Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion OK, so enough with exposes about the Weinsteins, the Frankens, the Lauers, the Keillors and the growing chorus of #MeToo’s. The “rest of the story” deserves ink, or at least a mention, before we punch our American culture’s socio-sexual reset button.Expose, please, the manipulation, deception and outright trickery of all the gold-diggers, the well-bedded Hollywood stars, the trophy-wives, the “Oops-I’m-pregnant” dates, and the faux divorce/alimony/child-support schemes that proliferate in the underbelly of American society. Anyone want to pick at that scab? It might tamp down the shrill voices of the Gloria Alreds, Megyn Kellys and Kirsten Gillibrands, whose righteous rants are revitalizing Puritanical standards that threaten to rekindle Shaker celibacy for all of us.And that could be the death knell for Victoria’s Secret apparel, Brazilian-cut swimsuits, breast implants, mini-skirts, tuxedos, red lace, slow dancin’, candle-light dining, romance novels, poetry, cocktail-parties, the point of fine wine, to say nothing of chocolate and many other artifacts of romance.Let’s hope not.Living in an exceptional society deserves a fair amount of wiggle room, if you get my drift.Jim SchaeferRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAssault weapons not for sport or defenseThe headlines scream about yet another mass shooting, but nothing of substance is being done to stop the carnage. The Daily Gazette has published several recent letters on gun control that seem to be blind to the facts.It’s an inarguable fact that assault weapons are specifically designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible. They should never, ever be legally owned by private citizens, whether mentally stable or not. These are not sport weapons, nor are they for home defense. They should be classified as weapons of mass destruction and, like New Zealand, should have been outlawed after the very first incidence of mass murder. The definition of criminally insane? The politicians who bow down to the NRA and facilitate the slaughter.Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsLimit when trains must sound hornsFor the last 16 months, CSX trains have been traveling through our residential areas, loudly and repeatedly discharging their horns 24 hours a day.We are awakened repeatedly during the nights. They engage their horns at all crossings, including farm crossings. There is no way to clearly describe the intense, blaring disruptions experienced by so many residents in the area.For decades, all railroad companies have engaged train horns only at public crossings. Recently, however, it has become evident to some that the state law governing trains, written decades ago, does not employ the word, “public.”Consequently, CSX maintains the need to engage train horns at all crossings in the state, including farm crossings. The state Department of Transportation recently announced that it agrees and shares the same opinion.Adults as well as children are awakened during the night. Some of the younger kids are confused and immediately break down into tears. We are all so tired of this. It can actually affect our health.A meeting held recently at Sen. George Amedore’s office concluded with attending constituents leaving with confidence and enthusiasm. The senator has introduced legislation in the New York State Senate which, if passed, will positively affect residents.If you are affected by 24-hour-per-day CSX train horns, contact your state senators and assemblymen in an effort to work together in changing the law.Vic SgambatoFort Plain Life today is full of puzzling questionsAh, the paradox of modern life. It is puzzling, in the light of the growing number of deaths due to overdosing on opioids, that we should encourage the legalization of marijuana. It’s an enigma that we warn our youth about the dangerous results of smoking tobacco and, at the same time, glorify the very trendy vaping.Even more disturbing to me is the fact that we have over 40,000 homeless American veterans. Yet with open arms and colorful signs, we encourage undocumented aliens to cross our borders and then provide them with living places, food and health care. What might even be worse, though I hardly think so, is the astronomically high cost of a university education, which often leads to joblessness. Ah, but we are in the second decade of the 21st century, where diversity is the watchword. Is change really that important? Could be. Time will tell, but the message might turn out to be an oxymoron.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsFly the flag high and celebrate AmericaI looked at my calendar today and I noticed that it was not the 4th of July. The reason why I associated the 4th of July with today is because as I travel around Schenectady and I see a beautiful display of the American flag, or “Old Glory.” It seems that all of a sudden, people are flying the flag from their homes and business places more than previous years.Maybe we are getting more patriotic and thinking that it is time to display their feelings about our great country. The flag is a display of beautiful colors — red, white and blue. Those colors blend in with any color of paint on our homes.The next great holiday that we should display the flag is Patriot Day on Sept. 11. Constitution Day is Sept. 17. Sept. 20 is POW/MIA Day, when we honor our service members that are still not accounted for from all wars.Veterans Day on Nov. 11 is a day to remember all Americans who served in the military and still do.Another great day on the calendar is the “forgotten day” of July 4th, and the day that the Statue of Liberty replica was to return home at Gateway Park in Schenectady. She has been in storage for years and we received the message that ‘’Lady Liberty was coming back on July 4th.” We are all waiting. Fly your flags and salute the Statue of Liberty for all the great moments of freedom that she has inspired us with.James A. WilsonSchenectadyRe-scan to recover lost TV channelsThis is in response to the frustrated articles about the change in over-the-air television reception. The channels aren’t gone, just changed. You need to rescan the channels. Perhaps someone who knows computers could help.Elsie HellerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. 