Disappointing draw for Reggae Boyz … Costa Rica hold Jamaica to 1-1 result

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz were held to a 1-1 draw by Costa Rica in their key CONCACAF semi-final round FIFA World Cup qualifier inside the National Stadium last night. Goals in either half by Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta has left things interestingly poised in the group. The Jamaicans grabbed a deserved lead in the 16th minute after midfielder Watson went low to meet a teasing Kemar Lawrence cross at the back post, sending his header in the opposite direction. They could have been 2-0 up just before half time, but Clayton Donaldson could not make contact with a low cross by Joel McAnuff as the hosts looked comfortable in possession, while enjoying the better chances. Earlier, McAnuff missed one of several Jamaican opportunities as he wasted a glorious chance to send the Jamaicans ahead in the 8th minute, after he was found unmarked at the back-post after a flicked header, which came from a long throw by full back Lawrence. HALF-CHANCES The visitors ended the first half with a couple half-chances themselves, but were not able to break the Jamaican backline. They did, however, get the breakthrough in the 67th minute when Johnny Acosta latched on to a rebound to make it 1-1 after Joel Campbell’s shot was well saved by Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake. Both teams traded chances but neither could add to the scoreline, leaving the Jamaicans to deal with another disappointing result in front of their home crowd. The Jamaicans now sit on four points with the Costa Ricans improving to seven points. Haiti and Panama played out a 0-0 draw in the group’s other game. The Jamaicans will travel to Costa Rica where both teams will meet again on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Passengers from hell! We want your opinion!

first_imgWhich is worse? The inconsiderate passenger reclining into your face for an entire flight or the out of control child running amok in the cabin? Editors at AirlineRatings.com, the world’s first safety, and product rating website, have listed its 10 worst passenger types with the seat recliner and the inconsiderate parent topping the list as the most hated. Now we want to know what tops our viewer’s lists. Select your choice here Click here to take surveyGeoffrey Thomas Editor and founder of Airlineratings.com said that “it was a tossup between parents that think their 200 fellow passengers are babysitters or the thoughtless passengers who recline into your space from takeoff to landing.”These two passengers have been dubbed Parentus Slapdashii and Reclinus Maximus.“Of course we all feel for the mother with the crying baby and we can always put a headset on to reduce the impact but it’s the children running amok and kicking your seat that angers fellow passengers.”“However Reclinus just wins according to our editor survey.”Various global surveys back up the airlineratings.com worst passengers picks.“One by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper found that nearly 70 percent of travelers would be prepared to pay more for a child-free cabin which underscores the problem of the irresponsible parent,” said Mr Thomas.“Responding to that Malaysian Airlines and Air AsiaX have both moved to child-free zones in the past 18 months.”Another growing problem passenger is Smellus Incredibilus.“There is no doubt that personal hygiene on planes is in decline and typically “Smellus” will also leave the toilets in a mess,” said Mr ThomasNext on the list is Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically he has become more of the problem as passengers get larger.Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip!Making number 6 is Bladder Incredibilus who some bizarre reason always seems to request the window seat. Bladder not only affects the passengers in the same row but also the ones in front as he or she inevitably uses the seatbacks as a steadier.At number 7, often you can’t decide whether Carry-on Greedicus is stupid, arrogant or just plain inconsiderate. Maybe he’s all three.Greedicus is typically seated in row 30 or 40 but he thoughtlessly— particularly in the US — dumps his carry-on bag which is way toobig or too heavy or both in row 2’s overhead bin, rather than carry itall the way down the back.This of course causes chaos for passengers boarding after him.Holding down number eight position is High-and-Mighticus, who is almost always bathed in self glory. This tiresome traveler sees the overhead reading light more as a spotlight on their own special opening night stage rather than as reading aids.You will often hear Mighticus demanding before you see him and that tone will continue all flight.At number nine DVT – Avoidus would be funny if they were not so irritating.A real tell-tale sign of this trait is the traveler going through their yoga or tai chi routine in the boarding lounge.Once on board, they spend the entire trip doing arm stretches and leg raisers bumping the back of your seat or elbowing you in the head or shoulder.The final irritating passenger is “Window Hoggus” who takes the window seat and immediately after take-off pulls down the window shade and goes to sleep denying fellow passengers a view.And there is a dark side to these characters’ thoughtlessness in that it fuels air rage.“It is impossible to get accurate figures but one reliable estimate puts the air rage incidents count in the US alone as 10,000 a year,” said Mr Thomas.Extrapolated across the globe the number of air rage incidents could top 40,000 a year.“Another survey of frequent flyers found that 37 per cent occasionally felt a sense of rage on a flight,” said Mr Thomas.And it’s no longer just one passenger causing grief.Last month US airline Air Tran off loaded 100 school children and their chaperones, after a number refused to turn their mobiles off and sit down.last_img read more

