DAIC to Host Virtual Meeting with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

first_img Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegional DAIC to Host Virtual Meeting with Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank by: – May 21, 2020 Sharing is caring! The Chambers of Commerce in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) invite you to attend a live webinar with members of the Chambers, the private sector of the Caribbean region and representatives from the ECCB. Webinar Access:The Webinar room will open at 9:30 a.m.(ECT) on Thursday, 28 May 2020; 30 minutes before the start time to allow panelists and participants to attend to connectivity issues. Share Share Tweet Chat Access:Participants will be able to interact with each other only through the CHAT feature in the webinar as all microphones and video capabilities will be disabled.Question and Answer Segment:Participants will be able to post their questions and comments in the Q & A feature. Questions will be answered live during the webinar.Submit any questions in preparation for this meeting to [email protected] feel free to circulate the details of this Webinar with your colleagues and other potentially interested parties, particularly those who share a vested interest in the economies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and how the Eastern Caribbean countries can mitigate the impact of COVID-19.See you there! Moderators:Lizra Fabien, Chairperson of CARICHAM and Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce and Andrew Satney, Executive Director, St Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce will moderate the live webinar. Registration Details:You must pre-register for the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional administrative information about joining the webinar. Please note that this webinar will also be streamed via Facebook. Date and Time:Thursday, 28 May 2020 from 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean Time) Panelist:Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Timothy N. J. Antoine will lead the discussion on “Perspectives of the ECCB on Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Economies of the ECCU”. 93 Views   no discussions Register for this webinar herelast_img read more

LeGarrette Blount joins the Eagles on 1-year contract

first_imgIn this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount speaks with members of the media in the team’s locker room following an NFL football team practice, in Foxborough, Mass. .(AP Photo/Steven Senne)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeGarrette Blount is bringing his power running to Philadelphia.The Eagles and Blount agreed on a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a bruising back to complement their group of smaller, speedy runners.Blount led the NFL with 18 touchdowns rushing in 2016 while helping the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl. He ran for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.6 per carry.“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” said Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for (organized team activities).”The 30-year-old Blount is the latest veteran playmaker the Eagles have added in free agency. They also signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, giving Carson Wentz more options.Blount joins his fourth team in eight seasons. He began his career in Tampa Bay and played briefly with Pittsburgh in between two stints with New England, where he won two Super Bowls.Blount has 5,122 yards rushing in his career and 4.4 average yards per carry to go with 49 TDs.Veteran Darren Sproles, second-year pro Wendell Smallwood and rookie Donnel Pumphrey will team with Blount in the backfield.The Patriots are expected to receive a compensatory draft pick for losing Blount.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddilast_img read more

49ers’ Eric Reid resumes anthem kneel, urges ‘change’

first_imgSan Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has resumed kneeling during the national anthem after joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in his polarizing protest last season.Reid knelt for “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night before the 49ers played at Minnesota in an exhibition game. Reed stood for the anthem during the team’s first two preseason games. He initially said he had stopped because of frustration last year about the way his protest over human rights was portrayed and perceived by some of the public.The change of heart, Reid said after the 32-31 victory by the Vikings , came after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 resulted in the death of one counter-protester and injuries to many more.“We’ve got to keep talking about the issues that are happening in this country,” Reid said. “That’s the only way things will change, if we keep shedding light on these topics. Our plan is to continue to do that.”Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was among the 49ers teammates who put a hand on Reid’s shoulder during the anthem.“It’s no secret. All the things that are going on in America, especially being African-American, it’s just hard,” Goodwin said. “When you have somebody who chooses to take a knee, that’s just his right. So as a friend, as a brother, as a teammate, I wouldn’t want him to go through anything like that alone. So I had to go support him and let him and everybody else know that I do support him.”Reid said he appreciated the solidarity. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he had no problem with the demonstration. The strong safety said he thinks he’ll kneel all season, the goal being “change.”“Accountability for officers that step outside the line,” he said. “We want our president to be a president and not threaten to shut down the government over a wall. To change the oppression that happens in this country. It has no place in the world, let alone America.“Our goal is to just keep talking about it. Hopefully we inspire people to do something about it through our protests. And this isn’t something that’s new. I’ve learned a lot of things throughout the past year about athletes that have talked about the same things that we’re talking about. So the goal is just to create some change.”Kaepernick and Reid remain close. After a hard hit on Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen during the game, Reid kissed his flexed biceps as Kaepernick used to do. The quarterback, who helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, became a free agent this spring and has not been signed by another team . Other players around the league, such as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett , have staged their own anthem protests this month.___Associated Press freelance writer Jess Myers contributed to this report.last_img read more

