FIFA reminds US of World Cup travel obligations

first_imgFIFA President FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, reminded the US of its obligation to guarantee full access to the country for players, officials and supporters if they bid for the 2026 World Cup.President Donald Trump‘s latest executive order bars new visas for people from six countries and temporarily shuts down America’s refugee program, affecting would-be visitors and immigrants from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Libya.The 2026 World Cup is nine years away, but bidding is expected to begin next year with the host to be decided in 2020.“It’s obvious when it comes to FIFA competitions as well, any team, including the supporters and officials of that team, who qualify for a World Cup need to have access to the country, otherwise there is no World Cup,” Infantino said. “The requirements will be clear. And then each country can make up their decision, whether they want to bid or not based on the requirements. Nothing to do with the U.S. or not, it’s general sporting criterion,” Infantino said, while steering clear of directly criticizing Trump.“Mr. Trump is the president of the United States of America and as such of course (I have) huge respect for what he does,” Infantino said following FIFA meetings in London. “He’s in charge, together with his government, to take the decisions that are best for his country. That’s why he has been elected.”FIFA has recently had to deal with the impact of a country restricting visas for one of its events. The FIFA Congress in May has been moved to Bahrain from Kuala Lumpur after Malaysia withdrew from hosting, citing problems allowing entry to some delegates, including officials from Israel.“In the world there are certainly many countries who have bans, travel bans, visa requirements and so on and so forth,” Infantino said.The United States is mulling a three-way hosting bid with Canada and Mexico. A potential obstacle to the triple hosting is Trump’s determination to build a wall on the Mexican border to help stem illegal immigration, with tensions between the countries over who would fund the border barrier.last_img read more

Guyana Government told to secure rights to oil sector

first_imgThe former Commonwealth secretary general, Sir Shridath Ramphal is urging the Guyana government to ensure that it secures all rights to its recently discovered oil sector before the decades-old standoff with Venezuela enters a new phase.“But we have to prepare properly; we have to secure that oil. We have to get rid of the Venezuela issue, and we have to do all that, as the lawyers say, seriatim; one after the other,’ The Guyana-born Sir Shridath told the state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper.The border dispute between the two countries may be heading to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if efforts by the United Nations to broker a deal by year-end fails.The newly-appointed United Nations Secretary General Personal Representative on the so-called Good Offices Process, Dag Halvor Nylander, a former Norwegian diplomat, is expected in Guyana next week to meet with officials on the border issue.“By the end of the year, if it doesn’t yield satisfactory progress of a solution, then we go to the ICJ. So we can look ahead to 2018 seeing us in the court, which we hope will put an end to this evil,” said Sir Shridath, who is also an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.”Guyana has been seeking to consolidate its oil and energy sector after the US oil giant, ExxonMobil recently announced that it had made another significant oil discovery on the Snoek Well offshore Guyana, in the Stabroek Block.last_img read more

Is Bolt afraid of Van Niekerk?

first_imgUsain Bolt’s declaration that he will not compete in the 200 meters at this summer’s London World Championships has left many of the sprint king’s fans disappointed.Bolt is on record as saying the half-lap sprint is his favorite event. His announcement came as a big surprise as he has not lost a 200 meters race since his disastrous debut at the World Championships at Helsinki in 2005.  Then, he came a distant last behind Americans Justin Gatlin, Wallace Spearmon, John Capel and Tyson Gay.Since then, Bolt has beaten all comers in his pet event.Shortly after he won the 100 meters in a pedestrian 10.03 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston earlier this month, Bolt told reporters that he would only be competing in that event at the World Championships. His announcement came minutes after World 400 meters record holder Wade Van Niekerk of South Africa blasted to a world-leading and new national record of 19.84 seconds at the same meet. The time is way off Bolt’s world record of 19.19 seconds.Both athletes have trained together. Bolt is aware of the South African’s speed and strength which saw him smash a 17-year-old 400 meters world record, set by Michael Johnson, at last year’s Rio Olympics.Bolt has stated publicly that he hates losing. Could it be that he knows that at this stage of his career he would have to turn back the clock to keep Van Niekerk from putting a blemish on his career?That question may never be answered.last_img read more

