Experienced Saints retain 50-Overs title

first_imgCaptain of St Catherine CC Danza Hyatt has pin-pointed experience as the main reason why they were able to beat the University of The West Indies (UWI) in the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Overs Championship at Sabina Park on Monday. The final, which represented the first time a competitive day-night national fixture was being played at the venue, saw St Catherine coming away victors by 28 runs. St Catherine, after winning the toss and electing to take first strike, posted a challenging 261 for seven off their allotted overs, before restricting UWI to 233 with 13 balls remaining. The Garwaine Johnson-coached St Catherine were claiming the title for the second time in consecutive years, and third overall. “It was a really good effort by UWI. However, I believe, in the end, the experience of our players pulled us through,” remarked Hyatt. “We lost early wickets when we batted. However, the experience of Gavin (Wallace) and Wayne (Morgan) and later Darnell McCallum gave us very a good total.” Electing to bat on a good track, St Catherine lost their first two wickets with only 15 runs on the board. The wickets were of their two West Indies batsmen, Hyatt and Barbadian Kirk Edwards. Opener Hyatt was dismissed caught without scoring by fast bowler Christopher Powell, while Edwards was adjudged leg before wicket for four, also off Powell. However, through opener Shacaya Thomas and Lambert, who put on 45 for for the third wicket before being dislodged for 27 and 25, respectively, the ‘Saints’ staged a comeback, which was later completed by Wallace, Morgan and McCallum. Wallace stroked an attractive 41; all-rounder Morgan scored 52; while wicketkeeper McCallum, with a few lofty blows towards the death, ended unbeaten on 53. Powell finished with two for two for 55. UWI, in their response, also started shakily, losing the wicket of their influential captain, Paul Palmer Jr, leg before wicket without scoring off the bowling of Brian Buchanan in the third over. However, thanks to Nicholas Walters (49), Jonathan Solomon (38), Chrishna Graham (31), and Rovman Powell (27), they were able to get themselves within striking distance. Brown was involved in two controversial incidents on his follow-through and entangling with the batsmen. The last appeared deliberate. It drew the ire of the crowd after it resulted in Omar Samuels (nine) being run out, with 30 runs needed off 17 balls, and the UWI tail gathering momentum. Brown ended with three for 42 off 8.5 overs, with off-spinner Pete Salmon, two for 41, and pacer Morgan, two for 42, providing good support. “Congrats to St Catherine; they played a very good game,” conceded Palmer Jr. “We kept on fighting when it mattered. This, however, was our second season; and for us to make the final is a good feat.” SAINTS’ COMEBACKlast_img read more

