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Age limits no answer to mass shootings

first_imgAge and guns aren’t the problem, and more horror shows like Parkland will occur if this country doesn’t get a grip on mental health issues.For one, HIPAA privacy laws and others must be changed.Can anyone possibly think that a mentally-ill person won’t get a hold of a gun, whether it’s legal or not?After watching above program, I sent a check to the NRA and am happily back to watching fair and balanced news.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation I tried the advice of a Gazette reader and changed the channel recently. I watched Fake News CNN (never again).On this program, I watched loudmouth buffoon Broward County Florida Sheriff Scott Israel try to bully and demean NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.One of his many moronic rants was that 18-year-olds can go fight and die for this country.Many 18-year-olds who I’ve met have more common sense than many liberals I’ve heard.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Bluer skies, cleaner hands: What has coronavirus done for us?

first_imgThe message from health professionals has been clear from the start of the outbreak: wash your hands.Everyone from celebrities to politicians has had a go at demonstrating correct technique — including singing “Happy Birthday” twice through to make sure you scrub long enough, and hand sanitizer has flown off the shelves.A lot of celebrities are showing their true colors during this pandemic and it hasn’t been pretty. Thank God Sebastian Stan just posts an aggressive hand washing video while adorably singing Happy Birthday. pic.twitter.com/GlHHrkR85r— Britt (@britth174) March 20, 2020All that extra hygiene appears to be paying off, at least in some countries, including Japan, where the number of flu cases appears to be sharply down.Japan recorded 7.21 million cases by early March — usually around the peak of the flu season that runs until May.  Topics : That was far below figures for previous years, including the 21.04 million infections seen during the 2017/18 season.”We estimate that one of the reasons behind it is that people are now much more aware about the need to wash hands… given the spread of the new coronavirus,” Japanese health ministry official Daisha Inoue told AFP.Carbon curbs Factory shutdowns, travel bans and a squeeze on demand spell economic disaster, but it isn’t all bad news for the environment.In the four weeks to March 1, China’s CO2 emissions fell 200 million tonnes, or 25 percent, compared to the same period last year, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.That’s a decline equivalent to annual CO2 emissions from Argentina, Egypt or Vietnam.The slowdown in China also saw coal consumption at power plants there down 36 percent, and the use of oil at refineries drop by nearly as much.Air travel is also grinding to a virtual halt, achieving at least a short-term drop-off in emissions from a highly polluting industry.A view shows clearer waters in a Venice canal on March 17, 2020 as a result of the stoppage of motorboat traffic, following the country’s lockdown within the new coronavirus crisis.(AFP/Andrea Pattaro)And there have been other environmental benefits, including crystal-clear waters in Venice canals usually choked with tourist-laden boats.Unfortunately, experts say the cleaner air may be short-lived. Once the health crisis is over, experts expect countries will double down to try to make up for lost time, with climate change concerns likely to be sidelined in a race to recover economic growth.Save the pangolins The source of the coronavirus remains in question, but early tracking focused on a market in China’s Wuhan where a variety of live wildlife was on sale for consumption.A number of animals, including bats and the highly endangered pangolin, have been identified as possible culprits for the virus.A Malaysian customs official poses with seized pangolin scales following a press conference at the Customs Complex in Sepang on May 8, 2017. Malaysian customs officers have seized more than 700 kilogrammes of pangolin scales worth 2.12 million USD, the country’s largest haul of these scales, considered by some to have medicinal properties, officials said May 8. (AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)As a result, China in February declared an immediate and “comprehensive” ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals that was welcomed by environmentalists.Beijing implemented similar measures following the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s, but the trade and consumption of wild animals, including bats and snakes, made a comeback.This time the ban is permanent, raising hopes that it could end the local trade in wildlife.”I do think the government has seen the toll it takes on national economy and society is much bigger than the benefit that wild-eating business brings,” said Jeff He, China director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.Reports linking the virus to the pangolin have also scared off would-be consumers of the scaly mammals elsewhere, with bushmeat vendors in Gabon reporting a plunge in sales.Apart, together One of the most difficult aspects of the stringent lockdowns imposed to slow the spread of the virus has been loneliness, with families and friends forced to endure weeks or even months apart.But some people have found the measures are creating a sense of community spirit, and prompting them to make more of an effort to check in with family and reconnect with friends.In Colombia, where a nearly three-week period of self-isolation is now in place, 43-year-old Andrea Uribe has organised everything from group exercise classes to family talent shows using video messaging programmes including Zoom.”I have called my parents more often, I have talked to friends that I usually don’t talk to… I have organised Zoom meetings with friends in multiple countries,” Uribe, who works in development, told AFP.”It is wonderful to be forced to be there for one another. It has made me more creative. It just shows that we need to be present in people’s lives.”center_img Deaths, economic meltdown and a planet on lockdown: the coronavirus pandemic has brought us waves of bad news, but squint and you might just see a few bright spots.From better hygiene that has reduced other infectious diseases to people reaching out as they self-isolate, here are some slivers of silver linings during a bleak moment.Wash your hands! last_img read more

