Daniel James is eager to mark his European debut for Manchester United with a win over AZ that could ease the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.United head to the Netherlands for Thursday’s match looking to make it two wins from two in the Europa League this season following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Astana on matchday one.Solskjaer’s men have won just two of their past eight games in all competitions, not including the penalty shoot-out success against League One Rochdale in the EFL Cup, and scrutiny on the manager is growing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career James missed the win over Astana, when Mason Greenwood scored the only goal, but is in line to make his first appearance in European competition at the Cars Jeans Stadion, the venue AZ have been using since the roof collapsed at AFAS Stadion in August.The Wales international thinks a positive result will stand United in good stead to reach the knockout phase and quieten some of their recent critics.”I’ve had my taste of the Premier League and now playing in Europe is always different,” he told MUTV.Right foot? Left foot?The birthday boy can do both @_MasonGreenwood #MUFC pic.twitter.com/b7FjGPj7Oa— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 1, 2019″Astana came to us and some people wrote them off before they played but they gave us a good game. I think you can never write these teams off. They wouldn’t be in the competition if they weren’t very good teams. Every game we play in Europe, we have got to be ready for it and prepare right.”It was important to get off to a good start and it is another one where we have to go and win as it just takes the pressure off us, really. That comes with people expecting us to go through in the group, so to get two early wins would be great.”As you see, when we score, we’re all together and, when we concede, we’re all together. It’s so important. We’ve got a great group here and the team spirit is a massive part of it.”ADO Den Haag’s ground, the venue for Thursday’s game, has an artificial pitch but James does not think playing on such a surface would be any excuse for a poor performance.”All the boys played on them growing up,” he said. “It’s going to be a different test, obviously, as playing abroad is always hard. It’s different to play in the Premier League but it’s one we’re looking forward to and are going to be ready for.”I think the surfaces [synthetic and grass] are similar really. It’s a bit harder than normal grass but the ball moves the same on it.”It’s something the boys know they can’t do anything about and it’s not something we’re going to let get into our heads.”
Flor de CanaIn 2020, Nicaraguan rum distillery Flor De Cana will celebrate 130 years of existence, marking five generations’ involvement in the rum since its founding back in 1890. To mark the occasion, Flor de Cana will release V Generaciones, a 30-year-old single barrel rum that was distilled back in 1988. The liquid comes in a beautiful decanter topped with a bottle cap made from volcanic rock and is housed in a black leather case. Only 411 bottles will be released this September with a retail price of $1,200.Flor de Cana is located at the base of San Cristobal, an active volcano in the northwest corner of Nicaragua. The rum has no sugar, “accelerants, or unnatural additives,” according to the distillery, and is aged in ex-bourbon barrels that are sealed with plantain leaves to help reduce the angel’s share, or evaporation, that is accelerated by the region’s tropical climate. The brand is focused on sustainability and claims to use 100% renewable energy to power the distillery.Flor de Cana has gotten some flack in recent years for the numbers it puts on its bottles. Expressions are labeled with a 12 or 18, for example, which reasonably leads consumers to believe these are age statements telling you how old the rum is, like a bottle of single malt scotch. These numbers, however, should be looked at as average ages of the blend of rums in the bottle, and this could be made a lot clearer on the label. According to press representation for the rum, “each Flor de Cana product is a blend of rums of similar ages carefully selected to achieve the age profile indicated in the label.” In the case of V Generaciones, however, the “30 Years” on the label is a real age statement — this rum was aged for three decades before bottling.This is an extremely expensive bottle of rum, but it’s also quite delicious. It doesn’t read as overly oaky with an abundance of tannins, which can happen from too many years spent in a barrel. Instead, there are deep notes of tropical fruit and cocoa on the nose, with swirls of burnt brown sugar and a bit of cherry and orange on the palate. Considering the extremely limited supply of this rum, you might not run into it any time soon. But if you find it, and have the cash, you won’t be disappointed. Editors’ Recommendations All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Best Wetsuits to Keep You in the Water All Year Long Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level
HALIFAX — A dissident group of shareholders seeking three seats on the Sherritt International board of directors believes chief executive David Pathe needs to be replaced.The dissidents led by investment firm Clarke Inc. say costs are up and the share price has fallen since Pathe took the helm of the mining company at the beginning of 2012.Dustin Haw, vice-president investments at Clarke, said the dissident group would recommend the board form a committee to find a new chief executive immediately.“A CEO with mining and operations experience and capital allocation expertise,” Haw told a conference call with investors Monday during which he pitched the group’s case for change at Sherritt.If the Clarke-led group, which holds a 5.4% stake in Sherritt, is successful, it would control three of the nine seats on the board.Haw said Sherritt needs to improve how it decides where to invest.“The best opportunities for the company right now are debt reduction, reinvestment in the current asset base and share repurchases,” he said.“We would recommend that the board undertake a thorough review of all procurement practices, capital spending practices and review the business divisions to determine why costs are increasing so rapidly and how to curb them.”The dissident group also filed a complaint with the Ontario Securities Commission seeking an investigation into allegations the company was misleading shareholders about the its director nominees.Sherritt’s information circular and proxy voting card include different names than those put forth by the dissident group. The dissident group said the error could affect the “quality and integrity” of the shareholder vote.The dissident nominees include Clarke chief executive George Armoyan, David Wood, chief financial officer of the Municipal Group of Companies, and Astor Group chief executive Ashwath Mehra, who is also the former chief executive of MRI Trading AG and senior partner for the nickel and cobalt businesses at Glencore International AG.In addition to seats on the Sherritt board, the group wants to amend the company’s bylaws to require unanimous board support for any major acquisition and changes to how both Sherritt directors and executives are paid, as well as some additional perks it says they receive.Sherritt has said the Clarke nominees and the dissidents’ other proposals threaten good governance at the mining company. The company warned shareholders in a letter last week to be wary of Armoyan and his attempt to join the company’s board of directors along with the two other nominees.“Mr. Armoyan has a history of forcing his way onto boards of companies whose business he does not understand, with terrible results,” Sherritt chairman Hap Stephen wrote.Last week, proxy advisory firms ISS and Glass Lewis recommended shareholders support the management nominees for the board.Glass Lewis also recommended shareholders support management in its fight against all of the dissidents other proposals to be voted on at Sherritt’s annual meeting.However, ISS said shareholders should back a dissident motion to stop “special payments to directors that are not aligned with shareholder value.”Sherritt’s (TSX:S) annual meeting is set for May 6 in Toronto.