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Man United ace set to sign new long-term contract

first_img 2 Shaw has made nine appearances this season, scoring once, the second goal in a 2-1 defeat of Leicester on the opening day of the Premier League campaign. Getty – Contributor 2 He’s been a regular for the Red Devils this term – with many considering him United’s best performer to date – overcoming numerous problems that have affected him since the club spent £31million on him in the summer of 2014.A broken leg, consistent fitness issues and poor form have restricted Shaw to just 75 appearances for United since leaving Southampton, but he appears to be back to his best and was rewarded by earning a recall to the England squad for last month’s international break.And, with less than a year remaining on his existing deal, Shaw will pen new terms with United to extend his stay at Old Trafford.This is according to the BBC, who say the 23-year-old is close to agreeing a long-term deal, though the exact length of the contract has yet to be finalised.center_img Manchester United defender Luke Shaw will pen a new long-term contract with the club, it is understood.Shaw, the left-back, has re-established himself as the first-choice in his position under Jose Mourinho this season, after a couple of hard years at Old Trafford. Shaw scored in Man United’s Premier League opener Shaw has broken back into Mourinho’s team and will extend his stay with Man United last_img read more

Man charged with smuggling

first_imgWALNUT – A local dairy worker has been indicted for conspiring to smuggle rare and valuable plants from Zimbabwe. According to the Department of Justice, Andrew Anhh Nguyen of Walnut was charged by a federal grand jury with conspiring to import Encephalartos plants – a variety of cycad resembling a palm or tree fern – which are illegal to import under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Nguyen was charged with eight counts of customs offenses and one count of violating the Endangered Species Act. Attempts to contact Nguyen were unsuccessful. He allegedly entered an agreement in 2001 to buy 51 Encephalartos plants from a co-conspirator for $26,000. The plants shipped to Nguyen from Zimbabwe were labeled as a different species than what they really were, said Joseph Johns, assistant U. S. Attorney. Johns said the plants, which date to the Jurassic period, are popular among avid plant collectors, and “very wealthy people who have too much money and would like a trophy plant for landscaping.” But in Zimbabwe and other African countries where the plants grow, they are threatened by habitat loss and over-collection. Nguyen was charged after a two-year nationwide undercover investigation in which agents posed as smugglers and collectors. Dozens of plant smugglers have been charged, Johns said. “These plants date back hundreds of millions of years,” he said. “I think it’s kind of cool that we still have `dinosaur food’ around, and it’s a shame people are willing to pay other folks to illegally harvest them from the wilds of Africa … to put in a pot next to someone’s pool.” Certain species of cycads can fetch tens of thousands of dollars apiece. Nguyen, whom Johns said runs a nursery out of his back yard, faces up to five years in prison for each felony count, and one year for the misdemeanor count, if convicted. shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img