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US provides relief for floods in Guatemala

first_img The United States said it has requested 50,000 dollars in emergency aid for flood-hit Guatemala and reprogrammed another 4.38 million dollars in economic aid for recovery efforts. “We are very, very concerned about the disaster there,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. The US ambassador in Guatemala City Stephen McFarland at the weekend asked for 50,000 dollars in aid from the US Agency for International Development and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance as a “US initial response,” he said. “We have since reprogrammed 4.38 million dollars in economic support funds to assist Guatemala’s recovery efforts,” Crowley added. He also said the US embassy has freed up helicopters which are normally used to help fight drug trafficking for the purpose of surveillance and rescue missions. “And we’ll continue to look for additional ways to provide support to the people of Guatemala,” he said. In Guatemala, at least 45 people died over the weekend amid the heaviest flooding in recent memory. By Dialogo September 10, 2010last_img read more

Wenger: We blame ourselves

first_img The Gunners, with a makeshift defence and missing Mesut Ozil because of a knee injury, had taken an early lead through a fine finish from Alexis Sanchez and looked on their way to victory. However, Hull quickly were on level terms through a controversial equaliser from Mohamed Diame as Arsenal claimed a foul in the build-up. Press Association Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side only had themselves to blame after having to battle back to secure a 2-2 draw against Hull with a stoppage-time equaliser from Danny Welbeck at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were then made to pay for switching off right at the start of the second half when Abel Hernandez – only playing after an injury to Nikica Jelavic in the warm-up – headed Hull into the lead. Arsenal, beaten at Chelsea before the international break, looked set for more frustrations before Welbeck slotted home in the first of six minutes of added time, and then almost snatched victory at the death through Kieran Gibbs, who was denied by stand-in Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. “We got a point but we had 80 per cent possession. It is a very disappointing result,” said Wenger, who moved to allay any fears over an ankle/knee injury suffered by Jack Wilshere during the second half. “We were unlucky with the referee on the first goal, but on the second goal we can only blame ourselves. “We came out of the dressing room with a lack of focus and gave them the lead straight away. It was difficult. “I cannot fault the effort or the heart that we had in the game. The defensive concentration was missing on the second goal and when you make it difficult at that level you cannot give the goals away like that.” Wenger added: “Even in the last five minutes we had three clear-cut chances on goal. It is difficult when we play against teams who are physically stronger and organised, it was 10 against 10 in one half. “This was the kind of game where we couldn’t afford to concede another goal when we came out at 1-1. We know that – we have enough experience to know that and we cannot give a goal away like we did. “But we put our heart and effort in until the last second and I cannot fault the effort, the spirit and the work rate of the team.” Arsenal have now not won in the Barclays Premier League since September 20 and are some 11 points behind leaders Chelsea in sixth. Wenger added: “Of course I cannot say it is not a concern, it is a big concern because the other teams win their games and we don’t.” After looking set for being on the end of a hiding, Bruce was full of praise for his side’s efforts. “I am satisfied with a point, but I think that is four times this season we’ve conceded in the last minute,” he said. “Today I didn’t think we were going to concede because we were comfortable, but we ran out of juice badly because the international players had been away and we made a few mistakes. “I thought we were going to hang on to what would be a great win for us. “However, I have been here before with teams where Arsenal have played the reserves and we have been beaten by six or five and gone away with our tails between our legs, so we have done extremely well to get a point.” Bruce revealed Jelavic had twisted his knee during the warm-up, while defender Michael Dawson also hobbled off in the second half with an ankle problem. Goalkeeper Steve Harper, meanwhile, looks set for a spell out of action, having to be replaced just before half-time. “It looks as if he has ruptured his bicep, which is a horrible injury,” Bruce said. “He would love me to say he did it when he tipped the ball over the bar from (Santi) Cazorla, but it was a shot somebody scuffed and he went down.” last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer has the weapons to replace lost scoring

first_img Related Stories Syracuse men’s soccer has a ‘good problem’ at forwardGallery: Syracuse men’s soccer survives Loyola Marymount scare with 2-1 OT winOvertime corner-kick goal pushes Syracuse past Loyola Marymount, 2-1 With a straight face and an unwavering demeanor, Ian McIntyre offered a simple solution for how to replace last year’s top two goal scorers.“We’ve spoken to the NCAA and they’ve allowed Ben Polk and Julian Buescher to come and play for us,” he said matter-of-factly.Syracuse’s head coach was joking, of course. Polk and Buescher, who combined for almost half of the Orange’s goals in last season’s College Cup run, play Major League Soccer. They’re not coming back. The reality is No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) has lost its top two goal scorers and 57 percent of its scoring overall. To pick up the load, SU will look to a talented group of youngsters and a few older statesmen.This is nothing new. Last year, the Orange was tasked with replacing 70 percent of its production. All it did was score 44 goals, win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and advance to the national semifinal for the first time in program history.Three days into this season, the Orange had already scored five goals from four different players. A different player assisted on each goal. It’s that spread, balanced attack that will take this team as far as it can go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Last year we were depending maybe a little bit too much on Julian and Ben,” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “In order to be successful, we need to spread those goals out more. Midfielders didn’t score enough last year, apart from Julian.”Rather than relying on only a couple of forwards, SU will look to five seniors with considerable playing experience. Alseth and Chris Nanco both started in all 25 games last year. Liam Callahan started in 24 games and, while Kenny Lassiter started only one game, he played in 19. Newcomer Sergio Camargo scored four goals and had five assists last year at Coastal Carolina, earning him second-team conference honors.Alseth has not yet scored, but he assisted on Sunday’s game winner over Loyola Marymount, and he’s generated good looks on goal. Nanco scored SU’s first goal of the season and Callahan, Lassiter and Camargo either scored or assisted on a goal in the season opener last Friday. Those five seniors totaled 13 goals last year and are expected to step up.Tack on a group of newcomers who have already seen time in the early going, and the offensive attack could be even deeper. Freshman forward Johannes Pieles, who hails from Germany, has already notched a two-goal game, including an overtime game winner. He has also assisted on a goal.Freshman midfielders Mo Adams and John-Austin Ricks, sophomore midfielder Jonathan Hagman and freshman Hampus Bergdahl also will provide attacking options. Louis Cross, a defender, assisted on Nanco’s lone goals this year.“We’ve got a lot of goals in them,” Alseth said. “Collectively, we’re going to be able to replace those.”That’s just what Syracuse did on Sunday night. Pieles, playing in Lassiter’s place, headed the ball into the net to beat LMU, 2-1, giving SU a 2-0 start to the season.“We’re certainly unproven,” McIntyre said, but “we’ve got some new blood.” Comments Published on August 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more