Nassau, Suffolk to Hold Special Elections for County Legislatures

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By the end of next month, Long Island will have held three special elections—each on a different day—to fill two vacant seats in the Nassau County legislature and one in the Suffolk County legislature.The first special election happens next Tuesday for Nassau’s 12th Legislative District, followed two weeks later by the special election for the 19th Legislative District. The Suffolk County special election for the 12th Legislative District is in six weeks. Two of the six candidates are named Kennedy—and they’re both Republicans, although one’s a man, the other a woman.From a political standpoint, the outcome of Nassau’s two special elections could be more significant than what happens in Suffolk, where the Democrats already hold a commanding margin in the county legislature. If the Republicans can win both Nassau special elections, then they would need to gain just another seat in the Nassau Legislature to control a super majority of 13 votes—they now have 10 of the 19 legislative seats—and that margin would enable the GOP to approve borrowing measures without needing Democratic support. The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, which is the state-imposed fiscal control board, has projected that the county is facing a $150 million budget deficit.In the Suffolk legislature, Democrats currently hold 10 of the 18 seats, the Republicans have five, the Working Families Party and the Independence Party have one each, and the remaining vacant seat is up for the special election at the end of March.The first special election will be on Feb. 24 to fill the vacancy created by former Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) winning his race to the New York State Senate. Venditto, whose father, John Venditto, is Oyster Bay town supervisor, had won his seat in the county legislature thanks to a special election held in 2012 after Republican Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapeuqa) suddenly died in Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s office. Interestingly, the Republican candidate in this special election is Schmitt’s son-in-law, James Kennedy, 42, whose mother-in-law, Lois Schmitt, is running his campaign. Kennedy serves on the Nassau Board of Elections. His Democratic challenger is Joseph Stufano, 53, a biomedical engineer who is also from Massapequa.The other Nassau special election will be held on March 10 to fill the 19th Legislative District seat left vacant by former Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who resigned after pleading guilty of charging more than $2 million worth of legal services over eight years that he never provided. This special election pits Rita Kestenbaum, 56, who’s running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines, against Steven Rhoads, 46, who has the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines and the Tax Revolt party designation. Kestenbaum, a former member of the Hempstead Town Board, is a Bellmore resident who became a gun control activist in 2007 after her 20-year-old daughter was shot to death on the night of her birthday outside her off-campus apartment in Tempe, Arizona, by a disturbed young man who then turned the gun on himself. Afterwards, Kestenbaum set up a foundation and has worked closely with the Long Island Crisis Center. Rhoads, also a Bellmore resident, is a personal injury attorney who twice tried to unseat Denenberg.In Nassau’s Legislative District 12, 46 percent of the 56,625 registered voters are Republicans (25,813 voters) and 26 percent are Democrats (14,710 voters). In Nassau’s Legislative District 19, 41 percent of the 54,355 registered voters are Republicans (22,304 voters) and 31 percent are Democrats (16,708 voters).The third special election, in Suffolk’s 12th Legislative District, will be help on March 31 to fill the seat held by former Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset), who won his bid to become Suffolk County comptroller last November. He’d previously been overwhelmingly re-elected as a legislator with 83 percent of the vote. In the comptroller’s race, Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, James Gaughran, had tried to make an issue out of Kennedy’s hiring his wife, Leslie, on his staff in 2007 as an aide and promoting her over the years. But the voters didn’t buy it, perhaps as Kennedy himself frequently said publicly, his wife works just as hard—if not harder—than he does in serving their legislative district which mostly covers Smithtown but has a sliver of Brookhaven. Now Leslie Kennedy, 58, will be running for the seat herself.Kennedy’s Democratic challenger, Deborah Monaco, 55, is reportedly not going to run “an active campaign,” according to Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, due to time constraints and other factors. She has been the secretary of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and has a job at the Suffolk Board of Elections. In this Suffolk district, Republicans have 20,202 registered voters compared to the Democrats’ 14,563 registered voters.In all these special elections, turnout will definitely be a huge factor, magnifying the impact of any voter who braves the weather and goes to the polls. Last February, only 4.29 percent of the registered voters in Nassau Legislative District 2 turned out for the special election which Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) won against Republican Pepitz Blanchard.—With Jamie Zahl and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Third avian flu case verified in area of possible Indonesian cluster

