Manchester United legend blasts FA Cup performance

first_img Paul Scholes blasts Manchester United after FA Cup win: ‘They didn’t create a chance. In my eyes it’s not good enough’ 1 Paul Scholes launched a fresh attack on Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side following their unimpressive FA Cup win over Sheffield United and claimed the Red Devils players looked “bored”.Scholes has been critical of United’s style of play under the Dutchman before and pulled no punches on Saturday after the 1-0 victory over the Blades.United needed a stoppage-time Wayne Rooney penalty to overcome the League One side after producing another drab display that saw droves of home fans leave before the final whistle at Old Trafford.Scholes said: “The players looked bored themselves. There’s no spirit, there’s nobody having a go at each other, there’s no smiling, there’s no entertainment. I think even Van Gaal on the bench looks bored, but he’ll come out and say he’s happy.“It wasn’t a great performance, will he (Van Gaal) be happy with it? I think he probably will be. I think that’s the way he likes to play football.”Scholes added on BT Sport: “We haven’t seen anything different now for the last six months, that’s the way this team plays football and he’ll be happy with the 1-0 win.“We don’t see anything else, and he constantly comes out and says he’s happy with his team, he’s happy with the way they’ve played. But they didn’t create a chance, had to win a game against a League One side with a penalty in the 94th minute. In my eyes it’s not good enough.”Former United midfielder Scholes feels there are too many “square pegs in round holes” in United’s line-ups under Van Gaal, citing the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial as players who are not being utilised in their best positions.But he also believes United’s players also need to do more to help the situation themselves.He said: “As players sometimes you have to lift the crowd, whether it’s a tackle, whether it’s a shot on goal. You need to make something happen as a footballer at this club.“To just to go through the motions like they did, people need digging out sometimes, it just seems to be accepted.“I’d be depressed (after that game). It would take me two or three days to get over that performance.“You’ve just seen 90 minutes of boring, defensive….I’ve tried to defend this team now for the last two or three weeks, it’s getting more and more difficult to do it because every time you come to Old Trafford this is what you see; negative football.“I see square pegs in round holes with players in the team. There’s so many question marks over the team.“The only thing I can say is I’m glad I don’t have to go to Sheffield a week on Tuesday.”Scholes did not go as far as to suggest United need to get rid of Van Gaal, but believes a change in approach needs to be taken with regards to tactics.He said: “(It’s) time for a change in style of football, pass the ball to Wayne Rooney! I think he had 34 touches today in the whole game. This is Wayne Rooney, get the ball to your best players.“I truly believe he (Van Gaal) will be happy with that performance, but I’m not and I don’t think there’s many fans here (who will be). How can you possibly be happy with that against a League One team?”The ex-England man added: “I’d never call for a manager to be sacked. He’s got some really good players there. His style of football is not suited to Manchester United’s football, but he’s going to argue that they’ve got through, they are fifth in the Premier League and only nine points off the top. And he has got a case for that, but I think fans would rather see a bit more excitement rather than be in those positions.”last_img read more

