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Acuña: “It is important that the fans are involved in the game”

first_imgThis morning the Paraguayan Acuña has pointed out that “we are increasingly compact, but we have to win, this is the game we would like to win to pull up, this changes from one moment to another and we have to row all together and throw up. Albacete hopes that on Saturday against Numancia it will be the game that can break the bad dynamics of results from the La Mancha team chain eleven consecutive days without winning.The Manchego team has spent a few months of being in playoff positions at the bottom of the table well He has not won in the League since November 16 and at home since the end of October. The white club has published a video on social networks asking for the support of the fans in which a large part of the workforce participates. The Albacete striker has asked for the support of the fans by pointing out that “We have made a very nice video the whole template so that people are with us, it is important that the fans are very involved. When the fans are plugged in, the team has an extra plus and we need them. ”Today Lucas Alcaraz has the casualties of the injured Gorosito and the sanctioned Horse for Saturday’s clash against Numancia in Carlos Belmonte.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

Even in Year 16, LeBron James refusing to slow down

first_imgBut it’s not just the scoring. Only Steve Nash, John Stockton and Jason Kidd — three of the best point guards ever — averaged this many assists at this point in their career.“He’s the best player in the world,” Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said.Added fellow Laker Kyle Kuzma: “He could average 40 if he wanted.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who had James for four seasons in Miami, describes James’ game in one word: “Timeless.”“Doesn’t matter what year, doesn’t matter how old,” Spoelstra said. “Consistency is as much of a talent as any physical or mental talent. He’s five-star in all of those.”James hasn’t won an MVP award in any of the past five seasons. For as good as he’s been, for as long as he’s been that good, it’s hard to believe that his first 15 seasons only resulted in him winning that award four times. He should be in the conversation again this year, and thought he should have won the award last year.“I just go out and my love for the game keeps me going,” James said. “My ability to put in the work, and see what happens after that. I know if I put in the work and be true to the game, then everything else will take care of itself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio 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 Bryant had gone more than seven years without a 50-point game before April 13, 2016, when he went 22-for-50 and scored 60 points at Staples Center as the Laker faithful roared for his work one final time. James hadn’t gone six months since his last 50-point night; it was Game 1 of last season’s NBA Finals, the one where J.R. Smith forgot the score in the final seconds and Cleveland lost to Golden State on the way to a sweep.James was methodical on Sunday; he was 19 for 31 from the field, 6 for 8 from 3-point range, getting to 51 points on a deep 3-pointer in the final seconds with the outcome already long decided.“That’s all coaching,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Just great coaching. … No, the way he sees the game, he knows what he’s doing out there.”Through 16 games, though there’s nothing to suggest that he’s going to slow down this season — or anytime soon — James is his usual sensational self. He’s averaging 28.8 points on 52 percent shooting, with 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.No one in NBA history has ever averaged that many points in a 16th season or later. Bryant is the only player to average more than 25 points this deep into a career; he averaged 27.9 points in 2011-12, 27.3 points in 2012-13.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James keeps the ball from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — LeBron James stopped worrying about his place in history long ago. His legacy has been secure for years. The argument about where he ranks, whether or not he’s the best player to ever step on a basketball court, will continue forever and there will never be a definitive answer.That is, unless he keeps doing things like this.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In his 16th season, James can still make the game look absurdly easy. The latest entry on the long list of his unforgettable nights came Sunday, when James scored 51 points and led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 113-97 win over the Miami Heat. He’s only the second player to score at least 50 in a game this deep into an NBA career; the other is Kobe Bryant, in his final game, and that was aided by 50 shot attempts.“I’ve always been a guy to let the game talk for itself, speak for itself,” James said. “My body of work speaks for itself, still to this day, 16 years in.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe paused for a second, breaking into a big smile.“If there’s ever a discussion,” James said, “games like this will make sure you figure it out.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Civil Engineering graduate Dave Yu hopes to pave way for NU student-athletes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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January 18, 2020 0

