James double strike keeps StGC perfect in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup

first_imgMidfielder Dominic James (56th, 76th) scored a brace and Alex Marshall (68th) added another as St George’s College held off a spirited Ardenne High to make it three wins from three games in Zone C of the FLOW/ISSA Manning Cup football competition, with a 3-0 win at Winchester Park, St George’s College, yesterday.After a scoreless first-half, which the home team dominated but wasted a number of good scoring opportunities, James fired the Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team ahead with a rasping drive from 30 yards that gave goalkeeper Kalvin Brown no chance.The lanky playmaker then added a second from the penalty spot on 68 minutes when St George’s were handed a dubious penalty after Marshall went down under a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge inside the area.”Today’s game he was exceptional,” assistant coach Marcel Gayle said about James.”He showed his quality and he showed his class not only by scoring two, but by his performance,” Gayle added.The hosts started comfortably and bossed possession against the opponents who, although not having real quality up front, played with discipline and determination. It was not long before the Georgians realised that they would be in for a match and stepped up their game.two opportunitiesJerome Coombs had two great opportunities to put St George’s ahead, but Brown parried his effort from five yards. Minutes later, the goalkeeper spilled possession under pressure from the said player, but in his eagerness to score, Coombs lifted the ball over the top with the goal at his mercy. Marshall was also denied by Brown, who kept the visitors in the game.St George’s continued to press after the break and 11 minutes in James was given time and space and he let fly from 30 yards to open the scoring.Twelve minutes later they added a second when Marshall went down inside the area and James converted for his and St George’s second.After missing a number of other easy chances, the hosts sealed the deal when Marshall turned and dribbled neatly in minimal space past three defenders, before slotting past Brown to make it 3-0 with a classy goal.Gayle said they had to work for the three points.”Ardenne pushed us to the limit … but the quality of St George’s College and our condition prevailed. But we had to dig deep,” Gayle said.Ardenne’s coach, Junior Francis, said the first goal caught them by surprise and the penalty knocked the wind out of their sails.”When you go two goals (down) like that to a St George’s team it’s very hard to get back in the game,” he commented.Yesterday’s ResultsZone BCumberland 0 – Greater Portmore 1Dunoon 0 – Hydel 2H Selassie 1 – Papine 1Zone CSt George’s 3 – Ardenne 0Eltham 1 – Innswood 2Denham Town 4 – Kingston Tech 1Zone FExcelsior 1 – Norman Manley 0Spanish Town 0 – Jonathan Grant 2Vauxhall 1 – Ascot 0Monday’s gamesZone AJamaica College vs Clan CarthyCalabar vs TivoliZone DHoly Trinity vs Charlie SmithSt Mary’s College vs PenwoodZone EWolmer’s vs BridgeportSt Jago vs Kingston HighZone GKingston College vs Campion CollegeCamperdown vs Jose Martilast_img read more

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Madrid edge Granada 1-0 in Spain’s La Liga

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Karim Benzema scored to help Real Madrid eke out a 1-0 win over Granada yesterday and take the overnight lead of the Spanish League, while Fernando Torres netted one goal and set up another to lift Atletico Madrid into second place.Granada’s disciplined defence and the solid goalkeeping of Andres Fernandez held Madrid in check, while the visitors’ attack matched their star-studded hosts chance for chance in an evenly-contested first half. But Keylor Navas thwarted Granada’s forward before Benzema tilted the match in Madrid’s favour 10 minutes after half-time with a close-range header to put the Santiago Bernabeu crowd at ease.Madrid have 10 points, one more than Atletico and Barcelona, which can reclaim the league lead against Levante today.Torres and Angel Correa both went on as second-half substitutes and inspired Atletico to a 2-0 win at Eibar, leaving Diego Simeone’s side ahead of Barcelona on goal difference.Valencia drew 0-0 at home with nine-man Real Betis after Dani Ceballos saw his second booking in the 48th, as Betis held on to take points despite having a player sent off early for a second straight match.In the capital, Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo saw his scoring run end after eight goals in his previous two matches. But Navas, who had been seconds away from being sent to Manchester United at the close of the summer window as part of Madrid’s failed transfer for David de Gea, extended the club record to a fifth consecutive clean sheet.”I had the chance to stay where I wanted to be and I will give it my all to remain here,” Navas said. “It was complicated because you know it is an awkward situation. But that is the past and I try to focus on the present, which is all that matters.”Madrid said it had invited the Syrian refugee who was tripped at a border hotspot by a Hungarian journalist in an incident that generated global outrage. Osama Abdul Mohsen had arrived to the capital earlier this week after a Spanish football academy offered to help them rebuild their life.last_img read more

