Hornets’ bids for Group II soccer titles end in finals

first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Holmdel High School’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams faced the same scenario in the NJSIAA tournament: being one win away from taking home the ultimate piece of postseason hardware.While it did not pan out for the Hornets, they certainly made their mark on the big stage.For the boys, the Group II championship ended in a 2-1 loss in a heartbreaking and shocking fashion . The Hornets took a 1-0 lead into the homestretch, but Garfield High School turned the game around in a flash. After the game moved into the 77th minute, it took just seconds for Garfield to connect twice.The first goal came with a little over two minutes left in regulation. Twenty-seven seconds later, Garfield posted the gamewinning goal off a free kick that was sent into the box and headed past the goalie.The game was a nail-biter from kickoff to the final whistle. Holmdel and Garfield were locked in a scoreless tie until a chipped pass from Justin McStay found Leo Nobrega on a breakaway. That goal, which gave the Hornets a 1-0 edge with eight minutes to go, came on the heels of a Garfield score that was waved off by the officials on a holding call.Holmdel’s fortunes quickly turned bleak as a state title ultimately eluded these Hornets, who shocked the NJSIAA tournament in their own way this season.Ranked ninth in the Central Jersey, Group II bracket, Holmdel defeated higherseeded teams all the way to an unexpected sectional crown. The Hornets’ final upset was a 1-0 victory over No. 2-seed Bordentown Regional High School in the finals.The Central Jersey, Group II championship was the shining achievement during a remarkable turnaround as the 2015 campaign neared its end. The Hornets won only three of their first 13 games this season, and a 6-0 blowout at the hands of Toms River High School North knocked Holmdel out of the Shore Conference Tournament in the round of 32.The Hornets put the loss behind them, winning their four sectional matchups and a Group II semifinal game vs. Delran High School.Holmdel (13-7-5) counted on the leadership of senior Tyler Marchiano in the net this season, while senior left back Nick Chrystal anchored the defense. McStay, a sophomore, led the Hornets in scoring.Holmdel’s girls’ soccer team had an equally impressive run on the journey to defend its 2014 group championship.The Lady Hornets made it to the group stage by surviving a thriller of the sectional finals. Holmdel and fellow Shore Conference member Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were deadlocked, 2-2, before the Hornets clinched the Central Jersey Group II title on penalty kicks.Holmdel faced another Shore Conference opponent, Point Pleasant Borough High School, in the Group II semifinals. Hannah Lee and Gabriella Bair were responsible for the Hornets’ attack, each contributing a goal and assist to power a 2-1 win.The run ultimately fell one game shy of back-to-back state titles. Ramapo High School put two goals on the board in the first half, and Holmdel could not break though Ramapo’s defense in a 2-0 decision. Ramapo, which outshot the Hornets by a wide margin, 11-1, was on the losing end of Holmdel’s championship last year.Like the boys, Holmdel’s girls (16-7-1) found another gear late in the season to reach the Group II final again. Rumson-Fair Haven beat the Hornets in both of their meetings during the regular season. Holmdel also had an early exit in the Shore Conference Tournament. The girls lost to Toms River South, 2-1, in the first round.last_img read more

Fighting disease with antibiotics

first_img“Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow.” – World Health Day 2011 themeGrowing up in Guyana, I now realise that our rather casual approach to antibiotics – in prescription and usage – has a serious downside risk.Back in high school, we learnt about microbes like bacteria that cause so many diseases and illnesses. The discovery of these microbes after the invention of the microscope led to the search for an agent – an “anti-biotic” – that would destroy them and cure the diseases they caused.Last week we had a class about ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’. During the class, we learnt that many of the antibiotics that used to be able to kill specific bacteria were no longer effective against those bacteria. Physicians now have to prescribe newer, stronger antibiotics to fight the bacteria that have developed resistance to the old antibiotics.Antimicrobial resistance is a growing global concern: more and more bacterial species are becoming resistant to the antibiotics we used to use to treat them. In fact, the theme for World Health Day way back in 2011 was “Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow.” The theme was a call to action for us to start making changes now, or else we won’t be able to depend on antibiotics to be able to cure deadly diseases in the future. It’s terrifying to think about bacteria so resistant that we won’t have any drugs that are able to kill them.So what are some of the actions that we as individuals could take? Well, first of all, we could make sure we’re using antibiotics correctly when we’re prescribed them. Doctors don’t usually choose a random course of antibiotics for you to use; there’s a method to their madness, I promise. So make sure you complete the entire course of antibiotics that you’ve been prescribed. Don’t stop the course three-quarters of the way just because you’re starting to feel better. Finish the course to make sure you’ve zapped all of the bad bacteria out of your system.There are all sorts of bugs out there that can cause disease — bacteria, viruses, fungi. Not all disease are caused by bacteria. In fact, the flu that we all seem to get yearly is caused by a virus: the influenza virus. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses, so they won’t do anything to cure your bout of influenza. That’s why your doctor won’t give you antibiotics for your flu. Instead, they’ll tell you what to do to manage your symptoms — things like taking Panadol for the fever, getting plenty of rest, and using fluids.The medical system isn’t the only reason for our problems with antimicrobial resistance though. The agricultural industry actually plays a major part as well. There is a growing concern about the use of antibiotics in the rearing of livestock.It is natural for bacteria to develop resistance; all living things adapt and evolve to survive in a changing world. But the problem we’re facing is how quickly the bacteria are becoming resistant, and that’s largely in part to the way we’ve been misusing and overusing antibiotics.Antibiotics are a vital part of our fight against diseases. The discovery of penicillin, the first antibiotic, was a revolutionary turning point. Let’s make sure we’re doing our part to make sure that the antibiotics we have are still effective for many more years to come!last_img read more

