Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has fulfilled his promise to MTN FA Cup holders Bechem United by donating GHC50, 000 to support their upcoming CAF Confederation campaign. The President promised to reward Bechem United for their historic achievement when he visited the Bechem last month.And, yesterday, through the Chief of Staff Julius Debrah handed the money which will serve as a huge boost to the club who are expected to use it in renovating the Nana Gyeabour Park where they will be playing the Confederation Cup.The President in addition promised to put up an astro-turf in Bechem all in an aim of improving infrastructure in that region.Bechem United defied all odds to emerge victorious of the MTN FA Cup, becoming the first ever club from the Brong Ahafo region to achieve such great feat.And as part of winning the cup competition they will be playing in the CAF Confederation Cup for the first time in their history. The team are hoping to make a huge impression on their debut appearance.
CT: To be able to hear all these stories and all the backstage news and little details behind the scenes. The idea that I get to come first is pretty cool.SN: A lot of people have been asking about the health of Ric Flair since he had to pull out of the roast and the panel with JR and Ricky Steamboat.CT: He’s a new man. He’s doing pretty well, and we are thankful to have him around. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAs if he did not have enough on his plate, the 37-year-old created Starrcast, a podcast convention featuring the top names who are not in the WWE. The third extravaganza takes place August 29-September 1 at the home of the first Starrcast at Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago in Schaumburg, Ill., right outside Chicago.Recently, Thompson took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Sporting News about Starrcast 2, would he do the event again in Las Vegas, a fifth podcast with Arn Anderson and a healthy update on his father-in-law, the legendary Ric Flair.Sporting News: Starrcast II was rated very highly by the people who attended in Las Vegas and those who watched on FITE TV. How did you view the four days in “Sin City”?Conrad Thompson: I hope it was what wrestling fans were looking for. You heard a lot of candid stories from Hall of Famers, former world champions and legends alike. And then you get them in an intimate setting with the biggest stars in wrestling today in Cody and The (Young) Bucks. I really do think it’s the ultimate fan event. That’s what we’ve strived to do twice now and a third time in August.SN: When we talked about a month before the event, you said you had all these notes from the first event and implemented them into Starrcast II. What kind of feedback have you received from this event to put into Starrcast III?CT: For starters, we had this one at two different properties. For the one in August, our staff is already familiar with the venue. Running a place for the second time makes the planning a whole lot easier. You know the floor plans already and how the seating is going to look. There are no questions, and you don’t really need to do a survey.I’m looking forward to returning to Chicago and having it look like a much different product than it was the first time because now we have done two of these. We’re excited.SN: The most prominent question people had when the announcement of Starrcast III was announced was why the quick turnaround of the end of May to the end of August as there takes a considerable amount of detail that goes into putting it all together?CT: The plan all along was to do something big for the first two pay-per-view events with Double or Nothing in Las Vegas, and we wanted to go back to Chicago. When it was clear the boys were going back to the Sears Centre, we wanted to make sure we were back at the Hyatt Regency. Chicago is in at least my mind the home of Starrcast and always will be. I’m excited we get to come back to where it all started.SN: In your mind, which city was better for Starrcast: Chicago or Las Vegas?CT: Chicago, hands down. It’s a much different animal and much more familiar. It’s going to be a bigger, more fun and better experience, I think. I think Chicago runs away with it.SN: What logistic problems if any, did you have in Las Vegas because you were running two different venues and having more talent?CT: This event was a lot more difficult than the first one because it was two venues, and everybody isn’t in the same spot creates challenges. Last year, we had the whole hotel to ourselves, so wrestlers and fans alike were all right there. It was much easier to get people where they needed to be. And of course, Vegas unions are something that we hadn’t dealt with before. It was an experience, to say the least.SN: I’ve