Ian Wright wants to see Dani Ceballos in freer role behind Arsenal’s deadly front three

first_imgIan Wright wants to see Dani Ceballos in freer role behind Arsenal’s deadly front three Advertisement Comment Former Gunners striker Wright wants to see Ceballos creating chances (Picture: Getty)But Wright is a huge fan of Ceballos’ playmaking abilities and wants to see him given license to feed Arsenal’s ferocious front three with two more defence-conscious players behind him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on his YouTube channel before the north London derby, Wright explained: ‘We’ve got Dani for what… a year? He may not sign again, so let’s use him as much as we can.‘I’m sure he was disappointed about the role he had to play in the Liverpool game, so let’s play him right behind those three and let’s get going.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Torreira and Guendouzi behind him snapping around people. Get the ball into Ceballos who can then get Pepe free, get Auba free, link it up into Lacazette, Lacazette holds it up, Auba scores and we’re back again!’Ceballos’ performances for Arsenal have been noted by Spain boss Robert Moreno, who called up the Real Madrid loanee for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Romania and the Faroe Islands.OFICIAL | Esta es la convocatoria de España para los encuentros ante Rumanía e Islas Feroe#UnidosPorUnReto pic.twitter.com/o0Xzp2Vre1— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) August 30, 2019 He could face added competition for a starting role in the coming weeks and months, however, with Emery confirming that Mesut Ozil will stay at the Emirates and is in contention to play in the north London derby.The Arsenal boss said on Thursday: ‘We are not speaking about the possibility for Mesut to leave. This week he is physically better and he is training and doing normal work with us. He is going to be closer to us and he will be available on Sunday.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 3:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares The Spaniard starred against Burnley but struggled at Anfield a week later (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has urged Unai Emery to keep faith in Dani Ceballos despite his peripheral performance against Liverpool and wants him to play further forward behind an attacking front three.The Spaniard set up both of Arsenal’s goals in their victory over Burnley two weeks ago and was given a standing ovation by the Emirates crowd when he was subbed off in the second half.But, as part of the Gunners’ midfield diamond at Anfield a week later, Ceballos could not stamp his mark on the match and Emery admitted afterwards that he had ‘struggled’.last_img read more

Remarks by Governor Wolf at Prostate Cancer Awareness Bill Signing

first_img Remarks,  Videos Prostate Cancer Awareness Bill SigningHarrisburg, PA Remarks by Governor Wolf at Prostate Cancer Awareness Bill Signing June 17, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img