Flippancy with a COI creates a very sick aura

first_imgDear Editor,Dear Editor,Quite interesting would be the findings as well as the recommendations of this COI into the assassination plot to kill the President of Guyana. Very interesting reading it would be, because what is gathered from the questioning or interrogation, can be descrived as a big charad. For a matter of such grave importance to treat with such flippancy with a COI creates a very sick aura, of this Government. A matter of such magnitude, or one that has serious implications, that is – the assassination of The head of State – should not be treated so lightly as a Commission of inquiry.Like I indicated in an earlier letter COI’s cannot prosecute anyone, they can only make recommendations, the powers of prosecution are vested in a court of law, which I am absolutely sure would have gotten to the bottom of this “so-called” plot. So let’s just take a look at some of the findings of the COI:1. Would there be a total disregard for the tainted shady characters that are involved and the so called evidence emanating from such sources? Only time will tell.2. Andrif Gillard’s testimony of being presented with a “Big, Long, Black gun,” whereas Khan is the licensed firearm holder of a Taurus weapon, a totally different make of a firearm from the “Long, Big Black rifle”. Is it a figment of his imagination?3. The allegation that the police did shoddy work.  Well, the facts tell a different story.   The police did investigate the alleged assassination statement of Gillard and found that he is a “professional con-artist who had motive to make treasonable comments about Khan.  Gillard owes  Khan huge sums of money which he cannot repay, hence his assassination claims. From all indicators, this COI is fast tracking into a “Blame the Police” game which might very well see a massive shake up Police Force.Sincerely,Neil   Adamslast_img read more

Ateneo holds off La Salle for 2-0 start

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption “That break we had in the second quarter was a surprise to us and to them and that was the cushion we needed,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin. “Our offensive cohesion isn’t anywhere it needs to be and that’s a reflection on me as much as anything else.”Mike finished with 18 points with five rebounds, and four assists to lead Ateneo’s offense while brother Matt added 15 points.Malonzo had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo withstood a late run by fierce rival La Salle, 81-69, to stay unbeaten in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles took a big lead after finishing the second quarter with a 21-1 run but needed the strong play of Gian Mamuyac to hold off the Green Archers late.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mamuyac scored eight of his 14 points in the final frame to help Ateneo improve to 2-0. La Salle opened its campaign with a loss.Ateneo weathered a strong start from La Salle, that included a Jamie Malonzo poster dunk on Thirdy Ravena, eventually going on the offensive in the second quarter with a 21-1 run to take a 51-29 lead heading into the break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Twins Mike and Matt Nieto already combined for 23 points in the first two quarters, just six points fewer than the what the whole Green Archers had.La Salle tried to fight back in the fourth getting to as close as eight, 75-67, but Mamuyac came to Ateneo’s rescue scoring four straight points to close the game out for the Blue Eagles. Air Force soars for 1st win at expense of Chef’s Classics Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptionlast_img read more

