Bolt reports for first day of work as Digicel’s new CSO

first_imgHIS flashy gold Nissan appeared at the gate a few minutes to midday. And shortly afterwards there was a huge uproar from the mammoth crowd, as Digicel’s new Chief Speed Officer (CSO) Usain Bolt arrived for his new job at Digicel on Monday.Dapperly dressed in his black suit and red tie, the now-retired Olympic Games three-time triple gold medallist was greeted by Digicel’s CEO David Butler, accompanied by the music of Alkaline’s Champion Boy in the background.With the sweltering heat soaring at approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit, Bolt looked as cool as ever, as he buttoned up his jacket and sported his dark glasses.You could hear flashes from the hundreds of cellular phone cameras amidst the much louder shutter sound of the high and powerful cameras from journalists.Bolt returned to his car and skilfully reversed into his allocated parking spot before making his way through the thick crowd to his work area – the Usain Bolt Speed Lab – where he was met by John Suranyi, the chief executive officer for Digicel Play with responsibility for growth in the areas of cable TV and broadband across all of Digicel’s Caribbean markets.Bolt was shown his work area where he is expected to make things faster for Digicel customers using their various products.“We love to start working at 07:30 in the morning,” said Butler to Bolt jokingly. “Will that be an issue?” he asked. “Probably,” Bolt replied. “We will work out something.”“This man has a unique understanding of speed around the world and we are hoping that some of that can rub off on us in terms of our customers, our network, our products, our marketing,” added Butler.“We are absolutely thrilled and you can see how excited we are today. We are really proud to be associated with you (Bolt) for so long,” he added.“Brand new job, I am ready, ready,” said Bolt before he was handed his worker’s identity badge.“It’s all about speed. I am here to make sure everything runs smoothly, but fast,” said Bolt.He then made his way to the huge customer care department which hosts over 200 agents. He was given a first-hand experience of interacting with the agents and of course a customer, who was lucky enough to be given free credit by Bolt for his troubles.(Extracted from Jamaica Observer)last_img read more

Trojans to play ASU in playoffs

first_imgAfter a dominant win over Arizona State University on Saturday, the USC women’s lacrosse team, ranked third in the Pac-12, will travel to Prentup Field in Boulder, Colo., to face off — for their second game in a row — against the Sun Devils in the inaugural Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday. The Trojans hope to continue their success against the sixth-seeded Sun Devils with another commanding victory.Senior goalie Gussie Johns ended the 2018 regular season boasting a spectacular .492 save percentage. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanThis match will mark the third time this season that the Trojans have faced off against ASU. The Women of Troy are 2-0 against Arizona State so far this year, touting a combined score of 33-5 in those two games.The Sun Devils have had a rollercoaster of a season. Although it is in the middle of a five-game losing streak, Arizona State started the season well — by winning five of their first six games. Since then, they have cooled down. Arizona State has lost 10 of its last 11 games, ending their inaugural season with a 6-11 record.Since its inception, the USC women’s lacrosse team, led by head coach Lindsey Munday, has been dominant. Munday, who has been with the program since its beginning, is 78-37 all-time. In previous seasons, USC was a member of the MPSF in which it won the MPSF Tournament in both 2016 and 2017. Now in the Pac-12, the Trojans are ranked No. 20 in the IWLCA coaches poll for the 40th consecutive week and without a doubt have made a strong statement in their new conference.USC currently has three players on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List including All-American senior goalie Gussie Johns, senior All-Region defender Lydia Sutton, and sophomore midfielder Kerrigan Miller. The award annually honors the top lacrosse player in the United States.Johns, who leads the nation in ground balls with 76, and Sutton, who earned third-team All-American honors, lead the Trojans’ defense. The two have combined for three Pac-12 defensive player of the week awards this season.Miller, who put together a 3-goal, two-assist performance last week against the Sun Devils, leads the team in goals and points scored but also has contributed with 10 assists, 41 draw controls and 35 ground balls. Miller, who has been a huge part of the team’s success, picked up the honor of Pac-12 offensive player of the week earlier this season. She also leads the Pac-12 in both caused turnovers per game (2.6) and game-winning goals (4).Freshman midfielder Kelsey Huff, who matched Miller’s performance against Arizona State with 3 goals and two assists, now sits at 25 goals and five assists this season. Huff should play a large role in Thursday’s matchup. The Trojans will also rely on players like sophomore midfielder Kaeli Huff, who has racked up 27 goals — good for third on the team. Two of those goals came on Saturday against ASU.Graduate attacker Maeve McMahon will also look to improve upon her already impressive first year as a Trojan. She  has already piled up 15 goals and leads the team with 13 assists. Sophomore attacker Izzy McMahon, who is second on the team in goals scored (28), will need to put up a strong performance Thursday.A win over the Sun Devils would give the Trojans their fourth-straight 10-win season.Further, beating Arizona State Thursday would guarantee a berth in the semifinals and a third matchup this season against Stanford, the tournament’s No. 2 seed Stanford, which has put together a dominant season shown by their 13-4 record, defeated the Trojans twice this year. The Trojans have not lost to the Cardinal by more than 3 scores this season and lost to them by 1 in a heartbreaking overtime game on March 25. A rematch should be a nailbiter.last_img read more

Report: Lakers receive disabled player exception after DeMarcus Cousins injury

first_imgThe offseason injury to DeMarcus Cousins has had few silver linings, but the Lakers have been granted one small concession to help them through the upcoming season.According to a report from The Athletic, the NBA has approved a disabled player exception for Cousins, who could miss the entire season with a torn ACL suffered in August during an offseason workout. The Lakers reportedly applied for the exception earlier this month, and have until March 10 in the upcoming season to use it.The exception, worth an estimated $1.75 million (half of Cousins’ salary for the upcoming season), can be used to acquire a future free agent during the season or could be applied to a potential trade. The exception could help the Lakers later in the season when veterans become available on buyouts, giving them salary cap space to add a needed piece down the road.For now, the Lakers are flush with big men to account for Cousins’ minutes, if not his production. In addition to re-signing JaVale McGee, the Lakers added Dwight Howard last month for depth at center. Anthony Davis is also expected to play minutes at the position, though it’s still uncertain as to how much of his workload will be split between power forward and center. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe exception represents a quick and quiet close to hopes the Lakers had that Cousins might be an X-factor for the team’s championship ambitions this season. A former perennial All-Star, Cousins’ career has been beset by injuries for the past two seasons, calling the 29-year-old’s basketball future into question.Cousins has also found himself embroiled in off-court issues: An arrest warrant was issued for Cousins last month in Mobile, Ala., after he reportedly issued a threat (that was recorded on video) to a woman with whom he has a child. The NBA and the Lakers have said they are investigating the incident, which so far has resulted in a protective order against Cousins.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more