Executive Order: 2019-02 – Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center

first_img February 19, 2019 The following Commonwealth officials:Secretary of the Department of Education or designee; Secretary of the Department of Human Services or designee; Secretary of the Department of Agriculture or designee; and Secretary of the Department of Corrections or designee. All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction that are members of the Center shall cooperate and provide assistance as needed to the Center in performing its functions. The Center will receive administrative services and assistance from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Executive Director.The Governor shall appoint an Executive Director to oversee the Center’s operations who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.The Executive Director shall report directly to the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development.The Executive Director shall regularly convene meetings with the Executive Committee and members to ensure the Center is meeting its purpose as defined under Center responsibilities.The Executive Director in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development may hire such staff as may be needed to carry out the functions described in this Executive Order. Executive Order: 2019-02 – Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center Additional Members. Other members of the Center include;A representative from each of the following:The Office of the Auditor General, in its capacity as a Commonwealth entity responsible for improving government accountability, transparency, and the effective use of taxpayer dollars; in this case as it relates to the workforce and economic development strategies undertaken by the Center; andThe State Workforce Development Board, in its capacity as the Commonwealth’s private sector policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with economic development goals. Compensation. Members of the Center shall receive no compensation for their service, except that members may be reimbursed for travel and related expenses in accordance with Commonwealth policy.Responsibilities of State Agencies. Agencies whose industry sectors are facing significant workforce shortage and/or whose consumer populations are facing barriers to entry and retention, shall cooperate with, provide assistance to, and review recommendations of the Center with respect to its purpose and responsibilities, as set forth in this Executive Order.Reports.The Center shall submit an annual report to the Governor or the Governor’s designee, and other reports as it deems necessary, on the identified areas of responsibility for the Center, and overall issues affecting workforce and economic development including workforce shortages and barriers to work in the Commonwealth.Committees.The Executive Committee shall have the authority to establish, appoint members, and delegate duties to committees as it deems necessary to fulfill its duties and responsibilities. All committees shall be chaired by a member of the Center.Implementation. All Commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction are directed to take all steps necessary to implement this Executive Order. Independent agencies are also strongly encouraged to implement this Executive Order.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until amended or rescinded by the Governor.Attached File: 2019-02 The following Commonwealth officials:Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development or designee;Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry or designee; and Secretary of the Department of State or designee. Economy,  Workforce Development Subject: Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command CenterNumber: 2019-02By Direction of: Tom Wolf, GovernorDate: February 19, 2019WHEREAS, Pennsylvania must become a national and international leader in workforce and economic development as we face a changing economy and new demands on our workers and businesses; andWHEREAS, leaders in the Commonwealth, the General Assembly, the business community, and the labor community are committed to deploying all necessary resources to improve its workforce and economic development programs and conditions; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s economic future depends on a well-educated and highly-trained workforce; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania businesses must have confidence to fill job vacancies with skilled workers in order to be productive economic engines; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s current low unemployment rate has resulted in a tight labor market and a shortage of applicants; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s declining population and anticipated retirement boom presents an urgent need to attract and retain more skilled workers; andWHEREAS, many Pennsylvania workers are employed in low-wage jobs; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania workers and job-seekers need adequate training to develop skills required to be employed and to advance in today’s workforce; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can serve as an incubator of innovative ideas to develop Pennsylvania’s economy and workforce so that it can meet these challenges; andWHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies must connect initiatives, align resources and efforts to address the needs of both job seekers and employers; andWHEREAS, public-private partnerships can serve as a model of excellence to tackle the common goal of making Pennsylvania’s workforce the best in the nation.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby establish, in the Office of the Governor, the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center (“Center”) as hereinafter set forth. Purpose. The Center will address Pennsylvania’s workforce challenges by convening a public-private partnership to target collectively public programs and resources to address Pennsylvania’s workforce shortage and talent needs, recommend action to reduce or eliminate impediments to employment, and better align Commonwealth resources and private sector needs to position Pennsylvania as the keystone for a skilled workforce and competitive business climate.Center Responsibilities.Identify impediments to employment, including but not limited to those that are imposed by Commonwealth regulations and practices, such as licensure, certification, and continuing education requirements.Develop proposals and recommendations that minimize barriers to employment, modernize Pennsylvania’s workforce, and improve Pennsylvania’s business climate. Identify successful models from the public and private sectors that address a worker’s need for access to a broad range of supports.Define and implement coordinated strategies across Commonwealth agencies to improve talent attraction and retention in critical Pennsylvania industries including, but not limited to health care, education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology and innovation, and other targeted sectors.Monitor implementation of the Governor’s priorities, policies, and initiatives related to workforce development. Engage and partner with other stakeholders, including but not limited to businesses, trade organizations, philanthropic, and community organizations, to carry out the functions described herein.Review and, where appropriate, implement recommendations from the Auditor General’s 2019 audit of Pennsylvania’s workforce development system.Develop workforce and economic development goals and track implementation and progress through the development of a dashboard.Composition of the Center. The Center shall be composed of an Executive Committee and representatives from the executive branch as described herein.Executive Committee. The Center shall be led by an Executive Committee consisting of the following:A representative from each of the following private sector entities:Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; The Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); and Team Pennsylvania Foundation. 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New 22-display home village set for weekend launch

