‘Not a big loss’ – says Palmer of Scorpions defeat to Leewards Hurricanes

first_imgJamaica Scorpions captain Paul Palmer Jr does not believe the loss against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes should been seen as a huge defeat given that the Eastern Caribbean outfit has a number of good players in their line-up.The Leewards, bottom of the six-team tournament, defeated Jamaica – who sat in third position heading into the contest – by 85 runs at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua at the weekend, in the sixth round of the WICB Regional First-Class Championship.”I wouldn’t say it’s a big loss,” said Palmer Jr, shortly after the team’s return yesterday.”The team is in transition, so it will never be easy to win games continuously or to come out on top in every game.”Likewise, the teams playing in this competition are good teams with quality players.”I just think Leeward Islands played better on the day than us. That is all.”Asked to bat first, the Hurricanes were bundled out for 155 in their first innings, to which the Scorpions replied with 158.368 FOR EIGHTSpearheaded by an unbeaten knock of 130 by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and 72 from opener Montcin Hodge, the Nkrumah Bonner-captained Leewards went on to post 368 for eight in their second time at bat.Set a victory target of 365, Jamaica were dismissed for 280, despite a defiant knock of 93 by Kirk Edwards.Top Jamaican batsmen Jermaine Blackwood, Devon Thomas, Andre McCarthy and John Campbell, made 21, 15, 22 and eight, respectively, in the victory chase.The defeat represented revenge for the Leewards, who lost at Sabina Park in the first half of the tournament.It was also the second time in as many matches the Scorpions were losing away to the Hurricanes, having suffered defeated in St Kitts and Nevis last season.”We know what we did wrong,” highlighted Paul Palmer Jr, whose wretched run of form continued in the match with scores of one and 15.”We know the mistakes we made. We identified them, (primarily) in the second innings where we dropped catches.”Hamilton, who made a hundred, he was dropped twice, on 30-odd (off Nikita Miller) and 40-odd (off Sheldon Cottrell), and we paid the price dearly.”The other guy (Hodge), who made 70-odd, he was also dropped on 40-odd.”If we had taken those chances, more than likely they would not have got up to such a huge total.”Jamaica, with the loss, is all but out of the title race with four rounds of matches remaining. They will play Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park, starting on Friday.last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus coach Max Allegri: Being Winter Champions important

first_imgJuventus coach Max Allegri: Being Winter Champions importantby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri was delighted with a crucial win over AS Roma.Mario Mandzukic struck the only goal of the game.“We’re Winter Champions, but we haven’t really won anything yet,” Allegri told DAZN.“We are doing some good things, we’re in the Champions League Round of 16, but the important thing is to have a good buffer from Napoli in second place.“It was a good game, we remained organised when under pressure, Robin Olsen made some fine saves and we played well.“We had to cause Roma problems and put the pressure on them straight away, as it’s a psychologically fragile side. We should’ve done more after going 1-0 up, as they were really struggling.“Roma had more possession in the second half, but we didn’t really allow them any chances. I’d say it was a deserved victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva admits he wants January centre-back signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits he wants January centre-back signingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is seeking a centre-back signing in January.The Liverpool Echo says the Blues have started the season with only three senior defenders in that position after the failure to land a replacement for Phil Jagielka.Jagielka was released at the end of his contract in the summer and went onto to rejoin old club Sheffield United.When asked if he has held conversations with director of football Marcel Brands about signing a centre-back in January, Silva said: “Even if you don’t speak about that every week, it is normal we have chats about it and, of course, you are always looking. “It is my job and the job of Marcel also and now he is doing his job, analysing everything.”We will see, and what we can do to strengthen our squad will do in January, if you can, or next season again.” last_img read more

