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Weekly Round-up: Dollar slide under control...WISYNCO fire...Gov't commits US$150k to Racers Grand Prix | 5/28/2016

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) sold some US$158 million to the foreign exchange market in an effort to stem the slide of the Jamaican dollar. Described as the biggest-ever intervention by the BOJ, Governor Bryan Wynter and finance minister Audley Shaw both say the dollar slide is now under control. On January 1 this year, the average rate of exchange was J$120.24 to one US do ...More

FIFA presidential battle lands in Miami | 2/11/2016

The battle for the top job in world football arrived in the United States on Thursday with FIFA presidential contenders hoping to secure crucial votes from the scandal-tainted governing body for soccer in the region. UEFA official Gianni Infantino and Asian chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa were both expected to be among the FIFA Presidential contenders giving presentations to members f ...More

FIFA donates 48 confiscated luxury watches to charity | 11/26/2015

Nearly 50 luxury watches confiscated from football officials who had received them as "gifts" ahead of the World Cup in Brazil have been donated to charity, FIFA's ethics committee said Thursday.  The watches, estimated to be worth 25,000 Swiss francs ($24,400, 23,000 euros) apiece, were given to streetfootballworld, an international network of groups which uses football to help young peop ...More

China World Cup apology misses target | 11/22/2015

Chinese football authorities have apologised for the national team's poor showing in 2018 World Cup qualifying, but fans denounced their remorse Monday as missing the goal. Last week, a 0-0 draw with Hong Kong -- when the semi-autonomous territory's fans jeered the national anthem they share with the mainland -- left China hopes of reached Russia 2018 hanging by a thread. The perenially underach ...More

Algeria hit seven as African big guns qualify | 11/17/2015

Seven-goal Algeria led the way Tuesday as 18 of the top 20-ranked African national teams reached the group stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying. Algeria humiliated Tanzania 7-0 after being held 2-2 away and Egypt scored four goals in 36 minutes to trounce Chad 4-0 in Alexandria following a shock 1-0 first-leg loss. African champions Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, Nigeria, Zambia, ...More

Sweden and Ukraine complete Euro line-up | 11/17/2015

Sweden and Ukraine became the last two qualifiers for Euro 2016 after eliminating Denmark and Slovenia respectively in Tuesday's play-offs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as Sweden beat their Scandinavian neighbours 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw in Copenhagen. Ukraine held on after conceding an early goal to veteran centre-back Bostjan Cesar before an equaliser deep into injury time by An ...More

Stalemate as USA held by Trinidad | 11/17/2015

The United States ground out a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Trinidad & Tobago to keep their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign on track here Tuesday. Jurgen Klinsmann's side neutralised a physical Trinidad team in hot and humid conditions at the 27,000-seat Hasely Crawford Stadium but despite dominating possession for much of the second half were unable to find a decisive goal.  The A ...More

Argentina, Brazil back on track, Chile crash | 11/17/2015

Argentina and Brazil reignited their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns with important victories on Tuesday as Copa America champions Chile crashed to defeat in their grudge match with Uruguay.  Two-time World Cup winners Argentina -- who had taken just two points from their first three matches -- claimed their first win, downing Colombia 1-0 in Barranquilla thanks to a first half goal fro ...More

FIFA bans Nepal football chief for corruption | 11/16/2015

FIFA on Monday banned Nepal's football chief for 10 years and the president of the Laos federation for two years for bribery. The decade-long sanction against Ganesh Thapa, president of the All-Nepal Football Association, was a new blow to the country's football image after several national players were accused of match-fixing. Thapa stood down as a football chief one year ago amid an investigat ...More

One country, two cisterns as Hong Kong, China fans get separate toilets | 11/16/2015

Hong Kong and China fans will be kept completely separate at their crunch World Cup qualifier Tuesday, using different entrances and even different toilets as organisers try to head off tensions following last year's pro-democracy rallies. Around 1,200 police officers will be on standby for the match, according to local media reports, or about one for every five fans at Hong Kong's 6,000-seat Mo ...More


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