GOALS GALORE Kingston College goalkeeper Jahvanni Grant came up trumps with three saves as the North Street-based school came from behind in a penalty shoot-out to stun defending champion Wolmer’s 4-3 after the teams battled to a pulsating 2-2 draw in an ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup quarter-final at the Constant Spring field yesterday. Alphonso Gooden fired Wolmer’s in front against the runner-of-play in the 16th minute, but the North Street school equalised through Rashawn Mackison five minutes later and then went in front after 60 minutes courtesy of Omar Thompson’s deflected strike. But Rivaldo English sent the game into extra time when he capitalised on an error from Grant to put the ball into an empty net. In the shootout, KC missed their first two kicks, while Wolmer’s netted theirs. But after KC scored their next two, Grant stopped two straight kicks and then in sudden death, he saved a penalty from opposing goalkeeper, Jemison, to clinch the win. Both coaches believed Grant made the difference. “I know Jahvanni (Grant) from previous school (Wolmer’s), I know he is a good shot-stopper when it comes to penalties. I needed the first save from him and that would have boosted his confidence. When I saw Jemison step up, I said: Why is Jemison taking a penalty when Jahvanni knows everything about him as both were once together at Wolmer’s? Right there, I knew he would have stopped it,” Ludlow Bernard the KC coach said. Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, also thought Grant’s knowledge of his former teammates played a big role in the shoot-out. “The KC ‘keeper’ knew my players, and I think that ended up making a big difference,” he said.
Construction spending saw a substantial increase in October, advancing on solid gains in homebuilding outlays.In a report on Tuesday, the Commerce Department estimated construction spending throughout the month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $971 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent over September’s revised estimate of $960.3 billion.Compared to a year ago, October’s rate of spending was up 3.3 percent.A large share of October’s increase came in spending on residential projects, which was up 1.3 percent from September to an adjusted yearly rate of $359.1 billion. In the private sector, spending on home construction climbed 1.3 percent, rising for both single-family (1.3 percent) and multifamily (1.8 percent) projects to come to a total rate of $353.8 billion.Despite the promising gain, economists Patrick Newport and Stephanie Karol at IHS Global Insight called October’s residential construction numbers “deceptively strong.””The figure for single-family construction depends on that month’s average single-family home price,” the pair said in a note to clients. “That number launched itself into outer space in October … While this will make fourth-quarter construction spending figures shine, we believe this is an anomaly caused by sampling issues, rather than true, sustainable strength.”Meanwhile, spending on public residential construction dropped 2.2 percent month-over-month, declining to an annual adjusted rate of $5.3 billion. That dip was offset by gains across nearly all categories of nonresidential construction, led by double-digit increases in commercial and public safety projects. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News December 2, 2014 447 Views Commerce Department Construction Spending Homebuilders IHS Global Insight 2014-12-02 Tory Barringer Construction Spending Up 1.1% in October