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SVL pulls National Champs sponsorship

first_imgAfter a 13-year relationship gaming company Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) has withdrawn its sponsorship from the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) National Senior and Junior Track and Field Championships. President of the JAAA, Dr Warren Blake, told The Gleaner yesterday that he had been told of the decision in recent discussions with the SVL. He added that his sporting body had not been given a reason for the pulling of financial support which had run well over $30 million since 2003. The last funding arrangement was for $12 million. “It means a little hole in the budget, but I’m taking steps to try and plug that hole. It’s not going to be a major problem, but it’s going to be a little difficult, but we are still going to have the trials,” Blake said. However, Supreme Ventures Limited’s vice-president of corporate communications, Simone Clarke-Cooper, said that the decision was directly linked to Supreme Ventures’ decision to venture into horse racing. SVL recently formed a new company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, which took over the operations of Caymanas Park. “This year, we have had to take the difficult decision not to sponsor the event as our main focus has become the development of our new subsidiary, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited. The Caymanas acquisition is a significant investment for us and will need even more investment and attention as we build out the entity. We have therefore had to take a long, hard look at the events we sponsor and all our major activations, and for the time being, redirect some of those resources into this new business,” said Clarke-Cooper. “It’s not an easy decision, but a necessary one. We value deeply our relationship with the JAAA and have advised the team there that despite our inability to take on the major sponsorship this year, we are willing to help them in whatever other ways we can. We wish them all the very best with this year’s staging,” she added. The Junior and Senior Championships are qualifiers for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Nairobi, Kenya in July, and the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in London, England in August.last_img read more


PVL: BanKo snaps skid, stuns PayMaya

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sta. Lucia, F2 Logistics barge into PSL beach volleyball semis Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Perlas Spikers, who started their conference with a shock win over Creamline, were on a four-game losing streak before their win over the High Flyers, which gave them a 2-3 record.PayMaya was locked in a three-way tie atop the standings with the Cool Smashers and BaliPure prior to meeting the Perlas Spikers but instead of taking sole possession of the top spot, they dropped to second with a 3-2 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLost without a rhythm in the first two sets, BanKo found a gem in Nicole Tiamzon who lit up the scoreboards in the fifth set.Tiamzon scored five of her 11 points in the fifth set with her final offensive stand giving the Perlas Spikers an 11-8 lead. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ View comments “I changed my lineup so what I did was put Jutarat Montripila as the opposite and put Nicole as the outside hitter because we really couldn’t find a combination that will work,” said BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz in Filipino. “And Tiammy [Tiamzon’s nickname] responded with the role we gave her.”Lakia Bright then put the finishing touches on the victory first with a through the block kill for the 13-11 lead then a huge denial of Tess Rountree for the 14-11 match point.Bright  finished with 25 points while Montripila added 24 for the Perlas Spikers.Rountree finished with a game-high 39 points to lead the High Flyers while Shellby Sullivan and Jerrili Malabanan combined for 24 points.ADVERTISEMENT BanKo stopped its downward spiral and produced an epic five-set comeback against top-seed-seeking PayMaya, 18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Chelsea flop set for Serie A switch

first_img1 Chelsea winger Marko Marin is undergoing a medical with Fiorentina with a view to joining the Serie A club on a season-long loan.The 25-year-old German has made a limited impact at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2012 and spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan with Sevilla.A statement published through Fiorentina’s official Twitter account on Monday said the player was in Florence to undergo medical examinations ahead of a prospective move to Florence.Should Marin link up with the side that finished fourth in Serie A last term, his arrival will cast doubt on the long-term future of Fiorentina’s right winger Juan Cuadrado, who has been linked to Manchester United and Barcelona. Marko Marin last_img


