Former champions Harbour View will go into today’s set of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with the advantage as the battle for the fourth place continues. The stars of the East, as Harbour View are dubbed, currently occupy the fourth spot on 39 points, the same as UWI FC, but with a superior goal difference. What gives them the edge today is the match-up. While Harbour View will play away to the inconsistent Boys Town, UWI FC will host defending champions and the team occupying second spot, Arnett Gardens. Of the opposing teams, Boys’ Town are the easier of the two while only a brave person would bet against Arnett Gardens defeating UWI FC. Arnett Gardens are filled with ammunition and with the likes of the in-form Michaelous Martin, their leading scorer Kemal Malcolm, Leon Strickland and Newton Sterling. Any of those forwards can provide the goods on the day. With UWI FC’s slow defensive unit and Deno Schaffe being out, it will take a major effort to keep Arnett Gardens off the score sheet. UWI FC are also capable of finding the back of the net through Girvon Brown, Anthony, Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Since his return to the island from the USA, Brian Brown has been in good goal-scoring form and is expected to lead the Harbour View attack against Boys’ Town. P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay U 29 15 11 3 47 17 30 56 Arnett 29 16 6 7 44 22 22 54 Portmore 29 16 6 7 36 24 12 54 H View 29 9 12 8 34 29 5 39 UWI 29 10 9 10 33 39 -6 39 H Lion 29 9 11 9 23 27 -4 38 Boys’ T 29 9 8 12 33 44 -11 35 Tivoli 29 9 6 14 31 37 -6 33 Cavalier 29 8 9 12 23 29 -6 33 Reno 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32 W’house 29 6 10 13 26 35 -9 28 Rivoli 29 6 9 14 31 41 -11 27 Today’s Games – 8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Portmore United – Montego Bay Sports Complex POINTS STANDING Tomorrow’s game: – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Harbour View – Barbican Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United FC vs Cavalier – Prison Oval – 3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Mona
FIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Sheila Jaffe and friends, family and supporters of The Felix Organization got together at Stage 48 in New York to “Dance this Way” and raise funds to support summer camps and programs for inner-city children in the foster care system.Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Performs at Dance This WayCredit/Copyright: Albie MitchellNearly 400 people put on their dancing shoes and raised more than $300,000. Teams danced through the decades, enjoyed a performance by McDaniels, and a special DJ set from TJ Mizell, son of the late Jam Master Jay.James Wahlberg, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, was honored with the 2017 Dream Maker Award, for his commitment to help under-privileged youth as well as his long-time support of The Felix Organization. Unable to attend, his brother, Mark Wahlberg delivered a heartfelt video message to him and the crowd.Attendees included: Carol Alt: Model / ActressCarol Kane: The Unbreakable Kimmie SchmidtDarryl “DMC” McDaniels: co-founder of The Felix Organization and hip hop legend and co-founder of Run DMCDSon McDaniels: Rapper and son of Darryl “DMC” McDanielsJames Wahlberg: Dream Maker Award Winner, executive director of the Mark Wahlberg Youth FoundationLorraine Bracco: honorary Chair of The Felix Organization; The SopranosMargaux Guerard: The Sopranos, Goodfellas; Daughter of actor Lorraine BraccoMichael Lang: board member, The Felix Organization and co-creator of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival Scott Cohen: Gilmore GirlsSheila Jaffe: co-founder of The Felix Organization, Emmy award winning casting director (The Sopranos, Entourage, Patriots Day)TJ Mizell: VH1’s Growing Up Hip Hop, son of the late Jam Master JayVincent Pastore: The Sopranos, Animal
Facebook Comments Related posts:Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson launches Facebook campaign asking Costa Rica’s Solís to drop extradition request Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson back on Interpol website as Costa Rica fugitive Little has changed 1 year after slaying of Costa Rica conservationist Jairo Mora Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson turns to human rights commission to block Costa Rica’s legal chase Environmental activist and founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Paul Watson on Wednesday congratulated Citizen Action Party (PAC) candidate Luis Guillermo Solís. He also asked for action. “Do your best to restore Costa Rica’s reputation as a real conservation-minded nation,” announced the controversial captain on his Facebook page. “The people have indeed spoken.”Watson cited a series of environmental cases that have brought international attention to Costa Rica and described President Laura Chinchilla as “the woman who sold out to the shark-finners and the narco-poachers,” pointing out that she will be gone on April 6.He also highlighted some of Solís’ promises to end corruption and to protect the environment, and said Sea Shepherd is delighted to be able to work with him. That will include delivering one of the organization’s boats – The Jairo Mora Sandoval – to Moín’s beach on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast to protect the same turtles the eponymous Tico environmentalist was trying to save when he was murdered last May.The country’s Fisheries Institute did not escape Watson’s comments as he expressed his optimism that “the corrupt agency will be overhauled.” He also said he hoped the politically motivated charges brought against him by Chinchilla “acting as a puppet to the Japanese government” will be dropped. The captain also vowed to see the protection of Cocos Island as a priority for Solís.PAC environmental spokeswoman Patricia Madrigal told The Tico Times that the Solís campaign had no official position on Watson’s case.She added that reforming the executive board of the Fisheries Institute, known as INCOPESCA by its Spanish acronym, was a priority for the candidate. But she also noted that such action would require action by the Legislative Assembly.