VCB grateful for support at 5K

first_imgIt was a family affair at Vere Technical High School yesterday as athletes from that institution dominated the first staging of the Veronica Campbell-Brown Foundation 5K, with Britnie Dixon and Kimoy Cohen being crowned the respective female and male champions. Campbell Brown, who was present at the meet along with her husband, Omar, and manager Claude Bryan, was very pleased with the support. “We are grateful for the support as it is the first one, and we will build on it for next year. The main thing we are doing is for two reasons: for charity to help the VCB Foundation to help with girls in high school, and for athletes in building a healthy lifestyle,” said Campbell-Brown. As part of her work in philanthropy, among other things, four students are afforded scholarships through the VCB Foundation each year. The race started early in the morning at the school’s main gate, as the athletes journeyed to the Wembley Football Club main gate and back. Dixon stopped the clock at 19 minutes, 13.40 seconds, while Cohen covered the course in 17:09.75. The top-three finishers among the females were all Vere Technical students, as Kris-Ann Plummer, 19:17.64, and Alithia Ferron, 19:31.93, were second and third, respectively. Among the males, second place went to veteran road-race runner Horace Burey, who represented Island Smile, in 17:18.74, while third went to Vere Technical athlete Oshane Lightbody in 18:31.93. On hand at yesterday’s staging were several executive members of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association in assistant secretary Marie Tavares, committee member Maxine Brown and recorder Ewan Scott.last_img read more

West Indies should win World T20

first_imgIt might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!last_img read more

Golden girls: US wins 3rd straight women’s hoops World Cup

first_imgThe pair has been a key part of all three titles and hasn’t lost a World Cup game in nearly 12 years, including Sunday night’s 73-56 win over Australia in the gold medal game.“It means a lot. I was saying yesterday in the press conference that there’s this misconception out there that this is easy for us,” Bird said. “I get it, because the scores can say that at times. But this isn’t easy. We’re thrown together and need to figure it out on the fly. We need to peak at the right time. It’s extremely satisfying when we get it done.”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 ChrissBird now is the most decorated athlete in World Cup history, winning four gold medals and one bronze.“I don’t know if I can put it in perspective because I’m still in it,” Bird said. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The victory gave the U.S. 10 World Cup gold medals and was the 22nd win in a row overall for the Americans dating back to the bronze medal game in 2006. That was the same year that Australia won its only World Cup title. The Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals and haven’t lost since in the World Cup or Olympics. The win also made Dawn Staley the first person ever to win a World Cup title as a player, assistant and head coach.The U.S. didn’t have its entire team together until a few days before the tournament started as Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were winning the WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm. Stewart, who was the WNBA regular season and postseason MVP, added the MVP of the World Cup to her resume after scoring 10 points in the championship game.“It’s been an incredible few months, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. “The biggest thing about it all is it’s all focused on the team and having the team win.”Brittney Griner scored 15 points to lead the U.S. and anchored a stellar defensive effort against Liz Cambage. Australia’s star center came into the game averaging 27.2 points in the tournament, but was held to just seven.She remained the No. 1 enemy of the Spanish fans, who jeered and whistled every time she touched the ball. Cambage keyed Australia’s win over the host nation in the semifinals. Spain won the bronze medal, beating Belgium 67-60 earlier Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Taurasi, who scored 13 points, helped the U.S. get off to a strong start with a 10-0 lead. Australia could only get within three the rest of the way. It was the first time in the tournament that the U.S. didn’t trail in a game.“It was huge,” Stewart said about the fast start. “Dee (Taurasi) was talking about being the aggressors as Australia’s used to punching first. Today we were going to punch them first. That’s what we did. We rode on that momentum the rest of the game. That’s something they hadn’t seen this whole tournament.”The U.S. led 35-27 at the half and didn’t give Australia any chance to come back, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter.This was Australia’s best finish at the World Cup since 2006.“To beat the USA we had to play really good defense and rebound,” Australia coach Sandy Brondello said. “We contested a lot of shots, but they found too many shooters.”FLAG FLAPAs the flags of the three medalists were being raised during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Australia’s fell down midway through the song. It drew some laughs and shocked expressions from the Opal players. Cambage tweeted, “our shots didn’t fall but our flag did.”TIP-INSThe Americans remained unbeaten against Australia in Olympic and World Cup games, improving to 18-0. In the World Cup, the U.S. has 11 wins over Australia, although this was the first time the teams had met in the final. … Brondello joined a select group of people to win a World Cup medal as both a coach and player. She starred for the Australians as a player in the 1990s before taking over the coaching job this year. … With the win, the U.S. earns an automatic spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. FIBA is changing the qualifying format next year for the Olympics and World Cup. … The Soviet Union won a record five World Cups titles from 1959 to 1975. … Since the 1996 Olympic Games, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team program will have posted a 100-1 record in major international competitions, winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five FIBA World Cup golds (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).RECORD BREAKER Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? United States players celebrate after winning the Women’s basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship.The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece of history together.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bird passed Staley’s career U.S. mark for most assists at the World Cup. Bird fittingly got the record-breaking assist on a 3-pointer by Taurasi, her teammate since their days at UConn in the early 2000s.Staley had 103 in her three World Cups while Bird now has 107. The U.S. coach had joked after the semifinal win that she would sit Bird for the gold medal game to keep the record. Bird arguably had it easier than Staley because FIBA changed the way it counted assists in 2014, giving one to a player if her pass led to free throws.SCOREBOARDSpain beat Belgium 67-60 to win the bronze medal. Canada edged Nigeria 73-72 to finish seventh while France topped China 81-67 to come in fifth.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 awardlast_img read more

