Jamaicans are not xenophobic

first_imgJamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to reassure Jamaicans that the Government will act in the best interest of the country while remaining open to foreign investment.Holness gave the reassurance as the Government signed a partnership agreement with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) on August 9 for the Barbican Road Improvement Works project.“The Government is very sensitive to what has been happening. I want to reassure the people of Jamaica that the Government of Jamaica will always act in the best interest of the people of Jamaica,” said Holness.Jamaica continues to support ChinaHe also noted the country’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China which dates back to 1972; and Jamaica continues to support the One China policy.Holness outlined that as the largest provider of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), China represents a window of opportunity for Jamaica to gain true economic independence.We have to be receptive“We have to be receptive to investments not just from China. Jamaica wants to see a diversified portfolio of investors coming into this country. We want investors from all over to come here and invest. We want people to choose Jamaica to invest; we want people to choose to make their homes in Jamaica and so the Government of Jamaica has, not just with my government but with the previous government and the government that I was a part of before that developed a strategic relationship and partnership with the Government of China,” he said.Holness said the country must take a progressive view toward engaging foreign investment.“I want to give you the guarantee that we are not wasting this money. We are leaving major legacies behind that your children can say that the engagement of your government with the People’s Republic of China left long lasting benefits that showed the partnership and the spirit of the engagement; because, as China develops and attains first world standard which they will do within a generation so too Jamaica wants to develop and attain first world standards and we can’t do it by shutting off ourselves from the world,” said Holness.last_img read more

MDPS School Superintendent condemns alleged disparaging comments concerning immigration

first_imgSuperintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho issued the following statement regarding alleged, disparaging comments concerning immigration from specific countries: “To disparage an entire nation of people, questioning their worth and strength of spirit, is beyond heartbreaking and insensitive. Regardless of where we come from, the language we speak, the religion we embrace, as members of this beautiful human race, we are a collection of people who weave a diverse and vibrant tapestry of creativity, culture, inspiration, and determination. These are the lessons we must teach our children. As we prepare to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I encourage each of us to focus on the light of love and inclusion. In that spirit, I am reminded of Dr. King’s words, ‘darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’”last_img read more

Brathwaite hits one hundred

first_imgOpener Kraigg Brathwaite ground out his seventh Test hundred as West Indies continued to bat Bangladesh out of the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on  Thursday.At lunch on the second day, the Windies had reached 271 for three in their first innings – a lead of already 228 runs.Brathwaite, resuming the day on 88 with the hosts on 201 for two, crawled to 121 not out at the break, and was partnered by Shai Hope on 14.The right-handed Brathwaite has so far faced 289 balls and struck 11 fours.Night watchman Devendra Bishoo was the only casualty of the session, falling for 19 in the second over following the drinks break.Starting the day on one, the left-hander struck two fours in a 79-ball knock while adding 52 for the third wicket with Brathwaite, before missing a defensive prod and losing his off stump to speedster Kamrul Islam.Bangladesh were dismissed on Wednesday’s opening day for 43 – their lowest-ever score in Tests and the lowest overall in nearly half a century.last_img read more

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY Postponed Due to Mayor’s Heat Emergency…

first_imgQUEENS, New York – The 9th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at Roy Wilkins Park, in Queens, NY has been postponed to August 25.This action was taken in response to the decision by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio who announced the cancellation of all large-scale events at City parks due to the high temperatures forecasted for the weekend.“The safety of our patrons is of the utmost importance, and we were working with health officials to increase hydration stations and cooling fans for Sunday,” stated Richard Lue, Executive Director of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York. Once the Mayor’s heat emergency cancellation order was announced, we moved swiftly to secure a new date from the park.There was quite a “buzz” on this year’s festival, which included a line-up of Capleton, Naomi Cowan, Christopher Martin, Shenseea, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. A number of top chefs were also scheduled to perform in the Culinary Pavilion while many looked forward to the cultural performances featuring Blakka Ellis and Sharon Gordon paying tribute to Miss Lou, as well as the kids zone.“While we are disappointed, public safety takes priority and we are working with our sponsors, vendors and performers to deliver an exciting event on August 25,” commented Lue.All tickets will be honored on the new date and festival organizers are working to ensure the quality and entertainment value in August will be consistent with what patrons have come to expect from the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.For updates, visit the festival’s website at www.jerkfestivalny.com or follow them on social media @jajerkfestivallast_img read more

