West Ham winger Michail Antonio grabs rare chance to impress against Stoke


first_img The winger had made just a handful of substitute appearances for the Hammers since his £7million summer switch from Nottingham Forest. Even co-chairman David Gold appeared to have forgotten about Antonio, mistakenly retweeting a picture of him after an internet prankster appealed for information on a ‘missing friend’. “We hit the post with Mauro Zarate as well, so we definitely have the attacking threat, it’s just putting it in the back of the net.” Zarate rattled the post with 10 minutes remaining, shortly after Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic was denied by the woodwork with a deflected free-kick. City were without injured playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri but boss Mark Hughes hopes he will be fit to face Crystal Palace next weekend. “He’s had a little bit of discomfort in his hamstring for a couple of weeks now, and a scan showed a bit of damage at the bottom of his hamstring,” said Hughes. “So we erred on the side of safety, we have a busy period coming up and we felt if he misses one game then hopefully he he will be okay for next week.” Press Association But amidst an injury crisis at Upton Park, Antonio was handed his first start against Stoke and grabbed his opportunity with an all-action display in the goalless draw. “Michail did really well,” said manager Slaven Bilic. “He worked hard and has been waiting for his chance. Now he has got it and he used it really well. “Sometimes it is hard for a player to come in and take their chance when they get it. But he did exactly that and I am really pleased for him.” Antonio went close to claiming all three points for West Ham but his second-half volley was beaten away by City keeper Jack Butland. With Victor Moses ruled out for around six weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered against Manchester United, Antonio is likely to feature heavily over the Christmas period. “It felt unbelievable to get a chance,” he told the club website. “This was my boyhood dream to play in the Premier League and I’ve managed that. “Playing at Old Trafford last week set me up well for this game. It showed me the levels of the league and it was a good 50 minutes. He added: “They have been 0-0 draws, but they haven’t been 0-0 games. Against Man United we had quite a few opportunities, and in this game I had quite a few opportunities. Michail Antonio shook off his ‘missing man’ tag as he finally got a chance to impress for West Ham on Saturday.last_img read more

Jamaican pensioners to get increase


first_img-Jamaican Government Pensioners including widows, widowers and dependents will receive an increase in their pensions next month..The Jamaican Cabinet gave approval for the increase with effect from July 1, 2016.Increases are applicable to pensioners who retired not later than January 1, 2014, were not less than fifty- five (55) years of age at June 30, 2016, retired on the ground of ill-health regardless of their age as at June 30, 2016; and in receipt of widows and widowers and dependents pensions which commenced prior to July 1, 2016.The Office of the Prime Minister stated that increase will be paid on gross receipt at June 30, 2016, and is applicable to compassionate awards granted for life where such awards are in respect of service; and disability allowances and additional pensions whether statutory or otherwise; granted in respect of injury or service.Where a pensioner is in receipt of a pension from more than one source, the increase should be apportioned on a pro-ratio basis.In addition, where a widow or widower is in receipt of a service related pension in his/her own right and is also a widow/widower pensioner the full increase should be given separately on each pension.Individuals who are not eligible for the increase include Governor Generals, Prime Ministers, persons previously covered by the United Kingdom/Jamaican Public Officers Agreement; Awards granted by the Citizens Distinguished Service Grants Committee; and awards granted by the Assistance Committee.last_img read more

Meet the newest Dodgers: Rich Hill


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Background: A fourth-round pick out of the University of Michigan in 2002, Hill made the majors three years later with the Chicago Cubs. He split time as a starter and a reliever in the majors and minors with limited success over the next six seasons before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. By mid-summer 2015, he was out of baseball and signed with the independent Long Island Ducks. Given another chance by the Boston Red Sox last season, Hill has emerged as a quality starter, going 11-4 with a 2.06 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 18 starts over the past year.Scouting report: Hill has one of the best curveballs in baseball, comparing favorably to fellow lefties Clayton Kershaw and Gio Gonzalez, which he throws at a more frequent rate than almost any other pitcher in baseball. That leads to a high strikeout rate (10.66 per nine innings this season). Hill is currently on the DL with persistent blister problems on his pitching hand. Acquired from A’scenter_img LHP RICH HILLAge: 36last_img read more