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Petrojam fuels JFF with $7.2m sponsorship

first_imgThe Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) renewed its sponsorship to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) with a deal worth $7.2 million in fuel costs for two years.”Our relationship with the Jamaica Football Federation spans some 12 years. We started in September 2004 with a commitment to provide 2,400 litres of fuel to offset the transportation cost of the national men’s senior team. This commitment was initially for a two-year period and was later extended to four years,” Howard Mollison, Petrojam’s general manager, said, while announcing the new deal at Petrojam’s corporate office located at Marcus Garvey Drive yesterday.”This 12-year partnership is indicative of our commitment to national sports development; our commitment to fuelling dreams, fuelling passions, and by so doing promote solidarity, cultural awareness and camaraderie,” Morrison pointed out.”This afternoon (yesterday), we are pleased to announce the renewal of our commitment to the national football programme. We have strengthened our support for the activities of the JFF by extending the sponsorship arrangement beyond the men’s senior team to all national football teams,” he also said.HIGHER VALUE”For this sponsorship period, which ends in 2018, we have also increased the dollar value of the sponsorship from $4.8 million in 2012 to $7.2 million, meaning that the monthly fuel allocation has increased to $150,000 per month, up from $100,000 per month. We are sure that this partnership will redound to the benefit of our footballers and to our nation,” Morrison added.The national men’s senior football team – dubbed The Reggae Boyz is scheduled to engage Costa Rica in the CONCACAF World Cup qualification semi-final round match at the National Stadium tomorrow, starting at 7 p.m.”It is our pleasure to continue this partnership with the Jamaica Football Federation and we do wish the Reggae Boyz every success as they take on Costa Rica. Please be assured that we are with you every step of the way as we continue to fuel your dreams,” he concluded.Petrojam’s sponsorship came hot on the heels of telecommunications giant Digicel’s US$3 million contribution to the JFF programme on Tuesday, which runs for four years.JFF’s president, Captain Horace Burrell, was grateful for Petrojam’s partnership.”Coach (Winfried Sch‰fer) was a little bit concerned that a country that is so passionate about sports is not getting enough support. Now, getting two sponsorships in two days serves as a catalyst for further support,” Burrell responded.”There are other companies out there who sit back and criticise. We have 11 national teams to support, so we need assistance.”The support will dry up if we are not successful, so it is up to the Reggae Boyz as we have an opportunity come Friday to show the world that we have a good team. Costa Rica will get a big surprise,” the JFF head assured.last_img read more

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Vidal envisions taking Waterhouse to next level

first_imgWhen Ricky Chin resigned as president of Waterhouse Football Club last season, it was certain that the next man to step into his boots would have a mountainous task returning the club to the peak of it powers.After a comprehensive search, Jamaica Public Service (JPS) board member and a director for energy in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal, was handed the mantle to move the club forward.”Waterhouse Football Club is one of the biggest football clubs in the country. I was asked to assume this role of taking charge of the club as president and I consented and the management asked me to implement the necessary changes that I saw fit and rebuild the club to its former glory and even exceed it,” he stated.Vidal said the club’s hierarchy contended that the club was not being managed properly, and that it was plagued with problems of inadequate structures and financial challenges such as a high electricity bill and was overburdened by a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) fine.OPERATINGAS ABUSINESS”The administrative area needs changes and we have had personnel changes. But it’s work in progress. We have more to do and we want the right people, but we are determined to take it (club) to the professional level, as we want to run it as a business.”He added: “We are facing mountains of debts which we are committed to paying off and at the same time to run the club as a professional unit is extremely difficult. But I undertook the task to transform the club into a business operation and put it back to its rightful position. But the financial management is of high priority and we are putting structures in place.”Our sponsors are big stakeholders. We saw National Continental Bakery stepping forward and giving us additional money to support us and it is extremely important because it takes money to run a football and this is sending a big signal and we are grateful for it.”They (sponsors) have been with us through the good and bad times, the highs and lows and corporate Jamaica know what football can do for this community with financial support on a larger scale,” Vidal reasoned.However, uncharacteristic poor results on the field this season have been a major cause for concern, sparking fears of relegation in a community which lives, eats and breathes Waterhouse Football Club.”The community is very important to this football club, the fan base is very strong and very supportive. The club was hungry for change and it has been difficult, but very strategic. We made some changes at the technical level and after I got the technical team I wanted, I then moved my focus to the administrative aspect and we have seen improvements, although not as much as we would have wanted, particularly because we have been paying our debts to creditors,” he noted.”My vision is to make Waterhouse Football Club a football giant, winning leagues, developing youngsters into professional footballers and helping them ply their trade on the international scene and leverage the Waterhouse FC brand for the sustainable benefit of all stakeholders.”I am proud to be identified with this club because everywhere I go people want to be associated with them,” said Vidal.last_img read more

