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Diaspora Investment Bond to be Launched Early Next Year

first_imgChairman of Jamaica’s Economic Growth Council’s (EGC), Diaspora Task Force, Dr. David Panton says a Jamaican Diaspora Bond will be launched later this year, or earlier next year. Members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Canada will be able to participate.Dr. Panton made the disclosure during an update about the progress of initiatives being undertaken by the EGC, at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora 2017 Conference on the second day of the Conference, Tuesday, July 25.Process has started“We have started that process; and we feel fairly confident that we will be able to have a bond which we can launch if not later this year, then certainly in early next year,” he said.Addressing the Diaspora Growth Forum session, organized by The Jamaica National Group, Dr Panton said that bonds are being used by other countries, like Israel. Bonds have proven to be a successful method of engaging the Diaspora in investing in their homeland.$2.2 billion in remittancesDr. Panton pointed out that the Jamaican Diaspora was investing in Jamaica through remittances of some US$2.2 billion a year.Recently, Managing Director of JN Bank, Maureen Hayden-Carter urged the government to establish more concrete avenues for Jamaicans in the Diaspora to contribute to the development of the nation.Jamaican Diaspora has investable wealthIn reference to 2013 data published by InfoDev for the World Bank, she noted that a quarter of Jamaicans in the Diaspora have investable wealth, or annual earnings of US$100,000 or more.More than 70 per cent are interested in investing in start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises and 63 per cent are also interested in Diaspora Bonds.“We must recognize that Jamaica is not only an island of some 2.7 million people, we are much bigger and expansive than that,” she had indicated.Hayden-Cater was speaking against the background of JN Bank’s launch of its JN Diaspora Certificate of Deposit.That instrument, launched in March, is tenured from one to five years; and starts at £1,000, CA$1,000, or US$2,000. Interest at the top end of the longest terms on these investments range from 1.5 percent in pounds; 1.1 percent in Canadian dollars; to 1.8 percent in US dollars.Two per cent of the interest income earned by individual investors through the JN Diaspora CD will be matched by JN Bank and contributed to social enterprises engaged in the JN Foundation‘s Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI).last_img read more

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Chris Ellis’ absence puzzles Blackwater

first_img“I think he’s on the exit already (from) the PBA. I heard Ellis got some other plans already,” Sy said. “If you’re interested in playing, you have no choice but to follow the trade.”“So far, sa past three years ko sa PBA, it’s only this time I found a player who doesn’t report after the trade. So we won’t force the issue,” he added. “He’s contract already expired but we cannot offer him anything since he is not showing up.”After the trade in August, Ellis has not showed up for Elite team practice, claiming he was suffering from full body cramps and diagnosed with acute renal disease, a side effect of leptospirosis.But Elite was recently informed that the former Gilas Pilipinas forward was already good to return to basketball.Moreover, Sy said he placed Ellis on the trading block but no team seemed interested in acquiring his services, especially with reports that he was planning an early retirement.“I’ve been asking around. I don’t think any of the [other] teams have shown any interest,” Sy said. “We offered some trades, but there’s no taker e. So let’s see what he will do with his career.”/PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Chris Ellis’ absence puzzles Blackwater ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Blackwater Elite was left puzzled as Filipino-American forward Chris Ellis showed up only once four months since being traded by Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings.Elite team owner Dioceldo Sy said he felt Ellis lost his focus and desire to play after Kings traded him along with Dave Marcelo in exchange for Arthur Dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar.last_img read more

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Mayweather rematch possibly in China, Dubai – Pacquiao

first_imgPacquiao said even if the rematch is still up in the air, some countries, including China and Dubai United Arab Emirates, were already expressing their interest in hosting the bout.“Maraming may gusto ng laban na ito. Maraming bansa na nagbi-bid ng laban. Meron China, Dubai, kung sakaling matuloy ang rematch,” Pacquiao said. “‘Yung schedule ng next fight either May, Cinco de Mayo or July. Kasi wala tayong trabaho sa Senate.”After retaining his championship against Broner, the 40-year-old Pacquiao has issued a challenge on Mayweather to face him again but the American fighter did not show interest on it.Mayweather and Pacquiao first faced each other on May 3, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena where the Las Vegas-native ran away with a 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112 unanimous decision win./PN Manny Pacquiao. FOX SPORTS ASIA MANILA – WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is not yet giving up on the possibility of having a rematch with retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this year.Pacquiao, who arrived in the country on Thursday night following his successful title defense against Adrien Broner last Sunday, said there could be developments on the rematch in one to two weeks.“Siguro in 1 to 2 weeks malalaman natin,” said Pacquiao, who added that the rematch was not discussed during their meet up in the NBA game between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.“Nag-say hello pa lang naman ako doon. Hindi kami nag-usap about sa rematch,” he added. “Pero palaging nag-ku-krus ang landas namin. Kung nasaan ako nandoon din siya.”last_img read more