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BVV, the €25.1bn Pensionskasse for Germany’s financial industry, has shifted a “considerable volume” of new money into investment funds rather than direct holdings, according to its annual report.Board member and CFO Rainer Jakubowski said the shift reflected a “change in strategy compared with mostly direct investments in the past”.Last year, the Pensionskasse invested substantially in real estate and infrastructure funds, both equity and debt.Similarly, new investments in the bond segment were not made into preferred direct holdings but funds within its absolute return bond strategy. Jakubowski said that, for a German Pensionskasse using domestic accounting standards, directly held bond investments were the preferred means of achieving steady coupon returns, as they were mostly hedged against write-offs.For 2014, the BVV granted its members a net interest rate on accrued assets of 3.8%, close to the rate granted the year previous (3.7%).The return from investments was approximately 4%, but Jakubowski warned that the figure was “volatile and not predictable, whereas the BVV has to fulfil its liabilities continuously and not only on average”.The CFO also claimed the unprecedented low interest rate environment created by the ECB would be a “major worry for much-needed occupational and private pension provision”.His said this worry, combined with new regulatory requirements, would translate into more financial institutions transferring pension assets and liabilities to the BVV – last year, such transfers amounted to around €40m.Jakubowski again stressed how the increase in regulatory requirements would burden Pensionskassen.He said he had “given up hope” that EIOPA’s upcoming stress tests would preclude the introduction of holistic balance sheet approaches in the IORP Directive – “quite on the contrary”.The BVV will, however, take part in the stress tests, Jakubowski confirmed. Click here to read more about Jakubowski’s views on the negative impact of regulation
Asset managers have just three months left to apply for a Dublin authorisation should the UK crash out of the EU without an agreement over its future relationship with the bloc, Irish investment experts have warned.In the event of a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ , July is the cut-off point for a process that could take between six and nine months, according to Mark White, head of the investment management group at McCann Fitzgerald, a leading Irish law firm.“People are starting to count backwards [from the Brexit date of March 2019],” he said. “I think you will see a number of applications going in over the summer from UK asset managers and other financial services businesses that need to continue to access the EU market post-Brexit and are not prepared to operate on the basis of ‘let’s hope it’s all right on the night’.”Last month, the UK and the EU agreed to a conditional transition period until 31 December 2020 as a possible route to a more orderly withdrawal from the union. This would extend the date for the completion of any business restructuring that might be required in order to continue to access the EU, post-Brexit. Central Bank of IrelandCredit: William Murphy According to six-monthly statistics issued by the Central Bank of Ireland, the number of investment companies seeking authorisation in Dublin has remained flat over the past two years to the end of 2017. Just one firm per six-monthly period gained authorisation in the first and second halves of 2016 and the first half of 2017. No new firms were authorised in the second half of 2017.However, the rate was likely to increase exponentially as asset managers sought to alleviate the possible impact of the UK crashing out of the EU, said Paul Traynor, partner in financial services advisory at EY Ireland.Investment managers were “making ‘no regret decisions’ that they would take one way or another regardless of Brexit”, Traynor said. “Now they are looking at taking decisions that they may regret – for example, having to sink some cost into something that they might regret regardless of whether we see a hard or soft Brexit.”The number of investment firm authorisations is likely to jump to double-digits over the next six to nine months, Traynor added.Firms are getting to the point “where they can delay their plans no longer”, he said.A spokesperson for Ireland’s central bank said they did not comment on authorisations or applications. However, in a speech given in January to the European Financial Forum, Philip Lane, the bank’s governor, said he expected the current levels of authorisation to increase further.Dublin was very much open for business, he said. “We have put in place authorisation processes that are transparent, predictable and consistent. Firms that are engaging with us will find us open, engaged and pragmatic.”Some UK-based managers have expanded existing subsidiaries in Dublin or Luxembourg to ensure European clients are not affected by the UK exiting the EU.Aberdeen Standard Investments and Royal London have set out plans to boost their Irish offices, while M&G and Jupiter have done the same in Luxembourg. However, the deal will only remain in place once contentious issues – such as the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland – are agreed.INTEXTLINKTEXT” src=”/Pictures/web/e/i/y/THE_CENTRAL_BANK_OF_IRELAN_660.jpg” />
