St Jago tipped to retain PCJ title

first_imgKINGSTON:Defending champions St Jago High School is favoured to retain the title, as Jamaica’s top 16 high school chess teams do battle in the finals of the 2015/16 Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) National School’s Chess Championships, at the PCJ Auditorium in New Kingston today and tomorrow.The finalists include defending champions St Jago High A, Campion College, Mannings A and B, Ardenne, Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys’, Glenmuir A and B, St Jago B, Calabar, St Catherine A and B, Excelsior A and B and Decarteret College.This year’s format will see all the teams playing four rounds and the team with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned national champion. This new format, according to the Jamaica Chess Federation, will allow more teams to experience the intensity and excitement of the finals, which was normally only contested by the top corporate and rural area teams.St Jago A retained all their players from last year’s championship team and are the overwhelming favourites. However, strong challenges are expected from Campion College, Ardenne and Wolmer’s Boys’. Calabar High, which boasts Jamaica’s national junior champion, National Master Shreyas Smith, may cause some trouble for the defending champions.Two matches will be played on both Saturday and Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 10 a.m.last_img read more

Opening of China markets seen as tough nut to crack

first_imgPaulson did not make any public comments in Beijing, but in Tokyo on Tuesday he told Japanese officials that the U.S. has three main goals in its economic dialogue with Beijing: opening China’s services sector to foreign investment, improving environmental protection and speeding up Chinese economic reforms. “Their capital markets are underdeveloped relative to their economy,” Paulson told reporters after a meeting at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. “As China moves ahead, there will be less risk for the world economy and benefits for Japan and the whole world,” he said. Such goals have gained urgency given mounting pressure from the Democratic-controlled Congress on the Bush administration to address the U.S. trade deficit with China, which hit a record $232.5 billion last year. Paulson, a former head of investment powerhouse Goldman Sachs, has urged China to loosen currency controls that keep the yuan from rising more quickly in value against the dollar. The system, critics say, makes Chinese goods relatively cheap and adds to the trade imbalance. SHANGHAI, China – When U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson makes a pitch today for China to drop barriers to trade, he’ll be doing so from the gleaming Shanghai Futures Exchange, where only a handful of commodity futures are traded, by local brokers. The setting illustrates the progress and limitations in China’s ambitions to become a world financial power. Just last week, the country’s growing heft in international markets hit home when a 9 percent drop in Shanghai triggered declines around the globe. But China needs to do far more to open its financial sector and underdeveloped capital markets, for the sake of its own well-being and global stability, Paulson said in comments in Tokyo this week. Paulson met Wednesday in Beijing with Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, a former trade minister, China’s most powerful woman and a key point person for dealings with Washington. China’s leaders acknowledge that the country’s financial markets are a work in progress. Just a week ago, Premier Wen Jiabao rued the “many problems” needed to build up the industry. But they have balked at more drastic reforms that they say might damage the country’s fragile financial systems. Beijing has domestic politics to consider. With an eye toward a once-in-five-years Communist Party congress in the autumn, leaders are focusing on quality-of-life social issues like free rural schooling, health, housing and pollution. Major initiatives that might placate Washington will likely be on the back burner. “It certainly is possible China could open even further but I would be surprised if they did so ahead of next fall’s Party Congress,” said Nicholas Lardy, a China expert at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Washington think tank. “Even if I am wrong and they do move sooner to open, I don’t think it will mitigate problems on the trade and exchange rate front,” he said. In January, a major government financial policy conference in Beijing focused on rural lending and on China’s management of its more than $1 trillion in foreign exchange reserves. There was scant mention of market-opening issues. China made broad commitments to open its financial markets as a condition for joining the World Trade Organization. In December, the banking industry opened to full foreign competition, though foreign investors wanting stakes in Chinese banks are limited to 25 percent. Many other restrictions remain. Foreigners are largely barred from directly trading in yuan-denominated shares that form the bulk of the share markets. A few select foreign institutions have been given quotas that amount to only a few percent of market capitalization. The futures markets, which only trade futures in copper, aluminum, natural rubber and fuel oil, are closed to foreign participation. Foreign insurers want Beijing to remove obstacles that limit their ability to set up nationwide operations and that cap foreign ownership of a Chinese insurer at 50 percent.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

