Jamaican badminton player Katherine Wynter signs with Japanese company Yonex

first_imgJamaica’s top female badminton player Katherine Wynter is to sign a sponsorship agreement with Japanese equipment manufacturer Yonex. Nichole Case, President of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) made the announcement this week during the launch of the Jamaica International Badminton Tournament in Kingston on Friday.Case said the sponsorship covers apparel, gear and racquets for  22-year-old Wynter, whose stock is rising in the Pan American federation. She is among three Jamaicans, along with Gareth Henry and Samuel Ricketts, who have been sponsored by the equipment manufacturer.Case said Wynter’s signing is evidence of the association’s thrust to have all of the island’s top players garner the level of sponsorship needed to give Jamaica the recognition and the support needed to rise up the regional rankings.Wynter expressed gratitude at being signed by Yonex.“It will help by cutting some of the costs of playing the sport. Rackets, shoes and bags are expensive and cutting these costs will significantly aid in me being able to attend tournaments and be fully equipped with quality, high-performance gear,” Wynter said. The scholarship will allow her to travel and play in international competition that the JBA said will significantly aid in her development.last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: It’s all about the lyrics, people!

first_imgEven as Jamaican entertainer Buju Banton gave what has been reported as a much welcomed “Thrilling and exciting” performance in Jamaica last Saturday, it was evident this welcome wasn’t a consensus. While on Saturday night and Sunday social media trended with videos, images and positive comments related to the entertainer’s performance, there were also posts questioning why an ex-convict was being so celebrated. Critical Facebook postOne Facebook post provoking strong backlash read “I don’t get it. Can someone explain to me. You commit a drug crime, spend time in prison and return as a superstar to a hero’s welcome to make millions of dollars What message are we sending to our children…..Lord help us!”The individual who shared this post was by no means unique. Since Buju’s release from a US prison last December, the warm welcome from a large segment of Jamaican society, and the enthusiastic response to his current concert tour, “The long Walk to Freedom,” there has been similar, even worse, criticisms.MisunderstandingCleary, those who cannot understand the enthusiasm surrounding Buju also don’t understand the impact Jamaican culture has on the country’s social environment.This cultural impact, however, is not related to only Jamaica, but throughout the Caribbean, and even in American communities where the lyrics song by entertainers convey strong social messages that motivate people more than politicians or even religious leaders can.The Mighty Sparrow’s social commentaries Back in the 1950s during the British colonial era, Trinidad’s Mighty Sparrow sang a song called “Dan is the Man” reflecting the mis-education Caribbean children was receiving from the British. Sparrow’s lyrics criticized the nursery rhymes these children were subject to which made them believe “The cow jumps over the moon,” and “Dan is the man in the van.” Sparrow became one of the world’s most famous calypsonian. Although there were critics who frowned upon “slackness” in some of his lyrics, most of the lyrics were powerful social commentary of the social failures and politics of the day.Meanwhile, over in Jamaica, the youth faced with steep social challenges, were subject to the lyrics of white American singers like Patti Page, singing of that “Doggie in the window” and Doris Day’s encouraging people to walk on “Moonlight Bay.”The impact of the ‘toasters’ in the 60’sBut then a change came in the 1960’s and 70s when entertainers like U-Roy and Shorty began toasting, talking over the rhythm of popular songs. These artists, and several that followed had songs with well-received lyrics that commented on the socio-economic climate of the time, especially the hardships being incurred by the lower classesIn 1972, the message in the lyrics of Delroy Wilson’s “Better Must Come” resonated with the masses, and helped in Michael Manley’s historical election victoryBob Marley’s meaningful lyricsWhen Bob Marley immerged in 1964, the lyrics in his song “Simmer Down” cautioned Jamaica’s rebellious youth to  “control your temper.” His songs were not just musically thrilling, but most carried messages the people could relate to. The lyrics in “Trench Town Rock” portrayed the challenges faced in Kingston ghettos where some slept on cold ground with rock stone as their pillow.  “No woman Nuh Cry” offered consolation to many mothers whose sons were victims of criminal violence. In a time of social and economic hardships, Marley exhorted Jamaicans, “Don’t worry about a thing, every little thing will be all right.”It’s ironic that the Jamaican upper class that now hails the music of the late Bob Marley didn’t appreciate or even understand his lyrics during the 70s. Some even criticized him for being a “dutty Rasta Bway.” But it wasn’t about the flashing locks, or him prancing on stage. It was all about the lyrics. Lyrics that helped Blacks overcome apartheid in Angola and South Africa, and kept Winnie Mandela strong as she sought Nelson Mandela’s freedomSo it is with Buju’s lyricsAnd, so it is with Buju Banton. It’s not about the energy he displays on stage or the rhythm in his songs. Like Marley before him, Buju sing songs, that unlike some politicians and religious leaders ease the pain of those often  marginalized by society. Buju offers hope to the poor, encouraging then to “Rule their Destiny.” He warns murderers who plague the society “You can hide from man, but not your conscience.”Like The words of Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr and Nelson Mandela, the words of Bob Marley and Buju Banton will be relevant far into posterity.Those who are more concerned with a presumed tainted reputation of Buju Banton, but never had the opportunity to hear his music and understand the message in his lyrics are advised to visit the Internet and read the lyrics of over one-hundred of Buju Banton songs.  Hopefully, they’ll then understand the entertainer’s phenomenal popularity, why his experience in America’s legal system seems irrelevant, and the reason for the enthusiastic “Reunion” between Buju and his thousands of fans. The answer lies in the lyrics.last_img read more