Embiid leads 76ers past Nets on his 24th birthday

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “At some point soon a decision is going to have to be made,” Brown said.TIP-INSNets: Allen Crabbe (illness) didn’t play. … Allen returned after missing Tuesday’s 116-102 loss to Toronto with a sore left foot. He had six points and seven rebounds. … Dante Cunningham suffered a left eye contusion with 10:28 left in the first half and didn’t return. Atkinson didn’t have an update afterward.76ers: Hall of Famer Allen Iverson received a rousing ovation when he was introduced to the crowd at halftime. … Philadelphia committed just five turnovers.UP NEXTNets: Host Minnesota on Saturday night.76ers: Host Charlotte on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid reacts after scoring a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, March 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — A sellout crowd of nearly 21,000 serenaded Joel Embiid for his birthday, and Embiid showed his gratitude by powering Philadelphia to another win.Embiid had 24 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and Robert Covington hit a key 3-pointer to lead the 76ers to a 120-116 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brooklyn tied it at 110 on Jarrett Allen’s two free throws with 2:29 left. After a Redick miss, DeMarre Carroll drained a 3 to give the Nets the lead. After Redick made the second of two free throws, Covington tied it with a layup following a Simmons steal.Caris LeVert’s layup put Brooklyn back in front, but Covington’s 3 from the right wing gave Philadelphia a 116-115 advantage with 35.4 seconds remaining. Dinwiddie was turned away by Embiid on Brooklyn’s ensuing possession.T.J. McConnell made a pair of free throws to make it 118-115 with 19.1 seconds to play. Dinwiddie came up short on a 3, but the Nets kept possession and Philadelphia fouled Dinwiddie. He made the first and missed the second intentionally, but the 76ers got the rebound and Embiid clinched it with two free throws with 5.2 seconds left.Pulling out a late victory in a close game will help the 76ers’ confidence heading into the playoffs, Brown said.“It lets them know because we’ve been on the other side of that,” Brown said. “We do have the people, I believe we have the structure and they have shown they have the poise to be able to walk a game down.”Philadelphia trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half and was down 58-55 at the break. But the 76ers pulled ahead with a strong third quarter. Embiid capped the period with a 22-foot jumper as time expired, making it 86-81 Philadelphia entering the fourth.OKAFOR’S ACTIONJahlil Okafor had six points in six first-half minutes and finished with 10 points in 13 minutes. The former 76ers first-round pick who was traded to Brooklyn on Dec. 7 hadn’t played in nine of the last 10 games.FULTZ UPDATEBrown said before the game he still doesn’t know if Markelle Fultz will return to the court this season. Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the June 2017 draft, has played in just four games this season while rehabilitating his shoulder. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 7-footer made his presence felt defensively, including a key block on Spencer Dinwiddie’s drive with 21.8 seconds left.“He is a complete difference-maker,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “Those are massive stats by any standards.”Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 21 points for the Nets (21-48), who lost their third straight and 19th in the last 22 games.Coach Kenny Atkinson felt his young team’s play was improved, but Philadelphia was just too tough.“They’re a heck of a team,” Atkinson said. “Two great players and they surround them with shooters. They hit a lot of tough shots.”ADVERTISEMENT “They’ve shown me a lot of support since I got here and I appreciate it,” said Embiid, who turned 24 on Friday. “That’s a great memory.”J.J. Redick added 23 points and Ben Simmons had 21 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Philadelphia (38-30), which pulled a half-game behind idle Washington for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEmbiid was just 6 for 23 from the field. With his shot off, he affected the game in other ways.“When shots aren’t falling, you have to do something else,” Embiid said.last_img read more

Corruption becomes culture

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, Cathy Hughes, the Honorable Minister revealed an irrational stance on corruption when she insulted members of the public that they are corrupt just like her Government and that corruption is a culture in Guyana. In effect, Minister Hughes aims to deter members of the public from calling out corruption within her Government because she is also allegedly involved in it.Minister Hughes must know that corruption becomes culture because corrupt practices are copied, especially from role models or from those in powerful positions.To this end, Minister Hughes cannot escape the fact that she is spreading corrupt values. Specifically, it has been widely reported that Minister Hughes is being handed government contracts to her personal business for selfish gains. And this is evidence of corruption by a powerful government minister who has no other option but to defend this scourge because of her alleged involvement. She has no moral grounds to stand and fight it.Further, Minister Hughes needs to be reminded that corruption robs human beings of basic needs like food, water, health care and shelter. This is exactly the tragedy in Guyana where the majority of Guyanese, including members of my own family fall into hopelessness, suicide and emigration. Life is unbearable in Guyana because of corruption primarily in government. And most would agree that Guyana is ruled by thieves.Editor, without a doubt, Minister Hughes is unfit to effectively serve in her capacity because of her alleged involvement in corruption. How can a minister not see that her behaviors embolden corrupt practices which destroy lives? Further, Minister Hughes and others with similar values in government have caused Guyana to remain poor in spite of our vast natural resources. And the Government of Guyana must understand that corruption is a brainless and destructive act which is ever supported or defended by decent human beings.Sincerely,Annie Baliram (PhD)last_img read more