talked to people in the UFC that have said they have issues with unions when they have done shows at Madison Square Garden. For the fans that don’t know, what do you mean by working with the unions in Las Vegas?CT: You bring your staff in to handle X, Y, and Z and then you’re told, ‘No, that’s a union job’. We aren’t talking about a sound engineer or something mechanical. It’s carrying a box of this in and being told it’s a union job. Guys couldn’t even carry their own banners and tables. That’s not normal (laughs). Guys are used to bringing in everything in and setting up themselves. They couldn’t do that. It’s all a union thing. Now that means you have more added expense that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. Starrcast II ended up costing seven or eight times more than my overhead than Starrcast I.SN: People see that statement and will be like, ‘What’s the point of going back to Las Vegas if your overhead is that high?’ Is going back to Vegas to do another event in your plans down the line if you keep doing them?CT: No. Not Las Vegas again because of the overhead and the flights. Vegas is a fly-in town. We sold more tickets for Starrcast II, but because of the increased overhead with airfare and hotels and other little factors that happen in Vegas, your overhead goes way up. Chicago is a better place for us, and I’d rather not go back to Vegas.SN: I watched the event you did with Bruce (Prichard) and just watching you up there, you appeared to be more relaxed. Was that the case or was it more hectic than you let on compared to Chicago the first time around?CT: I was much calmer than I was in Chicago because I had a better grasp of what I was doing. We’re continuing to learn and evolve and are getting better. This time in Chicago, we will be in a much better spot than we were for the first one. What you saw with Bruce was on a Sunday morning. At that point, we were pretty much done.SN: Arn Anderson did his first interview since his exit from WWE with Tony Schiavone at Starrcast II. During their time on stage, it was announced that you would be doing a fifth podcast and it would be with Arn. How did it come about to where you are adding another podcast?CT: We spoke the week after his exit from WWE was announced. We made it a point to talk with each other in person the following week and made the deal right there. So I would say two weeks or so after he left WWE and now we’re rolling.SN: Was getting Arn to agree to do a podcast with you the easier than when you talked with Eric, Tony, JR, and Bruce?CT: Yeah, man. It was established. He knew the podcast with Bruce is doing well, the one with Bischoff is doing well, and he is lifelong friends with Tony Schiavone. He knew what to expect, so it was relatively smooth, I suppose.SN: What can expect out of this podcast that is different than the ones you are doing right now?CT: Everything in his career up until now. The high potential in doing a podcast with Arn is that Arn was John Cena’s agent. So all that stuff that Bruce missed because he was gone, Arn is there to fill in the blanks for. Everything from The Undertaker’s streak ending to CM Punk leaving. So it’s going to be everything in between including the territory days from Georgia Championship Wrestling, the Alabama territories and talk about matches in Pensacola and when he made the jump to Jim Crockett Promotions which led to the Four Horseman, where he made a name for himself. Who else has had a career like that going from the territory days to the NWA to Jim Crockett Promotions? It’s WCW, and it’s WWE/WWF. It’s a unique story and one we have never had before because except for the show that I had with Ric (Flair), I have been with office and never an actual in-ring performer. So it’s a different take and coming from someone who’s never done a shoot interview or a real book and never really broken kayfabe. The idea that we get to do that now is great because everyone will get to hear what they have listened to for years backstage. It’s a unique combination. It’s going to be a really popular show.SN: With the addition of a fifth podcast, people online have wondered how do you have to fit that in along with the other podcasts, doing shows on the road with them, having your mortgage company and having a family?CT: I don’t. I want to do it because it’s a story that needs to be told.SN: What’s the greatest thing about doing all these podcasts? Conrad Thompson is a very busy man.During the day, Thompson is a mortgage broker for First Family Mortgage Company in Huntsville, Ala. But by night, he co-hosts four successful wrestling podcasts in “Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard,” “83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff” and “What Happened When with Tony Schiavone” and “Grilling JR with Jim Ross”.