UTD are the biggest club in England -Sanchez

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has signed for Manchester United (Photo by Manchester United/Man Utd via Getty Images)LONDON, United Kingdom, January 23 – Alexis Sanchez insists Manchester United are the biggest club in England and says he nearly moved to Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.The Chilean completed his move from Arsenal on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates as part of a swap deal, and will wear the iconic No 7 shirt at Old Trafford. Sanchez spent three-and-a-half-years at Arsenal and it appeared as though he was heading to Manchester City before Pep Guardiola’s side ended their interest in the 29-year-old due to costs, but Sanchez insists he has always dreamed of playing for United and believes he has signed for the biggest club in the country.“Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true,” he told MUTV.“I always said as a kid that I’d like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.“It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now, when I got the opportunity to come here, I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it’s a powerful club and the biggest in England.“I’ve always been motivated by this club, by their red colours, which have always stood out for me and I’m genuinely saying this from the heart when I tell you that this is like a dream come true for me, playing for Manchester United. It makes me feel really happy.”Sanchez, who won two FA Cups during his time with Arsenal, insists he wants to win the Premier League and Champions League at United and says he will be able to fit into Jose Mourinho’s side.“I believe that at this club it’s possible to achieve anything,” he said. “The badge says it all, it’s a huge club on a worldwide scale, and I want to come here and win everything: the Premier League, the Champions League, and whatever comes the club’s way in the future.“I’m a player who likes to win everything. I’m very professional in everything I do. I live for football. I love football. It’s what I’m passionate about. I train hard every day and after a game I try to look at what went well and where I can improve.“I really like to play down the left, through the middle but to tell you the truth, as long as I’m playing football, I’ll fit in anywhere.”Sanchez said the opportunity to work under United boss Mourinho was a major factor in him deciding to move to Old Trafford.“He [Mourinho] indicated it is important for the club for me to be here. I also believe that the club itself cared about me joining, and I got the impression that they were keen for me to come here and wear the No 7 shirt.“I think that also gets through to the player. Players sometimes need to feel important and loved by the club. That was one of the things that attracted me to come here, along with the manager, who is a person who won everything in Italy, the same as he did in Spain, and he’s a manager who likes to win.”-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss

first_imgCroatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places.Needing a point to make certain of top spot, Croatia dominated early on, with Real Madrid pair Modric and Mateo Kovacic dictating the tempo without creating clear chances.Midway through the period it was the Nordic side, who had beaten Croatia in qualifying for Russia, who took control, threatening from set-pieces and interceptions.On 25 minutes a trademark long throw from Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson was headed dangerously across the goalmouth by the industrious Magnusson.Everton’s Sigurdsson tested Lovre Kalinic from a free-kick, while Birkir Bjarnason, who suffered a nosebleed early on, had shots blocked in quick succession.Just before the break, a drive by Alfred Finnbogasson whistled past the post. Then on the stroke of half-time Gunnarsson forced an acrobatic save from Kalinic.Ten minutes into the second period the match turned when Fiorentina striker Milan Badelj first clipped the bar with a long-range drive, then made no mistake a minute later.The 29-year-old got his right foot over a deflected cross and fired a superb volley wide of Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson to give Croatia the lead.Iceland had to claim their first ever World Cup victory to have a chance of advancing and, urged on by fans chanting their famous Viking thunderclap, almost equalised within minutes.First, a flick-on from another Gunnarsson long throw found Sverrir Ingason whose header was tipped over by Kalinic.Moments later Ingason, who plays for Rostov, went even closer but his header hit the crossbar.On 73 minutes Bjarnason fluffed a close-range opportunity but Iceland’s lifeline arrived a minute later when Dejan Lovren handled a cross by Sigurdsson in the penalty area.Sigurdsson had ballooned a penalty over the bar against Nigeria, but this time dispatched his shot into the roof of the net with Kalinic diving the wrong way.But as Iceland strained for the winner and a berth in the last 16 it was Croatia who threatened, free-kicks by Perisic and Rakitic worrying Halldorsson.Then on 90 minutes, Perisic delivered the final blow.Sent into space on the left of the area the Inter Milan winger blasted a shot that ended both the game and Iceland’s World Cup and put Croatia through to a match against the Danes in Nizhny Novogrod on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Badelj (left) put his side ahead after Ivan Perisic’s first-time cross from the left was deflected into his path. Photo ReutersROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 26 – Croatia secured first place in Group D on Tuesday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over gallant Iceland in Rostov, setting up a last-16 tie with Denmark.While most eyes were on Argentina and their do-or-die match with Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, Croatia wrapped up top spot in Group D in Rostov-on-Don thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj and a late strike by Ivan Perisic, sandwiching a penalty equaliser by Gylfi Sigurdsson.last_img read more

