Victor Lindelof insists that he is happy at Manchester United despite recent reports linking the Swedish defender with a move to Barcelona.Lindelof, 24, has spent the past two seasons at United after arriving from Benfica, but reports this month have linked the defender with a move to La Liga champions Barca.But the Sweden international moved to play down the talk, saying he was happy at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? “I’m very, very happy to be a Manchester United player,” Lindelof told a news conference in Perth on Tuesday.”I’m really looking forward to this season. I’m very excited for a new season to start.”That’s my answer, I’m very happy here.“I always felt like a Manchester United player but last season was a better season for me, I performed better than I did in my first.“I’m happy that people think that [I’m the best central defender at the club].“I’m just trying to do my best every day and that’s what I work hard for every day to help the team and the club.”Lindelof made 40 appearances for Manchester United last campaign, including 30 in the Premier League as he became a vital piece of the club’s backline under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.In his first season, he made just 17 Premier League appearances but has now seemingly adjusted to the pace and style of the Premier League.The next step will be adapting to new faces coming in, including new defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka.“Well new players, new signings, we as a team will always try to help them to settle in as quickly as possible,” said Lindelof.“This is my third season here, I’ve been through what it is to sign for this club and get a little criticism.“But it’s part of the game and, like I said before, everyone in the team is trying to help the new guys.”Manchester United are preparing to face Leeds United in their second pre-season friendly in Australia on Wednesday.The Red Devils topped Perth Glory 2-0 in their first match of pre-season with Marcus Rashford and James Garner scoring the two goals.
22 October 2010Given their vulnerability to floods, cyclones and other extreme weather events, Asian countries must incorporate disaster risk reduction strategies into their national plans to enhance their readiness to respond to climate change, the United Nations agency tasked with minimizing the threat posed by natural disasters said today. “Disaster risk reduction offers concrete solutions to deal with current weather variability and is an essential part of climate change adaptation,” said Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, ahead of the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, set to start next week.The four-day meeting hosted by the Republic of Korea’s National Emergency Management Agency is being held only four months after the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, which saw one-fifth of the country inundated and an estimated 20 million people affected. The catastrophic floods are estimated to have caused more than $43 billion in damage.Floods in China and Vietnam also caused many deaths and extensive damage this year.The Asian ministerial conference is expected to adopt a five-year regional ‘roadmap’ on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, including capacity-building activities, strengthened information sharing and solutions to manage climate risks through the use of technology.The meeting will also be an opportunity for governments in the Asian region to reaffirm their commitments to the Hyogo Framework of Action – the 10-year plan of action to reduce disaster-related losses which was adopted by governments in 2005.