Jallah Becomes New PPCC Executive Director

first_imgThe Board of Commissioners of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) has with immediate effect appointed Mr. James Dorbor Jallah as Executive Director of the Commission.The appointment of Mr. Jallah, according to a PPCC dispatch, followed a “competitive and transparent recruitment process” witnessed and certified by international and bilateral organizations. Those organizations that witnessed Mr. Jallah’s endorsement by PPCC’s board included the African Development Bank (AfDB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), GEMS, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The interview panel, the dispatch said, comprised the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Civil Service Agency (CSA), Governance Commission (GC), and the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).Mr. Jallah was one of 11 candidates shortlisted from among 52 applicants. As executive director, he will head the secretariat and manage the day-to-day affairs of the Commission. He will ensure implementation of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA) of 2010, and its relevant regulations as well as all policy directives of the Board of Commissioners. He is expected to begin work on September 1, 2014.The new PPCC executive director holds a Master of Arts degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at Zaragora, Spain. He previously served the Liberian Government as Deputy Minister for Regional and Sectoral Planning at the former Ministry of Planning and Economics Affairs. In that position, Mr. Jallah coordinated and implemented several public sector investment projects in fiscal year 2010/2011, totaling US$37 million.He is currently the project manager of a World Bank (WB)-funded capacity Development Project of the Liberia Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA).   According to the dispatch, Mr. Jallah brings to the Commission the right mix of education, skills and experience; and possesses an impeccable character, which is essential for an institution like the PPCC.He is credited for planning, supervising, and administering the 2013 entrance and placement examination of the University of Liberia, whose  final results sparked a national debate on the quality of education at high schools and universities in the country.Thereafter, he was also appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to chair the Special Presidential Independent Investigative Body, with a mandate to conduct a comprehensive review of the issuance of Private Use Permits (PUPs) by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA). The findings of that investigation resulted into drastic ongoing reforms being carried out in the forest sector.The Board of Commissioners of the PPCC has therefore reconfirmed and reaffirmed its commitment to an effective implementation of the PPCA 2010; and is confident that Mr. Jallah has the competence and experience to perform the task he is appointed for.  The PPCC was established by an Act of Legislature with oversight responsibility to regulate and monitor all forms of public procurement and concession practices in Liberia. It replaced the CMC with elaborate mandates of monitoring procuring entities to comply with the Act of 2005 for all public procurements and awarding concessions, in order to ensure economic efficiency, transparency and promotion of competition so that government gets “value for money”  in using public funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Don’t Throw Solutions at Us Because We are Desperate; Let Us Tell You What…

first_imgSince the beginning of the fight against Ebola there have been a lot of proposals, discussions, blogs, tweets and posts (on the Internet) about a multitude of ICT solutions that can help improve information flow, collaboration, aid the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). International partners and other “goodwill partners” flew into Liberia to assess situations, propose and implement solutions that would aid in the fight against the EVD. The advent of these “goodwill partners” to deploy ICTs to help in the Ebola battle has led to what I call an “amalgam of ICT efforts”, which has given birth to the many new systems and software solutions we continue to hear about.Yet despite what we hear and read about in “blogosphere” we are yet to feel the impact of these much touted solutions.  Hitherto writing this article, our call centers continue to use manual systems, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has no automated processes or dashboards that could facilitate information gathering, collaboration, or delivery. So, the question is where is all the “help” that we hear about? Obviously, the “help” is here but focused somewhere totally alien to our current needs. In fact, it seems this “help” isn’t or has not been provided based on demand from us but rather, based on the “helpers’ ” desire to test or deploy solutions that they feel is good for us. But what good are these solutions when they don’t meet our immediate or long-term needs?A recent study done by USAID-GEMS identified several gaps and information system needs in Liberia. This study identified many areas where there is a significant need for systems, in most cases automated systems, to improve the way things are done in Liberia (now in the Ebola fight and for the future), reduce costs, ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness and promote economic development. Some of the areas identified include: The lack of automation at call centers, lack of Case Management Systems, Contact Tracing, Ambulance investigation, Team Dispatch Unit, ETU Management, Fleet Management, Asset Management, Rehabilitation Management Training Management, etc.According to the report, “each ETU operator has independent systems and there have been reports of shortcomings, and challenges with standardization of reporting. Contact tracing activities vary across the counties. Paper-based systems provide base functionality in low-intensity areas, but have been overwhelmed in Montserrado. There is no automated national EVD fleet management system and there is no automated national EVD asset management system. I could go on but the survey has done that already.From the list of areas that show gaps, one would ask: How can these “gaps” exist in the presence of the “amalgam of ICT efforts” and goodwill partners who have been touting ICT solutions since the genesis of the Ebola Virus outbreak?There’s absolutely no doubt that the “amalgam of ICT efforts” could have a significant impact on the fight against Ebola in Liberia and other countries affected. And, there is also no doubt that there is a great need for ICTs in this fight.  The problem, I have come to know thus far, is that the ICT solutions are that are being proffered and deployed are not taking into consideration the immediate and particular needs of the responders. Moreover, they are yet to show any tangible results in terms of their impact on the fight against Ebola. Worst yet, there is a total lack of coordination when it comes to this “amalgam of ICT efforts.” This lack of coordination has led to neglect for the immediate and particular ICT needs of responders, duplication of systems/software solutions, and other efforts. In addition, the array of technologies and systems being eagerly proffered or provided has the propensity to compete with one another and prove ineffective if they are not coordinated.Frankly, the way I see it, the eagerness to develop technology solutions stems from the fact that the EVD outbreak presents several opportunities for those solutions to be tested, deployed and subsequently sold. It is not expensive to purchase a plane ticket and run to these “hot zones”, assess the situation, develop software, blog and tweet about it even though it may or may not have any short or long term impact on that country or its crisis.There are many different partners in Liberia and other Ebola infected countries who are trying to do important work, but the systems and approaches are not collaborating. Because of this, there are duplicate technologies and systems being put in place by those partners. We should watch out for those solutions that are only temporary or do not fit into our long term developmental goals. This means all efforts must have room for scalability.Finally, there is a great need for ICT in the fight against the EVD for economic development in Liberia. Hence, we ask our international partners and “goodwill” folks to not only provide solutions to help us meet our short-term needs (Ebola Virus Disease), but they should provide solutions that would also help us meet our long-term (economic development) needs. A lot of people have died as a result of this outbreak and there are lots of indications that we need help in many areas. Help us in the areas where we are lacking; not where you believe your interest lies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

