LVG: United could have won title

first_img As he watched the matches at his grand Cheshire home, all he felt was envy. United, of course, are not in the competition this season after their seventh-placed finish under David Moyes last term. But Van Gaal hopes to be dining at the top table again next year. “Of course I miss it,” he said. “When I look to the matches this week also, great matches and also sometimes disappointing because the level was not always high and the difference between the teams was very high, I believe, so I miss it very much. “I hope we shall achieve our goal for the season and play next season in the Champions League but we still have 15 points to fight for. It is not done yet.” The squad will heed Van Gaal’s warning about complacency. But given that United are eight points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with five matches to go, it would take some collapse for the Red Devils to slip into the Europa League places. The Dutchman has already started scouting players for next season. He has also taken comfort from the fact that some of his signings from last summer have started to find form. Daley Blind and Ander Herrera are playing their best football of the season and against Chelsea Luke Shaw looked like the young left-back who shone so brightly for Southampton last season. Shaw has not had the best of seasons since joining United from Saints for £28million, but Van Gaal is convinced the 19-year-old will grow into a man and excel next season. “I believe in Shaw so for me it isn’t a surprise he played very well against Chelsea and I am very happy for him,” Van Gaal said. “It is of course the first season for a 19-year-old boy because he is still a boy and he is growing and maybe next year he is an adult in the pitch and I hope so.” Van Gaal still has a number of players missing for Sunday’s game at Everton. Defenders Phil Jones (ankle), Marcos Rojo (adductor) and Rafael (rib) are out and midfielder Michael Carrick (calf) is also unavailable. Centre-back Jonny Evans returns from suspension, but there are doubts over midfield duo Daley Blind (ankle) and Adnan Januzaj (ankle). Press Association Louis van Gaal thinks Manchester United may well have won the Barclays Premier League this year had it not been for their wretched start to the campaign. Table toppers Chelsea stretched their lead over third-placed United to 11 points last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard grabbed all three points for the Blues with a 38th-minute winner, but in truth there was little between the two teams and Van Gaal is already plotting to overthrow the champions elect next season. He admits he may not have had to wait that long before getting his hands on the top prize, though. Had it not been for a poor run of three wins in their opening 10 games, Van Gaal thinks it could have been United running away with the title in April, rather than Chelsea. “Yes, we had a very bad start,” the United manager told MUTV when asked if he wondered what might have been this season. “I have already explained that after several matches why so I don’t have to repeat myself but if we had started well, we could have been the champions.” With Chelsea now two victories away from opening up an unassailable lead, Van Gaal has already admitted defeat in the title race. His focus is now on qualifying for the Champions League. The world’s top club competition returned with a bang this week. Bayern Munich thrashed FC Porto 6-1 to set up a semi-final against Barcelona and Real Madrid edged a tense battle against their neighbours Atletico thanks to Javier Hernandez’s 88th minute winner. But while the rest of the football-loving public gasped and shrieked at a week of enjoyable continental football, Van Gaal did not enjoy it anywhere near as much. last_img read more

Cemex, city agree to talk deal

first_imgUnder federal contracts spanning about 20 years, Cemex planned to mine 2million tons a year in the first decade, ramping up to 4million to 5million tons a year over the next decade. Cemex officials announced Tuesday that they called off plans to open the 56.1million-ton mine next year and want to negotiate a compromise with the city instead. The city has bankrolled a roughly $8million campaign to scale down or block the mine, planned for a hilly area outside city bounds between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. Details of the compromise were not given. The Sulphur Springs Union School District abuts the mine property, and school officials worried mine operations could snarl traffic and pose a health risk for kids at the district’s eight schools. The district partnered with the city in opposing the project. “I’m happy they sort of postponed it,” said Kerry Clegg, who has served on the school board for about 17 years. “The mining (operations) would have generated a lot of dust, and we’re downwind from it. We’re concerned about indoor air quality problems for kids.” The district had planned to monitor indoor air and take action if it deteriorated. Clegg, a semi-retired research molecular biologist, said many were concerned pollution from increased truck traffic might kindle childhood asthma cases. Clegg lives in one of the Stonecrest neighborhoods that were annexed in July after after a sometimes heated battle that saw city officials pushing for jurisdiction over the community – which provided a landbridge to acreage it owns at the mine. Clegg favored annexation, noting the city is better positioned than the county to fight the mine. County supervisors granted the mining permit under a consent decree in 2004. City activists honed their sparring moves decades ago battling BKK Corp.’s plan to site the world’s largest trash dump in Elsmere Canyon – in the Angeles National Forest – with the county’s blessing. Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean, then a civilian who founded the SCV Canyons Preservation Committee, dug in until federal legislation enacted in 1995 protected the area. “No matter what we did or said, proponents of the dump would not come to the table and talk about alternatives,” she said. “This … is an entirely different situation.” City officials have drawn some parallels, noting both were multiyear battles to retain the community’s character and quality of life. McLean said there’s a notable difference. “Cemex, however, at this point is willing to come to the table to try and come to an equitable solution,” she said. “We are sitting at the table, and we have almost a year to discuss what will or will not happen on that site.” [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Santa Clarita has agreed to lay low in its aggressive $8million battle against gravel mining giant Cemex, a fight that included a bitter annexation struggle of a neighborhood near the company’s proposed quarry in Soledad Canyon. In this first sign of some sort of compromise, residents and activists who have led the impassioned fight are upbeat. “I’m optimistically cautious,” said Andy Fried, founder and president of Safe Action For the Environment, a nonprofit corporation formed eight years ago to oppose the mine. Fried declined to say more because the group hasn’t met since Cemex announced Tuesday the mine is on hold. SAFE has spent roughly $120,000, hiring an expert in air quality and health issues whose studies contradicted results found in county and federal environmental reports. Fried, an Agua Dulce resident, says the group would accept mining at “historic levels” of 300,000 tons a year, as would the city. last_img read more