first_imgA 22-home display village featuring national and local builders will officially open at Ellendale in Upper Kedron Saturday April 28. This render shows a design by GJ Gardner Homes.A FAMILY Fun Day will mark the opening of the 22-house display village at Ellendale in Upper Kedron this weekend.Prospective buyers will be able to walk through houses by 14 local and national builders, with each company showcasing a range of design options to suit various lots.Builders that will have house displays at Ellendale include Plantation Homes, Metricon, Porter Davis, GJ Gardner Homes, Pantha Homes, DC Living, Planbuild Homes, Stylemaster, New Urban Homes, Fresh Homes, Bold Living, Ownit Homes, Pathway Homes and McLachlan Homes. Over 200 blocks have sold within the Ellendale estate since it was first launched in 2006. The first residents began moving in last year.Lots within the current land release start from $318,000. A design by Plantation Homes. A home design by Porter Davis.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago This render shows a Metricon Homes design.Cedar Woods’ chief operating officer Patrick Archer said the Family Fun Day was a great opportunity for prospective buyers to get a sense of the village-like location while enjoying the festival atmosphere.“Unquestionably, the estate’s natural setting and proximity to the city is a real drawcard,” he said.“It’s an opportunity for those who have already bought at Ellendale to come and meet their new neighbours and for those contemplating buying a new home to really appreciate all the benefits Upper Kedron has to offer including nearby public transport links, shopping malls and some of Brisbane’s finest schools.”The Family Fun Day will be held from 3pm to 7pm on Saturday April 28, with a free shuttle bus operating from the corner of Levitt and Canvey roads. The Metricon Waterford48 at Ellendale.Aside from the house displays, there will be live music, circus performers, workshops, face painting and food trucks.Ellendale is a masterplanned community just 12km from the Brisbane CBD. The estate neighbours the South D’Aguilar National Park, and comprises 227ha, of which 91ha or 40 per cent of the site is to be dedicated to Brisbane City Council.Ellendale is the first Queensland project for developer, Cedar Woods. The company has completed a number of projects interstate, and has earmarked a site at Wooloowin for future development. The Ellendale sales centre is located at 324 Canvey Road, Upper Kedron.last_img read more

Don Zimmer

first_imgDon Zimmer passed away on Wednesday of this past week.  “Zim” was born in Western Hills on January 17, 1931, and started his baseball career in that area.  He graduated from Western Hills High School and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Don Zimmer’s baseball career as a player really was not more than just average.  However, he was hit in the head with a baseball and laid in a comma for almost 2 weeks during his career.  It was shortly after this that MLB introduced the helmet which is now required by all baseball players.Don is best known as the happy-go-lucky coach and manager of many major league baseball teams.  At the time of his death in Dunedin, Florida, he was in the front office of the Tampa Bay franchise.  He is well-known for his managing days with the Cubs, the White Sox, and the Expos plus several other short stints with major league teams.Don will always be known as everybody’s friend who knew baseball inside and out.  Even though he played for teams like the Dodgers, Cubs, and Reds, it was his teaching of younger players that will be his legacy.last_img read more