3 homeless after Corentyne fire

first_img– as house ‘mysteriously’ goes up in flamesThree persons are now homeless after a fire destroyed their Manchester village, Corentyne, Berbice home on Tuesday night.  Some villagers are claiming that the blaze was as a result of supernatural means.The fire occurred at about 21:00h. Villagers say what appeared to be two balls ofHomeless: Neho Huntfire were seen in the air and fell on the house. “Is like fire bun… is obeah,” one villager related.The blaze flattened the Lot 21 School Street, Manchester Village wooden structure.Neho Hunte, also called “Cussum” was not at home at the time of the blaze. According to the 29-year-old man, he was spending the night at the home of a friend and had just arrived when he was alerted of the fire. His reputed wife, Alicia, and his son had gone to his mother-in-law for the child’s first birthday.One eyewitness, Aqilyma Simpson – who is a Hunte’s cousin – said it took about 10 minutes for the building to be reduced to ashes.“Last night I came from church and was watching television and then we heard like glass breaking and we watched out and the whole building was engulfed in flames.The building was reduced to rubble within 10 minutesWhen we ran out nobody couldn’t do anything. We couldn’t throw water because the whole thing was in flames and then we called the fire service and the Police and they came, but by then the building had crumbled,” she related. Reports indicate the Fire Service arrived approximately 10 minutes after the fire was initially seen but by the time they arrived, the building had already been reduced to rubble.Meanwhile, Hunte refuted claims that there was a lighted candle in the house when the blaze started. The man said he left home to feed his pigs and never returned to the building.According to him, after having a bath he left for his friend’s home. He is adamant that he did not light a fire in the house. The man said he was at his friend’s home when Simpson telephoned to say the house was on fire.When they arrived at the house, which is roughly 400 metres away, the building was already destroyed.Hunte has been living in the house for almost two years since returning to the place of his birth in 2015. He makes a living by rearing pigs and making pointer brooms which he sells. The man is appealing to the public for assistance. He can be contacted on telephone number 660-1403. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

District to get parking meters

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although the projected annual $197,000 parking revenue will go to the business district, as it does in Old Pasadena, the high turnover is the main point of the meters, Maese said. In August the 1970s-era meters almost hidden in the bushes at the Shoppers Lane parking lots – site of last year’s time-limit revolt – will be replaced by new, more accessible and easier-to-use versions, said Holly Imler, a management analyst in the city’s transportation department. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482 PASADENA – South Lake Avenue will get $1-an-hour parking meters in January. But rather than outrage after over a century of free street parking in the upscale commercial neighborhood, the news caused a collective shrug among merchants and shoppers whose furious opposition forced quick abandonment of a proposed two-hour parking limit last year. “I’d rather not have to spend the money … but it’s not going to force people to go to another shopping area,” said Judy Bruinsma of Pasadena, a regular in the city’s second-favorite shopping district. Carolyn Robinson, manager of Draper’s & Damon’s – a time-limit opponent who later became a member of the South Lake Avenue Business District’s parking commission – said she was in favor of the meters as a way of regularly freeing up street spaces. “It’s really the right thing to do,” said Carlton Maese, who heads the commission. “People came to realize that if you want to find parking there must be some controls in place. People won’t be circling the block looking for free parking.” last_img read more

