But the England striker wasted a chance to put the result beyond doubt when he blazed over a penalty 12 minutes from time.That was Rooney’s second penalty miss of the season, with Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Nani also proving fallible from 12 yards out this term.Ferguson wants to see United, who nevertheless are seven points clear at the top of the table from Premier League champions Manchester City, enjoy better penalty returns.“It’s not ‘one of those things’. We have to improve,” said United manager Ferguson. “There’s talk of the boy (Rickie) Lambert at Southampton, he’s scored 33 out of 33. That’s what penalty-kick taking is all about.“There’s been several great penalty takers over the years, (Matt) le Tissier (the retired Southampton star) got 47 out of 48. There’s a player in Scotland who played for Rangers who got 57 in a row.“Your penalty kicks are to take advantage of whether it’s a handball or a foul and score a goal.”Despite the miss, United still came through unscathed as Rooney, in his first appearance since injuring his knee in training on Christmas Day, scored in the ninth minute after a superb ball from Anderson sent Hernandez clear down the left-hand side.The Mexican forward then unselfishly crossed for Rooney who slid in to tap the ball into an empty net for his 10th goal of the season.United defender Rafael could have given away a penalty in the opening moments of the second half when appeared to us his arm to control the ball but referee Phil Dowd was unmoved.Dowd did point to the spot when United great Ryan Giggs’s cross was blocked by Jordan Spence’s hand in the box, but Rooney scuffed the penalty over the bar, looking at the turf as Ferguson turned away in disgust.However, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was even more frustrated with the referee as he gave voice to the widely-held belief within English football that officials favour Ferguson’s men when United are at home at Old Trafford.“I’m very disappointed we are not given a penalty for Rafael’s handball which is blatant and clear for the referee to see,” Allardyce insisted.“He couldn’t find the courage to give it, they go down the other end and the same happens to Jordan Spence. The lack of consistency is a real frustration.“The referee needs to make the right decision. We got an opportunity to get to 1-1 which we deserved.“There was no doubt whatsoever about the difference between Rafael’s handball and Jordan Spence’s.“Jordan Spence plays for West Ham away against Manchester United and Rafael plays at home at Old Trafford. It’s got to be that simple when you see it.“You have got to have courage to play here, you have got to have courage to referee here. Phil Dowd is a hugely experienced referee but he did get it wrong,” added Allardyce in remarks that risked FA disciplinary action.United will now face Fulham in the fourth round at Old Trafford as they look to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004.Meanwhile Ferguson praised Giggs’s impact on Wednesday’s match and backed the 39-year-old to play for another season, despite the midfielder claiming he will not make a decision until the end of the current campaign.“He’ll play for another year, his quality is still there,” Ferguson said of Giggs. “He has the appetite for it, he’s just a fantastic human being.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, January 17 – Alex Ferguson called on his Manchester United side to improve their penalty-taking after Wayne Rooney missed their fifth spot-kick of the season on Wednesday.United, the 11-times record-winners, did advance in this term’s FA Cup with a 1-0 third round replay against Premier League rivals West Ham at Old Trafford thanks to Rooney’s early first-half goal.
