Jozy Altidore’s second-half goal saw the United States overcome Panama 1-0 to complete a perfect group-stage campaign at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Altidore’s overhead kick in the 66th minute gave USA a third win from as many games in Group D, securing top spot and a quarter-final clash against Curacao.USA made 11 changes to their starting line-up and it showed, but Altidore – having squandered two great chances earlier – stepped up to secure three points in Kansas City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? While they were unconvincing, Gregg Berhalter’s USA did enough to complete the perfect group-stage campaign.With his 42nd career international goal, @JozyAltidore puts the #USMNT up vs. ! pic.twitter.com/dTjCUMubmR— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 27, 2019USA made a lively start as they pushed for an opening goal and it almost came through Altidore in the 16th minute.After Panama turned over possession, Jordan Morris played in Altidore, but the striker pulled his shot wide from an angle from inside the area.Altidore squandered another chance five minutes later, the striker putting a tame shot straight at Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon after a Cristian Roldan cutback.Jonathan Lewis was denied by an excellent Fidel Escobar block, while Jose Fajardo fired wide for Panama on the counter-attack six minutes before half-time.Both teams struggled to begin the second half, leading to the introduction of USA star Christian Pulisic just after the hour-mark.The opener followed for USA after a corner as Altidore scored his 42nd international goal.The set-piece went uncleared and some poor defending from Panama led to Altidore producing an overhead kick from close range to make it 1-0.That was all USA needed, closing out a narrow victory as neither side created much of note in the closing stages. What does it mean? Job done for USAUSA simply needed to avoid defeat to secure top spot and the easier quarter-final clash, avoiding Jamaica. Berhalter’s side got the job done despite what was an unconvincing display.Changes could hurt USAUSA were beginning to find rhythm in wins over Guyana (4-0) and Trinidad and Tobago (6-0). Still, Berhalter opted to rest what is seemingly his preferred team and it remains to be seen whether that was the right decision.Altidore goal not enoughThe Toronto striker scored, but he also missed two chances in the first half. That is unlikely to be enough to earn him a start ahead of Gyasi Zardes, who has three goals at the tournament.What’s next?Both teams will play in Philadelphia on Sunday. USA take on Curacao, while Panama face Jamaica. read more
KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. Detour signage is available. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road The southern end of Joudrey Road, off Route 6 in Pictou West, isclosed to all traffic until further notice while bridgeinspections are carried out. A detour is available via Mountain Road or Louisville Road. Signsare posted indicating alternate routes. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Motorists are advised to use caution when approaching work zones. The Department of Transportation and Public Works appreciatesyour patience. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail (Trunk 30) Motorists are advised that there will be one-lane closures on theCabot Trail (Trunk 30) until Wednesday, June 30, while repavingwork is being carried out. The closures will begin at Point deHavre Road in Cheticamp and extend north to Cape Breton HighlandsNational Park. The closures will be in effect weekdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.Both directions of traffic will be affected periodically. Traffic control will be in place and motorists are asked to useextra caution while driving in this area. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Various Locations Motorists are asked to watch for lane and ramp closures on majorhighways in the Halifax Regional Municipality on Saturday andSunday, June 5 and 6. Crews will be repairing lights from 4 p.m. to midnight on thefollowing highways and roads: Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Irving Bell Bridge The Irving Bell Bridge, located 500 metres west of Byers Corneron Route 246, near Tatamagouche, will be closed for repairs untilMonday, June 7. A detour is available via Balmoral Road and Marshall Road. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-456-9942 Fax: 902-864-7811 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Lane closures on selected MicMac Parclo ramps on Highway 111 inDartmouth continue to be in effect from Friday, June 4 to Friday,June 11. Road crews are carrying out repaving work between 7 a.m. and 8p.m. weekdays and between 7 a.m. and noon Sundays. On the morning of Sunday, June 6, certain ramps will be fullyclosed and detours will be in place. During the week, one lanewill be open on ramps at all times. Traffic control will consistof signage and lane drops. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge Heavy trucks will be forced to detour around the Grand Etangbridge between Margaree and Cheticamp, on the Cabot Trail untilfurther notice. A detour for heavy trucks is available via Pembrooke Lake Roadand Carding Mill Road. The weight restrictions are posted and vary depending on thenumber of axles on the truck. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 There will be intermittent lane closures on two sections ofHighway 102 until Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling innorthbound lanes will be affected periodically while repaving iscarried out. Work will take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section 1 begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section 2 begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage and motorists are askedto use extra caution while driving in these areas. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol consists of traffic control persons. Work takes placefrom 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local area office: 902-499-3785 Fax: 902-835-1860 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Barra Strait Bridge Clearance for marine traffic under the Barra Strait bridge atGrand Narrows will be restricted until Wednesday, June 30. Apainting project is being carried out and the lift span will notbe in operation. Larger marine vessels will not be able to passunderneath the bridge during this period. The work will take place from Monday to Saturday, between 7 a.m.and 6 p.m. There will be delays for vehicles for short periods of time.Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 One lane will be closed on the ramp onto the Trunk 1 underpassstructure off Highway 101 in Lower Sackville from Friday, May 28to Wednesday, June 30. Road crews will be carrying out bridgerehabilitation work. The lane closure will be in effect 24 hours a day until the workis completed. Traffic control will consist of barrels andbarriers. One lane will remain open at all times, but motorists mayexperience delays and are asked to use exercise extra cautionwhen driving in this area. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 Motorists are advised that there will be full lane closures onHighway 105 between Groves Point Road and the Highway 125interchange, near Halfway Road until Wednesday, June 30. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected periodically while roadcrews carry out cold planing and asphalt paving. Most of the work will take place at night, between 7 p.m. and 7a.m. weekdays, and between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. weekends. Alternative routes will be available for local traffic only viaRoute 305 or the Georges River Road. Traffic control will consistof traffic control persons. Motorists should expect short delays during these times and areasked to use extra caution when driving in this area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Motorists are advised that Route 209, from North Greville Roadwesterly, will be reduced to one lane until further notice. Road crews will be carrying out ditching and repaving workbetween 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Traffic control will consistof traffic control persons. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 204 There will be closures on the northbound lane of Highway 204until Friday, June 11. The closures will begin at BrooksideElementary School and extend one kilometre to the Nappan River. Road crews will be carrying out excavation work at the edge ofthe highway between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Traffic controlwill consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-893-5760 Fax: 902-893-6103 Local Area Office: 902-563-2255 Fax: 902-563-2517 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Various locations There will be lane closures on various trunks, routes and localroads in Cumberland County until Wednesday, June 30. During thisperiod, road crews will be carrying out paving, shouldering andgravel patching. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays and asingle lane will be open at all times during construction. Local Area Office: 902-756-2518 Fax: 902-756-3458 Local area office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Motorists are advised that there will be one-lane closures onHighway 104 until Wednesday, June 30. The closure will begin nearExit 31A at Antigonish and extend 4.2 kilometres west. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected periodically. This is toallow road crews to carry out guardrail installation and asphaltrepaving. The closure will be in effect from Monday to Friday, between 7a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle and motorists areasked to use extra caution when driving in this area. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 -30- Local Area Office: 902-667-6236 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local area office: 902-471-2684 Fax: 902-424-0566 Highway 111, Victoria Road to Burnside Drive; Highway 111 at Highway 118 at Lakeview Interchange; Micmac Parclo; Highway 111 at Portland Street Interchange; and Burnside Drive.
ONE POLITICAL PARTY is calling for a no vote in the referendum on establishing a Court of Appeal.Direct Democracy Ireland founder, Raymond Whitehead told TheJournal.ie that he will be voting against it, arguing that if this referendum is passed, people won’t have any recourse to the Supreme Court in most cases.“This is a farce,” said Whitehead.Democracy deficitWhen asked if there was enough debate about the establishment of a Court of Appeal he said the Seanad debate was taking up most of debate time, stating: “It is diversionary. We have a democracy deficit in this country. This will be the final nail in the coffin of this country in terms of democracy and the right to justice.”He added: “The government want to speed up the justice system, as there are delays in having appeals heard by the Supreme Court. But it will only speed it up in the interests of government and corporate interests. Sometimes democracy can be slow, but shouldn’t we be looking before we leap. Haven’t we learned from the past. Why are we rushing justice. Look where it got us before, rushing in at 3am in the morning with the bank bailout.”How will it work?He said he didn’t believe the government had given an adequate outline as how the Court of Appeal would clear the backlog of appeal cases that the Supreme Court is experiencing, adding that the government have not specified what their “plan b” is if it doesn’t get passed.“What is their plan then, they haven’t told us, so how can they expect us to vote on something when we don’t know the consequences of voting for or against it,” he said.In their flyer, Direct Democracy state that the long delays in having an appeal to the Supreme Court can be beneficial to mortgage holders in distress as it can delay the repossession process for banks in repossessing homes.Whitehead said he believed the establishment of a Court of Appeal would have unintended consequences and urged people to get informed.If you would like more information about the upcoming referendum on October 4, please visit the Referendum 2013 website here. Read: Here is Alan Shatter’s quick guide to the Court of Appeal referendum>Column: Irish politics won’t change until people demand accountability from leaders>