first_imgAug 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A third human case of H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed in a remote part of Indonesia where a number of suspected cases are being investigated, but most of the cases probably resulted from exposure to sick poultry, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.The confirmed case was in a 35-year-old woman from the subdistrict of Cikelet in West Java province who died shortly after she was hospitalized Aug 17, the WHO said.  She is the 46thIndonesian to die of the illness, out of 59 confirmed cases, by the WHO’s count. An Aug 20 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report identified the woman as Euis Lina.Multiple cases in close proximity raise the possibility of human-to-human transmission.  The disease was confirmed in two other people from Cikelet in the past week: a 9-year-old girl who died Aug 15 and a 17-year-old boy who is still alive.Three other people in the area died previously of suspected avian flu but were buried without being tested, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). One of them was the daughter of Euis Lina, said Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari, as quoted by AFP.Sixteen other people in the area have been tested for the virus, AFP reported today. Their initial results were negative, but the tests are being repeated, an Indonesian official told AFP.WHO and Indonesian experts have been investigating in the Cikelet area since Aug 17, according to AFP. The WHO said investigators think the human cases are related to poultry outbreaks that began in late June.Cikelet encompasses about 20 isolated hamlets of around 200 to 400 people each, situated in a basin surrounded by steep mountains and accessed only by rocky, winding paths, the WHO said.  People in the area have little access to healthcare and often die of endemic diseases such as malaria.No mass poultry deaths are known to have occurred in the area before late June, when some chickens were bought from an outside market and added to local flocks, the WHO said. Large numbers of chickens began dying shortly afterward in an outbreak that continued through July and the first week of August.’High-risk behaviors’ cited”As the population had no experience with this disease, high-risk behaviors commonly occurred during the disposal of carcasses or the preparation of sick or dead birds for consumption,” the agency said. “These exposures are, at present, thought to be the source of infection for most confirmed or suspected cases.”Some people in the area died of respiratory illnesses in late July and early August, but no samples were taken and medical records are generally poor, the WHO said, adding, “Though some of these undiagnosed deaths occurred in family members of confirmed cases, the investigation has found no evidence of human-to-human transmission and no evidence that the virus is spreading more easily from birds to humans.”The Cikelet situation comes about 3 months after seven confirmed avian flu cases and one probable case occurred in an extended family in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. That cluster brought the first laboratory-confirmed instance of human-to-human transmission and the first three-person chain of cases. However, the WHO concluded that the disease did not spread outside the family.Indonesian officials today played down the likelihood of a case cluster with person-to-person transmission in Cikelet, according to the AFP report.I Nyoman Kandun told AFP that the cases couldn’t be classified as a cluster at this point because the patients lived too far apart to have come into contact.The 17-year-old boy who survived the illness had contact with a cousin who was one of the three people who died of possible avian flu without being tested. The WHO said previously that person-to-person transmission was highly unlikely in that instance because both patients were exposed to sick chickens and both got sick the same day, whereas there would have been a delay if one had been infected by the other.Another suspected case-patient from the Cikelet area, a 4-year-old girl, was removed from a hospital today by family members against the advice of doctors, the Jakarta Post reported. After she showed some improvement, the family decided to treat her at home, though her test results were still awaited, said a spokesman for Dr. Slamet General Hospital in Garut regency.The story described the girl as one of 11 people from Cikelet with suspected or confirmed avian flu.The latest confirmed case raises the WHO’s global avian flu toll to 240 cases with 141 deaths. That includes 95 cases so far this year, equal to the total for all of 2005. Sixty-four people have died of the illness so far this year, compared with 41 for all of last year.FAO lists Balkans as high-risk areaIn other developments, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today that the spread of avian flu among poultry has slowed in most countries, but warned that the southern Balkan countries and the Caucasus are a “high-risk region” for more outbreaks.”The region is not only a prime resting ground for migratory bird species, but poultry production is mostly characterized by rural and household  husbandry with little in terms of biosecurity and strong regulatory inspection. In Romania it is still too early to say if the situation has stabilized,” said Juan Lubroth, head of the FAO’s Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal Diseases, in a news release.The agency said H5N1 has been confirmed in 55 countries, up from 45 in April. But the virus’s spread among poultry has been slowed by efforts to improve surveillance, strengthen veterinary services, and, in some cases, vaccinate poultry, officials said.”More than 220 million birds have died from the virus or been killed in culling activities aimed at stopping the spread of the disease,” the FAO said.To fight avian flu, the agency said it has received US $67.5 million so far and has signed agreements with donors for another $29 million. An additional $25 million has been promised. The FAO has disbursed $32.5 million since donor countries at a conference in Beijing last January pledged $1.9 billion for the campaign to stop the virus.See also:Aug 21 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_21/en/index.htmlAug 21 FAO news releasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000378/index.htmllast_img read more

