Boyz must improve to beat Nicaragua – Schäfer

first_img TURNING THINGS AROUND Having been upstaged by less-fancied 139th-ranked Central Americans Nicaragua inside the National Stadium last Friday night, Jamaica’s head coach, Winfried Schäfer, has issued a call for his charges to lift their game, show mettle and just why they were CONCACF Gold Cup finalists. The 52nd-ranked Reggae Boyz were humbled in a shock 3-2 loss to the visitors in their first-leg CONCACAF World Cup 2018 Qualifier. The result means they have to go into tomorrow’s return leg ruthless, and to win by at least two goals to progress in their World Cup Qualification bid for Russia 2018. “When you play against Nicaragua, you have to play with accuracy and you have to play well. When number one (Jamaica, who went in the game as favourites) play against the second-place team, we have to play with direct accuracy,” said Schäfer. “You can’t win unless you improve on our game; that was how we beat the USA in the Gold Cup semi-finals. We were the underdog and we won the match,” he recalled at Friday’s post-match press conference. While dismissing assertions that his team might have underestimated Nicaragua, or went in the game a bit complacent, Schäfer notes that the Reggae Boyz will be looking to turn things around. “For the second leg, we can’t start this way. We have to press for the ball, and we have to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win,” Schäfer stressed. “We have to concentrate; we have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,”Schäfer assured, ahead of Tuesday’s do-or-die game in Nicaragua. The must-win encounter will take place at the Estadio Nacional in Managua. Match time is 8:30 p.m. The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) reminds the public that it has organised a charter leaving Jamaica at 1 p.m. on match day tomorrow, travelling to Managua, Nicaragua. Persons interested can call the offices of the JFF at any time at (876) 92-61182. The cost is US$650 and covers air fare, ground transportation, taxes and match fee. The flight returns on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 a.m.last_img read more

UAAP women’s hoops: UST claims solo 2nd, La Salle stops skid

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. University of Santo Tomas took sole possession of the second seed early in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after stopping Far Eastern University, 73-67, Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Jem Angeles put up 21 points to pace the Golden Tigresses who improved to 3-1, half-a-game behind leader National U that holds a 3-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WWE legend Rick Flair vows to ‘never drink again’ after near-death experience Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Anjel Aries was a reliable second option for UST as she finished with 18 points while Sai Larosa did the dirty work with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.Valerie Mamaril had 21 points to lead the 2-2 Lady Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn the other game, De La Salle snapped its three-game losing streak after taking down University of the Philippines 76-64.Charmaine Torres and Marga Dagdagan combined for 33 points to lead the Lady Archers against the 0-4 Lady Maroons. 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 award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidelast_img read more

Majority in the National Assembly revisited

first_imgDear Editor,The composition of the National Assembly is 65. It is generally accepted that majority is more than 50 per cent of 65 unless otherwise specifically defined in the Constitution of Guyana.Calculating 50 per cent of 65 gives a result of 32.5. This is a theoretical number establishing the boundary for determining what number will constitute a majority. It is not a number to be tagged to any member of the National Assembly. The number 33 is greater than the theoretical number 32.5 (50 per cent). Therefore, the number 33 represents the majority.Calculating mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation from a set of numbers are all theoretical values that are used to analyse data that is presented. They are theoretical constructs and must be treated as such.To suggest that 32.5 should be rounded up to 33 and then add 1 to produce the magical number 34 as the majority is grossly misleading. This is intellectual dishonesty. Further, it is a disservice to the education of our people. This is part of the challenges that mathematics teachers in the country have to confront on a daily basis in the classrooms – misconceptions, misconceptions, and more!!Regards,Mohandatt Goolsarranlast_img read more

New Mineral Water Factory Inaugurated in Ganta

first_imgIn an effort to reduce poverty and create more jobs in in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, a group of business entrepreneurs under the banner, Ganta Traders Incorporated has inaugurated a mineral water factory. This exercise, according to our correspondent, is the first component of the group’s investment.Inaugurating the Mineral Water Factory yesterday in Ganta City, the leader of the group said their dream is to build housing estates, export cars, and as well build a multi-purpose factory that will create more jobs for the residents.The group comprises about 47 business entities that began operation in 2004, and upon the formulation, they have desired to invest in tangible projects that will benefit the masses.In June 2010, the traders began the mineral water business by purchasing two lots of land and necessary equipment for the running of the factory, and because of some financial difficulties, the project stalled until last year December, when they received loan and completed the project. The factory is housed in a newly constructed modern building with all necessary water purification facilities, where the production room as well as the storage are well tiled, making the factory to be one of the best and biggest in Ganta. The opening ceremony gave the traders a great boost that compelled community residents to repose trust and confidence in its leadership.Even Nimba District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung, praised the entrepreneurs for their relentless effort in making their dream to come reality.  He urged the residents to become hard workers, and stop relying on free things. Noting, “No country can develop without investment as nothing there is no [such thing as] free gift.”“We need to introduce the culture of hard work and the culture of investment so as to create jobs for the masses,” he added.The ceremony brought together several high profile individuals including some officials of Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: April 15, 2015

