Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, August 16, 2017 – Washington – Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, says Jamaica is firmly on the path to attaining the true national mission of this generation, that of achieving and establishing economic independence.Delivering the keynote address at the Atlanta Jamaican Association Independence Ball on Saturday night (August 12) at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta, Ambassador Marks said the country’s first focus after Independence was to build “exemplary social and political institutions for our young nation”.“We have, by any measure, achieved our political objectives as a stable and democratic country,” she said, noting that Jamaica is considered to be among the most democratic nations in the Western Hemisphere.Ambassador Marks said the island has also stamped its mark on the world in the cultural realm, particularly in the areas of music and sports.“Rastafari is considered as the only new religion of the 20th and 21st centuries. We produced reggae music as an authentic musical form that has influenced the world dramatically,” she pointed out.She noted that in the area of sports, “we have excelled beyond the wildest expectations, producing world-beaters and legends, particularly in athletics, cricket, boxing, netball and swimming. Music and sports are areas we once considered major recreational pastimes only, but, today, are respected as two of the world’s emerging cultural industries, generating billions of dollars in revenue”.Ambassador Marks told the nearly 800 attendees that the task now is to prepare the nation for long-term economic growth.“We have to cultivate and maximise these cultural and other industries to the economic benefit of Jamaica in much the same way as countries with natural resources such as oil, gas, or gold,” she pointed out.“My message tonight is about building on the foundation of political, organisational and cultural maturity to achieve economic independence,” she said, noting that the “entire Jamaican nation at home and aboard must be mobilised and inspired to action”.Ambassador Marks said the positive economic indicators now being experienced, together with the fiscal prudence and skilful management by the Government, “will no doubt help fuel and propel the economy towards the goal of economic independence”.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says Bayern Munich lacked respect in their pursuit of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern Munich have made four bids for Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the latest believed to be in the region of £35m, and Chelsea have rejected all offers.And Chelsea boss Sarri is furious at Bayern’s public attempts to unsettle the player.He told Sky Sports: “I think that it’s not professional because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said ahead of Chelsea’s game with Newcastle on Saturday.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“They didn’t respect our club, I think. I don’t know what to say, I do not know the situation.“I am very, very happy with the player because the player is improving.“He is improving a lot in the defensive phase and now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball.“He is working very well at the moment, so I am happy with the player and I would like to have him in the future.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refused to be drawn on speculation that the title race between City and Liverpool could be decided by games against Manchester United.United may be out of contention for the Premier League title this season but they could still have a big say in the outcome of this season’s race between rivals, City and Liverpool.The Red Devils will host league leaders Liverpool on February 24 while Guardiola’s men are scheduled to visit Old Trafford on March 16.Asked at a press conference if he would like a favour from his cross-town neighbours when they host Liverpool, the former Barcelona boss was coy.Guardiola said, according to BT Sport: “If Liverpool are in front two or three points going to Old Trafford and United are 10 or 12 points behind us, what do you think I am going to think the day before that game?”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But I don’t know. We have to go to Old Trafford too and try to win there. If United beat Liverpool – perfect – but if United beat us the situation is the same.”“We can do what we can do against United (but) Liverpool – zero, nothing. I don’t have the telephone number for Solskjaer!”“What we can do is beat United when we go there. It is a big mistake to think about that when you want to compete in all the competitions and focus on what we have to do.”“Before United-Liverpool I’ll tell you more clearly but there are many games for both sides before those games.”