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Goalkeeper Knight comes up big in UWI win at Frome

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: THANKS to goalkeeper Amal Knight, UWI FC won their first away game in the 2015 Red Stripe Premier League season, a commanding 3-1 victory over FC Reno at Frome Sports Complex yesterday. Knight was superb in goal for UWI, pulling off no less than five fantastic saves – without which the home team would easily have won the fixture. In between his spectacular performance, however, UWI grabbed the lead against the run of play when Patrick Brown toe-poked home his effort from the top of the area in the 15th minute for the opener. Forward Girvon Brown then took his chance to score his eighth goal of the season, making it 2-0 in the 40th minute from the penalty spot, before second-half debutant Anthony Grant netted in the 72nd minute. FC Reno replied through substitute Alburn Facey, who tucked in his effort after Knight had saved brilliantly off a sizzling free-kick from Roshane Sharpe. “I am really pleased with my performance and that of the team today. I think it was an excellent performance from the team on a whole,” said Knight. “We have been playing good football since we have settled in the League, and now we are looking towards greater things,” he said. Knight told The Gleaner he believes UWI can challenge for a place in the final four and that it is not beyond them to believe or show they can do so. “With the table congested the way it is, I believe we stand a great chance if we remain consistent,” he stated. FC Reno, meanwhile, are still searching for goalscoring answers after another sub-par performance. However, they could be in for some good news after club officials revealed that top striker and last season’s Golden Boot winner, Craig Foster, will be making his way back to the club. Coach Michael Graham said Foster’s return and some January signings will help rejuvenate the club, which has lost four of their last six matches.last_img read more

STETHS’ Bromfield shines at COCAA Western Champs girls qualifiers

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Junelle Bromfield of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) looks like a girl on a mission, after clocking 5:14.07 to easily win gold in the Class One 1500m at Tuesday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championship Girls qualifiers.However, defending champions STETHS trail Rusea’s High School heading into Saturday’s final.Rusea’s lead the chasing pack after racking up 134 points from 15 completed events. STETHS are next with 86 points. Petersfield High, 64 points, Herbert Morrison 35.5 pts and Frome Technical 30 points rounding off the top five places.PEAK FORMBromfield dismissed the field without breaking a sweat, then told The Gleaner that she was in peak form and looking to the finals on Saturday.”I just came out here to win the gold. It wasn’t a fast race, but I am very satisfied. It was just my plan to use as little energy as possible to win, which I did, so I am pleased,” Bromfield said.Shanice Bradman of Rusea’s ran across the line for second in 5:24.28, while Maldon High’s Nadine Martin finished third in 5:39.06.Bromfield, the 2015 CARIFTA champion over 400 metres, said she is in excellent physical shape and could surprise in the final of the 1500m and 400m on Saturday by running record times, if the conditions are perfect.”I think you should expect a lot in the final, especially the 400m, as I have been putting in the necessary mileage. Last year was a very good year in terms of time, but this year I am hoping to better that,” she said.”I will be running for the times and if a record comes then so be it,” added Bromfield. “But on Saturday, God’s willing, it will be another good day on the track for me.”There were several other outstanding performances on Tuesday, including Colistia Baker’s winning 5.49-metre leap to top the field in the girls Class One long jump and also placing first in the girls 17-18 high jump.Baker of Petersfield High logged the distance on her third attempt and held on for the win, as Besilla Haughton of Rusea’s placed second with the same distance, 5.49m. Rennee Pearson of Herbert Morrison was third after leaping 4.08m.Baker matched that success in taking the gold with a jump of 1.65m in the Class One high jump. Herbert Morrison’s Kishauna Smith’s 1.45m was good enough for silver and Haughton (Rusea’s) bronze with a similar 1.45m effort.The boys’ qualifying will take place today at the Herbert Morrison Technical ground, with all finals set for this Saturday, February 6 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.last_img read more

