Former national technical director for football, Vin Blaine, said Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Girlz showed character and grit to beat hosts Haiti 2-1 and lift the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Championship on Sunday.A goal in each half from Shayla Smart (third minute) and Jody Brown (67th minute) led the Jamaicans to the title triumph.Jamaica, Haiti and third-place Trinidad and Tobago advanced to the CONCACAF Championship, where the top-three finishers will qualify for the 2016 World Cup in Jordan.Blaine, who as head coach led the Reggae Girlz to many CFU victories in the past, noted that the players had very little time to gel.”They (Jamaica) came against a Haiti team that was the favourite based on performance, and it was really a gritty performance. The players don’t know each other much. Most of them have never played for Jamaica before, and some came in two days before the finals,” he said.training needed”So for them to gel in a manner that they could overcome a Haitian team that has been together means there is some character to this team … and after the disappointment of the senior team, this is what the programme needed,” he added.Haiti’s goal was scored by the tournament’s top scorer, Nerilia Mondesir, in the 71th minute.Blaine believes if they are to qualify for the World Cup next year, the Girlz need training camps and matches against top-level teams.”What we’ve lacked in the past has been long-term training sessions and international games. International games will acclimatise us to situations. We need to play top teams, even if it is not international teams,” he said.”If we can find a top-club team in Canada or the US, we would get the same characteristics as the players you would play against – same movement, same discipline – it’s just for us to get the experience to play against these girls.”But at this level, we are more competitive than at the senior level, so if the coaches get these girls some games, they should be competitive. They just need more exposure,” Blaine reasoned.”They came through the struggle but gave a good fight to become champions, and that should encourage them to try and go further,” he added.
Among Kawhi Leonard’s many, varied talents is something relatively new this season: Without much warning, and in addition to his stellar defense and rebounding, the Spurs forward has become one of the most devastating 3-point shooters in the league.Leonard currently ranks second among qualified players in 3-point accuracy, having knocked down a ridiculous 48.4 percent of his threes. Before this season, his career high had been 37.9 percent (on 2.8 threes per game) and his high for attempts per game was 3.0; this year, he’s taking 3.8 per game and shattering his career numbers. Merely putting a shooting threat of that magnitude on the floor can dramatically grease the wheels of offensive efficiency: Since 1997-98,1The year the league moved the 3-point line back to its current distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. teams whose regular lineups featured a guy hitting at least 45 percent of his threes scored 2.7 more points per 100 possessions than their peers. But Leonard is more than just a long-distance sniper.On top of his range, he also rates among the league’s best defenders (his +3.4 defensive Box Plus/Minus is in the 97th percentile of NBA players) and scorers (95th percentile in points per 36 minutes), with above-average rebounding (69th percentile in rebound rate) and passing (57th percentile in assist rate) thrown in for good measure. Leonard’s all-around excellence this season has placed him squarely in the mix with Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James for the mantle of NBA’s Best Player™.As my colleague Ben Morris wrote last month, Curry has emerged as the face of the 3-point revolution sweeping across the league in recent seasons. Along those lines, you might also expect that Leonard is ushering in a new era of great shooters who also excel in other facets of the game — a sort of apex predator among the 3-and-D genus. But Leonard doesn’t symbolize some broader trend threatening to transform basketball, primarily because he’s far too unusual for anyone in today’s NBA to measure up.The typical sharpshooter at the level of Leonard this season is, and always has been, limited in other areas. Going back to ’97-98 again, the average top-five-ranked shooter by 3-point percentage profiles as follows: a highly efficient scorer2Practically by definition, given the shooting percentage required. and solid passer who’s also in the bottom half of NBA players in usage rate, the bottom third in defensive BPM and close to the bottom quarter in rebound rate. So, by and large, these are not all-around dynamos — they’re in the game to shoot the lights out, and maybe do a little ball handling. Anything else is gravy, but outside the job description. We should note that this profile isn’t really trending in a different direction over time. Leonard’s compatriots atop the 3-point percentage leaderboard this season are J.J. Redick, Omri Casspi and Jared Dudley — a trio not exactly known for superb all-around skills. Even Curry, who ranks fifth (absurdly, on more than twice as many 3-point attempts as anyone else in the same neighborhood accuracy-wise) is merely an OK rebounder and defender relative to the league. That Leonard rates so well in non-shooting categories is basically unheard of for a marksman of his caliber.Well, unless you consider Larry Bird. In 1984-85, Bird hit 42.7 percent of his treys (good for second in basketball — and remember, the league shot 28.2 percent back then) while ranking in the 87th percentile in scoring efficiency, the 96th percentile in usage, the 87th percentile in assist rate, the 83rd percentile in rebound rate and the 94th percentile in defensive BPM. Maybe that defensive number is a bit of a stretch, the residue of estimated statistics in a pre-SportVU era, but Bird was also better defensively than he sometimes gets credit for. In any case, among top-five-ranked 3-point shooters in a season, Bird’s 1979-80, ’84-85 and ’85-86 seasons are the only ones remotely comparable to Leonard’s 2015-16 in terms of all-around versatility. Nobody else comes close.That doesn’t mean Leonard is a perfect analogue for Bird, but it does underscore the rarity of his talent and the infrequency with which a world-class shooting stroke is packaged alongside other elite basketball skills. Perhaps most tantalizing of all, Leonard is only 24; he still has time to get even better.Read more: The Spurs’ Bench Could Probably Make The Playoffs On Its Own
