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‘Hart has done nothing to lose England place’

first_imgJoe Hart Hart has done nothing to lose England No.1 spot – Schwarzer Robin Bairner 17:18 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Joe Hart West Ham Getty Images England Netherlands v England Netherlands Friendlies Ahead of friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, the West Ham shot-stopper should be seen as Gareth Southgate’s first pick Joe Hart deserves to go to World Cup 2018 as England’s first-choice goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer has argued.The shot-stopper has struggled for game time at West Ham, starting his first match since the autumn as the London side crashed to a 3-0 loss against Burnley last weekend, and has come under fire for his level in recent months.However, Schwarzer still feels that the former Manchester City man is the best option open to manager Gareth Southgate, who has named him in the squad for upcoming friendlies against Netherlands and Italy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “If Joe Hart plays between now and the end of the season and plays well then there’s no decision to be made,” the 2015-16 Premier League winner told Sky Sports. “Based on his previous performances and the potential good performances between now and the end of the season, he would warrant selection as England’s first choice goalkeeper.“He’s done nothing wrong in my opinion to lose that position. It’s a big if though. There are still quite a few games to go this season but he has to play well. Against Burnley wasn’t the best of starts but he’s got eight games left and he has to perform.”Hart faces competition from the likes of Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope, all of whom will be involved in the squad over the next fortnight. “The games at the end of the month are going to be crucial for Gareth. Reading between the lines and looking at the situation, I think it’s going to be more of a case of him giving Butland and Pickford the chance to stake a claim in those games because they are playing week in, week out,” Schwarzer, who won 109 caps for Australia, added.“He could play one of them in each of the games against Holland and Italy. Joe will be there but Gareth knows what Joe can produce. As to whether he starts at the World Cup or not it will come down to how many games he gets between now and the end of the season.”With 75 caps, Hart is easily the most experienced option open to England.last_img read more

$1.83 Billion Port Antonio Water and Sewerage Project to Begin July

first_imgWork on the $1.83 billion Port Antonio Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Project, is slated to get underway in July. Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, yesterday (May 2) broke ground for the development, which will involve major rehabilitation and construction of water distribution, sewerage, and drainage systems serving the Portland capital and its environs. The project is being undertaken over 18 months through joint funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the National Water Commission (NWC), under its K-Factor Programme, and is expected to generate upwards of 250 jobs. Minister Pickersgill, in his address at the ceremony held at Bryan’s Bay, assured that the project will address water supply deficiencies in Port Antonio and adjoining communities, while providing supporting wastewater and drainage systems and services. He noted that the successful implementation of the project “requires all hands on deck”. “Let us resolve to work together to ensure better living standards for (all) the communities served by this system. With the current administration’s plan to replicate efforts like these across Jamaica, I have no doubt that we will steadily advance towards achieving our Vision 2030 goal of making Jamaica ‘the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” Mr. Pickersgill said. NWC Chairman, Dr. Leary Myers, who also participated in the ground breaking, said the project represents a “milestone” in the Commission’s increasing efforts to rehabilitate its infrastructure to deliver potable water and wastewater management services to its clients. “On completion of (this) water supply, sewerage and drainage project, Port Antonio and adjoining areas will, at the same time, reap the benefits of a full loop effort to improve water supply while managing the impact that waste generated by human activity and poorly channeled storm flows can have on the vulnerable…environment,” he stated. Dr. Myers said the NWC’s K-Factor Programme has enabled the agency to “slowly but steadily” transform its infrastructure, to enhance service delivery to clients. The programme provides for the sustainable regeneration, rehabilitation and improvement of the water and waste water systems, which are critical to the health, sanitation and well-being of Jamaicans, as well as to the development of the country. The NWC Chairman informed that the K-Factor Unit, which has been appointed to oversee the implementation of K-Factor projects, has, as its strategic focus, a mandate to guide the identification, scoping, and implementation of projects, which reduce non-revenue water, rehabilitate underperforming systems, and increase energy efficiencies while improving service to customers. The Port Antonio Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Project, which will be executed by French engineering firm, Vinci Construction Grands Projects, will see the major installation, construction, and repair works being executed under its three components – water, sewerage, and drainage. These will incorporate the laying of 10 kilometres of pipelines and the replacement and upgrading 1,000 service connections under the water aspect; installation of six kilometres of pipelines, 500 connections, and manholes under the sewerage segment; and placement of two kilometers of box and concrete pipe culverts, construction of a retaining wall, as well as drainage channel de-silting, and dredging works, under the drainage component. Vinci will undertake preliminary works in June, prior to the commencement of these activities. Vinci Constructions Country Manager for Jamaica, Etienne Andre, said efforts will be made to ensure that the project’s workforce comprises mainly locals, while giving the firm’s undertaking to minimize, as best as possible, anticipated inconveniences to vehicular and pedestrian movement.   Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

Raghibs friend becomes sole witness of Shakespeare Sarani accident case

first_imgKolkata: Turning yet another page in the Shakespeare Sarani accident case involving elder Arsalan scion Raghib Parvez, Kolkata Police has recorded the statement of Raghib’s friend who was also in the car at the time of accident.Police have also decided to appeal before the court in order to record his statement in front of the magistrate, as per the provisions under section 160 CrPC. According to sources, during interrogation Raghib stated that one of his friends was also in the car at the time of accident, who had also fled after the accident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter his statement, CCTV footages were scrutinised again, where police found presence of the second person. It was seen that another person had deboarded the car and started running in the opposite direction of Raghib. Raghib stated that he and his friend were coming back from a birthday party. He was going to Salt Lake in order to drop his friend there. But all of a sudden, they got in touch with another friend and went towards Kyd Street. But at the last moment, the second friend refused to meet. As a result, Raghib turned his car and was going towards Park Circus in order to go onto Maa flyover. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFollowing the statement made by Raghib, his friend was detained and questioned. Later, his medical examination was done and injuries were found on his face and hand similar to Raghib’s. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Murli Dhar, police will reconstruct the accident scene with him, as he is the only witness left. Apart from the statement regarding the accident, police also came to know that Raghib was addicted to drugs and had been admitted to a rehabilitation centre for necessary treatment. Police are questioning his friend to confirm whether Raghib was driving in an intoxicated state. Sources informed that as Raghib’s friend has agreed to be a witness, he was not booked by the investigators. Police are keeping a close watch on him as he is the only witness in the case, with the two Bangladeshi nationals dead and another person having gone back to Bangladesh.last_img read more