Tennis Match Fixing: Four Wimbledon And French Open Matches To Be Investigated

first_img“Consistent with previous reports, the majority of alerts (40 out of 53) were received for matches played on the lower level men’s ATP Challenger and ITF Futures circuits. Roland Garros (1) and Wimbledon (3: 2 in the qualifying event and 1 in the main draw) accounted for the four Grand Slam alerts.”However, the anti corruption agency has noted that “…alert on its own is not evidence of match-fixing,” and could be caused by a number of reasons, “incorrect odds-setting; well-informed betting; player fitness, fatigue, and form; playing conditions and personal circumstances.” The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) is set to investigate matches from this year’s Wimbledon and French Open Grand Slams for possible match fixing.As part of its quarterly review, the tennis anti corruption agency will investigate three matches from the just concluded Wimbledon, as well as one French Open match.According to the TIU news release: “During the second quarter of 2017, 53 match alerts were received by the TIU through Memorandums of Understanding held with betting regulators and gambling organisations.” RelatedUS Open: USTA Set to Overlook Age Eligibility for 15-Year-Old Wimbledon Sensation Coco GauffJuly 21, 2019In “Tennis”Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Set Up Semifinal ClashJuly 10, 2019In “Tennis”Wimbledon Roundup: Murray Crashes Out, Djokovic Retires As Federer Marches OnJuly 13, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

AUDIO: Aisha Falode Explains NWPL Super Four Postponement

first_imgChairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) board, Aisha Falode has explained to busybuddiesng.com why it became necessary to postpone the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four Championship by almost a month.As announced via a press release on Wednesday (6th September), the NWPL Super Four which is aimed at producing the champions of the league has been moved from 11-16 September to 9-14 October 2017.The release stated that the postponement was due the U20 women’s national team’s World Cup qualifying matches against Tanzania scheduled for the 16th of September and the 1st of October respectively.Falode explained further: “We have four clubs. The four top clubs in the women’s premier league who have qualified for the super four. These four clubs, between them, have twenty of their players in the national U20 women’s team, the Falconets, and you also have a coach of one of the clubs who is also the coach of the Falconets.“And we want to end the season on a high in terms of quality of play, in terms of participation, in terms of entertainment, in terms of competition between the teams, and if you now take away the 20 players, you take away one coach out of the four, you are going to have a depleted team between the clubs, you are going to have the competition also depleting, therefore you are not going to have what we envisaged and what we envisaged was to end the season on a high note.“A note that it will be something to remember until another Super Four where we can improve on what we do this year which was why I said regrettably and sadly putting all these considerations into focus it was the best decision to take,” Falode told busybuddiesng.comThe NWPL Super Four championship will feature Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons as they battle for the league title in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Aisha-Sept-8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: How Benin became host city of NWPL Super Four.October 4, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Delta Queens Coach Praises NWFL Board, Sets Sights On NWPL TitleAugust 23, 2017In “Nigeria”Falode Rates NWPL Season High As Super 4 Starts In SeptemberAugust 3, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

Governor Ambode Of Lagos State Approves The Reconstruction Of Onikan Stadium

first_imgHis Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved the reconstruction of the Onikan Stadium.In a tweet by the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Deji Tinubu, contractors that will carry out the reconstruction “have moved to site” and will commence work immediately over “12 months”[email protected]mbode has approved the reconstruction of the Onikan Stadium. Contractors have moved to site. Brand new stadium in 12 months !— deji Tinubu (@dejitinubu) September 19, 2017The Onikan Stadium, which hosted NPFL games two season’s ago when Ikorodu United adopted it as their home ground, have been home to various Lagos teams like Stationery Stores F.C., First Bank, and Julius Berger FC.Built in 1930 and with 5,000 capacity, Onikan stadium is also the oldest stadium in Nigeria. RelatedLASG SA On Sports Deji Tinubu Inspects Ongoing Agege Stadium Renovation (Video)December 27, 2017In “CAF”Pinnick Gives Lagos Thumbs Up For 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup (AUDIO)August 6, 2019In “FIFA”Russia 2018: Governor Ambode Appointed As Part Of FG’s DelegationJune 8, 2018In “World Cup”last_img read more