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Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

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Let’s salute the legend – Mills

first_imgRacers Track Club president and head coach Glen Mills is calling on fans to show their support for retiring sprinter Usain Bolt at this year’s Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix meet, while noting its commitment to driving the growth of track and field in the island.Bolt will compete in his final race on Jamaican soil at the June 10 meet inside the National Stadium in what is being dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’, and Mills says the meet provides an opportunity for Jamaican and international fans to pay homage to the track icon ahead of his final international event, the IAAF World Championships in London.Joining Bolt at the meet will be world and Olympic stars Mo Farah, David Rudisha, Wayde van Niekerk, as well as Yohan Blake, Christian Taylor, Javier Culson, among other top draw local and international athletes.”We have demonstrated what we are all about,” said Mills. “Anyone who was at the 2016 meet saw what our standard was and what we want to achieve and this year we can guarantee we will surpass that.””We are honouring one of Jamaica’s greatest sons. Jamaica is not new to legends. We have had Marcus Mosiah Garvey, we have had Robert Nesta Marley and we have Usain Bolt,” added the world-revered track coach.”In putting together the Racers Grand Prix each year, we endeavour to make a special contribution to the development of track and field in Jamaica, and we would like the meet not only to provide competition for both local and international stars, but we are looking carefully at the impact it can provide to the development of the sport in Jamaica,” Mills added.BIGGER AND BETTER”This meet promises to be bigger and better. This year’s edition is entitled ‘Salute to a Legend’. Racers Track Club is extending an invitation to Jamaica and the rest of the world to join us in a celebration to honour the legend, Usain Bolt,” said Mills. “Never has there been one so charismatic, one so dynamic, one so dominant, one so brilliant and one so fast.”He’s the greatest sprinter of all time, a true Jamaican patriot who will make his final strides in his native land. Racers Grand Prix provides the opportunity for a nation to show its love for 15 years of international glory, pride and joy given to us by Usain Bolt,” he noted.Twenty-one events will be contested at the meet, which gets started at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale online on May 1.last_img read more

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‘Israel Remains Sustainable Development Partner to Liberia’

