Granite State Development Corp to serve all of Vermont

first_imgDavid Blow of Granite State Development Corp, Vermont s #1 SBA 504 Loan Specialist, has announced that the US Small Business Administration has approved its statewide expansion allowing it to serve all Vermont communities. For more information, contact Granite State Development Corp. at (802) 865-8094 or is external).last_img

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No one likes a bully – so block them!

first_imgSome people just like to pick a fight.What do you do when someone picks a fight with your credit union on social media? Or maybe they are baiting you to engage with them? What do you do? Ignore them? Engage with them? Call them out about how they are wrong? The answers are a mixed bag.In the past month, I’ve noticed a significant uptick in people getting pissy with credit unions and those in the CU industry. The first thing you have to ask is, “Why is this person ‘attacking’ me on social media?” Once you understand that, then you can take the appropriate action.The motives for people venting/complaining/coming after you on social media tend to fall into a few areas. And here are some proven ways to help out:They have a legitimate member complaint: typically people who post a complaint to your credit union’s Facebook (or any other platform) just want to have their problem solved. This should be handled as quickly as possible. Let them know that you read the post and that you’re working on an answer. This will buy you some time and it will give your member some satisfaction that they are being heard. After that initial post, the clock is ticking. So try to have a solid answer to their complaint within 24 hours and post your response publically. Most of the time this will work and resolve any issues your member might have.They want the world to know their problems: the venting member, who posts to your social media profile, doesn’t want an answer. They just want to know that you are hearing them. There’s really only one response to give, “We appreciate you letting us know about your concerns. We are always looking to improve and we will take this to our team and discuss how we can make our credit union experience for you and others better.” Again, most of the time, that’s all you need to do.They have a chip on their shoulder: There are people (you probably have relatives like this) who just cannot be pleased no matter how much good you’re doing for the community, for your members and even how noble the CU message might be. Some people just love to hate and love to bait people into their misery and into a conversation that’s not “winnable.” These people cannot be “won over” or “reasoned with” as you would with your typical member. And a lot of times, these people aren’t even members, but people looking to start a fight or just get under your skin so you’ll engage with them.I’m giving this last category more space because it’s the hardest one to deal with, plan for and react to. The first rule of anyone complaining or raising a question on your social media platforms is to respond quickly with a minimum generic response of “Thank you for reaching out to us.” That way you are on record publically (or at least with those who see your feed) that you’re responsive and polite. After that, when the complaining and baiting continue, direct them to a customer service email and explain that “We have a member service email set up for member complaints and issues. Please send all of your questions and comments to this email. Thank you.” To be honest, it probably won’t work. But it’s a good thing to put out there publically because you ARE a credit union with a good and socially-responsible brand.If this last step doesn’t work and the person continues to post complaints or off-topic issues to engage you in a conversation that won’t benefit anyone – BLOCK THEM! The blocking tool is seriously one of my favorite things and more brands should take advantage of it. Why? Because, you’re on social media to engage with members and the public to hopefully have healthy conversations and to provide value to your digital audience. Some people just don’t want that and only want to cause problems because, unfortunately, there are some a**holes in the world.So, keep pushing through the negativity with your positive and truthful CU message on your social media profiles. The negativity and trolls will quiet down once they see that they’re getting nothing from you to feed their need to be bullies. 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Ogden Michael has been in the social media business for more than a decade inside the credit union, technology, financial and food industries. He’s the founder of For3, LLC, which … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem edges out Rafael Nadal in high-quality clash | Tennis News

first_imgDominic Thiem will move into the semi-finals if Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev later on Tuesday Nadal held firm to force a second tie-break but Thiem’s willingness to go for the big shots and make them earned him more match points, and this time he took one.“It was a great match from the first to the last point,” Thiem said on court afterwards. “I think I was pretty lucky to get the first set.“Against Rafa, it’s nice to win the first set obviously, but still, he’s there 100 per cent. I knew then that maybe I had a slight advantage but I had to stay super focused. I’m happy that I got it today.”Don’t forget to follow us on, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports – on the go! Available to download now on – iPhone & iPad and Android Dominic Thiem will move into the semi-finals if Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev later on Tuesday
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If Arsenal have any ambition they would sack Unai Emery and make a move for Mauricio Pochettino