Crash victim recovering through dancing

first_imgGRANADA HILLS — With each step, Jennifer Liu just barely misses the beat before her dance finally unravels into a stumble. In this beginning ballet class, she should be a star — the 21-year-old has a decade of experience. But that doesn’t mean much anymore. Liu waits patiently until she’s back into the staccato rhythm of piano notes that echo through the fluorescent-lit studio. Slowly, her scarred legs start moving again. She starts out strong, gliding across the wooden floor. But halfway through, confusion spreads across her face. She walks the rest of the way. The accident Liu doesn’t remember that day in April 2002, but her brother, Joshua, can’t forget it. As Granada Hills High School let out April 12, he was crossing Zelzah Avenue at Kingsbury Street. Behind him, something shattered. It didn’t faze him. He figured some rowdy kid had thrown a bottle. But when he turned around, he noticed someone lying in the middle of the intersection. A crowd gathered, and Joshua couldn’t see much — just a baby-blue backpack like the one his sister used — and, then, her fuzzy, gray sweat pants. Liu’s vacant eyes stared past the sky. Blood trickled out of her ears and nose. The Volkswagen Beetle had hit her with such force that her head crushed a foot-deep crater into its windshield. The force tore apart the two halves of her brain, moving them a half-inch within her skull. Her collar bones had snapped, and one of her three broken ribs had speared her right lung. Liu’s backpack likely saved her life. She landed on it after flying about 20 feet from the crosswalk where she was struck. A plastic buckle punched a hole in her shoulder, but the backpack kept her head from snapping back against the asphalt. Liu couldn’t see the dozens of faces staring down at her. And she couldn’t hear her stunned younger brother calling their father on his cellphone and telling him what had happened. ‘Just believe’ The accident plunged Liu into a coma, and her family into a chasm of soul-searching. Every day, Northridge Hospital Medical Center doctors delivered increasingly dire prognoses — from never waking up, to death. During the critical first 72 hours, a minister led Liu’s mother, Joy, and father, David, into an empty room in the hospital to pray. A poster on the wall sent shivers up her mother’s spine. It showed two girls stretching and putting on ballet shoes under the words “Dance Forever.” Liu had loved ballet, dancing 10 years at Gotta Dance Studios in Granada Hills. The minister and her parents prayed Liu eventually would be able to return to her passion. Her mother found solace in a biblical tale in which Jesus tells the parents of an ailing daughter that she is not dead — only sleeping. “Do not be afraid, just believe, and she will be healed,” it reads. They did their best to believe. While infections racked Liu’s body, her parents found hope in every twitch. In e-mails to family and friends, they joyfully chronicled every blink and yawn. Eighteen days after the accident, David Liu wrote in one of his e-mails that he and his wife didn’t have blind faith in a perfect recovery. “God’s definition of ‘wholeness’ is not necessarily the same as ours,” he wrote. But on May 10, doctors told Liu’s parents there was nothing more they could do for her. The family rejected the grim prognosis. Instead, they arranged to send her to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where Dr. Luis Montes had agreed to take her on as a patient. Just five days later, as the sun was creeping up toward the horizon to peel back the darkness about 5 a.m., David Liu watched his daughter open her eyes. The doting dad leaned over to plant a good-morning kiss on her face. Her right arm rose and wrapped around his neck. Born again “It’s not like waking up from a nap,” Liu said later. In a sense, it’s more like she was reborn. At first, she was mostly paralyzed. Tubes snaked down her throat, pushing air into her lungs. Nourishment was pumped directly into her stomach. She could kick her left foot and wiggle her right arm — but nothing else. After a while, she regained the functions of an infant. She could draw circles, hearts and crosses, but words and memories still eluded her. Relearning 17 years of life was a gradual, painful process. Montes, then medical director of the rehabilitation program at Childrens Hospital, quickly developed a liking for Liu as her personality began to re-emerge. “We started to understand who this person was,” he said. “Such a high-functioning person, such a beautiful, caring person. … We were rooting for her.” But becoming more aware proved a mixed blessing. “Mommy, when am I going to wake up from this bad dream?” Liu once asked. She also felt constant pain as her nerves reawakened, her brain translating every sensation into stabbing needles. New memories quickly dissolved, leaving her confused. She spent her idle hours sulking. Liu asked her cousins to help her escape from the hospital. But she soon realized she was a prisoner in her own body. “I remember her crying a lot of times,” Montes said. “She couldn’t do things. She had pain from stretching atrophied limbs.” He sat with her and told her not to lose hope, that the effort she put into recovery would pay off. “I’ll be darned if it didn’t have an effect on her,” he said. The brain has what Montes calls “plasticity,” the ability of neurons to reconnect around damaged areas. With most