first_imgIsraeli Ambassador Cooper-Zubida says the both countries will continue to work together.-Says Amb. Cooper-Zubida; highlights achievementsMrs. Shani Cooper-Zubida, Israel Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra-Leone, says her country remains a sustainable development partner to Liberia, while promising that Israel will continue to stand with Liberia in supporting the health and agriculture sectors, as well as counter-terrorism.Amb. Cooper-Zubida, who is also a journalist, made the statement on Wednesday, June 27, 2019, during a media engagement held at a resort in Monrovia. She expressed her country’s hopes to see Liberia strong, prepared and ready.Amb. Cooper-Zubida said since President George Weah last visited Israel in March this year, they have managed to accomplish at least three important activities that were agreed between the two countries.She said some of the Israeli companies is currently on track of coming to Liberia, as discussed during President Weah’s visit.During her visit, Amb. Cooper-Zubida said the Government of Israel agrees to continue to invest in agriculture, health and counter terrorism, as well as do business in the country.“Today, I gave 40 certificates to Liberians who participated in trauma and emergency preparedness training that was done by an expert of MASHAV, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH). We trained firefighters, ambulance drivers, police and immigration officers, as well as health workers. We had four doctors from Israel, which indicated strong cooperation during the training,” the female diplomat said.Amb. Cooper-Zubida comes with 12 years of diplomatic experience having previously served in Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is also the only woman among the ambassadors representing Israel in Africa.She said Israel, through the MoH, has provided neonatal training for some hospitals out of Monrovia, because Israel recognized that Monrovia is not Liberia, and believes that those in the rural areas need health support.“People living outside Monrovia deserve quality healthcare support. We had a doctor from of the best hospital in Israel, who taught them how to take care of emergency, specifically babies during labor,” Amb. Cooper-Zubida said.According to her, Israel has disclosed that Liberia has entered the agro studies program, which is a program implemented around the world, particularly in Africa. “We are taking students from the field of agriculture in Liberia to undergo training in Israel for eleven months on-the-job training.”She said the studies will take place in academic centers, while working with Israeli farmers, which will enable them to see some of the fruits, including tomatoes and oranges, as well as aquaculture and other fisheries that will impact Liberia. She said the students selected will also be paid while undergoing the training.According to her, Liberia will send 20 students to Israel to begin that program, particularly in September. She met with the students on Thursday, June 27, to express how lucky they are and informed them on the responsibilities that come with program, as they will be representing Liberia there for the first time.On counter terrorism, Amb. Cooper-Zubida said her government will work with the Liberia Immigration Service (MIS) to identify solutions, including saber solutions or technologies that will help Liberia defend itself against evil forces. She indicated that the Government of Israel will not participate in any local politics, but professional work that will move Liberia to another level.“We talked about development through Israel Development and Cooperation Agency (MASHAV), which came to light through Liberia in 1958, during a visit of former Israel Foreign Minister Gouldom Myers. She also received a title as a queen mother and announced to Israelis that her country will change her policy towards Africa,” Amb. Cooper-Zubida said.According to the ambassador, since 1958, Liberia and Israel have continued to have a good relationship with both countries exchanging programs, including training people in health and agriculture.“We began developing energy and innovation that are now leading the world of agriculture. Also counter terrorism, dealing with terror, unfortunately, Israel has a very sad experience. From these experiences, we managed to particularly use homeland security methods and technology in order to not hurt human rights, but to also understand and defend ourselves,” she said.Due to the unfolding situation, the people of Israel believe that they have to grow everything for themselves and count on themselves for their needs, and have reached to where it’s today.“In Israel, we are very proud of our capabilities in these sectors. Our capabilities and expertise in these sectors did not come from thin air, but came from scarcity and experience. Unfortunately, Israel had to deal with a lot of energy situation and gradually led to the country becoming expert. The Jewish State was founded 100 years after Liberia was founded.Meanwhile, Amb. Cooper-Zubida, said journalism is the source of the country and reflects the truth lives of the people, indicating that “you can feel the people talking through the press and you get the agenda of the government.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Clarke proud of his achievements