first_img Where next for Mauricio Pochettino? 6/4 Bayern Munich7/2 Man Utd7/2 Real Madrid7/1 PSG14/1 Juventus14/1 ArsenalOdds courtesy of Betfair If Arsenal have any ambition they would sack Unai Emery and make a move for Mauricio Pochettino Advertisement Whether Jose Mourinho is the right fit for Tottenham or not, Daniel Levy can hardly be accused of settling for mediocrity or displaying the levels of inertia which appear to be crippling north London rivals Arsenal.By replacing the most successful manager in the club’s modern history with the most qualified, high-profile available coach on the market, Levy has sent out a clear signal that results, above all else, will determine his decision-making.For all his shortcomings, and there are many, Mourinho will galvanise Spurs, in the short-term at least. It would, after all, be difficult not to improve on an alarming run of league form which dates back to last season and sees Spurs currently languishing in 14th place.AdvertisementAdvertisementRarely has Mourinho, if ever, inherited a team in a state of such apparent disarray. Even at Manchester United he took charge of FA Cup winners and was immediately given the funds to break the British transfer record to sign Paul Pogba and add a cast-iron guarantee of goals in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovc. Levy will allow him no such luxury but the impact of a new man, with a new message, who at one time or another has coveted many of the players he will now work with, should not be underestimated.ADVERTISEMENTThe Spurs chairman may well be risking his own legacy on a manager who none of Europe’s traditional heavyweights were willing to consider as a solution to their own problems, but it is hard not to admire Levy’s ruthlessness, especially when set against the ‘move along, nothing to see here’ Officer Barbrady style attitude adopted by Arsenal’s hierarchy over the course of the international break. Unai Emery was given a vote of confidence following Arsenal’s defeat at Leicester (Picture: Getty)Despite a troubled end to his tenure, Pochettino leaves Tottenham with his reputation as an elite coach fully intact. The likes of Bayern Munich will no doubt register an interest while, for all the talk of three-year plans, a poor run of results will prompt Ed Woodward to consider taking decisive action and hire the man many felt should have replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford instead of Mourinho.Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to be hopeful that a run of favourable fixtures against the likes of Southampton, Brighton, Norwich and West Ham affords Emery the opportunity to scramble to the safety of calmer waters. Maximum points from those fixtures would only delay the inevitable, however, by which time Pochettino will either have found alternative employment or laid the groundwork ahead of starting a new role come the summer.AdvertisementPochettino, memorably, claimed he would rather return to work on his farm in Argentina than coach Arsenal or, given his Espanyol connections, Barcelona. But that was before his former employer urged him to quit, subsequently sacked him and paid his replacement twice as much. There are, of course, any number of reasons the 47-year-old would guard against switching north London allegiances, but loyalty to Spurs, and or Levy, given the events of the last 24 hours are unlikely to be chief among them.Arsenal might not be the attractive proposition they were at the time of Sol Campbell’s defection, but the level of ambition and audaciousness displayed by David Dein at that time is precisely what is required from the likes of his modern day counterpart Sanllehi. Persisting with Emery, simply isn’t an option.The Gunners would undoubtedly be at the back of a long queue for Pochettino, but they must at the very least attempt to join it.Where will Pochettino end up nextReal Madrid0%Man Utd0%PSG0%Juventus0%Arsenal0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal step up Erling Haaland interest as striker’s father visits training groundMORE: Gabriel Martinelli names the Arsenal youngster who has Brazilian qualities While Pochettino can justifiably point to a lack of support from Levy in the transfer market – he infamously went 18 months without signing anyone before Jack Clarke’s arrival in the summer – Emery has no such excuse. Following his appointment, five new players arrived to address key deficiencies in the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger. Only Bernd Leno has lived up to expectation with Lucas Torreira’s form having dipped on account of being asked to play out of position and Matteo Guendouzi thriving, one suspects, as a consequence of playing on instinct rather than to instruction.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal gambled this summer following last season’s epic capitulation which culminated in the sort of result – a 4-1 humiliation in a showpiece European final – that would earn most managers the sack, rather than the reprieve that has unquestionably backfired. Emery was effectively given a vote of confidence during the international break which followed the damaging, listless 2-0 defeat at Leicester. At that juncture, Raul Sanllehi and his boardroom cohorts could justifiably have claimed there was no outstanding, logical and attainable alternative to Emery. Not now.Mourinho was never a serious option, despite his public and private flirtations, given his history with Arsenal, while promoting Freddie Ljungberg ahead of schedule offers only the guarantee of a short-term feel-good factor. Max Allegri, meanwhile, is cut from the same cloth as Emery and would, initially at least, struggle with the language barrier which has prevented the Spaniard from building any sort of immediacy with Arsenal fans. CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter4.4kShares James GoldmanSports editorWednesday 20 Nov 2019 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisement Jose Mourinho has signed a three-and-a-half year contract to become Tottenham’s new manager (Picture: Getty)Pochettino, ultimately, has been sacked for presiding over a run of results which threatened to serve a terminal blow to the club’s primary objective of finishing in the top four. That Levy has removed him from office at the first sign of trouble, while Arsenal persevere with a manager guilty of making many of the same mistakes which prompted the Argentine’s downfall speaks to contrasting standards both clubs are willing to tolerate. Whereas Arsenal’s board saw green shoots of recovery during the opening 60 minutes at Leicester, Levy regarded dropping two points at home to Sheffield United as the final straw.Arsenal’s league form is only marginally better than Tottenham’s and not even the most die-hard of Emery supporters, of which there appear to be few, would use the club’s current position in the table as a reason for his continued employment. Approaching 18 months into his tenure there is no discernible style of play, no consistency, nothing to cling onto. Arsenal are boring, and not even in the sort of effective, stifling fashion that brings about positive results through discipline and organisation.A chaotic mess on the field, Emery’s Arsenal are equally confused off it with the Spaniard having isolated several of his more senior players and effectively blamed an emerging group of youngsters for a downturn in results.  He has undermined his own decision to ostracise Mesut Ozil by performing an embarrassing U-turn and been forced to name the third permanent captain of his reign having bungled Granit Xhaka’s appointment.last_img read more