“Tone Down, Calm the Storm”

first_img– Advertisement – Former Pro Tempore Cletus Segbe Wotorson is concerned about the prevailing political situation in the country. -Former Pro Tempore Wotorson’s Passionate Plea to SenateFormer President Pro Tempore of the 53rd Legislature, Cletus Segbe Wotorson, made a surprise entrance into the Senate Chambers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, and threw out a passionate plea to Senate plenary to help tone down and also calm the political storm currently looming over the country.The former Grand Kru Senator, who decided not to seek re-election during the 2014 senatorial election, was succeeded instead by Albert Tugbe Chie, a geologist like himself. Chie, who won the senate seat as an independent candidate, also became Senate Pro Tempore.Chie’s rise to the position of the Senate Pro Tempore may have been propitiated, according to sources, by the fact that he Pesident George M. Weah are from the same county, Grand Kru.Meanwhile, Wotorson told members of the 54th Senate, presided over by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, that too much confusion is going on in the country, specifically through the news media.“I want to look at my elders, whether by age or position, to see what they can do to tone down to calm the storm. In situations like this, what the whole Senate could possibly do is to ask a meeting with the Executive, and remind of the problem currently facing the country. In my opinion, I think it is the moral responsibility of the Senate to seek that audience,” Wortorson said.He suggested a closed door discussion among themselves as plenary to have a unified approach for what would be talked about so that the discussions can be substantive.“You can stand with the senate leadership to take responsibility to make sure that the meeting takes place, because we are in a situation and we cannot go back to the days of old. So my dear colleagues, I look up to you for a responsible approach and don’t let us shift or transfer our responsibility to the Council of Churches; it is your national responsibility to calm the state, and I think you can gladly embrace that. A suggestion from an old man, who sat here before.”Vice President Taylor, who is also the President of the Senate, assured Mr. Wortorson that the Senate, through its leadership, will look into that suggestion as to the way forward.“We are grateful that you could come and remind us of where we are as a nation, and what each of us must do to bring sanity to the issues in our country to move forward…,” Vice President Taylor said.According to sources, following Senate session yesterday, the Senate went into ‘executive session’ — an instance which, though undisclosed to the public, suggests an apparent heeding of the former Pro Tempore’s advice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


January 14, 2020 0

National footballer jailed for 2018 shooting of cop

first_imgNineteen-year-old Jobe Caesar, who is no stranger to the court, was on Friday given a six-month prison sentence by Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess on a wounding charge committed on a police officer in 2018.The teen was charged for wounding Kerry Joseph on September 3, 2018, at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Magistrate Bess, during his ruling on Friday, informed the court that evidence obtained during the Preliminary Inquiry is sufficient to convict Caesar of the charge. Thus, the footballer of Albouystown, Georgetown, will spend the next six months behind bars.Caesar is also before the court on charges committed earlier this year, which includes robbing and damaging his ex-girlfriend’s motorcar after their alleged abusive relationship ended.According to facts previously presented, Kerry Joseph also shared a relationship with Caesar’s ex-girlfriend and on the day in question, Joseph visited the home of the said woman where she was attacked by the convicted man.A report was subsequently made and Caesar was arrested for the offence.last_img read more