Alberta legislature member sorry for saying Indigenous people disengaged

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta legislature member is apologizing for saying Indigenous people don’t tend to vote and when “these people” do engage in politics they only want to talk to the prime minister.Dave Schneider, the United Conservative member for the southern Alberta riding of Little Bow, has apologized on Twitter for comments he made recently to media in his constituency.“Apologies to any offended by my choice of words,” Schneider posted Tuesday. “Certainly was not my intent. It continues to be a privilege to represent all constituents since being elected. Encourage all to be engaged in our democracy.”He did not reply to a request for an interview.Schneider is a first-term legislature member and serves as the Opposition’s agriculture and forestry critic. In a story published last week in the Vauxhall Advance, Schneider is quoted expressing concerns about changes in his constituency that will take effect in the next election in 2019.Schneider’s sprawling rural seat includes the Siksika reserve and is being expanded to include the Blood reserve as well.“Not that that’s bad, but these people don’t traditionally vote, and how is the population going to get engaged in this political system in the province?” Schneider told the newspaper.“The Indigenous people generally like to speak to the most important person in Canada, like the prime minister.”Alberta’s Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan and Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation had called for Schneider to make amends. They said his comments were improper and disrespectful.“In no manner are these statements a proper or respectful representation of all constituents in the Cardston-Siksika area (Little Bow), which includes thousands of Indigenous people,” Alexis posted on Twitter.He said he took particular offence to the reference “these people.”Feehan said at the legislature that Schneider has missed a groundswell of political engagement by First Nations.“Somehow an MLA who lives right in the core of Alberta hasn’t any clue as to what’s transpired in the Indigenous community over the last 50 years,” said Feehan. “This is truly an attitude out of the 1950s.”In his interview, Schneider also said it’s difficult to meet constituents because of access restrictions on reserves.Feehan said he would be happy to help.“There’s nothing in the Indian Act that says you can’t talk to the people in those communities. All of our MLAs do,” he said. “If he’s worried about being on the reserve without permission of the chief and council, it’s a phone call away.“Tell him I’m more than happy to supply him a list of phone numbers if that is something that would facilitate his first little foray into the Indigenous community.”Schneider won the constituency overall as a member of the former Wildrose party in the 2015 election, but fared poorly at the four Siksika polling stations. He received 25 votes compared with 332 for the leading vote-getter on the reserve, Bev Muendel-Atherstone of the NDP.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation was in the Little Bow constituency.last_img read more