Germany agrees tougher rules to fight rising infections

first_imgGermany plans to keep fans out of stadiums until at least the end of the year and get tougher on mask-wearing to combat a worrying rise in coronavirus infections, under a draft seen by AFP on Thursday.Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding talks with the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states to officially agree a package of new measures, which will apply nationwide.The talks are aimed at creating a more coherent approach to the pandemic after daily infection numbers in recent weeks soared to highs not seen since April. Although Germany has weathered the pandemic well so far, the recent rise in coronavirus cases “must be taken very seriously”, the draft agreement reads.”The goal of the federal government and the states is to work together to reduce the infection numbers as much as possible.”The new regulations will include a minimum fine of 50 euros ($59) for anyone caught without a face mask in places where wearing one is compulsory, such as in shops and on public transport.Germany also plans to extend a ban on large events from the end of October until December 31. It will apply to everything from festivals and concerts to large sporting events with spectators. The decision deals a blow to German football clubs that had been hoping to welcome supporters back into stadiums this autumn.It also goes against Interior Minister Horst Seehofer’s earlier suggestion that it should be possible to hold Bundesliga football games “with just a few spectators keeping a large distance”. The draft text does however allow for exceptions to the ban in regions with low infection rates “and where it can be guaranteed that participants are exclusively from this region or nearby regions” with similarly low case numbers.When it comes to smaller gatherings, German authorities want to limit parties in private homes to 25 people.The draft urges citizens “to limit the number of people they come into contact with”, to keep a distance of 1.5 meters and to opt for gatherings “in the open air” over indoor ones.Patchwork criticismUnder Germany’s federal system each state has the right to impose its own coronavirus regulations, leading to a patchwork of rules critics say can be confusing.The current penalties on flouting mask rules for instance vary wildly, from 40 euros in Hamburg and 250 euros in Bavaria to no fines at all in Brandenburg.As in other countries, Germany’s surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has been mainly blamed on summer travel and friends and family gatherings.Germany earlier this month introduced free mandatory tests for travellers returning from high-risk areas and free voluntary tests for those coming back from elsewhere.But following concerns that German labs were becoming overburdened, the draft document says it will scrap the free tests for those returning from non-risk areas from September 15.Authorities also plan to step up controls to ensure people adhere to quarantine rules.Germany on Thursday reported 1,507 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 237,936, according to the Robert Koch disease control institute. The country has so far recorded 9,285 deaths.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pan-European foundation statute inches towards final vote

first_imgThe tax provisions contained in the proposal for a European Foundation Statute (EFS) have been withdrawn, following a meeting of COREPER ­– the group of EU member states’ political representatives – on 8 November.The EFS proposal, currently going through the EU legislative process, establishes a constitution for a pan-European foundation (FE) operating across borders, removing the requirement for foundations operating in different jurisdictions to set up separate legal entities in each country.It is generally supported by the European foundation sector because it would provide a single set of rules for European foundations, helping to reduce the costs and uncertainty involved in cross-border activities.It could also stimulate cross-border donations, and provide a level of transparency and accountability to individual foundations set up under its framework. 