Paul Scholes can sell our merchandise! Van from Catfish & The Bottlemen takes the talkSPORT Q&A

first_img1 Each week a star from the world of music takes out special talkSPORT Q&A. In the hot-seat this week, Van from Catfish & The Bottlemen…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?Weekend Sports Breakfast with Georgie Bingham and Mickey Quinn. They’ve  interviewed me and they’re ma homies. talkSPORT give you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Vansmitter FM – I’d just play loads of Danny Welbeck chants.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Runcorn FCWho is the most rock n roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Pirlo! Pirlo loves a night out, doesn’t he? It used to be Paul Scholes, but now its Pirlo.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Us! Think of the T-shirts we’d sell! Haha.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?ShearerWhat track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?The Coronation Street theme tune. That’s what would fire me right up!What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?Adele – Someone Like YouYou build your own rock ‘n’ five-a-side team. Who’s in it?I’d have me and our guitar tech, Larry. He’s insane up top and I’m Joe Cole on the left. I’d have Jake Bugg in the centre. We were in Ibiza with him and he’s meant to be pretty handy. I’d have Steve ‘The Cat’ Lamacq from BBC6 music as he’s apparently a God between the sticks! Check his wiki, he’s actually nicknamed ‘The Cat’ ‘cause of his skills man! Then I’d have Pirlo, because he seems the kind of man to bring you cheap fags over through customs!You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?Paul Scholes. I’d have him selling merchandise and we’d pay him by giving him tickets on the sly and leave him touting outside – haha!What’s going on with the band at the moment?We’re shooting a video for a new song next week and it’s gonna be a full on backstreet brawl footy match! Can’t wait for that! The album’s out this week and our UK tour has sold out. I’m absolutely buzzing!The band’s debut album is out now. Check out Shoot Matchday for more info,last_img read more


Hawthorne candidates’ flier aimed at misleading voters

first_imgEditor’s note: A misleading flier distributed over the weekend to Hawthorne residents implied that the Daily Breeze had endorsed candidates Ginny Lambert and Thierry Lubenec for City Council. The editorial in question actually endorsed candidate Daniel Juarez for council, but in the flier, which was financed by Lambert’s and Lubenec’s campaign committees, the editorial was edited selectively to alter the original intent. Though usually we do not publish political endorsements on Election Day, we’re reprinting the Hawthorne council editorial in full to clear up any misunderstanding. And for the record, we would urge Hawthorne residents not to vote for anyone who would attach their names to such a patently misleading flier, which printed copyrighted material without permission. We would concede that team politics has produced greater prosperity for Hawthorne. The City Council majority led by Mayor Larry Guidi has worked to bring new businesses such as the Ayres Hotel and Lowe’s Home Improvement to the city, not to mention the construction of a new police station. But as Tuesday’s election nears, it should be clear to voters that there are issues that go beyond economic development. One concern has been what appears to be the homogenization of viewpoints on Hawthorne’s team-oriented City Council. It’s like the when the contrast knob on an ancient television is out of adjustment. It can be difficult to see what’s really going on. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Overall, improvements in Hawthorne are somewhat mixed. Criticisms about the quality of life include concerns about overdevelopment, a lack of green space and relationships with developers that are too cozy. District Attorney’s Office investigations by the Public Integrity Division have also raised questions about how business gets done in the city. And an indicted councilman opted not to seek re-election this year. When elected leaders at a council meeting threaten the author of a critical campaign flier with legal action and even violence, as occurred earlier this month, you get the sense that some sort of change is needed. Hawthorne voters on Tuesday will choose from a field of five candidates to fill two City Council seats. Guidi is supporting incumbent Ginny Lambert and Thierry Lubenec, who currently serves as city treasurer. Rounding out the field are Alicia Marie Brewster, a retired airline agent and community volunteer, Hawthorne school board member Hugo Rojas and Daniel Juarez, a retired Hawthorne city clerk and a former member of the Wiseburn school board. Our view is that a greater diversity of thought on the council would serve better serve the community. With that in mind, we endorse Juarez, who offers both government experience and a fresh perspective. Juarez favors revamping the General Plan to keep a lid on density, term limits, more open discussions at council meetings, creating a park at the former police site and improved trash service. We take no position on who should be elected to the other council position. But Juarez, who has the endorsement of Councilman Gary Parsons, would provide a more independent voice on the council, and like a patient in search for the right treatment, the city would likely benefit from a second opinion from time to time.last_img read more