patients who suffer severe brain injuries, this could lead to rapid improvement. But it always plateaus. Some patients remain severely disabled. Liu wasn’t going to accept such a fate. Through what Montes called natural brilliance and sheer determination, she was able to refocus. He and physical therapists at the hospital gave Liu goals to meet before she could go home: Walking unassisted for 100 feet; managing four flights of stairs, using the handrail; sitting down and standing up from a chair; getting into a standing position from the floor. She attacked physical therapy. And on July 17 — five years ago this Tuesday — Liu left the hospital. And she still hasn’t plateaued. “If you have an IQ of 140 and you lose 20 points, you’re still in the top 10 percent,” Montes said. “Hey, I’d take 120.” When she returned to high school, memory problems made reading difficult for the former A student. She would read a sentence and forget it almost instantly. Her grades slipped, but she graduated on schedule. She went to the University of California, Irvine. Her first three years there, she was plagued with difficulty remembering names or holding a conversation. But in the last year, she finally found friends there. She might have done something with them after graduation ceremonies, but she wasn’t sure what. She’d need to look that up. ‘Slow down’ Liu opens her day planner. Paper-clipped theater stubs and train tickets pepper the inside — just in case someone asks her where she’s been or what movies she’s seen. Every page is scrawled with notes. This is Jennifer Liu’s memory. It helped her finish high school and helped her live on her own for four years in Irvine, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art. But the memories of her old life are still intact. “Dr. Jennifer Liu.” She remembers liking the sound of that before the accident. She didn’t exactly have a passion for medicine: The thought of helping the ill seemed noble, but it was the prestige that excited her. “I guess I just wanted the title,” she said. “I lived for other people’s approval.” The old Jennifer was so goal-oriented that she never seemed to have enough time to appreciate people. She bossed around her two brothers and never connected to them like she wishes she had. She went to class. She danced. She came home. She did homework and studied. And came out with nearly straight A’s. “At the time, we just thought it was a good trait,” her mother said. “Ever since she was little, we would teach her discipline and diligence. She was just doing what we taught her.” But in the routine, even Sunday worship lost its meaning for the fervent Christian. She’d be too self-conscious to raise her hands to the heavens and let loose during prayers. She believes her accident was God’s way of saying, “Slow down, stop racing.” ‘Dance forever’ Liu began dancing at 6, and Cindy Gebelein has been there for her ever since. “She was absolutely one of the best dancers at the studio,” said Gebelein, co-owner and founder of Gotta Dance Studios in Granada Hills, where Liu takes her lessons. But after the accident, she had to start all over. She had trouble with even the most basic moves. “I could see the sadness in her eyes,” Gebelein said. “She used to tap so fast.” Gebelein met with her several times a week when she got out of the hospital, and the instructor conditioned and painfully stretched her muscles until, finally, she was fit to try dancing again. The 46-year-old came to know Liu as a gentle and loving soul. Gebelein recalled when Liu said she wasn’t angry with the 17-year-old girl who was driving the car that hit her. It was just a mistake, and Liu has made plenty of those in her own life. The words brought Gebelein to tears. After five years, the mother of the girl behind the wheel that day says the accident has been the worst thing her family has ever experienced. But she said her daughter has gone on to graduate, and she praises Liu for not bearing any animosity. “This is one of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my life,” she said. “One of the true, most amazing people in the world.” Liu now plays off the accident with a bit of humor. When asked how far the impact of the crash flung her, she shrugged and sighed. “It was my only chance to fly, and I don’t even remember it.” Wholeness In an e-mail to friends and family after the third anniversary of the accident, David Liu reflected on his daughter’s condition. “Many have inquired as to how far Jennifer has recovered. That question comes from a perspective that Jennifer has lost something which ought to be regained.” God “may not take us out of a situation,” David Liu wrote, “but he will always be there to take us through it with (an) abundance of grace.” Upon her recent college graduation, Liu displayed the product of her artistic exploration. Drawn onto a sheet of paper cut in the shape of a Volkswagen Beetle, she sleeps in a tangle of tubes. A yellow school-crossing sign looms over her. The Bible verse in which her mother found comfort during her recovery is stripped across the bottom. After she had completed the piece, a friend told her about a slightly different version of the verse: “Fear not: Believe only, and she shall be made whole.” Sitting at her living room table next to her brother, Liu smiled at that. “I think I’m being made whole.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Supervisors call for inquiry into integrity of power lines

