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Kappa enters esports with Vexed Gaming partnership

first_imgItalian sportswear brand Kappa has entered esports through a partnership with UK-based organisation Vexed Gaming.The deal will see Kappa provide apparel for Vexed Gaming’s players to wear both casually and when competing.Photo credit: Vexed GamingJoe Pilato, Sports Marketing Executive at Kappa UK discussed the company’s entrance into esports: “The Esports and gaming community is full of passionate individuals who strive for personal excellence – something we at Kappa embrace in all we do. These attributes are inherent to Vexed Gaming and we are delighted to make our official entry into Esports by supporting the aspirations and motivations of such a dynamic, motivated and talented organisation.”A collaborative range of team wear and leisure wear from Kappa and Vexed Gaming will be available to purchase in September.Mark Weller, Chief Gaming Officer at Vexed Gaming commented on the deal: “Kappa’s entry into the Esports arena is a marked step for the community and the industry. Kappa’s iconic brand and individual styling is ideally pitched for gamers worldwide. We are thrilled that, of all the teams in the world, Kappa has selected Vexed Gaming to show their support of Esports teams and engage with the wider gaming community.”Vexed Gaming was acquired by Cooldown Ventures in June, resulting in the organisation operating out of its new parent company’s offices in Manchester, UK.There’s a trend emerging with sporting & athletic clothing brands operating within esports. FILA made its first move by partnering with Counter Logic Gaming in June, Nike has gotten involved with both FURIA and LPL this year, Champion has been very active over the past few months, and adidas continues to increase its presence.Esports Insider says: It’s very clear to see that sportswear companies see opportunities in esports, though so far it’s mostly been by capitalising off of the popularity of teams and organisations by selling co-branded apparel. Hopefully there’s no Kappa meme needed to describe this partnership over the coming months!ESI London 2019 – Find out morelast_img read more

