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Jacinda Ardern surges in polls on Kiwi virus successJacinda Ardern surges in polls on Kiwi virus success

first_img“The fact that I’m making no assumptions about what will be the end outcome will be on election day should be a nod to that.”Ardern’s personal approval rating is comparable to the 65 percent some polls gave former center-right leader John Key, who won three elections before stepping down in 2016.The support for Labor will be even more heartening for Ardern, giving the party the chance to govern in its own right for the first time since a German-style proportional voting system was introduced in 1996.Ardern took Labor from the doldrums in the 2017 election, lifting its vote by almost 13 points to 36.9 percent.But she still needed support from minor parties to form office and National attracted the most support of any single party with 44.4 percent.Ardern gained international acclaim for her empathetic response to last year’s Christchurch mosques massacre, when a lone gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers.But it was not reflected in polling and before the pandemic, indications were that Labor’s support had plateaued, with Ardern set to struggle in the September election because voters were turning away from her coalition partners.Whether the latest jump in support can be maintained will depend on the long-term success of Ardern’s “go fast-go hard” coronavirus strategy.It appears to be working so far, with New Zealand recording only 21 COVID-19 deaths in a population of five million. Support for the conservative National opposition slumped 12.7 points to 30.6 percent in the poll, with its leader Simon Bridges on 4.5 percent as preferred Prime Minister — down 6.1 points.The figures mirror leaked research from Labor’s own pollster, UMR, last month which had Ardern’s party on 55 percent support and National at 29 percent.Ardern, who won office on a wave of “Jacinda-mania” in 2017, said she was making no assumptions about the September 19 election.”I’m taking nothing for granted,” the 39-year-old told Newshub.  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s success containing coronavirus has driven an extraordinary popularity surge that has put the youthful leader on course for a landslide win in September’s national election.Ardern’s center-left Labor Party was up 14 points at 56.5 percent, a Newshub-Reid Research poll published Monday found, with her rating as preferred prime minister surging 20.8 points to 59.5 percent.The survey also indicated an overwhelming 91.6 percent backing for Ardern’s COVID-19 response, which involved a strict seven-week lockdown that appears to have the virus under control.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wolves ace Raul Jimenez breaks silence on Man Utd and Arsenal transfer linksWolves ace Raul Jimenez breaks silence on Man Utd and Arsenal transfer links

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Mar 2020 11:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Advertisement Raul Jimenez has reacted to speculation linking him with Man Utd and Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Raul Jimenez insists he is ‘happy’ at Wolves amid speculation he could join Manchester United or Arsenal this summer.Mexico international Jimenez has enjoyed two impressive seasons at Wolves since signing from Benfica, scoring 39 goals in 88 appearances for the Premier League club.His performances have not gone unnoticed, with reports suggesting Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have all identified Jimenez as a target ahead of the summer transfer window.But, quizzed on his future during a Facebook Live session, the 28-year-old said: ‘I have a contract [with Wolves] until 2023.ADVERTISEMENT‘It’s not that we have to qualify for the Champions League in order to stay. I’m good [here], happy with Wolves, doing important things – me as well as the whole team.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’ve been trying our best since the start of last season. We’ve qualified for the Europa League, now we’re fighting for a Champions League spot.‘And it’s the big motivation to keep growing as a player and getting into the Champions League is always a plus that satisfies you and keeps you thinking about big things.’ Euro 2020 postponed over coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:05FullscreenEuro 2020 postponed over coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/euro-2020-postponed-coronavirus-2132178/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJimenez started his career at Club America and admits he may look to return to the Mexican club before he retires.Asked where he sees himself at the start of the next decade, Jimenez added: ‘In 10 years I will be 39 so, I don’t know, I may be retired. I hope to last as long as I can.‘I have been a player with few injuries and I hope to continue for many more years. I then want to be a coach or take a position on TV, but I will continue in football.‘I am having a good time in Europe for now but in the future I don’t rule out going back to America.’MORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s agent responds to Fenerbahce transfer rumoursMORE: Emile Heskey sends warning to Man Utd target Jadon Sancho over Liverpool transfer Wolves ace Raul Jimenez breaks silence on Man Utd and Arsenal transfer links Commentlast_img read more