– as company slated to become 100% privately ownedBy Jarryl BryanIt seems that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is not the only commercial enterprise the Government intends to withdraw State involvement from. Next on the agenda for a complete private takeover is the Guyana Stock Feeds Incorporated (GSFI).In a notice originating from the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), bids to purchase the Government’s shares in GSFI were invited from reputable organisations.It is understood that NICIL holds 6.68 per cent of the total shareholding of the company, with the other shareholders retaining 93.32 per cent. Bidders must first register with NICIL and pay a $10,000 registration fee.NICIL CEO Horace JamesThey would then be provided with a Request for Proposals (RFP) document, a Memorandum with company details, guidelines for bidders and a draft share sales agreement. Adding that it is not “bound to accept any proposal”, NICIL also issued a stipulation that these proposals must be submitted by December 7, 2017.The GSFI was established in 1960, with the main purpose of supplying animal feed to Guyana’s livestock sector. In 1975, the then Government nationalised the GSFI and thus it stayed until 1998 when it was put back into private hands.At the time, the State brought in a strategic partner to reorganise the business, which was losing market share to imported feeds. Today, after an initial consolidation period under new management, the GSFI is a conglomerate with interest in the livestock, rice, and edible oil sectors. The enterprise itself is located in an industrial park at Farm, East Bank Demerara.But NICIL’s time as a shareholder in the GSFI has not been a smooth ride, with repeated clashes over the years with principal shareholder and Pegasus owner Robert Badal. In fact, NICIL once took the GSFI to court and obtained an injunction against the enterprise.DivestmentGuyana Stock Feeds principal shareholder Robert BadalThis is the latest in a series of moves by NICIL to free the Government of involvement in certain enterprises. The most famous example is the divestment taking place at GuySuCo, under the auspices of a Special Purpose Unit (SPU).The Unit has begun the process of selling the Corporation’s assets, including a number of estates. It has been soliciting proposals from companies or persons, either individually or as part of a joint venture or consortium “with an interest in the privatisation and/or diversification of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and East Demerara ‘Enmore’ factories.”The request for letters of interest by the SPU is identified as the first step in the process of finding and shortlisting buyers or investors.The entity has noted too that in order to increase transparency, it is partnering with a suitably qualified international financial services firm “to provide technical and financial advisory support in the process leading to a successful privatisation and diversification of the sugar industry”.
ENDS HMD Asia to Open First Managed PropertyHMD Asia to Open First Managed Property Treeline Urban Resort on 1 November 2018Owned by Managing Director Sokoun Chanpreda, HMD Asia is a globally recognized developer, known for their creative and successful operation of independent boutique hotels such as Shinta Mani Hotels, restaurants and bars in Southeast Asia. They offer a full range of services including concept development, technical design, financial assessment, training and management.Treeline Urban Resort is a newly built boutique design property, located on the banks of the bustling Siem Reap riverfront. The property will have 48 keys comprising 36 rooms and 12 suites, together with modern culinary outlets including a trendy rooftop pool and bar.Conceived, designed and owned by Hok Kang, a young pioneering Cambodian designer, the resort’s name is inspired by the majestic Angkorian trees that line pathways and are scattered across the last vestige of the Angkor Empire.Treeline Urban Resort will add an innovative urban style to the local hotel scene. Hok Kang’s clear vision for the property was to create a unique style of hotel in Siem Reap that both inspired and excited the modern millennial traveler. The resort will blend the traditional elements of design with contemporary sophistication which is intimate yet inviting and vibrant yet tranquil.With its location in the heart of Siem Reap’s historic quarter, the resort will be perfectly located to take full advantage of the city’s growing art, food and cultural scene. An arts lounge and bar, rooftop pool overlooking the river, restaurant and spa will set the scene for discovery. Guests will be able to take in the vibrancy of the river walk within the crafted food and beverage outlets and retire to a sanctuary of privacy, comfort and tranquility within the leafy courtyard and resort grounds.In keeping with their commitment to help and promote local artistic talent within the community, the resort will set up the Treeline Art Foundation. Showing further support to local artists, the Resort appointed a local Cambodian Designer, Sokna, to design and produce the uniforms for the staff.Bookings are open with introductory rates from USD180 net per night, inclusive of breakfast, service charge and government taxes.For more information and reservations, please contact Treeline Urban Resort Tel: +855 63 961 1234 Fax: +855 63 761 1233 Email: email@example.com Website: www.treelinehotels.com Source = Treeline Urban Resort