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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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Bill introduced to exempt agriculture from CERCLA air emissions reporting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators have introduced a bill to exempt agricultural producers from reporting requirements under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). We’ve reported previously on the new mandate that would require livestock operations to report air emissions, the result of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision last year that struck down the EPA’s rule that exempted agriculture from the reporting requirements. The U.S. EPA has repeatedly requested the court for a delay of the new reporting mandate, now delayed until after May 1, 2018. The proposed legislation would establish a new exemption that would protect farmers from the upcoming reporting mandate.Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a primary sponsor of the legislation, stated that “[t]hese reporting requirements were designed to apply to industrial pollution and toxic chemicals, not animal waste on a farm or ranch.” Co-sponsor Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) assured farmers that requiring them to “spend their time and money on reports that will go unused by EPA would be burdensome and needless.”The text of the senators’ proposed Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, S. 2421, is available here. The proposal includes:A statement that CERCLA reporting does not apply to air emissions from animal waste, including decomposing animal waste, at a farm.A definition for “animal waste,” which means feces, urine, or other excrement, digestive emission, urea, or similar substances emitted by animals (including any form of livestock, poultry or fish), and including animal waste that is mixed or commingled with bedding, compost, feed, soil, or any other material typically found with such waste.A definition of “farm,” which means a site or area (including associated structures) that is used for the production of a crop or the raising or selling of animals (including any form of livestock, poultry, or fish) and under normal conditions, produces during a farm year any agricultural products with a total value equal to not less than $1,000.A statement that maintains the current exemption from CERCLA reporting for applications, storage and handling of registered pesticide products.Senator Fischer introduced S.2421 on February 13 and the Senate has referred the bill to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.last_img read more

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Musical Memes, Choosing A Netizen Anthem

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Celebrated Amateurs: Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” first became viral via 4Chan and has since landed the mahogany-voiced baritone features on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, a spot on Lily Allen’s Freeloader Nation Tour, and several endorsement deals. Also an overnight sensation, Gary Brolsma or “the Numa Numa Guy” is best known for his animated YouTube lipsync to Moldovan band O-Zone’s “Dragostea din tei.” Brolsma has since been featured in a South Park episode and videos for the Bare Naked Ladies and Weezer. While neither of these songs make strong direct political or social statements, the fact that they are so widely embraced, is a testament to the web’s spirit of playfulness. There are a number of perfectly worthy anthems for the wired generation. Kraftwerk’s Computer Love might suffice, or the Ataris’ Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start captures the essence of devoted Konami Contra fans. But a real anthem rallies a movement. It’s the kind of song that is not only widely accepted, but it inspires people to change their lives and behaviors. The hippies have Blowin’ in the Wind, the children of disco have Stayin’ Alive and the GLBT community has I’m Coming Out. But what do modern day netizens consider their anthem? What gets us grooving in our guilds, cranking out our code and soldering up a mean arduino? Below are some of the top musical memes and anthems from recent years. If you got suggestions for a netizen anthem, leave them in the comments below. Love and Longing – Code Monkey: While Jonathan Coulton is perhaps one of the greatest geek anthem musicians with songs like Re Your Brains and That Spells DNA, Code Monkey still manages to top the list with its universal themes of a struggling underdog and unrequited geek love. The song actually became the theme for G4’s now defunct Code Monkeys TV series. It also spurred a number of YouTube mash ups including Mike Booth’s World of Warcraft machinima video. Pursuit of Knowledge – Free Software Song: Richard Stallman is best known as the founder of the GNU Project and father of the Free Software Foundation. A truly brilliant developer, Stallman has been writing folk songs about technology for more than a decade. His Free Software song based on Bulgarian “Sadi Moma” helped define the musical genre of “filking” – a type of folk music generally created by science fiction & fantasy fans. The song is a tribute to free culture and copyleft software licensing. Bootstrapped Success – Crank That Soulja Boy: In early 2007, DeAndre Ramone Way, also known as Soulja Boy, was a little known rap artist with a number of tracks released on YouTube and music community SoundClick. Thanks to his Crank That Soulja Boy hit, by 2009 Way was a Grammy Award nominated artist with a record deal and his own production company. According to a Yahoo’s Music blog post from May 2009, “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” has sold over 4,183,000 digital downloads in the United States, becoming the third highest-selling song ever. The song became an internet sensation after the dance tutorial video received more than 40 million YouTube views. Thousands of new videos have since been uploaded to YouTube in tribute to this anthem of a bootstrapped star. Resurrected Oldies: A number of songs written by music superstars have since become geek anthems. Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up was resurrected after 20 years when the act of tricking individuals into listening to the song or Rickrolling became a popular meme. The Astley meme became so widespread that Astley himself Rickrolled the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade in 2008. Meanwhile, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” although always a popular rock ballad, got it’s first taste at video meme-dom in a “Team Cyprus” video that was wildly criticized as an ostentatious display of wealth during one of the country’s worst economic slumps in history. The song has since been featured in an a cappella version on the season premiere of Glee. The squeaky-clean Glee version debuted at number four on the Billboard charts. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Lists#web dana oshirolast_img read more

