Justin M. Jacobson, APEThe Agency for Professional Esports, APE, has some new blood with the announcement that Justin M. Jacobson has joined as player agent and counsel.In this capacity Jacobson will be heavily involved in the agency’s day-to-day legal and business development matters. He will also assist in the recruiting and signing of new talent to the agency. Prior to joining APE, Jacobson has worked in traditional sports with NFL, NBA and MLB pro athletes, in addition to music producers, songwriters, and fashion designers.We interviewed Jeff Suhy and Jason Moore back in February to discuss their plans for APE, and they spoke of waiting for that true ‘breakthrough’ star. Speaking to Esports Insider, Jacobson explained why he joined APE: “I joined APE for a variety of reasons. First, it is an honor to link with such a quality organisation as the foundation they have laid thus far will be beneficial to my growth in this sector.“APE also provides me with the ability to work with like-minded and well-known individuals who share the same goal and philosophy toward talent management and brand development. Additionally, I joined in an effort to expand their operations to New York and the East coast to better serve the major East coast markets as well as the European and Asian markets. I hope to bring a new attitude and approach to the marketing and development of “branded” content based on my prior extensive experience in this area to help compliment their current practices.”As to why he believes the company is needed in the space, he said: “To date, APE has made huge strides in talent representation and the overall “brand” management of professional gamers.“They currently represent some of the world’s top talent in a variety of games. They have negotiated major marketing and player contracts on behalf of their clientele and have consulted for a variety of esports businesses. In particular, the work the agency is doing on behalf of its gamers, including their vigorous representation while negotiating on behalf of their players, sets them apart from others in the field.”He continued: “In particular, they are competent professionals who fully understand the entire business landscape. There seems to be a string of ‘consultants’ and ‘player agents’, with little to no actual contract negotiation and/or drafting experience, working on behalf of professional gamers, and they are negotiating with major organisations represented by competent professionals. “Ultimately, the biggest issue facing esports talent management is assisting the gamers to understand the short and long “value” that these individuals can bring to their career. This includes assisting in avoiding potential issues that would have been avoided if they aligned themselves early on with proper management and advisers.”Esports Insider says: APE has a solid backbone of contacts in the world of entertainment, and with Jacobson comes a wealth of experience of dealing with pro athletes in major sports which can only be a positive for the esports players that sign up with the agency.
It’s fair to say the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs have been anything but calm and easy. In another shocking turn of events San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer has named Martin Jones his starter in Game 5.In case you don’t remember, Jones was pulled in Game 4 after allowing two goals on seven shots: not great numbers. Jones struggled during the regular season, going 36-19-5 with a career-worst 2.94 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. His stats have not fared better during the postseason, as he has a 1-2 record with a shocking 5.34 GAA and .838 save percentage.On Tuesday, Jones was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots. Were the goals primarily his fault? Not really, when Shea Theodore splits the defense and scores a pretty goal.yoShea Theodore’s goal in slow-mo is magical pic.twitter.com/F2WVxw3kgO— x-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 17, 2019It;s fair to say DeBoer might not have much faith in Aaron Dell if he’s going back to Jones in Game 5. Hopefully, the netminder can refind his game, and the Sharks can refind their defense. If not, they’ll be packing their bags for summer vacation after Thursday. MORE: Lightning’s collapse continues curse of Presidents’ Trophy
Traditional leaders of Liberia are opting for a Constitutional review process aimed at amending Article 30a of the 1986 Constitution.Article 30a requires that “Citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature: (A) For the Senate, have attained the age of 30 years and for the House of Representatives, have attained the age of 25 years.”According to the Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), Chief Zanzan Karwor, the required age for those wanting to occupy said position is “solely responsible for the unpleasant behavior of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.”He noted that until the required age is adjusted through a constitutional process, the conduct of lawmakers, particularly those of the House, will continue to bring shame to the Liberian society.In his wisdom, Chief Karwor believes that more values need to be added to the first branch of government so that the conduct of business in both houses could represent the views and aspirations of the entire country.