Man. United players celebrate. They beat Brighton 1-0 to close the gap on Man.CityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City maintained their march towards the Premier League title with a gripping win at Huddersfield, while Ashley ensured Manchester United remain their closest rivals.Liverpool and Chelsea shared the spoils, but Alexis Sanchez lifted Arsenal.Here AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:City a team for all seasonsTrailing to a Nicolas Otamendi own goal on a rain-lashed, freezing afternoon at Huddersfield, for Manchester City this was an acid test. The cynics who greeted Pep Guardiola’s arrival in England with taunts about the Spaniard not knowing what it takes to win in the league’s most inhospitable venues were about to start crowing. But City had the perfect response as Sergio Aguero equalised from the penalty spot before Raheem Sterling’s late winner moved the leaders eight points clear of second placed Manchester United. Guardiola admitted he was delighted with the way City had coped with the test. “The Premier League is so tough, now winter has come, we knew they were so aggressive so strong, but we are so happy for the way we won,” Guardiola said. Can anyone stop them now? Post-injury Hazard is back to his bestAn ankle injury sustained during the close season meant Eden Hazard did not make his first Premier League start until the last day in September, but having been gently eased back into action by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he is now back to his devastating best. He was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool, fully exploiting his licence to roam in support of lone striker Alvaro Morata by dropping deep to gather the ball before weaving past befuddled defenders, his touch so sure and precise as to be uncanny. Conte opted for a 3-5-1-1 system at Anfield, meaning an extra central midfielder played instead of a wide forward like Pedro and Willian, but thanks to the irrepressible Hazard, Chelsea’s counter-attacking play still brimmed with menace. Here’s our take on the game… #LIVCHEhttps://t.co/SGUfpmsWjL— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 25, 2017Spurs title bid is overTottenham won many admirers over the previous two seasons as they pushed for the Premier League title but this year’s challenge is all but over after a costly draw against managerless West Brom. Spurs’ record against the other members of the “Big Six” is poor but their inability to finish off less-exalted opponents has been equally costly this season. They have garnered just three points in home matches against Burnley, Swansea and West Brom and are now realistically too far off the pace. Asked after the match if the gap to leaders Manchester City was too big to bridge, Pochettino conceded: “Yes it is true.” When City won on Sunday to make it a 13-point gap, Pochettino’s worst fears were confirmed. He may have been denied today’s winning goal but @Youngy18 was still pleased with an important three points… pic.twitter.com/ywMRHYCRLd— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2017Sanchez ends away-day bluesOnly seconds remained at Turf Moor as Arsenal contemplated the extension of their miserable away record this season. Arsenal had earned just four points away from home this season and, with Mesut Ozil absent due to illness, they were labouring to break down a well-drilled Burnley defence. But Arsene Wenger’s side refused to accept their fate and Aaron Ramsey drew a needless shove from James Tarkowski deep into stoppage-time, earning a penalty that Alexis Sanchez slotted home. Arsenal are up to fourth place and encouragingly for Wenger, have now won all six league games in which both Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette have started.Important win today, Burnley didn’t make it easy for us but the lads kept going ?? #WeAreTheArsenal pic.twitter.com/7YAGFYT2MD— Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) November 26, 2017 ?️ Mauricio gives his assessment of today’s 1-1 draw with West Brom at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/RtvPE1cT4m— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 25, 2017Ashley Young reinventedAshley Young joined Manchester United from Aston Villa in 2011 as a flying winger but has reinvented himself as a left wing-back and has forced his way into Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up, keeping out more specialist defenders. While never a prolific goalscorer for United, Young gives the team an extra attacking dimension, shown on Saturday when his shot midway through the second half found its way into Brighton’s net via a cruel deflection. “That was a tough one today, big 3 points in the end! Come on @premierleague…my shot was going on target, I’ve waited long enough for a goal,” Young tweeted. But the plea fell on deaf ears — it was marked down as a Lewis Dunk own goal.That was a tough one today, big 3 points in the end! Come on @premierleague….my shot was going on target, I’ve waited long enough for a goal ???? pic.twitter.com/smB6PIcVsI— Ashley Young (@youngy18) November 25, 2017 #ElNinoMaravilla has now scored 5️⃣ goals in his last 6️⃣ games against @BurnleyOfficialBut today was @Alexis_Sanchez’s first at Turf Moor – and what a time to get it ? pic.twitter.com/rzfG9Qy41G— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 26, 2017Share on: WhatsApp
