Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed on Saturday the club wishes to continue playing in La Liga even if Catalonia is granted independence from Spain.The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to deal with the crisis after Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont wrote Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a letter threatening a formal declaration of independence.Bartomeu previously said the club members would be able to help decide Barcelona’s future but speaking at the annual general meeting, the president was clear about his preferred option.”You can be sure that this board will always act in the club’s defence,” said Bartomeu.”We will never put the club nor its presence in any competition at risk. That’s why, to all the socios (members), I say that we want to continue playing in La Liga and, as of today, our participation [in La Liga] is guaranteed.”It’s mutually beneficial for La Liga and Barcelona for that link to continue.”Bartomeu reiterated the club’s call for “dialogue, respect and sport”, a phrase which they displayed on a giant banner before their Champions League victory over Olympiakos on Wednesday.The president expressed his disapproval at the arrest of two leaders of the Catalan independence movement, Catalan National Assembly (ANC) head Jordi Sanchez and independence group Omnium’s leader Jordi Cuixart.”We know that Barca is ‘more than a club’ and must be a space for harmony and respect,” added Bartomeu. “There must be respect for everyone, minorities and majorities, to think what they things, all institutions and people.advertisement”For that reasons, it’s unacceptable that in this century there are people in prison for their political ideas.”The club also confirmed their predicted forecast of a record revenue of 897 million euros ($1 billion) for the 2017-18 season and said they were making good progress in negotiations to find a sponsor for Camp Nou, which they are planning to rebuild.”The renovation of Camp Nou is essential to achieve new income for the club,” explained Bartomeu.”In that regard, negotiations to find a company to sponsor the stadium are going well.”2Catalonia is home to Barcelona, Girona and Espanyol in the La Liga.
Ms. Grange said Independence and Emancipation celebrations are important in fostering pride in country for both young and old people. Story Highlights Thousands of Jamaicans, clad in the national colours of black, green, and gold, turned out at the National Stadium on August 6, to celebrate the country’s 55th anniversary of political Independence, at the Grand Gala.Despite the presence of overcast skies and periods of slight drizzle, the event got underway at 6:00 p.m. and ended just after 10:00 p.m. with the much-anticipated display of fireworks.Among the attendees were Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Lady Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness and Mrs. Holness; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie; Leader of the Opposition; Dr. Peter Phillips; and other members of the Houses of Parliament and Diplomatic Corps.Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, and Reggae icon, Jimmy Cliff, were also honoured during the ceremony.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Minister Grange said she was pleased with the different elements of the show.“We had an excellent turnout, in fact, we would have had every corner filled except that the police had their own rules in that people with pointed umbrellas would not be allowed in and so that was an issue,” she said.“But the place is packed, people are enjoying themselves, the spirit is great and we are celebrating our culture, achievements and icons,” she added.Ms. Grange said Independence and Emancipation celebrations are important in fostering pride in country for both young and old people.“It is important that as a country we celebrate our achievements (and that) we use the opportunity to reflect on where we are coming from, to look at where we are and to look to the future. Our young people are able to understand the culture and learn about their history and their heritage on occasions like these and it is important that we have events like the gala,” she said.Eleven-year-old, Ciara, who was celebrating her birthday, said the event was good.“It’s good that I was born on the day Jamaica gained Independence, because I feel very special now that everybody is celebrating Jamaica 55 and they are celebrating my birthday at the same time,” she told JIS News.She admitted that she was frightened during segments of the fireworks, but said that the overall performances were great.Another patron, John Campbell, who hails from Kingston, said he was home watching the event on the television, because of the weather, but decided to attend with his family.“Seeing the excitement, I just couldn’t afford to miss it, so I just got dressed and came here…I am enjoying the culture and everything that has been presented to us so far,” he told JIS News.More than 2000 performers were on show from communities across Kingston and St. Andrew. There were also performances by Etana, Ernie Smith, Jermaine Edwards, Mr. Vegas, Bugle, Admiral Bailey and Kukudoo.Emancipation and Independence activities were held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’.The celebrations were undertaken at a cost of $180 million and included the staging of the Independence Village in Kingston and St. James featuring concerts, exhibitions, and other activities. More than 2000 performers were on show from communities across Kingston and St. Andrew. There were also performances by Etana, Ernie Smith, Jermaine Edwards, Mr. Vegas, Bugle, Admiral Bailey and Kukudoo. Thousands of Jamaicans, clad in the national colours of black, green and gold turned out at the national stadium on August 6, to celebrate the country’s 55th anniversary of political Independence, at the Grand Gala.
Tele Columbus CEO and chairman, Ronny Verhelst.German cable operator Tele Columbus has set the offer price for shares sold through its IPO at €10 per share, at the mid-point of the previously announced price range of €8.00 to €12.00 per share. The move means that Tele Columbus expects to raise between €333 million and €367 million from the sale of the new shares, depending on the exercise of a provision that allows underwriters to sell investors more shares than originally planned. The IPO will mean that over 50% of the company will be free-floatedAccording to the company, the offering was well oversubscribed at the offer price.A total of 51,022,500 shares will be placed, comprising 33.3 million new shares resulting from a capital increase, 14.4 million existing shares being sold by Tele Columbus Management holding company, and an additional 3.3 million existing shares borrowed by the Underwriters from Tele Columbus Management to cover the over-allotment.Some 26 million shares will be allocated to pre-IPO shareholders who have placed orders for preferential allocation.“We are delighted with the strong demand for the Tele Columbus shares and are looking forward to the first trading day”, says Ronny Verhelst, CEO of Tele Columbus. “The response from investors has been very positive and confirms the attractiveness of our business model. The access to the capital market going forward increases the Company’s financial flexibility to significantly strengthen our market position.”