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            [post_content] => Telecommunication giant Digicel has secured majority stake in the St. Lucia-based International Media Content Limited, the parent company of the popular SportsMax. The terms of the deal allow the founder and a set of lead principals to possess shares and be involved in the day-to-day running of the IMC operation. "It's going to be a revolutionary change for us within the market," said Oliver McIntosh, CEO of SportsMax.

SportsMax which is available in 23 Caribbean countries is the region's first and only indigenous sports cable channel featuring a variety of international, regional and local sports content.  “As a complete communications solutions provider, it’s all about ensuring our customers enjoy access to the best multimedia content on the best devices via the very best network and that we meet all of their communication, entertainment and networking needs.” said Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves.

The company plans to release a series of new applications which will allow customers to view content on their mobile devices. "What I think you can expect coming very soon is the various sport applications that will be available on the Digicel network. We will probably launch our first one in the next couple of weeks to probably in the middle of October, and then you will see a series of them coming right behind that," said McIntosh.

The company's entire staff will be retained with plans to increase the team as the company expands. "We employ 70 persons and that will remain. The reality of the situation is because of what we will be working on, the size of the company will likely grow. We are looking to take on more people as we develop our expanded strategy," the CEO said.

McIntosh sees the acquisition of the company as a step in the right direction citing its opportunity to boost its content growth and geographic reach through Digicel's large capital base. "We both have things to contribute from our own industries. From our own perspective our content is in 25 countries. Digicel has multiple platforms that SportsMax can immediately utilise, whether for broadcast via broadband or for marketing and distribution via their retail network (and) putting content unto mobile platform," he said

SportsMax now has 67 shareholders all of which are now minority owners. The percentage or fee related to the deal has not been made available to the public. The acquisition comes shortly after Digicel’s entry into the cable TV market with recent purchases in Anguilla, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 
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Digicel Secures Majority Share in Caribbean Broadcaster SportsMax

September 20, 2014
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Telecommunication giant Digicel has secured majority stake in the St. Lucia-based International Media Content Limited, the parent company of the popular SportsMax. The terms of the...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The United States has named three Caribbean countries as major drug transit and or major illicit drug producing companies. The White House issued a statement indicating that the appearance of the respective Caribbean nations is not a reflection of its government's negligence. The statement further revealed that the primary reason for nations which appear on it's list of major drug transit and or illicit drug producing companies is a combination of factors including geographic, commercial and economical.

The other countries which made the list include Afghanistan, Belize,  Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. The list highlights significant U.S. domestic drug control issues and foreign assistance approaches to drug control. It also examines policies and programs shared by most countries to counter the destabilizing effects of illegal drugs and transnational organized crime.

“The combined aim of these undertakings is to foster sustainable citizen security to advance social welfare, safety, and economic prosperity of vulnerable communities around the world,” said a representative from the White House, adding that international cooperation remains the cornerstone for the reduction of threat posed by the illegal narcotics trade and related crimes carried out by such organizations.

 

 
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Haiti, Bahamas and Jamaica listed as the Caribbean Major Drug Transit Countries

September 19, 2014
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The United States has named three Caribbean countries as major drug transit and or major illicit drug producing companies. The White House issued a statement indicating that the ap...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => A century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn's five wicket haul and three wickets from Jerome Taylor were part of an entertaining filled match in which West Indies rout Bangladesh. The Caribbean men won the second test by 296 runs to claim a 2-0 series win on Tuesday. Chasing an impregnable 488 to win, Bangladesh collapsed from 158 for three to 188 all-out in the final session of the fourth day of the five day match as the West Indies produced another stunning performance.

Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque appeared briefly as if they were ready to lead to the tourists to an amazing comeback with their combine partnership securing 110 runs after both came on during a 48 for 2 session. All hope faded when Benn separated the duo by removing Iqbal ensuring the West Indies would win on their 500th test match.

Bangladesh enjoyed a productive second session without losing a wicket as Iqbal and Haque frustrated the hosts. Tamim’s departure, caught in the deep by Shannon Gabriel off Benn, signaled the start of a dramatic collapse. Bangladesh lost their last eight wickets for just 34 runs, including 4 wickets for nine runs as the lower order failed to put up any resistance. Benn took 5 wickets for 72 runs while Taylor captured 3 wickets to take his overall tally to 100 for the West Indies in the test format.

The West Indies declared on 269 for four, allowing Chanderpaul to register his 30th century whilst keeping the hosts in control of the series. Chanderpaul's 30 centuries surpassed Australia's Sir Don Bradman 29. He is only the second West Indian aside from Guyana's Clive Lloyd to record a test century at the age of 40 or older.He is also only the second batsman to remain undefeated throughout a Test series having played a minimum of three innings and scored 200-plus runs. Jacques Kallis was the first to do so, against Zimbabwe in 2001.
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West Indies Demolish Bangladesh, Chanderpaul Sets Records

September 18, 2014
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A century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sulieman Benn's five wicket haul and three wickets from Jerome Taylor were part of an entertaining filled match in which West Indies rout Ban...Continue reading