Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has told supporters that the club is hunting for top players to boost the squad and defended the decision to hand long-serving manager Arsene Wenger a new contract after a season marred by protests.A vociferous section of fans turned on the manager as results faltered when Arsenal exited the Champions League and their hopes of a change of leadership were dashed when he signed a new two-year deal at the end of the campaign.”We’re looking for top-quality players,” Gazidis said at a fan event on Thursday. “We’ve got three times as many scouts as we had four years ago. I believe that to be a world-class football club you’ve got to be world class off the pitch.”Some fans are disillusioned with the direction the club is heading in under Wenger, a feeling compounded by the perception that he is unwilling to spend big money on players that can take Arsenal to the next level.On the pitch, Arsenal won the FA Cup but finished fifth in the Premier League, failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year tenure.Gazidis denied there was an element of sentimentality behind the decision to give Wenger an extended stay.”It wasn’t a sentimental decision,” he said. “It was a mutual one… I care about the club and those values. I want the club to be successful.”With news trickling out of the Emirates that Alexis Sanchez — Arsenal’s best player over the past few years — wants out before the new campaign, the situation could quickly turn sour if results do not go Wenger’s way from the start of next season.advertisementGazidis implored the supporters to unite behind the team.”There has been disagreement,” he added. “There has been a lack of unity and dissatisfaction. The board knows that.”I beg you, please come together and give our manager and this team support. I want the atmosphere to be united and it has been a struggle because we haven’t had that.”
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he is satisfied that the Government has taken steps to revise its approach to achieving economic growth, by implementing “well tried and well-studied” polices that will facilitate this.While acknowledging that Jamaica is growing “very slowly” and that the figures “are not what we want,” Mr. Holness said he is confident that “we are on the right track.”The Prime Minister was speaking at the closing ceremony for the two-year pilot phase of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Innovation Grant from New Ideas to Entrepreneurship (IGNITE) project, and the launch of phase two at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Friday (April 27).“We are doing the things that are necessary… and we are not hoping for growth to happen organically. We are right there in the field with you doing the granular things such as actually identifying the creativity and the innovativeness and we are giving those support to develop (them) into entrepreneurism, which we are supplying with the resources to create an enterprise that will grow, employ people and create the prosperity that we need,” Mr. Holness said.Lauding the DBJ for implementing IGNITE, which provides grant funding support for micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs), Mr. Holness emphasised the importance of the Government’s “instrumental” approach to business development.This, he argued, as the private sector, of which MSMEs are a part, “is the engine of growth,” noting that the latter stakeholders are pivotal to driving higher levels of economic growth.As such, the Prime Minister said it is incumbent on the Government to support entrepreneurs in expanding their businesses, as also innovators and start-ups, to create employment, an essential underlay to achieving growth.Equally important, Mr. Holness added, is creating the linkages between sectors, citing agriculture and tourism as an example.While highlighting the work of the Linkages Council, which has been established in the Ministry of Tourism, he underscored the need to ensure that businesses being developed with support from Government “are not just growing in silos, but they are linking together with each other”.“Linkages are absolutely important to growth. So (we must ensure) that the raw material, which is the product of one enterprise, becomes the raw material for the other… and that is how we start to secure growth in the economy,” he added.“Economic growth is not a mystery. It is a well-studied area and there is a suite of policies that are very well understood that have been implemented and tried across the world,” the Prime Minister said.
As the leading global health organization dedicated to finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is launching a new public service announcement (PSA) celebrating the thousands of blood cancer patients who are now able to come home.Video: Thanks to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thousands are coming home.Building on LLS’s Someday is Today brand platform, the segment features inspiring vignettes that capture the joy patients experience as they return home to their loved ones. The emotion is underscored by the distinctive voice of Academy award-winning, “NCIS: Los Angeles” actress Linda Hunt, whose narration lends dimension and credibility to the PSA.“Today, the impossible is happening. Someone is coming home,” begins the narration over the image of a young child chalk-drawing on a sidewalk, then looking up to see her father coming home. Linda Hunt’s familiar voice draws the viewer in with, “Thanks to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thousands with blood cancer are coming home to a normal life.” Just as cancer can strike anyone, the vignettes portray scenes of a mother, child, partner, grandfather and daughter being welcomed home by family and friends, even pets.“Coming home is emblematic of a moment patients think they might never see, and seeing it happen highlights the progress we are making in the fight against cancer,” explains Nancy Hallberg, LLS Chief Marketing Officer. “The call to action delivers the powerful message that supporting LLS has a direct impact on cures.”“When you support LLS you not only advance the most pioneering research of our time, you accelerate promising treatments that save lives. You make a difference,” continues Hunt’s moving narration.The campaign consists of :30 and :60 TV PSAs (in English); a :30 TV PSA (in Spanish); :30 and :60 Radio PSAs (English only), as well as two :15 segments for internet use. Distribution to 1000 TV stations and 1,400 radio stations across the US and Puerto Rico will be timed for the holiday giving season. In addition, compelling social media messaging will be used to build awareness and drive donations. The segments were produced by Interplanetary in New York City, the agency that helped conceive the Someday is Today brand which launched in 2012. BoomTV is handling the PSA distribution.