2015 Subaru STI: Blueing past the competition

first_imgYou’re awesome, dude.Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the type of place that’ll make you feel that way. The 11-turn asphalted climbing and diving ribbon of perfection in Monterey, Calif., isn’t the type of track that puts you to sleep. The longest straight, a run from Andretti corner through the start/finish line, is a blind hill before you hit the first two turns. It wakes you up like hot coffee in your face at 97 mph.Laguna Seca is also the best place to take the Subaru, the automaker’s newest in a slew of cars that quite frankly, everyone seems to love right now. The 2015 WRX STI is the last of the compact cars to come from Subaru for a while and the brand’s halo car; the summit of all-wheel drive mountain.Normally, the words “halo car” means expensive, loud, impractical or a combination of any or all three. Halo cars are engineering exercises first, bedroom posters second, and realistic comes in at a distant third. But for Subaru and the STI, its heritage is firmly planted on solid ground — or, rather, loose gravel.In the 1990s, Subaru dominated world rally with their all-wheel drive systems and drivers. The enthusiasm for those cars trickled down to the Impreza STI, a stiffened, more powerful version of their road car, complete with a tail wing borrowed from a mid-sized Cessna and iconic blue with gold wheel paint scheme. The small production and numerous special editions of the STI have kept the sports car in rarified air for more than two decades, even if the car wasn’t spectacular.This car doesn’t have that pedigree. Beginning in 2008, Subaru shifted from rally to road racing, in part, because of a rules change.The 2015 WRX STI is a road car, through and through, and it’s better for it.Up front, the STI sports the older, bigger 2.5-liter engine from the last generation. The inclusion is a surprise considering the WRX has a smaller engine this time and STI often shared many similar components with the less potent version, engine included. The turbocharged, flat four cranks just over 300 horsepower and 290 lb.-ft. of torque in the STI, virtually unchanged from the generation before it. The decision to carry over an engine is risky, but not as risky as slipping a shift on Laguna Seca’s famous corkscrew (that’s because it drops 59 feet vertically in 450 feet of track, like falling out of a five-story building in a race car).In the 2015 STI the engine feels maxed with a chassis that won’t lose grip. Pulling gears and pushing the engine is infinitely easier when you know your fillings will break loose before the tires ever will. That’s due to stiffened cross members and bigger stabilizer bars up front, a stiffened rear subframe and all sorts of higher strength steel in the chassis everywhere that stiffens the STI 24 percent over last generation. Engineers claim the STI can pull nearly 1g in a corner, which is a great way to wake up in the morning.It’s possible to dork out on the STI’s suspension. Beginning with the Impreza two years ago and moving to the WRX last year, it’s been clear that a stiffer, stronger and better chassis was due for the STI when it finally arrives in showrooms this spring. It was a calculated move for Subaru, considering high performance cars follow the formula of either supreme engine or supreme chassis. There really wasn’t any question of whether the STI would be stiff, rather if it’d live up to the expectations set before it. Does it?High five, dude.To say that the STI is the best STI so far does a disservice to the heritage of the car. It’s really a different STI, and one that’s better than I could imagine. As Subaru’s halo car, it lives up to the expectation that a sports sedan can be handling first, power second. The STI’s quicker steering ratio this year dives the car into the corners at a flick, and active torque vectoring keeps you there.Driving an STI at its limit is holding a bear by the ears; you’re shocked that you made it that far and you’re deathly scared of letting it go. I highly recommend it.As for the interior, it has one. The 2015 STI is better than last generation, but you’re not driving the car for its interior. Starting at $34,495 for a base STI and $37,395 for the STI Launch Edition (blue paint scheme and gold-colored BBS wheels) the launch edition will be the go-to model for the first 1,000 customers to buy one.Subaru expects only 4,000 will be sold in the states this year, which makes it a relatively low-volume car. But for the customers brave enough to challenge the 2015 Subaru STI, there’s only this:You’re awesome dude. HIGH RES GOLD WHEEL OPTION Modesty is totally overrated.The pyramids weren’t built to be the second-biggest sand castle on the planet, and there’s a reason we sent TV cameras to land on the moon. Excellence deserves attention.If you’re going to make a car that goes, grips and growls like a jungle cat, put a spoiler a foot and a half off the deck and then high-five yourself. That’s what life is like in the 2015 Subaru WRX STI. Repeated high-fives to yourself after you’ve conquered the physical world.last_img read more