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Urgent intervention needed to help Berbice economy – Chairman

first_img… Business owners downscaling, employees laid offThe Berbice economy is experiencing difficulty as urgent measures are needed to cushion effects of the current economic downturn in Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne). This is according to Regional Chairman David Armogan who was speaking at the 83rd anniversary of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Development Association (BCCDA) where he said there has been a “cash flow” problem over the past year, has worsened, and has left numerous businesses in jeopardy with many opting to downscale.The chairman in analysing the business situation in the region noted that the Region Six economy is primarily based on two crops; rice and sugar.“Once these two crops get into trouble; and they are in trouble right now because of low commodity prices in the world, we find that our economy begins to take a downward turn or even get sluggish or stagnated,” the chairman pointed out.He added that in 2014 the price for a bag of paddy was $3200 per bag to under $2000 per bag presently. Acreages under cultivation over the same period has also decreased from 62,000 to 52,000, he noted, adding that apart from gold, rice has been the main foreign exchange earner for Guyana for a number of years.The sugar industry Armogan noted, has been hard hit by a decision by the European Union to sever ties with Guyana with respect to the preferential market, thus the country is now competing on the world market. This resulted in sugar price being dropped by some 30 per cent.Additionally several business-owners in the region have expressed concerns about the slow pace of business in the region.“Many businesspeople that I have spoken to over the last few months have said to me that sales have dropped between twenty-five and 50 per cent.Many have started to lay-off their labour force as well as decreasing the work days for workers in our region. Unless something is done and done very quickly I think we will be experiencing some difficulty in business,” the Chairman warned.last_img read more

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Mystery surrounds sale of Chateau Margot Chimney site, land to private developer

first_imgIt is a national heritage site but the Chateau Margot Chimney, which has been around since the 19th century, is in the hands of the private land development company which ordered the gates locked.The Chateau Margot chimneyOver the weekend, concerns were raised about the appearance of a sign on the gate of the site, which stated that it was owned by Nadia Gardens Housing Development Incorporated and directed all queries to RK Security proprietor, Roshan Khan.When this publication contacted Khan on Saturday, he confirmed that the Chateau Margot Chimney was in the hands of the private development company. However, Khan made it clear that they would not deny anyone who wishes to access the chimney for educational or tourism purposes.The sign that now graces the gate leading to the chimney“It is a private development… The land is owned by them. But they normally allow people who want to go in and visit for tourism. But recently, the gates were open for a long time and some guys go in and tried to steal the Chimney blocks. They were using drugs,” Khan claimed.“We will allow access to anyone who wants to enter the compound for tourism, educational purposes, school tours. You just can’t leave the gate open permanently because of criminals, vandals, thieves and delinquents. I’ve just been appointed to stop, control the vandalism and the criminal [trespassing].”National TrustMeanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Trust, Nirvana Persaud also confirmed that the land is in private hands. She acknowledged that the historical landmark is under the Trust’s protection and they maintain the immediate surroundings.“But we do access the site and we do take care of the immediate surroundings of the chimney. Not the entire complex. But the chimney is within private property. Not all heritage sites are owned by the National Trust. Chateau Margot is one such.”It is understood that the Chateau Margot Chimney was built and completed on July 1, 1889. The structure is a well-known landmark that identifies when one has reached Chateau Margot on the East Coast of Demerara.It is all that is left standing of a former sugar factory which, according to an 1883 contemporary description, “boasted the finest cane land in the colony of British Guiana during the nineteenth century, operating successfully on the vacuum pan process for many years.”The chimney itself was constructed by Antonio Gordon, a bricklayer from Buxton and stands on a huge concrete base of red bricks. Besides its industrial function as an important part of the sugar factory, the chimney also served as a beacon to ships approaching Port Georgetown.This is the case even after the factory was demolished, with reports indicating that the structure is still being cited in the Caribbean Shipping Association’s landmarks for Georgetown along with the lighthouse beacon.last_img read more

