The University of the West Indies (UWI) continued their impressive run in the Red Stripe Premier League with a 1-0 win against ten-man Tivoli Gardens FC at Edward Seaga Stadium yesterday.Girvon Brown netted for UWI in the 82nd minute, three minutes before Tivoli Gardens were reduced to ten players, when Rodico Wellington was shown a red card by referee Kevin Morrison.Tivoli started the game with hard running and good passes but failed to get past goalkeeper Amal Knight, who made some wonderful saves.Knight gave away a penalty in the first half when he fouled Tivoli’s Javanie Mitchell inside the area. The goalkeeper would, however, redeem himself, diving to his right to block Junior Flemmings’ effort from the spot.INCISIVE SKILLUWI picked up the pace, and the introduction of Keammar Daley and Anthony Grant in the second half certainly lifted their play. Both players immediately got involved and were influential with some incisive passing and skill on the ball.In the closing moments, Brown found the winning goal to push his tally to eight goals so far for the season.UWI’s assistant coach, Andrew Peart, praised his team for the win that pushed them onto 30 points in the league.”It was not only the players that came off the bench, but the entire team performed very well today (yesterday),” Peart told The Gleaner.”We made some adjustments from the first time we played Tivoli. They try to kick the ball long from the back, so we put some pressure on them, and it worked,” he reasoned.Although UWI are picking up the points in their first season, Peart says the first aim is to be safe. He predicted that two more wins from 11 games to be played in the preliminary round would make the team stay up.”Well, our first objective is to stay in the league, and mathematically, when we are safe, we can re-adjust our ambition. The semi-finals is a possibility, but we are not looking at that right now. Maybe another two more wins and we are safe for the next season,” Peart added.DROP IN RANKSMeanwhile, Tivoli, who fired coach Christopher Bender following a 1-0 defeat to leaders Portmore United last Thursday, dropped to 11th position on 19 points in the 12-team league.”Well, unfortunately, we lost by a simple goal. We got our chances and did not make any use, and UWI got one chance and won the game. Congratulations to UWI,” manager of Tivoli Brian Rose said.”Right now we are in a very desperate situation, so we have to dust ourselves off and come back,” he said.Rose confirmed that Bender was asked to resign.”When a team is not getting the desired results, the first person you look at is the coach. He was asked to resign,” Rose informed.
Competing health-care reform plans proposed by Democratic leaders, he added, put too much of the burden on business alone. Fleming said the chamber’s board overwhelmingly voted to support the governor’s plan. Earlier this month, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 8, a health reform plan authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, and the Senate president pro tempore, Don Perata, D-Oakland. But Schwarzenegger is expected to veto that bill and has called a special legislative session to focus on achieving health-care reform this year. Schwarzenegger’s proposal calls for a combination of requiring all Californians to carry health insurance, requiring insurers to provide coverage to everyone and expanding access to publicly funded coverage plans. SACRAMENTO – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s health-care reform proposal Monday, becoming the largest business group to support the effort. The California Chamber of Commerce, a normally staunch Schwarzenegger ally, continues to be concerned about the costs businesses would bear under the plan. But the Los Angeles chamber traditionally has been closer to the political center on many issues, and chamber Chairman David Fleming said the governor’s plan does not burden businesses alone. “We need a plan that will cover everyone in California, but it shouldn’t be a plan that’s funded solely by business,” Fleming said. “It should be a plan that’s funded by everybody in this state, all the interests.” It also requires employers who don’t provide coverage to pay 4 percent of their payroll to a state fund and would charge hospitals 4 percent and doctors 2 percent of gross revenues for health coverage. The plan was introduced in January, but has yet to muster enough Republican support to pass the Legislature. It is expected to need a two-thirds vote because the financing mechanisms are seen as a tax. Without Republican support, Schwarzenegger is considering placing at least the funding portion on voters’ ballots. Schwarzenegger welcomed the chamber’s support Monday, saying the coalition supporting his plan has been growing. He said he is continuing talks with Nunez and Perata but hopes to avoid a piecemeal approach under which the state would first look at expanding coverage for children or creating an employer mandate. “I think we’re really marching in the same direction,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think, more and more, everyone realizes that we ought to reform and do total and comprehensive reform.” Nunez said he was glad to see the Los Angeles chamber get involved and he will continue working with the governor on a compromise plan. “It’s great to see the Los Angeles chamber step up to the plate in support of health care reform, but I remain concerned that Republican opposition to the governor’s two-thirds vote proposal in the regular legislative session will still be an obstacle in the current special session,” Nunez said in a written statement. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!