Galway Athletics Report

first_imgOther resultsAthletics Ireland president Georgina Drumm with men’s runners, Eskander Turki of Monaghan Town Runners, 3rd place, Freddie Keron, Raheny Shamrocks, 1st place, Brendan McDonnell of Galway City Harriers, 2nd place, after the Irish Runner 5 Mile at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.Brendan McDonnell of GCH took second place at the highly competitive Irish Runner 5 Mile at the Phoenix Park in Dublin at the weekend. McDonnell clocked 25.16 to finish just behind Freddy Sittuk of RahenyGCH Junior athletes Thomas McStay and Aaron Brennan travelled to the UK to compete in the University of Birmingham series of races, with McStay clocking a sub four-minute 1500m time and a solid 8.45 personal best for 3000m, and Brennan running a PB of 8.52 over the 3k distance Tailteann GamesRobert McDonnell of Colaiste na Coiribe/GCH winner of the Tailteann games 400m Schools event, who has been selected for the Irish Schools teamThe prestigious schools interprovincial track and field event Tailteann Games, was held last Saturday in Dublin, and featured many of Galway’s top track and field athletes.Robert McDonnell of GCH took pride of place, as he won the 400 metres well, in 50.73, for Colaiste Na Coiribe.  Emma Moore of Presentation Athenry was second in the Girls 800m, while Seren O’Toole of Ballinrobe and GCH was also second, over 300m Hurdles.  All three athletes now qualify for the Schools International to be held in July in Scotland. There were other good results via Chloe Casey of St Raphael’s Loughrea was third in the Discus, while Eimear Rowe of Mercy Tuam placed fourth in the 300metres. International Relays Castlegar Track and Field Tribal gamesCastlegar AC’s Tribal Games takes place Saturday 30th June next in Merlin Woods City Park in Doughiska. The track and field event features Ireland richest grass mile, and includes competitions for Juvenile and adult athletes. The event starts at 5pm on the day.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email National LeagueThe National Track and Field League was held in sweltering conditions in Templemore, Tipperary on Sunday last, with GCH, Galway Ladies and Galway Men’s teams all taking part in Round One of the competition.Galway City Harriers Men’s team topped their pool in the Premier Division with a fantastic team display orchestrated by manager Cliff Jennings. Their performance included event double wins by Sean Breathnach in the Shot Putt and Weight for Distance throws, and by Cillin Greene who was first home in both 100m and 200m sprints. The squad also had second place finishes via Brendan Staunton in Discus, James Frizzell over 800m, Henrique Novokolata in the Triple Jump, Talon Thompson second in the Steeplechase, and strong performances elsewhere including Neill Keane over 1500mGalway Ladies team finished fourth overall in the Premier Division, with highlights including a win for Aisling Joyce in the 1500m, a first and second place for team manager  Sarah Finnegan in the 100m Hurdles and Triple Jump, and second places for Cathy McKenna in the Javelin, Maeve Curley in the Walk, and Sinead Treacy over 200m.Galway County men’s team were a very respectable third overall in Division One, led by managers Sean McDermott and Michael Tobin, there were some outstanding performances by the likes of Brendan Lynch, who won the 400m Hurdles and was second Dion both Triple Jump and Long Jump, Jerry Keary, who was victorious in the High Jump, as was the evergreen Tommy Farragher in the Hammer throw. Ronnie Warde was runner up over 100m and also competed well in the Shot Putt, and Damien O’Boyle also took second in a new event for him in the 3k Walk.All three Galway teams will aim to qualify for the final now, with the second and final qualifying round to be held July 8th in Athlone. Irish Junior Relay 4x100m squad, who qualified for World Juniors, with Jack Dempsey of GCH on right and David Murphy Aaron Sexton and David McDonald.Jack Dempsey of Galway City Harriers competed on the Irish squad who were successful in getting the 4x100m Relay qualifying standard for the World Youth Championships, in a meeting in Mannheim, Germany last Saturday. The Irish squad clocked a National record of 40.30 seconds with Dempsey along with Aaron Sexton, David McDonald and David Murphy all combining brilliantly to secure the standard FixturesNational ChampionshipsThis weekend sees the start of the National Track and Field championships programme, with two events to be held in Tullamore.On Saturday June 30th, the Juniors and U23s take place in Tullamore, with many Galway athletes competing including Cillin Greene in 100/200m, Aisling Joyce in middle distance, James Frizzell (800/1500m), Jonah Erugo 200/400m, Nicole King (400m), Jerry Keary in High Jump and Sinead Treacy over 200m all likely to feature.On Sunday July 1st, the National Paired Juvenile team events for Under 9s, 10s and 11s takes centre stage, along with the u9-11 Relays and the U12 and 13 Field eventslast_img read more

