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Advantage Humble Lion

first_img 2-0 LEAD HIGH PRAISES Swaby entered the match in the 69th minute for Kemeel Wolfe and scored two minutes later to put his team 2-0 ahead. However, Portmore got a vital goal when Ricketts slotted home 15 minutes from the end. Humble Lion’s head coach, Vessel Reynolds, was elated for the win heading into the second-leg semi-final next Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m. “It was a good performance as Portmore are technically a very good team. We have been improving in our finishing and got two goals today,” Reynolds told The Gleaner. Looking ahead to the next game, the head coach said: “I am very confident as the team is peaking at the right time.” Swaby, who returned from injury and started on the bench, was full of praise for his team. “It feels good to come off the bench, and to score the second goal, but it was a team effort. We will focus on the next game against Portmore,” Swaby said. Jeffrey Hewitt, Portmore’s head coach, said the tie is far from over. “Humble Lion did well and gained the advantage, but we have everything to play for in the next game,” Hewitt said. The winners on aggregate will advance to the final. Montego Bay United will host defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tonight, starting at 8:40 o’clock in the second semi-final. At the Red Stripe Premier League press briefing last Thursday, Arnett’s coach Jerome Waite said his team was “fully recovered (from the recent Caribbean Club Championships) and ready for the semi-finals”. Montego Bay United director Lincoln White said: “We are ready to regain the title from Arnett Gardens. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis will field the strongest team.” Humble Lion made home advantage count yesterday when they edged Portmore United 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre in their first-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final. Ricardo Cousins scored in the 59th minute and substitute Francois Swaby the 71, to put Portmore 2-0 up before Osani Ricketts pulled a goal back for Portmore in the 75th minute. Humble Lion started well and looked more purposeful as a result of good link-up play from captain Wolry Wolfe, Cousins and Andrew Vanzie in midfield. Portmore countered with captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris. The half ended 0-0. In the second half, Cousins sent the home crowd into wild celebrations when he sent a shot from inside the 18-yard box past Portmore’s goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul.last_img read more

Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Conference Begins Today

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce & Industry— with support from the Government of Japan, International Finance Cooperation, International Trade Center, USAID and other partners—will host the second annual national Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) conference and trade fair.Speaking to journalists at his Ministry of Commerce and Industry office on Ashmun and Gurley Streets, the Minister, Mr. Axel M. Addy, said this year’s conference would benefit business people and the country at large.The conference will showcase its secrets to success, network with big local regional and international investors, and explore unique opportunities for small businesses in Liberia.The theme for this year conference is “From Vision to Implementation: Buying Liberian, Building Liberia”—and this year’s spotlight will be focused on the ‘Agribusiness Experience in Liberia.’The conference will showcase made-in-Liberia cotton and artisanal cloth from Lofa County, production of domestic cassava and rice, as well as goods and services from a range of other sectors.The MSME week will take place from April 28- May 2, and highlight key policy activities that promote all things made in Liberia, namely: hosting the Liberia Entrepreneurial Exchange Round Table; launching the Liberian marketplace store; facilitating the Liberian experience through the arts for the promotion of intellectual property and announcing the first project under the Liberia innovation fund (LIFE).The conference will also focus on the launching of the Entrepreneur Plus (E+) program showcasing the most innovative entrepreneurs in the nation.The MSME conference will take place at the Monrovia City Hall on April 29 and 30.  It will include thematic plenary sessions on policy opportunities for MSME in the areas of: Access to Finance and Access to Markets, with multiple breakout sessions to allow more detailed discussions.During the conference, a number of qualified and merit-selected Liberian businesses will exhibit their products and services at the made-in-Liberian trade fair.The conference will highlight a roadmap to MSME policy and how it can help grow the MSME as well as promote networking between stakeholders for strategic business connections.There will be key business training and tools for MSME to run its daily operations and lesson in best-business practices from regionally active business leaders as well as take the opportunity to compete in the first national business competition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$M bids for Region 1 security services, other contracts

first_imgmillions of dollars in bids were opened for the provision of security services, among others, in Region One (Barima-Waini), as the National Procurement and Tender Administration (NPTA) held another session on Tuesday.This session of bid opening, held in the Finance Ministry’s compound, Main Street, Georgetown, lasted the entire day.Three companies had responded to the invitation for bids to provide security services to the Region’s Regional Democratic Council (RDC). These are:last_img

Cuban fined, deported for illegal entry

first_imgA Cuban was fined and deported for illegally entering Guyana.Ana Ragla Ranirez admitted to the charge when it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 33-year-old woman accepted the charge which stated that she entered Guyana on March 29, 2018, and was about to depart on September 25, 2018, without presenting herself to the nearest immigration officer.According to facts presented to the court, on September 25, while the woman was en route to Georgetown from Lethem, she was intercepted by Police, who asked her to produce her travel documents.It was revealed that upon checking her passport, Police ranks observed that she left and returned to the country illegally.Further, the woman spent six months in Brazil where she worked before returning through an illegal port of entry.She was arrested and taken to the CID headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown and was charged.She was fined $40,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in her serving four weeks in prison. She will be deported to Cuba.last_img read more