Four countries place on the first day of the Youth Championships

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ La Salle holds off UE, books UAAP Final 4 ticket Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Saudis cut loose at rave-like event PLAY LIST 01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aside from Korea, Malaysia and Japan, the other countries that dominated the top 16 slots after the first day of competition were Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.  The highest ranking that the Philippines attained was 18th place, with Daphne Custodio scoring a total pin falls of 1098. A total of 34 athletes played in the girl’s singles.  FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMalaysia’s Tun Ammerul L. Al-Hakim (center) soared to first place with a total series of 1370. Silver and bronze went to Japan’s Takumi Hagasaki (left) and Bahrain’s Ahmed Al-Awadhi (right).Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.If the quest for gold among the female youth bowlers was a close fight until the end, Malaysia’s Tun Ammerul L. Al-Hakim seemed to have secured the top spot in the boy’s singles competition after averaging a 238 in his first four games. Scoring a total of 1370 after six games, Tun Ammerul clinched gold and the second medal for his country. Taking silver was Japan’s Takumi Hagasaki, who managed to immediately bounce back after bowling a 160 in his second game. The Japanese youth bowler finished with 1298, beating Bahrain’s Ahmed Al-Awadhi by just 11 pins. Equally tight was the battle for 3rd place, Al-Awadhi prevented Chinese Taipei’s Liao Li-Yang from medaling after putting up back-to-back high scores of 235 and 251 in his last two games. The latter missed the podium by 20 pins. After the first day of competition, Taipei’s four athletes made it to the top sixteen. Other countries that made the cut-off were Korea, Singapore, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Indonesia and Guam.  The Philippines’ Ivan Malig placed 9th out of 60 male youth bowlers with a six-game series of 1213. The top 16 girls and top 16 boys after a series of 18 games (which takes place from October 23 to 26) will qualify for the Round-Robin Matchplay Masters finals on October 27 and 28. ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES The 19th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships (AYC) took off yesterday with the singles competition. Held at the Coronado Lanes in EDSA Starmall, Mandaluyong City, first to compete for medals were the girls, wherein Korea’s Kim Ye Sol bagged gold after a six-game series of 1330. Korea’s Kim Ye Sol (center) takes gold, while Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni (left) and Japan’s Shion Izumune (right) settle for silver and bronze. Photo courtesy Terence Yaw.Short of just nine pins was Malaysia’s Nur Amirah Auni, who had to settle for silver after rolling a split on her last frame. Japan’s Shion Izumune squeezed into the podium by bowling 236 and 259 on her last two games, edging Kim’s teammate Lee Hyung Jung. The latter lost the bronze by just 12 pins.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Poetry November 13, 2014

first_imgBreath of AfricaBy: Lekpele Nyamalon,  nyamalon@yahoo.comHold on child, this race is longNot one mile or one day’s streakYou’ve got curves longer than circlesAnd valleys steeper than Gbakor’s hillWith mountains taller than EverestRun too soon and lose your steamYou’ll watch your future torn to shredsWith your feet shaking with fearAnd hands too tired to moveThis race is far from overKeep your strength you hope of AfricaLest you lose it and Africa faintsTomorrow, those hands are neededTo give to a tired continentThose legs could run and win the promiseKeep your vibe you strength of the futureWe need your arms to climb those mountainsAnd shoulder to carry those tools of changeHang on, you face of tomorrowYou Africa’s last breath              A Liberian, not Ebola               (Inspired by the campaign against stigmatization)By: Lekpele NyamalonI am a Liberian, not some virusI got blood flowing through my veinsMy heart beats like hydro, pumping through those arteriesI got brains, not dumbI am human, not a parasiteI live on rice, fish and meat, not on blood and carcassI am innocent, chirping on trees like birds enjoying natureNot a serial killer, a vampire or leechDo you know from whence comes that name Ebola?Not a place in my countryNot the name of the St. John River, or CavallaOr St. Paul or the Belleh forest, nor the Bea mountainsIt’s nowhere here, childHow on planet do I own this virus?Do I have a lab that makes malaria?How could I pass for Ebola?Come on guys, I am a LiberianFrom the land of the freeA home of the men with skin pitch like the earthA proud, dark son of the soilI am a Liberian, a warm-blooded mammalMy country is rich with green rainforestsA wonderful climate and beautiful historyAmazing culture and Africa’s first childA human, an African – a Homo Sapiens, not a virus!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GuySuCo should consider rationally, realistically GAWU’s concerns