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 11, 2018 – Providenciales – The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police has appointed Takara Bain as new Communications Officer, taking over from Sergeant Kevin Clarke, who has been serving in that capacity, for the last three years.Bain, who is a Grand Turk native, boasts extensive public relations and communications skills, starting her career as a radio personality and news anchor for Radio Turks and Caicos. She has since held the position of Journalist and Anchor Woman for WIV Channel 4 News, Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the TCI Hospital and most recently, Head of Marketing for Digicel TCI.Acting Commissioner, Trevor Botting said, “Ms. Bain brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in public relations, journalism and marketing for more than ten years. Her addition to the RT&CIPF team is just one of the ways we plan to strengthen our community engagement and overall communications internally and externally.”Botting added, “The strategic priorities for the RT&CIPF include enhancing our engagement with our communities and building public confidence in the Police Force and Ms. Bain will take the lead on the communications element of this work.”Speaking on the new appointment, Bain said, “It will be a challenging role and I am very much looking forward to that challenge. There is a great deal of good work being done by the police and it’s important that it is communicated to the public”.Bain added, “This is a positive and progressive step and I look forward to a long and successful association with the Police Force”.Bain has a Baccalaureate Degree in Radio, Television and Internet Media from Lynn University in Boca Raton, and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing.Regards,Sergeant #166Gracebay Police PostRoyal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
BNP holds a protest rally in front of its Naya Paltan central office on Friday afternoon. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Friday announced that the release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail is its No 1 condition to join the general election, reports UNB.”We would like to clearly say that our leader Khaleda Zia’s release from jail is the No 1 pre-condition for holding any election in Bangladesh,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He came up with the remarks while speaking at a public rally in front of BNP’s Naya Paltan central office.Fakhrul warned that the country’s people will not allow anyone to arrange any election keeping Khaleda Zia in jail.He also said the government must quit, parliament must be dissolved, the election commission will have to be reconstituted and army must be deployed for holding the election in a fair manner.The BNP leader also urged all political parties and professionals to forge a national unity to force the government to hold the national election in a credible manner.BNP leaders and activists attend a protest rally in front of its Naya Paltan central office on Friday afternoon. Photo: Prothom AloFakhrul congratulated eight left-leaning parties for forming an alliance on people’s various demands.He hoped that other political parties will also get united to rid the country’s people of the current government’s ‘misrule’.As part of its countrywide programme, the BNP arranged the rally demanding BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and her proper medical treatment.Several thousand BNP leaders and activists, holding banners, placards and festoons, joined the rally.BNP last held a rally in the city on 5 January 2016.Fakhrul thanked the party leaders and activists for making the rally a success with their spontaneous presence.He also urged them to get ready for launching a strong movement to establish a pro-people government ousting the ‘autocratic one’.About the reported gold scam in Bangladesh Bank’s vault, the BNP leader said the government has unleashed anarchy in the country and ruined the economy and the banking sector with its ‘widespread plundering’.BNP standing committee members Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Abdul Moyeen Khan and other senior leaders of the party were present.Read more: BNP allowed holding rally on 23 conditions
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday distributed coveted Ekushey Padak-2019 among 21 eminent citizens for their contributions to their respective fields, reports UNB.The prime minister handed over the Ekushey Padak, the second highest civilian award in Bangladesh, to the awardees or their family members at a function organised by the cultural affairs ministry at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city.Professor Halima Khatun (posthumous), lawyer Golam Arif Tipu and professor Monowara Islam got the award for their role in the Language Movement.Subir Nandi, Azam Khan (posthumous) and Khairul Anam Shakil won the award for their contributions to music while Lucky Enam, Suborna Mustafa and Liaquat Ali Lucky for performing arts.Sayeda Khanam and Jamal Uddin Ahmed were honoured with the award for their contributions to photography and fine arts respectively while Khitindra Chandra Baishya was given the Ekushey Padak for his role in the Liberation War.Biswajit Ghosh and Mahbubul Haque were conferred the award for their research while Pranab Kumar Barua was awarded for his contribution to education.Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haq Milon, Ashim Saha, Anwara Syed Haq, Mainul Ahsan Saber and Harishankar Jaladas received the award for contributions to language and literature.Each recipient got a gold medal, a certificate and a cheque for Tk 200,000.State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid presided over the function.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam read out the citations of the award recipients, while acting cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal delivered the welcome speech.