Police not linking explosion to terrorism

first_imgFormer CSIS chief David Harris is saying the recent bombing of a sour gas EnCana pipeline east of Dawson Creek fits the description of terrorism. In a CBC article, Harris says he disagrees with recent police assertions that the bombing was just a serious crime. RCMP Sgt. Tim Shields has gone on record as saying police aren’t classifying the bombing as terrorism. Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton says those who live around sour gas projects are often very concerned about the dangers of sour gas, as well as the regulatory processes involved.- Advertisement – The explosion recalls the infamous case of Wiebo Ludwig, who was jailed in the 1990s for his involvement in bombings of a well near his home. The RCMP is continuing to investigate the explosion, which occurred either Friday night or Saturday morning of this past weekend.Advertisement For more on the story read this previous report read more

City Centre Mobile Home residents get to stay

first_imgResidents of the park are excited that they won the battle to keep their homes in the City Centre Mobile Home Park. For more on this story, click here. Residents of the City Centre Mobile Home Park got some good news Monday.They were told the eviction notice handed out in April had been withdrawn. In a letter from the property management company, Sterling Management, tenants were told the previous eviction notice had been withdrawn and they can now stay.In April, the owner of the property gave the residents one year to move their homes, which caused residents to start a petition and filed a complaint to the Ministry of Housing and Social Development.The letter didn’t state a reason for the change of heart.When the eviction notices were handed out, the property was up for sale. At this time, the property is still listed as for sale on the website for $2.49 million.Advertisement Photo: In April, park residents said they couldn’t move their homes because no other parks would take trailers older than 10 years./Kimberley Molina- Advertisement – last_img read more

Area’s labor market is solid

first_imgTheir numbers vary slightly but economists are like-minded in their view of the local economy. It will continue growing this year and next — just not as much in the past couple of years. And the San Fernando Valley’s economy is expected to outperform Los Angeles County’s and the state’s through 2008. That’s the take from the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. Daniel Blake, the center’s director, said the Valley, long considered a bedroom suburb of Los Angeles, is now a fully balanced community with an integrated economic base that employs a work force roughly equal to the number of its employed residents. Most sectors added jobs, but manufacturing continued to decline, the report noted. “It seems like if one area slows down a little bit, another area will pick up. The Valley has been a fairly dynamic economy,” Blake said when the report was released late in 2006. “We’re growing jobs faster than the population.” Valley unemployment insurance claims bottomed out in December 2005 and returned to normal seasonal patterns last year. And seasonally adjusted unemployment claims are currently below the lowest level recorded during the Valley’s 1995-2000 economic recovery. The residential real estate sector, which began slowing at the start of the 2005 fourth quarter, continued a long slow slide. And while it might feel like a recession to those in real estate, the housing cool-down won’t spread that condition to the rest of the state’s economy, economists at UCLA’s Anderson Forecast concluded this spring. “While there’s some wiggle room on how weak real estate will be and how much other sectors will offset this weakness, there is still no other sector that looks poised to combine with real estate to generate enough job losses to cause a recession,” UCLA economist Ryan Ratcliff said in his assessment. He is calling for job growth this year of 1.3 percent, moderating to 0.9 percent the next year, then ticking back up to 1.6 percent in 2009. And he doesn’t anticipate that the housing-sector troubles will trigger a replay of the early 1990s, when prices collapsed and foreclosures skyrocketed. 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

