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'Russia Wi Seh'
The public is being reminded that tickets for Jamaica's start in the 2018 World Cup Journey, 'RUSSIA WI SEH', are now on sale at outlets right across the island.
Ticket prices are Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500 and Bleachers $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight today, or until stocks last within the period.
The Jamaica Football Federation is encouraging patrons to buy tickets very early and attend the match early on Friday, September 4. Match time is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Overseas-based members of the Reggae Boyz squad began arriving in the island on Sunday, with Darren Mattocks, Je-Vaughn Watson and Demar Phillips. The Nicaraguan team arrived yesterday evening.
Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Captain's Bakery (all locations), Richie B's Liquor Centre (Mary Brown's Corner).
JustBet plugs into World Championships sales
With Jamaica finishing second after accumulating 12 medals - 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze - JustBet bettors are not the only ones to win in sports betting. Since the release of top betting odds in the market for the IAAF World Championships, JustBet terminal operators have been turning up sales. Additionally, bettors have been rolling in to place their wagers on The Barclays English Premier League, La Liga, and other sporting events, as JustBet continues to offer the most competitive odds.
There are more than 200 JustBet agents islandwide, all increasing their sales targets and far exceeding earnings from the previous year. For their exemplary efforts, Supreme Ventures Limited, through its JustBet sports betting brand, is rewarding the terminal operators with various prizes.
Operators are being given the opportunity to win attractive cash prizes, back-to-school vouchers, utility vouchers, grocery vouchers, mobile credit vouchers, etc. There are also two top monthly rewards that will be given to the JustBet operators who have shown the most significant increases in sales.
"We have always encouraged our agents to adopt marketing strategies that will allow them to earn more revenue and ensure the success of their business," said Karetha Wilson, customer relations manager, JustBet.
She added: "The agents and terminal operators who continue to excel at growing their business are rewarded for their efforts. We want our agents to know that it pays to play with JustBet, so get on board with us. JustBet continues to guarantee the fastest payout of winnings to its players and offers very competitive odds on a wide range of sporting events."
National Self-Serve top Clarendon Business House football
National Self-Serve Wholesale defeated Island Farm Supplies 3-1 in the final of the Clarendon Football Association/Tait's Pharmacy/Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Six-A-Side Football competition at Bushy Park on Sunday.
A double strike from Tevin Dias and one goal from Lloyd Salmon earned the champions a come-from-behind victory, after Tevin Powell's headed goal gave Island Farm a deserved half-time lead
In the curtain-raiser, National Water Commission beat Young's Limited 4-2 in the play-off for third.
Dias was selected Most Valuable Player of the 10-team competition, while Young's Limited were rewarded for being the most disciplined team.
Michael McLaren, head of Tait's Pharmacy, said it was important to revitalise the competition, which was dormant for the last two years. After receiving a special award for more than 30 years of service to business house football in the parish, McLaren said the programme forms part of the company's corporate responsibility to the communities in Clarendon.
McLaren was also lauded by Michael Ricketts, president of the Clarendon FA and Andrew Hancel, who is the media relations officer at the government-run INSPORTS.
Everton's Gibson in drunk-driving crash
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
A Premier League footballer must serve a 12-month community order and has been banned from driving for 20 months after driving into three cyclists when over the legal alcohol limit and failing to report the crash.
Darron Gibson, the former Manchester United midfielder who now plays for Everton, pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident had occurred on August 16.
The 27-year-old Gibson's car mounted a pavement and struck three men who had stopped at the roadside to fix a broken bicycle chain. Gibson drove off and then pulled into a gas station where he collided with a petrol pump.
Gibson must pay a total of about £6,000 ($9,200) in damages, compensation and costs.