Urgent action needed to tackle business insurance costs – Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher claims the strategy adopted by the Government to deal with the spiralling costs of insurance, has completely failed to deliver any tangible results. A private members’ motion calling for urgent action to tackle rising business insurance, car insurances and house insurance costs will be debated in the Dáil today the 21st of March.Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD said the premium increases being faced by many individuals and businesses are not sustainable and has called on the government to step up its efforts to introduce vital reforms that will help consumers. Pat the Cope added there has rightly been a keen political and media focus on the major difficulties faced by motor insurance consumers in recent years but much less of an emphasis on the rising insurance costs faced by businesses.Charities, community groups and sports clubs are all being affected by escalating costs, he added.Pat the Cope stated while the CSO does not publish data on the cost of insurance for businesses, we know from representative bodies and from individual employers that the cost of Employer and Public Liability insurance has increased dramatically for many in recent times.“This is particularly true for businesses that have a significant public footfall including those in the retail and hospitality sectors. In addition to premium hikes, other policy changes have been made to the detriment of businesses including increases in excess levels and the increasing prevalence of policy exclusions. “Businesses consistently bring up the issue of the claims environment as a key issue driving premium increases. This Government has consistently failed to tackle the growing crises there is in this country regarding insurance costs, be that at individual level with cars or houses now we have the contagion of increased insurance costs into the business sector.“The government needs to reboot its Working Group on the Cost of Insurance and focus on what can be done in the short term in addition to longer term objectives. The reality is that many businesses cannot afford to wait until 2019 or 2020 for reforms to be introduced. They need action on this issue now and we will be calling for this in today’s Dáil debate,” concluded Pat the Cope.Urgent action needed to tackle business insurance costs – Cope was last modified: March 21st, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessdonegalinsurancePat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more


GREAT QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF THE WONDERFUL CARA HOUSE

first_imgA fundraising quiz will take place in the Oasis bar in Letterkenny in aid of Cara House Family Resource Centre. The quiz taks place this Friday 9th October. There is a meal for two, vouchers and loads of spot prizes bring given out on the night.Cara House have numerous activities for all aspects of our community, young, old, socially isolated as well as positive mental health focus. It’s €20 for a table of 4. See you there! GREAT QUIZ NIGHT IN AID OF THE WONDERFUL CARA HOUSE was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CARA HOUSEdonegalquiz nightlast_img read more


MASSIVE CROWD AT HOMECOMING FOR UFC STAR JOSEPH DUFFY IN BURTONPORT

first_imgIreland’s latest UFC star Joseph Duffy received a rapturous homecoming reception yesterday evening in Burtonport.Duffy produced another stunning first-round TKO last weekend in Glasgow to further cement his status as one of the hottest prospects in the UFC. The Burtonport MMA star has returned home for a few days and the locals of the scenic fishing village were on hand to welcome their hero home.A massive crowd turned out and Duffy was overwhelmed by the response he received.Duffy is fabled for the being the last man to defeat Conor McGregor – but Duffy is making his own name for himself with a series of stunning performances.Duffy is hoping to be placed on the UFC card in Dublin in October. That announcement is expected to be made shortly, but for now Duffy will enjoy some relaxation at home before heading back to Canada for another training camp.#TEAMDUFFYPictures by Mary Rodgers.MASSIVE CROWD AT HOMECOMING FOR UFC STAR JOSEPH DUFFY IN BURTONPORT was last modified: July 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsSportlast_img read more


