Press Association “Life of a keeper, particularly an English one, is very different to an outfield player where you get 25 squad places with rotation and maybe European games if you are at one of the bigger clubs. “You get the need for a lot of players whereas with a keeper there are not many teams where you have two first-choice keepers – here is one of them. “You see people saying it is up to us if we stay or go but sometimes it really isn’t. “If I get told I am here next season then I am here next season and I will do my utmost for the team. “If I get told I am here next season and I am on the bench then that is my life and you have got to take it how it is. “That is something I have learned from this season as much as anything that it is not all laid for you on a red carpet.” The 33-year-old joined the Hoops last summer and was soon followed to the club by Brazil international Julio Cesar, who spent much of the season as first-choice goalkeeper. With Cesar expected to leave Loftus Road in the summer, Green ended the season as number one and is now readying himself to play in the npower Championship. “I see my future wherever I am told it is really,” he told the club’s official website. Robert Green insists he is happy to stay at relegated QPR and fight for a starting place.
Silver Bullets, Dave & Celina’s progress to semisSILVER Bullets as well as Dave and Celina’s All Stars are the first two teams to progress to the Semi Finals of the Colors/Guinness Greatest of the Streets National final following the first of the night’s action on Saturday.The three-day finals saw the first leg in Linden having both teams taking different routes.In the first game, Dave and Celina won 2-1 against Swag Entertainment via the penalty route after the game was locked 0-0 at the end of regulation time.Meanwhile, Damian Williams 19th minute strike held untill the final whistle to allow Silver Bullets into the next round via a 1-0 margin over Melanie B.In the earlier round of 16, Melanie B got the better of New Amsterdam Kings 2-1 in a penalty war after the game remained scoreless at the end of regulation time.Game two saw Swag Entertainment mauling Buxton Diamond United 8-2 in the highest scoring game of the evening.Swag’s scorers were Colwyn Drakes (2nd, 3rd, 9th and 31st), Shane Luckie (7th, 28th and 36th) and Royston Fraser (34th), while Buxton had Kevon Assaye (6th) and Dwayne Jacobs (36th) on target.Dave and Celina’s booked their spot in the quarter finals via a 6-0 win over East Bank Gunners; with Kenard Simon netting a hat trick (32nd, 36th and 38th) and Keon Sears scoring a brace in the19th and 30th. Cordel Johnson also scored in the 34th.Silver Bullets edged Tucville 2-0 on penalties after Robin Abrams 17th minute strike was cancelled out one minute later by Tucville’s Delon Williams’ goal in the18th min during regulation time.The second night of action takes place on July 14 at the Pouderoyen Tarmac.
Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui believes an enticing clash with European champions Portugal, led by World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, to start their World Cup campaign leaves the 2010 champions with little room for error in Russia.The Iberian neighbours will be favourites to progress from Group B after also being paired with Morocco and Iran in Friday’s draw in Moscow, but they face each other first up in Sochi on June 15. Real Madrid’s Ronaldo is just one of a number of Portugal’s top players who ply their trade in Spain, but Lopetegui was keener to point to the overall qualities Portugal showed in claiming their first major trophy at Euro 2016 just 18 months ago.“Straight away it isn’t the time to talk about individuals,” Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro.“Portugal have won an important title and, moreover, very recently. They are the champions of Europe, they have fantastic players and we are talking about the highest level.”Indeed, Portugal survived without an injured Ronaldo for the vast majority of the Euro 2016 final to shock hosts France thanks to an extra-time goal from Eder.However, Portugal have failed to beat Spain in seven previous meetings at major tournaments, including as the Spanish went on to lift their only World Cup in South Africa in 2010.“What matters to us is to play a great game when the time comes and to be capable of beating them,” added Lopetegui. “The rest is history.”Lopetegui was at least happy with Spain’s draw in terms of logistics with their expected base in Krasnodar just a half an hour flight away from Sochi before facing Iran in Kazan and Morocco in Kaliningrad.“Until it is official I can’t say anything, but it is more than probable the base will be (Krasnodar),” he added.“Knowing the distances there could be in Russia, it is quite balanced.”Iran’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, who also had a brief spell in charge at Real Madrid, was more enthusiastic as he claimed he couldn’t have wished for a better draw. “Personally I am very happy because it is a group with two teams from two very special places for me,” said Queiroz.“It will be a very tough competition for us, it would have been no matter what group we were in, but when you are with Spain, a World Cup winner, and Portugal, European champions, it couldn’t be better for me.