Things you should check before signing on to buy that first apartmentThings you should check before signing on to buy that first apartment

first_imgProperty Agent Damien Keyes. Picture: Shae Beplate.Buying an apartment is very different to buying a house. In practical terms, with a house you’re buying the bricks-and-mortar structure along with the land, and with an apartment, the body corporate owns the building and in a sense you’re buying the space inside.So with these differences in mind, we have prepared a checklist as you prepare to buy your first apartment:Buyer’s Agent: When buying an apartment for the first time, an experienced buyer’s agent may be able to assist you – that is, an advocate who works for you, not the seller. They can guide you through what can be a complicated transaction with many risks for the uninitiated.Body Corporate: (or Strata Title Scheme): This is one of the least understood elements of apartment living. It is the entity that manages the building and the issues that arise from communal living. The body corporate is governed by a set of rules and you should ask to see the by-laws.Common Areas: It’s common practice to inspect the property prior to purchase. If you have any issues you are entitled to raise the issue with the seller or the seller’s agent. But the common areas are a different kettle of fish. If the common area presents an issue you should approach the body corporate directly.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Ongoing costs: What are the levies or costs that an owner incurs as part of the strata title scheme. A Section 206 Disclosure Form, which the seller is required by law in Queensland to provide to the buyer, contains the current costs fixed as payable by the owner of the lot.Car parking: What are the car parking arrangements? Do you have a designated spot or are all tenants sharing a parking garage? What about visitors? There is not usually much available on-street parking around an apartment building so perhaps make an inquiry about the availability of visitor parking spaces.Rubbish: How is rubbish handled? Will you be taking your rubbish down five flights of stairs, or five flights in a lift, to a dumpster in the basement? Or is there a garbage shute?Owned versus rented: If you’re buying the property as an owner occupier, it might be a good idea to find out what percentage of the building is rented and what is occupied by owners.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInvesting in Apartments01:47last_img read more

Waterfront home draws interstate family to the Gold CoastWaterfront home draws interstate family to the Gold Coast

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 118 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri. 118 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.MOVING to the Gold Coast was a tempting idea for Rhoda and Stuart Oliver but a waterfront property on the Isle of Capri was ultimately what made them take the plunge.Having holidayed on the Coast for more than a decade before they decided to relocate from Adelaide, the couple knew what they wanted in their new home.“What appealed most was the beautiful riverfront position, plus the wide street with no through traffic,” Mrs Oliver said. 118 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It also had to be close to St Hilda’s, beaches, major shopping centres and very central to everything.”They bought the two-storey Amalfi Drive property in 2015 and have lived there with their children ever since.It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, study, central atrium, wine cellar and alfresco area with pool overlooking the water.Mrs Oliver said the seamless flow through the open-plan house made it easy to entertain guests.center_img 118 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri. They loved a lot about the property but its outdoor areas were their favourite spots to spend time together as a family.“We love eating breakfast in the private atrium but can still enjoy uninterrupted water views,” Mrs Oliver said.She also liked that their pool was protected from view by a flanked custom rendered bench.last_img read more