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UWF Preseason Outlook: Women’s Basketball

first_imgPENSACOLA, Fla. – Follow the University of West Florida women’s basketball team through preseason practices as they prepare for the 2014-15 season. Head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton talks about the teams goals and expectations with new additions to the team.The Argonaut’s will opens the 2014-15 season with a home and away series against Spring Hill. The Argonauts’ season opener is Nov. 22 on the road in Mobile, Ala. and their home opener is Nov. 25 at the UWF Field House in Pensacola, Fla.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Burkhart, Helgadottir and Vogler Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

first_imgVogler, a graduate student in UWF’s MBA program, has twice earned the ADA Academic Achievement Award, has been on the Gulf South Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll each of the last two years, and was a member of the GSC Fall All-Academic team last year. She also earned All-GSC accolades for her performance on the pitch and is a two-time All-South Region selection. She ranks third on the team this season with seven goals and leads the conference with four game-winners, all while leading a defense that has posted seven consecutive shutouts. Burkhart has played a part in 11 of UWF’s 12 shutouts this year, which rank third in the country. The junior earned the ADA Academic Achievement Award last year and has twice been on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll. A native of nearby Pace, Florida, Burkhart has led the GSC and ranked fifth in DII with a 0.34 goals against average and has saved more than 80 percent of her shots on the year. Her career GAA of 0.53 would rank second in UWF history. Helgadottir joined Vogler as a GSC Fall All-Academic selection last year and has been on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll in each of her previous three seasons. The senior psychology major is a two-time All-South Region and a three-time All-GSC performer, in addition to earning the GSC Freshman of the Year award and accolades as an All-American as a freshman. She currently ranks fifth in UWF history with 29 assists and is fourth in Division II this year with 11 assists on the year. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versioncenter_img 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s Soccer TeamGREENWOOD, Ind. – The University of West Florida women’s soccer team saw three student-athletes named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 team on Thursday morning. Graduate defender Emily Vogler, senior midfielder Sara Helgadottir, and junior goalkeeper Katelyn Burkhart each earned the honor for the first time in their careers. The team will be in action this weekend against Mississippi College and Delta State.last_img read more

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Cedi Osman will stay in Cavs’ starting lineup

first_img“I don’t know what happened probably getting too excited,” Osman said. “I saw everybody stand up and when I missed the dunk, I saw like, Jeff (Green) was so happy and then he was like, ‘ohhhh.’ But, it’s all good– When I missed that dunk, I keep playing and coaches and my teammates keep supporting me and I keep playing. For me, it was really important to keep playing and that’s what I did and the mental preparation was really good for me.”That kind of attitude is what makes Osman in many ways a breath of fresh air for the Cavs. As LeBron James said last week, Osman plays so hard because he doesn’t know any better. If Osman can keep that up, there’s no telling how long his stay with the starters could be.“He’s fearless man,” Lue said. “He’s going to play hard, he’s going to compete. He has a lot of tough matchups but he’s giving the effort and the maximum intensity so that’s all you can ask for.” Ashley Bastock Related TopicsCavaliersCavsCedi OsmanCleveland CavaliersNBATyronn Lue BOSTON– Friday in Atlanta was supposed to be Cedi Osman’s first and only start for the Cavaliers.After trading away six players, the 22-year-old’s move into the starting lineup was one made out of necessity after the trade deadline purge that consisted of Cleveland trading away six players. The four players they acquired, George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., were not yet available for game action against Atlanta.But after adding 16 points six rebounds and five assists on Friday, Osman retained his starting spot on Sunday afternoon against the Boston Celtics and had 12 points and five rebounds. Now, head coach Tyronn Lue is saying the rookie has earned his place in the starting lineup for right now.“I mean, I like what he brings,” Lue said. “I think having Bron at the four…it’s a big disadvantage (for other teams) having him at the four, because now you’ve got four guys that push it out on the break. I think that’s big.”Initially, the plan was for the Cavs to have Hood start in Osman’s place, but it also doesn’t hurt to have Hood be an offense threat in the second unit.“I think having Hood come off the bench and being a scoring power, a scoring threat, we can run things through him I think is big also,” Lue said. “I like where we’re at right now, and we’ll just kind of go from there and see how it plays out.”On Sunday, Osman at times found himself guarding Kyrie Irving, and against the Thunder on Tuesday will guard either Paul George or Russell Westbrook. While the assignment will be another tough one, Osman said seeing that consistent time on the court has grown his confidence.“Everyday I’m getting more confidence being on the court,” he said. “I’m just there trying to help especially on defense. It was a big challenge for me guarding Kyrie. … Russ is just very good, a lot of energy. So it’s going to be another big challenge for me.”But you can’t write an article about Osman without talking about that dunk from yesterday. You know, the one that came with two minutes to go in the second quarter and clanked off the back of the rim, the kind of play that was made for Shaqtin’ a Fool. Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