Share Tweet LocalNews Seven males to vie for first ever Mr. Dominica Competition by: – January 13, 2012 Mr Dominica Competitors. SEE PHOTO GALLERY BELOWSeven young, highly motivated and talented young males will on February 10th, make history when they vie for the first ever title of Mr. Dominica Competition. The show which is organized by YoungStars is the brain child of Marie-Antoinette Mora, who says that she accepted Dr. Alwin Bully’s challenge for more young people to get involved in Dominica’s carnival product.Augustus Bruno, Kester Edwards, Lennard Panthier, Nigel Peters, Ghandi Robin, Shannah Robin, and Bram Sanderson will make appearances in five rounds when the show gets under at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau.The seven contestants were launched on Thursday evening at the Garraway Hotel where they signed their official contracts and selected their order of appearance for the show. Mentor Marie-Antoinette Mora noted at Thursday’s launching that the Mr. Dominica Competition is organized to with the view to making a difference in the lives of young males at a time when young people, age group 18 – 30, are involved in violent crimes. YongStars Mentor, Marie-Antoinette Mora.[“We’ve also come together not just to enhance Dominica’s carnival offering but to make a difference in the lives of the young men one at a time, to play our part in encouraging, lifting and building them. The show is geared towards young adult males between the ages of 18 and 30 and at a time when violent crime among this grouping is at its highest it is truly heart-warming and amazing to come across a group of highly motivated young male adults who are role models and ambassadors in their communities and we are ever so grateful that it has been endorsed by the D FC and is on the official 2012 carnival calendar.”The competitors will challenge each other in Best in Magnificent Wear, Talent, Beach Wear, Formal Wear and in Interview Segment and Ms. Antoinette noted that these young men “are eager and enthusiastic to showcase their talent, skills, positive attribute and natural masculine charm”.Shannah Robin, a 30 years old high school teacher of Marigot and Purple Dragon Representative Dominica Branch competitor #1, told Thursday’s launching that his hobbies are “motivational speaking, drama, music and massaging”. He further explained that he joined the competition to “represent Dominica and to be a stronger role model for the young men of this country and to move this country forward in a positive way”. Robin told the audience, “if you want to see some action please be there on the night”.Bram Sanderson, competitor # 2, 19 years old of Wesley said he is a fan of sports who represents the island in basketball, volleyball and athletics. He noted that he loves socializing, talking to people, meeting people but joined the competition because he is a very talented young man who has “what it takes to win and to also be a role model to young people”. Sanderson told the audience “I feel that young people can make a difference in the culture of Dominica and so I am taking the step forward to be one of the youngest male to be in this competition”. [nggallery id = 114]Ghandi Robin, 20 years old of Fond Cole who resides in Canefield and competitor #3, said his interests are “martial arts and I am a break dancer” who joined the competition to “promote the art of break dancing and of course to win”. Mr. Robin is also part of the group Ultimatum Crew who will be representing Dominica for the first time at the International Caraip-hop festival in Martinique from the 11th to the 14th of January 2012 which is geared at development of Hip-Hop within the region.Augustus Bruno, 28 years old competitor #4 of Fond Cole told the launching that he entered the competition to “prove to people that we the young men of today can do something positive and the country on a whole can look at us like we are ambassadors”. Kester Edwards, 26 years old of Goodwill, competitor # 5 said his hobbies are “playing basketball, football and occasionally free-styling” and entered the competition to “let everyone know that other men can do the same thing as well and I expect to be known as an ambassador to all men”.Nigel Peters, 26 years old competitor # 6 from the “northern capital of Portsmouth” said he is “passionate about music and the arts” and entered the competition to “make a small contribution to the culture of Dominica and hopes to make everyone involved proud as well as myself and I hope this year we can make everybody proud”.Lennard Panthier, 20 years old competitor # 7 noted that he is from the “trendsetting town of Portsmouth” and asked the audience “when the stage comes alive with the dazzle of our radiance will you make history with us?” His hobbies are “reading, writing, singing, dancing and I have a very soft spot in my heart for the elderly and the less fortunate”. Panthier explained that he sees the competition as “a challenge to show that young men can step up when called out too and to add to the flavor of the Real Mas”. Meantime Ms. Mora made a special appeal to business houses and owners to come on board and support YoungStars and the young men with sponsorship. Although several business houses have come forward to sponsor, Ms. Mora explained that they are all in kind and the organization would like to present the winners with cash prizes as well.Dominica Vibes News 343 Views 2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Share
Canada saidIran had signaled that Canadian investigators would take an active role intothe probe of the crash, which Iran said at the weekend had been caused by amissile it fired in a “disastrous mistake.”(Reuters) “I think ifthere were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region,those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau OTTAWA –Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said the victims of theUkrainian airliner shot down in Iran would still be alive if the recentescalation of tensions in the region had not happened, according to atranscript of an interview with Global News TV. The UnitedStates (US) killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in a Jan. 3drone strike prompted Iran to launch a missile attack on Iraqi bases housing UStroops on Jan. 8, hours before the passenger jet was shot down. All 176 aboardwere killed, including 57 Canadians.