Retailers stalk elusive boomers

first_imgStores are making a mistake in segregating boomers, said Candace Corlett, principal at WSL Strategic Retail, a retail consultancy. “The bodies may change but the spirit is a lot slower to change,” she said. “When you move into your 50s, you don’t become less trendy. You may adjust because you have a different body, but it doesn’t mean you abandon the looks you love.” With stores short on clothes for them, women ages 35 to 54 spent $32.3 billion in the 12 months ended February, according to NPD Group Inc., a Port Washington, N.Y.-based market research firm. That’s up a meager 0.6 percent compared to a year ago, the weakest gain in five years, said Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at NPD. Even once high-flying Chico’s FAS Inc., which pioneered the retail concept for selling to boomers, has seen its sales stall last year. Chico’s same-store sales, or sales at stores opened a year, averaged a modest 2.2 percent increase during its fiscal 2006 year; in 2005, the average was 14.1 percent. Chico’s is now refreshing its selections, which executives acknowledged had become too stale amid increased competition. Chico’s also operates Soma, a lingerie chain for boomers, and White House/Black Market, which is aimed at a younger end of the boomer spectrum. The average age of the White House/Black Market’s customer is 42, while the average age of Chico’s customer is about 52. “Women are dynamic creatures. A 50-year-old woman is even more dynamic,” Cohen said. “You can not put the components of what makes a 50-year-old in a box. They have so many interests and points of difference. They are trying to feel younger than ever. There are so many dynamics at work.” Retailers need to pick a lifestyle and “stop thinking about age,” Cohen said. He noted that Chico’s, known for its simple sizing system and customer service, hit a snag because it lost that focus. Surprisingly, department stores – which had suffered as boomers defected to specialty stores like Chico’s – are starting to see their fortunes reverse amid industry consolidation. At a Bear Stearns retail conference in February, Charles Kleman, chief financial officer at Chico’s, told analysts that department stores have become a bigger threat, particularly Macy’s. Federated Department Stores Inc. transformed Macy’s into a national department store chain as it consolidated its recent acquisition of May Department Store Co. “The department stores have certainly gotten stronger over the last year. Is that a long-term trend? I don’t really know that,” Kleman told investors. Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman at Federated, said that Macy’s philosophy isn’t driven by demographics, but by lifestyle. But he believes that the company’s increased offerings in exclusive brands like O Oscar by designer Oscar de la Renta, has helped it connect with boomer women. “Women are busier than ever,” Sluzewski said. At department stores, they “have a choice of brands that meet their needs.” Solomon-Turner, who had been a loyal shopper at Chico’s, has been recently turned on by improved offerings at Macy’s. “I am loving Macy’s,” she said. But don’t count on Greenwald to shop at department stores. She prefers smaller stores like Lyd, a local boutique, that are more intimate. Greenwald recently picked up a violet dress at Lyd, where owner Mia Gonzalez helps her shop. “I’m my own stylist, but I like her viewpoint,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Beth Greenwald and Shelly Solomon-Turner are hot targets for clothing stores and, like many baby boomers, they’re frustrated by what’s on the racks. Women like Greenwald and Solomon-Turner are at the peak of their earning power, yet stores have found that selling them clothes isn’t a sure bet. Their tastes are hard to define and retailers are repeatedly trying and missing the target. Greenwald, 50, and Solomon-Turner, 60, share the same frustrations. They don’t understand why most stores don’t have a clue that while their bodies may be aging, their spirits are not. “I am not in denial, but I also don’t have the AARP attitude,” said Greenwald, a real estate executive. “I won’t go to a store that focuses on older people.” She just snapped up a pair of red platform shoes and flaunts her toned figure by wearing slim-fitting clothes that graze right above her knee. Solomon-Turner, who prefers black leggings, agrees. “I keep an eye on the trends. I want to be in fashion,” said the co-owner of a public relations company. “But I don’t want to wear mini skirts.” Greenwald, a Manhattan resident, spends $25,000 a year shopping for little-known designer names at boutiques. Solomon-Turner, of St. Louis, spends about $200 a month on clothing and is waking up to department stores like Macy’s. Over the past two years, a bevy of retailers have unleashed new retail concepts aimed at the over 35-age group, but their confusion about what makes women like Solomon-Turner and Greenwald tick have led to missed sales targets, store closings and merchandise overhauls. Gap Inc. is shuttering Forth & Towne, a specialty store chain it launched 18 months ago to cater to women 35 and older. Late last year, children’s clothing retailer Gymboree announced it was closing Janeville, which sold casual clothing to boomers; the company had hoped to create a 400-store chain. And teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is reworking women’s fashions at Martin + Osa, its new store aimed at the 25-to-40 age group, after sales were disappointing. last_img read more

Arsenal told they must splash out £30million to lure Serie A star

first_imgArsenal will have to pay a fee of around £30m if they are to prise Arturo Vidal away from Juventus.The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Chile midfielder in recent weeks and manager Arsene Wenger admitted on Wednesday that he ‘likes’ the player.But, according to Tuttosport, the Turin club will only sanction his sale if their high valuation of the former Bayer Leverkusen star is met.No deal is likely to be done for the 28-year-old before Juve’s Champions League final against Barcelona next month and much will depend on whether the Old Lady can keep hold of another of their key assets, Paul Pogba. 1 Arturo Vidal last_img read more

Reports – Man United launch surprise bid for Southampton star Sadio Mane

first_img1 Manchester United have submitted a shock bid for Southampton winger Sadio Mane, after the club abandoned their pursuit of Barcelona star Pedro.Reports claim the Red Devils tabled an offer for the 23-year-old Senegal international last week, with Louis van Gaal supposedly ending the Pedro deal himself.United have been linked with a move for the Spanish forward for most of the summer, and were thought to be close to completing the deal this week with cheif executive Ed Woodward flying to Barcelona for negotiations.But fans were stunned by news on Wednesday that Premier League rivals Chelsea had hijacked the deal at the eleventh hour.However, it is now claimed Van Gaal cut the deal short upon hearing of Pedro’s reservations about signing for the 20-time champions, which left the door open for the Blues to swoop in for the Canary Islander.The exact status of the Mane bid is unknown, but the Saints are thought to be unwilling to sell the player, who has played a key role for the club following his £10million arrival from Red Bull Salzburg last summer.Mane netted ten goals in 34 appearances in his first season at St Mary’s, including the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history in the 6-1 win over Aston Villa.Despite making five signings this summer, United manager Louis van Gaal believes his squad lack pace and creativity, and sees Mane as the man to fill the void at Old Trafford.Read more: ‘I’d rather we kept Nani!’ – Man United fans divided over links with Southampton forward Sadio Mane Southampton forward Sadio Mane last_img read more