Golden Krust’s Lowell Hawthorne dead at age 57

first_imgThe Jamaican community everywhere is shocked at the sudden death of Lowell Hawthorne, 57. He was the CEO and founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill. According to reports Lowell committed suicide with a gun shot to the head at approximately 5.30 pm on Saturday in the office of his Bronx factory.No signs of anything troublingHawthorne’s death was particularly shocking to his close relatives, associates and his workers. They indicated they saw no signs of anything that could be troubling to one of the more successful Jamaican entrepreneurs in the United States. One worker, standing outside the Bronx factory, said. “Is like I am in a nightmare. I never see Mr. Lowell look like him have any problem. He was always so calm and smiling.”Hawthorne who hails from rural Jamaica, the son of a baker, opened the first Golden Krust Bakery in 1989 on Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. Since then, he has created a national and international chain which made the Jamaican patty a staple. The company makes and distributes nine varieties of Jamaican Patties.Read More: Golden Krust founder commits suicide, social media reactsThere are over 100 Golden Krust restaurants operating in nine states throughout the United States; New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts.Last year Hawthorne appeared on the popular TV show “Undercover Boss” and was hailed by his workers for his positive managerial style and business acumen. He was referred to “as the nicest man to work for” by several of his stunned employees.Received several awards for his workHawthorne has been the recipient of numerous awards both in Jamaica and in the United States. In 2012, on the occasion of the celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of political independence he was awarded with the Luminary Award by the Jamaican Consul to the Southern United States. He has received several other awards for his philanthropy and his entrepreneurial involvement. In 2000, he won the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year award from the accounting firm Ernst & Young.Read More: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill raises $100,000 to benefit college-students and honors eight community leadersWhat will happen to Golden Krust? Concerns about the futureWith his death, already there are concerns about the future of the company. “Can it survive without is leadership?” many people are asking. Hawthorne molded the business into a family operation that included his wife, three sons, a daughter, and other extended family members.last_img read more

No drought concerns for Caribbean

first_imgThe Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says despite concerns that long term drought is evolving in southern Haiti, there are currently no concerns over short term drought in the Caribbean, up until the end of April this year.In its latest Caribbean Drought Bulletin, the CDPMN noted that though “recent conditions indicate slight to moderate rainfall deficits in some parts of the Caribbean at various times, there are currently no concerns over short term drought.”Some concern over Southern HaitiIt said that with longer term drought that can impact ground water and large reservoirs and rivers, “There is some concern currently over southern Haiti.“Long term drought is evolving in southern Haiti. The potential long-term drought concerns are few region-wide at this time thanks to the ample wet season rainfall in 2017,” it added.According to CDPMN, for the last three months of 2017, mixed rainfall conditions were experienced in the islands of the eastern Caribbean.It said Trinidad ranged from normal to exceptionally wet; Tobago moderate to very wet; Grenada slight to moderately wet; Barbados slightly wet; St. Vincent normal to slightly dry; St. Lucia normal to slightly wet; Martinique normal to severely dry and Dominica normal to moderately wet.It reported Antigua was moderately dry while St. Kitts and St. Maarten experienced normal wet conditions and Jamaica ranging from normal in the west to extremely wet in central areas.Weak La NinaIt said that a weak La Niña state will continue to drive chances of drier conditions slightly upwards in the northwest of the region, in particular The Cayman Islands and Cuba, while slightly increasing chances of wetter conditions in most of the Lesser Antilles.La Niña is also sometimes called El Viejo, anti-El Niño, or simply “a cold event.” La Niña, the direct opposite of El Niño, occurs when sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean drop to lower-than-normal levels.last_img read more

Jamaica teachers reject latest wage offer

first_imgJamaican public school teachers have rejected a 16 per cent wage increase from the government over a four year-period amid speculation that they could embark upon island wide industrial action in support of their demands.The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) met at a special meeting over the last weekend to discuss the latest offer from the Andrew Holness government, and overwhelming voted to reject the offer.Seeking two-year agreement instead of fourThe teachers are asking that instead of a four-year agreement, the authorities revert to two years and in addition, they want the special allowance of protective clothing be increased to $20,000 per annum, up from the current J$18,504.They also want teachers to be paid J$2,500 to mark research papers and J$2,000 per student for supervising teaching practice. The government has already rejected both demands.Govt optionsThe government has offered the teachers a four-year agreement covering the period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. It is also providing them with two options, six per cent in year one, no increase in year two, five per cent in year three and five per cent in year four. The second option presented was year one, five per cent; year two,  per cent; year three, four per cent; and year four five per cent.An insultFollowing the three-hour meeting, 313 of the 352 delegates voted against the offer which they described as an insult.The JTA president Georgia Waugh Richards said a letter would be sent to the government outlining the teachers’ position and are expecting a speedy response.“The teachers have spoken. They spoke loud and clear. We serve the teachers of Jamaica. We operate based on their mandate and so we have no choice but to move forward on the mandate of the teachers of Jamaica,” the JTA president said.Asked what response would be forth coming if the government does not provide a favorable response, the JTA official replied “well as you would have seen …the JTA is a democratic organization.”last_img read more