January 12, 2020 0

NFL notes: Rhodes, Droughns find new backfields

first_imgTwo running backs found new homes Friday. Dominic Rhodes, who ran for 113 yards in Indianapolis’ Super Bowl victory, signed with the Oakland Raiders, and Reuben Droughns, who had back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons with Denver and Cleveland, was traded by Cleveland to the New York Giants. Neither Rhodes nor Droughns may play full-time with his new team. Rhodes split time in Indianapolis last year with rookie Joseph Addai and will likely do the same with LaMont Jordan in Oakland. “Dominic will be a dynamic presence that can diversify our offense both as a runner and pass catcher,” coach Lane Kiffin said of his new running back, who signed a deal worth more than $7.5 million over two years. Droughns, obtained for wide receiver Tim Carter, slipped to 758 yards with a 3.4 average for the Browns last year and became expendable when Cleveland signed Jamal Lewis earlier this week. Droughns is likely to be a backup to third-year man Brandon Jacobs, the front-runner to succeed the retired Tiki Barber. Fisher addresses “Pacman”: Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said he doesn’t expect troubled cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones to report with the rest of the Titans players on March 19. The NFL is examining 10separate incidents in which when Jones has been questioned by police since being drafted, including a Feb. 19 triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. Two other arrests that Jones had not told the Titans about are among them. “As an organization it’s always been our policy to gather facts and to make sure we have all the information, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “At this point, I don’t see him coming back on the 19th.” center_img Plummer officially gone: Jake Plummer, the quarterback who Denver tried to trade to Tampa Bay last week, officially announced his retirement on his foundation’s Web site. “I poured my heart and soul into this game, not just in the NFL, but in college and in high school,” Plummer said. “I’m ready to move on with my life and try some new challenges.” 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


January 11, 2020 0

Arsenal should start with Olivier Giroud says ex-Gunner

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes Arsene Wenger should pick Olivier Giroud instead of Theo Walcott up front for the season opener against West Ham on Sunday.Walcott started last weekend’s Community Shield victory Chelsea, with Giroud coming on later in the match, and Robson believes the Frenchman changed the game.He thinks the physical presence of Giroud would be more of a threat to the Hammers than Walcott’s pace.“He has got a big decision to make this week – who would you play up front, Walcott or Giroud? That is the only decision he has to make,” Robson told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“I would play Giroud because against West Ham balls are going to come into the box and they’re going to defend very deep so you need someone who is going to be able to head the ball.“As you saw when Walcott was playing up front by himself and Arsenal were pinned back in, he didn’t really like the physical challenges of Cahill and Terry and didn’t even make an attempt on some occasions.“I would certainly go with Giroud but I don’t think Wenger will. I think he’ll stay with Walcott.”He also believes that Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are not good enough to lead the line for Chelsea, and unless the Blues buy a suitable back up to Diego Costa, Arsenal could finish ahead of the current Premier League champions.“I was quite impressed with their display against Chelsea on the weekend,” Robson added.“Unless Chelsea get a centre forward who is going come in when Diego Costa isn’t playing, Arsenal could certainly challenge. They’ve got good players.”last_img read more


January 3, 2020 0

‘Maybe it is a lucky year for us in the Champions League’ – Arsene Wenger confident after making last 16

first_img1 Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger hailed a “perfect game” from his team after seeing Arsenal win 3-0 in Olympiakos to secure their place in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League.The Gunners travelled to Greece needing a win by more than two goals as they would finish level on points in Group F with Olympiakos and the superior team is decided on a head-to-head basis.Olivier Giroud netted a fine hat-trick, his first for the north Londoners, in a glittering performance by the Premier League side, where Joel Campbell was also one of those to impress in the absence of so many star men.“I told you before the game it would be a great escape,” Wenger told BT Sport.  “And I must say I’m very proud of the team.“We needed to be right on the mental side and right on the tactical side as well.“We knew we had to push for the third goal because it’s very dangerous at 2-0, and we had the perfect game.“Nine times out of 10 in that position you are out of the group.“We needed something special to switch it on and come back like we did tonight.“We needed a complete team performance and that’s what it was.“Maybe it is a lucky year for us in the Champions League. You never know.”Wenger’s fellow Frenchman Giroud, 29, opened the scoring with a header which fortuitously came off goalkeeper Roberto.Giroud added a second after good work by Costa Rican forward Campbell, with the number 12 finishing well into the far corner.He completed his trio at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium with a well-taken penalty.Giroud, who was sent off earlier in the competition as Arsenal lost in Zagreb, later commented:  “It’s fantastic for me and the team.“We are really pleased to go through tonight.“We were not in a good position and finally we’ve done it so we’re very pleased for the club and the fans.“We want to go as far as we can. Our target is maybe to reach the quarter-finals.“Personally it is my fourth year here and I’ve never played a quarter-finals so we will see the draw, have a rest, and open a new page in the Champions League in February.”SEE HERE – ‘Olivier Giroud > Lord Bendtner!’ – Arsenal fans praise hat-trick hero after Champions League victorylast_img read more


