Officials of one of the world’s foremost sports investment agencies, Doyen Sports Group, and Arsenal Football Club are expected to sign an agreement with the Phoenix All-Star Academy this afternoon in Kingston.The deal, which is being hailed by Phoenix co-founder Craig Butler as a major development for Jamaican football, will see the agency, which, among other ventures, manages the certain affairs for some of the planet’s leading footballers, partner with Phoenix in the establishment of a state-of-the-art football academy just outside of Montego Bay, as well as prepare, market and place talent from the club into the European market.Doyen’s website lists names such as Neymar, Radamel Falcao, Mangala, Alvaro Morata, Alvaro Negredo, and Marcos Rojo, but does not outline the nature of their involvement with the players.The group is considered to be an investment-based organisation that facilitates player transfers.Phoenix already has several players on overseas contracts, with Belgium-based Leon Bailey, who is already in the Genk first team, and Kyle Butler, both doing well. But Craig Butler is confident that this partnership will create opportunities for more players and open another avenue to the international markets.”This partnership between Phoenix Academy and Doyen has many positives. They will partner with us in the building of an academy in Trelawny, as well as the marketing and placement of players in Europe,” Butler told The Gleaner ahead of today’s signing, which is scheduled to take place at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.”Phoenix have done extremely well over the years in terms of our standard of developing players in technical, tactical and personal development. We are creating players that are ready for the European market,” Butler added, while referring to Arsenal’s interest.”Leon (Bailey), at 18 years old, is already one of the best players in Belgium, and is already in the first team there. Kyle is also doing well and should be in the first team soon.”Arsenal have taken note of that and want to come and take a look and see what our other players are about,” added Butler.”This is huge for the country. I still believe that with development, Jamaica can become one of the teams that challenge for World Cups, not just strive to participate and make up numbers,” Butler said.Butler also underlined that a 14-acre property has already been secured by Phoenix All-Star Academy and will be developed to accommodate a full academy, in collaboration with Doyen Sports.
Karl Lacey – caught on camera with his new boots in All SportsDONEGAL GAA star Karl Lacey has dumped his white boots – for a pair in green and gold.But fans of the Four Masters player needn’t worry too much.It’s only his wellies which will be changing colour. We’ve been assured that Karl will NOT be wearing wellies against Tyrone in Ballybofey this Sunday!Sources close to the man who took this picture in All Sports in Donegal Town insisted: “Karl tried on the big size fours; but they were too big!” SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHOCK AS KARL LACEY FINALLY DUMPS TRADEMARK WHITE BOOTS – FOR GREEN AND GOLD
Brand South African reporterSouth Africa has a robust and free press. The country’s turbulent passage from apartheid to democracy made South Africans remarkably news hungry, fed by a robust, free and flourishing press.In 2013, there are 22 daily and 25 weekly major urban newspapers in South Africa, most published in English. There are around 400 regional and community newspapers, most delivered free of charge, as well as a range of general and specialised news websites on a par with the best in the world.About 10.5-million South Africans read the urban dailies, with around 17,5-million people – or 50% of South Africans over the age of 15 – reading newspapers, according to the South African Advertising Research Foundation’s All Media Products Survey (Amps) 2012.South African Audience Research Foundation: www.saarf.co.zaMore on this page:A free pressTrends in South African newspapers Ownership of South African newspapers A free pressSouth Africa has always had a courageous and opinionated press. For more than 40 years the apartheid state tried to gag the country’s newspapers, using legislation, harassment and imprisonment, culminating in the late-1980s States of Emergency. Through all of this, South Africa’s newspapers defiantly reported the news.With democracy in 1994, South Africa’s newspapers were freed from all restrictions. The country’s Constitution, adopted in 1996, explicitly protects the freedom of the press in its Bill of Rights. Section 16 states:Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes:freedom of the press and other media;freedom to receive or impart information or ideas;freedom of artistic creativity; andacademic freedom and freedom of scientific researchThe right in subsection (1) does not extend to:propaganda for war;incitement of imminent violence; oradvocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.Reporters Without Borders ranked South Africa 52nd out of 179 countries in its 2013 Press Freedom Index.South Africa’s print media subscribe to the Press Code. This has been adopted by the Press Council, which oversees the print media’s system of voluntary independent co- regulation. Members of the public can complain to the Council’s ombudsman.Read more:Press freedom in South AfricaThe Constitution of South AfricaConsumer help: advertising and the mediaWebsites:Reporters Without Borders: www.rsf.orgSouth African Press Council: www.presscouncil.org.zaSouth African Press Code: Full textTrends in South African newspapersThe development of the South African press since the end of apartheid has been marked by two disparate trends: the stagnation and decline of the traditional mainstream newspapers; and the rise of tabloids with a black, working-class readership.The downturn experienced by South Africa’s mainstream press mirrors the trend elsewhere in the world, where the internet has seriously disrupted the industry and free online news has eroded newspaper circulation.But South Africa’s industry also experienced a growth spurt when, in 2002, the country’s first