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Double departure of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq hands Pakistan a testing transition

first_imgAs Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq head off into the sunset after long and illustrious careers, Pakistan begins a tricky period of transition looking for a new wave of players ready to fill a huge void left by the retired batting greats.In a fitting finale, Younis, Pakistan’s most prolific Test run-scorer, and Misbah, the country’s most successful captain, bowed out together in a blaze of glory on Sunday with the team celebrating a first-ever series triumph in the Caribbean.The thrilling 101-run victory in Dominica sealed a 2-1 win over West Indies and was Pakistan’s 26th under the 42-year-old Misbah, who also led the side to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) world Test rankings last year.Since his 2001 Test debut in New Zealand, Misbah accumulated 5,222 runs in 75 matches at an average higher than 46.Admired for his unflappable temperament in a dressing room replete with mercurial talent, Misbah was handed the Test captaincy after a 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England led to the expulsion of his predecessor Salman Butt.ICC chief executive David Richardson was among those to pay a glowing tribute to the consistent right-hander.”Misbah has been the bedrock of many a Pakistan innings, time and time again extricating his team from difficult situations with a terrific temperament,” the former South Africa wicketkeeper said.”He knew how to graft for his runs but could also be inventive and score at a brisk pace, as was evident during his impressive 56-ball century against Australia in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, which equalled Viv Richards’s world record.advertisement”He was a leader who took charge at a difficult time…He was a true sportsman and role model.”If Misbah represented the voice of reason in both the dressing room and out on the field, Younis let his bat do the talking and is currently the only Pakistani to have joined the coveted 10,000 Test-run club.GREAT SERVANTSThe former captain, who led Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title in 2009, tallied 10,099 runs in 118 Tests, embellishing his legacy with 34 hundreds at an average of more than 52.Together they were the pillars of Pakistan’s batting lineup for over a decade and it could take many years for the country to find anyone capable of matching their feats.Pakistan’s situation mirrors the dilemma South Asian rivals Sri Lanka faced when batting mainstays Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ended their international careers two years ago.”I was really sad when Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene left the Sri Lankan team together. Look at their team now, they are in such disarray,” former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir told the Express Tribune.”Likewise, both of these batsmen leaving together could cause problems for Pakistan’s test team. However, they have been great servants to the country.”Pakistan have coped with their absence in the shorter formats since 2015 but the challenge of white-ball cricket is completely different to the patience and technique required in the red-ball arena.”The onus is now on the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed to step up and fill the void,” Misbah told Cricket Australia’s website in an interview last month.”When two Pakistan greats Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf left the scene, Younis and I tried to fill that gap. Azhar and Asad have developed in the meantime and now they are at a stage to replace us.”We need Azhar and Asad to take ownership of the test side…Every team goes though transition periods and Pakistan is no different.”last_img read more

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Video: Marshall Football Is Fired Up After Its Win Over Purdue

first_imgMarshall players fired up in the locker room after win over Purdue.Instagram/@fleebandzMarshall is coming off of a fantastic 13-1 2014 season, while Purdue struggled to a 3-9 record. Today’s game at Marshall was not expected to be a highlight of the opening weekend of college football, but it was the only Sunday game, and fans were treated to a pretty exciting affair. In the end, the game was bookended by two pick-sixes for Marshall’s Tiquan Lang on the first play from scrimmage and with 1:20 remaining in the fourth, and the Thundering Herd won the game 41-31. Purdue isn’t the sexiest Big Ten win a team can get, but Marshall is going to celebrate anyway, and rightfully so. The team was pretty pumped in the locker room after the game, based on this video posted by wide receiver Deon-Tay McManus. Big 10 what ain’t no pressure with them herd boyz A video posted by Blessed (@fleebandz) on Sep 6, 2015 at 4:05pm PDT Purdue was the only power conference game on the schedule for Marshall, which travels to Ohio next weekend.last_img read more

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Mark Ingram Made Fun Of Jemele Hill’s Looks, Called Her “Tales From The Crypt”