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The U.S. Military Kills Head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps…

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C – On the second day of the new year, the U.S. military carried out an airstrike on Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. US defense officials say that a drone was used to conduct the strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad.According to CNBC, Donald Trump ordered the attack in an attempt to stop future alleged Iranian attacks plans. Although it is unclear whether or not the corps had concrete plans to attack the U.S., Trump saw it necessary to eliminate any potential threat. “This strike was aimed was deterring future Iranian attack plans,” the United States Department of Defense said in a statement. “The United States will continue to take all necessary to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”Soleimani was the leader of a special forces unit of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, and he had been a key figure of Iranian and Middle Eastern politics. His death has increased already high tensions between Iran and the United States.Regarding the airstrike and the U.S. concerns about oil prices, the Defense Department said:“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the statement reads.The statement continues saying:“He had orchestrated attacks on coalition culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”Hours after the announcement, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that the killing of Soleimani was “extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation”. Three days of national mourning have since been declared in Iran, where Soleimani was revered as a national hero. The Supreme Leader in Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called for “harsh revenge,” according to a statement published to his official website.The strike came a week after the U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region and after four tankers were attacked in May.Since the attack, thousands of troops are now being deployed to the Middle East as tension between the United States and Iran mount. On January 3, the State Department urged US citizens to leave Iraq immediately. It also warned that citizens “should not approach” its embassy in Baghdad and that all consular operations are suspended.last_img read more

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Jamaica Targets Diaspora With COVID-19 Telathon

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture and Entertainment is aiming to target the diaspora for help through a fund-raising telethon.The initiative dubbed ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ is geared towards providing additional resources to health services in the wake of COVID-19.The telethon will be launched during a live online performance by Jamaican singer, Christopher Martin, on Sunday, April 5 beginning at 7:00 pm.The ministry said the telethon will be a six-hour live event, featuring performances by some of Jamaica’s leading artistes, which will be streamed live on the VP Records YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/VPRecords).The feed will also be rotated across various regions of the world so that all members of the Diaspora, and other well-wishers will be able to view and make donations, the ministry said.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Oliva Grange noted that proceeds from Telethon Jamaica will be used to provide “much-needed additional resources for our health services including ventilators in hospitals and personal protective equipment for frontline staff”.The minister also thanked members of the entertainment fraternity who have willingly agreed to participate in Telethon Jamaica.“We have always been able to rely on our artistes in times of crises; and I am really grateful for the way they have been responding to our invitation to participate in this life-saving effort,” she said.According to the ministry, ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ was inspired by the new single of the Jamaican Reggae singer, Richie Spice, titled ‘Together We Stand’.The platforms to make donations to ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ are now open.To make a donation, visit www.jatogetherwestand.com or call 1-866-228-8393 toll free from Jamaica, the United States or Canada; or +44 0808 189 6147 from the UK and Europe.last_img read more

