Crystal Palace were the unfortunate victims as Manchester City’s fabled attack displayed the ruthless streak it has lacked at vital times during the season on Saturday.A 5-0 home victory with five different scorers lifted City into third place above Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish behind leading two Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.With leading marksman Sergio Aguero out injured, David Silva struck after two minutes and the floodgates opened after the break with Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi all on target.City’s Saturday goal spree means they have now scored 70 goals — the lowest tally of the top four — but manager Pep Guardiola believes that total should be far higher.”Tottenham is the only team I can think of who created more chances than us,” Guardiola told the club’s website.”We are the best team in the league when it comes to creating chances — there is no competition.”Our problem is finishing these chances — this is the most difficult thing in football. Against (Manchester) United we created 19 chances — no goals. The numbers don’t lie, though, we have created so many chances but haven’t scored enough.”I remember the game against Everton where we lost 4-0 and they only had four attempts at goal. We created so many yet we lost so this is something we must work on.”City completely dominated and should have been more than one goal ahead at the break with Leroy Sane twice denied by Wayne Hennessey. Guardiola said he feared a repeat of last week’s 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough when City dropped crucial points.advertisement”I told my players at halftime to score another goal or we could forget the win because had we arrived with 20 minutes to go with just a one goal lead,” the Spaniard said.”I think it would have been a difficult finish. Players are always looking at the clock, so scoring early of course helps.”
For the first quarter of 2018, tourist arrivals were at record levels, says Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 8, the Minister informed that for the period, total arrivals were 1,298,674, an increase of 6.6 per cent, including 625,002 stopovers, up by 6.8 per cent; and 673,672 cruise passengers, up by 6.5 per cent.The Minister said this means that Jamaica recorded 80,000 more visitors for January to March, 2018, compared with the same period last year.“We earned, in the process, US$825.3 million, representing an increase of 8.5 per cent in the first quarter of the year,” Mr. Bartlett told the House.The Minister noted that the month of March also recorded a whopping 11.3 per cent increase in stopover arrivals over the similar month last year.Mr. Bartlett said that Jamaica’s tourism sector is poised to exceed its projected growth targets.
zoom 2017 has seen US owners top the list of buyers of distressed tonnage, snapping up vessels sold at bank sales and at auction deals, VesselsValue said.Asset values reached a 25-year low for bulkers, containers and offshore vessel types in 2016, with a spike in the number of bankruptcies and vessel seizures by banks. US owners have been buying these vessels, spending USD 624.1 million on 52 distressed vessels so far.This comes in at just under double what Greece has spent, totaling USD 385.3 million. The next country on the list of top buyers is South Korea, having bought a total of 20 ships for USD 228 million.Top three US companies which have purchased auction/bank sale vessels in 2017 include JP Morgan Global Maritime, Eagle Bulk Shipping and Navios Maritime Partners LP.In 2016, US companies did not buy any vessels at bank sales or at auction, showing a marked shift in behavior, as explained by VesselsValue.What is more, the type of vessels companies are buying is incredibly targeted. Specifically, companies have been only purchasing bulkers, containerships and offshore vessels. These asset types hit 25-year historical lows during 2016, with these values now rebounding.Many in the markets are confident that continued scrapping and a reduction in ordering will balance out supply and demand, bringing asset values back in line. Savvy investors have been getting involved in the last 12 months in order to capitalize on the asset value increase, according to VV.Image Courtesy: VesselsValue