Arsenal’s star man Sanchez is our Suarez, says Wenger

first_img1 Arsene Wenger has compared his South American superstar Alexis Sanchez to former Liverpool hot-shot Luis Suarez.Ahead of the weekend clash against the Reds, Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Anfield club had attempted to sign the Chilean playmaker with the funds from Suarez’s big-money move to Barcelona.But now the Frenchman has rubbed salt into the wounds by comparing his star forward to the departed Uruguayan.“Sanchez, he looks like he is made for the English game,” said Wenger, who attempted to sign Suarez from Liverpool in 2013.“Sanchez has settled very quickly. But he has a kind of game that is instinctive and tough.“They [Sanchez and Suarez] have similarities. They are South Americans, they are provoking players, and they go with the ball.“They are very determined as well, both of them. They have plenty of similar attitudes.” Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez last_img read more

Arsenal hero says Man United aren’t a ‘top, top, top, top’ team

first_imgFormer Arsenal player Paul Merson has caused a stir on social media today.The Sky Sports pundit predicted that Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea (in that order) will be the Premier League top four at the end of the season, surprisingly dismissing Manchester United.  But while that’s a controversial opinion, it was the 47-year-old’s explanation that generated more interest, specifically by taking the concept of a ‘top team’ to a whole new level.Football followers are increasingly accustomed to pundits making a distinction between ‘top’ and ‘top, top’, but Merse has gone two steps beyond.Watch below as Merson introduces the world to the definition of ‘top, top, top, top’. Paul Merson has criticised Unai Emery’s judgement 1last_img

New Santa Clarita mayor expects a busy year ahead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe buildings are decades old and unable to keep up with the area’s growth, Kellar said. City officials want to partner with county agencies and The Newhall Land and Farming Company to coordinate efforts and share costs. The civic center sits on public land, but some private property would need to be transferred to public ownership to make an update happen, Kellar said. “Before 2008 is over, I am very hopeful we will have, at minimum, a good game plan in place so that we can move forward with this,” he said. Starting next year, city government also will embark on a campaign to educate residents about residential and business burglary, child safety, fire prevention and home safety. A different issue will be showcased each month, and residents will get information through radio, TV and print ads, as well as the city’s Web site, newsletter and quarterly magazine. SANTA CLARITA – Bob Kellar sees a busy and bright new year for the city of Santa Clarita. “I sincerely consider the city of Santa Clarita, which is still an extremely young city – only 20 years old – an absolute poster child of success,” he said. As the city’s new mayor, Kellar wants to focus on civic center needs, park expansions, arts awareness and a public-safety campaign to educate residents about crime-related issues. City officials are looking to update the civic center complex, which houses a Los Angeles County library branch, courthouse, sheriff’s station and other public agencies at Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway. “Your safety record – no matter what it is – is never good enough,” said Kellar, 63, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer. On the recreation front, a city consultant is scheduled to design the fourth phase of the Central Park expansion, including a recreation center, gym, pool, basketball courts and a cross-country trail. Construction will start on the new gym, sports fields and expanded skatepark on the 38 acres adjoining the city’s sports complex in Canyon Country. An avid arts supporter, Kellar wants more residents to attend local events at cultural spots like the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons and the Canyon Theatre Guild and Repertory East Playhouse in downtown Newhall. “Studies have shown the cities with strong support of the arts have higher ratings of community satisfaction and higher quality of life,” Kellar said when he was sworn in as the city’s mayor on Dec. 11. The valley boasts the Santa Clarita Symphony, the Santa Clarita Ballet and the Santa Clarita Valley artists association that residents need to know about, he said. “We have some incredible talent here in Santa Clarita,” Kellar said. “It’s exciting to go visit and see what it’s all about.” City priorities for 2008 include attempting to downsize the proposed Cemex sand and gravel mine, to block the 5,553-home Las Lomas project and to clean up the Whittaker-Bermite site for development, Kellar said. Mexico-based Cemex has plans to operate a 56 million-ton aggregate mine outside Santa Clarita, between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. “We have to continue to give our attention to that until the day we have won that battle to ensure that that mine does not go through as proposed,” Kellar said. City officials are working with Cemex officials and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, on potential legislation regarding the mine. The company and city officials have been at odds in the past and agreed to a one-year truce, which has been extended for six months. The Whittaker-Bermite site – about 1,000 acres – is in the heart of Santa Clarita, where the munitions manufacturing company, hoping for future development approval, is cleaning up contaminants in the soil and the groundwater. The proposed Las Lomas residential project would be just north of where Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway meet. The project would negatively affect the quality of life of all Santa Clarita residents, Kellar said. “This is one of those projects, if you evaluate it, you just simply have to say no to it,” he said. “This is not a good project, and it should not occur.”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