L.A. port truck switch miffs Long Beach

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. The Los Angeles harbor commission is poised today to approve a plan aimed at significantly reducing diesel emissions from big rigs, even as relations have become increasingly murky with the neighboring Port of Long Beach over the issue. After weeks of negotiations, both agencies announced a plan last Thursday that would require diesel trucks operating at the twin port complex to follow 2007 federal emissions standards by Jan. 1, 2014, the first step in implementing the disputed Clean Trucks Program. But Los Angeles port officials abruptly changed course the following day by placing the final deadline on a fast-track for Jan. 1, 2012. The last-minute maneuver prompted the Long Beach harbor commission to delay a vote on the matter earlier this week. “Our commissioners and our staff are a little confused, disappointed and frustrated right now,” said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach. “It’s been a difficult time getting this done, and now we find out that they still want to tweak it at the last minute,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out what went wrong.” CONFLICT: Panel is set to OK a 2012 deadline for emission cuts. Long Beach thought deal was for 2014. By Art Marroquin Staff Writer While Long Beach cries foul, the Los Angeles harbor commission is scheduled this morning to vote on the more aggressive 2012 timeline. Additional provisions requiring trucking companies to purchase and maintain the cleaner-burning trucks while also hiring drivers as full-time employees will be worked out at a later date, according to executives at both ports. “We are on track and ready to bring this before our board as it stands,” said Geraldine Knatz, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Knatz said she was on a business trip in Eureka when her staff crafted the plan and press releases with Long Beach port executives last week. After reviewing the materials Friday morning, Knatz said that she ordered the schedule to be shifted so that it would comply with provisions outlined in the larger Clean Air Action Plan, which was adopted by the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor commissions last November. “Maybe both staffs thought they had an agreement, but they are not the final decisionmakers,” Knatz said. “There is no agreement until the board and management agrees. I saw the inconsistency and I raised a red flag.” Members of the Long Beach port’s executive staff were on a work-related retreat last weekend, leading to the breakdown in communication when Knatz called for the change, according to Wong. “We had an agreement and they decided to change their mind after we had already gone public,” Wong said. There was speculation that a representative in Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office ordered the change, according to sources close to the situation. At first, Villaraigosa’s press office had tried to characterize the last-minute switch as a “typo” in separate press releases simultaneously delivered last week by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, then later declined to comment on the matter. Knatz denied rumors that Villaraigosa’s office told her to change the timeline. “The mayor does not call up port staff,” she said. Before Knatz’s decision, staffs from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach spent at least two weeks hammering out a plan that mirrored provisions scheduled for consideration next month by the California Air Resources Board, Wong said. CARB’s plan would commit the state to set increasingly strict emission regulations, with a goal to have port trucks meeting 2007 federal standards by 2014. “We had reasons for agreeing on 2014,” Wong said. “We’re convinced that there are more particulate reductions by going to 2014, costs would be less expensive to our industry and it would be more realistic to do.” Estimates show that fully implementing the program by 2012 would cost $7 billion, but the ports would save about $1 billion if they held off for two years, according to Wong. “I think both ports know that it would be confusing for the industry and disruptive to have to meet two different standards,” Wong said. “That’s why we went with the proposed state standards, which say 2014.” Knatz contends that aligning the port’s Clean Trucks Program with CARB’s proposed standards would require a public process to amend the Clean Air Action Plan. “CARB came up with valid technical issues worth looking at, but if we are going to deviate from what the boards approved, then we have to change the Clean Air Action Plan,” Knatz said. “I did not feel it was appropriate to just change the Clean Air Action Plan without any vetting or discussion. Once we get the Clean Trucks Program figured out, then an update of the Clean Air Action Plan would be more meaningful.” As it stands, the proposal bans diesel trucks built prior to 1989 from both ports by Oct. 1, 2008. Regulations would grow increasingly stricter through Jan. 1, 2012, in Los Angeles and Jan. 1, 2014, in Long Beach. Knatz said she is confident that Long Beach port officials will see things her way. “That’s certainly the direction I see things going,” she said. In the meantime, Long Beach officials are back at the drawing board, trying to figure out which way to go. “As difficult as this has been, we are still anxious to move forward with the Clean Trucks Program,” Wong said. “I don’t know how we are going to resolve this, but we have to and we will.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man, teens arrested in two robberies

first_imgThe third suspect, Christopher Craig, 20, was a three-strikes candidate on parole for robbery and has two previous felony convictions, Crespin told the Breeze. Craig was being held in lieu of $100,000 and is scheduled to appear in Torrance Municipal Court this morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department. ————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORRANCE – A man and two teens were in custody today for allegedly committing two robberies within 15 minutes in Torrance. The three suspects were arrested on Wednesday and each was charged on two counts of armed robbery, said Lt. David Petersen of the Torrance Police Department. The first holdup occurred at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, when two armed robbers entered Family Video at 3594 Redondo Blvd., Petersen said. “They walked in, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money and video games,” Torrance police Officer Dave Crespin told the Daily Breeze. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The pair took cash and fled westbound toward Yukon Avenue, the Breeze reported. Just 13 minutes later, a second robbery was reported at J’s Liquor at 3133 Artesia Blvd., according to the Breeze. Officers found a vehicle behind the liquor store with one of the suspects inside and he was taken into custody. The two others ran into an alley and were later arrested at Crenshaw Boulevard and 171st Street, the Breeze reported. An undisclosed amount of cash and receipts were recovered from inside the vehicle, Petersen said. The two boys, in their teens, were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Petersen said. last_img read more