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SHOCK REPORT! Leicester planning audacious move for Roma legend Francesco Totti

first_img1 Leicester have been linked with an audacious approach for Roma legend Francesco Totti.The former Italy international has fallen out publicly with coach Luciano Spalletti and reports are suggesting the 39-year-old is preparing to leave the club at the end of the season.Totti, who has made over 700 appearances for Roma, is expected to call time on his illustrious career at the end of the campaign.However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is trying to persuade the veteran to have one final hurrah in the Premier League.Ranieri still believes Totti has a lot to offer and wants to use his compatriot’s wealth of experience to help Leicester in the Champions League next season. Francesco Totti last_img

CENTURY CINEMA LISTINGS FROM THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 20

first_imgCENTURY CINEMA LISTINGS FROM THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 20CENTURY CINEMA LISTINGS FROM THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 20 was last modified: April 18th, 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:APRIL 20CENTURY CINEMA LISTINGS FROM THIS FRIDAYlast_img

Cardiff City 0-2 QPR: Hoops take early lead at top of the Championship

first_img1 QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink QPR stormed to the top of the Championship with an impressive 2-0 win at Cardiff.Steven Caulker and Tjaronn Chery both scored in the second half to clinch a second successive win.Centre-back Caulker netted the opener against his former club before Chery wrapped up the win with a late penalty.The result saw Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side move ahead of Bristol City at the top of the table on goal difference.Both sides struggled to land a telling blow in the first half of a game that saw plenty of effort but little in the way of end product.Rangers captain Nedum Onuoha and Chery were both booked for fouls as the game threatened to spark into life. Yet neither team could muster a noteworthy shot on target.Grant Hall saw an early header sail over the crossbar while defensive partner Caulker, facing his former club, did well to deny Anthony Pilkington with a timely block.QPR’s new signing Yeni Ngbakoto had an earlier-than-expected introduction to the Championship off the bench after midfielder Ben Gladwin hobbled off in the 11th minute with an ankle injury.But even the pace of the recent arrival from Metz failed to break down a well-organised Cardiff side and even threatened to leave his own side exposed.Wales defender Jazz Richards pressed forward time and again on an impressive home debut for the Bluebirds.Yet having been held to a goalless draw in their opening game at Birmingham, Cardiff again failed to score.Instead QPR began the second half on the front foot and looked far more likely to break the deadlock.Jordan Cousins burst clear on the right flank after a clever exchange of passes with Onuoha but his cross narrowly evaded the onrushing Ngbakoto.Massimo Luongo was shown a yellow card for a needless foul on Peter Whittingham on the hour but by now, Rangers’ midfield were on top.Caulker headed wide from Ngbakoto’s cross and then struck the side-netting just moments later after a free-kick fell to him on the edge of the six-yard area.But the defender was on-target to open the scoring in the 76th minute, thumping home Jake Bidwell’s set-piece delivery.And Rangers doubled their lead after Bruno Ecuele-Manga hauled down Sebastian Polter in the penalty area five minutes from time.Chery netted from the spot to score for the second game in a row and clinch all three points and top spot.last_img read more