 It would not, however, replace existing national laws, but would be optional and complementary.The tax elements in the original proposal provided for automatic equivalency between FEs and national foundations, which would have included access to tax breaks where these are available to public benefit entities in individual countries.But they have been a major stumbling block in the path towards achieving directive status, with some experts warning that the provisions threaten to halt its progress at the final hurdle.http://www.ipe.com/european-foundation-statute-may-be-in-peril-expert-warns/53706.articleThe European Foundation Centre (EFC), which advocated the case for an EFS for several years, said the recent changes would lead to “a good compromise text”, taking on board views from the foundation sector to produce an accessible and trustworthy legal tool, and also taking a pragmatic approach on issues including proportionate audit rules, disbursement practices and economic activities.However, Emmanuelle Faure, European affairs senior officer at the EFC, said: “While the withdrawal of the tax provisions is viewed as a welcome compromise by the vast majority of the member states, it may lead a few others to question the value of the revised proposal.”She added: “There is certainly no doubt in the sector. The sector is sending a strong signal to the European Commission, the EU Presidency and national ministries that it wants no further delay on the statute and urges them to adopt it by the end of 2014.”Work on producing a text that is more likely to get unanimous approval had accelerated over the summer.The decision to drop the tax provisions followed the presentation of a compromise text by the Lithuanian EU presidency to member states’ technical experts in early September.Other changes included a more restrictive approach to the formation of FEs, especially in relation to mergers; the redrafting of annual disbursement provisions; and the clarification that normal asset management is not an economic activity (which could otherwise affect the non-profit making status of foundations under the directive).The EFC is now calling on foundations throughout Europe to ask their own national government and permanent representations in Brussels to back the statute, by 31 November.http://www.efc.be/news_events/Pages/European-Foundation-Statute-Members-States-take-unanimous-stance-on-tax-issues–.aspxThe Lithuanian EU presidency will redraft the EFS proposal for review by national experts on 6 December, with the focus on the non-tax-related provisions.The final step in the process to create a regulation will be a vote by all 28 member states, which must be unanimously in favour for the proposal to become law.last_img read more

Dutch coalition party blasts government-backed mortgage bonds

first_imgLiberal party and coalition partner VVD in the Netherlands has said it remains very critical of the National Mortgages Institution (NHI), which is to issue government-backed mortgage bonds to institutional investors. Speaking at the international IIR securitisation event in Amsterdam last week, Roald van de Linde, MP for the VVD, questioned investors’ motives for wanting the government to be involved in the NHI.“It’s either a matter of running less risk or gaining higher returns,” he said.The NHI – still under construction – is meant to relieve banks’ balance sheets, and is expected to attract €50bn of investment from institutional investors over the next five years. “[But] as we understand it,” Van de Linde said, “banks must keep the most risky mortgages, so this won’t solve their liquidity problem.”The liberal MP suggested that foreign investors failed to understand the concept of the National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG), the already existing guarantee scheme for mortgage lenders for properties worth up to €290,000.“Dutch pension funds probably don’t invest in local mortgages because NHG mortgages don’t return enough due to low interest rates,” Van de Linde said.“Mortgages with no or less government backing are more attractive, and yield approximately a 1% higher return.”In his opinion, the market must do without guaranteed mortgages portfolios and come up with its own hedging arrangements.Van de Linde further indicated that the VVD was very worried about the exposure of the Dutch state to the housing market.“We would also like to limit the NHG,” he said.However, the MP added that his party would approach the NHI proposals from the Cabinet with an open mind.Rob Koning, director of the Dutch Securitisation Association (DSA) and closely involved in designing the NHI, stressed that the vehicle was meant for bad times, when the markets were unavailable.“Moreover, we assume that it could take up to 10 years before the €50bn has been invested,” he said, adding that the amount could be raised to €80bn during a next crisis.Koning denied that the current NHI design would pose any risk to the Dutch government.However, he declined to provide further details about the scheme, which is in its final stage of preparation.The NHI will require political backing from not only the Dutch Parliament but also the European Commission.The other coalition partner, the labour party PvdA, said it did support the principle of government-backed mortgage bonds, but it emphasised that pension funds should also be prepared to invest in mortgages without a government guarantee.last_img read more

