz., and Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., both 257; 5. Timmy Reese, Yuma, Ariz., 250; 6. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 240; 7. Cody Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 239; 8. Schannon Mohamed, Brawley, Calif., 228; 9. Keith Smith, Imperial, Calif., 213; 10. Sean Callens, Brawley, Calif., 184; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 176; 12. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 173; 13. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 157; 14. Lee Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif., 155; 15. Ronald Pegues, Brawley, Calif., 150; 16. Kyle Griffith, Taft, Calif., 149; 17. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 139; 18. James A. Digiovanni, Morgan Hill, Calif., 129; 19. Robert Gallaher, San Jose, Calif., 126; 20. Cody Brown, Chowchilla, Calif., 115.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 296; 2. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 272; 3. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 271; 4. Allen Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas, 266; 5. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 265; 6. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 260; 7. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 234; 8. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 209; 9. Jarrett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 183; 10. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 182; 11. Mark Patterson, Abilene, Texas, 168; 12. David Goode Jr., Temple, Texas, 162; 13. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 155; 14. Justin Cass, Abilene, Texas, 154; 15. Bret Young, Kennedale, Texas, 151; 16. Randy Doyle, Killeen, Texas, and John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, both 140; 18. Jeff Reynolds, Joshua, Texas, 139; 19. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, and Gene Burnett, Leander, Texas, both 138.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Brant Bachman, Weatherford, Texas, 117; 2. Willard Van Haitsma, Springtown, Texas, 112; 3. Danny Jack Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 109; 4. Aubra Parker, Paradise, Texas, 106; 5. James Morehead, Joshua, Texas, 91; 6. Judy Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 88; 7. Stephen Covey, Midlothian, Texas, 65; 8. David Bachman, Azle, Texas, Edward Konczak, Springtown, Texas, and Steve Beaver, Decatur, Texas, each 62; 11. Richard Cadwallader, Wilson, Okla., 60; 12. Michael Mason, Springtown, Texas, 37; 13. Tied with 17 each are Alex Bratt, Beatrice, Neb.; Larry Cronin, Lincoln, Neb.; Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa; Mark Dorcey, Dakota City, Neb.; Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb.; Joelle Gustin, Omaha, Neb.; Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa; Josh Johnson, Lincoln, Neb.; Dustin McQuigg, Beatrice, Neb.; Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; Josh Modde, Des Moines, Iowa; Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb.; Neal Reynolds, Onawa, Iowa; Dillon Richards, DeWitt, Neb.; Elmer Rolfes, Merrill, Iowa; Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa; Brandon Thornton, Nebraska City, Neb.; and Mitchell Wachter, Syracuse, Neb.West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 65; 2. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif., 39; 3. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 38; 4. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 37; 5. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 36; 6. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 35; 7. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 34; 8. Johnny Bedingfield, Bakersfield, Calif., and Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., both 33; 10. William A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., and Cory Little, Pahrump, Nev., both 32; 12. Wayne Coffman, Pahrump, Nev., and George Bradburry, Pahrump, Nev., both 31.
Statewide—It’s that time of year again – coyotes are on the move, and Indiana residents might see them more, but this should not be a cause for alarm.Coyotes are common everywhere in the state, even in urban areas. Coyotes become more active during winter, and the bare vegetation this time of year increases the chance of catching a glimpse. Young coyotes leave their parents to find a new home, making them more likely to be seen during winter. And in January, coyotes will be looking to breed, making them even more active. Seeing more coyotes does not mean they are increasing in number.Where people are, coyotes follow. Coyotes like to eat animals and plants that thrive around yards and homes, including rabbits, mice, fruit and squirrels. They thrive around people because of the abundant food that comes with human development. Coyotes are a common member of Indiana’s urban wildlife community, as are raccoons, red foxes, and opossums. Coyotes are also an important member of Indiana’s wildlife community, helping control rodent populations and cleaning up carrion.Coyotes typically weigh between 20-30 pounds and are similar in height to a German Shepherd. Winter fur, which is thicker, makes coyotes appear bigger than they actually are, potentially causing concern. To reduce the possibility of pets having a negative interaction with coyotes or any other wildlife, keep pets leashed, in a kennel with a secure top, or indoors.Problems between coyotes and people are uncommon. Follow these tips for making your property less attractive to coyotes:– Clean up fallen fruit from trees or gardens.– Keep garbage secure.– Make sure pet food and treats are not left outside.– If you see a coyote around your yard, take down birdfeeders; coyotes could be attracted to the rodents eating the seeds.– Never intentionally feed a coyote, which could result in its losing its fear of people.Making a coyote feel unwelcome around people can help maintain its natural fear of humans, but never corner or chase a coyote – you should always allow it to have a clear escape path to get away from you.If you see a coyote and want it to go away, try to make it uncomfortable:– Yell.– Wave your arms.– Spray it with a hose.– Throw tennis balls or small stones at it, but don’t throw anything that could be food, like apples.– Carry a jar of coins to shake or a small air horn to make noise.To learn more about coyotes click here.