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Freddie Ljungberg admits he was angry with Mesut Ozil after Man City strop

first_img Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo 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 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conference 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.‘He was injured but I would stand by my decision.’Mikel Arteta watched Saturday’s stalemate from the stands and will take over the reins tomorrow and he has already outlined his intention to offer his former teammate Ozil an opportunity to shine in his team.He said: ‘He’s a massive player for this football club. What I want is I want to understand how they’re feeling and what they need.‘You have to understand them because sometimes with conversations you get to understand a point.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘When you understand them I can take the excuses out of them and focus on the things that are relevant and have an impact for the team on the pitch and off the pitch.‘Of course he’s a massive player. I worked with him and I know when he ticks what he can bring to the team. My job is to get the best out of him, of course.’MORE: Martin Keown suggests Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is faking an injuryMORE: Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil Freddie Ljungberg admits he was angry with Mesut Ozil after Man City strop Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 3:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link231Shares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Mesut Ozil was furious after he was hauled off during last week’s defeat against Man City (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg confirmed he warned Mesut Ozil following his strop after he was substituted against Manchester City last week.Arsenal were trailing 3-0 after 59 minutes and with the result a forgone conclusion, Ljungberg hauled off the club’s highest earner and handed teenager Emile Smith Rowe his Premier League debut.Ozil trudged towards the substitutes’ bench and kicked his gloves up in the air, much to the annoyance of Arsenal’s interim coach.The 31-year-old officially missed Saturday’s goalless draw against Everton with a foot injury, but Ljungberg confirmed he wouldn’t have made the squad had he been fit as a punishment for last week’s transgression.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He walked off, and the fans were not happy and I said that’s not how we behave and I stand by that,’ said Ljungberg in his post match press conference.last_img read more