32Red ambassador lands winner on Ruby Thursday at Cheltenham

first_img Submit HRI boosts coverage of Irish racing with RTÉ agreement May 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles The bookies may have enjoyed the upper hand across the first two days at Cheltenham, but the punters struck back thanks to an incredible Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins quadruple on day three.After heading into the day without a victory, the famous horse racing duo made a quick start by prevailing in the JLT Novices’ Chase on Yorkhill (6/4), which was quickly followed by an incredible display of front running by 7/4F Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair Chase.Nichols Canyon (10/1) timed his surge perfectly to usurp pre-race favourite Unowhatimeanharry and a brave effort from Lil Rockerfeller in the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle, before Walsh rounded off his perfect day by steering Let’s Dance (11/8) to victory in the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.On the penultimate day of action at the Festival, the other winners were Presenting Percy, ridden to victory by Davy Russel, Georgina Andrews on 40/1 Domesday Book, and Road to Respect, a 14/1 winner for 32Red ambassador Bryan Cooper.Gerry Murray, Director of Brand & Acquisition for 32Red, said: “A turnaround in fortunes for Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins on day three was always going to mean a victorious day for the punters and they certainly came back with a bang on a day where Irish eyes were smiling.“Yorkhill had his doubters as a chaser coming in to today, but aside from a small stumble at the last, he didn’t put a foot wrong in the opener. The result was definitely in our customers’ favour and gave us an early indication of what was to come.“We would have snapped your hand off to see the well fancied Unowhatimeanharry upset in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the start of the day, but as it was sandwiched between Un De Sceaux’s breathtaking performance in the Ryanair and Let’s Dance racking up yet another victory for the Mullins and Walsh duo, it was a short-lived victory.“It was Ireland’s day and it was the punters’ day, but there were still plenty of reasons to be cheerful at 32Red, as brand ambassador Bryan Cooper secured his second winner of the Festival on Road to Respect. With two wins in the bank for Nico de Boinville, and with Paddy Brennan and Cue Card to come tomorrow, we’re well on course to having a memorable Cheltenham.” Share Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020last_img read more

How affiliates can tee up some profits at the Masters 2017

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Rightlander tackles non-compliant affiliates with Fast Track report April 7, 2020 Related Articles Tipping resource Betting Gods has encouraged major affiliates to promote its Golf Betting Expert in the run up to the first major of the golfing year at Augusta National (6-9 April).Over £100,000 was paid out to affiliates of Betting Gods in 2016, which includes the likes of Honest Betting Review, Tipsters Review, GeeGeez, Cash Master, Winners Odds and Geeky Gambler. The company, which was founded by Darren Moore in 2014, is set to break records this year having paid out over £10,000 in January alone.Golf Betting Expert is a stand out tipster on the Betting Gods professional in-house and third party tipping service, which has extended its reach in Europe after a successful move into the Maltese sports betting market at the end of 2016. The website is now available in English, Maltese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish language versions.Given that affiliates of Betting Gods are paid 50% commission on each sale for the life of any subscription, Moore believes it is worth promoting the subscription of a golf specialist that has made a monthly profit of £469.85, using £10 stakes with an 8.81% Strike Rate and ROI of 60.34% since January 2016.Moore commented: “For fans of sports betting with the necessary discipline and patience, golf betting easily represents the most simple form of making money. Our Golf Betting Expert sends just one set of tips each week, but is easily our top performing tipster with a long-term return on investment that is simply unheard of in most betting circles.“We find that golf betting attracts investment savvy bettors, and for big events such as the Masters there’s always plenty of liquidity in the markets for everyone to capitalise on this fascinating opportunity regardless of experience level.“For affiliates with access to these kind of bettors/investors, Golf Betting Expert is one of the simplest services to promote in the Betting Gods portfolio, and can guarantee a recurring revenue share for many years.”Recent successes for the Golf Betting Expert include Cody Gribble’s breakthrough victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Sam Brazel’s first European Tour win in Hong Kong, Jon Rahm’s three-stroke victory at the Farmers Insurance Open and SSP Chawrasia’s successful title defence in India earlier this month.Betting Gods is one of the sponsors of SBC’s Betting on Football Conference at Stamford Bridge. Find out more about this year’s event by clicking here. Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020last_img read more