New Cases Push Haiti’s COVID-19 Numbers Past 800

first_imgMeanwhile, Jamaica, the only other CARICOM country with a high rate of infected persons, said Friday night that the figure now stood at 544 including the 10 new additional cases. The Ministry of Public Health said that of the 78 new positive cases recorded, 60.2 per cent were men while women have accounted for 39.8 per cent. PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The number of persons testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) moved past 800 as Haiti recorded 78 new cases over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health announced. It said while the number of people who have died as a result of the virus remains at 25, the number of active cases in the country since March 19, when the first case was detected, now stands at 765, an increase of 77 on the previous day. Health authorities said that five of the new cases are from the repatriated Jamaicans who arrived on the cruise ship in Falmouth, Trelawny earlier this week. CMC The Ministry said that the number of suspected cases stood at 2,582 with 282 hospitalised and 1,171 under quarantine at home. Jamaica has 344 active cases of the virus in the country and the number of deaths remains at 17. It said one person had recovered, bringing the total number to 22 for persons who have overcome the virus, which according to the World Health organisation (WTO) has killed 331, 457 and infected 5.06 million worldwide.last_img read more

Delta Queens coach eye NWPL Super Four final.

first_imgChukwuma went on to appreciate the fans that were cheering for his team while they played against Rivers Angels. They had more backing than Rivers Angels in that respect. “If you win two games automatically you qualify for the final so we are aiming to try to win the next game (against Bayelsa Queens),” Chukwuma said. “We are really hungry, we are very determined, we want to win. I work hard and I pray. I believe God is always on my side.” “Yes we really appreciate the support and if you look at it, physically we were good enough, we were strong. I think defensively we were very strong.“They (Rivers Angels) were not very strong in attack the way I look at it. They were not very aggressive in attack. They tried to build up slowly. Their build-up was slow so before they got to our defence, we were very organised,” Chukwuma explained to busybuddiesng.com. Chukwuma went on to appreciate the fans that were cheering for his team while they played against Rivers Angels. They had more backing than Rivers Angels in that respect. “If you win two games automatically you qualify for the final so we are aiming to try to win the next game (against Bayelsa Queens),” Chukwuma said. “We are really hungry, we are very determined, we want to win. I work hard and I pray. I believe God is always on my side.”center_img Delta Queens coach Clifford Chukwuma has now set his sight on the final of the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four after his side stunned defending champions 2-0 on Monday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.Having gotten rid of the title favourites in their first hurdle, another stern test in Bayelsa Queens awaits Delta Queens on Tuesday as they look to take another step closer to the league title. “Yes we really appreciate the support and if you look at it, physically we were good enough, we were strong. I think defensively we were very strong.“They (Rivers Angels) were not very strong in attack the way I look at it. They were not very aggressive in attack. They tried to build up slowly. Their build-up was slow so before they got to our defence, we were very organised,” Chukwuma explained to busybuddiesng.com.Delta Queens coach Clifford Chukwuma has now set his sight on the final of the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four after his side stunned defending champions 2-0 on Monday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.Having gotten rid of the title favourites in their first hurdle, another stern test in Bayelsa Queens awaits Delta Queens on Tuesday as they look to take another step closer to the league title. RelatedAUDIO: Delta Queens Coach Praises NWFL Board, Sets Sights On NWPL TitleAugust 23, 2017In “Nigeria”NWPL Super Four Matchday 2 Wrap: Defending champions out of title contentionOctober 12, 2017In “Nigeria”NWPL Super Four Matchday 1 Wrap: Delta Queens clip Rivers Angels’ wingsOctober 10, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