Premier League TV fixtures confirmed as Man Utd visit Tottenham

first_img The fixture list for the opening rounds of games has now been confirmed by league chiefs. But the provisional set of fixtures, including the four FA Cup quarter-finals, shows Sky will screen the first FOUR matches after the June 17 restart – with a total of 36 games broadcast in the space of just 16 days. As expected, Aston Villa’s game against Sheffield United at 6pm on June 17, will be followed by Manchester City’s match against Arsenal, kicking off at 8.15pm. But two days later, the clash between Jose Mourinho’s current and former teams will be the main event on Sky Sports after Norwich meet Southampton in a 6pm curtain raiser. Liverpool’s Merseyside derby at Everton, which could see them clinch their first title since 1990, will be played at 7pm on Sunday June 21 on Sky Pick, Sky’s free-to-air channel which can be found on Sky channel 159 and channel 11 on Freeview. A total of 25 games are being made available for free over the remainder of the season on Sky Pick. Tottenham Hotspurs home game with Manchester United will be part of a Friday night double-header to mark the first full weekend of the Premier League restart. The BBC’s opener of their set of games will see Bournemouth meet Crystal Palace at 7.45pm on June 20, the first ever Prem match screened live on terrestrial TV. And while the opening full weekend will be completed by Manchester City meeting Burnley on Monday June 21, that will tee up an instant midweek fixture list including the London derby between Spurs and West Ham, Liverpool facing Palace in another potential title-lifter and City travelling to Chelsea. read also:Barcelona planning to sign two long-term Messi’s replacements The following weekend will see a mixed programme, with just three Prem games plus the four FA Cup ties, starting with Arsenal visiting Bramall Lane at tea-time on Saturday June 27 and completed with Palace hosting Burnley in the first of the four Amazon-screen Prem games on the Monday evening. But that means a subsequent seven-match midweek list to catch up the outstanding games, with the first raft of matches completed by the clash between City and Liverpool on Thursday July 2. Prem bosses acknowledged the provisional list, although it is suggested that “four to six” matches might be switched for scheduling reasons by the time the games are confirmed. Premier League remaining fixturesWed, June 17 (games in hand)Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – Sky Sports – 6pmManchester City vs Arsenal – Sky Sports – 8.15pmFri, June 19Norwich City vs Southampton – Sky Sports and Pick – 6pmTottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United – Sky Sports – 8.15pmSat, June 20Watford vs Leicester City – BT Sport – 12.30pmBrighton and Hove Albion vs Arsenal – BT Sport – 3pmWest Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – Sky Sports – 5.30pmBournemouth vs Crystal Palace – BBC Sport – 7.45pmSun, June 21Newcastle United vs Sheffield United – Sky Sports and Pick – 2pmAston Villa vs Chelsea – Sky Sports – 4.15pmEverton vs Liverpool – Sky Sports and Pick – 7pmMon, June 22Manchester City vs Burnley – Sky Sports – 8pmTues, June 23Leicester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Sky Sports – 6pmTottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United – Sky Sports – 8.15pmWeds, June 24Manchester United vs Sheffield United – Sky Sports and Pick – 6pmNewcastle United vs Aston Villa – BT Sport – 6pmWolverhampton Wanderers vs Bournemouth – BT Sport – 6pmNorwich City vs Everton – BBC Sport – 6pmLiverpool vs Crystal Palace – Sky Sports – 8.15pmThurs, June 25Burnley vs Watford – Sky Sports and Pick – 6pmSouthampton vs Arsenal – Sky Sports – 6pmChelsea vs Manchester City – BT Sport – 8.15pmSat, June 27Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – BT Sport – 12.30pmNorwich City vs Manchester United (FA Cup quarter-final) – BBC Sport – 5.30pmSun, June 28Sheffield United vs Arsenal (FA Cup quarter-final) – BT Sport – 1pmLeicester City vs Chelsea (FA Cup quarter-final) – BT Sport – 4pmWatford vs Southampton – Sky Sports and Pick – 4.30pmNewcastle United vs Manchester City (FA Cup quarter-final) – BBC Sport – 6.30pmMon, June 29Crystal Palace vs Burnley – Amazon Prime – 8pmTues, June 30Brighton and Hove Albion vs Manchester United – Sky Sports and Pick – 8.15pmWeds, July 1Bournemouth vs Newcastle United – Sky Sports and Pick – 6pmEverton vs Leicester City – Sky Sports – 6pmArsenal vs Norwich City – BT Sport – 6pmWest Ham United vs Chelsea – Sky Sports – 8.15pmThurs, July 2Sheffield United vs Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sports – 6pmManchester City vs Liverpool – Sky Sports – 8.15pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