Man dies as vehicle turns turtle along Tepuru Trail

first_imgThe driver was killed and four others were injured after the vehicle in which they were travelling turned turtle along the Tepuru Trail, Mazaruni River, Region Seven. Dead is Carlos David, 31, of Four and Half Miles, Bartica, Region Seven.Those injured are Emanuel Williams, 28, of Five Miles Bartica; Denzil Lindore, 24, of Four Miles Bartica; Chris Williams, 27, of Five Miles Bartica and Wesely Rodrigues, 27 Lot 158 Four Miles Housing Scheme Bartica. Emanuel Williams and Lindore were reportedly treated at the Bartica Regional Hospital and sent away while Chris Williams and Rodrigues were admitted as patients.Based on information received, the vehicle bearing registration number GLL 1388 was proceeding along the Tepuru Trail at a fast rate when it is alleged that David, the now dead driver, pulled from a pot hole and lost control.As a result, the pick-up collided with a baranka thus causing it to topple several times before coming to a halt. The occupants of the vehicle all received injuries and were picked up and taken to the Bartica Regional Hospital where David was pronounced dead on arrival.His body is at the hospital mortuary awaiting a post mortem. The two men who were admitted are said to be in a stable condition. Investigations into the fatal accident are continuing.last_img read more

Providence Play-offs tickets now on sale

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018The ‘Biggest Party in Sport’ will get bigger for Guyanese cricket fans as for the first time in the six-year history of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) play-off matches will be hosted in Guyana.As the competition gets hotter and the time winds down to the date for the two play-offs, tickets for those matches are now on sale. Described as a reward for the amazing crowd support that is showcased over the previous five editions of CPL at the Providence stadium, cricket fans can now book their spot at any of the two matchups by visiting the closest ticket office or purchase online at CPLT20.com.There is no doubt that Guyanese fans will be eagerly anticipating the two encounters and with the Guyana Amazon Warriors currently sitting at the top of the points table, Guyanese cricket lovers are expectant that their home team will be featured in one of those matches on September 11 and 12.As promised by CPL Chief Operations Officer Pete Russell, when the introduction of the playoff to Guyana was made, ticket prices for the playoffs remain affordable, so that fans across the diaspora can enjoy the ‘Biggest Party in Sport.’ Those prices will match the home games with the Red and Green stands costing $5,000, $3,000 for the Orange stand and $2,500 for the Grass mound.Hero CPL CEO Damien O’ Donohoe spoke extensively on the release of the tickets stating, “The support that we have over the years from the Guyanese government and the Guyanese public has been outstanding. The games in Guyana have an atmosphere like no were else on earth. This is the biggest sports event of the year and I urge fans to get their tickets early and not be left disappointed. There was so many fans who missed the home games as the tickets sold out so fast. We also have a few surprises up our sleeve for the Playoffs… so make sure to follow us.”Fans are being urged to pick up their tickets before they are all sold out at the CPL offices at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Road, Queenstown New Amsterdam and Imam Bacchus and Sons General Store at Affiance Essequibo Coast in order to be a part of history as play-off matches in Cricket Played Louder head to Providence.The play-offs will see the top four teams after the league stage of CPL battling for places in the September 16 final in Trinidad. On September 11, the top two teams on the points table will meet with the winner going straight to the final while on September 12 the third and fourth place teams will clash with the winner qualifying to play the loser of Play-off one while the loser will be eliminated.Both play-offs will begin at 18:00h.last_img read more

‘Partners’ plan nears city vote

first_img“Citizen involvement is going to be the key to making this program a success,” City Manager Steve Williams said. “There will be plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in any of a number of the program’s aspects – Neighborhood Watch, youth programs, neighborhood houses, a neighborhood commission and a citizens academy.” Among the program’s components will be developing and expanding youth programs; establishing city-owned “neighborhood houses”; greatly expanding Neighborhood Watch; starting a citizen academy; expanding family education and mediation programs; establishing neighborhood commissions; providing grants and loans to fix up homes; and encouraging volunteerism. With just under 39 percent of the city’s population being under the age of 19, the effort will have a large youth focus, city officials said. The program will look to expand or add such programs as anger management, life-skills workshops, community service programs, drug and alcohol education, internships, and youth safety workshops. The plan calls for creating a new city position – and filling it in May – to coordinate those programs. The city is looking to get the program rolling fairly quickly. The tentative schedule calls for establishing the first neighborhood home. The home would serve as a base of operations for a wide range of programs and services, such as tutoring, hosting Neighborhood Watch meetings and meet-and-greet sessions with city officials and staffers. The city would look for donated properties to use for the homes or rent or purchase the homes for a period of three months to a year. In April, two crime prevention officers would be hired and the expansion of Neighborhood Watch programs would begin. Two additional crime prevention officers would be hired in July, according to the plan’s tentative schedule. A volunteer coordinator would be hired in May. The coordinator would recruit, screen, assess and assign volunteers to various city efforts. From July to October, other elements of the program would start to come into play, including the citizen academy to train people about how city government works and what programs and resources are available; the expansion of family-oriented programs, such as parenting classes; the neighborhood councils; and the expansion of city grants and loan programs that are used to spruce up neighborhoods. The council’s meeting is being held Monday instead of in its usual Wednesday slot to accommodate city officials traveling next week to Washington, D.C., for the annual National League of Cities conference. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A proposed new anti-crime program with a heavy focus on grass-roots participation will cost Palmdale about $825,000 a year, according to city officials. The plan, Partners for a Better Palmdale, will have about $82,000 in one-time start-up costs in addition to the projected annual $825,000 cost. The plan goes Monday before the Palmdale City Council for approval. “We’re convinced we need to complement the efforts of our deputies,” Mayor Jim Ledford said. “This program is going to be a real dynamic one for us.” The plan will have a heavy citizen involvement component, including volunteer programs and expanded Neighborhood Watch programs. last_img read more