Betting on Esports 2017 dissected

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 “There is no ‘esports consumer.’  It’s much wider than that, with there being CS:GO consumers, DOTA consumers and so on” stated Adam Savinson of Win Technologies – Betway Group as Betting on Esports 2017 got underway.Discussing who an esport consumer is Mr Savinson added:  “You need to know to cater for their own communities, with esports being different to how traditional sports are treated. They’re used to having dedicated news portals, unlike football fans who’d look on the BBC where it’s listed alongside basketball.”With a distinct disparity between esports and traditional sports highlighted, Rahul Sood from Unikrn elaborated:  “Working with Tabcorp they bring in the traditional sport experience to us.” “We see esports has a much younger median age compared to the average MLB consumer, which is 51, and the average PGA consumer, 64.  Every day one MLB or PGA punter dies and two esports ones are born”Growth is also key in any sector and Michael Doyle of PVP.me explained the necessity from which it is to do so in the correct manner:  “A lot of companies come in wanting to make a quick buck. “The esports audience can see that a mile off and will avoid it. You need to build with the community, show them you’re here to grow with them. Unikrn and Betway have done this well through their content. The consumers always want more.”Another way with which to grow could be through the use of ambassadors and sponsorships, with Scott Burton of ESP saying:  “There are some people we wouldn’t touch.  You need to do research to determine who’s right for your brand before just jumping in based on follower numbers. “I don’t see much difference between esports and traditional sports ambassadors though”. Something Viktor Wanli of Kinguin didn’t wholeheartedly agree with, before explaining his own approach: “We look to see how we can work with their audience after a sponsorship, with constant community engagement”.Cycling became the focus of a sponsorship based discussion; the advantages of aligning yourself with a current team or creating your own organisation the focal point.Malph Minns, of Strive Sponsorship, has previously worked with Team Sky and on the issue he had this to say: “With Team Sky, it was difficult to for some brands to understand how they might get cut through in a relationship with us, having a media owner and big brand like Sky also sponsoring the team.“We worked hard to show how this could be done and how they would actually benefit from this relationship, not hinder their return on investment and we were keen for brands to be involved, not just for the sponsorship income, but for their related activations to help grow the media footprint and profile of the team – thus increasing value further.”Wanli offered a different perspective, however, with his Kinguin company instead running their own team:  “We see it better to run our own brand, as the community connect better that way.” There are of course difficulties with esports, something Suraj Gosai of Blinkpool explained:  “We’ve been working with the UK Gambling Commission closely in order to get our license, as it’s a different format to most other bookmakers.  We have to explain in detail to them because we’re first to the market.”Adding about how his company’s model differs:  “After listening to those coming from a traditional background and losing money, we felt it was better to develop a way for people to bet against each other, rather than the house.”Building on this through his cycling experience, Minns said:  “Lots of money came into cycling after Team Sky’s success and the resultant growth of the sport in the UK, but a number of companies made poor sponsorship decisions on the basis of not understanding the sport and audience, not getting great advice and some rights holders not having the right experience in place to service them adequately. “Their pull out came alongside a ‘Cycling doesn’t work’ tag when in fact a confluence of failures was to blame.“Esports rights holders need to take time to properly understand non-endemics requirements and what success looks like, as well as have the team capable of delivering this, to ensure something similar doesn’t occur.”Whereas Mr Savinson simply stated:  “Throwing money at esports is bad. You need to develop what works and what doesn’t, and that includes working with communities to come in”. In spite of this panellists were asked for their opinion on the growth of esports in the next five years, with estimates ranging from anything between double to ten times.last_img read more