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Boyz brace for chilly South Korea battle

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (CMC):Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz went through the final practice session yesterday as they put the finishing touches on their preparation for their international friendly against South Korea here today.The contest is expected to be a tough one for the Caribbean side, with South Korea ranked 53rd in the latest FIFA rankings, and Jamaica ranked four spots below.Also, South Korea have been in imperious form in their World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) campaign and currently sit on top of the standings in the second round of the Asian zone, with four wins from as many games. They are preparing to face bottom-placed Myanmar in their next qualifier next month.troubled startJamaica, meanwhile, had a troubled start to their World Cup qualifying campaign in the CONCACAF zone, going down 3-2 to Nicaragua in the first leg before scrambling a 2-0 win in the away leg in Managua, in order to reach the fourth round.Since their arrival here last weekend, the Jamaicans have battled wintry weather in practice, and temperatures are forecast to plunge to around 158C around game time, slated for 8 p.m. (6 a.m. Jamaica time).Jamaica have been boosted by the inclusion of strikers Giles Barnes of the Houston Dynamo and Darren Mattocks of Vancouver Whitecaps, both of whom were part of the successful squad at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.Mattocks has been in superb form, scoring in Jamaica’s last four encounters – both WCQ games against Nicaragua last month, and against Mexico and the United States in the preceding CONCACAF Gold Cup final and semi-final.The Reggae Boyz, the highest-positioned Caribbean side in the FIFA rankings, will use the South Korea game as final preparation for their campaign in the World Cup qualifying fourth round.They have been installed in Group B alongside Costa Rica, Panama and Haiti, and begin their campaign on November 13 against Panama at home in Kingston.JAMAICA SQUAD: Rosario Harriott, Lee Williamson, Simon Dawkins, AndrÈ Clennon, Allan Ottey, Michael Seaton, Deshorn Brown, Shaun Cummings, Jermaine Woozencroft, Ryan Thompson, Adrian Mariappa, Hughan Gray, Joel Grant, AndrÈ Blake, Lance Laing, Giles Barnes, Darren Mattocks, Upston Edwards, Errol Stevens, Ricardo Morris.last_img read more

LAPD buys `dirty bomb’ detectors

first_imgDirty bombs employ conventional explosives to scatter radioactive material into the surrounding atmosphere. “New York and Washington are still the biggest risks in the country,” Bratton told the newspaper. “We come in right behind them because of the special assets we have: the port, the airport and just the symbolism of so much of what they hate.” Bratton said the department has been awarded $3 million in Homeland Security funds and also used that money to buy a $900,000 bomb-response truck that has a robot that can be operated from a mile away. SECURITY: Bratton says city is big target for terrorists because of its “special assets.” By City News Service Saying it’s only a matter of time before America is the target of a dirty bomb, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has purchased seven devices that can sniff out the radioactive signature of such a device, it was reported Saturday. The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the devices has been installed in a helicopter and is capable of detecting an unexploded dirty bomb from an altitude of 800 feet. The department also invested in a mobile response truck for LAPD public information officers, to serve as a portable center for communicating information via news media, the chief said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more