Reggae Boyz secure crucial victory over Haiti in World Cup qualifying

first_imgA 63rd-minute header by new Reggae Boyz recruit Clayton Donaldson powered Jamaica to a crucial 1-0 victory over Haiti in their second match of the CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup Qualifiers at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday evening. The result catapulted Jamaica back into contention of the four-nation Group Two, and they are now three points from two games, following Friday night’s disappointing 0-2 home loss against Panama at the National Stadium in Kingston. Haiti were suffering their second loss in as many matches and stayed bottom of the group without a point, after losing their opening fixture 0-1 in Costa Rica last Friday. The Reggae Boyz played without regular captain Rodolph Austin, who sat out the match with starting striker, Giles Barnes, because it was being played on an artificial surface and they had concerns about injury. Another team regular, Simon Dawkins, who scored the last-minute goal against Nicaragua in the previous round to save Jamaica from elimination, did not play in Friday’s loss and left the squad ahead of yesterday’s match. Jamaica’s head coach Winfried Sch‰fer returned to the team bench after serving a one-match FIFA ban, owing to a verbal spat with match officials after their return-leg 2-0 win over Nicaragua in Managua in the first round. That result gave Jamaica a 4-3 aggregate win, as they had lost the corresponding home fixture 3-2 at the National Stadium and needed to win by at least two clear goals. Following Friday’s loss, the Boyz again needed to get back in the hunt immediately, and Donaldson showed battling qualities to recover from a first-half injury sustained in a clash with the Haiti goalkeeper as he challenged for the ball. The striker had to seek treatment off the field and returned to action under the urging of his coach and teammates. Ultimately, it paid off with a match-winning goal. Adrian Mariappa captained the Jamaica team, while Wes Morgan, Kemar Lawrence, Je-Vaughn Watson and Joel McAnuff retained their starting spots. Michael Hector played away from his regular central defence position in the second half and had great presence at central midfield as he broke up a number of attacks for the Jamaicans, who maintained their dominance over Haiti, winning five of their last six encounters, including a similar 1-0 result in the Gold Cup quarter-finals in summer. Jamaica will play next in WCQs at the National Stadium on March 24, 2016 against Costa Rica. Central American teams Panama and Costa Rica battled in a late kick-off last night. Both teams went into the contest with three points, owing to their first-match wins. Competition in this phase of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia is on a home and away basis, with all four teams slated to play six matches in total. The top two, along with the top two from groups A and C, will advance to the six-nation CONCACAF Finals, the Hexagonal. Hector plays central midfieldlast_img read more

NPSS sports teams return home after busy weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School’s sports teams returned home after a busy weekend.The Senior Girls completed their season at the B.C. Provincials at the Langley Event Centre. They upset Kelowna on the first day, before losing in three sets to Moscrop in their final game of the season.The Senior Boys and Girls Basketball teams were in Grande Prairie for the Stonebridge Senior High tournament. The Girls placed second on the consolation side, while the Boys finished third overall.- Advertisement -The two Basketball teams are headed to Edmonton this Thursday for the Rise Up Basketball tournament at the Sturgeon Composite High School.last_img

The ExecuJet Aviation Group is ready to support vi

first_imgThe ExecuJet Aviation Group is ready to support visiting jets to the World Economic Forum (WEF) later this month. It has once again secured an agreement with Dübendorf Airport (LSMD), the military-owned airport north east of Zurich, as it prepares to handle private business jets flying in for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (January 28 – February 1).With Zurich Airport’s limited parking for business aviation arrivals and its restrictive slot allocation system, ExecuJet’s Zurich FBO has pre-booked landing slots at Zurich Kloten and arranged parking at nearby Dübendorf. Last year ExecuJet handled a record 325 private movements during WEF and it is anticipating a similar or even bigger number this year, according to ExecuJet Managing Director Central Europe Peter Hartmann.During the five-day meeting, some 2,500 participants from 91 countries will gather in Davos. Around 75% are business leaders drawn principally from the Forum’s members – 1,000 of them from the largest companies around the world and across economic sectors. ExecuJet is gearing up to host those VIP delegations arriving by private jets – including overseas Ministers and Presidents. A number of countries, especially China, are sending a greater number of delegations to Davos this year.ExecuJet has secured parking at Dübendorf for up to 15 aircraft at any one time. (Stop overs at Zurich without confirmed parking are restricted to three hours.) Dübendorf is open daily from 07.00 until 20.00, with an extension on request up until 22.00. Parking at Dübendorf can be booked in advance through ExecuJet’s FBO fbl.lszh@execujet.eu or fax +41 44 876 5657 and the company will have representatives on the ground to look after flight crews, de-ice aircraft and handle all ground transportation requests bookable in advance through ExecuJet.“We had a very good experience with the team at Dübendorf Airport last year and recommend it to clients wholeheartedly,” said Peter Hartmann. “Dignitaries, VIPs and celebrities will be travelling to Switzerland for the WEF and our Zurich FBO team is primed to handle all their requirements in order to make their stay enjoyable. Davos is close to the renowned winter sport resorts including Lech, Zürs, Arosa, Laax and Lenzerheide so we expect that visitors will stay on and enjoy some leisure time,” he said.The ExecuJet Aviation GroupThe ExecuJet Aviation Group is a leading global business aviation organisation offering a diverse range of services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions management and fixed base operations. Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, ExecuJet has operations in five regions – Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and South Africa, embracing a workforce of over 860 experienced staff.The ExecuJet Aviation Group manages 150 business jets worldwide under the most stringent safety standards. Its commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of eight regional civil aviation issued air operating certificates (AOCs).The ExecuJet Aviation Group is a sales representative and dealer across four continents for Bombardier Business Aircraft’s family of Learjet, Challenger and Global Express business jets. It is also an exclusive sales agent outside North America for the eight to 12-passenger Aerion Supersonic Business Jet.The ExecuJet Aviation Group unveiled its new jet ownership program SimplyFly, tailored for high net worth individuals and corporations in 2008. SimplyFly is a one-stop shop service incorporating aircraft acquisition, management, maintenance and operations. The program offers whole aircraft availability at predictable costs, with a dedicated crew, the option to earn charter revenue and the ability to take the aircraft over completely at the end of its lease term.www.execujet.netlast_img read more