WESTERN BUREAU:Jermaine Woozencroft scored one goal and assisted in the other as Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United (MBU) outlasted FC Reno 2-0 in their western derby at Frome Sports Ground yesterday afternoon.The midfielder entered play in the 79th minute and immediately looked the part as his calm presence on the ball and his eye for spectacular passes meant that MBU, who, up to that point, were lucky to be in the game, began to stamp their class.Allan Ottey benefited from a Woozencroft corner kick in the 81st minute to score with an easy tap in.Woozencroft then scored his team’s second. The FC Reno defenders again were slow to shut the MoBay attackers down and Woozencroft capitalised with a simple pass into the goal, with Dennis Taylor, the Reno goalkeeper, wrong-footed.The champions took a step up the standings on nine points, while Reno remain on seven points, following their first loss of the season.Dino Williams’ spectacular overhead effort in the 75th minute was the closest the striker got, while at the other end, Afiba Chambers watched his close-range header as it skipped off the crossbar for Reno’s best effort.Montego Bay United gave a start to Serbian defender Zvezdan Dordilovic, and he had a fine outing in tandem with Ronaldo Rodney and central defender Ladale Richie.TEAM COHESIONDillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach, believes the team is beginning to gel at the right time.”The team is looking good right now. I think we are beginning to gel, and that’s bad news for the opposition and good news for us as we go about defending our title,” said Thelwell.”Woozencroft was not looking too good in training, so we decided not to start him today (yesterday). I think that was a wake-up call for him and he came out here when he got his chance and put on a show as usual,” noted Thelwell.Reno’s technical director, Wendell Downswell, said his team’s failure to get a point from the fixture was as a result of two lapses.”We will rebound, though. We never had much luck either way today, but we are looking for three points against Portmore in our next match,” said Downswell.
The Apricot Hotel has opened its doors for business amid the heart of Vietnam’s cultural and political capital, paying homage to art created by the nation’s master painters and contemporary up and comers.With sweeping views of the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake and the hustle and bustle of Hanoi’s quaint Old Quarter at its doorstep, the small luxury five-star hotel’s features include 123 neo-classical rooms, two restaurants, a lobby lounge and cafe, rooftop bar, heated rooftop swimming pool, meeting facilities, spa and fitness centre.Akin to a large-scale gallery, Apricot Hotel showcases more than 600 original artworks, with the lobby, corridors and rooms adorned with an array of original and valuable artworks by the nation’s most popular painters ranging from large masterpieces and sculptures to watercolours and sketches.Among the hotel’s broad spectrum of artworks, highlights by master painters include Nguyễn Dung’s Hát Ả Đào (Traditional Folk Song Singers) with its earthy colours, Mai Thứ’s poignant Thiếu Nữ (Young Girl), and Phan Kế An’s Nhớ Một Chiều Tây Băc (Recalling One Late Afternoon in Tay Bac) that subtly hints at the heroism of Vietnamese troops to a dramatic mountainous backdrop during the French-Vietnamese war.Artists Bùi Hữu Hùng and Hồng Việt Dũng lead the charge on the contemporary front with bold, golden-hued Nhã Nhạc (Royal Elegant Music) and Rừng Cọ (Palm Forest) respectively, with the latter work’s muted tones bringing depth to a scene seemingly devoid of human influence except for a miniature boat in the foreground.“Art is a gateway to the deepest, most profound depths of any culture,” said Steve Tan, the hotel’s general manager. “At the same time we’re providing a stationary experience of accommodation, we’re going to take guests on an incredible journey through the history of Vietnamese art and culture.”Steeped in French colonial history, the 10-story Apricot Hotel building has experienced a new lease on life since undergoing a major revamp resulting in a classic meets modern design. It was formerly the Phú Gia Hotel, where the city’s movers and shakers began gathering since the 1920s.In addition to five categories of rooms and suites aptly named “Sketch”, “Canvas”, “Gallery”, “Masterpiece” and “Studio”, the hotel’s mezzanine “L’Artiste” restaurant boasts an open-style kitchen and menus in the design of an artist’s sketchbook while “A’telier”, located in the hotel lobby, serves a selection of teas from across the globe.