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CNW90 June 17, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 17 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; Coming up in the newscast, Florida breaks the COVID-19 state record in just three days, the OAS calls for Guyanese government to move out and West Indies cricket team shows support for Black Lives Matter. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m… In Sports News, Captain of the West Indies cricket team Jason Holder said they are committed to the global fight for racial justice, and will stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the upcoming series against England. While protests continue across the globe following the fatal shooting of George Floyd, Holder says the team will show their support during their first test match on July 8. He said like many other black athletes across the world, Holder said it is important for the team to unite and fight to inflict positive change even in the world of sports. In the meantime, concerns are growing as to whether or not local leaders will reinstate the stay-at-home orders. Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos Gimenez says that although he is aware of the sudden spike in numbers, he has no plans to announce a reimplementation of the orders. The main message from the mayors has been for residents to keep following safety guidelines, such as wearing masks and social distancing. Now for the news in the detail After recording some 2,500 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest number of positive cases recorded in the state over 24 hours, Florida broke the record again on Tuesday. The state reported another 2,783 cases of COVID-19 yesterday, which now becomes the highest number of new cases confirmed in a single day. Florida is now up to over 80,000 cases and 3000 COVID-19 deaths. Since last week Tuesday, there have been over 1000 new confirmed cases every day. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. In Caribbean News, The Organization of American States (OAS) has called on the David Granger administration in Guyana to begin the process of transition, which will allow the legitimately elected government to take its place. Although Guyana’s election commission has yet make a final announcement as to which party won the March 2 elections, all preliminary results point to opposition leader Ifraan Ali becoming the country’s next president. The OAS said that the results of the national recount should be honored and has advised Granger to concede defeat and allow for Ali to take his place as the head of state. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.last_img read more

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GECOM Office Among Three Buildings Set on Fire in Guyana

first_imgThey said the blaze at around 3.00 am (local time) badly damaged the building that had no electricity supply. Neighbours said they were able to bring the fire under control before the Fire Service . The police report stated that a number of louvre windows had been removed from the office and a liquid, suspected of being kerosene was found nearby. In his last report, which was not accepted by the GECOM chairman, retired justice Claudette Singh, Lownefield had said that the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) had defeated the main opposition People’s Progressive Party /Civic (POPP/C) The police said that the fire, which began at around 5.00 am (local time) was discovered by a police constable, who was making checks around the wooden building in the station compound when he noticed smoke emanating from the Office of the Regional Detective Inspectors and the Regional Prosecutor. The police said a security guard who was on duty said she heard a loud explosion at the back of the building and on investigation, saw two men running away from the area. Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into an early morning fire that gutted a section of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Anna Regina Police Station. The police said the GECOM building at Wismar, Linden that lies on the Demerara River was reported on fire at 1.35 am (local time) and that fire officials were able to contain the fire to the one building. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A building housing the sub-district of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was among three buildings set ablaze on Tuesday, police have confirmed. GECOM sub-office building after the fire A police report said the floor of the building was partially burnt along with the walls located on the northern and southern side. CMC The fire at GECOM comes as the country awaits the official results of the disputed March 2 regional and general election. GECOM is expected to meet on Tuesday to receive a new report from the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, indicating which of the political parties on the poll. The upper flat of the building was completely destroyed while the bottom flat was saved but sustained water and other damages. Nothing was saved from the inside of the building and the law enforcement authorities have since launch an investigation into the matter. Police said they are also investigating a fire at an unoccupied building at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Second Infantry Battalion Base at Maria Lodge on the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more

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NPBL Round Up: Kwara Falcons regain Atlantic Conference Top Spot

first_imgKwara Falcons regained top spot from erstwhile leaders, Rivers Hoopers on Thursday, following the conclusion of matches in the Nigerian Premier Basketball League.The Ilorin-based Falcons defeated Nigeria Customs 89-64, to soar to the top of the standing with one more game of the regular season to be played on Saturday.In Lagos, third-place Hoops and Reads 71-69 victory over Rivers Hoopers, meant the debutant privately-sponsored club ended Rivers Hoopers dominance at the top of the table with the two-point win.David Edward of Hoops and Reads led the game scoring with 18 points, while teammate Ifeoluwa Balogun was a beast for the duration of the game, recording 14 rebounds.Oluyole Warriors overcame the challenge from sixth-place Police Baton, 82-69, as both teams gear up for a place in the conference 6 playoff s which commences in less than a fortnight. In the game of relegation battlers, NAF Rockets defeated Delta Force 77-48, to give them a slight ray of hope going into the final day of the regular season.NAF Rockets play Rivers Hoopers on the final day, as they require a win against a team which will be eager to finish top of the standing, implication meaning Rockets job appears to be mission impossible. Delta Force, seventh on the table, plays high flying Hoops and Reads.In the event both teams lose their games, NAF Rockets will be relegated due to Delta Force superior head-head record (3-1) over the Rockets. Relatedlast_img read more