“Generally speaking, [PAC’s] objective is to keep the promise to enforce the laws that already exist. If that were the only thing we accomplished, it would be an enormous step,” Madrigal said in a telephone interview.Last October Watson arrived in the U.S. claiming an Interpol Red Notice from Costa Rica had been dropped. At the time, a search of Interpol’s website turned up no notice of a red alert on behalf of Costa Rica, although a red alert issued by Japan was still active.On Nov. 5, Costa Rica’s First Circuit Penal Court of San José requested that U.S. officials arrest Watson and extradite him to Costa Rica.Watson’s Costa Rican attorney Federico Morales told The Tico Times a few days later that Costa Rica had reactivated an international arrest request and then communicated that decision to the U.S. Embassy.Morales said he would challenge the request, as he believes the statute of limitations on the charges against Watson expired in 2004 or 2005.Zach Dyer contributed to this post.
Categories: Reilly News 08Jan Local residents can meet with Rep. Reilly on Jan. 21 State Rep. John Reilly invites residents to join him for local office hours in Oxford and Orion Township on Monday, Jan. 21.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Reilly said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:6 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Orion Township Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Orion Charter Township.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Reilly at 517-373-1798 or via email at JohnReilly@house.mi.gov.
OTTtv World Summit speaker Peter Fregelius, head of competence team entertainment at Swisscom, talked to Digital TV Europe about his company’s entry into the OTT space. Why did Swisscom decide to make such an early move in the OTT space? The reason that Swisscom made such an early move in the OTT space is the huge customer need in this area. The need to be able to watch live TV or on demand content wherever you are, at whatever time you want. Whenever Swisscom sees such a clear customer need we work as fast as possible to cover it with a new product, service and/or product feature. Our multiscreen TV offer Swisscom TV air is one example.Should OTT services be offered as value-added service to customers, or can they be used to generate revenue in their own right? We believe that OTT services can be offered in different ways, for example as a value-added service on existing products, as part of new offers or as a new service to generate revenue by itself. The decision between these possibilities depends on the service itself. Swisscom decided to offer its multiscreen TV offer as a value-added service for customers with a product bundle subscription but also sell the product as a separate service – and so is generating revenue with it.Would you ever consider delivering all your video services over-the-top, ie without the need for a set-top box? To deliver our Swisscom TV service directly to a TV screen is something that we are interested in but only when it’s possible to guarantee a high quality user experience to our customers.What role should social media play in the development of OTT services? This is a really good question and I’m not quiet sure if there is currently anybody who knows the ultimate answer. We know that social media is playing an active role within the recommendation area. You get recommendation from friends telling you what content they have liked or disliked. It’s the same as happens in any social interaction today. The question is how we can include it in our existing offers so that it gives value to the end customer without being too intrusive. Other possibilities like generating personal playlists and spreading them in social media forums must first be tested to see if there is a real customer need. But we are convinced that social media will play a much stronger role on smartphones and tablet devices than on the big screen at home. Smartphones and tablet devices are personal devices. The big screen in the living room is a shared device that isn’t optimal for social media services that tend to be very private. Even within a family.How important is it to ensure a consistent experience across different devices? What are the main challenges that need to be overcome with this regard?In our opinion it’s very important for the end user to have a homogenous user experience to find his way around the service across all devices as quickly and simply as possible. So it’s important that there are at least certain parts of our TV service accessible by any screen. We recently launched the possibility to watch your recordings from the STB at home via smartphones and tablet devices while you are on the go. The other way around, the possibility to programme a recording or to bookmark a video-on-demand on your smartphone while travelling and then watch it on the big screen in the living room when you are home again, gives the end user freedom and flexibility and generates value for them. To implement these kinds of services in a way that they are easy to use becomes quite complex IT projects. But as long as there is a value for our customers we will try to identify these use cases and to implement them.