The Germans Are Young in Their Prime And Really Really Good

Update (July 13, 6:10 p.m.): Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.In the fall of 2000, 11-year-old soccer wunderkind Thomas Muller left TSV Pahl, the local team near his hometown of Weilheim in Oberbayern,1For whom he once scored 120 of the team’s 165 goals in a season. and joined Bayern Munich’s youth academy. That same year, 22-year-old Miroslav Klose was co-leading the Bundesliga club FCK in goals, becoming a star in his own right. Fourteen years later, they’re both on the same Germany squad, with Muller chasing the World Cup goals record that Klose just tied. In Germany, one generation is being eclipsed by the next.On Thursday, the United States will have to tussle with both. The U.S. faces Muller, Klose and the rest of the German juggernaut in a match that FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup prediction model gives the Americans only a 15 percent chance of winning.2Luckily for the Americans, they don’t need to defeat Germany outright in order to advance to the knockout round. They can survive with a draw, or even a loss (pending the outcome of Thursday’s Portugal-Ghana match), which is a very good thing from an American perspective. Die Nationalmannschaft ranks as the third-best national squad3But the first-best nationalmannschaft. in the world according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), and it boasts the most potent offensive attack of any team. It is the United States’ most stout opponent yet.Germany has been nearly this good for four World Cups running. It finished in the top three in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, a feat that’s usually only accomplished when a country is experiencing a “golden generation” of talent. That’s when a rare confluence of gifted footballers simultaneously spring forth to lead their national team to glory. Germany had one of those over the past decade, with forwards such as Klose and Lukas Podolski, defenders Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich and Per Mertesacker, and midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger.By the time such a group is in its third World Cup cycle, though, its heyday is almost always over. Indeed, Ballack and Friedrich are retired, and the rest are either on the wrong side of 30 — Klose, while still on the national team, is ancient at 36 — or rapidly approaching it. But this year’s German side isn’t being carried by the dimming stars of days past. Rather, it has produced an entirely new golden generation, right on the heels of the previous one, and led by the likes of Muller. This latest crop of players could go even further than their predecessors ever ventured; the FiveThirtyEight model thinks the Germans are the third-most likely team to win the Cup, giving them an 11 percent chance.The possibilities of this new era were apparent at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, when Germany’s team navigated its way to the final and trounced England 4-0 to claim the tournament crown. Including Muller, eight of Germany’s 11 most-used players in this World Cup suited up for that 2009 U-21 side, either in friendlies or the Euro Championships. The talent of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels was already apparent on that team.4Mario Gotze barely missed that group; he was on Germany’s Under-17 team in 2009.A half-decade later, the whiz kids of the 2009 U-21 squad are fueling a top World Cup contender. The Germans aren’t the youngest team left in the tournament, according to my calculations (although they are somewhat close). Their roster, however, is structured in a way that maximizes production from players in the primes of their careers.For every team bound for the World Cup’s knockout stage (or more than 30 percent likely to advance, according to the FiveThirtyEight model), I computed the average age of the roster — and the standard deviation thereof — weighted by a combination of playing time and in-game performance.5Using each player’s percentage of team minutes played, adjusted up or down by how his WhoScored rating compared to the typical average of 6.75. The Germans are the fourth-youngest team likely to advance by this measure of weighted average age (behind Nigeria, Belgium and Switzerland), but more important, they have the third-smallest weighted standard deviation of ages (trailing only Chile and Argentina). More of Germany’s players, in other words, are in their prime.According to research from British journalist Simon Kuper,6Co-author of “Soccernomics,” which I wrote about here. soccer players enter their primes sometime between age 23 (for attacking players) and 25 (for defenders), and they stay in relative peak form until age 31. Not coincidentally, by my measure above, only two other national teams (Chile and Argentina) have received a larger share of their contributions in this World Cup from players ages 23 to 31, and nobody has gotten more from its players between the ages of 22 and 30.7I’m measuring the amount of contribution received from a given player by looking at how much of the team’s playing time he received, and also whether he produced more or less than an average player in that time, according to WhoScored’s player ratings (which use Opta data to gauge how well a player has performed). The WhoScored rating is an admittedly rough metric, but as far as all-in-one player indices go, it correlates fairly well with standings points at the team level. (This is not the ultimate test of a stat’s validity — to a certain extent, any metric with a strong enough “team adjustment” can appear to correlate well with team performance — but that’s another debate for another day.) Klose is the lone German outside of that age range to even take the field so far in the World Cup.Granted, Klose, Schweinsteiger and Podolski are still highly useful players; last Saturday, Klose scored as a substitute against Ghana to tie Ronaldo for the all-time lead in career World Cup goals, and Schweinsteiger is likely to start against the U.S. with Jerome Boateng sidelined due to injury. But for a team coming off three deep World Cup runs, the last two of which leaned heavily on the same venerated group, Germany’s veterans are not being asked to play a very substantial role this summer. And that wouldn’t be the case if Germany hadn’t built an impressive infrastructure for developing young soccer talent.As Nicholas Kulish wrote for the New York Times in 2012, Germany’s prolific soccer pipeline traces its roots back nearly a decade before its up-and-coming youth team met England for the Under-21 title in 2009. Following a nightmarish performance8Two losses, one draw and zero wins. at Euro 2000, Kulish noted, German officials (with plenty of backing from top club teams) massively re-invested in the country’s youth soccer system, including the launch of new academies, training centers and coaching programs at an expense of almost $1 billion. Years into the future, the result is a booming Bundesliga — and a flourishing national team.In many ways, Muller is the poster child for this reformation. When he enlisted with Bayern’s youth academy 14 years ago, it was almost precisely as German youth soccer was receiving its aforementioned stimulus package. Muller’s generation was the first to reap its benefits, and it’s probably not a coincidence that Germany’s current World Cup roster is so heavy with his contemporaries.Whatever the cause, in five years, Germany’s current crop of stars has matured from promising prospects on that U-21 squad to the most instrumental members of the senior national team. Several weeks ago, the Germans were something of a dark horse among the top contenders in this World Cup field. Before the tournament, none of ESPN’s 18 polled panelists picked Germany to win it all; nor did any of those queried by the BBC or Sports Illustrated (one lone writer from NBC’s ProSoccerTalk went with Germany). Now it’s clear that there’s another golden German generation on the pitch, and it’s almost completely in its prime. read more

