Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz went down 5-0 to the United States in their opening CONCACAF Championships game at the Estadio Maracan· de Panam· on Sunday.The Andrew Edwards-coached team held their opponent scoreless for the first-half despite giving up a 20th-minute penalty, which was saved by goalkeeper Tajay Griffths. For the remainder of the half, it was the Jamaican captain, Griffiths, who kept the team in the game up to the interval with a string of brilliant saves.However, after the break, the floodgates opened with Chris Durkin finding the opener for the Americans with a header from a corner in the 52nd minute.NOTHING COULD BE DONEThe Americans kept the Jamaicans on the back foot and Griffiths continued to be the only reason the Jamaicans did not fall further behind, but there was nothing he could do when Tim Weah struck again in the 77th minute.Three minutes from time, Josh Sargant made it 3-0 when he snuck between Kendall Edwards and Griffiths to toe the ball into an unguarded net. It didn’t take long for the Jamaicans to fall further behind as, a minute later Ayo Akinola broke through and fired a fourth past Griffiths before putting the game to bed with another late strike in time added on.Mexico and El Salvador were down to play the other game in the group. The Jamaicans will take on El Salvador in their next game, which is a must win, on Wednesday.
Are you a small business owner (sole proprietors count)? Well, it’s time to celebrate you! May 16-20 is National Small Business Week, which has been celebrated for nearly fifty years. Who knew? There are approximately twenty-seven million small businesses in the U.S., and they create up to eighty percent of new jobs. And, though the U.S. Small Business Administration rightly boasts that small business create sixty to eighty percent of new jobs, we know that small businesses still face some unique challenges, including access to capital. Bloomberg Businessweek just reported that credit card issuers can still hike up rates on existing balances for small businesses, even though such practices have been barred for personal credit cards. Thirteen percent of small businesses indicated that one of their biggest challenges is securing capital to continue their operations. Do the Bloomberg Businessweek and Wall Street Journal stories reflect your experience with financing and running a business? Are you a business of one, or do you have employees (full-time or otherwise) working for you? What’s the biggest challenge you face? (photo by ADoseofShipBoy, via Flickr)
The infamous Qantas A380 now grounded Three Qantas flights normally operated by A380s have been delayed by 24 hours, while other A380 operated Qantas flights will instead use different aircraft following yesterday’s engine explosion on Qantas Flight 32.Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce told reporters last night that Qantas “will suspend all A380 take-offs until we’re fully comfortable that we have sufficient information…about QF32”.“We will suspend those A380 services until we are completely confident that Qantas safety requirements have been met,” he said.Scrabbling for alternative aircraft to service flights, Qantas announced today’s Melbourne to Los Angeles QF93 flight has been delayed by 24 hours as have two Sydney bound Los Angeles flights, QF12 and QF108.A Boeing 747-400 will replace the A380 for QF11 (Sydney to Los Angeles) and QF31 (Sydney to London via Singapore) and a British Airways chartered Boeing 777 will operate QF10 (London to Singapore) with the final Singapore to Melbourne sector replacement to be advised.Passengers affected by delays caused by the suspension of A380 services have been contacted, Qantas said.According to Qantas, over 70 Qantas international flights, not serviced by A380s, will operate as scheduled into and out of Australia today.Speaking to ABC’s Lateline Qantas A380 pilot and Australian and International Pilots Association president Barry Jackson said Qantas have made a “very cautious move to ground the whole fleet [of A380s] and at significant cost to the company” adding that “it was a conservative approach”.Mr Joyce, however, made clear that passenger safety was Qantas’s number one priority, regardless of time and subsequent cost.Singapore Airlines whose A380s, like Qantas’, use a Rolls Royce engine were advised by Rolls Royce and Airbus to conduct precautionary checks, although other A380 carriers have taken no steps to ground their A380 fleets, News.com.au reported.Airbus said they have dispatched a team of specialists to Singapore to “provide full technical assistance” to investigations into yesterday’s flight, while Changi Airport advised that Runway 2, which has remain closed since QF32 landed yesterday, will reopen later today.e-Travel Blackboard will stay on top of any updates and will post details as Breaking News Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A