December 30, 2019 0

Las Vegas gambles on new housing

first_img“Typically, people read the papers,” said economist Jim Shabi of Nevada’s employment department. “They know when Vegas is building casinos, and they come to town to find jobs.” According to Shabi, specialty trade contractors employing such workers as roofers and siders shed nearly 14,000 jobs in Nevada’s residential construction sector in the second quarter from a year earlier. But commercial sector trade jobs rose 5,600, fueled largely by construction on the Las Vegas Strip. Benito Del Toro is an example. The 28-year-old concrete-finisher foreman arrived from Mexico 10 years ago to work in the busy home-building industry. When his hours slipped below 30 a week this summer, Del Toro joined the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association, which quickly put him to work on a new casino tower. His hours and pay more than doubled. “More hours, more job, more benefits. It’s better,” said the husband and father of a 2-year-old. “Why would I go back?” In the wider economy, the housing slowdown has hurt. For the first time since after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Nevada is facing a major downturn in its retail sales-tax collections, prompted by falling sales of autos, furniture, durable goods and home-building materials. Home sales in the Las Vegas area were down 37percent in November from a year ago, with median prices down 11percent, according to the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, the supply of single-family homes and condominiums rose nearly 19percent to 29,484, as foreclosed homes seeped back onto the market. RealtyTrac Inc. counted 6,694 foreclosure filings in Nevada in November, up 167percent from a year ago. At the Sedona Style furniture shop in Las Vegas’ Safari Business Park, four furniture stores within a block have closed in the past year, owner Ted Duke said. He said his $50,000 to $75,000 in monthly sales is “half what it should be.” “Six months ago, all the forecasters were predicting the downturn in housing would be over in ’08. Yesterday, they were saying late ’09,” Duke said. “Everybody’s worried.” LeaseTrader.com, the Web site that allowed mortgage-loan officer Natanel to ditch his $1,200-a-month lease and find a vehicle for $500 a month, said Las Vegans are downsizing to cheaper leases on cars to ride out the market trough. “What you’re seeing in Las Vegas, you’re seeing all over the U.S., especially the bigger cities in south Florida, like Miami, the Fort Lauderdale area, as well as on the West Coast,” said the site’s founder and chief executive, Sergio Stiberman. The company expects to handle 35,000 lease transfers this year, up from 20,000 last year. In Las Vegas, 20percent more people than a year ago are swapping high-cost leases for lower ones. “People are saying, `Let me just cut down on expenses, let me take it easy for a little bit, and when things get better, I know I’ll be able to go back and get another vehicle,”‘ he said. Some real estate agents haven’t been able to ride it out. After doubling in number from 2003 to 2007, membership in the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors was down to 15,825 at the end of November, from the peak of 17,557 in September 2006.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“It’s going to turn around,” Natanel said. “It’s just a matter of time.” One think tank already is predicting a housing shortage by late 2009, assuming workers flock to the state to fill jobs created by billions of dollars of new construction on the Las Vegas Strip. “We’re merely at the bottom of one cycle and heading back up on another one,” said Jeremy Aguero, one of Applied Analysis’ principals. He points to the stream of Strip mega-resorts planned to go up over the next few years, from Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s $1.8billion Palazzo, opening in January, to Boyd Gaming Corp.’s $4.8billion Echelon in 2010. In all, the surge is estimated to add more than 40,000 hotel rooms by 2012 and create around 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to Deutsche Bank. LAS VEGAS – Mortgage-loan officer Alon Natanel recently got rid of his convertible BMW for a more affordable SUV. Natanel said the new vehicle better suits him now that he’s a father – not least because of what the slumping housing market has done to his income, which fell from six figures to four. “You cannot put a baby in a convertible,” the 32-year-old said. “Especially when you cannot afford the payments.” Nevada’s nation-leading foreclosure rate is squeezing real-estate professionals like Natanel. Yet the ice-cold housing market hasn’t slowed the steady stream of inbound planes laden with gamblers and other tourists, and that gives the economy – and people like Natanel – a glimmer of hope. last_img

December 29, 2019 0