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU has noted the remarks of GuySuCo’s Corporate Communications Manager, Ms Audreyanna Thomas, as were reported in the Guyana Times article titled “Albion Estate has 600 vacancies after 3000 workers dismissed” which was published on July 19, 2018.The article quotes Ms Thomas as saying that GuySuCo would “…like to get attendance up to 100 percent”. This statement by the senior GuySuCo official is incredulous, to say the least, but serves to confirm the Massa-like mentality of the new GuySuCo. Obviously, consideration was not given to the difficult nature of the field work. At the same time, one notes that while the Corporation seeks to have all the workers present every day at work during the cropping period, during the out-of-crop period, it wishes that the workers stay home, and it manages to do so through the offering of depressed wages. From all appearances, the GuySuCo wants to suck cane and blow whistle.We don’t know if it has dawned on GuySuCo that its attitude towards workers: through the freezing of wages; the discontinuation of incentive payments; open disrespect and flouting of agreements, laws and international conventions; a belligerent attitude to workers’ concerns, among other things, could be tolerated by the workers for only some time. As GAWU has warned before, workers can be driven to the point where they may well react to the situation in which they work and still starve. It seems that day and time is beckoning.Incidentally, the corporation has the option of recruiting more than 600 workers who were formerly engaged at Rose Hall and Skeldon estates, and with the provision of transportation to those workers, the work establishment of Albion estate, which is 4,000 but has 3,100 on payroll, would be addressed.We recognise, from the article, similar and most appropriate contentions were made by Region Six Chairman David Armogan in his address to the gathering. Indeed, we hope GuySuCo took sincere account of the Chairman’s remarks, as they reflect the reality of the situation sugar workers must contend with nowadays.We fully endorse the Chairman’s remark when he said, “…a plan cannot operate by itself”. Indeed, it’s generally accepted that the best plans can be reduced to nothing if the people are not involved and committed to reaching the objectives. For us, it is simply upsetting that, so far, we have not yet received a copy of the plan Ms Thomas referred to, though we have sought a copy several weeks ago. But even more importantly is an apparent ignorance of the workers’ plight and concerns. We hope, even at this late stage, to finally obtain a copy of the plan that is touted.We urge the Corporation to consider rationally and realistically our concerns at this time.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Neymar ‘entitled to feel upset’, says teammate Fagner

first_img“Not everybody knows what I went through to get here,” Neymar said in an Instagram post after the match. “My tears were of happiness, overcoming, because of my determination and will to win.“In my life things have never been easy, so why would they be now?”But he has come in for criticism for his behaviour during the game at what he perceived to be rough treatment from the opposition, as well for breaking down in tears at full-time.“Every player is a human being so has feelings and is entitled to feel upset,” said Fagner at the Brazil team’s training base in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.“I believe the whole squad is with him and will support him. He is experienced and will come through this to keep giving his best for the national team.”Fagner at Brazil’s training session in Sochi on Sunday © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaNeymar has huge pressure on his shoulders to deliver despite only returning from injury in the run-up to the World Cup.The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward had surgery on a foot fracture at the start of March and did not play again until Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Croatia three weeks ago, when he came off the bench to score.“I can imagine what Neymar has gone through. I wasn’t sure I would be able to be here,” said Fagner, the Corinthians right-back who was named in the squad after Daniel Alves was forced to miss out due to a knee injury.He had been an injury concern himself but recovered and played against Costa Rica after Danilo was ruled out.“People react in different ways,” Fagner said of Neymar.“His was to have an outpouring of emotion. I was very emotional and happy to be able to play for 90 minutes without any problems, because 54 days ago I was at risk of not making it due to injury.“We all know what we have had to go through to be here. I think he was playing it all back like a film in his mind, at scoring a goal and taking part in another World Cup.”Fagner will hope to keep his place when Brazil take on Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday, needing just a point to secure a place in the last 16 from Group E and a win to be sure of finishing top.However, Douglas Costa will miss the game, having suffered a thigh injury after coming off the bench against Costa Rica.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar in tears at the end of Brazil’s win over Costa Rica © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Neymar received the support of his Brazil teammate Fagner on Sunday after his tears at the end of their World Cup win over Costa Rica and subsequent criticism at home.The world’s most expensive player scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg on Friday that edged Tite’s side closer to qualifying for the last 16.last_img read more

Dinamo Zagreb rebuff £6m bid for Arsenal and Everton target

first_img Marcelo Brozovic 1 AC Milan have had a bid knocked back for long-term Arsenal and Everton target Marcelo Brozovic.The Rossoneri tabled an offer of £6m for the talented midfielder but Dinamo Zagreb have told Serie A and Premier League suitors to increase their bids if they want to land the 22-year-old.Croatia international Brozovic is widely regarded as one of the finest young playmakers in European football and scouts from both the Gunners and Toffees have watched him in action this term.Milan have been tracking Brozovic for some time but Zagreb want clubs to fight it out in a bidding war for his signature.Brozovic is contracted to the Stadion Maksimir club until 2019 and the Blues are under no pressure to sell, but according to Calciomercato, a bid of over £10m could convince the Croatian side to cash in.It now leaves the door open to Arsenal and Everton to move for the midfielder during the January transfer window.last_img read more