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NASA budget stands to help Dryden center

first_img james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On the down side, Congress adjourned last year after failing to pass appropriations bills needed to fund the federal budget through Sept. 30, including the bill containing NASA’s funding. Democrats, who have since won the majority in Congress, are pushing a plan to hold some funding to 2006 levels, which would result in a cut this year of about $540 million for NASA. The funding cut could push back the development of the Orion crew exploration vehicle, the spacecraft that will replace the space shuttle fleet and serve as the cornerstone for efforts to return astronauts to the moon. The shuttle fleet is slated to retire in 2010 and Orion is scheduled to begin flights in 2014. NASA officials were already concerned with the planned gap between shuttle and Orion. NASA is trying to avoid a lengthy gap like the one between the Apollo and shuttle programs, which lasted from 1975 to 1981. Dryden is is working on Orion’s abort system for use in the event of an emergency during launch. PALMDALE – Dryden Flight Research Center and aeronautics research fares well in NASA’s proposed 2008 budget, but the unresolved 2007 budget could push back the debut of a new manned spacecraft, agency leaders said Monday. NASA leadership unveiled a proposed $17.3 billion 2008 budget, up 3.1 percent from President George W. Bush’s 2007 request. The proposal bumps aeronautics research, one of Dryden’s primary missions, from $529.3 million to $554 million. The proposed budget includes approximately $218 million for Dryden, up 10 percent from the 2007 request. “The outlook is pretty good for us,” said Steven Schmidt, Dryden’s deputy director. “The aeronautics side of the house is looking good.” last_img read more

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Builder Horton profits plunge

first_imgAnalysts had forecast revenue of $2.79 billion in the March quarter, the second in Horton’s fiscal year. Builders have been forced to slash prices and offer other incentives to sell houses in the slumping market. Chief Executive Donald J. Tomnitz said Horton had done well to earn a profit in a tough market, but he acknowledged that sales fell short of expectations. Tomnitz said Fort Worth-based Horton would cut prices to clear a backlog of 4,300 homes that were built without a buyer waiting, as well as those properties from which buyers had walked away. The weak market will linger into 2008 and could get worse before it improves, he said, blaming some of the company’s troubles on high home prices and high costs for builders in California. “We’re struggling to find qualified buyers” in Sacramento and San Diego, Tomnitz said. “The only way we can increase that pool of affordable buyers is to make a product more affordable and lower average sales prices.” Tomnitz said the company had cut prices in California in the past month after trying to hold them steady. The flip side of the unsold inventory is Horton’s sales backlog of homes under contract. As of March 31, the backlog was 16,885 homes worth $4.8 billion, down from 24,017 homes worth $7.1 billion a year ago. Officials said about 46 percent of the homes under construction were being built on speculation – that is, with no identified buyer. They said that ratio should be in the mid-30s. Horton has been reducing its land inventory. It owned or controlled 266,000 lots on March 31, down one-third from 396,000 lots a year ago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Horton is responding to the housing slump by cutting jobs – it has shrunk to 7,300 employees from 10,000 last spring – and abandoning deposits on options to buy land. Horton said net income for the first three months of 2006 fell to $51.7 million, or 16 cents per share, from $352.8 million, or $1.11 per share, a year ago. Those results included charges of $81.2 million, or 16 cents per share, mostly to write down the value of land options, 80 percent of which were in California. Analysts, whose estimates typically exclude such one-time charges, were looking for profit of 27 cents per share, according to a survey by Thomson Financial. Homebuilding revenue sank 26 percent, to $2.62 billion from $3.53 billion, as the number of homes closed fell 22 percent, to 9,792. Wall Street expected better. DALLAS – D.R. Horton Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, said Thursday that profits plunged 85 percent in the January-March quarter, and its chief executive said the weak housing market would continue into 2008. Horton was hurt particularly by a slowdown in pricey California, where the number of people able to afford a new home has been shrinking. The company sells homes in the Antelope Valley. The collapse in profits wasn’t surprising. The company warned last week that recent orders had dropped by more than one-third and cancellations were still running at high rates. Investors took the news in stride. Shares of Horton fell 6 cents to $22.98 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. last_img read more

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In Africa, `life is going to be bad’