Balance of Payments shows steep hike

first_img…as Mid-Year Report warns of economic consequences for GuyanaThe first half of 2018 has seen Guyana’s Balance of Payment deficit take a sharp leap forward, when compared to the same period for 2017 and even the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report is warning of the consequences.The report, which was laid in the National Assembly only days ago, details that Guyana for the first half of the year recorded a deficit of US$139.8 million. This is in contrast to the corresponding period for last year, when the deficit was just US$46 million.“Guyana’s Balance of Payments deficit increased further as a result of a significantly higher deficit on the current account, which more than offset a surplus on the capital account.The weakening of the current account, from a deficit of US$79.2 million to a deficit of US$194.1 million, was due to higher deficits on the merchandise trade and services accounts, notwithstanding increased net unrequited transfers,” the report states.“The negative balance on the merchandise trade account widened to US$218.0 million during the first half of 2018, from US$112.2 million, in the first half of 2017, attributed to stronger growth in total import payments, which rose by US$137.8 million over the review period.Growth in imports was driven by an overall expansion in all major categories, intermediate goods by US$92.6 million, capital goods by US$41.1million and consumption goods by US$3.6 million.”According to the report, the total value of imported capital goods was driven by increases in all sub categories except agricultural machinery. IN fact, the report notes that this decreased by US$5.6 million.“Within the overall category, substantial growth was recorded for mining machinery, “other capital goods” and industrial machinery, which expanded by US$13.9 million, US$10.6 million and US$9.7 million, respectively.”“The expansion of imports of consumption goods was mainly due to significant growth in food for final consumption and other durables, which increased by US$9.2 million and US$8.2 million, respectively over the reporting period. Further growth in this category was limited by a reduction of US$22.8 million in the value of ‘other non-durable’ goods imported.”The report warns that global risks, such as rising commodity prices, climate change and turbulent international trade relationships, do pose a threat to the stability and progress of Guyana’s economy. And it warned that increased importation will put a strain on the country’s foreign reserves.“Specifically, the issue of climate change, which brings with it unpredictable weather patterns, has the ability to adversely affect the agriculture and mining and quarrying sectors, and, consequently, restrict production.On the other hand, while commodity prices are expected to strengthen, in 2018, this will have mixed effects.”“On the positive side, rising prices offer favourable prospects for the exporting Sectors – gold, rice, timber and aluminium. However, the increased importation of Intermediate goods, especially fuel and lubricants, and consumption goods, could likely offset the gains from export earnings. This could put a strain on Guyana’s international reserves, reinforcing the urgency with which economic diversification and resilience – Strengthening must take place,” the report states.Balance of Payments is statistical data on a country’s fiscal transactions, including imports and exports. To therefore record a deficit, Guyana would have had to spend more on imports, among other things, that it derived from exports.According to the 2017 Macro-economic Report, Guyana’s overall Balance of Payments in the last fiscal year showed a deficit of US$69.5 million.This is a hike when compared to US$53.3 million the previous year.last_img read more