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Rodney Keith Minton

first_imgRodney Keith Minton, 66, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018.He was born May 30, 1951 in Jeffersonville, IN, son of the late Joseph Minton and Bessie Lee Minton.He worked as a Fork Lift Operator for Chicago Rawhide SKF, retiring after over 25 years of service.Rodney was a member of the “Liars club” at Howies Diner. He enjoyed fishing and working on cars. He loved his cars.Surviving are children, Brent (Heather) Minton, Kelly Lykins, Falica (Aaron) Ellis, Keith (Pamela) Gulden; siblings, Charles (Edda Mae) Minton, Earline Broady, Pauline Prewitt, Pauletta Crider, Dannie (Sue) Minton, Amanda (Neil) Townsley; grandchildren, Aiden & Lydia Minton, Katherine (Kamran) Zahid, Alex Lykins, Suzanne & Erika Punch, Autumn Korte, Michaela McCartney, Preston, Paisley & Pedaiah Ellis, Tyeler Gulden, Kyra Holtgrewe, Scott & Nathan Gulden; and 13 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Fred Minton, Fennettia Filling, Reabern Minton, Joseph Basil Minton, Joel Minton and infant siblings, Maud & Paul Minton, and children, Maria Minton and Venessa Beck.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the Oxbow. If interested in making a donation, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Beckham confirms Man Utd third kit for 2020/21

first_img Many fans on social media lambasted the kit after previous leaks.Advertisement Loading… Manchester United legend, David Beckham, has modeled the club’s new controversial third kit. Adidas has teased the alternate kit, which has black and white stripes and a rather unique design. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 Asian Actresses Of Irresistible BeautyWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This Beckham, who won the Champions League with United in 1999, posted a picture on his Instagram account modelling the kit. read also:​Man Utd hoping to secure three more signings He was only wearing the shirt, but the full kit is said to come with similar striped shorts. Adidas will be hoping the kit is a hit with fans. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Universal Orlando Submits Proposal to Reopen the First Week of June

first_imgBeing in “Full Phase 1” allows theme parks are allowed to submit their reopening plans to state officials.Meanwhile, the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force approved Universal Orlando Resort’s reopening plan on Thursday afternoon.Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will need to endorse the proposal before it goes to Gov. DeSantis’ desk for final approval.As of Thursday, Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks and hotels are expected remain closed through at least May 31, according to its website. The fun of the Orlando theme parks could be returning sooner than we expected.Just days after it reopened the CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort has submitted a proposal to state officials requesting that it be allowed to reopen June 5.The announcement comes as Florida is currently in Full Phase 1 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.Presentation information can now be found at and click on “Resources” tab on side.— Orange County FL (@OrangeCoFL) May 21, 2020last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: Braves extend contracts of manager Snitker, GM AnthopoulosATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos.Anthopoulos also has been given an additional title of president, baseball operations, while his contract is extended through the 2024 season.Snitker and his coaching staff have received extensions through the 2021 season.The Braves have won two consecutive NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker. Associated Press It was the first time the NASCAR’s season opener had been rescheduled since 2012.The first delay of the day came moments after Presidential Donald Trump’s motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track. That created a delay of 13 minutes. Trump served as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 and gave the command for drivers to start their engines.Ricky Stenhouse Jr. eventually led the field to the green flag and was out front for the first 20 laps before heavier rain soaked a racing surface that takes hours to dry.NASCAR called drivers back to their cars around 6:40 p.m. EST, hoping to get more laps in before more showers hit again. Some drivers showed, but the heaviest rain of the day forced a postponement.NBA-SECOND HALF OBIT-HARRY GREGGGregg, former Man United player and Munich hero, dies at 87LONDON (AP) — The former Manchester United goalkeeper known as the “hero of Munich” has died at age 87.Harry Gregg died peacefully in a hospital, surrounded by family, according to The Harry Gregg Foundation.In 1958, Gregg rescued two teammates as well as a baby and her pregnant mother after their airplane crashed after refueling in Munich. The team was returning from a European Cup game. Gregg escaped the wreckage and return to the burning plane twice – to help two teammates and then a 20-month0old girl and her badly injured mother. For NBA players, a little rest now before a hectic finishCHICAGO (AP) — NBA returns Thursday for a frantic eight-week sprint to the finish of the regular season, with teams having from anywhere between 25 and 29 games left to play before the 16-team field for the playoffs is filled and set.The All-Star Game is over, Team LeBron defeating Team Giannis 157-155 in Chicago on Sunday night. Most players scurried onto private jets not long after the final buzzer for quick little getaways — places like Miami, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas (where some union meetings start Monday) were among the destinations.There are 12 teams that start Thursday: Milwaukee, Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Chicago, Memphis, Sacramento, Houston and Golden State. Every other team resumes play Friday except for the Los Angeles Clippers, who get a couple extra days of break and won’t get back on the floor until Saturday afternoon.BRAVES-ANTHOPOULOS-SNITKER February 17, 2020 Gregg also helped revive United manager Matt Busby. Eight United players died in the crash.ENGLAND-VIOLENCEPolice investigate brawl at youth boxing tournament in EnglandCOVENTRY, England (AP) — Police are investigating an outbreak of violence at a youth boxing tournament in England that led to its cancellation.Video footage from Saturday published on social media showed people throwing chairs at each other and one man hurling a fire extinguisher during the brawl. In another video, a man holding an axe and sporting a bloodied face had a chair and other items thrown at him. Because of the violence, organizers decided to postpone the England Boxing National Youth Championship in the central English city of Coventry.England Boxing officials have launched their own investigation.TOKYO MARATHON-VIRUSTokyo Marathon limited to elite runners because of virusTOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus has organizers of the Tokyo Marathon barring the general public from taking part in the March 1 event. Organizers say it will now be limited to a few hundred elite participants. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Rain postpones Daytona 500, dampening event, Trump’s visitDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is scheduled to begin 4 p.m. Eastern Time today after being postponed by rain Sunday. Organizers issued a statement saying, “We cannot continue to launch the event within the scale we originally anticipated and we regret to inform you the following: The Tokyo Marathon 2020 will be held only for the marathon elites and the wheelchair elites.”The Tokyo Marathon is the city’s annual race and not to be confused with the Olympic marathon that will take place during the 2020 Tokyo Games. Those races are to be held in the northern city of Sapporo.Almost all sports events in China over the next few months have been called off, including next month’s world indoor track and field championships and a Formula One race in April.last_img read more