Lukaku scores twice but fails to impress – Belgium stars rated and slated

first_img Thomas Meunier – 8 Dedryck Boyata – 7 15 15 15 Mousa Dembele (substitute) – 5 He flitted around in midfield and looked to support Belgium’s attack, but never really produced a cutting edge. De Bruyne appeared quite off the pace and sluggish, and was playing far too deep without providing those driving runs of his we have become so used to seeing. The one time he found himself with time and space on the edge of the box, he curled in a perfect cross with the outside of his boot for Lukaku to head home. Was offered a lot of time and space on the ball to showcase his passing ability, and looked to support Belgium’s attack as much as he could. He spent a lot of the game pushed wide, which allowed Meunier to sit high up the pitch. Not an impressive performance on paper, but one that allowed Belgium to line-up and attack as they did, which in itself is a valuable quality. Toby Alderweireld – 7 Belgium were deployed in a 3-4-3 system, though at times it resembled a 3-3-4 with wing-back Thomas Meunier pushed high up the pitch Belgium got their World Cup campaign off to a perfect start by defeating Panama 3-0 at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.A drab first half gave way to a much more thrilling second period, aided by Dries Mertens opening the scoring just two minutes after the restart with a supremely fine volley. 15 The deepest of Belgium’s defenders, Boyata was more than a match for Blas Perez, the Panama forward, who attempted to bully him. Boyata also looked good when breaking forward out of the back line while in possession, adding another body to Belgium’s midfield pivot. He did appear shaky when faced with an opponent running directly at him, however, raising doubts over his capabilities at defending one-on-ones. 15 Jan Vertonghen – 7 Was rarely called into action by Panama’s poor attacking force, but he completed all required jobs with ease. Tougher faces await for Courtois. 15 15 Dries Mertens – 6 He stayed pinned to the right flank almost constantly, and pushed very high up the pitch with Mertens staying inside. Many of Belgium’s best chances came from Meunier’s overlapping runs creating space behind the Panama defence. He faded in the second half, and was content to sit a bit deeper and not provide the driving runs he did in the earlier stages. Kevin De Bruyne – 7 Nacer Chadli (substitute) – NA 15 Axel Witsel – 6 center_img Romelu Lukaku added a double in the final 20 minutes to round off a victory that appears much more impressive on paper than it did in reality.But, just how did Roberto Martinez’s side perform in Sochi? talkSPORT.com’s Belgium player ratings can be seen below… 15 15 Calm and composed, as expected, on the left side of Belgium’s three-man defence. He was forced into action a lot due to Carrasco’s errors on the left flank, and never looked troubled by Panama’s right-sided players. He was comfortable moving to a left-back position when Witsel dropped into the back line, or moving more centrally when Boyata pushed into midfield. 15 Carrasco has been forced to play in an unnatural wing-back role, and it is clear he is not suitable for such a position. He was making basic errors in defence when under no pressure, and being forced to sit deep also meant he did not really provide anything going forward, unlike Meunier on the right flank, who is a natural in the position. It is no surprise the majority of Belgium’s attacking play was being directed down the right side of the pitch. Largely ineffectual in the first half as he failed to link up well with either Hazard or Lukaku. He started the second period brilliantly, scoring a fine volley to put Belgium ahead, but returned to providing little in the way of quality after that. It was a poor showing made much better by a truly wonderful goal. Eden Hazard – 7 Spent too little time on the pitch for a fair assessment Sat in front of Belgium’s back line and kept play simple by receiving passes from the defence and carrying the ball forward. A real lack of dynamism to his play, but made no mistakes. Such a performance will prove more valuable against better teams, when Belgium will actually come under pressure in the final third. Yannick Carrasco – 5 He was all neat touches and skilful play, but to little effect. The combinations between Hazard, Mertens and Lukaku were just not working, and the only danger Hazard posed was when he took it on himself to run at goal. When Belgium were two goals to the good, Hazard found it much easier in the final third as Panama pushed forward and lost their defensive structure. One fine run forward led to Hazard playing in Lukaku to make it 3-0. Struggled to lead the line against two very physical central defenders. Lukaku has shown many times that his hold-up play is not particularly great, and his touch consistently let him down on this occasion, again. He was forced to drop deep just to pick up the ball, but then struggled to do anything with it. In the final 20 minutes, Lukaku proved he is best when inside the opposition area, making space for himself to head home De Bruyne’s cross, then running onto Hazard’s ball to chip a lovely finish over the keeper. Added another body in midfield but never really got into the game following his introduction. 15 15 Romelu Lukaku – 8 Thorgan Hazard (substitute) – NA Spent too little time on the pitch for a fair assessment 15 15 Thibaut Courtois – 6 last_img read more

Chelsea man eyeing Valencia switch if shown Stamford Bridge exit door

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED LIVING THE DREAM IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED LATEST moving on targets targets Batshuayi scored seven goals in nine appearances on loan at the German club Latest Transfer News Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi would prefer to move to Valencia if he is shown the door this summer.The Belgian slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last season and was sent out on loan to Borussia Dortmund for the second half of the campaign. The 24-year-old’s future at Chelsea is now uncertain and they may look to cash in on him before the end of the month.Crystal Palace are interested in Batshuayi but, according to L’Equipe, if he has to go the forward would like to join Valencia.The Spanish club are tracking the Belgium international and he is keen on the prospect of playing for them.Fellow La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are also chasing Batshuayi, but he has placed Valencia as his number one choice. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more