Brazil thrash El Salvador 5-0, Argentina play out lackluster draw

first_imgRicharlison scored a brace on his first international start to help Brazil thrash El Salvador 5-0 in Maryland on Tuesday.Brazil ran out with a new-look side, with coach Tite giving debuts to goalkeeper Neto and full-back Eder Militao as well as first starts to Richarlison at centre forward and Arthur in midfield.The new boys looked completely at home against a team ranked 72nd in the world and Brazil took just three minutes to open the scoring when Neymar slotted home a penalty after Richarlison had been brought down in the box.Richarlison got his name on the scoresheet 13 minutes later when he curled a spectacular shot into the top corner from 15 meters out and on the half hour mark Brazil made it 3-0, Phillipe Coutinho firing home from the edge of the box after Neymar laid the ball into his path.Both sides made changes at halftime but the five-times world champions took just five more minutes to get a fourth goal, with Richarlison scoring his second when he pounced onto a loose ball to rifle home a low shot from inside the box.Marquinhos got Brazil a fifth in the final minute when he headed home a corner from Neymar.”I am delighted to get two goals and for the chance that coach Tite gave me,” Richarlison said. “Now, we celebrate and then get back to my club and keep working hard.”Brazil’s next games will be friendlies in Saudi Arabia against the host nation on 12 October and then Argentina four days later.advertisement Argentina-Colombia ends goallessIn another game, Argentina drew 0-0 against Colombia in a friendly in New Jersey on Tuesday, which did little to cheer fans of either side hoping for a boost after disappointing World Cup showings.Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina made a fine diving save to tip an Exequiel Palacios shot over the bar after six minutes while his Argentine counterpart Franco Armani was the busier of the two in the second half but neither side looked like breaking the deadlock.Both sides used stand-in coaches for the game, with Jose Pekerman resigning as Colombia boss last week and Argentina still to replace Jorge Sampaoli, who left his post after the World Cup.Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi, fielded a young side and they were unable to make much headway against the more experienced Colombians.”I think we did what we set out to do,” interim coach Lionel Scaloni said. “These lads now know what it is like to wear the Argentina shirt. Today several of them showed they will be giving us something to shout about (in the future).”Argentina’s next match is scheduled for 16 October against Brazil in Saudi Arabia, while Colombia will take on the United States in Tampa, also in October.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Jamaica And World Bank Sign US105 Millions Loans

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3 (JIS): Three loans totalling US$105 million were signed by the Government and the World Bank, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., today (September 3). Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, signed on behalf of Jamaica, while World Bank Country Director for the country, Sophia Sirtaine, signed for the bank. The loans are in support of three government projects – the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth, which will receive US$50 million; the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry, US$20 million, and the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, US$35 million. “The projects are intended to further the overarching goals of the Government of Jamaica-World Bank Country Strategy for the period 2014 – 2017; to support the government’s investments in key strategic areas, including physical sustainability in youth employment; public sector modernization and to facilitate a more enabling environment for private sector growth,” the Finance Minister said at the signing. Dr. Phillips added that the loans represent an important cooperation between the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at advancing the prospects for growth as the country goes through a strenuous economic reform programme that forms part of the agreement with the IMF. He said the Government will do its utmost best to ensure a smooth implementation of the three projects.The Minister explained that funds for the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth project will enhance competition in the business environment, facilitate strategic private investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Funds for the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry will provide training and coaching for over 200 young Jamaicans, enhance entrepreneurial skills and create 150 start-up companies. Under the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, the funds will be used to strengthen public investment management systems, budget preparation process and property tax compliance administration. In her remarks, Ms. Sirtaine had high praise for Jamaica regarding the programmes it has implemented to spur economic growth, and for the results it has been reaping since its implementation. She added that the bank is committed to working with Jamaica in ensuring the success of its various economic programmes. Dr. Phillips and his delegation are also engaged in a series of discussions with officials at the US Treasury, State Department, the IMF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is accompanied by the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe and Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie. Related Items:bank of jamaica, Brian Wynter, colin bullock, devon rowe, jamaica, peter phillips, Sophia Sirtaine, stephen vasciannie, world bank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more