New signing delighted to make ‘dream’ Burnley switch

first_img1 Fredik Ulvestad in action for Norway Under-21s Burnley’s new signing Fredrik Ulvestad says his move to the relegation strugglers was a ‘dream’ transfer.The midfielder has penned a three-year deal after leaving childhood club Aalesunds FK where the 22-year-old’s contract had expired.“I am very pleased and really looking forward to playing for Burnley, so I am very excited,” Ulvestad said.“It’s a dream for me, so now I just need to get in shape and get ready to play. It’s a different culture here and I am coming from pre-season, so maybe I will need a little bit of time.“The season finished in Norway in November, so it has been a while since I’ve played a game, but I will do my best and work hard to try and be ready as soon as possible.“England was always a big draw and it’s always a dream for every player to play in the biggest league in the world.“Burnley is a big club and the people here have been really kind to me so far. I came here last month and now I’m really looking forward to this adventure.”last_img read more

Bournemouth midfielder wins Wales call-up for Holland friendly

first_imgWales boss Chris Coleman has called Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald into his squad for Friday’s friendly with Holland.MacDonald, 27, is drafted in as a replacement for Birmingham’s David Cotterill, who is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.The Football Association of Wales confirmed the news on their Twitter account, saying: “#WALvNET SQUAD UPDATE: @afcbournemouth’s @ShaunMac20 is called into the Wales squad to replace David Cotterill.” Wales are already without Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Hal-Robson Kanu and Jazz Richards for the clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.The Holland friendly marks the start of Wales’ Euro 2016 build-up after qualification for next summer’s finals in France was achieved last month. Shaun MacDonald 1last_img

Valencia’s star in the shadows

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s easy to be overlooked playing alongside Teddy Goetz, Kevin Ker – both heading to UCLA next fall on scholarships – and Ryan Worth, who is gaining more and more recruiting interest with each passing week. Yet Stephen Cornelius continues to make a regular impact for Valencia High’s boys’ volleyball team, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News and in Southern Section Div. II. “Stephen is an essential part of this team,” Vikings coach Mark Knudsen said. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker showed as much Tuesday, contributing eight kills on nine attempts, six blocks, three aces and just one service error in a 24-23, 25-15, 25-19 Foothill League triumph over Canyon. “He’s extremely explosive and super aggressive,” Knudsen said. “You can’t ignore him. You have to stay at home on him. “Stephen is steady. Sometimes he’ll have outstanding numbers and sometimes just very good. He’s always reliable, never has an off night. He’s a great asset.” Goetz had 10 kills against Canyon, Ker added 34 assists and nine digs, Jamie Ker – Kevin’s brother – finished with 10 kills, and Neal Benveniste had nine kills as Valencia (17-0 overall, 5-0 Foothill) extended its league winning streak to 48 matches. Valencia plays tonight at Hart, then spring break arrives, leaving the Vikings without a competitive match for two weeks. sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 last_img read more

RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING

first_imgSHAY GIVEN says he is delighted to be back in training after fearing an injury scare would hit his chances of playing in the Euro 2012 Championship.The 36-year-old goalkeeper Lifford man says he flew to London last week to see a knee specialist who confirmed that he would be able to take part in the tournament if he rested until the middle of this week.Shay also welcomed the news that former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is about to take over at his club Aston Villa. The goalie trained today in Tuscany – showing no signs of his injury.He told Sport on One on RTE Radio One tonight: “You are always concerned, of course, because it’s an injury the second day into the training camp and it’s frustrating as much as anything.“But today, I was really happy with how I trained and how the knee felt, and that’s the most important thing. That’s the biggest test.“It’s not about talking about it, it’s about going out and putting it under the pressure you need to, and today it was fine. “It was just nice to be training, to be honest. It’s been a long ten days, or whatever it is.“It’s tough in the hotel sometimes when your only break is to get out for a couple of hours to train and then that’s taken away from you a little bit. I am delighted to be back training and back among the lads and back giving out to them, all that kind of stuff. It’s nice.”Shay also welcomed a return to fitness by Sunderland’s John O’Shea.“He looks good,” said Given. “We have been in the gym quite a bit in the last few days just working on our core and stability; all the different work you have to do coming back from an injury.“We have both been working together, so it is nice that we are both back on the same day to be honest. John is looking pretty sharp as well, so that’s good news.” With the injury behind him, Given is keen to get some game time before Ireland begin their tournament against Croatia on Sunday 10 June.However, he is unsure if he will win his 122nd cap when Ireland take on Hungary in their final pre-tournament friendly in Budapest on Monday night.“I don’t know, you will have to ask him,” he said, when asked if Trapattoni would select him for that game.“I would like to think I can play, hopefully, in Hungary and get 90 minutes under my belt before the Croatia game. “I am sure whatever team he plays against Hungary, personally, will maybe start against Croatia.“But the manager might have a totally different idea to that, I don’t know.”He went on: “The whole season at the back of your mind, you are thinking about the European Championships in the summer. Every training session, every game, it’s at the back of your mind.“It’s getting closer and closer now and the excitement is building and building, and we can’t wait for next week.”“I think there’s a real belief as well that we are a good team,” he said when questioned about the confidence in the squad.“People outside the country might not think that, but as a group of players and the management and even the supporters, we are a tight-knit group.“We have got to keep that going throughout the Championships. We would like to go a long way.”Kevin Foley’s omission being dropped by Giovanni Trapattoni has made most of the headlines.Given told RTE: “We didn’t actually see him (Foley). He chugged off to the airport and we didn’t actually see him.“But Kevin is gutted, as we are gutted for him as well. But as the manager said, it’s not about one player, it’s about the team and the nation.“He felt it was the right decision and we have got to respect his decision.“We are gutted for him, but I am sure he is back at home and he is going to support the team in the summer.”Meanwhile Shay welcomed news that Paul Lambert is on his way to his club Aston  Villa.“I have no idea … about what’s going on at Aston Villa – but if Paul was to come in, he would be a great appointment because he is a fantastic manager,” Given said.“Since he took the hotseat at any club he has been at, he has just gone all the way up all the time, so hopefully if they can get that done, that would be great news for the club.“The sooner the manager is in place for next season – because he will have targets and players he will want to get in himself – the sooner that’s done, the better.”RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING was last modified: May 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAININGlast_img read more

MAN INJURED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY ARMED INTRUDERS

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A man has been hospitalised after being attacked by two armed intruders at a house in Raphoe.Gardai have examined the scene of the incident in Raphoe.The man was in the house at Castlegrove when the two men burst into the house this morning.A struggle ensued and the man received a blow to the head. He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he received treatment before being released.The intruders fled the house unhurt.Although it is believed that the men were carrying firearms, no shots were fired.The area was sealed of by Gardai who are carrying out a full investigation into the incident. Gardai do not believe that robbery was the motive for the attack.MAN INJURED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY ARMED INTRUDERS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultattackCastlegrovedonegalintrudersRaphoelast_img read more