Defending champions among pre-entries for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic TourDefending champions among pre-entries for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – Defending champions Aaron Turnbull and Elijah Zevenbergen are among the 88 drivers from 15 states and Canada already entered for the July 6-11 Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. Turnbull joins 63 other pre-registered IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers who will contend for $2,000 to win each night of the 25th annual North Dakota and Saskatchewan-based series. Zevenbergen and 24 more pre-registered IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $800 to win on the same programs.The series is at Nodak Speedway in Minot on July 6, at Estevan Motor Speedway on July 7, at Williston Basin Speedway on July 8, at Southwest Speedway on July 9, at Dacotah Speedway on July 10 and at Jamestown Speedway on July 11. Modified entries are already in hand from:Shawn Anderson, Minot; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Reese Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Scott Bintz, Jamestown; Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; Pete Bradley, Williston; Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo.; Dale Burwick, Dickinson; Eric Burwick, Dickinson; Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; Darin Duffy, Urbana, Iowa; and Allan Fetzer, Max;Eric Fetzer, Mandan; Nich Fuchs, Williston; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice; Travis Hagen, Williston; John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Bob Heffer, Swift Current, Sask.; Robert Hellebust, Minot; Troy Heupel, Williston; Jordan Huettl, Minot; Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa; Wayne Johnson, Minot; Paul Jones, Casper, Wyo.; David Karst, Mills, Wyo.; Jeremy Keller, Mandan; and Allen Kent, Minot;Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa; Jeff Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Les McLenehan, Estevan, Sask.; Lance Mari , El Centro, Calif.; Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; Mike Nelson, New Salem; Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; Shawn Olheiser, Dickinson; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; and Dallas Rice, Minot;And Donald Robinson, Underwood; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Eric Sinness, Williston; Donavon Sorenson, Laurel, Mont.; Jason Strand, Portland; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Darin Wendt, Williston; Spencer Wilson, Minot; and Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo.Pre-entered Stock Car drivers include:Aden Clark, Stanley; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; Blaine Durward, Trenton; Jordan Durward, Trenton; Brendan Eilts, Grand Island, Neb.; Chris Ellis, Minot; Dalton Flory, Williston; Joe Flory, Williston; Allan Frederick, Beulah; Zach Frederick, Richardton; Scott Gartner, Bismarck; and Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.;And Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan.; Shane Nehring, Williston; Cody Nelson, Kenmare; Jake Nelson, Williston; Kevin Schafer, Swift Current, Sask.; John A. Sieg, Williston; John D. Sieg, Williston; Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Michael Vennes, Minot; Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis.; and Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa.Series title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet of Mandan provides point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars and a long list of contingency sponsors will award cash and prizes to the top drivers in series standings.XSAN has agreed to pick up the extra payout to enhance the best talent to race for six consecutive nights and in addition, will be award three $500 bonus checks to new drivers of the “New Blood, Long Haul” promotion. The internet-based network will cover all six nights of the tour on pay-per-view at www.xsan.tv. Modified features are qualifying events for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. on opening night at Minot. Estevan opens the gates at noon and the grandstand at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.At Williston, pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson. Racing follows 6:45 p.m. hot laps. Mandan opens the gates at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. And at Jamestown, pit gates open at 1 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30 p.m.The updated list of pre-registered drivers in posted on the www.dakotaclassictour.com website.More information is available from Tour Director John Gartner at 701 202-6075.last_img read more

Ruiz Jr vows to end Joshua’s careerRuiz Jr vows to end Joshua’s career

first_imgRelatedPosts Joshua: Why I visited Nigeria as non-champion Tyson Fury ordered to fight Dillian Whyte before Joshua Joshua resumes training for Pulev Andy Ruiz Jr has vowed to send Anthony Joshua into retirement with victory in their heavyweight rematch.The Mexican-American stunned the boxing world by dropping Joshua four times before stopping him in the seventh round in June.He ripped the Brit’s three world titles from him in one of the biggest shocks in the sport’s history.Joshua immediately triggered the rematch clause in his contract and the rivals will clash again in the Saudi Arabian desert on Saturday week.And Ruiz is confident he will retain his titles – and end Joshua’s career.“I have to. I have to, right? He’s trying to take my career as well. It’s either me or him inside the ring. I will and I am,” he told Sky Sports.Joshua had been due to face Jarrell Miller in the summer before the New Yorker tested positive for three banned substances.Ruiz stepped in at six weeks’ notice and was given little chance before upsetting the odds.Joshua, however, insists he will not be forced into hanging up his gloves if he loses for a second time.“It is weird because you get, ‘If you lose your next fight you should retire.’ I say, ‘You didn’t tell me to get in the gym so who are you to tell me to get out of the gym?’ he said.“I swear I’ll fight till I’m 50. I fight because I love the game.”Joshua faced accusations that he quit in the first fight having spat out his gumshield after being dropped in the seventh round.And Ruiz insisted he felt his rival threw in the towel.“A little bit,” he said. “I feel he quit because of the way that it was won. I think he was still out of it, I didn’t think he knew where he was at at that moment. I think that he quit.”Tags: Andy Ruiz JrNew YorkerSky Sportslast_img read more