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Silence echoes across Pyeongchang Olympic venues

first_imgWhen South Korea won last year’s Games, Mount Gariwang in Jeongseon was one of the few summits big enough to provide the 800-meter (2,600-foot) vertical drop required for a downhill skiing venue under International Ski Federation rules.There was one problem: it is in a forest conservation area.Organizers secured a temporary opt-out from the forestry ministry — enraging green campaigners — with a promise to restore the site to woodland after the event.But its future is in dispute as residents of Jeongseon, a former coal town whose last mine closed in 2004, demand that authorities go back on their word and keep the $170-million facilities as a tourist attraction.This picture taken on January 25, 2019 shows protest banners demanding the site’s development at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre, where downhill skiing events were held during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. – Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)According to Choi Moon-soon, governor of eastern Gangwon province, reforestation would cost as much as building the slopes in the first place.“I had expected the Olympic legacy would attract many visitors here and stimulate our local economy, which is stagnant,” said local businessman Kim Chang-young, 52, who regularly joins the protests.He feels “betrayed” since the Games, he told AFP, with “hardly any visitors” coming to Jeongseon.A hotel that opened there last year was offering rooms in January at an 83 percent discount.And the area’s biggest resort Yongpyong, where slalom events were held, has seen fewer visitors this December and January than two years ago.Frozen in time View comments The construction bonanza was supposed to boost one of the poorest and least populated regions of Asia’s fourth-largest economy.But hopes of a tourism boom have gone unfulfilled in a nation where bobsleigh and luge were largely unheard-of before the Olympics and participation in winter sports remains limited.The risk of white elephants is a perennial issue for the Winter Games and the International Olympic Committee has struggled to find contenders willing to take on the burden.There were only two candidates in the final round for the 2022 Games that ultimately went to Beijing, and after a series of withdrawals only two are bidding for 2026, Milan and Stockholm.Forest slump ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town But today only the occasional elderly stroller passes through the Olympic park in Gangneung, where the cavernous speed-skating arena stands dark and ice-less.The sliding center in Pyeongchang, where South Korea’s Yun Sung-bin won Asia’s first Olympic skeleton gold, is locked with barriers blocking road access.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd protesters are demanding that a downhill ski slope site be developed into a resort and not, as promised, returned to nature.South Korea also spent more than $10 billion on infrastructure before the Games, including a high-speed railway from Seoul to Gangneung, 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of the capital. 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(Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs.The country built six sports centers and a ceremonial stadium from scratch for the 2018 Winter Olympics and renovated six existing facilities at a total cost of $800 million.ADVERTISEMENT Visitors have been banned from the $100-million Pyeongchang Olympic Sliding Centre since March after Gangwon authorities mothballed it to avoid estimated maintenance costs of 1.25 billion won ($1.1 million) a year.It is the only facility of its kind in the country, forcing South Korea’s bobsleigh and skeleton national teams to train in Canada instead.The Gangneung Oval, where the speed skating was held, is also unattended with no scheme identified for its future.As planned, the pentagonal arena that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies have been dismantled, with an Olympic museum due to open in the main stand.Some venues are in occasional use: the Gangneung Hockey Centre hosted a three-day national ice hockey tournament in December after lying idle for eight months, and it is holding two international competitions this week.This picture taken on January 24, 2019 shows a general view of the Gangneung Oval, where the speed skating was held during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. – Just one year after the world’s best skiers and skaters gathered in South Korea to compete for Olympic gold, many of the venues stand empty, with arguments mounting over their future and upkeep costs. (Photo by Yelim LEE / AFP)But with no professional ice hockey league in South Korea, it is unclear how often the $95-million center will welcome spectators.Meanwhile, the Gangneung Ice Arena, which hosted the figure skating and short-track speed skating, has been used for concerts — but only twice.A study by the government’s Korea Development Institute on the sliding center, the Oval and the hockey center is due to report in June, a sports ministry official told AFP, including on upkeep costs and who should pay them.Ordinary South Koreans have been left bewildered by the lack of progress.“The government should have had a long-term plan to use the Olympic venues,” said Han Hyung-seob, 37, a startup founder who took his family on a visit to Pyeongchang. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russell Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double leads OKC past Magiclast_img read more

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