UEFA Women’s Champions League Wrap: Chelsea See Off Bayern For Last 16 Place

first_imgChelsea Ladies have booked their place in the last 16 of the Women’s Champions League after they survived a late scare to edge out German side Bayern Munich on away goals in their last 32 tie.Leading 1-0 from the home leg, Chelsea doubled their advantage on the hour mark through Fran Kirby before a Gemma Davison’s own goal and Lucie Vonkova’s tap-in turned the game around for the Germans on the night. However Chelsea held on to secure a last 16 place despite surviving a late scare after the Germans had a goal disallowed.Women’s FA Cup winners in England, Manchester City, can join Chelsea in the last 16. They lead Austrian side St Polten 3-0 in their tie ahead of their second leg clash in England on Thursday.Speaking after her team booked a last 16 spot, Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes said: Chelsea: Lindahl; Bright, Flaherty, Eriksson, Blundell (Carney 77) Chapman (c), Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Spence (Dunn 55), Kirby (Davison 63), Bachmann.Subs not used: Spencer, Aluko, Ji, Cuthbert.Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)Other Results:WFC Rossiyanka 0-4 Stjarnan Women (Agg 1-5)VfL Wolfsburg Ladies 12-2 Atlético de Madrid Femenino (Agg 15-2)Brøndby IF Ladies 1-3 LSK Kvinner      (Agg 1-3)Linköpings FC 3-0 Apollon Ladies FC (Agg 4-0)Sparta Prague Women 3-0 FC PAOK (Agg 8-0)Zvezda 2005 Women 0-2 Montpellier Féminines      (Agg 1-2)Barcelona Femenino   2-0 Avaldsnes IL (Agg 6-0)Lyon Féminines 9-0 Medyk Konin (Agg 14-0)Slavia Prague Women 4-3 ZFK Minsk (Agg 7-4)FC Zürich Frauen 1-2 Gintra Universitetas (Agg 2-3)Rosengård Women 4-0 CFF Olimpia Cluj (Agg 5-0)RelatedUEFA Women’s Champions League: Manchester City Join Chelsea In Last 16; Glasgow City Suffer HeartbreakOctober 13, 2017In “England”UCL: Bayern Destroy Chelsea To Stroll Into Quarterfinals, Barca Thrash Napoli To Seal SpotAugust 8, 2020In “England”First Messi Goal Against Chelsea Places Barcelona In Charge Of Last 16 UCL Tie As Bayern Run RiotFebruary 20, 2018In “Europe” “It’s probably the biggest win in my tenure at the club. I think this shows how far we’ve come in the time I’ve been here and what amazing characters we have.“We’ve had four games in 14 days so there was a tiredness in the team. We really had to dig deep, show our resilience and our leadership and the girls hung on in what was probably the longest 25 minutes of my life.“It was backs-to-the-wall stuff and it’s probably my proudest night as Chelsea manager.”center_img Bayern Munich: Zinsberger, Lewandowski, Demann, Berhinger (c), Rolfo, Skorvankova, Maier (Beerensteyn 71), Laudehr, Faisst, Islacker (Vonkova 56), Rolser (Leupolz 56)Subs not used: Korpela, Roord, Wieder, Wenninger.last_img read more

Mishcon de Reya appoints Gemma Boore as Betting & Gaming sector Associate

first_imgShare Submit 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Gemma BooreInternational law firm Mishcon de Reya has confirmed the appointment of Gemma Boore as Associate for its betting & gaming legal services department.Boore joins Mishcon de Reya from competitor Bates Wells Braithwaite, where she served as legal advisor for start-ups, technology and venture financing, and has gained prior industry experience advising sector Plc enterprises.As Mishcon de Reya Gambling Associate, Boore will provide corporate, commercial and regulatory advice to gaming companies across a range of sectors, including sports betting, poker, casino, e-sports, social gaming, bingo, skill gaming, lotteries and prize draws.“I am extremely pleased to have joined such a well-respected firm and look forward to working closely with both the expert lawyers at Mishcon and its high-profile clients,” said Boore.“The move will undoubtedly allow me to deepen my sector knowledge and expertise so I can better guide my clients through the changes that the industry will face over the coming years.”Commenting on the appointment, Susan Breen, Head of the betting and gaming group at Mishcon de Reya, added: “Gemma’s specialist commercial and regulatory skills combined with her experience in the i-gaming sector reflects our continued commitment to support our global client base in a rapidly evolving and complex regulatory environment.”last_img read more