Peaceful Easy Feeling For Four-Star O’Brien And Heffernan In Irish 1000 Guineas

first_imgPeaceful and Seamie Heffernan cross the line when winning the Tattersalls 1,000 Guineas (Group 1)The Curragh Racecourse.Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post 13.06.2020 Meanwhile, the victory in the colours of the Coolmore partners brought up a world record 85th Group One for super sire Galileo, eclipsing the mark previously held by Danehill.There was disappointment though for the in-form Jessica Harrington-Shane Foley combination as Albigna, who went off the 6/5 favourite, failed to fire and ended up sixth.Another Harrington representative, Valeria Messalina made the early running but with Heffernan confident about his partner’s stamina, he was in the leader’s slipstream throughout.Having initially appeared a little keen, Albigna settled and was in a good position just one off the rail in fifth.Foley was sending out distress signals three furlongs from home however and Albigna’s trademark turn of foot failed to materialise.In the meantime, the bird had flown as Heffernan gave Peaceful the office and she accelerated clear without having to be over-exerted.It was a stunning performance from a filly having just her fourth race and an illustration once again of the depth of Irish racing that she would claim Classic success having won her maiden at the unusual Flat setting of Thurles.“I’m delighted” said O’Brien. “She’s very uncomplicated, handles fast ground. Seamus has been delighted with her all the time. He rides her in all her work. Everything has gone very smooth with her.“She will get further than a mile so a mile here on beautiful ground really suited her. It was a great ride, he was very confident she would get the trip well.“She could come back here to the Irish Oaks, she could go to the Coronation on Saturday. All the options are there. We’ll see how she comes out on Monday. She’s a lovely filly.“We’re so lucky that this is all happening here in Ireland, that John (Magnier) decided to base his family and everybody here. We’re so lucky with the stallions here, and the broodmare band here.“It’s a massive industry, a lot of people employed and a lot of people that it puts bread on the table for us all.“We’re just privileged to be a small part of it and be able to work with these horses.”The winning trainer’s son Donnacha is in the early months of his career having retired from the saddle as champion and he would have been delighted by the staying-on effort of Fancy Blue to take second, in what was a brilliant Oaks trial for her.O’Brien got on the board when recording a 1-2 in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden for three-year-olds, Snow (5/1) only needing hands-and-heels encouragement from Heffernan to overcome the challenge of fellow Galileo offspring Salsa.Next up was Lancaster House (6/4), who saw off Speak In Colours to garner the Group 3 Coolmore Calyx Gladness Stakes for four-year-olds very easily.And the Ballydoyle duo rounded the fixture off when landing the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes for older fillies with the globe-trotting Magic Wand (4/5).There was some consolation for Harrington and Foley, who unleashed smart newcomer, Dickiedooda (5/2f) in the Tally-Ho Stud Irish EBF Fillies Maiden for juvenile fillies. It may be telling that this was the race that announced Albigna to the public 12 months ago and Dickiedooda was very professional, breaking smartly to lead all the way and prevail with plenty in hand.Elsewhere, the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ragusa Handicap provided a thrilling finish, with the lead changing three times inside the last furlong, five-pound claimer Gavin Ryan eliciting a last desperate thrust from Edification (14/1) to nail Tartlette by a neck and give Monasterevin handler Mark Fahey his first premier handicap.The opening EquiNectar Handicap over two miles went to Gavin Cromwell and the Get Round The Back Syndicate, whose Mutadaffeq (16/1) responded to a power-packed drive from Wayne Lordan to deny Jerandme by a nose in a head-bobber.The Kieran Cotter-trained top weight Strong Johnson (7/2f) justified market support to bag the Platinum Bloodstock & Eyrefield Handicap under the 2000 Guineas-winning jockey, Colin Keane.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The absence of crowds might have been unusual but it was a very familiar scene at the finish line as Peaceful (3/1) strode clear in splendid isolation to garner the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas.center_img It was a ninth victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien and a fourth for jockey Seamie Heffernan, the highlight of a stunning four-timer that also included the card’s two other pattern contests.last_img read more

Baseball: Feb. 20 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Nicholls baseball team picked up their first win of the Carmel Inn Showdown hosted by the Colonels with a 2-1 victory over Western Illinois. In other league action, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi split a doubleheader with BYU at the Kleberf Bank College Classic in Corpus Christi and UIW dropped the first game of the Irish Spring Baseball Classic in San Antonio, Texas, to Gonzaga.Nicholls 2, Western Illinois 1THIBODAUX, La. – Senior Tyler Duplantis ripped a two-run single up the middle in the first inning to give the Colonels a 2-1 lead and the pitching staff put together its second consecutive dominating performance by allowing just two hits while striking out 10 as the Nicholls State University baseball team claimed a 2-1 win over Western Illinois in Day 1 of the Carmel Inn Showdown presented by the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Thursday night at Ray E. Didier Field.  |  Read MoreBYU 10, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiTexas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, BYU 1CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team split a doubleheader against BYU on Thursday in the first action of the 2014 Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field. After the Cougars (1-4) offense exploded in the first game with a 10-2 win, second game starter Matt Danton threw 7.2 innings of magnificent work. He limited the Cougars to just one run on six hits, while striking out six to pick up his first win of the season on a 3-1 victory for the Islanders.  |  Read MoreGonzaga 6, UIW 1SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word baseball team lost their first game at the Irish Spring Baseball Classic at Wolff Stadium on Thursday afternoon, 6-1 to Gonzaga University.  |  Read Morelast_img read more

