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

Odds are it will be star-filled day

first_imgThe lineup for the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach is set, with NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers Mike Skinner and Todd Bodine among the pros and George Lucas and Martina Navratilova among the celebrities. Hollywoodwagers.com posted odds of winning the race – soley for entertainment purposes – for the celebrities entered. It would have been more interesting to list the odds of how many people would recognize the celebrities in a grocery store. Joshua Morrow, an Emmy Award- nominated actor who plays Nicholas Newman on “The Young and the Restless,” is 8-1. It’s 10-1 he’ll crash in the race. It’s 15-1 he’ll suffer a life-threatening injury. It’s 25-1 he’ll have amnesia as a result of the accident. And it’s 250-1 his evil twin, Joshua Tomorrow, will enter the race next year with a diabolical scheme to take out the other drivers. Kelly Hu, an actress and former fashion model, credited as the first Asian American to win a Miss Teen USA title and who is on the TV show “In Case of Emergency,” is 10-1. Her odds drop to 5-1 if she has to race while talking on her cell phone. There’s probably a little Toyota homecooking going into these odds. Fellow model and TV personality Kendra Wilkinson from the E! reality TV series “The Girls Next Door,” is listed at 25-1, the biggest longshot in the race. What’s Hollywoodwagers.com got against Playboy models? Are they that much better racers than Miss Teen USA winners? Robin Quivers, radio personality and Howard Stern’s partner on his satellite radio show, is 12-1. It goes up to 50-1if she has to listen to Stern’s radio show while racing. Lucas is 15-1. That’s if he doesn’t use the force. His odds of winning are even if does. Even if he loses, he still has a chance to win by using the Jedi mind trick on the race officials. Chris Klein, better known as the ex-boyfrend of Katie Holmes, is a middle of the road pick at 14-1. It’s 1,000-1 Holmes’ current main squeeze, Tom Cruise, will show up in his “Days of Thunder” getup. The drivers will be racing Toyota Scion tCs in the Pro/Celebrity race April 14. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Navratilova is the favorite among the celebrities. She is listed at 6-1. Still not sure how tennis translates into auto racing, but apparently Hollywoodwagers.com thinks stick shifts and tennis rackets are in the same class. Dave Mirra, a professional BMX rider and former host of MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” is 7-1 to win the race. It’s 70-1 that MTV will play a music video before the Long Beach Grand Prix begins. last_img read more

December 5 2012The November 11 2012 workshop is

first_imgDecember 5, 2012The November 11. 2012 workshop is working on the uppermost terrace of the greenhouse. Here is Geraldine finishing the west half of the the slab. Concrete work on the west slab is completed and we can see Paolo Van Erp compacting the ground in the form for the east slab. Harry  Friedman is pouring the concrete from a wheelbarrow. One yard of concrete was mixed by hand-mixer. More about this pour on Friday, December 7. 2012.[photos by Nadia Begin]last_img

UPC Broadband Slovakia has added ten channels to i

first_imgUPC Broadband Slovakia has added ten channels to its programming line-up – five in HD and five in standard definition.The high definition channels are Czech and Slovak channels Home HD and CT2 HD, sports channel Fast & Fun HD, documentary channel DocuBox HD, and adult channel EroXXX HD. The SD channels are Austrian public channel ORF2, Russia’s ORT1, and Hungarian stations M4 Sport, Duna World and Slager TV HU.The Slovakian cable operator said that it now offers a total of 170 stations, including some 31 in HD.last_img read more

The number of North American subscription videoon

first_imgThe number of North American subscription video-on-demand subscriptions ­– specifically for SVOD movie, linear channel and TV series services and excluding the likes of sports streaming services –­ will grow from 160 million in 2018 to 270 million in 2024, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research.These figures represent individual SVOD subscriptions rather than SVOD subscribers, many of whom subscriber to multiple services.Digital TV Research forecasts that 77.8% of TV households, or 94 million homes in the region, will subscribe to at least one SVOD platform by 2024. The average SVOD household will pay for 2.89 SVOD subscriptions. This compares to 70% of TV households, or 84 million homes, subscribing to at least one SVOD platform at the end of last year. The average SVOD subscriber paid for 1.91 SVOD platforms at end-2018.Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Several high profile SVOD launches are imminent. We expect that Disney+ will have 25 million US subscribers by 2024. Apple TV+’s growth will be more modest at 8 million by 2024. This means that Netflix’s share of the total will fall from 37% in 2018 to 25% in 2024 – despite the company adding 10 million subscribers.”last_img read more