APG calls on governments to support green bond market

first_imgIn addition to APG, new signatories include BlackRock and Legal & General Investment Management, Europe’s two largest institutional managers, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers 2015.Several of the signatories – including AP4, APG and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System – recently participated in a $1bn green bond issuance by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, Germany’s state-owned development bank.As of the end of 2014, APG’s green bond portfolio accounted for 0.5% of its corporate bond holdings, or €356m, comprising bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and GDF Suez, among others.Sean Kidney, chief executive of the Climate Bonds Initiative, said there was “enormous opportunity” to deploy green bond financing and cited financing needs arising from individual countries’ pledges to reduce carbon emissions.The organisation also launched a guide in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), detailing how the public sector could grow the green bond market.The guide, ‘Scaling up green bond markets for sustainable development’, urged governments to develop green project pipelines to allow investors to better plan for issuances, and for participation in the Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition – an association launched this year that aims to bring together investors, governments and development banks to discuss projects.Nick Robins, co-director of the UNEP Inquiry, added that the opportunities presented by green bonds had caught the attention of policymakers.“At COP21, many discussions have centred around climate finance and the level of investment needed to bring about low carbon outcomes,” he added.“Green bond market development is seen as a real option. This report can only assist governments, policymakers and ultimately institutional investors in developing sustainable climate finance outcomes.”According to the Climate Bonds Initiative, green bond issuances so far this year have exceeded $41bn.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Scaling up green bond markets for sustainable development’ guideLink to Paris Green Bond Statement APG has called on governments to encourage the growth of the green bond market, arguing that a clear regulatory framework would allow it to meet its obligations to beneficiaries.The €402bn Dutch pension manager joined 26 other investors worth a total of $11.2trn (€12.1trn) in signing the Paris Green Bonds Statement, which calls for a “large and robust market that makes a real contribution to climate change”.Coordinated by the Climate Bonds Initiative, the statement is identical to one backed by Sweden’s AP funds published last year.Released as the UN climate change conference in Paris (COP21) nears its end, the statement has attracted the support of 10 new institutions, resulting in a $9trn growth in signatory assets.last_img read more

Central African Republic’s underage deal with trauma

first_imgAfrican Union re-admits Central African Republic Hollande in Central African Republic In any conflict, children are the most vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of children were affected by the conflict In the Central African Republic. Even though the violence has ceased, many are still grappling with the trauma. CCTV’s Peninah Karibe has this report Related Central African Republic Child Abuse Claimslast_img

Daniel E. Litmer

first_imgDaniel E. Litmer, age 87 of Enochsburg, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at the Waters of Batesville.  Born May 26, 1931 in Decatur County Indiana, he is the son of Cecelia (Nee: Volk) and Leo Litmer and served in the Army’s Calvary division during the Korean War.   He married Carol Fisher October 10, 1959 at St. John’s Church in Enochsburg.  He was a steelworker for Federal-Mogul 30 years as well as a member of the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183, the Batesville Eagles Aerie #1130, the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 and St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Enochsburg.Although Dan worked in the factory, his family said farming was his true love.  He had a small acreage he took care of and also helped a neighbor with their ground.  He had several antique tractors, but an Oliver was his favorite.  He often attended or participated in tractor pulls, tractor shows, rode in parades and for many years was part of Greensburg’s Power of Past Show.  Another hobby he enjoyed was collecting antique clocks.  Dan loved animals and according to his family was a jokester who liked to tease people.He is survived by his wife Carol; sons Scott (Elena) and Chris (Kimberly) Litmer, all of Enochsburg and two grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his son William Litmer; sister Mary Meyer and brothers James, Andrew and Joseph Litmer.Visitation is Saturday, July 28th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Enochsburg.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion post #271.  The family requests memorials to the New Point Volunteer Fire Department.  Weigel Funeral Home (www.weigelfh.com) is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