Fantasy: Premier League MW11 Team of the Week

first_imgGaming Fantasy Football: Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the Goal Fantasy Team of the Week – again! Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 22:21 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Gaming Premier League Mohamed Salah Kevin De Bruyne Sadio Mané Sergio Agüero Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion West Ham United v Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Arsenal Everton v Watford Everton AFC Bournemouth Newcastle United West Bromwich Albion Huddersfield Town West Ham United Liverpool Crystal Palace Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Manchester City Watford Our Fantasy writer highlights players from the Citizens and the Reds – amongst others – who put in great performances for both their teams and yours Matchweek 11 of Premier League action is now in the books and there were interesting developments at both ends of the table, with Manchester City continuing their dominant unbeaten run while Bournemouth and Everton both managed to climb out of the relegation spots with wins this weekend.Understandably, each of those three clubs all placed at least one player in our team of the week; keep reading to see the other players who had the best performances in the Goal Fantasy game.Goal-Fantasy-Football-registertowin 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 GK: Asmir Begovic – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 5 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 9 PointsDF: Steve Cook – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Clean Sheet = 14 PointsHD Steve Cook BournemouthThis one came out of nowhere as the Bournemouth man started the match with no goals and just one clean sheet, yet he managed to get one of each on Saturday. His starting record is spotty and, there is basically no evidence that he could repeat this performance, but he has a kind schedule and price if you feel brave enough to roster him.DF: Scott Malone – Huddersfield – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDF: Cesar Azpilicueta – Chelsea – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsThe Azpilicueta-to-Morata train keeps chugging along at a ridiculous pace and it is now the most prolific connection in the Premier League, having happened five times already this season. The time to buy on the defender could well be now, with seven of his next 10 matches coming against bottom ten attacks.Cesar Azpilicueta Chelsea 2017DF: Leighton Baines – Everton – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Goals Conceded = 10 PointsMF: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsSalah’s two goal outing against West Ham was good enough to make him our Player of the Week and is now both the highest scoring midfielder in both the Premier League (7 goals) and the Goal Fantasy game (69 points). Even more impressive is that this looks wholly sustainable as the Egyptian also leads the league in shots on target. He is, and has been, a must own for a few weeks now.Fantasy team of the week graphicMF: Xherdan Shaqiri – Stoke – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsMF: Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsMF: Son Heung-Min – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsHeung-Min Son TottenhamCongratulations are in order as Son’s goal against Crystal Palace made him the highest scoring Asian player in Premier League history. After beginning the season as a rotation risk, he has now started the last four league matches and scored twice in that stretch. Considering Tottenham have a top five attack, Son could become a very interesting differential option if continues to hold down a starting spot.MF: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 2 Assists = 8 PointsFWD: Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 7 Points goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Hotelier is the New Custos of St. Mary

first_imgThe parish of St. Mary has a new Custos Rotulorum. He is hotelier Jeffrey McKitty, who was sworn in on Monday (January 14), during a ceremony at King’s House.Mr. McKitty replaces Hon. Alrick Pottinger, whose retirement became effective on December 31, last year.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the brief ceremony, expressed confidence that the new Custos would carry out his duties and responsibilities effectively.He said that Mr. McKitty has been a very active Justice of the Peace (JP) in St. Mary and had worked closely with Mr. Pottinger, acting many times in the former Custos’ absence.The Governor-General also noted Mr. McKitty’s involvement in a number of organisations and projects geared towards the development of the parish, pointing out that he continues to have the respect and support of the citizens of St. Mary and the country in general.The Governor-General also extended thanks to Mr. Pottinger for his dedicated service to the parish of St. Mary and Jamaica.“I also want to thank you for the time in which you deputised for me as Governor-General, during my absence, and to commend the grace and dignity with which you performed your role,” he stated.“It was a pleasure working with you and Mrs. Pottinger and I’m sure our collegiality and friendship and work will not come to an end at any time soon,” the Governor-General said.In his response, Mr. McKitty assured that he would continue to do his best to contribute to the development and growth of St. Mary.“I promise that I will do all within my power to continue the good name of St. Mary and the legacy that the Hon. (Alrick) Pottinger has left and to ensure that St. Mary will not fade but will get stronger as the years go by,” he pledged.He said he was grateful to the Governor-General and Mr. Pottinger, as well as the people of St. Mary for the confidence they have shown in him.Mr. McKitty, who was born on November 11, 1943 in Westmoreland, began his working career as a teacher, then moved into the hotel industry where he has worked unstintingly for 35 years, with 25 years at the level of a general manager.While living in St. Mary, he has been actively involved in every aspect of community service, serving as chair of the St. Mary Heritage Company Limited, the St. Mary Attractions and Tours Company, the Parish Library and the Oracabessa High School, where he helped to establish links to develop a new library and a fully furnished and equipped computer lab.An active member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), he was instrumental in soliciting sponsorship from the Sandals group to host the St. Mary Agri-Expo, which promotes links between agriculture and tourism. In addition, he is also the founder of a fathering programme, which assists boys from single-parent homes.Mr. McKitty also established a youth programme at Jack’s River, where he supplied books and paid the tuition of several students. In addition, he adopted the Mason Hall Primary School where he built sanitary facilities for the students, and the Boscobel Basic and Primary Schools, where he established a school feeding programme. He was also instrumental in building a computer lab at Boscobel Primary School.A dedicated family man, who is married with two daughters, Mr. McKitty is the 2006 St. Mary recipient of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award.last_img read more