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Digicel pumps $366 million into JFF

first_img Butler further pointed out that since Digicel became a part of, the Jamaican landscape in 2001 contributed over a billion dollars in support of the JFF. “This new partnership of $366 million will be for the next four years, and we hope this will give the programme a boost and put the team in position as they look to Russia and beyond. Digicel hopes to be a part of the euphoria when Jamaica qualifies for Russia 2018,” he said. “This will support other initiatives such as women’s football, youth football and the senior team to ensure that the Boyz stay on peak in their preparation.” JFF president Captain Horace Burrell noted that the federation has been going through very difficult times financially and that the sponsorship came at the perfect time. “Our partnership with Digicel could not have come at a better time. The JFF has been struggling. Even some overseas-based players question why is it so hard for a brand like the Reggae Boyz to get a sponsor. But Digicel is the real deal because while some sponsors support programmes with kind, Digicel supports it with money,” said Burrell. “We need more support from corporate Jamaica and the Government because sports put us (country) on the world map and without sports the recognition we have received internationally would not be possible,” he stated. Meanwhile, Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, says Digicel has made itself a part of the Jamaican family and she commended it for its input to the continued development of sports. “This new administration is very happy to continue the development of sports as a critical vehicle for economic growth,” Grange said. “Football has and continues to be a unifying force in this country. Digicel is a striving enterprise and the company’s contribution is invaluable. “But it goes without saying that there can be no successful programme or team without sustainable capital injection, and this is just one of the many contributions that has made Digicel such a highly respectable company,” she stated. THE Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) received a well-needed boost yesterday when Digicel CEO David Butler announced that the telecoms giant would be extending its sponsorship of the country’s football for the next four years to the tune of US$3 million (J$366 million) at Digicel’s head office in downtown Kingston. According to Butler, the contribution is not only for the national senior team, currently involved in World Cup-qualifying football and will face Costa Rica on Friday and Monday, but it is geared towards the entire programme including women and youth development. The communications firm has included other initiatives, including financial bonus for every game won or drawn, and a donation to a charity of the scorer’s choice for every goal converted by the Boyz. BOOSTlast_img read more

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Tokyo 2020 plans weather monitoring after heatstroke fears

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I feel that only in Japan would you go to that kind of detail,” he said, citing preparations for providing shade and water for athletes and spectators.If 2020 takes place in the same conditions that prevailed last summer in Tokyo, “the Organising Committee is really, really ready to counter the situation,” said Dubi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Japanese medical groups have warned the event could “lead to deaths” from heatstroke.In December, Tokyo 2020 officials announced they would move back the start of the marathon to “between 5:30am and 6am”. They had previously moved it back to 7am.Organizers have toyed with various ways of beating the heat including the introduction of daylight saving time — an idea that appears to have fallen by the wayside.Last time Japan hosted the Olympics, in 1964, the competition was held in October to avoid the hot summer conditions.IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi told reporters later Friday that what 2020 organizers were doing in terms of heat countermeasures was “stunning”.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – Mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games Miraitowa (centre L) and Someity (centre R) pose during their debut event in Tokyo on July 22, 2018.The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games announced the names of the mascots on July 22. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGITokyo 2020 organizers on Friday unveiled plans for a center to monitor extreme weather, after concerns the city’s scorching summer could cause heatstroke or even deaths during the Games.The next Olympics will also overlap with Japan’s typhoon season, and the potential for extreme conditions has become a major headache for the event after a string of weather-related disasters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Organizers will work with a private weather company and the government’s meteorological agency to analyze climate data in areas with Olympic venues, a Tokyo 2020 official told AFP.The center will send warnings about weather-related emergencies, including the risk of heatstroke and even evacuation information if necessary, she added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLast year Japan was rocked by a number of weather emergencies, including record rainfall in the west of the country that killed more than 200 people.A deadly heatwave also gripped the country during the summer, raising concerns about outdoor events during the Games, particularly the marathon. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PBA: Fuel Masters destroy Elite to keep unbeaten streak going SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

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Mexico mass graves Some bodies found not that of students

first_imgThe governor of the southern Mexico state where 43 college students disappeared after a confrontation with police said that some of the bodies recovered from clandestine graves last weekend did not match the missing young people. The federal attorney general, however, said he felt it was too soon in testing of the remains to come to any conclusions. In indicating that some progress had been made in identifying the dead, Guerrero state governor Angel Aguirre gave no details nor did he say if all of the 28 bodies removed by forensic experts had been identified. The remains were uncovered severely burned, and experts are conducting DNA tests in an effort to identify the dead.  Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe governor spoke at a news conference in Iguala, the city where municipal police have been accused of working with a drug gang in the disappearance of the students on 26 Sept. Attorney general Jesus Murillo Karam declined to confirm or dispute the governor’s comments. ‘I do not know on what the governor based that,’’ he said later in the Guerrero state capital, Chilpancingo. He added that experts still ‘have not finished testing.’’ Aguirre also gave no information on what authorities had found in other mass graves that were discovered.last_img read more

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Two US airlines drop Cuba route citing too much competition

first_imgTwo U.S. airlines drop Cuba route citing too much competition Tuesday, March 14, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cuba, Frontier Airlines, Silver Airways HAVANA — Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways are dropping air service to Cuba, saying other airlines are adding too many flights to the island nation and making the routes unprofitable.U.S. airlines rushed to begin flights to Cuba last year after the Obama administration allowed commercial service for the first time in more than half a century. More Americans are visiting Cuba, but the glut of new flights has exceeded demand, resulting in many empty seats.Florida-based Silver said Monday that it will end Cuba service on April 22, just six months after it started flying between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Cuban provincial capitals like Camaguey and Cienfuegos. Several of its Cuban destinations are also served by major carriers such as American Airlines.Silver spokeswoman Misty Pinson said the number of seats on planes between the U.S. and Cuba quadrupled because the airlines added so many flights, many of them with big planes. The glut of seats has made Cuban routes unprofitable for all carriers, she said.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongDenver-based Frontier Airlines will cancel its daily flight between Miami and Havana on June 4, said spokesman Jim Faulkner, because of heavy competition and higher-than-expected costs of providing service at the Havana airport.The bigger airlines have not been immune. American reduced daily flights to Cuba from 13 to 10 and switched to smaller planes on some flights. Changes were on flights to smaller Cuban cities; American has not downgraded service to Havana. JetBlue Airways took out about 300 seats a day by using smaller planes.Commercial air service helped fuel an historic, ongoing boom in U.S. travel to Cuba. About 285,000 tourists visited in 2016, up 76 per cent from 2015, and the Cuban government says U.S. visitors increased 125 per cent in January. Source: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more

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