Capital FM set for Neymar’s tournament

first_img0Shares0000Capital FM football teamNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6 – Five-a-side football kingpins Capital FM will be out to compete at the Neymar JR’s tournament scheduled to be begin with the qualifiers in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru and Machakos.Capital FM, the 2016 Standard Chartered Bank Trophy world champions, will enter for the Nairobi qualifiers to be played at the University of Nairobi on May 18, seeking to book a berth to the National final set for May 26 at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC). The winner of the national final will earn a ticket to Brazil to represent Kenya in the World Championship.Other qualifiers will take place in Mombasa April 7 at Uwanja Wa Mbuzi, Eldoret at the Moi University West Campus on April 14, Kisumu at the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium on April 21, Machakos at Kenyatta Stadium on May 5, Nakuru at Afraha Open on May 12, Nairobi at the University of Nairobi May 18th and at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho.Capital FM, the two-time Road To Anfield champions, will be looking to make the amends with the Neymar JR’s tournament that will be played in Kenya for the first time.Capital FM coach Ahmedin Gulu gives instructions to Kristian Malumbe, skipper Lassie Atrash and Solomon Okeyo.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe Best Mix of Music team that is led by skipper, Lassie Atrash failed to defend this year’s edition of Road To Anfield after bowing out in the quarter-finals.“It was a painful loss. But that’s the beauty of football we leave to fight another day. We are set to compete at the Neymar JR’s tournament which will be a perfect platform for us to make amends. The team is ready and we just hope for the best,” Lassie, a Production Assistant at Capital FM noted.Other members in the powerful team that is coached by Ahedin Gulu include: Kristian Malumbe, Solomon Okeyo, Jeff Ooko, Timothy Olobulu, Ali Athman, David Muba and Alex Isaboke while Duncan Kikata is the Team Manager.However, the tournament is of different format compared to other five-asides where at the Neymar JR’s tournament it comprises of five players but with no goalkeeper and for every goal scored, the opposing team loses a player. The game is 10 minutes long.With over 60 countries taking part in this year’s global series of Neymar Jr’s Five, Kenya will be hosting the tournament for the first time in 6 towns targeting 1,500 participants for the title of representing Kenya in Brazil this coming July 2018.Qualifier Schedule: April 7th: Mombasa: Uwanja Wa Mbuzi April 14th: Eldoret: Moi University West CampusApril 21st: Kisumu: Jomo Kenyatta StadiumMay 5th: Machakos: Kenyatta StadiumMay 12th:  Nakuru: Afraha OpenMay 18th: Nairobi: University of NairobiMay 19th: Nairobi: Camp ToyoyoMay 26th: NATIONAL FINAL: Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, September 9