PHOTOS Bruins Great Rick Middleton Participates In Toys For Tots Drive In Wilmington

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Bruins Great Rick Middleton Visits Wilmington For Toys For Tots BenefitIn “Videos”Meet Boston Bruins Great Rick Middleton At “Toys For Tots” Drive In Wilmington On December 17In “Community”Meet Boston Bruins Great Rick Middleton At “Toys For Tots” Drive In Wilmington On December 2In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Just days after getting his number retired by the Boston Bruins, hockey great Rick “Nifty” Middleton was in Wilmington, headlining a “Toys For Tots” drive fundraiser.The event, organized by Frank and Karen West and held at West Real Estate (386 Main Street), attracted more than a hundred fans in just two hours. Middleton gave out autographs and posed for photos in exchange for new, unwrapped toys donations.Radio Station AMP 1033 was on site to play music and give away prizes. Several sports-themed prizes were raffled off.  Wilmington’s Boy Scout Troop 136 handed out Toys For Tots merchandise.Click on each image for a larger view.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday June 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 11, 2019:#1) How To Make Your Own Ice CreamThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a presentation on how to make your own ice cream at 7pm. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Join Library Associate Lisa Crispin for a demonstration on how to make everyone’s favorite sweet summer treat. No ice cream maker? No problem! Both ice cream maker and no churn recipes will be shown. Handouts and samples provided.  Register HERE.#2) Wilmington Finance Committee’s Appointing CommitteeThe Wilmington Finance Committee’s Appointing Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.#4) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, June 25, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Digital card for bank loans suggested

first_imgDiscussants at a Prothom Alo roundtable on 7 December 2017.Experts have suggested the extension of bank loan programmes by distributing digital cards among marginal farmers as an initiative to increase their earnings.They made the suggestion at a roundtable organised by the Bangla daily Prothom Alo at its office of Karwan Bazar in the capital on Thursday. Care Bangladesh supported the event moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.Bank Asia in association with Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Care Bangladesh and USAID provides up to Tk 20,000 as loans through digital cards to marginal farmers.A farmer has to have 50 decimals land or two cows and a bull to avail the loan facility. The farmer with a digital card can purchase agriculture inputs through designated retailers.The experts said the farmers can take the loan at 9 per cent interest rate and can pay the loan at their convenience.Chief of party of USAID Agricultural Extension Project at Dhaka Ahsania Mission Bidyuth K Mahalder said around 1500 farmers have received digital cards and availed the loan facilities. Around 1500 farmers have also been registered for digital cards, he added. This bank loan has been introduced in three districts – Khulna, Faridpur and Bhola.Card user Khaleda Begum said she has to face various problems to get a loan and the interest rate was very high. After getting the digital card, I have increased the rice production and raw jute production too as I purchased seeds and fertiliser in time, she said.Agriculture goods retailer Md Shajahan said he had to sell agricultural implements on credit and there was a risk. Now I can sell the goods and receive payment by cards. The sale of agricultural goods has increased by over 40 per cent, he claimed.Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation and also economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said the disbursement of bank loans through the digital cards is an innovative idea.He said such an initiative has to be continued for maximum benefits from the innovative loan programme.Kholiquzzaman said, Only financing will not make the programme sustainable, and it requires training for proper use of the loan.Emphasing the marketing of agricultural products, he warned that the farmers may be affected if they do not get due prices of their produce.Planning commission senior secretary Shamsul Alam said, Undoubtedly it is a good initiative and I want its extension. The security of cards has to be maintained so that the farmers are not affected.President and managing director of Bank Asia Md Arfan Ali, director of Extreme Rural Poverty Programme of Care Bangladesh Anowarul Haq, project management specialist of USAID Mohammad Sayed Shibli, executive director of Dhaka Ahsania Mission M Ehsanur Rahman and executive director of Society Development Committee in Faridpur Kazi Ashraful Alam, among others, spoke at the roundtable.last_img read more