“How can a 25 year old be representative in the House and all they do there is about boyfriends and girlfriends business. Whole day in the House, all we find them doing is fighting over money; everyday money, money business. We need to look at that part of the Constitution that talks about who is qualified to be lawmaker. If we do that, we will stop plenty of the things that [are] going on in the House,” the Traditional Chief declared.Judging from these situations in the country, Karwor said, “Liberia is now beyond repair and things are not improving.”The Traditional leaders’ assertion is in response to recent standoff on Capitol Hill involving Representatives Roland Opee Cooper and Bill Corneh, of Margibi and Bong Counties respectively.In that commotion, it was established that Opee Cooper physically assaulted his Bong County counterpart when Corneh attempted to calm him (Opee) doing a heated debate in the House’s chamber.According to Chief Karwor, such action does not represent a group of people with high moral integrity, and as such, Liberians must consider changing the rules in order to bring dignity to the Capitol Building.Chief Karwor made the assertions yesterday at a two-day forum organized by Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) held under the theme: “Working with Traditional leaders to enhance citizens’ participation in LEITI implementation.” According to LEITI Head of Secretariat Konah D. Karmo, traditional leaders’ participation in LEITI implementation remains cardinal to the work of the organization.Presenting a lecture on the topic: “The LEITI Process — A benefit for every Liberian”, Karmo encouraged traditional leaders to lead the way in making sure that companies and concessionaires abide by commitments on the book for affected communities and people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At a time when the country’s elections body is expected to employ more staff for the imminent General and Regional Elections, concerns about its hiring practices still linger as the Ethnic Relations Commission’s investigation at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is yet to be completed.ERC Chairman, Dr John SmithAccording to ERC Chairman, Dr John Smith, while the probe was expected to be wrapped up since last year, this was not done.“We out-sourced the investigators… [But] they needed some more time and I gave them the time… No [I can’t say how long more they need], but the report has to come back to the Commissioners and then we will inform the public,” Dr Smith told Guyana Times on Wednesday.Retired Justice Stanley Moore, who had served as Home Affairs Minister under late President LFS Burnham during the People’s National Congress (PNC) regime, along with former Deputy Commissioner of Police Lloyd Smith and human resources consultant Jairam Petam, was recruited to inquire into claims made by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) GECOM Commissioners Bibi Shadick, Sase Gunraj and Robeson Benn, that there was an ethnic imbalance at the elections body and hiring practices were being manipulated in favour of one group.The team was supposed to complete the probe in three weeks during October. However, the time was extended as the probe widened and to date, there has been no indication as to when it would be concluded.“I can’t say exactly in terms of timing [when the report will be available]… There is not really [any revised deadline], because they encountered some difficulties and that stalled the whole investigation and getting out the report,” the ERC Chairman stated.When asked about the difficulties that are delaying the investigation, Dr Smith opted not to go into detail, telling this publication that they would be known when the report was completed.Last year, the Elections Commission was embroiled in controversy after it was alleged former Deputy Chief Elections Officer Vishnu Persaud was overlooked for the position because of his ethnicity despite him being the top ranked candidate.The Commission went ahead and hired the second-ranked candidate Roxanne Meyers, after GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson broke the deadlock and voted in favour of her.Since then, there have been allegations that candidates applying for posts at GECOM were being rejected and accepted based on their ethnicity and political alignment.After these claims were made, the ERC had scheduled a meeting with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, where the matters were raised. The ERC also met with President David Granger at that time.At a press conference prior to the probe, the GECOM Chairman had said that qualifications ultimately trumped race when filling vacancies. When asked whether deliberate efforts to achieve racial diversity were being made, Patterson had contended that deliberate efforts were being made to get the best people and that he had “no apologies” for that.The ERC is a constitutional body. It works with persons and agencies to promote harmonious ethnic relations. The Commission also deals with complaints, promotes training in racial harmony, and fosters a sense of security, among all ethnic groups.Meanwhile, the PPP/C Commissioners had also registered complaints of Chairman Patterson using his post to muzzle them on the issue of hiring practices. During a statutory meeting, Commissioner Benn had highlighted issues regarding the ethnic composition of the workforce at the GECOM Secretariat, having pointed out that the perception was that the vast majority of the staff of the Commission were persons of one ethnicity.The PPP/C Commissioners had said that the Chairman prevented Benn from further defending his position and when challenged, adjourned the meeting for over half an hour.Their allegations followed by an earlier statement by executive member of the PPP, Dr Roger Luncheon who made allegations against GECOM on the same issue.