STETHS score a lot, but we are strong – Laing … St Jago coach confident ahead of STETHS battle

first_imgSt Jago High School’s coach Glen Laing is looking to pair all-out attack and sound defending as he looks to lead his charges a step closer to a trophy this season.With only the 2003 Walker Cup title in their trophy cabinet,St Jago will line up against many-time daCosta Cup championsSt Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in ISSA/Flow Super Cup quarter-final action at 4 p.m. inside the National Stadium today, looking to underline their title credentials.The last team standing, Laing contends, will be his.”It’s all-out attack for us. We play direct football, and the one thing about schoolboy football over the years that is not going to change is that once you score goals and defend well, you will win,” said Laing, adding that his team is balanced in attack and defence.”We notice they have a lot of goals scored against them; they have scored a lot also, so I am just trying to get my defence right for the game,” he added.St Jago is coming off a three-game winning run, while STETHS seem to be peaking just at the right time, with three wins in the daCosta Cup inter-zone round, and a win in their first quarter-final and the ISSA/Flow Super Cup Round of 16, respectively.SHUTTING THEM DOWN”We have not conceded a lot. We watched their games on YouTube. I watched them against Munro College and others, so it’s possible to defeat them. Their strength is really scoring. We are planning to deny them scoring opportunities,” stressed Laing.He described the Super Cup as a motivation for his team.”This Flow Super Cup carries a certain prestige to it, so my guys are up and running, motivated and lifting their game match by match to win. STETHS is always a tough opposition. They are coming into Kingston and trying to deny us a victory, but we are motivated to win,” he said.”The Super Cup is like an international tournament, with exposure and incentive for the guys, so my players will play to enjoy the game, enjoy themselves, and represent their school well,” he added.last_img read more

Budget boosts project plans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – City officials’ plans for financing a $24 million aquatic center and a $6 million sheriff’s station expansion are being buoyed by good news about revenue and spending. La Mirada’s revenue is up by about $2.2million, from a projected $35.6 million to $37.8 million for fiscal 2005-06. Meanwhile, city spending is expected to decrease by about $2 million, from a projected $38 million to $36 million, officials said this week. Councilman Hal Malkin said the news made him feel more comfortable about the council’s decision to move ahead on the two projects, as well the city’s sale of $26million in municipal bonds. “When see \ on paper, it says we can afford what we’re going to be undertaking,” Malkin said. Rather than dip into the city’s budget reserve of $30 million to pay for the two projects, officials have sold a $16 million city bond and a $10 million redevelopment bond to raise the money. The city bond is expected to cost about $1 million annually and will be paid for out of the general fund. “We get to keep our reserve for true emergencies,” Malkin said. The increasing revenue was attributed to rising property taxes, which are up by 10 percent over projections, and sales taxes, which were up by 8 percent. “The economy is turning around,” Malkin said. “The sales tax is starting to bump up. \ values are going up and sales are taking place.” City Manager Andrea Travis said the numbers are better in part because staff was conservative last spring in its projections for spending and revenue. The city’s strong financial position helped it in the selling of both bonds, Travis said. Its credit rating was bumped up from AA- to AA, and that gave the city a lower interest rate, saving it about $700,000 for the redevelopment bond issue, she said. Meanwhile, progress continues on the two projects. Already, four companies have submitted documents to pre-qualify to bid on the construction contracts for the aquatics center and station expansion. Travis predicted that environmental documents, plans for both projects and authorization to bid on the work will go to the City Council in April. In May, a contract should be awarded and construction should begin. Both projects are expected to take from 12 to 14 months to complete. The proposed $24 million aquatics center would include a family fun area with slides, play structures and a flow channel area, a 25-yard pool for swimming lessons, a 50-meter competition pool and a spa. The project would also include a 300-space parking lot. The aquatics center would be built on 11 acres within La Mirada County Regional Park. The $6 million sheriff’s station project includes a 2,765- square-foot expansion and a new parking lot. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more