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – On the heels of yet another fatal school shooting earlier in the day, this time in Maryland, Middletown’s Board of Education took steps on Tuesday, March 20 to help ensure each of its 17 schools will be safer and more secure in the future.At the introduction of the district school budget hearing, Middletown schools’ business administrator Amy Gallagher said one of the “bigger areas” in the 2018-2019 budget focuses on creating 15 new “Safe School Officer” roles. The spending plan calls for a $455,952 expenditure for safe school officers, which Gallagher called “SSOs.”The four security guards currently split between the district’s two high schools – Middletown North and Middletown South – are to be retrained and become part of that team.“As you may or may not know, right now we don’t have security guards specifically assigned to the elementary schools,” Gallagher said. “This would assign security guards to the elementary schools and also bolster what we have in the middle schools and high schools.”Earlier in the day, authorities in Maryland said a 17-year-old male student shot and wounded three other students at Great Mills High School with a handgun before he was stopped and died after a gun fight with an armed school resource officer on duty at the high school. One of the victims, a 16-year old girl, died later on Tuesday.Middletown Schools Superintendent William O. George explained to about 35 parents in attendance how proposed SSOs are different from school resource officers. The main difference, George said, is that an SSO would not be permitted to carry a concealed firearm into the school. He emphasized that option is not on the table right now. SSOs are also school employees, while school resource officers are police department employees.An SSO “works directly with the school system and will not be carrying a weapon but would be a retired law enforcement professional with background and training with other responsibilities in the school,” George explained.George said school security discussions, in Middletown and across the county, have increased and accelerated recently. He met with the Monmouth County Superintendent of Schools’ roundtable, has had talks with the Monmouth County Police Chief Association and will meet soon with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office as well as other state departments, said George.“Maintaining a hardened front” is the main benefit of having an SSO in each of Middletown’s schools, George said.While supportive of proposed security increases, some concerned parents spoke up during public comment to question the viability of retired professionals and whether or not concealed carry should be an option.“If they don’t have any type of weapon, then what’s the difference between (an SSO) and just a retired elderly person running around if the school gets breached?” questioned resident Jen Rosen.“I think a trained law enforcement professional is fantastic – I think they add a value – but my question is on the age and the fitness,” she continued. “We’re talking about people who are retired for a reason.”Maryellen Chappell, who has children in three district schools, said her husband is a retired police officer and that she wholly supports having an armed officer in the schools“The time is now. We just had a shooting today. And you know what, there was one fatality, but that’s one fatality too much,” Chappell said. “But that guy was taken out by a security guard that was trained to take that person out.”George reaffirmed that Middletown schools “are not having armed, concealed carry at this time,” but added this process could “create the opportunity for that in the future if that’s the direction over time.”Also part of the budget increases to school security were a $160,000 cost for replacing the public address system at Middletown South, as well as at least $100,000 budgeted for replacing secure APR doors at the elementary schools.The push for improved infrastructure highlights a two-year initiative where Middletown’s schools have budgeted $2.3 million over the past two years for security and surveillance measures.The 2018-2019 proposed budget of approximately $141.6 million includes an estimated 1.8 percent school levy increase to homeowners in Middletown. A homeowner with a home assessed at the average value of $423,427 would pay approximately an additional $156 under the spending plan. The tax levy would generate over $2.4 million in new revenue for the school district.The tentative budget will be voted on at the Board’s March 28 meeting and a public hearing and final adoption will likely occur at the April 25 meeting.This article was first published in the March 22-29, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
TODAY: A New Year’s Day Mass will be celebrated in English at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with a bilingual service at 12:30 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. A New Year’s Resolution Festival, featuring a 10,000-steps walk, soft sand run, polar bear swim, demonstrations and booths will begin 9 a.m., Santa Monica Pier. The four phases of the Ice Age will be shown, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Page Museum at the LaBrea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 934-7243. Leimert Park will host a Kwanzaa festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 4330 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Village, Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Links between society’s growth and decline of civilizations will be discussed 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Museum of Natural History, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets $9. Call (213) 763-3466. Kidspace Museum will host a Winter Wonderland festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Free with admission. Tickets $8. Call (626) 449-9144. An outdoor art workshop will be held, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive., Los Angeles. Free with museum admission. Call (310) 440-7300. Ancient Near East archaelogical artifacts will be featured, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at the Skirball Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Free with museum admission. Call (310) 440-4500. The Pantages Theatre will present a live, on-stage musical of the Irving Berlin classic “White Christmas,” 1 p.m., 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 468-1770. Tickets $25-$87. Call (323) 468-1770 or visit www:broadwayla.org/. Hollywood’s golden age of movie-making is relived, 2-3:30 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets $7. Call (323) 466-FILM (3456). An ongoing performance of the children’s comedy “Giggle, Gaggle” will begin 2 p.m., Joy Theatre, 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 505-9355. A performance of the teenage comedy “Detention Span” will be held, 5-6 p.m., Joy Theatre, 5233 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 505-9355. Tickets $8. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!