Failed cloud TV service Aereo has reportedly put its intellectual property and hardware up for sale at a bankruptcy auction this week. According to a Bloomberg report, Aereo has predicted that its assets could fetch from US$4 million (€3.5 million) to US$31.2 million, which will be used to pay back creditors.The firm is reportedly looking to sell one approved patent and 17 pending patents relating to its blocked cloud TV service, as well as its disk space, server racks, electronics and office items.Speaking to Albert Fried & Co analyst Richard Tullo tipped Dish Network, Verizon Communications and Apple as major firms that may be interested in Aereo’s IP.Aereo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, citing the regulatory and legal challenges to the company that “have proven too difficult to overcome.”In a blog post at the time, Aereo said that it has appointed Lawton Bloom of Argus to serve as Aereo’s chief restructuring officer and claimed that Chapter 11 proceedings would allow the firm to “maximise the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn out litigation in several courts.”In June last year, the US Supreme Court ruled by a majority of six to three that Aereo’s strategy of charging customers a monthly fee for retransmitted streams of US broadcast channels violated copyright and was illegal.
Erik Dähne and Richard FahringerGerman cable operator Tele Columbus has named a new management team to take charge of HL Komm, the enterprise business-focused unit it acquired along with Pepcom last year.Tele Columbus has named Richard Fahringer and Erik Dähne as co-CEOs of the unit, charged with developing the company’s position in the enterprise market under the Tele Columbus umbrella.HL Komm will continue to offer wholesale services to businesses including telephony, internet, networking and data centre services.Fahringer was named managing director of HL Komm in January, having previously worked for director of transformation and business development at IT and cloud specialist Nexinto.Dähne joined HL Komm with responsibility for project management and was most recently head of products and solutions.Fahringer and Dähne replace Uwe Nickl and Jürgen Mattfeldt, who are leaving the company.
The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix.In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise its rules for ensuring the prominence of public service TV.The letter, which was published by the Guardian, comes a week after Ofcom closed the submissions stage of its consultation into the matter – a process that saw each of the UK PSBs put forward what they described as a “compelling case for reform”.“Regardless of where you’re watching, which device you’re watching on, or who provides your television service, you should always be able to easily find PSB services and programmes in the UK,” the broadcasters argued.“The government and Ofcom can ensure that PSBs can continue to play their vital role in the UK’s democracy, culture and creative economy, while at the same time making sure that consumers benefit from the incredible innovation that the global technology players bring with them. We need to, and can have both.”Currently, public service channels are positioned at the top of the TV providers’ electronic programming guides in the UK as a way of ensuring their prominence.However, in an age of online streaming and the growing influence of global giants like Netlfix, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple, the PSBs argue that new measures are required to address these market shifts.“Global technology players have growing influence on what UK audiences discover when they turn on their screens,” the letter states. “Increasingly they are becoming the gatekeepers to what we watch, but they have little interest in supporting and reflecting UK culture, in ensuring the news they supply is accurate and impartial or in distributing their operations across the UK.”The letter was co-signed by: Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV; Tony Hall, director general, BBC; Alex Mahon CEO, Channel 4; James Currell, president of Channel 5’s parent company Viacom UK; Simon Pitts, CEO, STV; and Owen Evans, CEO, S4C.
How has Vietnam bucked the trend? Well, there are several reasons, and you can find out about them all—as well as our specific Vietnam investment recommendation—by taking a risk-free trial to The Casey Report by clicking here. But in keeping with the currency theme, Vietnam’s biggest advantage throughout this EM turmoil has been its central bank policy. Plummeting currencies have largely driven the current EM crisis, as the cases of Turkey and South Africa demonstrate. When investors feel macroeconomic tremors, they get nervous and dump shaky currencies for dollars—which can result in massive devaluations, sometimes overnight. Not a problem for Vietnam, because its central bank loosely pegs its currency, the dong, to the US dollar in an arrangement called a “crawling peg.” There’s no reason for investors to panic and run away from the dong like so many other currencies, because its value is stable in relation to the US dollar. As a result, while countries like South Africa and Turkey struggle to maintain their foreign exchange reserves, Vietnam has been building its reserves since 2011. Of course, Vietnam’s monetary policy is by no means the only thing it has going for it. The Vietnamese workforce is highly educated and the people are enthusiastic savers. Three-quarters of the population still work in agriculture, meaning there is plenty of labor to support growth. Foreign direct investment has remained high despite the bursting of the bubble economy. Foreign direct investment is, by the way, the best kind of investment, because it doesn’t flee at the first sign of trouble like portfolio investment does. The real lesson here is that spreading money around the