tabloid was launched. Responding to a market created by steadily improving living conditions for many poorer South Africans, Media24 launched the Daily Sun.Aimed at the “blue collar worker”, it filled an enormous gap in the market and it wasn’t long before it broke through the 1-million reader mark. A decade on, it has more than 5.5-million readers, according to AMPS 2012.Daily Sun’s success led to the “tabloidisation” of the industry, with other tabloids being launched, including the Afrikaans-language Son and the Daily Voice, which both target working class readers in the Western Cape.The newspaper landscape was further redefined by the success of vernacular- language newspapers, such as Isolezwe and Ilanga, which are both isiZulu newspapers.However, even these cleverly targeted newspapers have not been immune to pressures facing the industry, and 2012/13 circulation and readership figures remain under pressure. South African media companies are grappling with the substantial challenges of having to reinvent themselves with varying success.Media analysis and commentary at www.grubstreet.co.za and Wits University’s www.journalism.co.zaOwnership of South African newspapersThere are plenty of small, independent media houses, which publish magazines as well as in-house and business-to-business journals. The newspaper industry is dominated by four main players: Media24, Independent Newspapers, the Times Media Group, and CaxtonCTP. Media 24: Africa’s leading publishing company, its operations include newspapers, magazines, digital businesses, printing and distribution companies. The company has a reputation for being adaptive and is especially agile in its approach to digital products. Media24’s majority shareholder is Naspers, one of South Africa’s most successful companies.Website: www.media24.com Independent Newspapers: Home to some of the country’s oldest titles, the group has 18 newspapers in its stable. Irish-owned Independent News & Media sold its South African business to a consortium led by Sekunjalo Investments in 2013. In terms of the deal, the Government Employees Pension Fund will aquire a 25% stake in the company.Website: www.theinc.co.za Times Media Group: With a name change from Avusa to the Times Media Group signalling cost-driven restructuring, the group has promised a focus on digital platforms. Owners of BDFM, which publishes Business Day and weekly business magazine the Financial Mail, as well as the Sunday Times, South Africa’s biggest newspaper. It has a magazine division, and stakes in the Home Channel and Summit TV.Website: www.timesmedia.co.za CaxtonCTP: While its primary focus is commercial printing, Caxton is the owner of the Citizen as well as 13 magazines and a large stable of community newspapers,many of which cover the smaller cities and towns in which the other big media houses have no presence. The company is also involved in packaging, stationery manufacture and book printing.Website: www.caxton.co.za TNA Media: Established in June 2010, TNA owns The New Age, South Africa’s newest daily. Unlike most other newspapers in South Africa, it is privately owned – by the Gupta family, with Bennett Coleman & Co (publishers of the Times of India) an investor and strategic partner.Website: www.tnamedia.co.za Mail & Guardian Media: Publishers of the weekly Mail & Guardian. The company is 87.5% owned by Zimbabwean entrepreneur Trevor Ncube’s Newtrust Company Botswana Ltd. Guardian Newspapers holds 10% of the company, with minority shareholders making up the rest.Website: www.mg.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
John Stones Stones: England can play like Man City, but it’s results that matter Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 15:22 10/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England Guardiola England v Slovenia Chelsea v Manchester City Manchester City Premier League WC Qualification Europe The 23-year-old believes City’s style of play could suit the Three Lions on the international scene but insists it’s the results that count John Stones believes England have the players to replicate Manchester City’s brand of football but insists results are more important than style.Pep Guardiola’s side produced another strong display in their 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Saturday to move back to the top of the Premier League, ahead of Manchester United on goal difference.England win and both teams score: 11/4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. City have scored 22 times and conceded just twice in their opening seven league matches, which have yielded six wins and one draw, and have won plenty of praise for their performances this term under the former Barcelona boss.Stones says that style of play is suited to international football but is not prepared to compromise results in order to play the same way with England.”We’ve got the players to do it,” said the centre-back. “It’s difficult to bring how you play in the Premier League into international football – it’s so different – but we’re always striving to become better and there’s a lot of likeness between how City play and international football. Or to how Tottenham play. But to gel all those things is very difficult.”As long as England win and keep clean sheets and keep bettering ourselves every year and making the nation proud, that’s all that matters.”Stones believes he is developing well under the tutelage of Guardiola, having produced what he thinks is one of his best performances in the win at Chelsea.”I think I’ve always been moving in the right direction,” he said. “Everyone has their ups and downs.”We’ve started this season well as a team at club level. It was an important match against Chelsea to keep the run going and keep another clean sheet. Defensively, on a personal note, it was maybe one of the best games I’ve played in.”Pep has been really good. Always positive and wanting me to do better and that’s what I try to repay him on the pitch. I feel like I’m developing as a player and a person under him.”England face Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday knowing a win will guarantee their place at the World Cup finals next year.