Sunderland give Stars man Gateri trial

first_imgThe 18 year old, left-footed, midfielder, who can also play in defence, made his debut for Kenya in 2011 against South Africa and recently made spoke his delight at earning a recall for the Harambee Stars;“I am happy to be back in the national team. I can’t wait to don the national colours and make Kenyans proud,” he said after he was included in the side that beat Libya 3-0 in an international friendly in March having also featured in another tie against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.Gateri currently plays for the ASD school, who are based in Cape Town and when asked for a comment, a spokesman for ASD said;“We can confirm that it is true but we cannot comment on the current developing story in regards to his trial.”Regardless whether the trial is successful or not, Gateri joins the growing ranks of Africans that Sunderland have recently taken on trial. Zambian international Stoppila Sunzu has recently undergone two different trial spells at the club, Ghanian international Albert Bruce had an unsuccessful trial in December and two youngsters from Simba SC, Shomari Kapombe and Ramadhani Singano, are due to join the club at the end of the Tanzanian season.– Diaspora Messenger0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, April 17- Sunderland have taken Harambee Stars player David Gateri on trial from his African Soccer Development side in South Africa.According to reports in Kenya, Sunderland have taken the Kenyan international on trial for two weeks. last_img read more

Turning up the media volume

first_imgThis article originally appeared on pagefour of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)RELATED ARTICLES• New journalism centre for SU• Keeping the story of HIV alive in SA• Myths, reality and the World Cup• Tutu speaks out for press freedom• Rhodes hosts world journalism meetAnton HarberSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place.After decades of censorship – imposed silence over crucial areas of apartheid– the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening.First there were effectively no media laws at all, then the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, explicitly protected freedom of speech and media, excluding only propaganda for war, incitement to violence and hate speech.The new African National Congress (ANC) government had a positive policy to transform the media and rid it of its apartheid inheritance, encourage diversity and give a media voice to previously excluded communities.Newspapers went through a difficult time of consolidation, with some going out of business, but then there was a boom in tabloids, making this one of the few countries where newspaper sales went up in the early 21st century. Papers like the Daily Sun created a huge new set of newspaper readers, and gave voice to the working class, a voice which had been absent from mainstream media.Investigative journalism flourished, with exposés of every controversial aspect of South African life: bad governance, wasteful spending, white collar crime and social conditions. If the test of an effective watchdog media is that crooks and scoundrels sleep restlessly, then the South African newspapers passed with flying colours. No-one was spared: not even the national chief of police and the president’s personal financial adviser, both of whom were sentenced to prison after being exposed in the media.But media is a contested political area. Democracy not only means freedom of the media, but freedom to criticise, denounce and take issue with the media.Tough news coverage has brought accusations of unfairness, lack of balance and ethics and invasions of personal dignity and privacy. In a society with a long history of racial inequality, issues of dignity are particularly sensitive. These are not unique to South Africa, but they come against the background of a tense transition to democracy, a media often tainted by apartheid history, the fragility of a new social compact and a young government operating under difficult circumstances.This has led to intense debate about whether the media exercises enough responsibility along with its rights: in particular, how to balance freedom of speech against the right to dignity. A new secrecy Bill – intended to bring old apartheid law in line with the new constitution – is hotly contested amid accusations that it seeks to cast the net of secrecy too widely. The Bill is currently being debated in parliament.The ruling ANC has expressed its unhappiness with the newspapers’ system of self-regulation – an ombudsman and a press council – and proposes a statutory appeals tribunal, as recourse for those aggrieved by their treatment at the hands of journalists. They argue that editors have been too reluctant to apologise and correct when they get things wrong.The tribunal suggestion has increased the volume more than ever, with a host of civil society organisations, legal bodies, political parties, academics and institutions speaking out against it.That this proposal can be so hotly debated is itself a sign of a vigorous, open and healthily contested democracy. Clearly, South Africans are not going to give up any freedoms lightly. There is going to be a lot of noise around the right to make noise.Professor Anton Harber is the director of the journalism programme at the University of the Wiwatersrand. He is a former joint founder and editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