Only on AP: Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Derrick Rose has some secrets. In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) He often plays chess online against random people who have no idea that their king is being attacked by the 2011 NBA MVP. He was a decent tennis and baseball player in high school. He’s spent a good amount of time this summer studying the life of Albert Einstein. He watches documentaries.Most people don’t know these things. Rose doesn’t care if people know these things.Here’s what Rose hopes people know, or at least soon know: He believes he’s still among the NBA elite. So for Rose, this season alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers is a reset, maybe a redemption, maybe even a reinvention. He made $21 million last season; he’ll make about $2 million this season after signing for the minimum , even after averaging 18 points with the dysfunctional New York Knicks a year ago.Now — recovered from a fourth knee surgery — Rose is set to start anew and resume chasing what would be his first NBA title.“I’ve always been into movies,” Rose said. “And I’ve always asked why you don’t see famous actors all the time. Why don’t you see George Clooney? For real, why don’t you see him? It always comes back to how they don’t want the fame. So when I got into the NBA, I never wanted to tap into that.“Personally, that’s just not me.”In an interview with The Associated Press about his offseason and his future, Rose said he believes he’s misunderstood by many, but realized long ago that he’s not interested in changing those misconceptions.“I’m stubborn,” Rose said. “I like moving at my own pace. So as long as I’m not harming anybody, I feel like I’ve got the right to do that. People think that I’m cocky, reckless, unruly. That’s not me. That’s not who I portray myself as. But it’s not up to me to care or worry about that. My family and friends know the person that I really am.”Rose is a self-described introvert, someone who rarely posts on social media. He does his own thing, without apologies. He arrives in China this week to promote his latest adidas shoe, is hopeful to have a place to live in Cleveland picked out by the time he gets back to the U.S. from that trip, and has been so busy this summer with on-court work that there’s been little time for much else — not even a haircut or shave, both of which he thinks are desperately needed.“I’m not going to lie to you; the last two or three years, Derrick has been through a lot mentally,” said his older brother, Reggie Rose. “When you’re losing more than you’re winning, it can get difficult. So with him going to be in a winning environment again now, able to see how LeBron prepares himself, the things LeBron does with his body, Derrick can incorporate that into his own game.”Rose is past his latest surgery, one that repaired his meniscus and, probably mercifully, ended his season with the Knicks. He isn’t worried about how the now-tenuous trade between Boston and Cleveland with the principals being star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomasworks out; Rose is willing to play with either one.Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said when signing the 6-foot-2 Rose that he would be a good fit. Altman added he knew Rose could have signed with a number of teams, but he signed with Cleveland because of “his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning.”Rose, 28, has no doubt he’ll be ready for the season.He has been working out at least five days a week, strength work some days, agility work other days, along with on-court work.Last year fuels him, in many ways. It started with him facing a civil trial in Los Angeles over a rape allegation that a jury did not believe. It ended with him playing for a bad team in New York, the Knicks season dominated by drama off the floor — the Jim Dolan-Charles Oakley mess, the eventual departure of Phil Jackson and the still-going talk of Carmelo Anthony getting traded someplace.“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” Rose said. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”Rose’s rise was meteoric: Grew up amid poverty in Chicago, then saw basketball as an escape route and way to take care of his mother and family. In 2006, he hit a shot to win an Illinois state high school championship. Only five years later, he was MVP of the NBA.Then came the injuries : the ACL tear in 2012 and three meniscus surgeries since, along with back, hamstring, ankle and foot issues as well. Out of a possible 164 games in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, Rose appeared in 10. The love affair in Chicago between a native son and the Bulls was clearly waning. He finally got traded to New York in June 2016.The lowest of the low points in Chicago, on the injury front, may have been when he made the statement about how he didn’t want to be sore at his son’s graduation. He doesn’t regret saying it, or the fallout that it caused.What Rose was trying to do was illustrate how being active in his son’s life matters to him. It just came out less than perfectly, and he believes the message got twisted.“He’s the only reason that I’m playing this game,” Rose said of his son. “My dad wasn’t around. So my mom was that figure for me. I want to be the example to my son, the dad that I didn’t have. He’s going to do what he wants to do, but sometimes he’s going to be like, ‘Damn, Pops was right all these times.’ It’s going to hit him one day.”Thing is, Derrick Rose’s son will never grow up poor like the way Derrick Rose did. His father has earned somewhere around $300 million in contracts and endorsements.“He gets joy just being around immediate family and reminiscing about how things used to be financially before now,” Reggie Rose said. “You can see the glow in his face when he talks about the old times.”He gets the same glow when he talks about what’s coming next.Rose knows people doubt whether he can still play. He doesn’t share those doubts. And though he won’t say so, he wouldn’t mind proving some wrong.“When I get on a good team and I’m still hooping the same way, what are you going to say then?” Rose said. “The only thing that you’ll can say is that I can still play.”___More AP basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketballlast_img read more

