The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)-Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Women’s knockout semi-finals are on today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town. In the first of the double header, many-time champions Barbican FC will face a stern test from Los Perfectos FC, starting at 3 p.m. Then in the second game, last year’s beaten knockout finalist Waterhouse FC, meet G.C. Foster College at 5:30 p.m. Spectators could be in for a treat as the four top teams in women’s football will be in action. Barbican have won the knockout trophy for the last six years and will be looking for another hold. However, they will face a tough opponent in Los Perfectos. “This is going to be an interesting clash,” Barbican’s long-serving coach, Charles Edwards, told The Gleaner yesterday. “They (Los Pefectos) have some players who we have played against and beaten while they were at other clubs. And they will certainly be coming to beat us,” Edwards said. “We have a quality team and have prepared well for this game. We will go there to execute our game plan,” headded. Barbican will be looking to captain Alicia James, Latoya Panton, Tashana Vincent, and Rochelle Bryan to take them into the final. Duane James, head coach of Los Perfectos, is fully aware of the strength and history of his opponent. “We have played well against Barbican over the years. We have the players and the firepower to compete with them this time,” James disclosed. James is relying on former national players such as Shakira Duncan, Venecia Reid, and Sasha Campbell to upset the strong Barbican team. The other game between Waterhouse and G.C. Foster should also be a competitive and close affair. Both teams met in the Women’s league group stage last month and the game ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Now, a winner must come from the game. So it could be down to the team that is better prepared for some gruelling football. WELL PREPARED
What do the folks at Apollo Real Estate Advisers know that Los Angeles city leaders don’t? Apollo officials have gotten cold feet about sinking $60 million into the construction of a new Convention Center hotel in downtown Los Angeles, and have withdrawn from negotiations. But city leaders, on the other hand, have happily committed $270 million in public subsidies to the same project. Clearly Apollo’s officials are reluctant to gamble their own money on such a questionable venture as part of the massive l.a. live entertainment-sports-condominium complex near Staples Center and the Convention Center. City leaders, however, aren’t cautious – after all, it’s only taxpayers’ money they’re playing with. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Apollo’s exit from the deal suggests that city leaders haven’t done their due diligence. They bought into a vision that seems increasingly untenable. So what was once billed as a done deal now waits in limbo. The hotel project will go through only if AEG, developers of the adjoining l.a. live complex, can find someone else willing to shoulder what was supposed to be Apollo’s $60 million investment. Meanwhile, taxpayers have all the more reason to question their city leaders’ economic vision. All along, the rationale for a Convention Center hotel subsidy has been dubious. If the hotel were the winner that its backers say it is, it wouldn’t need a subsidy at all. Private businesses would readily pick up the bill in anticipation of huge profits, just as AEG is gladly putting up $1 billion for its potentially lucrative project. But there’s a reason why private companies have been skeptical of the Convention Center hotel, and that’s the Convention Center itself. For years, this white elephant has been a drain on the public treasury, losing $1 million a year just in operating costs, plus $30 million in annual debt financing for the initial construction. Why throw good money after bad? The nationwide convention market is simply oversaturated, and downtown L.A. faces tough competition from nearby locations that offer better attractions for conventioneers, such as Las Vegas and Anaheim. And while the new l.a. live complex will no doubt make Los Angeles a more desirable convention site, will it be enough to fill a brand new, 56-story, 1,100-room hotel? Apparently Apollo didn’t think so. Not even the promise of a $270 million subsidy was enough to make the company’s officials confident in the project. That ought to give all Angelenos cold feet – especially the city’s elected leaders.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!