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ISSA can’t afford prestige venues – Forbes

first_imgDespite the lure and prestige of schoolboy football sponsors Flow hosting their trademark Flow Super Cup matches at the country’s more prestigious venues, Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) competitions officer George Forbes said his organisation can only afford to host Manning and Walker Cup matches at the Constant Spring Field and Spanish Town Prison Oval.Forbes was asked to comment on the situation after second-round matches between Wolmer’s Boys’ and Vauxhall High and defending champions Jamaica College vs Holy Trinity were affected by rain at the Constant Spring venue.The Wolmer’s-Vauxhall match was called off by the referee due to a waterlogged field, with six minutes of play remaining.The match official, who seemed to play it by the rules for the JC vs Holy Trinity game, a rule which posits that once 80 per cent of the field is playable, then the game should be played, saw defending champions JC and Holy Trinity draw 0-0 in a game which began at 4p.m. and concluded under lights.”Definitely, here (Constant Spring) is what we can afford. Flow can play their matches where they play them, but we (ISSA) don’t have the between five and $800,000 and up to a $1 million to put on a game,” the ISSA competitions officer told The Gleaner in an interview.Gate receipts”If you look at the crowd here, I don’t think we have collected $100,000 at the gate, so it is not prudent for us to put a match where you are going to spend four, five million dollars and you collect $100,000 at the gate,” he reasoned at Constant Spring on Monday, while the Manning Cup matches were in progress.Forbes noted that there has been ongoing debate over venue selection for the last five years.”Look at the Premier League venues. Boys’ Town don’t have any field. Waterhouse could not play there. Arnett Gardens is the only place that we could play and the parents for most of the kids (players) don’t want them to go to these inner-city venues in the second round,” he stressed.Constant Spring, Forbes contends, meets the safety requirements, affordability and accessibility.”We have made some improvements to Constant Spring. We have invested some money in it. There is some more work to be done, and it’s something the Constant Spring management and ISSA have to sit down and look into for next year,” he assured, adding that vehicular parking in muddy areas will be addressed.last_img read more

New Jersey Senator Cory A Booker and Newark Mayor

first_imgNew Jersey Senator Cory A. Booker and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, along with other New Jersey politicians and business leaders, recently launched a $50 Million technology venture fund that will bring a state-of-the-art, ultra-high bandwidth 25,000 square-foot accelerator to Newark, NJ. It will offer 10 gigabit-per-second service for innovative tech start-ups.In addition, the garden state dignitaries unveiled Firebolt Newark Wi-Fi, the world’s fastest, large-scale, contiguous public outdoor Wi-Fi network, capable of over 400 megabits per second download speeds.[RELATED: White House ConnectHome Pilot Program Expands High-Speed Broadband to Low-Income Families]“The fund and the Wi-Fi network are major steps toward establishing Newark as a technology hub for the region,” said Baraka.  “We are making the right tech investments in our workforce and our neighborhoods.  This is about creating more opportunities to grow the economy, for Newark 3.0 to thrive.”The location also houses the headquarters of Audible–an Amazon subsidiary that sells digital audio books and audio versions of newspapers and magazines–and its Newark-based employees as well as the Rutgers University Business School, which is providing rent-free access to the facility, which is now being readied for construction.Audible’s executives and advanced technologists will play a key role in providing mentoring to resident portfolio companies. “Audible moved to Newark in late 2007 to help accelerate the comeback of a great American city,” said Audible CEO Donald Katz, also the founder of Newark Venture Partners. “As the fastest-growing private employer in Newark, we have added hundreds of employees who are thriving in a city at a historic tipping point.  Along with the Newark Venture Partners leadership team, we look forward to mentoring fellow entrepreneurs and their employees.”The first fund of its kind in the New York metropolitan area, Newark Venture Partners is part of a national “social impact investing” trend characterized by a “double bottom line” investment thesis that will include regularly published metrics on the fund’s contribution to social and economic improvement such as job growth, taxable revenue growth, increased residential in-migration, foot traffic, and the growth of vibrant street level amenities.Firebolt Newark Wi-Fi, is built by the Military Park Partnership, and funded by Audible, Prudential Financial, Rutgers Newark, and NJIT. The Firebolt Wi-Fi system covers a two-linear-mile stretch of downtown Newark.The network, which has already been used by more than 50,000 people prior to announcement, is capable of delivering hundreds of megabits per second download speeds to client devices. The successful network was made possible by cutting-edge custom hardware from Ackrion Inc., a Springfield, Massachusetts, based startup.  In addition, the same cutting-edge solution is also available at several community recreation centers and housing authority locations in the city’s neighborhoods.“Our additional support of Firebolt, promises to be a boon for the community of Newark by expanding Internet access, stimulating innovation, and giving businesses a competitive edge,” said Prudential Financial Vice Chairman, Mark Grier. “We are particularly pleased that our support extends the Wi-Fi beyond the downtown core to recreation centers around the city to further benefit Newark residents.” be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/new-accelerator-and-wi-fi-network-promises-to-jumpstart-newark-nj-with-innovative-startups/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/new-accelerator-and-wi-fi-network-promises-to-jumpstart-newark-nj-with-innovative-startups/last_img read more