Jose Marti Technical High put the brakes on Group G leaders, Kingston College, halting the North Street-based school’s perfect winning record, with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw in ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup action at the Stadium East field yesterday.KC went ahead in the 26th minute when Rashawn Mackison headed home from a perfect Nickardo Hanchard corner kick.The purple and white-clad KC should have wrapped up the game before the end of the first half but wayward finishing ensured their opponents remained with a fighting chance.They took that chance in the 62nd minute when Khalfane Richards cleverly chipped the ball over a KC defender then dribbled into the 18-yard box before slamming home. Richards who was scoring his fourth goal of the season, celebrated wildly in front of the KC supporters with a wipe of his finger across his neck.”That was just my celebration. I like to upset the big guns like St George’s and KC,” he said.”I feel very wonderful as I have put in a lot of hard work. I will keep trying to score more goals,” he told The Gleaner.KC remain top of the group with 16 points from six games, with five wins and yesterday’s draw. Camperdown are next with 12 from five while Jose Marti are third with seven points.KC’s coach Ludlow Bernard said his team needed to convert its chances and also tighten up in defence.”We will always say that we need to convert our chances, but probably if we were a little tighter in defence they would not have got that chance,” he assessed, adding that they will be looking to “maximise their efforts in remaining games”.Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Jose Marti, believes his team did well to earn the draw.”We really wanted something from this KC game so we are very satisfied,” he said.
Story Highlights More than 2,300 young people are to be employed under the National Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will be officially launched today (August 10) at the Jamaica College Auditorium, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew. The exercise, spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be implemented through the municipal corporations, which will see to its effective operation. More than 2,300 young people are to be employed under the National Youth Summer Employment Programme, which will be officially launched today (August 10) at the Jamaica College Auditorium, Old Hope Road, St. Andrew.The young people, from across the island, will be engaged in the auditing of street lights and identifying vulnerable persons within communities who may require assistance during periods of natural disasters and other forms of emergency.The exercise, spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, will be implemented through the municipal corporations, which will see to its effective operation.It will kick off during the third week in August and run throughout the remainder of the month into September.The programme is designed to meet one of the Government’s key priorities, which is to facilitate the empowerment of Jamaican youths by creating opportunities for them through employment.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said that the seven-week initiative is expected to reap tremendous benefits.“These young people would have further developed their knowledge base and skill sets and the municipal corporations will have improved records on street lights and vulnerable persons,” he noted.