KILLER WHALES PUT ON A SHOW OFF COUNTY DONEGAL COAST

first_imgWhales off Glencolmcille – Pix for Donegal Daily by John Cunningham KILLER whales have made an appearance off the County Donegal coast.They were pictured off Glencolmcille by anglers  yesterday. “We spotted two orcas whilst out sea angling yesterday,” said John Cunningham, who was with his brother Pat at the time.“At first at a distance we thought they were dolphins but as we got closer we reaslised they were killer whales.”It’s rare to see the whales here – although last year a pod of nine orcas were filmed off Inishowen.Last year Kevin Doherty filmed the whales which are thought to normally hang out off the coast of Scotland. John and Pat Cunningham KILLER WHALES PUT ON A SHOW OFF COUNTY DONEGAL COAST was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY MONTESSORI STILL ENROLLING FOR SEPTEMBER

first_imgDunkineely Local News & Notices Coffee and scones is available at Dunkineely Methodist Church every Tuesday, during July and August from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to raise money for Marie and Eva who are going to Haiti at the beginning of January. Come along and enjoy.MC INTYRE’S BAR – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. All musicians and singers welcome. THE DUNKINEELY MONTESSORI – Are still currently enrolling for September 2014. Both ECCE places available and also mornings. Call Joanne or Sinead on: 087 3814655A MEETING – Of the DCL Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival sub-committee will take place on Thursday 31st July at 8:00 pm at Dunkineely Community Limited office (The Manse, Dunkineely). All welcome.CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY 31st JULY!! GET YOUR ENTRIES IN NOW!!!DUNKINEELY/KILLAGHTEE/BRUCKLESS FESTIVAL – This is the last chance to enter the “Open Photography Competition”. Senior Photography, CLASS 1 Humorous Photography, CLASS 2 Landscape i.e Sea or Land, CLASS 3 Portrait i.e Person or Animal, CLASS 4 Best Filter i.e Smart Phone Photos. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Thursday 31st July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page. Dunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless Festival – Art Competition / Exhibition.A reminder there is a open amateur art competition/exhibition at Dunkineely Community Limited at the Manse/DCL ministers house beside the Church. Regarding the Art Competition there are 3 Categories: Landscape/Portrait, Sketch or Drawing. There is a fee of €5.00 per entry. In addition we are requesting people to enter up to the 3 pictures to be on public display at the offices. There is no fee’s required for “Display Only Art”. Entries can be dropped into Andrea at the Dunkineely Community Limited office. Closing date is 31st July.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – This competition will brighten up the town and surrounding area. From St John’s Point to Croagh and Tullintain to Ballymagowan – if you’re in the Parish of Killaghtee, please consider entering. No fee to enter as Dunkineely Community Limited has funding from Donegal Local Development Company. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as:> Best Business > Best small town garden > Best Church > Best school > Best vegetable plot> Best large garden > Best container garden etc. The main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area if we all take part however small or big a garden plot/place for window boxes/pots we have.Judging will take place Sunday 10th August but the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless area. Entry forms available from the Dunkineely Community Limited Office and in local business’s in the Community. “This is a great Community event if we all get involved!” If you are interested contact Dunkineely Community Limited Office on 074 9737678 if you’d like enter or help organise in anyway.Bookings are now being taken for Mega Makers 5 day Summer Club, 11th -15th August at Dunkineely Methodist, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm each day for all of National School age. €15.00 for one child, €20.00 for two and €30.00 for three in one family. Booking forms available from the DCL office 074 9737678 or email dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com. For more information call Vanessa on 074 9737052.BRUCKLESS ROAD RUNNERS – THE POINT 10K CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Is taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00 am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information. A DEFIBRILLATOR – Is now in Killaghtee School, it is on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366Carol Duddy – 074 9737046Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.DCL – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY MONTESSORI STILL ENROLLING FOR SEPTEMBER was last modified: July 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD LocalFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Energy, Katrina top stories of 2005