Guardiola harbours United ambitionGuardiola harbours United ambition

first_img Press Association Guardiola ended a highly successful tenure at Barcelona in 2012, after winning 14 trophies in four years, and took the top job with Bayern last year following a 12-month sabbatical. According to several national newspapers, i n Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau wrote that Guardiola expressed his desire to manage United in 2011. Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola would relish the chance to take charge of Manchester United, according to a newly-released book chronicling his debut season with the German giants. “I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day,” Guardiola is reported to have told personal assistant Manel Estiarte as they watched United beat Schalke at Old Trafford in the Champions League. In the event, Guardiola was eventually tempted by Bayern, with the Spaniard uttering a similar desire to manage at the Allianz Arena. He had already agreed to take over at Bayern in January 2013 before Sir Alex Ferguson announced his intentions to stand down after 26 and a half years at the helm of United a few months later. It was reported that the Red Devils made overtures towards the former Barcelona and Spain midfielder following David Moyes’ sacking earlier this year, but they instead appointed veteran Dutch boss Louis van Gaal. “From the start Pep was well disposed to the overtures from the Bavarian club,” Perarnau added. “Pep liked the set-up at Sabener Strasse (Bayern’s training complex), despite the fact that it was smaller than Barca’s training ground and had fewer technical facilities. “The Catalan was impressed and told Manel Estiarte privately: ‘I like this place. I could see myself coaching here one day.’ “Guardiola has always felt a deep admiration, almost veneration, for the legendary teams and players of Europe.” Guardiola also turned down approaches from United’s Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea to take charge at Bayern, according to the book. “During his sabbatical year in New York, the job offers poured in,” Perarnau wrote. “His ex-colleague, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football at Manchester City, was very insistent. He also met up in Paris with Roman Abramovich, who was prepared to do anything to lure Pep to Chelsea.” The book also reveals Guardiola’s loathing for t iki-taka football. “I hate it. Tiki-taka means passing the ball for the sake of it, with no clear intention. It’s pointless,” said Guardiola, whose Barca team became renowned, apparently wrongly, for that style of play. “Don’t believe what people say. Barca didn’t do tiki-taka! It’s completely made up! Don’t believe a word of it! In all team sports, the secret is to overload one side of the pitch so that the opponent must tilt its own defence to cope. You overload on one side and draw them in so that they leave the other side weak. “And when we’ve done all that, we attack and score from the other side. That’s why you have to pass the ball, but only if you’re doing it with a clear intention. It’s only to overload the opponent, to draw them in and then to hit them with the sucker punch. That’s what our game needs to be. Nothing to do with tiki-taka.” last_img read more

`We have managed to put together a competitive squad’, says Harper`We have managed to put together a competitive squad’, says Harper