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram crossed a line early Tuesday morning. Expect the tweet you’ll see below to get some serious play in the coming days.Monday night, ahead of the national title game between Alabama and Clemson, Ingram, a former Crimson Tide running back (and Heisman winner), was an honorary captain. When ESPN’s cameras panned to show Ingram at midfield, he appeared much smaller than current Alabama tailback Derrick Henry, leading to a number of jokes at his expense.ESPN’s Jemele Hill was one to take advantage. She joked that if the two were brothers, it’d be clear that Henry got the size and speed, while Ingram got the strong hairline. When you’re little brother gets the size and speed and all you get is a strong hairline pic.twitter.com/nLc7QnESST— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 12, 2016Well, Ingram clearly wasn’t thrilled. He responded, telling Hill that she looks like “Tales From The Crypt.” He also said that she wears a lace front. Serious escalation, to say the [email protected] @jemelehill oh u talkin bout tales from the cript lookin shawty w the lace front?!— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) January 12, 2016Probably not the best PR move. We’ll see if there is any fallout.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

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Stars Come Out For Loving The Silent Tears

first_imgStars came out for the red carpet premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.Loving The Silent TearsCredit/Copyright: Supreme Master TelevisionAmong the stars who attended were Jon Huertas, Corey Feldman, Kyson Lee, Craig Robinson, AJ Buckley, Kristoff St. John, Kelly Packard and many more.The first of its kind in theatre history, Loving the Silent Tears took the audience on an elevating journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a compelling story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness. With all elements in place that made for absolutely thrilling musical theatre, the show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, written years ago by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.The musical starred 2-time Grammy-winning artist Jon Secada, Grammy-winning icon Jody Watley, and Broadway stars: Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway, and Tony nominee Patti Cohenour. They were joined by Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, Korean pop star Brian Joo, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, Korean singer Heather Park, award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni, Persian superstar Siavash Shams and Chinese platinum pop star Kay Tse.Loving the Silent Tears was directed by Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Blond Ambition tours), the lively dances were choreographed by Emmy-winning Bonnie Story (High School Musical), the imaginative stagecraft of Emmy-winning set designer John Iacovelli (Peter Pan), and a vibrant display of costumes were created by award-winning designer Sharell Martin (Chicago).Celebrities, dignitaries and special guests turned out for this special one night only celebration, with proceeds benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Animal Defenders International and World Wide Veterinary Service. Each organization received $100,000 each for a grand total of $300,000 given to charity.last_img read more

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Securities regulators increasingly employing tech tools to speed probes

first_imgTORONTO – Securities regulators say they are increasingly employing data analytics and other sophisticated tools to track down financial miscreants faster, but these technologies won’t be able to fully replace human judgment.The director of enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission said Thursday that they need these tools to crunch the “mind-numbing volume of data” the regulator takes in for investigations, and do it in weeks, not years.Jeff Kehoe said during a panel discussion in Toronto that regulators can no longer use traditional tools and investigation techniques in the “new world for us,” with advances such as cryptocurrencies and high-frequency trading.“It’s like finding a needle in 50 haystacks, or 100 haystacks,” he said. “And so we need tools that not only reduce the size of the haystacks but make the needles bigger.”Regulators in recent years have put out guidance on the securities implications of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings as the usage of these technological innovations proliferate. Meanwhile, regulators say they too are applying technological tools to their enforcement tasks, as the volume of data at their disposal grows exponentially.The monetary authority of Singapore’s executive director of enforcement Gillian Tan said during the OSC event on Thursday it has developed a tool with data scientists to analyze data to detect circular trading patterns.When testing with known cases, it was able to detect roughly 94 to 96 per cent of what had been detected manually, she added.“What used to take us months to do, can now be done in a matter of hours,” she said. “That’s really exciting for us.”The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s co-director of enforcement Stephanie Avakian said it too has used these tools to speed up their probes, but it doesn’t replace the need for experienced investigators to go through the findings and use judgment.“The data analytics are great for identifying problems and putting together a case, but I don’t think they obviate the need for human investigators… You still need humans to go through this stuff and find the false positives,” she said.As well, Avakian said when financial misdeeds later go before a jury, human witnesses are still needed to help present their case.Kehoe added that the “promises of technology are great” but the findings they produce must be reliable and verifiable in order to be fair.last_img read more

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Ontario Cannabis Store announces supply agreements with 26 licensed producers

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario Cannabis Store says it has partnered with 26 licensed producers for its online retail platform.The store, which will be Ontario’s only online retailer when recreational marijuana is legalized in the fall, said Monday that the supply agreements with Health Canada-authorized producers were competitive.The online retailer says it will sell a variety of products, including dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds, to customers 19 and older when pot becomes legal on Oct. 17.Supply agreements with cannabis accessory suppliers are also in the works, the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) says, adding that it plans to expand the selection of its available products over time.The OCS says to ensure products are delivered to homes safely, it will have a verification system in place.It says it will also establish a wholesale distribution network to supply pot in private stores.The Progressive Conservatives’ new plan to have cannabis sold through a private retail model is a contrast to the Liberals plan for a provincial government monopoly on cannabis sales.The province was to operate 150 brick-and-mortar stores by 2020, but the new plan means sales at physical stores won’t start until April 2019.last_img read more

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