Irish Soldiers forced to splash out €800 for return flight from foreign tours

first_imgIrish soldiers on foreign tours of duty are forced to splash out up to €800 to return home on leave, according to a new report. Troops serving in places such as Lebanon and the Golan Heights in Syria are given three weeks of leave during their six months deployment.But they’re not allowed stay in the mission area and must fund their own travel back to Ireland to see loved ones. Ireland currently has 655 soldiers serving overseas, with 460 of these forming part of the United Nations Interim Force in the Lebanon.The 114th infantry battalion flew out to the Middle East state last month to begin their six month tour of duty in the region.It’s estimated that the cost of a return flight from the Lebanon to Ireland costs €800, which must be paid for by each member.Labour’s defence spokesman Brendan Ryan described the practice as “disgraceful”. He told the Irish Sun: “I’ve raised the mistreatment of members of the Defence Forces a number of times in the Dail and this is just another example of this.“The Minister continuously says that they are valued but it’s clear they’re not.“We keep hearing about the low pay many are made to scrape by on and then something like this just adds to their hardship, just so they can see their families.“If they have three weeks leave from any tour of duty then they are going to go home to see their families.“They, along with their loved ones, make great sacrifices when they travel abroad on missions and if they’re flying home during their tours on leave then the Defence Forces should be paying for it.” Last month, Over 400 men and women of the Irish Defence Forces paraded through Letterkenny ahead of their six-month deployment to South Lebanon.Four hundred and fifty troops rotated to South Lebanon in what is Ireland’s largest overseas deployment to a single mission area.Irish Soldiers forced to splash out €800 for return flight from foreign tours was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Farmers receive 11 cents of the Thanksgiving food dollar

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers and ranchers take home just 11.3 cents from every dollar that consumers spend on their Thanksgiving dinner meals, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item they grow or raise.“As we gather around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, we should take time to recognize and thank the family farmers and ranchers who provide our Thanksgiving meals,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “While consumer holiday food costs continue to decline, incomes for American farm and ranch families are dropping precipitously. We’re in the midst of the worst farm economic downturn in generations, and we’re hopeful the Farmer’s Share can help illustrate that fact to the general public.”On average, farmers receive 14.8 cents of every food dollar consumers spend throughout the year, while more than 85% of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. As the Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share illustrates, the farmer’s share is even lower for Thanksgiving food items.Wheat farmers averaged a meager $0.04 on 12 dinner rolls that retail for $2.29. Dairy producers received only $1.44 from a $4.59 gallon of milk. And turkey growers, who raise the staple Thanksgiving dish, received just $0.06 per pound retailing at $1.29. Johnson says that $0.06 figure—while striking on its own—is particularly egregious when considering the fact that poultry integrators received $0.53 per pound.“The major integrators who control the poultry markets have used their extreme bargaining power to suppress the earnings of the men and women who raise our chickens and turkeys while simultaneously taking in record profits for themselves,” Johnson said. “While poultry growers take all the risk of production, they are receiving just 5 to 6 cents per pound for turkeys and chickens. The integrators take those same turkeys and chickens, process them, and then mark up the retail value nearly tenfold.”Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to raise awareness about food production, including misconceptions about food costs, Johnson explained. “Farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food that is served at holiday dinners, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products. The farmer’s share of the retail food dollar continues its gradual decline from year-to-year as food companies take in record profits and family farmers sell their farms. This is certainly not what the consumer wants, but it is what is happening behind the scenes of their Thanksgiving holiday.”Johnson urged consumers to take notice of what is happening in the food system and supporting policies that benefit family farmers and ranchers. Those interested can learn more at NFU.org, and keep in touch with Farmers Union by signing up for NFU communications here.The Farmers’ Share is based on calculations derived from the monthly Agriculture Prices report produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, and compared to price points of common grocery food items at Safeway supermarket. The farmer’s share of retail turkey sales is reported by the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, as national data on farm prices for turkey does not reflect the amount turkey growers receive.The Thanksgiving Farmers’ Share can be viewed and downloaded here.last_img read more