first_imgHEAD COACH of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, Roger Harper, believes the Warriors make-up will be a competitive force during the 2017 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Harper’s declaration came a day after the Player Draft was held in Barbados on Friday.The 53-year-old Harper told Chronicle Sport yesterday that the Warriors management unit has managed to put together a squad where a number of the core players have returned from last year.The draft process on Friday saw all six teams opting for large-scale retentions after the cap on retention was relaxed for this season in order to keep the core of their sides intact. Such a strategy meant that big-name signings were few and far between.Teams were allowed to retain as many players as they want, and as such, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have kept nine of the men that made up the 2016 squad.Chadwick Walton will head to the Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise this season.The Warriors have retained Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo.“I think we manage to put together a very competitive squad. We have some of our core players back from last year, and we managed to build some good players around that,” Harper said.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.However, Harper, a former West Indies all-rounder and former coach of the West Indies and Kenya senior teams, feels that the Warriors chances this year are as good as any other franchise.“I think we have a good chance as anyone else. It’s all how we come together and how hard we work and how well we play on match day.“What you will realize is that the league gets much stronger each year, with more and more international players coming in… so the other teams are also very competitive, but I think our chances are just as good as any other team,” Harper concluded.The Guyana Amazon Warriors have raked in six newcomers in their squad; Jamaican wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton,Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan, ICC Americas opener Steven Taylor, Barbados all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair: batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph.In addition, the squad includes the young exciting batsman Shimron Hetmyer,who led the West Indies to the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup title last year.Jason Mohammed played a big role for the Guyana Amazon Warriors last season.CPL 2017 is scheduled to be played between August 1 and September 9.The Guyana Amazon Warriors squad reads: Sohail Tanvir, Martin Guptill*, Chadwick Walton, Chris Lynn, Rayad Emrit, Rashid Khan, Jason Mohammed, Steven Taylor, Veerasammy Permaul, Roshan Primus, Gajanand Singh, Assad Fudadin, Keon Joseph, Steven Jacobs, Steven Ketwaroo, Shimron Hetmeyer (Young W.I.), Muhammad Ali Khan (ICC Americas).last_img read more

WI Believe!WI Believe!

first_imgToby Radford, West Indies’ batting coach, believes the regionally side have the quality to win today’s decisive game in the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.With the series locked at 1-1, Radford is of the opinion that the West Indies must fire from ball one, afterburners maximum, if they are to progress to be the series champions.Pakistan ended a run of four consecutive ODI defeats with a thumping win in the second ODI. In doing so, they ensured that whatever the outcome of the deciding contest, they will remain in the eighth and final automatic qualification place for the 2019 World Cup at the end of the series.Toby RadfordOn the other hand, the West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 world champions, are presently sitting in ninth position on 84 points, five points behind eighth-ranked 1992 winners Pakistan. Bangladesh, who recently drew their three-match series with Sri Lanka, are seventh on 92 points.A series win for the hosts will further boost their chances for an automatic qualification at the September 30 cutoff date.England and the seven other top teams will qualify directly for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with the remaining four teams getting a second chance through a 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying tournament in 2018.“We have to come back very strong on Tuesday (today). It’s a huge game for us. We want to win the series against them – we believe we can do it. We have the quality here to do it but we have to really dig deep and come back firing on all cylinders,” Radford said after the defeat on Sunday.Friday’s convincing victory in the first ODI proved only a false dawn as West Indies quickly returned to their unpleasant old habits; losing the second game on Sunday by 74 runs.MOMENTUM SHIFTEDMeanwhile, Radford admitted that a momentum shift in the last 10 overs of Pakistan’s innings left his side with “50 runs” more than what they had aimed to chase.Azam’s brilliance saw Pakistan post a par total. It was the 99-run stand between him and Imad Wasim that gave Pakistan the extra runs and at the end, they proved to be too many for the Windies.The best part about the win for the tourists was that everyone contributed to their success. Azam registered his career best ODI score while Hasan Ali notched up his personal best with the ball.They dominated proceedings right from the word go. The new ball bowlers struck in time before the spinners then chipped in to reduce the home side to 75-6.Jason Holder and Ashley Nurse shared a 58-run stand to delay the inevitable but Ali’s heroics ensured that Pakistan sealed the deal in time.But what will be interesting today is Holder’s leadership as well as the finishing skills will be put through a stern test for the inconsistent hosts.Holder’s captaincy may not be under immediate threat but a series loss will certainly raise questions about his ability to marshal his resources.last_img read more