first_img troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But beyond the sheer expense of putting power lines underground, funding for such efforts is heavily restricted. Certain sources of funding, for example, may not be combined with other funds to pay for putting lines underground. Yaroslavsky said such restrictions should be lifted in areas deemed high fire-hazard zones. Supervisors also directed officials to assess the county’s response to the recent fires and whether it offers any new lessons. “The fire and sheriff’s departments worked extremely collaboratively to evacuate and save thousands of lives and property,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said. “A large part of their success in managing this disaster is the result of lessons learned from prior disasters and ongoing emergency preparedness exercises.” Concerned about the role power lines may have had in last week’s wildfires, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed officials Tuesday to investigate strengthening lines most susceptible to collapsing during high winds. “It’s not officially confirmed, but widely suspected, that in the case of the Malibu fire power lines were blown down (and ignited the fire),” Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said. “We can’t underground all the power lines. It’s exceedingly expensive. But beyond that, what can we do to better secure those lines? This isn’t the first time this has happened, or the second time, but the 18th time fires have been started because of downed power lines.” The supervisors directed fire department and other officials to examine why power lines may have failed and determine what measures can be taken to strengthen them. last_img read more

Luke Shaw vows to ‘fight’ to prove Jose Mourinho wrong and secure United stay

first_img Luke Shaw [right] in action for Manchester United against Everton Luke Shaw has pledged to give everything to stay at Manchester United and take the club he loves back to the top, with the under-fire left-back vowing to “fight to the last” under Jose Mourinho.This has been a chaotic few days in the highly-talented 21-year-old’s career, having been publicly eviscerated by his manager over the weekend.Scathing comments related to commitment and focus led Shaw and Mourinho to hold a meeting on Monday – an exchange that may not have cleared the air entirely but paved a way for a surprise return to the squad to face Everton the following day.The left-back came on in the second half for just his third United appearance in four months – a promising comeback that culminated in his shot being handled and Zlatan Ibrahimovic pinching a late draw from the penalty spot.“I have missed it so much, being on the pitch,” Shaw told Press Association Sport after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw. “I really do love football and I love to play on the pitch.“I am loving it here at United, the fans are incredible and have been incredible the last couple of days for obviously what has been going on.“But I am keeping my head up and I am going to fight to the last. I am not going to give up. I love this club and I will give everything to be here.”Shaw spoke with passion, intensity and focus in the bowels of Old Trafford, unaware that elsewhere in the ground Mourinho was tempering praise with criticism over tactical naivety.But given his defender’s respectful tone throughout the interview and after it, such talk is likely to fuel his resolve rather than dampen it.“Sometimes I tend to keep it on the low,” Shaw said when put to him he was speaking more passionately about life at United than normal.“But obviously with the stuff that has been going on it is hard for me to take because deep down that is not me as a person.“Like Jose said, he wants to see me fighting – and I will fight to the last second because I want to be here for the club.“I want to play for the manager and I want to help this team get back to the top.”There is a fair way to go if United are to get back to the top of the English game, but Tuesday’s reprieve appears to offer the full-back hope of being involved in that process beyond the summer.Shaw could have even capped that return with a dream goal – his first in professional football – was it not for Ashley Williams’ handball, but such a memorable moment would not have lessened his determination to succeed long-term.“I am working really hard at the moment,” he said. “Especially now more than ever.“I am going through a phase where everything sort of is going against me, but I want this so badly, I want to prove everyone wrong.“We were unlucky (against Everton). I think sometimes the luck is not in our favour and it is disappointing“We were all disappointed in the changing room, but we’re not going to give up, we’re a team of fighters and experienced players. We’ll build up to Sunday now.”Victory at Sunderland would bolster top-four ambitions that Shaw believes United still have a “very good chance” of achieving, with such confidence also clear when he spoke about the Europa League.That competition offers the chance for the England international to be involved in a first major final and repay the faith of United fans, whose support has been keenly felt since sustaining a horrific double leg break in September 2015.“They have been so good to me and, like I said, especially the last sort of two days,” Shaw added. “That’s why I love them.“It is easy for them to see those comments and turn on me, do you know what I mean?“But the passion they have always shown to me is amazing and something I don’t and won’t forget for a long time because it means a lot to me.“I don’t want to let them down and I’ll fight for each and every one of the fans as well.” 1last_img read more

Revamp begins on Campus Center

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We believe it will completely transform the community life of Whittier College by bringing students, faculty and staff together in one place in a way the old facility just doesn’t help us achieve right now,” said Bedford McIntosh, the college’s vice president of advancement. The college has already collected about $16.5 million of the project’s cost, and officials hope to have construction completed by the beginning of 2008. “In terms of construction, with the permits and plan reviews, \ is still wending its way through the city process right now,” McIntosh added. “But we hope to be under construction in the next few months.” McIntosh said once construction gets under way, officials will erect a temporary “sprung” structure just east of the Campus Inn to house the dining hall. “It’s quite nice,” McIntosh said. “Students and faculty had something similar in 1990 when there was a fire at the Campus Inn, and it worked out great then.” The extra room comes as welcome news for junior Rosealee Titus, 20, who said lunch lines at the current Campus Inn often spill out the doors, and a lack of seating forces students to take their meals to-go. But her favorite part is the addition of an amphitheatre-area for campus gatherings. “This is the central part of campus right now, and I like to hear that something will be built where we could celebrate smaller events because we’re a very close-knit campus,” Titus said. “Just something more noticeable and easy to get to would be great.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Whittier College officials have kicked off a planned $18.5 million renovation and expansion of the Campus Inn, saying the project is expected to “completely transform” the community life of the century-old campus. Over the weekend, officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking to recognize key supporters of the Campus Center project, which will include modernization of the existing 37,000-square-foot facility and the addition of a 20,000-square-foot wing. The Campus Inn currently houses a dining area, bookstore, cafe, student life and student government offices, and a student lounge. But when the project is done, the new Campus Center also will feature additional rooms for entertaining, a copying center and a small amphitheater. last_img read more