DONE GM Tharp loses battle with cancer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Her success … came from the fact that she was being given the opportunity to do something that she really believed. A lot of people don’t get that opportunity and she felt that she was really blessed.” Prior to coming to the city, Tharp spent much of her career studying, training and mentoring neighborhood groups. She was the executive director of the civic leadership training organization Coro Southern California, and was the deputy director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at the University of Southern California. Jill Banks Barad, with the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, was on the panel that helped choose the DONE general manager, and she recalled how Tharp wowed members with her passion. “She leaned forward and said `I really want this job.’ It came from the souls of her feet. She said `I’ve been waiting for this job my whole life,”‘ Barad said. After she was appointed, Tharp spoke to the Valley Alliance and again impressed members with her resolve to improve the Neighborhood Council system. “She was so candid. She just sat there for hours listening to everybody, taking notes. She was really engaged and she was really hearing.” DONE Assistant General Manager BongHwan Kim said Tharp quickly brought stability and confidence to the Council system. And she advocated for an increased role and respect for councils within city government. She told people that “city government needed to embrace neighborhood councils for them to work,” Kim said. “She had a way of presenting that didn’t turn anybody off. It was said in a way that people could hear and it was assertively said. That was her unique ability. She had a finely-honed political sense.” Tharp was in remission from cancer when she became DONE general manager, but the disease returned and she began treatment during the summer. She took medical leave in September, her husband said. In a statement, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised Tharp for her work. “Her integrity, intelligence, compassion and humor will be missed. Though we mourn her passing today, we take comfort in the fact that her work and ideas will continue to yield positive benefits for the people of Los Angeles,” he said. A memorial service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the non-profit civic leadership organization Coro Southern California at the Coro Legacy Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda, Suite 240, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or online via www.coroLA.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Less than a year into her dream job of aiding Neighborhood Councils, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment General Manager Carol Baker Tharp died Sunday after a battle with cancer. Tharp, 55, was an outspoken advocate for Neighborhood Councils and her appointment as DONE general manager was widely hailed as a new chapter for the city’s struggling system of grassroots democracy. When she was selected for the general manager post in February, Tharp said it was the job she felt she had been preparing for her whole career and she couldn’t “think of anything I’d rather be doing.” “Carol was very strong and very smart, and I think she drew strength and ability from the fact that she believed this was the right thing to be doing,” said Michael Tharp, her husband of 25 years. last_img

TRANSFER REPORT! Arsene Wenger ready to ‘break the bank’ for Leicester sensation

first_img1 Riyad Mahrez in action for Leicester City Arsene Wenger will splash the cash to bring Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal this summer, according to reports in France.The winger has been one of the players of the season so far, weighing in with 16 league goals and 11 assists.Clubs from across Europe have taken a note of the Algerian’s form and the likes of Barcelona have been linked with summer moves.But, according to Le10 Sport, it is Arsenal who are ready to break the bank for Mahrez at the end of the season.Wenger is a big fan of the 25-year-old and positive scout reports have urged him to make a move this summer.Leicester are very reluctant to sell their star man and it is reported any bids must be in excess of £30m to stand a chance of landing Mahrez.last_img read more

Mark Selby wants to join Leicester City’s open top bus parade

first_img1 Mark Selby celebrates his and Leicester’s victories Mark Selby wants to join Leicester’s open-top bus parade after missing the greatest moment in the club’s history while he wrapped up the Betfred World Championship title.Within 15 minutes of Leicester being confirmed as Barclays Premier League champions on Monday night, Foxes fan Selby clinched an 18-14 victory over Ding Junhui in the Crucible final.Leicester’s staggering sporting achievements will be followed by days and weeks of celebrations, and Selby has earned his right to be a part of that.He missed Leicester’s big promotion party in 2014, because he was busy beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Sheffield final.But Selby has time on his hands now, at the end of the snooker season, and is already making plans to head to Leicester’s match against Everton on Saturday.He said: “When they won the Championship two years ago they had the open-top bus tour on the day of the Crucible final but hopefully they can hold it back for me this time and I can be on there with them.”Selby has revealed the part Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy played in his potting success, encouraging him to overcome Marco Fu in the semi-finals.“He was texting me through the semi-final, saying ‘good luck’ and hopefully I’ll get a few more messages from the boys,” Selby said.“It would be nice to go down and see them in the next home game and cheer them on, and not sit there in the crowd being under pressure thinking they still need to win when they’re already champions.”If Leicester let him, Selby will bring along his trophy.“I paraded it on the first home game at the start of the season when I won my first world title,” he said.That was also a clash with Everton, whose fans were cheekily told by a former world champion to jeer Selby.“John Parrott was giving me some stick because he said he’d told the Everton fans to boo me when I went around the ground but thankfully they managed to stand up and clap me,” Selby said.“Who knows, they might not let me parade it, but I’ll definitely go down to the game and hopefully I don’t have to pay for a ticket.“The boys have done absolutely unbelievably. If someone had said they’d get into Europe having finished top six you’d have been pinching yourself.“But they’ve been there, top of the league, for probably three quarters of the season and everyone kept saying for weeks that the wheels were going to fall off at some stage but they proved everyone wrong and fair play to them.”last_img read more

