Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named among 30 nominees for the men’s Ballon d’Or trophy awarded by France Football magazine to the best player in the world.The Portugal captain has won the award for the past two years and five times in all, a record he shares with Argentina’s Lionel Messi who is also on the list announced on Monday.Ronaldo’s nomination comes after the 33-year-old last week denied rape allegations levelled against him by a woman who sued him in court in the United States.READ – Juventus shares plunge; major brands ‘concerned’ over Cristiano Ronaldo allegationsSportswear maker Nike Inc and video game maker Electronic Arts Inc, who both have worked with the five-times Champions League winner, said last Thursday they were concerned about the allegations.European champions Real Madrid dominate the nominees with eight players, including Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Wales forward Gareth Bale.Modric won the Golden Ball as the best player at this year’s World Cup in Russia, where Croatia finished runners-up, and last month claimed FIFA’s The Best men’s player award.READ – Ronaldo maintains scoring form amid rape allegationBale scored twice in the Champions League final win over Liverpool.France World Cup winners Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Raphael Varane, one of the Real Madrid contingent, and captain Hugo Lloris have also been nominated.A panel of journalists select the winner of the Ballon d’Or, which was first established in 1956 and will this year feature a women’s award for the first time, to be decided from a shortlist of 15 players.advertisementThe award merged with FIFA’s World Player of the Year prize from 2010-15 to create the FIFA Ballon d’Or, but returned to France Football in 2016 while FIFA established The Best awards.READ – Firmly deny the rape accusations issued against me: Cristiano RonaldoThe winners of the prestigious men’s and women’s awards will be announced at a ceremony in Paris on Dec. 3,Men’s nominees:Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, Argentina)Alisson (Liverpool, Brazil)Gareth Bale (Real Madrid, Wales)Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France)Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguay)Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid, Belgium)Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus, Portugal)Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, Belgium)Roberto Firmino (Liverpool, Brazil)Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid, France)Eden Hazard (Chelsea, Belgium)Isco (Real Madrid, Spain)Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur, England)N’Golo Kante (Chelsea, France)Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur, France)Mario Mandzukic (Juventus, Croatia)Sadio Mane (Liverpool, Senegal)Marcelo (Real Madrid, Brazil)Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain, France)Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil)Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid, Slovenia)Paul Pogba (Manchester United, France)Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona, Croatia)Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, Egypt)Luis Suarez (Barcelona, Uruguay)Raphael Varane (Real Madrid, France)
Story Highlights “Last year, we (tourism sector) earned nearly US$3 billion. And, at a retention level of 30 cents in the dollar, we had US$1 billion in the pockets of Jamaicans, and that’s a huge amount. Very few industries in Jamaica provide US$1 billion in circulation. The only thing that does better is remittance,” Mr. Bartlett pointed out. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says tourism has been the catalyst for the growth of the Jamaican economy, as it “enabled the value-added which lifted the gross domestic product (GDP) and indeed the growth rate on an annual basis”. Mr. Bartlett said among the things the Government is dedicated to do over the next few years “is to bring to the consciousness of Jamaicans the importance of tourism as a true driver of economic growth and development”. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says tourism has been the catalyst for the growth of the Jamaican economy, as it “enabled the value-added which lifted the gross domestic product (GDP) and indeed the growth rate on an annual basis”.Speaking at a Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) pilot review luncheon at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, on March 16, Mr. Bartlett said the record 4.3 million visitors to the island last year, for example, would have actualised tourism’s impact in other sectors, including agriculture, which would have been sufficient to lift the growth rate of the country.“Last year, we (tourism sector) earned nearly US$3 billion. And, at a retention level of 30 cents in the dollar, we had US$1 billion in the pockets of Jamaicans, and that’s a huge amount. Very few industries in Jamaica provide US$1 billion in circulation. The only thing that does better is remittance,” Mr. Bartlett pointed out.He said the Government is committed to building the capacity of Jamaicans to provide the goods and services needed by tourists, to ensure that a far greater percentage of the tourism dollar is retained here.Mr. Bartlett said among the things the Government is dedicated to do over the next few years “is to bring to the consciousness of Jamaicans the importance of tourism as a true driver of economic growth and development”.“So, we need to build out the capacity for us to provide more of the service and the goods that the visitor needs. And, if we do that, the wealth will be created and retained in Jamaica. It is in the context of that why we train and build the human capacity, because that is what is going to cause the conversion of knowledge to material and to tangible products that can be sold,” he added.The Minister said the JCTI, as a consequence, forms part of a “structured approach” being pursued by the Government “to make more of the tourism dollar stay in the country”.“Bring the visitors, but satisfy their needs. Thank you for the partnership, because this will help us to be able to develop better local products,” the Minister told members of the supporting organisations, which included the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).The role of the JCTI, which is part of the Government’s Human Capital Development Plan, is to facilitate the certification and licensure of Jamaicans working in tourism and to facilitate innovation in tourism.It is expected to become a globally competitive certification institution, and was born out of the Vision 2030 Tourism Sector Development Plan, which calls for the development of a training institution focused on developing a management cadre with the skills, knowledge and motivation required by tourism entities.
zoom Greek shipping company Capital Product Partners has purchased the 50,000 dwt eco-type MR product tanker Amor from its sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. (Capital Maritime).The 2015-built tanker, constructed by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, was acquired for a total consideration of USD 32.8 million on October 24.Featuring a length of 183 meters and a width of 32.2 meters, Amor is employed under a time charter by Cargill at a gross daily rate of USD 17,500. The Cargill charter started in October 2015 with duration of two years.Capital Product Partners said that the aggregate consideration for this acquisition consisted of the assumption of a USD 15.8 million term loan under a new credit facility with ING Bank N.V., USD 16 million in cash and an issuance of new common units to Capital Maritime.The term loan is non-amortizing for a period of two years from the anniversary of the dropdown of Amor with an expected final maturity date in November 2022.During the third quarter ended September 30, 2016, Capital Product Partners’ net income decreased to USD 11.8 million from USD 13.8 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier.Total revenues for the third quarter reached USD 60.3 million, a rise of 5% compared to USD 57.6 million during the third quarter of 2015, as a result of the increase in the size of the Partnership’s fleet.The company also managed to secure time charter contracts for its chemical product tankers Atlantas II and Alkiviadis, which commenced on October 17 and early August, respectively.Atlantas II was employed on a time charter to Capital Maritime for twelve months at a gross daily rate of USD 13,000. The vessel was previously employed under a bareboat charter to BP Shipping Limited at a gross daily rate of USD 7,250.Alkiviadis’ time charter with CSSA S.A. (Total S.A.) was extended for an additional 12 months at a gross daily rate of USD 13,300 per day. The earliest charter expiration is in July 2017. The vessel was previously earning a gross daily rate of USD 15,125 per day.