first_imgCAC 2019 Bodybuilding Championships…By Timothy JaikarranThe 2019 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships which were recently held have seen Guyana’s five-time ‘Mr Guyana’ title-holder Kerwin Clarke add a gold medal to his resume after using his well-defined physique to dominate his weight class.Kerwin Clarke and Yannick Grimes, posing with their hardware, are flanked by Emmerson Campbell (left) and Guyana’s other representative at the CAC, Darius RamsammyClarke’s quest for greatness has been beset by ups and downs, but he continues to strive determinedly in the face of dogged challenges. Prior to obtaining this gold medal, he had competed in the CAC four times, and in 2016 was able to earn a silver medal, bettering the fourth place he had earned in 2015.In 2017, Clarke suffered a major leg injury that prevented him from competing, and although he had got himself together in 2018, he could not compete because of unforeseen circumstances. He did not give up, though, knowing in himself that 2019 was his year and time to bring home the gold.And finally, with his 175 pounds of striated muscle suspended on a stately frame, Clarke was quite easily able to obliterate the competition in the under 176-pound class of nine musclemen in the 2019 Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport Clarke was asked how he feels about his performance, considering everything against which he has had to contend. His response was, “I would have invested a lot of time in the gym, dedicating the amount of time to each specific body part. Xie Xie (in Barr St, Kitty) played an important part in my meal prep, as this allowed me to be more focused, primarily on training. “I would have invested a lot of my time in training and strategising how I want to appear on stage. I feel well accomplished, as I have always had this attitude that whatever negative encounter I face, I use it as a motivation. This is what helps me to be a better individual holistically.”Clarke was sponsored by Fitness Express; Xie Xie; Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion; Innovative Mining; Global Health Care; Prem’s Electrical; Attorney-at-law Sohan Poonai, and by the Guyana Olympic House Association.last_img read more

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Inflation stability to stay priority

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant During the 1960s and 1970s, some policy-makers believed there were trade-offs between the goals of keeping both inflation and unemployment low, and that one goal had to come at the expense of the other. “Some influential voices of the time argued that by accepting higher inflation, policy-makers could bring about a permanently lower rate of unemployment,” Bernanke said. “Clearly, though, the theory that a long-run trade-off exists between inflation and unemployment had sprung a serious leak,” he said, citing economic data from the past. One of the things Bernanke would like to see the Fed do is numerically spell out acceptable bounds for inflation. Former chairman Alan Greenspan, who retired Jan. 31, didn’t like that approach, contending that it could crimp the Fed’s flexibility. Bernanke, who took helm Feb. 1, has said he would discuss this idea with his Fed colleagues and wouldn’t rush to implement such a policy. WASHINGTON – Ben Bernanke, in his first public speech as Federal Reserve chairman, laid out a scholarly case Friday that keeping inflation low and stable tends to foster economic growth and jobs. This sensibility – now largely a consensus view – marked an evolution in economic thinking, Bernanke said in prepared remarks at Princeton University in New Jersey. “Central bankers, economists and other knowledgeable observers around the world agree that price stability contributes importantly to the economy’s growth and employment prospects,” he said. “But that view did not always command the support it does today.” Bernanke spent 17 years teaching economics at Princeton. A copy of his remarks was distributed in Washington. In terms of setting interest rates, an inflation target wouldn’t make much practical difference because the Fed’s preferred range of inflation under Greenspan – which wasn’t publicly announced – was 1 percent to 2 percent, excluding food and energy prices. That’s the same range favored by Bernanke. When prices are stable, businesses, consumers and investors don’t have to worry that inflation will eat away at their investments and paychecks. They also can feel more confident about longer-term financial planning. Bernanke, in his prepared text, did not discuss the future course of interest rates. For nearly two years, the Federal Reserve under Greenspan has been boosting interest rates to keep the economy and inflation on an even keel. That has left a key interest rate controlled by the Fed at 4.50 percent, the highest in almost five years. Bernanke’s first meeting to examine interest rates is March 27-28. Many economists believe rates will go up again at that time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Local Roundup: CR’s Grace Bruschi signs LOI with Fresno Pacific

first_imgEureka >> These last few months of Grace Brushi’s athletic career at College of the Redwoods have been memorable to say the least. The 2017 Golden Valley Conference discus and hammer throw champion signed a National Letter of Intent on Thursday to attend NCAA Division II Fresno Pacific University, where she will compete as a field athlete specializing in the hammer throw for the Sunbirds next year.“I’m pretty excited and nervous at the same time,” said Bruschi, who owns the CR school record …last_img read more

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Warriors’ Kevin Durant deflects free agency questions with more patience

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kevin Durant arrived in this city because he represents one of the Warriors’ All-Stars along with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that will play in Sunday’s game. Hordes of reporters surrounded Durant’s interview table, though, mostly because they wanted to ask questions on topics he would rather avoid discussing.You know, the free-agency probes that made Durant snap at the media two weeks ago in a post conference.What does he make of the speculation that he will leave the …last_img read more