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Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of Stellar Sea Lion

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska SeaLife Center says 22-year-old Woody, a Stellar sea lion, was euthanized Monday after his health had rapidly declined. While Sugar and Kiska passed before him, Woody is survived by his two offspring, Ellie and Forrest, who were the first Stellar sea lions born in a North American aquarium since the 1980’s. Since his arrival, more than 2 million visitors had the opportunity to meet the 2,400 pound mammal and he was well known for his large personality and curious intelligence. The Center says he had stopped eating and began losing unusual amounts of weight in recent months. In the wild, male Stellar sea lions rarely live beyond their teen years according to the facility. Woody was born in 1993 and was one of the Center’s original residents, coming to live in Alaska from the Vancouver Aquarium in 1998 with two females, Kiska and Sugar.last_img read more

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Reggae Boyz’s goal in vain as Darlington lose

first_imgLONDON, (CMC):Jamaican midfielder Omar Holness netted his sixth goal of the season for Darlington, but the strike went unrewarded as the home side tumbled to a 4-2 defeat to English play-off rivals Farley Celtic in the National League North on Saturday.Holness, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Friday, put the Quakers ahead in the 14th minute, but missed chances and errors by goalkeeper Chris Elliott cost the home side dearly as they led 2-1 until the 68th minute before crumbling.Darlington made a strong start and took a deserved lead. Build-up on the left led to Adam Campbell playing in Holness, who rounded goalkeeper Joshua Barnett before keeping his composure to roll the ball past a defender on the line.Darlington missed a hatful of chances after the break, with Bermudian striker Justin Donawa culpable more than once to leave him stuck on nine goals for the season.In the same division, Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve made a number of smart saves as he kept a clean sheet for Spennymoor Town, who climbed back into the play-off places with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Hereford United.Spennymoor Town are sixth on 55 points, seven points and five places ahead of Darlington, who have played one game less.The sixth-tier games went ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic which has seen elite fixtures in the country called off until early April.last_img read more

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Transfer gossip: Magpies linked with Caulker, Fulham reportedly want Murray

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s Championship clubs…Newcastle are interested in signing Steven Caulker from QPR, according to the Shields Gazette.Rangers are keen to offload the defender, who joined Southampton and later Liverpool on loan last season.AdChoices广告And it is claimed that Newcastle are considering making a move for Caulker this summer.Caulker joined QPR from Cardiff for £8m in 2014Meanwhile, QPR are interested in Legia Warsaw striker Michal Kucharczyk, reports in Poland have claimed.It comes after a Rangers scout recently attended a Legia Warsaw match, prompting speculation about which players they might have been watching.Kucharczyk, a 25-year-old Poland international who can play on the wing as well as up front, has duly been linked with a possible move to west London.And Fulham are interested in signing Glenn Murray from Bournemouth, according to the Evening Standard.Fulham, who had their transfer embargo lifted this week, would apparently be willing to pay the former Crystal Palace striker’s wages, which the Standard say are £30,000 a week. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tottenham duo could sign new contracts with Spurs after Jose Mourinho’s…

first_imgToby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen haven’t signed new contracts at Tottenham Hotspur and the two could leave the club as free agents after this season. After being ‘bored’ under Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs players have an opportunity to get things going again, claims Het Belang van Limburg.The Belgian newspaper believes Jose Mourinho’s arrival in north London could mean the Belgium duo sign new contracts.It’s claimed Mourinho’s arrival will have a ‘liberating effect’ on the two defenders.At 30, Alderweireld will have more options next summer if he decides to leave, but its unlikely be the case with his compatriot Vertonghen, who will turn 33 in April. Therefore, the latter could listen to possibly extending his stay with Spurs.There are no sporting objections for Alderweireld and Vertonghen with Mourinho’s preferred style of football and the report also mentions the manager tried to sign the former when at Manchester United.It’s a contrast to what they’re saying in Denmark about Christian Eriksen, with it being thought there that Mourinho’s arrival makes an exit likelier.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more