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It marked the second year in a row that energy prices rose to the top of the business headline ranking. But some other perennial business newsmakers were notably absent from this year’s Top 10 list, including the Federal Reserve’s continuing campaign of interest rate hikes, competition from China and the fall and rise of Martha Stewart. Here, according to editors polled by the AP, are the top business stories of 2005. 1. ENERGY PRICES: When oil topped $55 a barrel in 2004, it was big news. But by this fall, those numbers seemed almost quaint. Crude oil prices, already high, soared to $70 a barrel after hurricanes shuttered Gulf refineries and offshore sources of energy. It has eased since, but the still-high prices could crimp consumer spending and contribute to rising inflation into the new year. Energy continues to squeeze a broad range of businesses, and could force others to adjust their offerings. 2. KATRINA’S TOLL: The massive hurricane ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi, inflicting huge losses on insurers and businesses. Katrina, followed less than a month later by sister storm Rita, shut down much of the region’s energy infrastructure. But the damage reached far beyond, disrupting shipping traffic, driving up prices for some goods and eliminating more than 600,000 jobs. The economic fallout was largely contained to the region, but on a scale that will take years to resolve. When drivers line up to pay $3 a gallon for gasoline and offshore oil platforms go missing, it’s much more than an energy story. It’s the story of the economy. Energy proved its economic power this year, as soaring prices reshaped the way consumers spend, put the squeeze on airlines and manufacturers, and ratcheted up pressure on already struggling U.S. automakers dependent on sales of sport utility vehicles. Then Hurricane Katrina hit. The consequences and questions prompted by soaring oil and natural gas prices drove many of the year’s top business stories, as chosen by the U.S. newspaper and broadcast editors surveyed by The Associated Press. They named energy as the biggest business story of 2005, with Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the economy ranked second. 3. AUTO WOES: The problems facing the domestic auto industry steadily worsened. General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., weighed down with high costs and faced with slowing demand for their vehicles, saw their debt downgraded. Auto parts maker Delphi Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection, and investors speculated whether GM would follow suit. The automakers won concessions from the autoworkers union for cuts in employee retirement and health care costs, but analysts wondered whether the deals reached would be enough to allow a turnaround. 4. AIRLINES FALTER: Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. took refuge in bankruptcy, as the nation’s established airlines continued their struggles to remake themselves. Both carriers fought through the year to cut their costs. At Northwest, that included replacing striking mechanics whose wages it had sought to cut. 5. PENSIONS RETIRED: Scores of troubled companies defaulted on their pension promises, turning over to the federal government retirement plans covering 235,000 workers and retirees. The problems that began with big steel companies and airlines earlier in the decade could continue if the auto and parts makers seek bankruptcy protection. 6. HOUSING COOLS: The red-hot housing and real estate market finally shows some signs of cooling after a record run. But not by much. Construction of new homes remains near record levels, and prices for existing homes remain sky-high in many markets. Still, rising interest rates have taken some of the edge off demand. 7. FED CHANGEOVER: After 18 years at the helm of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan is ready to step aside. President George W. Bush has nominated replacement Ben Bernanke, currently chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers, who has pledged not to veer dramatically off the course set by Greenspan. 8. JAIL TIME: Former WorldCom Inc. CEO Bernard Ebbers and onetime Tyco International Ltd. CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski were sentenced to lengthy prison terms after jury trials on corporate fraud charges. 9. GROWTH CONTINUES: The economy showed surprising resilience, continuing to expand steadily despite soaring energy prices and a series of hurricanes. It grew 4.1 percent in the third quarter, and analysts said they expect that growth has extended – although likely at a slightly slower rate – through the end of the year. 10. RUSH TO COURT: Courts saw a rush of activity, as weary consumers sought bankruptcy protection before October, when a new law took effect tightening filing requirements. The rush pushed the number of bankruptcy petitions past 2 million for the year, well above the previous record of 1.66 million. The following stories filled out the Top 20 in this year’s survey: 11. A group of dissident unions split away from the AFL-CIO, reflecting bitter debate in the labor community over struggles to keep membership from eroding. 12. The Federal Reserve steadily raised bank lending rates, announcing its 13th hike in December. 13. Google Inc.’s profits soared, as shares of the Internet search giant soared above $400. 14. President Bush’s efforts to overhaul and privatize Social Security stalled, leaving questions at the heart of the debate unresolved. 15. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched a public-relations blitz in an attempt to turn back repeated criticism about its treatment of workers. 16. Telephone companies made a big push into broadband competition, taking on cable television companies. 17. Merck & Co. lost its first defense of Vioxx in a state court but won the second, cut 7,000 jobs and announced plans for plant closings. But after a mistrial in federal court, the drug maker continues its battle into the New Year. 18. Martha Stewart completed a five-month jail sentence, after her conviction for lying to the government about a stock sale, and her return home put her back in the spotlight. 19. Federated Department Stores, parent of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, took over rival May Department Stores, owner of the Lord & Taylor and Marshall Field’s chains. 20. Procter & Gamble Inc. bought Gillette Co., marrying some of the biggest names in consumer products. 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