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South Africa‘s justice system goes hi-tech

first_imgSouth Africa’s Constitutional Court has ledthe way in the electronic handling of case files.(Image: Rubino Law) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tlali Tlali  Spokesperson, Department of Justice  +27 82 333 3880 • Abigail Munsami  Office of the Chief Justice  +27 11 359 7592 RELATED ARTICLES • The media and open justice • Ensuring justice for all in South Africa • African languages in SA courts • Courts to protect South Africa’s water • Mandela’s old offices restoredEmily van RijswijckPlans are afoot to bring South Africa’s judiciary in line with world standards by introducing a new electronic court filing and case management system.This will drastically speed up all court procedures and deter tampering with case records.The new systems will be based on those already in use in the US and Singapore.The recommendations were made during the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development‘s Access to Justice Conference in July 2011 where then Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo formally endorsed the introduction of the electronic filing system.The new filing system has also received the support of his successor Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who stepped into Ngcobo’s shoes in September.One of the biggest stumbling blocks to an efficient South African justice system is the length of time it takes for cases to appear and to be resolved in court.The judicial process itself is overburdened because of the growing number and complexity of litigations in the country, loss of important documentation and subsequent delays, and insufficient and poorly trained administrative staff.Speaking at the July conference, Ngcobo said technological advances have made communication easier. This includes the transmission of documents and the accessing of filed documents. Priority should therefore be given to bringing the local judicial system up to international best practice levels.“Before, it took hours or days to send documents from one point to another, and now this can be done within seconds via email,” said Ncgobo. “If the proper systems are in place and the necessary hardware available, it is now possible for busy judges to access court documents from anywhere.”And this is exactly what the new electronic filing system will be able to do. Judges will receive an electronic case file immediately a new case is opened. The file and documents pertaining to the case will be saved on a server and will have certain precautionary features in place to prevent meddling with the information.The system will also speed up information exchange between the various parties involved in a case.While case management systems are in place at certain courts in South Africa, Ngcobo advised that a universal system be introduced in all courts.Used at the highest levelThis type of filing system is already in place in the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa in terms of matters relating to the Constitution. Here documents are filed both electronically and in hard copy. As a result, a judge of the Constitutional Court can access any document in a case from any location.The necessity of streamlining case management and electronic filing became apparent when in 2010 a group of South African judges from various courts and departments went on a study tour to the US to gain insight into case load management in that country.On their return Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Kenneth Mthiyane and High Court Judges Steven Majiedt and Eberhard Bertelsmann compiled a report. Highlighting some of the findings of the report at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa conference in October, Judge Bertelsmann said the overhaul would revitalise a criminal justice system “creaky in its joints”.He said that every step in the judiciary process in the US is overseen by the judge involved, because judges have two desktop computers which help them to determine the timeframe and progression of a trial.Bertelsmann stressed that introducing the new system will take time as judges will also be required to undergo training.“We do need to train people to deal with the system, especially older people like myself, who might find it harder to understand the technology,” he said. “All of this is going to take time.”From manual to electronic in Botswana courts A similar system has been in place in Botswana since 2005. At that time the judiciary there embarked on the implementation of an electronic court records management system to modernise and improve efficiency of court operations. Before this all court records were handled manually.Now, case information can be accessed swiftly and properly, showing the exact status of a case at any given time in the judicial process. An added advantage of the system is that it also provides an accurate performance measure of the workload of judges and magistrates.The electronic filing system also played an important part in and laid the foundation for Botswana’s judicial case management system which was introduced in 2008. This system allows a judge, and not a lawyer or litigant, to set a timetable and monitor the case from its initiation to its final resolution.As a result, public confidence in Botswana’s courts is quite high, said that country’s chief justice, Maruping Dibotelo, a guest speaker at the October conference.last_img read more

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