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Juniper study predicts DFS consumer spend will double by 2021

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 A new study from Juniper Research has predicted that consumer spend on daily fantasy sports (DFS) will double from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $5.3 billion by 2021.Juniper also anticipates that FanDuel and DraftKings, two companies that were referenced in the study and represent a combined 90% market share, will merge imminently to consolidate their dominance.North America continues to dominate the industry with US regulatory loopholes denoting the activity a ‘game of skill,’ rather than gambling. In fact, more than 75% of the worldwide DFS market comes from North America, and about 50 million Americans played some form of fantasy sports in 2015.However, given both FanDuel and DraftKings have already made an initial foray into the UK, West Europe is set to become the next major market over the coming five years. This is despite concerns over guaranteed prize pools and revenue constraints, as well as issues with professional players.Research author Lauren Foye commented: “DraftKings and FanDuel have used aggressive marketing strategies that gave rise to accusations of false advertising and concerns with cost overruns. Both they and emerging players will need to quell suggestions that only 10% of ‘professional’ players win the monetary prizes on offer.”The research claimed that concerns could be addressed through private leagues, where users compete with friends, essentially removing the issue surrounding pro-players. Meanwhile, providers will attract casual players playing for smaller prize pools, alleviating some of the concerns surrounding liquidity.Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.last_img read more

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LeoVegas back in Ireland following ‘Remote Operator’ approval

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Gustaf HagmanStockholm Nasdaq-listed Leo Vegas Group (LeoVegas) has this morning updated its investors and stakeholders detailing that it has been approved a ‘Remote Operator License’ for sports betting by the Irish Revenue Commissioners the regulatory body for gambling in the Republic of Ireland.Having gained its licensing approval, LeoVegas marketing will now push for a relaunch of its betting services within the regulated Irish market, estimated to be worth circa £800 million in 2016 (H2 Gaming Capital).LeoVegas governance stated that it would increase it profile and launch its full range of services for the Irish betting market, as its seeks to become a leading brand within a competitive market place for consumers.With this market clearance LeoVegas now has gaming licenses in regulated markets of Malta, the UK, Denmark and Ireland.“LeoVegas continues to grow in regulated markets,” comments Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO and LeoVegas co-founder. “The fact that we have in a short time been granted licences in two regulated markets shows that we are delivering in accordance with our expansion strategy. But it also shows that we have high capacity and quality in our organisation and in the work, we do. I am convinced that our market-leading sport product will contribute to strong growth in Ireland.” Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020last_img read more

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ASA launches Russia 2018 betting probe investigating new CAP breaches

first_img Related Articles Share Share Submit StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 The UK Advertising Standards Association (ASA) has launched a probe examining the number of gambling/betting related TV adverts broadcast during the FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup.The month-long football tournament saw 115 complaints filed with ASA, as UK viewers expressed concerns relating to the high proportion of gambling adverts served during Russia 2018 TV programming.ASA officials will review whether industry Russia 2018 TV adverts breached the new guidance of the advertising code of practice (CAP) with regards to bookmakers offering ‘improved odds over a short period of time’ (bet boosts, enhanced odds, etc).New provisions introduced to the UK CAP prohibit betting operators from offering ‘urgent calls to action’ or ‘limited time offers’ on betting markets.“Restrict advertisements’ that create an inappropriate sense of urgency like those including “Bet Now!” offers during live events” details the new CAP guidance.Reviewing all World Cup TV advertising content (1,300 terrestrial adverts), UK newspaper The Guardian reports that betting adverts had the highest output during Russia 2018 programming.In its report, the newspaper details that betting content contributed to 17% of Russia 2018 advertising content, ‘roughly one minute in every six, with the 172 betting spots combined lasting nearly the length of a football match.’Despite launching its probe on Russia 2018 advertising, ASA has not indicated whether it will review its current UK advertising framework with regards to betting content.At present, UK advertising legislation allows sports betting adverts to be shown five minutes before the start of play until five minutes after the sports event has ended, between the hours of 5 am – 8:30pm.The high proportion of betting related adverts screened during Russia 2018 has led to a number of UK ministers calling for betting services to be placed as UK post-watershed (9pm) advertising content.“One of the only downsides to this brilliant World Cup has been the bombardment of gambling advertising on TV and social media that thousands of children will have been exposed to” detailed Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson.As a key operating period for all industry stakeholders, UK marketing news source The Drum details that bookmakers paid as much ‘as £350,000 for a 30-second placement’. ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020last_img read more

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