Former Chelsea and Arsenal ace wanted by Derby and Aston Villa in free transfer

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The 37-year-old, who won 107 caps for the Three Lions, is believed to be keen on a return to England, having been playing outside the country since leaving Chelsea in 2014.And, according to The Guardian, Championship promotion contenders Aston Villa and Derby are eyeing up Cole on a free transfer. ARSENALPremier League: 2001/02, 2003/04FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005Community Shield: 2002, 2004 BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Aston Villa and Derby County have been linked with moving for Ashley Cole following his departure from LA Galaxy.Cole, the former England defender, rejected a £5,000-a-week contract extension with the MLS club and is weighing up his next move. Latest Football News Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Cole’s LA Galaxy career has come to an end center_img MONEY CHELSEAPremier League: 2009/10FA Cup: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012League Cup: 2007Community Shield: 2009Champions League: 2012Europa League: 2013 REVEALED 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ashley Cole’s trophy-laden career Derby are managed by Cole’s former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, while the duo’s captain at Stamford Bridge, John Terry, is assistant coach to Dean Smith at Villa Park.The former Arsenal full-back, who has won more FA Cups than any other player, has been one of the more successful English imports to MLS. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Since joining the Galaxy in January 2016, Cole made 94 appearances for the club, scoring three goals and creating a further 11.He was appointed captain ahead of the 2018 campaign, and missed only three matches as Galaxy finished 7th in the Western Conference, missing out on a play-off place by just one point.last_img read more

Kayiwa strikes late to seal Express spot in UG Cup Round of 16

first_imgIbrahim Kayiwa celebrates scoring the winner on Thursday (Photos by Shaban Lubega)Stanbic Uganda Cup-Round of 32Thursday, 18-01-2019Water FC 1-2 Express FCBetWay Mutessa II Stadium, WankulukukuWANKULUKUKU – Express required a late Ibrahim Kayiwa header to overcome a hard fighting Water FC in the Uganda Cup round of 32 tie played at Betway Muteesa II stadium at Wankulukuku on Thursday.With the scores tied at 1-1 and into added time, the the former Kirinya JSS directed a powerful header off Michael Birungi’s loft cross to send the fans into wild celebrations.Tonny Odur had earlier put the Red Eagles in the lead when he scored from the spot before halftime but William Kiibi beat John Revita to level the scores from close range at the restart.Odur (10) scored the first goal of the gameThe big league side, who also host their games at Wankulukuku, looked resilient but their threat was not enough to complete another Cup upset.Tony Odur had two goals ruled out for offside and the forward had earlier fired over the bar from Charles Musoke’s low cross.Water looked the better side in the second second half but Express’ custodian Ronald Mutebi denied Jimmy Katembo from distance before stopping Boris Kwizera who had made an explosive run through Express’ backline.Express who got a bye at the round of 64 after opponents Paidha Black Angels failed to honour the fixture, now reach the round of 16.Upcoming fixtures:Saturday, 19th January 2019:-Nyamityobora Vs Proline – Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara (4 PM)-Nebbi Central Vs Admin – Nebbi Playground (4 PM)Tuesday, 22nd January 2019:–Kireka United Vs Wakiso Giants – Mandela National Stadium (4PM)-Kiboga Young Vs St Mary’s – Bamusuuta Ground, Kiboga (4 PM)-Tooro United Vs KCCA – Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal (4 PM)Comments Tags: Express FCIbrahim Kayiwastanbic uganda cupTony odurWater FClast_img read more

Kind-hearted students get the chop for charity

first_imgA team of Transition Year students at Loreto Letterkenny have undergone major hair transformations for a worthy charity. The secondary school gym was turned into a hairdressing salon today as 14 pupils cut off plaits of their hair with the expert assistance of Patrick Gildea hair stylists.All the girls donated at least 7 inches of their hair to a very worthy cause. The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults that have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer. The event was organised by two transition year students from Loreto; Eimear Quinn and Laura Kealy.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing generously donated their services for the day to ensure professional haircuts.The event was well attended by students from all years in the school, especially transition year students, and was enjoyed by all. Well done girls!See the picture gallery below from the day: TY’s enjoying the event in the gym.The organisers; Eímear Quinn and Laura Kealy pictured with Irene Meehan, Siobhan Russell, Rachel Ferguson and Amanda Treacy all from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing.Aoibheann O’Grady holding up her newly cut plait.Bronagh Crumlish and Alice McHugh donated their hair to the charity.Kind-hearted students get the chop for charity was last modified: May 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityLittle Princess TrustLoreto Letterkennylast_img read more