Middlesbrough are planning a swoop for AC Milan goalkeeper Michael Agazzi.The 31-year-old stopper is yet to make a single competitive appearance for the Italian giants since signing for them last summer and now appears to be on the move.According to Tuttomercato, Boro boss Aitor Karanka is a long-term admirer of Agazzi and has asked his club’s board to contact Milan over a potential transfer.However, the Championship side will face stiff competition from Malaga and Agazzi’s former side Cagliari.It is thought that Agazzi would prefer to remain in Italy but Milan are naturally keen on doing a deal with the highest bidderwhich leaves the door open for Boro. 1 Michael Agazzi
Humility is one of the ten crucial qualities of employees of high character, and smart businesses seek out people with humility to work for them. These employees inspire their coworkers, instill confidence in their supervisors, and move up quickly in their organizations.Humble people are generally not disposed to call attention to their humility. Still, the discerning interviewer might use the following questions to discover the degree to which a job candidate or employee is truly humble or merely pretending to be.Tell me about one of your proudest accomplishments. What was it, and how did you pull it off?Janice Piacente, the chief risk and compliance officer for a global beverage company, came up with a novel way of getting employees to have the ethics hotline at their fingertips. But she gave the credit for it to her team, because they were the ones who took her idea and made it a reality. It’s not that she denies the role she played in the project’s development, but simply that her humility dictated that she also acknowledge the contributions of others.Astute interviewers listen carefully to how the candidate or employee answers this question. Does he focus primarily or exclusively on his own role in the achievement? Or does he, like Janice, talk about how others contributed to his success? Where have you seen examples of humility in action?When I came up with this question, my mind turned to Emily, a woman I knew when I worked at Lox, Stock and Bagels, a deli in San Antonio, Texas, during my senior year of high school. Emily’s job was to keep the restaurant clean, which she did tirelessly and cheerfully. I can’t recall her ever complaining about her job, even though it was far from glamorous and couldn’t have paid very well either. When Keith, the owner of the restaurant, decided to return to Chicago, he chose Emily to replace him as the manager.Emily didn’t have extensive formal education or any job experience beyond janitorial work, so Keith would have to teach her how to run the business. It would have been easier for him to train a more experienced person, or to hire someone who already knew the job. But Emily was trustworthy, and she was good with people. The day after Keith offered her the job, she was the same humble person as a manager that she’d been as the janitor. I didn’t get the feeling that she viewed herself as any more important in her new role than she did before. She treated me in exactly the same way: with kindness.I hadn’t thought about Emily for a long time until this question prompted me to remember her. It’s a good idea for interviewers to allow applicants some extra time of their own, if necessary, to think about the humble employees they’ve known. You never know what inspiring stories await.When Janice Piacente told me about how she gives credit to her team, even though her ideas often begin with her, I was surprised. “Isn’t leadership about generating ideas?” I asked her.“Not to me,” she replied. “Leadership is about bringing out the best in people.”This is the seventh in a series of blog posts on how to hire high-character people. The first six were How to Hire Honest People, How to Hire Accountable People, How to Hire Caring People, How to Hire Courageous People, How to Hire Fair People, and How to Hire Grateful People. Next time, we’ll look at what it means to be a loyal person and how to evaluate this quality in job applicants. Dr. Bruce Weinstein is on Twitter @TheEthicsGuy. A more in-depth version of this post, including details about Janice Piacente’s inspiring story, appears on The Ethics Guy Blog.
VVS Laxman on January 5, 2015 has been nominated as the ambassador for the Swacch Bharat mission. Apart from Laxman, other sportsmen like badminton chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, chess player Koneru Humpy, eminent playback singer S P Balasubrahmanyam have joined the team for the cause. The formal announcement of the names of ambassadors was done by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Moreover, these names are not confined to just the ones associated with cricket and sport activities, prominent personalities from other genres as well have created a buzz by being an active participant in the same.For Swacch Bharat campaign, we have also, MPs K Kavitha (TRS), Jayadev Galla (TDP), corporate personalities B V R Mohan Reddy, J A Chowdary, Rameshwar Rao and Dr Gopichand and G S Rao from the medical field, film lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja, Telugu actor Nitin and Vemuri Radhakrishna, a prominent media personality topping the list of the same. Particularly more, the swacch bharat abhyaan has created a wave in college and school premises all over the nation as well, thereby leaving a lasting effect on the youth.Apart from these personalities, Laxman has proposed active participation from all fields and industries. Particularly the ones who are likely to leave an effect on the readers and followers of the mission.With all the razmataz going about in the nation about the new initiative that aims for a cleaner country, the Swacch Bharat Abhyan welcomes the sportsmen now. A large amount of participation has been witnessed by the country. Before VVS Laxman, celebrity personalities like Irfan Pathan who recently participatedand was thereby lauded in PM’s tweet.advertisement