‘Reinvention is the most credible buzzword today’

first_imgDilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up,Dilip BobbIt’s called Jivamukti. For the uninitiated or plain ignorant, Jivamukti is yoga on speed. Started (where else?) in the US, it has just invaded Britain to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the purists. Hardly surprising since it has transformed a meditative, slow-moving exercise form into a hyped-up “supermarket” version practised to the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The “new, improved” yoga is an aggressive, modern avatar of the traditional form that turns it into a competitive sport.Boosted by celebrity endorsements from Sting and Uma Thurman, Jivamukti is as controversial as it is symbolic. We live in a world that is shrink-wrapped. The pace of change is now constantly in fast forward mode.Attention spans are increasingly compressed and anything, from work to sex, exercise and sport needs a new take to keep it interesting. The key agent here is the Yawn Factor, the reason why the most credible buzzword in our times has become “reinvention”. Actors and celebrities, brands and TV programmes, everyone is under pressure to reinvent itself, or themselves, and to hell with the purists. Take one-day cricket. One would imagine it’s a pretty exciting format, fulfilling its primary objective of pulling the crowds and TV revenue. Yoga on SpeedNot so. A new, shorter format is called 20/20 and the buzz it is causing will ensure its international debut pretty soon. The same goes for hockey, now reinvented as the PHL, with American-style team names, music, promos and cheerleaders. It’s not just spectator sports. A new music album features celebrated ragas and semi-classical pieces set to a jazzed up contemporary score. We’ve also just witnessed the truncated version of the ultra traditional Republic Day parade. Life in fast forward mode is today’s live reality show.Technology is the obvious victim of the accelerated need for change. It seems like yesterday when camera cell phones were ultra cool. No longer. Videophones are the must-have gizmo, till the next innovation comes along. In an age when bling is king, beating the yawn factor is becoming all-important. Which is why making a personal statement is like negotiating a minefield.What’s hot and what’s not has become a lottery. The pace of change is so dizzying it’s almost a case of blink and you’ll miss it. Most days, you wake up and look around you, at your music system, your TV, your wardrobe, car, the furniture and furnishings, even the paintings on your wall, and you invariably ask yourself one question: Are these past the Use By date?advertisementlast_img read more

Real Estate Act to be Revised

first_imgThe Real Estate (Dealers and Developers) Act is to be amended to increase fines for breaches and protect the interests of all players in the real estate market.Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.He explained that the Act is being revised to “tighten-up” the accountability of real estate professionals, especially developers, as the Real Estate Board has been called upon to expend huge resources to defend the welfare of purchasers, where developers have failed to honour contractual obligations.“The Board is also increasing the penalty fees for breaches of the Act. Legislation will have to be drafted to ensure that the Board is able to carry out new anti-money laundering duties that it was instructed would be assigned,” he noted.Mr. Hayles also informed that the Real Estate Board will be regulating timeshare properties in Jamaica and licensing the marketers of timeshare.He said the Ministry of Tourism is piloting legislation to regulate timeshares in Jamaica, with the Board slated to become the Registrar of Timeshare.“Although timeshares are generally thought of as a tourism product, it is real estate-based, hence the interest of both bodies in the matter. The board will also have to licence the agents, who sell timeshares. The legislation to support these new responsibilities will be tabled shortly,” he noted.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more