PRINCETON, Minn. (Aug. 10) – A driver who’s seen some wins get away from him got a big one Friday at Princeton Speedway.Billy Kendall led all 30 laps of the Northstar IMCA Modified Tour lidlifter, beating Brandon Beckendorf in the race for the $1,000 checkers and 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.“It feels good,” Kendall said following his first Princeton victory of the season. “We’ve been struggling to get wins this season and it seems like we’ve had a lot of seconds. The car was tight in the heat but it was perfect on the berm in the feature.”Kendall drew the outside row one start and quickly jumped out to a big lead. He’d maneuvered through and around lapped traffic before almost getting too high and opening the door for Larry Zeller with six circuits to go.After righting the ship, Kendall outran the hard-charging Brandon Beckendorf for the win. Zeller, 12th starting Clint Hatlestad and Shawn Fletcher completed the top five.Beckendorf, currently runner-up in the national point standings, had started seventh.“He was one of the guys I was worried about. Brandon has been fast everywhere,” Kendall said, “and Clint has been super fast at Princeton.”Jason Vejtruba topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, ahead of Dustin Nelson and Chris VanMil.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Billy Kendall; 2. Brandon Beckendorf; 3. Larry Zeller; 4. Clint Hatlestad; 5. Shawn Fletcher; 6. Rob VanMil; 7. Ryan Cannon; 8. Josh Anderson; 9. Erick Thiesse; 10. Justin Jones; 11. Toby Patchen; 12. Josh Beaulieu; 13. Adam Johnson; 14. Luke Hines; 15. Rich Pavlicek; 16. Luke Schilling; 17. Lance Schilling; 18. A.J. Viehauser; 19. Chad Funt; 20. Aaron Johnson; 21. Mike Hansen.Northern SportMods – 1. Jason Vejtruba; Dustin Nelson; 3. Chris VanMil; 4. David Siercks; 5. Adam Bohlman; 6. Dan Dowling; 7. Cody Erickson; 8. Vince Corbin; 9. Brendon Yamry; 10. Troy Jordan; 11. Todd Rizer; 12. Kyle Krogh; 13. Grady Shearer; 14. Joshua Moulton; 15. Paul Fontecchio; 16. John Albrecht; 17. Mike Johnson; 18. Dustin Hartwig; 19. Jacob Jordan; 20. Kelly Jacobson; 21. Ariel Mueller; 22. Jacob Kierstead; 23. Erik Gruhlke.
Cayden Carter and Jeff Aikey both won Friday Modified qualifiers at Boone Speedway and will meet on the track again on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography) 1st qualifier – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 2. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan.; 3. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 4. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 5. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 6. Nick Deal, Harlan; 7. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas; 8. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 9. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 10. Josh Long, Little Suamico, Wis.; 11. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 13. William Gould, Calera, Okla.; 14. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 15. J.J. Wise, Garner; 16. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 17. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 18. Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D.; 19. Jim Thies, Mapleton; 20. Richard Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 21. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 22. Terry Hurt, Omaha, Neb.; 23. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 24. Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.; 25. Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; 26. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wy.; 27. Scott Olson, Blairsburg; 28. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 29. Jeremy Richey, Medford, Ore.; 30. Chris Abelson, Sioux City. 2nd qualifier – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 3. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 4. Cory Wray, Trenton, Mo.; 5. Billy Kendall, Baxter, Minn.; 6. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 7. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 8. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore.; 9. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica; 10. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 11. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 12. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 13. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 14. Dustin Kroening, Hebron, Ill.; 15. Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 16. Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; 17. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz.; 18. Jeff Wiggins, Greenfield; 19. Jason Schneiders, North Sioux City; 20. Kenny Wyman Jr., Goodyear, Ariz.; 21. Mike Jergens, Havelock; 22. Tim Watts, Beloit, Kan.; 23. Keegan Nordquist, Beresford, S.D.; 24. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 25. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 26. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz.; 27. Tony Hilgenberg, Waukee; 28. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 29. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 30. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis. Aikey also counts six Late Model titles among his career record seven Super Nationals championships. He’s taken the green in a total of 23 main events at America’s Racin Vacation.’ Sobbing, Simmons and Cory Wray of Trenton, Mo., were next across the stripe. Loverude and Wray both make first career starts in the Big Dance at Boone. Aikey, Bowers, Sobbing and Simmons are all in for the second time, Carter the fourth and Dickerson the sixth. Feature Results Carter had started the second qualifier from 13th, was all of a sudden in the top three by lap 10 and took the second spot from Riley Simmons of Susanville, Calif., after midway in the 25-lapper. He finally caught Malvern’s Jesse Sobbing with four to go. Top four finishers from both qualifiers advance to Saturday’s main event. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – The drivers who ran 1-2 in last year’s Modified main event both finished first in their respective qualifying features Friday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The 12th starting Bowers, from Topeka, Kan., Russ Dickerson of Boone and Trent Loverude of New Ulm, Minn., completed the top four behind Aikey. Defending champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls took the lead on the third lap, then outran a determined Steven Bowers Jr. following a late restart in the first qualifier. 2018 runner-up Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa led the last four times around the track in topping the nightcap at Boone Speedway.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes Wayne Rooney is hungry for success. It is not a milestone the 27-year-old can achieve this season. However, in his present form, Carrick knows Rooney can cause some serious damage. “It was as good as I’ve seen him for a while,” said the England midfielder. “He looked sharp and he looked hungry. “His movement and touch was all there and he showed exactly what a player he is. “It’s great to have him in that kind of form.” There was never any real doubt once United dug their heels in over the prospect of Rooney joining Chelsea this summer that he would still try to perform at his best for his current employers. But whilst there has been talk of a new contract for the former Everton player, who now has less than two years remaining on his present deal, the situation is anything but straightforward. Rooney became only the fourth player in United history to reach 200 goals for the club when he scored twice in Tuesday night’s 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen. Manager David Moyes has already set Rooney the target of netting the additional 49 goals needed to join Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of the club’s scoring charts. Rooney’s reaction to being asked about his future on live TV immediately after Tuesday night’s game was to dismiss the question rather forcibly. As was the situation throughout the summer, it is Rooney’s refusal to address the matter, or confirm his willingness to remain at Old Trafford, that fuels even more speculation. His contract has to be addressed at some point too, and only then will there be any clue as to his real long-term thinking. For now though, manager Moyes is just glad to have him around. “I introduced him into the team at Everton, so I knew exactly what we were dealing with as a player,” he said. “To surpass Sir Bobby would be something because everyone respects him.” Between them, Rooney and Robin van Persie have now scored nine goals this season, a figure United will hope rises at Manchester City on Sunday. “It is a bit of a dying thing now to see two forwards playing together,” said Moyes. “But the two of them are capable of scoring all kinds of goals and hopefully we are able to use it.” What is inarguable is that Rooney was a clear man of the match in United’s best all-round performance of the season. New-boy Marouane Fellaini impressed in the tidy manner of his work, with Carrick seeing his midfield partner as a valuable addition to the United squad. “It was good to play with him,” said Carrick. “He is a real presence in there. He is such a dominant player and gives us something that we haven’t had. “You want options in the squad. There’s no point in having similar players.” For all that, it is difficult to see Moyes’ starting line-up changing too much for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City. Although it is 2010 since Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand last played together over three games in one week, with Phil Jones still not recovered from an ankle injury and neither Chris Smalling nor Jonny Evans featuring at all in a central position this season, it is impossible to envisage the veteran pair being split up. Similarly, Van Persie and Rooney are automatic starters, as Carrick and Fellaini appear to be so the only question seems to revolve around the potential for Ryan Giggs replacing Shinji Kagawa as Danny Welbeck is not due to test the knee injury he suffered in training until Thursday. After a tricky start to the campaign, a repeat of last season’s win at the Etihad Stadium would take United on to 10 points from those tough opening five matches, a more than acceptable return. The bonus is United head across town on the same number of points as their rivals, who have also taken some time adjusting to their new manager. “We’ve had a stop-start beginning to the season and people have been asking questions as normal,” said Carrick. “But the games against City are the ones you want to be involved in. “It will be very intense and the atmosphere will be great. “But we also know these big games can be won and lost on the finest of margins as we saw last year when a deflected free-kick won it for us. “Hopefully it will be the same outcome this year.” Press Association