Manchester United have confirmed that attacking midfielder Juan Mata has signed a new deal with the club that sees him tied to Old Trafford until 2021 with the option to extend for an additional year.The 31-year-old had been heading towards free agency amid a turbulent time for the Red Devils, with a much-needed summer rebuild under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer currently underway.Paul Pogba’s recent revelation that he is ready for a new challenge will not have been well received by Solskjaer, who had planned to build his team around the Frenchman, but the experience and cool head of Mata is sure to go some way to steadying the ship. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Speaking to Man Utd’s official website following the good news, Mata said: “It is a real honour to continue to represent this amazing club and our incredible fans. I have been at Manchester United for five years and I am proud to call Old Trafford my home.“I am looking forward to working with Ole and his fantastic coaching staff; the vision that they have for the club is truly exciting and I am so happy that I will be a part of that.”The feeling is mutual with his Norwegian boss, with Solskjaer talking up the Spaniard’s vast experience and professionalism at a time when the club need it most.The manager added: “Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with. He is a great example to our younger players in his approach. He understands what it means to be a Manchester United player and has embraced everything about this great club.“As well as everything he brings on the pitch, we have some fantastic young players here and I know that Juan’s vast experience will help them to reach their potential over the coming seasons.”I am delighted that he has signed a new contract, as I know that his talent and mentality will be invaluable to the squad.”With Ander Herrera having confirmed he will leave the club – likely for Paris Saint-Germain – Mata may be given a more prominent role in the new season, which will also feature new signing Daniel James, who arrived from Swansea for a fee of £15 million.
Twenty post-secondary students across Nova Scotia are gaining invaluable work experience this summer in the energy sector through the Energy Training Program for Students. Several of the students are working in ocean-related industries. “The energy training program has allowed me to gain hands-on skills in a successful and vibrant work atmosphere, such as JASCO Applied Sciences,” said Carmen Lawrence, an ocean technology student at Nova Scotia Community College. “I have been able to interact with people working in the ocean technology field with a multidisciplinary approach. “I am very excited to have this opportunity, as it enables me to be mentored by industry professionals in all aspects of design, construction, deployment and processing of oceanographic data.” The program, in its 14th year of operation, has provided hands-on experience to more than 400 young people in Nova Scotia. This year, 18 employers are taking part including JASCO Applied Sciences Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc., and the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the ocean technology sector. “The energy training program makes it possible for small-sized companies to bring in new graduates with fresh ideas and youthful perspectives, who already have an understanding of the energy sector,” said JoAnn Nippard, human resource manager for JASCO Applied Sciences Canada. The program provides eligible employers with a 50 per cent subsidy, up to $7.50 per hour, toward a student’s salary during a 12 to 17 week employment with the organization. Work terms are from May to August. “Nova Scotia’s offshore and tidal industries offer excellent opportunities for economic and employment growth in Nova Scotia,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “It’s terrific to see young Nova Scotians have a real chance to start building careers here in innovative energy-related fields.” For more information on the Energy Training Program for Students visit http://energy.novascotia.ca/industry-development/energy-training-program .