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‘Its Harder Now For Manchester United To Win Titles Than It Was In Sir Alex Ferguson’s Time’ : Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says

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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has stated that winning the premier league title is harder now because there are a lot of better teams now than during the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge of the club.

Liverpool on Thursday clinched the 2019/2020 premier league title bringing the club one step closer to matching Manchester United’s title tally.

United enjoyed dominance during Ferguson’s 26-year tenure, winning 13 Premier League titles and 38 trophies in total at Old Trafford.

However, United have not won the Premier League since Ferguson’s final season in 2013.

Even though the club has won the Europa League (2017), FA Cup (2016), and EFL Cup (2017) since Ferguson’s retirement, Solksjaer says it’s a different ball game now.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Norwich City, United manager Solskjaer said: “We’ve got to be honest enough to say it is more difficult now.

“We’ve always had challenges, whether it was Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool. But most of the time it was just one of them challenging us.

“Finishing third wasn’t normal. Now there are at least four, maybe five teams that can win the league and the cups.”

Speaking about star man Paul Pogba’s future and whether he and new signing Bruno Fernandes can work together, Solskjaer told reporters: “I’m certain they can play well together, yes.

“They’ve both played well in training and in the games, they play together it’s exciting. There will be rotations and there will be times that Paul will play up with Bruno, sometimes it’s deeper, sometimes we will play with a diamond. It’s encouraging to see them together.

“It’s also encouraging to see how Nemanja [Matic], Scott [McTominay], and Fred are making it difficult for me to keep them out.

“It’s a good position to be in as a coach and you want to give Paul a chance to get 100 percent fit with practice and rest. He’s been out for so long and I think it says everything about the boy with the quality of his performances.”

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Emerson Publishes Environmental, Social And Governance Report

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Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced the publication of its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, highlighting how the company develops and delivers technologies, software, and services to enable greater sustainability, efficiency and safety for essential industries while supporting communities worldwide.

As Emerson helps drive progress across industries, the company is advancing its diversity, equity and inclusion. Within the new report, Emerson shared its goal to double representation of women globally and U.S. minorities at the leadership level by 2030. This goal underscores Emerson’s commitment to empowering a diverse global workforce.

“Building on our ESG focus has truly brought out the best in our employees – and our company,” said Lal Karsanbhai, president and chief executive officer of Emerson. “We are building momentum in vital areas like sustainability and inclusion, and we are actively cultivating a workforce that reflects the world around us.

“Our employees are energized to live out our Purpose, driving innovation that makes the world healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable. Accelerating our progress in this space is one of my top priorities, and we look forward to continuing these efforts alongside our customers and our communities in the future.”

The 2020 ESG Report reinforces the company’s focus on empowering more sustainable operations and addressing complex challenges facing modern life in commercial, industrial, and residential markets. Highlights of the report include:

Environmental
In 2020, Emerson took measurable steps to further enhance the company’s approach to environmental sustainability and in defining its role in making the world more sustainable. The company reported a 10% decrease in CO2 emissions, an 11% decrease in global electricity usage and a 9% decrease in global water consumption over the past year. Emerson also articulated its “Greening Of, By and With” framework to build on sustainability momentum.

“We have made progress not only in tangible sustainability initiatives, but in driving engagement and excitement across the organization,” said Mike Train, who was recently named Emerson’s chief sustainability officer. “From the way we approach customer challenges to the unified Purpose that connects us as a global organization, sustainability is truly top of mind for our teams and in our approach to innovation.”

The company continues to address environmental, social and governance issues in partnership with stakeholders across its supply chain while maintaining high standards of corporate governance. In 2020, Emerson enhanced its focus to engage suppliers along their paths to reducing waste, controlling emissions and making the world more sustainable by establishing an environmental sustainability council with key suppliers.

Social
Emerson undertook several key initiatives to accelerate its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts this year. In addition to setting goals for diverse representation among leadership, Emerson hosted “Courageous Conversations,” a series of regional dialogues on topics related to advancing equity; launched Diverse Slates, a recruitment initiative to build a diverse talent pipeline; and launched two new employee resource groups: Somos, for Latin American and Hispanic employees, and the Asian & Pacific Islander Alliance.

In addition, Emerson continued its legacy on giving back to communities. In 2020, Emerson contributed $24.5 million to more than 1,300 charities, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions across the United States. The company also committed $3 million in support of STEM education programs over the past year, which included delivering thousands of STEM activity kits to elementary and middle school aged children and to organizations that work with under-served youth to promote hands-on experiences in the remote learning environment.

Governance
Emerson has a longstanding dedication to high tenets of corporate governance. In 2021, Emerson shifted to an independent chair structure, electing independent director James Turley as chair of Emerson’s board of directors. In addition, the company recently added Chief Compliance Officer Lisa Flavin to its Office of the Chief Executive, reinforcing its commitment to ethical behavior and high standards among all employees.

“Our 2020 ESG Report highlights the many ways we are putting our Purpose into action as we strive to be a strong corporate citizen both within the critical industries we serve and the communities where we live and work,” said Akberet Boykin Farr, vice president of diversity and social responsibility for Emerson. “We look forward to the many ways we will continue to deliver against our goals to help make the world more sustainable and inclusive in 2021 and beyond.”

About Emerson:
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit www.Emerson.com.

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LGBTQ: UEFA Rejects Request To Light Up Allianz Arena Stadium In Rainbow Colors For Euro 2020 Game

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European football governing body, UEFA has declined a request to light up Munich’s Allianz Arena in rainbow colors for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 match between Germany and Hungary.

Following a proposal from the Munich city council in the wake of an anti-LGBTQ law passed by Hungary’s parliament last week, the request to light up the stadium was made.

The new legislation bans the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change.

In a cross-party proposal submitted by Munich city council, the idea to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow lights was to “give an important and visible sign of solidarity towards the LGBTI Community in Hungary, those who suffer under the current tightened homophobic and transphobic Hungarian government legislation.”

But UEFA have now rejected the request saying it will not get involved in politics.

“Racism, homophobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination are a stain on our societies — and represent one of the biggest problems faced by the game today,” UEFA said in a statement on Tuesday, June 22.

“Discriminatory behavior has marred both matches themselves and, outside the stadiums, the online discourse around the sport we love.

“However UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organization. Given the political context of this specific request, a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament — UEFA must decline this request.”

UEFA added that it has proposed for Munich to light up the stadium either on June 28, which marks Christopher Street Liberation Day, or between July 3 and July 9, which is Christopher Street Day week in Munich.

Christopher Street Liberation Day recognizes the 1969 Stonewall riots and the march in New York City that took place a year later – now considered the first gay pride parade.

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Lionel Messi Equals Argentina’s All-Time Appearance Record

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Superstar footballer, Lionel Messi has now earned his 147th cap for Argentina, equaling Javier Mascherano’s all-time appearance record for La Albiceleste.

The Barcelona superstar achieved the record on Monday night June 21, after he started in his country’s 1-0 Copa América win over Paraguay, helping them through to the quarterfinals.

Papu Gómez’s 10th-minute goal was enough to earn a narrow win and maintain Argentina’s unbeaten start to the tournament.

Messi, who turns 34 on Thursday, is already his country’s record goalscorer with 73 goals at the international level.

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