William R. Kerker

first_imgWilliam R. Kerker, age 69 of Oldenburg, died Tuesday, August 12, 2019 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born April 5, 1950 in Batesville, he is the son of Mary Jane (Nee: Holtel) and Robert Kerker.  He married Susie Weisenbach September 27, 1975 at St. Louis Church and worked as a machinist at Wood-Mizer 30 years before retiring.To say Bill loved the outdoors would be an understatement.  He enjoyed riding four-wheelers, motorcycles, taking jeep rides and going for walks as well as being an avid fisherman and trapper.  A Reds and Bengals fan, his family also explained that being a machinist, he could fix or make most anything.  His greatest joy was time spent with his family and grandkids.Bill is survived by his wife Susie of Oldenburg; daughter Katie Hunter; son Jarod Kerker; sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Ken Bohman, all of Batesville; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve and Mary Beth Kerker, Dan and Cathy Kerker, all of Oldenburg and grandchildren Will, Ben, Sarah and Owen.  He was preceded in death by his parents.Visitation will be Thursday, August 15th, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 16th, at Holy Family Church, with Rev. Mike Chowning O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Church Capital Improvement Fund.  Online condolences may be made at www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

Kagawa keen to adapt

first_img During the difficult early weeks of David Moyes’ tenure, the Scot’s use of Kagawa has been criticised. The Japan international did not make a competitive appearance for his new manager until September and most of the time has operated in a wider role rather than behind a main striker, where he excelled in back-to-back Bundesliga title triumphs with Borussia Dortmund. Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted it should be no problem for him to play on the left. Given the growing pressure on Moyes, a repeat cannot be countenanced against a Newcastle outfit searching for their first Old Trafford success since 1972. Having now slipped to ninth, Moyes has started to receive some criticism from United fans, who have singled out his only significant signing Marouane Fellaini, plus England duo Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley for particular attention. At Everton, Moyes did have a history of starting seasons slowly, then coming with a run at the end. He can only hope that same style has followed him down the East Lancashire Road because failure to qualify for the Champions League, whilst not catastrophic financially, would be a significant blow to United’s prestige and affect their attractiveness for potential new signings. Press Association Yet Kagawa insists the wider role should not be an issue. “I played behind the main striker at Dortmund, but I usually play on the left with Japan,” Kagawa told United Review. “I should be flexible enough to play in a number of roles, so I am a more attractive player to the team and can contribute even more. “Every day I am learning how to trouble my opponents on the left, how best to cause them problems with my movement. But I would still like to be capable of taking up more positions.” With Wayne Rooney ruled out through suspension and Robin van Persie’s involvement uncertain, Kagawa could end up being a key figure when United take on Newcastle on Saturday. Not since 2002 have United lost successive Premier League home games and those defeats to Middlesbrough and Arsenal were separated by over six weeks, during which time they completed two Champions League ties, losing in the semi-final to Bayer Leverkusen. Even earlier the same season, when they were beaten at Old Trafford on successive weekends by Chelsea and West Ham, a European victory came in between. The last time United were beaten in successive league games on home soil without any respite in between was in December 1989, the season that also contained a hammering by Manchester City and ended with a 13th placed finish. last_img read more