Former Major Leaguer and Lawrence County native Hank Allen still enjoys baseball as MLB Scout

first_imgHAROLD “HANK” ALLEN, inside the Baltimore Orioles press box, where he continues to work as a scout for the Houston Astros. He spends an equal amount of time at Nationals Park in D.C., where he once played for the Washington Senators. (Photo by Timothy Cox)‘I got to be very good friends with Clemente later in life. He was a very humble man, and so was Stargell.’BALTIMORE, Md.—When Harold “Hank” Allen was a kid growing up in rural Lawrence County, Pa., he and his younger brother Richard “Dick” Allen never imagined they’d someday become teammates in the major leagues.After both finished highly-touted athletic careers at Wampum High School (now Mohawk High) about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, the Allen brothers were already considered two of the finest athletes in the state. Both young men led their Wampum basketball squads to state titles; Hank in 1958, Dick in 1960. Though the school was of a small-enrollment Class C category, their talented teams competed in the Class B category. (At the time, the PIAA only had three categories, A, B and C). Wampum also won the 1955 state hoops title.Though both Allen brothers excelled on the hardcourt, it’s with the hard ball where they would become standouts—and where Hank Allen continues to hone his craft, as a scout for Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros.While Richie “Call Me Dick” Allen retired as one of the most prolific power hitters in MLB history, including being named the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year with the Phillies and a seven-time All-Star, Hank Allen played seven seasons as a valued utility man, first in the Philadelphia minor league system, in addition to longer stints with the Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox. On the White Sox, he and Dick played together for two years—the only time since they left high school.last_img read more

This time, the Steelers were the “Bird Catchers” in their 26-9 win over the Ravens (Oct. 4, 2017)

first_imgAUBREY BRUCECOURIER STEELERS CENTRALSame approach must continue against Jaguars, Oct. 8“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore. While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ‘Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door; only this, and nothing more.’” (Excerpt from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe)BALTIMORE—In the not so distant past, the Pittsburgh Steelers would journey to M&T Bank Stadium to face the Baltimore Ravens and more often than not the “bird catchers” from the Steel City were transformed from bird catchers into bird watchers, helplessly watching as the net that Pittsburgh set for their feathered adversary, more often than not became a method of self-entrapment for…themselves.The city of Baltimore and their football team seemed gleeful, reminding everyone that would read or listen that the Ravens had defeated the Steelers 8 out of the last 10 games before the 26-9 thrashing that the Steelers administered to the “birds from Chesapeake Bay” on October 1.“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.”Trying to scare children with ghost stories generally only works during their preschool and pre-K years. It is difficult to give young men of today’s football industry pause by relying on the exploits of the past, especially when millions of dollars are at stake. Remember all of the hogwash? Eh, Ravens head master John Harbaugh is a better coach than the Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin. Harbaugh was hailed by many as the “Belichick” of the AFC North. The Steelers were not disciplined enough to stay the course. The game plan of Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was just too predictable for the defensively talent-laden Ravens squad. When all of the great success was experienced by the Ravens, one thing was painfully obvious; Baltimore had the “horses.” They had teams that featured players with names like: Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Michael, Oher, Ray Rice, Anquan Bolden, Ed Reed, Todd Heap and Jacoby Jones. I could go on…However, If I were the Ravens, I might be more concerned with these next few tidbits that I am about to offer up as opposed to the past nastiness of Ray Lewis and the former flashiness of former Ravens standout safety Ed Reed. According to the Steelers postgame notes, the Steelers yielded nine points to the Ravens, the ninth time in regular-season series history they held Baltimore to nine points or less. The Steelers also held Baltimore scoreless in the first half for the third time in regular-season series history.My father once said, “You can have the greatest trainers and the greatest jockey in the world but if you enter a mule in the Kentucky Derby to compete you’ll never stand in the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.”There have been many years that the Steelers were not outcoached or outplayed, they were simply outmanned. There were many theories in regards to the failures of the Black and Gold but last Sunday the B-More Ravens brought a bunch of docile homing pigeons to a cockfight and you can guess the outcome of that competition. The Steelers must remember that the tapping that they hear on their window is not the Ravens trying to get in the house; The “dirty birds” are trying to get out.There is no time to relax for Pittsburgh because, this Sunday, Oct. 8 at Heinz Field, the Steelers are set to face the “Sacksonville Jaguars,” the name that some of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense have given themselves. The Jaguars are tied with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans for the jumbled lead of the AFC South division.Beware of the Jags. Presently the Jaguars’ starting QB, Blake Bortles, is the best signal caller that the Pittsburgh defense has faced to date. Let’s hope that this is not another trap game for Antonio “I need the ball” Brown. Remember “Da Bears” game? Brown lead the Steelers in catches and receiving yards but Pittsburgh lost.Remember, Antonio; team first…me second. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Battin taken to hospital