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In its 2019 Annual Report, released here, the CDB, the region’s premier financial institution, said that at the start of 2020, it was projecting regional economic growth, consistent with forecasts of increased global economic activity. The CDB said that in the medium term, BMCs need to return to the theme of building resilience. The CDB said that tourism was once again a vital source of jobs and income region-wide. Overnight visitors rose in nearly every country, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). In addition to The Bahamas, there was double-digit growth in St. Kitts and Nevis and the Cayman Islands. Tourism also played a big part in the recovery of countries that had been affected by the hurricanes of 2017. Along with reconstruction activity, this helped to drive significant growth in Anguilla, Dominica, and the Virgin Islands (BVI). “Closure of borders led to a rapid decline in international travel, putting pressure on transport providers, particularly airlines. Governments and central banks announced fiscal and monetary policies in an effort to protect businesses and workers,” the report noted. “Hotels had become virtually empty by March, and cruise ships ceased to operate. Commodity producers were also affected. Guyana made its first delivery of crude oil in January. Since then, a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia caused prices to decline below the breakeven price in Guyana’s oilfield. “ExxonMobil announced suspension of construction of its headquarters at Ogle, and exploration and production budgets of other operators were cut. Trinidad and Tobago, which is heavily dependent on oil and gas, is likely to experience economic contraction,” the CDB said. It said “the impact on the Caribbean region was significant,” noting that many tourism dependent economies reported mass cancellations. It said that the duration of the impact is difficult to predict; but foreign exchange earnings, income, employment, public sector indebtedness, and government revenues and expenditures are likely to be severely affected. “They also eased credit conditions and provided tax breaks to businesses and individuals. These measures to mitigate the impacts must be balanced against the availability of buffers, especially foreign reserves.” “In addition, increased emphasis must be placed on promoting private sector development and new sources to earn foreign exchange by, for example, diversifying the economic base and strengthening the regulatory and institutional framework”: the CDB noted. The CDB noted that last year, consistent with the global slowdown, most of its BMCs experienced slower economic expansion than in the previous year. It said regional gross domestic product (GDP) increased by one per cent, following 1.6 per cent growth in 2018. “Since then, there has been the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus, with significant adverse impact on developed and developing countries. With many countries going into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus and to ease pressure on health services, economic activity collapsed. Dry weather conditions, which affected agricultural production as well as weaknesses in mining and quarrying severely constrained economic activity in Jamaica. The 1.2 per cent increase in GDP in the year to September 2019, therefore mainly reflected growth in tourism, manufacturing and finance services,” the CDB noted. “The passage of the hurricane dampened output growth, particularly in the last quarter of the year. The economy grew by about 0.9 per cent, mainly due to developments in the tourism sector, which reported the highest-ever recorded visitor arrivals across all categories. Robust pre-hurricane performance and increased airlift from North America accounted for the surge in tourist arrivals in 2019.” BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), says the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with significant adverse impact on developed and developing countries is having a significant impact on the Caribbean region. The bank said that extreme weather affected the region last year, highlighting its vulnerability and the importance of improving resilience. It said disaster preparedness and healthcare systems will need to be fortified, possibly using enhanced digital technology. Parametric insurance and contingent credit facilities should be broadened to cover pandemics. “Tourism recovery will depend on the extent to which the outbreak is contained in major source markets -Canada, European Union, United Kingdom (UK), and United States of America (US)- how quickly economic activity recovers, and renewed confidence in the safety and security of these markets.” On September 1, Hurricane Dorian made direct impact on The Bahamas, causing devastation and considerable loss of life in the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco. Damage and loss was estimated at US$3.2 billion or 25 per cent of GDP. Among the region’s commodity-exporting countries, severe droughts affected agricultural output in Belize and Jamaica. Economic growth slowed to a modest 0.3 per cent in Belize, with agriculture and electricity being the areas most affected, although tourism still expanded. In the meantime, the CDB said that its borrowing member countries (BMC) have taken action to minimise the adverse impact by boosting social protection for those that have lost their jobs. CMC