It’s a sell-out! West Ham shift 52,000 season tickets ahead of move to Stratford

first_img“So having made the bold decision to move to the former Olympic Stadium, we are delighted to see how it has captured the imagination of the Hammers fanbase. We find ourselves going into our first season with more than 50,000 Season Ticket holders and tens of thousands of people on the Priority List for seasonal seats in 2017/18. “I know there will be some disappointed fans on the Priority List who did not get Season Tickets, but I can assure them they will be first in the queue should any become available for our second year and they will very much continue to be a part of our great Club. West Ham are moving into the Olympic Stadium this summer “Reports consistently show that we have highest average capacity in the Premier League and every game in our final season at the Boleyn Ground sold out within days of going on sale. West Ham have confirmed they have sold out of season tickets for their first year at the Olympic Stadium. The east Londoners have also sold out of hospitality packages well in advance of the start of the new era-defining move to Stratford.  The Hammers have shifted 52,000 season tickets ahead of next season, only Manchester United currently sell more (55,000). It’s the club’s final match ever at the 32,000 capacity Upton Park on Tuesday night where Manchester United are their opponents. And while the move across east London to the site of the 2012 Olympics Games has been subject to some complaints, it is proving to be an unqualified success for the club. West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “David Sullivan, David Gold and I have always believed in the West Ham fanbase and knew we could fill the new Stadium. 1 “Without doubt, our stadium move is an unrivalled success story, but we know the hard work does not stop now. We must deliver a stadium that exceeds our Season Ticket Holders’ expectations and support Slaven Bilic in building a team on the pitch that matches our stunning new home.“I would like to conclude by saying a personal thank you to everyone who has bought a Season Ticket or Club London package for next season. Together we will make history for West Ham United.”last_img read more

Middle East club to rival Man United with £8m Nani bid

first_imgUnited Arab Emirates club Al Ahli have lodged a rival bid for shock Manchester United target Nani.It has been reported in Turkey that new United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring his compatriot back to Old Trafford this summer.The Fenerbahce forward is currently part of Portugal’s squad at Euro 2016 and insists he is not making any decisions on his future until the tournament is over.But now, according to Haberturk, he will have an offer on the table from UAE Pro-League champions Al Ahli, who have offered £8million for his services.The club signed Moussa Sow from Fenerbahce last season and reckon they could repeat the trick with Nani.However, they may miss out if United’s interest turns out to be strong. 1 Mourinho reportedly wants Nani back at Old Trafford last_img read more