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Browne wants Powell’s high level of maturity to be emulated

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Chief selector Courtney Browne has praised the form which has led to the return of Kieran Powell to West Indies colours and says he hopes the left-hander’s exemplary attitude can be an inspiration to other players across the region.Powell returned from a self-imposed two-year break to plunder 513 runs in the recently concluded Regional Super50, and force his way into the 15-man squad selected for England’s three-match One-Day International tour of the Caribbean.In particular, Browne pointed to Powell’s high level of maturity which he said had been long in coming but welcomed at this stage.“We had lots of opportunities for players to put up their hands and young Powell has displayed a level of maturity that was expected for a long, long time from him,” Browne said in an interview on CBC Radio’s Mid-Wicket show here.This is the Powell we were expecting to see and I’m sure people right across the Caribbean who know the young man were expecting to see this level of maturity a few years back. But he is here now, has really put up his hand, he’s said ‘look, I’m ready for international cricket again’.“He’s hungry and we’re very, very pleased. We hope that other players would see how Powell has set about presenting himself for selection and take a leaf or two out of his book.”Identified as a long-term solution to the Windies opening woes, Powell had played 21 Tests and 28 One-Day Internationals when he abruptly quit international cricket in the 2014, without any real explanation.He then tried his hand at American baseball before finally returning to first class competition towards the end of last season, playing in a couple of games for Leeward Islands Hurricanes.The 26-year-old made a powerful statement during this year’s Super50, carving out three centuries and two half-centuries, to emerge as the leading batsman.Browne said while a decision was yet to be made where Powell would fit in at the top of the order, his ability, along with that of fellow young players like Evin Lewis and Kraigg Brathwaite, would be added value for the one-day squad.“We tried a few things in Zimbabwe … we have a new coach in now and we have a camp coming up and all of that (batting lineup) will be determined within that time frame,” the former Test wicketkeeper pointed out.“But it’s a good place to be in to have young Powell coming off some 500 runs, Evin who’s just coming off his (maiden) ODI hundred and Kraigg Brathwaite who consistently has performed at the regional levelm so we’re in a good space here.”He added: “I think that is the good thing about our cricket – we’re now seeing signs that we have guys who are coming behind that will keep selection pressure on the guys who are in the team and I think that is a tremendous feat for us here in the Caribbean.“We are now seeing players who are hungry for cricket, who want to play cricket and enough can’t be said about how our young players are shaping up.”The ODI series against England runs from March 3 to 9.last_img read more

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