Koeman said in a statement: “I am thrilled to be the manager of Southampton Football Club. “From my very first meeting with (executive director) Les Reed, I could see clearly that this was the right club for me. We share the same philosophy of football, and the same belief in how to develop the club. “Southampton have a talented first-team squad, a world-class academy and the infrastructure to sustain success in the Premier League. “The opportunity to continue the development of this famous football club was simply too good to turn down. I cannot wait to get started.” Koeman resigned from his previous post at Feyenoord last month having led the team to second, third and second during his three years at the club. The 51-year-old has won the Dutch title with both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, the Copa del Rey at Valencia and coached Vitesse, Benfica and AZ Alkmaar during a 14-year managerial career. His reputation for employing an attacking brand of football and committing to the promotion of young talent will sit well with Southampton who have nurtured the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw in recent seasons. Executive director Reed said: “From the moment we met with Ronald, it was clear he had the vision and ambition to take our club forward, that he shared our football philosophy and could see the opportunity to move our club to the next level. Ronald Koeman is thrilled to have been appointed Southampton manager, claiming he knew it was a perfect match the very first time he met with the club. “The club, the players and the fans will all be excited to have a man of Ronald’s experience at the very highest level joining our club. “Ronald’s passion for the opportunity here at St Mary’s was very clear, and we look forward to continuing our growth with him as part of our team.” One of Koeman’s first priorities will be to bring stability and direction to the club by resolving the futures of key players. As well as Pochettino, Rickie Lambert has already left the club, while Lallana, Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren have all been linked with moves away. Saints will be hoping Koeman’s pedigree as both a manager and player will carry weight with the club’s top talents. In a glittering career that included spells at PSV, Ajax and Barcelona, the defender won four Eredivisie titles, four Primera Division titles and two European Cups – the second of which saw him score the winner in a 1-0 win over Sampdoria in 1992. Koeman also won the European Championship in 1988 with Holland, for whom he played 75 times, and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1987 and 1988. Southampton will also name a new goalkeeping coach in the near future to replace Toni Jimenez, who followed Pochettino to Tottenham. Koeman has been handed a three-year contract to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who left for Tottenham after guiding the Saints to eighth in the Barclays Premier League last season. The former Holland international is joined at St Mary’s by his older brother Erwin, who has been named assistant first team manager, and Jan Kluitenberg, who will be an assistant and fitness coach. Press Association
Press Association Uzbek magnate Alisher Usmanov controls around 30 per cent and has also expressed no desire to offload any of his shares. Nevertheless, last month Dangote, whose business interests include sugar, flour and oil, stated he remained keen to become part of the Emirates Stadium club sometime in the future. In a fresh interview with BBC World Service Hausa, Dangote indicated once his work in the establishment of an oil refinery in his homeland – set to be the largest in Africa – is complete, then he would consider revisiting his interest in making a move at Arsenal. “When we get this refinery on track, I will have enough time and enough resources to pay what they are asking for,” he told the channel. “There were a couple of us who were rushing to buy and we thought with the prices then, the people who were interested in selling were trying to go for a kill. “We backtracked because we were very busy doing other things, especially our industrialisation.” Dangote feels Arsenal, who last season retained the FA Cup, can mount a challenge for top honours again, albeit perhaps with a different outlook from the boardroom. He added: “They are doing well but they need another strategic direction. They need more direction than the current situation, where they just develop players and sell them.” Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has re-iterated his hopes of one day buying Arsenal. The Nigerian has an estimated fortune of some 18billion US dollars (£12.2bn) and is reported to have wanted to purchase a holding in the Gunners when former director Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith was selling her stock in 2011. Arsenal’s current majority shareholder is American tycoon Stan Kroenke, who has a 66.64 per cent holding and remains committed to the Barclays Premier League club for the long-term.