Bethlehem festive as pilgrims come back

first_img“If you can’t be with family, it’s good to be here where it all went down,” said 23-year-old David Collen of Hickman, Neb., who is studying the Middle East at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Tiago Martins, 28, from Curitiba, Brazil, said the new peace talks had prompted him to visit Bethlehem for the first time. “The idea that it’s a Christian city makes me more calm, and I think going to the West Bank is more comfortable since Annapolis,” Martins said. Priests and monks, tourists, Palestinian families and police mingled in Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, the site where tradition holds that Christ was born. Vendors hawked beads, inflatable Santas, roasted peanuts, cotton candy, steamed corn and Turkish coffee while city residents watched the festivities from balconies and rooftops. A four-story cypress tree, strung with lights and red and gold ornaments and topped with a yellow star, towered outside the church. Children strolling through the square wore red-and-white Santa Claus hats, with some in full Santa regalia. Balloons bobbed from vendors’ stands and strings children clutched in their hands. After nightfall, the square was lit in a sea of red and yellow lights and Christmas stars. “This year is much better than the last seven years for tourism,” said shopkeeper Jacques Aman, whose wooden handicrafts shop offered crosses, rosaries and nativity scenes. “The atmosphere is better in general. There is relative calm, from the security standpoint.” Palestinian scouts, some wearing kilts and berets adorned with pompoms, marched through the streets playing drums and bagpipes. Throughout the evening, choirs and orchestras performed hymns and Christmas carols in a multitude of languages. Years of violence have contributed to the departure of a growing number of Christians from Bethlehem. Johnny Giacaman, a Bethlehem native who now lives in the United Arab Emirates but returned this year to visit his family, is among the people who have left. “There is nothing for young people here,” he said, standing outside his family’s gift shop. “Christians are leaving in high numbers. I am an example. If this continues, in five to 10 years the Church of the Nativity will be a museum.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Encouraged by renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Christian pilgrims from around the world converged on Jesus’ traditional birthplace Monday to celebrate Christmas – a palpable contrast to the sparse crowds of recent years. The mix of people included festive American tourists, clergymen in brown flowing robes and Palestinian scouts wearing kilts and playing bagpipes. “I’m Catholic. I always wanted to see the beginning of Christianity, the whole history. It’s something you grow up with,” said Kristin Obeck, a 37-year-old schoolteacher from Richmond, Va. Despite the festive atmosphere, a heavy police deployment, the presence of Israel’s separation barrier and unease among Bethlehem’s ever-shrinking Christian population served as reminders of the lingering tensions in the region. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn the years following the 1993 Oslo peace accord, Bethlehem attracted tens of thousands of tourists for Christmas. But the number of visitors plummeted after the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in 2000. Tourism has begun to recover in recent years as fighting has slowed. This year, it got a boost from the renewal of peace talks last month at a summit in Annapolis, Md. Israeli tourism officials said they expected some 20,000 visitors to cross from Jerusalem into neighboring Bethlehem, an increase of about 50percent over last year. Tourism workers handed out sweets and flowers to pilgrims, and smiling Israeli soldiers posed for pictures with travelers. Bethlehem’s governor, Saleh Tamari, said all of the town’s 5,000 hotel rooms were booked. last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Cassidy Brothers seek graduate engineer/concrete technician

first_imgCassidy Brothers have been supplying top quality concrete products and aggregate materials for more than 75 years. High-quality products include quarry stone, sand, gravel, blocks, ready-mix concrete, precast and bespoke concrete furniture, polished/ exposed concrete and concrete screeds. Cassidy Brothers supply a large range of construction products and materials throughout Ireland and the UK.Projects range from one-off bespoke installs to major projects in residential, commercial, retail, hotels, education & leisure sectors. The company now requires a graduate engineer/concrete technician who will be based in Buncrana.Role BackgroundThe precast and bespoke concrete furniture, polished concrete and exposed concrete product range is becoming increasingly sought after in both the UK and Ireland.Due to recent project awards and continued growth, Cassidy Brothers are seeking to add to their team and speak with graduated Civil Engineering technicians, who are keen to take up a long-term role in their Buncrana office and assist the current team in place. The roleThe successful candidate will be required to assist with all the product aspects of the company however, in particular, the bespoke products and concrete technology.Typical duties will include:– Liaising and co-ordinating with other design team members, clients and/or external consultants.– Occasionally attending design team meetings and client liaison meetings as appropriate.– Prepare fabrication drawings for the fabrication team – Implementation and supervision of current concrete masonry and aggregate standards– Concrete developmentAcceptance criteria:– Engineering Degree or Diploma – Fluency in AutoCAD working with 2D and 3D designs, experience with modelling software such as Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk VRED Professional or similar.– Fluency in Microsoft office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint mainly.– Good communication skills– Can work effectively to deadlines and as part of a team.If you feel you match the above requirements, please forward your updated CV to: info@cassidybros.ieSalary will be agreed upon as part of the interview process. The Closing Date for Applications is Friday, 15th March 2019 at 5.00pm.Job Vacancy: Cassidy Brothers seek graduate engineer/concrete technician was last modified: February 28th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cassidy Brothersconcrete techniciandonegalengineerlast_img read more