No Premier League games on free-to-air channels’ next season

first_imgPremier League matches ‘will not be televised live on free-to-air channels’ next season despite fans being locked out of stadiums for the first few weeks. And the unprecedented screening of every top-flight fixture in the UK as seen post-restart will also not continue in 2020-21. Since English football returned following the Covid-19 lockdown, all 92 Premier League matches have been broadcast live on either Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime or the BBC. 33 of those 92 matches were shown free-to-air on either the BBC, Amazon or Sky’s Pick channel with games played behind closed doors without supporters. But, according to The Times, Premier League coverage will revert to normal at the beginning of next season with subscriptions needed to view the games.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img That’s despite the likelihood that fans won’t be allowed inside stadiums for at least the first three weeks of a season due to start on September 12 – and only then in restricted numbers. read also:Eagles star sets new Premier League record Broadcast partners Sky, BT Sport and Amazon came under pressure from the government to ensure all matches were accessible following the league’s resumption in June. But with that pressure now gone, the broadcasters are keen to revert to the previous situation where only half of Premier League games are shown live. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Van Gaal: Defence is strong enough

first_imgLouis van Gaal has baulked at suggestions Manchester United must bolster their defence in the January transfer window. Press Association Manager Van Gaal claimed United have “more than enough” defensive cover and quality, despite Chris Smalling’s groin problem further stretching resources. Robin van Persie’s brace sneaked United past Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s on Monday, but the Old Trafford side struggled tactically and defensively. United are still missing Luke Shaw, Rafael, Phil Jones and Daley Blind, and that injured defensive quartet formed the foundation of Van Gaal’s justification of his squad depth. United host Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, with former defender Gary Neville predicting the clash could descend into pub-league standard. England coach Neville claimed United “got away with murder” at St Mary’s, before tipping the Liverpool clash to resemble “The Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion”. The unimpressed Van Gaal warned Neville to “pay attention to his words”, asking reporters to interpret his comments however they saw fit. Neville later denied talk of a rift with Van Gaal when asked about a “feud” on social media. One Twitter user asked Neville following the match: “@r1fgm: @GNev2 the press mentioning a feud between yourself and Van Gaal. What feud?” And Neville replied: “One that will be created that doesn’t exist.” Van Gaal admitted he hopes Van Persie is now approaching top form after a post-World Cup lull, but waved away his side’s growing momentum as little more than whimsy. “I hope that he is improving, I have to say I was very pleased with his performance and also his goals,” said Van Gaal of Van Persie. “The second goal was not so easy, because the ball from Wayne Rooney was coming for his right foot and he took it with his left; so it’s a nice touch. “Momentum, things of this sort, these are rhetorical questions. “It’s fantastic to be third in the table, but I had hoped we would manage that with better performance.” Van Gaal shrugged off criticism of his defensive stocks after switching England midfielder Michael Carrick into a makeshift defensive role midway through Monday’s clash. “When you have injuries you cannot solve the problem otherwise,” said Van Gaal. “Do we have to buy players? No. We have more than enough.” Van Gaal’s terse defence of his squad depth did little to mask United’s continued rearguard shortcomings. Van Persie converted United’s only two chances on the south coast as Van Gaal’s men moved third in the Premier League with a fifth-straight win. Southampton pressed continually, pulling Van Gaal’s systems and structures apart almost at will, though too often failing to deliver the killer blow. Marouane Fellaini’s inept performance forced Van Gaal to haul youngster Paddy McNair off before half-time, in the hope Ander Herrera could add midfield bite. That led to Carrick’s rearguard shift, with fit-again Jonny Evans replacing Smalling after his groin injury. last_img read more