first_imgGembrook MP Brad Battin was rushed to hospital as a “precautionary measure” after experiencing possible cardiac-related health symptoms during a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

South Africa to host 2012 business congress

first_imgSepti Bukula said that the congress will expose South African businesses to opportunities in the country and other parts of the world. (Image: Septi Bukula) MEDIA CONTACTS • Septi Bukula  ISBC 2012 director  +27 11 791 2774RELATED ARTICLES • Online help for small business • SA improves global competitiveness • Eastern Cape entrepreneurs in spotlight • SA big business helps entrepreneursShamin ChibbaSmall business in South Africa will get a boost next year when the country hosts one of the biggest international business congresses in Johannesburg.Representatives from the US, Europe and the rest of the world will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre between 15 and 18 September 2012 for what will be Africa’s first International Small Business Congress (ISBC).The congress, which is hosted in partnership with The City of Johannesburg, Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services, Khula Enterprises and Finance and the Small Enterprise Development Agency, will showcase activities surrounding small business development in South Africa and around the world.According to 2012 congress director Septi Bukula, the focus of the conference is to expose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to business opportunities in South Africa and in different parts of the world.Those expected to attend the congress are SME practitioners, policymakers from government, trade associations, banks looking to assist small businesses, small business support organisations, academics and entrepreneurs.The congress will also host an exhibition where companies can display and market their products.The theme for the event is Fostering small business in new and high-potential industries worldwide, and will concentrate on getting SMEs involved with emerging industries with high-growth prospects.First congress in AfricaSince the first congress in Hawaii in 1974, the ISBC has brought together global small business players looking to improve small business practices with a particular focus on entrepreneurs and their environment.The 2012 event is a milestone for the ISBC and the continent, as it will be the first time the congress is hosted in Africa.“ISBC recognises that South Africa is an exciting destination and Africa is an emerging global player. The ISBC is trying to build in Africa because it never really focused on it before,” said Bukula.Topics to be discussed at next year’s congress include e-commerce and how small firms can use the internet to their benefit.Other discussion topics will be mechanisms to strengthen management capacity; gathering and disseminating information on new and high-growth opportunities; incubation and technology demonstration; as well as innovation, intellectual property, and research and development capabilities.Challenges facing SMEsThe poor state of the current global economy has had a negative impact on small businesses worldwide, according to Bukula. This will also be one of the main talking points at next year’s congress.“We will be looking at the impact of the current global economy. We may also cover ways in which small businesses will respond to a depressed economy,” he said.However, he added that in many instances, small businesses do not have the capacity to respond to a struggling economy.The congress will also address the difficulties small businesses face when accessing new markets, looking for finance to either start-up or expand, and operating under strict government regulations.Though these challenges relate to small businesses worldwide, South Africa has its own hurdles. Bukula said the country’s small businesses are hampered by limited skilled labour, which he attributes to the education system.“Our entrepreneurial abilities are not very strong because of the … education system. We don’t prepare people to be self-employed,” he said.Although the government has invested a lot of money in small business development, Bukula said there is a need to develop more entrepreneurs in the sector.He said that the gap can be closed if students and pupils realise that becoming an entrepreneur is a viable career choice. Bukula is working with the Department of Trade and Industry to find strategies to address this challenge.Change our value systemFindings of a study conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship revealed that South African students’ role-models are politicians, pop stars and sports stars. “Not a single entrepreneur was listed, yet they are the ones who are the backbones of the economy and provide jobs,” Bukula said.This is because entrepreneurs, especially those who are struggling, are stigmatised by society if they fail.He added that attitudes towards business need to change to ones that are not fearful of failure.“Instead of stigmatising business people who struggle or fail, they should be encouraged to try harder, try again or try something else,” said Bukula.He explained that individuals who have work experience and the necessary skills and knowledge are well-equipped to start their own businesses, but they do not think of entrepreneurship as an option.The reason, he said, is a shortage of programmes to encourage individuals to become business people.One way to encourage individuals to become entrepreneurs is for the government to provide incentives when starting up a business, according to Bukula.Entrepreneurs must be given access to existing support programmes so that they can gain confidence knowing there is a back-up system in place.last_img read more