Stores luring customers with deep cuts in prices for new DVD releases

first_img Beyond Black Friday’s bargain basement prices, retailers continued to use DVD deals to lure consumers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Best Buy, for example, had all-day Friday and Saturday $5.99 deals for “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Shrek 2,” and “Apollo 13: Anniversary Edition,” and Target continued to discount such new releases as “Madagascar” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” “We had some really brisk sales on DVDs on Friday and Saturday,” said Target spokeswoman Kristi Arndt. “We went into the sale expecting that toys and electronics would be some of our hottest items, and movie DVDs touch on both of those categories.” The bargains, while not at Black Friday’s level, are continuing with this week’s new releases. “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” the hit movie that brought co-stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie together in real life, is being touted on the front page of newspaper circulars from Best Buy and Circuit City for the discount prices of $15.99 and $13.99, respectively. Hidden Hills resident Stacy Shakiban, 42, stood in front of the new release racks of the Best Buy store in Woodland Hills scouting for bargains on Tuesday. With a $15.99 copy of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” in her hand already, she made a call on her cell phone. “Do you want ‘Sky High’ too?” she asked a family member after seeing that the Disney release was also on sale. Shakiban was buying some DVDs as Christmas gifts, but also some titles for herself and her family. It was no mistake that she was at a Best Buy on what has become known as “New Release Tuesday,” when the best bargains on the latest films are first available. “That’s why I’m here,” she said. Jared Mahan, a 23-year-old Woodland Hills resident, isn’t partial to Best Buy even though that was where he was shopping Tuesday. “I try to find which place has the cheapest prices,” he said. “This year, I’ve even been checking Web sites to find the best prices.” Muscat thinks the escalation of DVD discounting may be great for customers like Shakiban and Mahan, but isn’t so good for businesses in the long run. “It’s really an unhealthy trend,” he said. “Anything that creates business traffic without an acceptable profit margin is just going to make all boats sink.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In addition to “Bewitched,” early-bird shoppers at Wal-Mart could buy the Adam Sandler comedy “The Longest Yard,” Will Ferrell’s “Kicking and Screaming” and “The Interpreter,” starring Kidman and Sean Penn, for a mere $8. “You have to consider who is in the store on that Black Friday: bargain hunters,” said Ralph Tribbey, editor of DVD Release Report, an industry newsletter. “It has gotten insane. But if you get people to buy movies and it helps to get rid of inventory, that’s not a bad thing.” Or is it? Many in the entertainment industry have mixed feelings about the trend. It may fuel sales, but savvy consumers have grown increasingly accustomed to not ever having to pay full price for a new DVD, most of which have a list price of around $30 but are likely to be sold for about $20 at many stores. “It’s both good and bad,” Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association, said of the discounting. “The best part is that DVDs are being used to drive traffic and it speaks to the power of the products. But it does tend to allow consumers to think that these movies aren’t really expensive to make. It has a sense of devaluing them for some consumers.” The newly released DVD of Nicole Kidman’s “Bewitched” was a mere $8 for early-bird Wal-Mart shoppers last weekend, while her ex-husband Tom Cruise’s “Minority Report” could be had for a mere $3.44. More than ever before, major retailers are using deeply discounted DVDs as bait to lure in shoppers this year. Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving start to the holiday shopping season, saw some unprecedented door-busting DVD prices on both new releases and library titles. Among the deals: Circuit City had “The Incredibles,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Robots” priced at $8.99; Wherehouse stores had a $5.99 price tag on “Shark Tale” and “Meet the Fockers,” while Best Buy touted $3.99 specials for “8 Mile,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Along Came Polly.” “Everybody is trying to come up with a better piece of cheese to lure the customer,” said Eugene Muscat, dean of the University of San Francisco’s School of Business. “Of course, the bigger the retailer, the more cheese you can come up with because of your volume.” last_img read more