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, has emerged as a January transfer target for Juventus. (Daily Mirror) Former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, 29, is set to snub a January move to Manchester United after asking AC Milan to renew his contract. (Daily Express) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is to hold crunch talks with Adnan Januzaj after the midfielder, 19, became concerned over his future at Old Trafford. (Daily Star) Former Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz, 31, has signed for Major League Soccer outfit Columbus Crew. (MLS) Chelsea are on the trail of Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 18. (Daily Star) Lazio are ready to hand midfielder Antonio Candreva, 27, a lucrative contract in a bid to ward off interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. (Daily Express) Newcastle United and Republic of Ireland back-up goalkeeper Rob Elliot, 28, says the time has come to make regular football his goal for club and country. (The Times)Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, 21, admits he’s struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League. (Daily Star) Lukas Podolski has conceded Danny Welbeck’s £16m move from Manchester United has moved him down the pecking order at Arsenal. (The Independent) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com exclusive headlines…Exclusive – Arsenal turned down chance to sign Man City defender this summerFabregas: Arsenal will always be close to my heart, but I’m committed to Chelsea nowAtletico star happy in Spain despite Chelsea and Man United interestBlow for Chelsea and Man United! Midfield star in talks with Juventus over new dealMan United target set to sign new Fiorentina contractArsenal and Man United target desperate to stay at PSGDe Gea backs former Man United teammate Hernandez to shine at Real MadridReports – Juventus eye shock swoop for Liverpool defenderWest Ham tried to sign me in the summer, Stuttgart star revealsReports – QPR weigh up bid for Belgian midfielderBenitez twice turned down Real Madrid while Liverpool managerBoost for Arsenal and Chelsea? Wantaway PSG star yet to agree Roma dealLazio ready bumper new deal for Liverpool targetJuventus and Real Madrid join Liverpool and Man United in race for Germany starlast_img read more

Ha ha! OAP Man United fan leading Red Devils singing in pub – AMAZING VIDEO

first_imgManchester United and Arsenal meet in the FA Cup this evening – live on talkSPORT from 7pm – and for both of these fallen giants it represents a potentially seismic match in their respective seasons.One thing is for certain though, both sets of fans will be in full voice and we’d bet that this Red Devils’ hero will be leading the chorus on the Stretford End.This top red definitely got the United fans fired-up recently, as the video above shows.last_img