Sevens World Series set to rock Port Elizabeth

first_img3 December 2013 The third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, kicks off in Port Elizabeth on Saturday with hosts South Africa aiming to go one better than they did in reaching the final in Dubai this past weekend. The Blitzbokke posted wins over Argentina, Russia, Samoa, Kenya and England before being stopped by an in-form Fiji in the final. After a fourth place finish at the Gold Coast Sevens, it was a welcome improvement for coach Neil Powell’s team and it lifted them to third in the standings, just behind New Zealand and Fiji. In Port Elizabeth, South Africa will be in Pool B with Kenya, who are coached by former Blitzbokke coach Paul Treu, Canada and Spain.Pools Dubai champions Fiji face Scotland, Australia and France in Pool A, New Zealand take on Wales, Portugal and the United States in Pool C, and England play Argentina, Samoa and Zimbabwe, a team sure to be very well supported, in Pool D. South African supporters will be able to meet the Springbok squad at the Woolworths Court in the Walmer Park Mall on Wednesday between 14:00 and 15:00. Tickets for the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens are available from all Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, as well as online through www.computicket.com. The Blitzbokke’s training will take place on the B-field of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium daily and will be open to the media, expecting for the Captain’s Run on Friday.Schedule The action on Saturday will begin at 09:00 with the Aggreko Tag Rugby Tournament on the B and C fields at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Gates open at 10:00, with the first match kicking off at 11:00 and the last one starting at 19:58. On Sunday, a Tag Rugby under-13 National Tournament will take place on the B and C fields from 09:00. Gates open at 10:00, with kick off at 11:11. The Shield final will be played at 17:43, the Bowl final takes place at 18:06, the Plate final at 16:33, and the playoff for third at 18:58. The draw for the Las Vegas Sevens will follow at 19:20, followed by the Cup final at 19:30 and the presentation of the trophy at 20:00.last_img read more

Shaw’s belief never wavered despite exit talk

first_imgManchester United Shaw’s belief never wavered despite Man Utd exit talk Chris Burton 22:55 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Luke Shaw Manchester United 200917 Getty Manchester United Premier League The England international left-back has struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho, but is back in favour now and curbing rumours of a possible move Luke Shaw says he always knew he would “be ready” to play his way back into favour at Manchester United, despite being linked with a move elsewhere.The 22-year-old left-back has struggled for form and fitness throughout his time at Old Trafford, with just 57 appearances made across three-and-a-half seasons.A lack of game time, and public questioning from manager Jose Mourinho, sparked talk of a possible switch for a man who joined the Red Devils for £30 million from Southampton in the summer of 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United were also heavily linked with several possible replacements, but Shaw has returned to favour of late to curb the rumours and insists that he never lost faith in his ability.The England international told United Review: “I’ve always, especially recently, felt really confident, and I knew I was in a good moment fitness-wise with the work I’d been doing. And I knew when my chance would come, I’d be ready.Luke Shaw Manchester United belief“I just want to kick on now. I’m not looking back, I’m only looking forward.”He added: “I’m feeling good and it’s been really nice to be back on the pitch and enjoying having game time.“The last few weeks personally have been good but, as a whole and as a team, we’ve been disappointed with some of the results [over Christmas]. But I hope there are many more games for me and many more good results for the team as well.”Mourinho has added his voice to the praise being lavished on Shaw of late, with the formerly forgotten man having shown that he could have a big part to play in United’s future.He added on the kind words of his manager: “It’s really nice to hear. The manager has been really good with me and has given me extra confidence.“He’s just told me to go out and enjoy the games and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m just focused on working really hard for the manager and for the team because I want to keep on playing and hopefully more games will come.”Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Man UtdShaw is among those set to see their current contracts expire in the summer, but his recent performances suggest the option of a 12-month extension will be taken up.He certainly appears ready to stay on, with an unfortunate double leg fracture suffered in September 2015, which set him back considerably, now a distant memory.Shaw said: “A bad injury like I had always stays with you a little bit afterwards but it’s in the past and I feel really good and really fit, and my leg feels perfect.“Body-wise and fitness-wise I probably feel the best I’ve ever felt. Mentally, I feel very strong as well and I’m enjoying my football, and it’s now about pushing on and helping the team.”last_img read more