world and hoping something good happens is no way to invest. To earn worthwhile returns, you have to zero in on the few true winners and, as importantly, avoid the losers. PIGS, BRICS, MINTS, or Fragile Fives—whatever you want to call emerging markets (EMs), investing in them has given heartburn to investors trolling around the world for returns. Think outside the border, we’re told. Invest where the growth is. The US and Europe have stagnated. All good notions, but EMs are not an amorphous blob. Investment success depends on separating the promising from the pretenders—and that begins with understanding countries’ monetary policies. The US may have had a guy with the nickname “helicopter” running its central bank. But if you think foreign central bankers are hard-money adherents by comparison, guess again. Their markets are labeled “emerging,” but for several of them, growth is coming from the oldest trick in the book: excessive money creation. Troublesome Turkey Turkey has been an investment darling. It’s a wonderful country. I visit almost every year. I’m always stunned at the mass metropolis of Istanbul and the beauty of the southern coast along the Aegean Sea. And with the recent plunge in the lira, I can’t wait to go back, since my dollars will go much further. However, outside of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, things aren’t great. Government bureaucracy is entrenched and nearly impossible to navigate. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is an authoritarian; he’s jailed 14 protesters just for insulting him and is cracking down on Internet access. Meanwhile, “Corruption is an open secret in Turkey,” writes Suzy Hansen for the New York Times. But Erdoğan has been untouchable. Yes, the Turkish economy has boomed since Erdoğan took over in 2002. But check out the money supply: it exploded by nearly 36% in 2005, by over 24% in 2008, and is still growing at over 10% today. That hot money fueled the country’s property and stock markets. The Borsa Istanbul 100 Index was a big winner until May of last year, when it peaked at over 93,000. That amounts to a four-bagger since it closed under 23,000 in the spring of 2009. But bubbles pop. And when they do, the misallocation of capital is unmasked. “Istanbul does not need 100 malls,” says Stephen L. Jen, a former economist for the International Monetary Fund who now manages a hedge fund based in London. “There is a reason these people are poor.” As for the stock market, it’s down 5% just since the start of the year and over 15% from a year ago. All of this money printing has taken its toll on the currency. At the start of 2008, one US dollar only fetched 1.17 lira. These days it takes 2.187 lira to buy a US dollar, which is actually a slight improvement from 2.34, the exchange rate reached last month after Turkey’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rates to as high as 12%. As Turkish monetary history goes, this is but a slight hiccup. Inflation-wary Turks make a habit of storing their wealth in gold and carpets, rather than depreciating paper. The newest version of the Turkish lira was created on January 1, 2005, and was made equal to one million old Turkish lira. The past doesn’t necessarily predict the future, but from 1933 to 2001, the old lira declined from two to the dollar to 1.65 million to the dollar. Ouch. Sickly South Africa South Africa has also attracted much investment. The FTSE/JSE All Africa Share Index rose from just over 18,000 to more than 47,000 in the last five years. By the looks of it, the country at Africa’s southern tip is an economic powerhouse. Not hardly—basket case is more like it. When I visited a couple years ago, all the local talk was about political corruption, resource nationalization, crippling labor strikes, crime, and violence. Twelve-foot walls topped with electrified razor wire surrounded my friends’ Johannesburg residence—a constant reminder that the metropolitan city could be a dangerous place. Power blackouts were so frequent that many people spent thousands on generators. Things have only degenerated since I was there. South African President Jacob Zuma delivered his State of the Union address this week. He spouted feel-good talk about two decades’ worth of democracy. But as Ranjeni Munusamy writes for South Africa’s Daily Maverick: “The country is erupting in service delivery protests because ordinary people living difficult lives in depressed, underdeveloped, poorly serviced areas do not experience the euphoria of 20 years of democracy that the good news script says they should feel. […] The nation is not at peace with itself. There is an average of 32 protests a day, many of which turn violent. The statistics of rape, and woman and child abuse, is chilling. The already depressed economy is under strain from strikes in the mining industry and the horror of the Marikana massacre [a mine strike where 44 people died] is still fresh in people’s minds.” The South African rand joined the lira in free fall last month. When I visited two years ago, the rand was 7.5 to the dollar. Now it takes more than 11 rand to buy a US dollar. My wife just returned from South Africa and raved about how cheap food and souvenirs were. Traveling to emerging markets like Turkey and South Africa might be a great idea. But investing in them? Not so much. Value in Vietnam One place for travel and your money might be Vietnam. We recommended a Vietnamese investment in The Casey Report in October. Given the bloodbath in emerging markets since then, you might think we’re licking our wounds. After all, EM stocks have plummeted 6% since the beginning of October, and Turkish and South African stocks are down an even worse 24% and 7%, respectively. But far from it. Despite the dismal EM investing environment, our Vietnam investment is up 23% in four short months. And it’s up another 2.3% today as I write.