first_imgFLOODING: Water washes away crops, homes and bridges. Uganda, Somalia and Ghana are particularly hard-hit. By Katy Pownall THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOROTI, Uganda – Fish swam alongside the dugout canoes residents were using to flee their flooded homes, riding the water gushing through the streets of this town in eastern Uganda. Across Africa, torrential downpours and flash floods have submerged whole towns and washed away bridges, farms and schools. More than a million people have been affected by the rains since the summer, according to the United Nations. At least 200 people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands displaced in 17 countries. In Uganda, one of the hardest-hit, humanitarian workers were trying to reach villages that have been cut off by water amid warnings of food crises and a rising risk of disease outbreaks. “I’ve lost everything,” Martha Amongin, 56, said Wednesday in Magoro, a town in eastern Uganda that is surrounded by floodwater and has become inaccessible by road. “Life is going to be bad.” Driving rain pounded Amongin’s hut for days until the structure gave way, disintegrating into a pile of mud and burying everything inside. The only route out of Magoro to reach a hospital or market is by helicopter, boat or wading through waist-high water for 3 miles. Earlier this week, the water was chest-deep, and residents said one person drowned trying to make the crossing. Richard Okello uses his canoe to ferry people across the murky water. “Some people are scared to get in the boat, they don’t know water and they have never used a boat before,” he said. “But what choice do they have?” Indeed, Ugandans haven’t seen floodwaters like this in more than 35 years, a disaster Amongin remembers well. That time, “the floods happened after we harvested our crops,” she said from her new home – a mud hut much like her last one, but shared with 20 people instead of four. This time, Amongin’s cassava, potato and groundnut crops were washed away. “Now, we have nothing,” the mother of two said. The water also has brought much of Soroti, a 20-minute helicopter ride from Magoro, to a standstill. When Soroti is dry, the roads are potholed but passable, and bicycles and buses are the best way to get around. Maize and cotton dot the landscape. But the floods have washed out roads and crops during a potentially lucrative harvest season. Traffic police are stationed along high roads, urging vehicles to turn back. Bicycles are stuck in the sticky mud. Other affected countries include Somalia, which is struggling to quell an insurgency and to recover from a seemingly endless cycle of drought and flood. Interior Minister Mohamed Mohamud Guled said this week that southern Somalia faced a “humanitarian catastrophe” because rivers had burst their banks, flooding farms and destroying crops. The rivers began flooding in late August after heavy rains in neighboring Ethiopia, he said. On the other side of the continent, Ghana has also been heavily hit. Three regions in the north, the country’s traditional breadbasket, have been declared a disaster zone after whole towns and villages were submerged. Torrential rains between July and August killed at least 32 people and displaced a quarter of a million, the U.N. said. Humanitarian workers are struggling to reach the neediest. Tesema Negash, the World Food Program’s country director in Uganda, said it was impossible to trust the weather. “It’s a beautiful day today, but we don’t know what tomorrow brings,” Negash said, speaking under a clear, blue sky – just hours before the clouds descended again.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Appeals court puts hold on NASA background checks

first_imgThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued an emergency temporary injunction sought by some employees of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who say newly required background checks invade their privacy and allow open-ended investigations into their lives. The employees had a Friday deadline to comply with the Bush administration directive or face the possibility of losing their jobs. They were required to fill out questionnaires and submit a waiver allowing the investigations. An emergency motion to the 9th Circuit was made after a lower court denied an injunction Wednesday. “The court has not had the opportunity to consider fully the voluminous material filed in connection with the emergency motion,” the 9th Circuit’s order said in an order that enjoins NASA through Oct. 12. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Manchester United fans react to injury-ravaged defensive line-up

first_imgInjury-ravaged Manchester United have named only one senior defender in the side for their crucial Europa League second-leg clash with FC Midtjylland.Chris Smalling misses the game – only the second time he has missed a match this season – and is replaced by Michael Carrick at centre-back, alongside Daley Blind.Guillermo Varela continues at right-back while 19-year-old Joe Riley makes his full Red Devils debut at left-back.United are 2-1 down in the tie ahead of the second-leg at Old Trafford on Thursday night and the defensive line-up has left many fans worried about the chances of progressing.See the best reaction below! Manchester United team to face FC Midtjylland: Romero, Varela, Carrick, Blind, Riley, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Martial.Subs: J.Pereira, Rojo, Poole, McNair, Love, A. Pereira, Rashford. 19-year-old Joe Riley makes his first start for the club 1center_img [View the story “‘After spending a fortune, we are still left with Carrick at centre-back!’ – Manchester United fans react to line up ” on Storify]last_img read more

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Pentagon, states to decide Guard deployment plan

first_imgAdministration officials say they expect National Guard troops to begin deploying in support of the Border Patrol on the U.S. border with Mexico in June, but they have yet to work out many of the key details. By today, the Department of Homeland Security is to provide to the Defense Department a list of the specific support missions it wants the Guard to perform in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Once that happens, the Pentagon will work with the individual states to match the mission requirements with available Guard units. Permanently staffed coordination centers will be set up in each state to maintain continuity, but the field work will be done by units rotating in every two or three weeks, officials said. The administration has not said how quickly the Guard force will reach the projected 6,000-soldier mark. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNor has it been decided exactly how to distribute the 6,000 Guardsmen among the four states. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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