Ford axing 30,000 jobs, 14 plants

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. plans to cut up to 30,000 jobs and shutter 14 plants in a sweeping restructuring that the nation’s second-biggest automaker hopes will tackle declining market share and rising costs that led to hefty losses in its North American operations. Ford shares rose on Monday’s news, indicating some investors were pleased with the long-awaited Way Forward plan, as well as the company’s larger-than-expected $124 million overall profit in the fourth quarter. Union leaders called the planned job cuts extremely disappointing. Ford shares rose 42 cents, or 5.3 percent, to close at $8.32 on the New York Stock Exchange. Ford executives said the plan will restore profitability by 2008. But some analysts said the plan is short on details, leaving them uncertain if it will boost Ford profits as the company struggles with aggressive competition, higher gasoline prices, rising costs for labor and raw materials and a junk credit rating. Ford named only five of the plants it plans to close. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It’s a step forward in the culture of Ford. Whether it translates into increased profits remains to be seen,” said Brian Johnson, an auto analyst with Sanford Bernstein. The cuts represent up to 25 percent of Ford’s North American work force of 122,000 people. Ford has approximately 87,000 hourly workers and 35,000 salaried workers. In addition, Ford plans to cut 12 percent of its corporate officers in the next two months. Ford’s St. Louis plant will be the first plant idled – in the first quarter of this year. A plant near Atlanta will close at the end of this year and a plant in Wixom, Mich., will close in the second quarter of 2007, according to Ford Americas President Mark Fields, the architect of the plan. Other plants to be idled and eventually closed through 2008 are Batavia Transmission in Ohio and Windsor Casting in Ontario. Later this year, Ford will choose two more plants to be idled. The company also will reduce production to one shift at its St. Thomas assembly plant in Ontario. All of the plant closings and job cuts are scheduled to be completed by 2012. “These cuts are a painful last resort, and I’m deeply mindful of their impact,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford said in announcing the cuts. “In the long run we will create far more stable and secure jobs. We all have to change, and we all have to sacrifice, but I believe this is the path to winning.” In addition to the facilities named Monday, analysts expected assembly plants in St. Paul, Minn., and Cuatitlan, Mexico, to be at risk for closure because of the products they make. Under the company’s current contract with the United Auto Workers, workers at the idled plants will continue to get most of their pay and benefits until a new contract is negotiated next year. Ford also plans to build one plant in North America, but Fields wouldn’t say where it will be located. He would say only that the plant must be a low-cost operation. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger and Vice President Gerald Bantom expressed disappointment over the plan. “The impacted hourly and salaried workers find themselves facing uncertain futures because of senior management’s failure to halt Ford’s sliding market share,” they wrote in a joint statement. “The announcement has further left a cloud hanging over the entire work force because of pending … announcements of additional facilities to be closed at some point in the future.” The pair said Ford should be trying to gain market share, rather than aligning production capacity with shrinking demand for the company’s vehicles. Fields said Ford’s North American plants have been operating at about three-quarters of their full capacity. “That is clearly unsustainable,” Fields said. He said Ford’s actions will reduce assembly capacity by 1.2 million vehicles, or 26 percent, by the end of 2008. In addition to the job cuts, company officials said they plan to achieve $6 billion in material cost savings by 2010 as part of restructuring. They also plan to revitalize Ford, Mercury and Lincoln brands by giving them more distinct identities and relying less heavily on costly incentives. Earlier Monday, Ford reported earnings of $2 billion in 2005, down 42 percent from last year’s profit of $3.5 billion. It was the third straight year the automaker has reported a profit, but gains in Europe, Asia and elsewhere were offset by a loss of $1.6 billion in North American operations. The latest results included a 19 percent increase in overall profit to $124 million, or 8 cents a share, in the fourth quarter, thanks to the sale of its Hertz Corp. rental division and improved profits for luxury brands. That was despite a loss of $143 million in North American operations, an improvement from a loss of $470 million the same period a year ago. Bill Ford said the company would no longer provide earnings guidance beginning in 2006. “We can’t succeed in the long run if we’re focused only on the short term,” he said. Ford Chief Financial Officer Don LeClair said employee buyouts and other elements of the restructuring plan could cost the automaker around $500 million this year. Fields said half the jobs Ford is cutting will be through attrition, while the rest will be through layoffs. He said the company plans buyouts and possible placement in other plants to help workers. In Wixom, 18-year employee James Crawford said he is too young to retire and might not have enough seniority to get hired at another Ford plant. “This really hits me hard,” said the 39-year-old car painter, who listened to the announcement on the radio in a white Ford Probe parked across the street from the plant. “It looks like I’m starting over.” During the 2007 labor negotiations, Ford will almost certainly try to eliminate the unparalleled job protection that lets hourly workers continue to collect wages and benefits when there is no longer any work for them, said Gary Chaison, a professor of industrial relations at Clark University. The UAW has vowed to keep those protections in place. “The announced plant closings and future announcements are the subject of ongoing discussions with Ford,” Gettelfinger and Bantom said. “Certainly, today’s announcement will only make the 2007 negotiations all the more difficult and all the more important.” Ford and its larger rival, General Motors Corp., have been hurt by falling sales of profitable sport utility vehicles, restrictive labor contracts and growing costs for health care and materials. GM announced a similar restructuring plan in November that will shave its work force by 30,000 and close 12 North American facilities. Ford also has seen its U.S. market share slide as a result of increasing competition from foreign rivals. The company suffered its 10th straight year of market-share losses in the United States in 2005, and for the first time in 19 years, Ford lost its crown as America’s best-selling brand to GM’s Chevrolet. Ford sold around 2.9 million vehicles for a market share of 17.4 percent in 2005, down from 18.3 percent the year before and 24 percent in 1990. “It’s a competitive shootout like we’ve never seen before,” said Fields, who said the number of vehicle nameplates in the U.S. market will reach 300 by the end of the decade, up from 215 in 2002. The restructuring is Ford’s second in four years. Under the first plan, Ford closed five plants and cut 35,000 jobs, but its North American operations failed to turn around. Bill Ford said this plan makes far more dramatic changes, including changing a stifling corporate culture and focusing more heavily on consumer demands. “We’re going to be a big company that thinks like a small company,” he 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