At the Oakdale Mall, one shop, however, says they don’t have many customers making returns at all. According to the National Retail Federation, 68 percent of shoppers return to stores after Christmas Day, and 55 percent of those shoppers will return their purchased items within a month. For shoppers making those returns, a lot of them won’t be leaving the mall empty-handed. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — ‘Tis the season for long lines and shoppers returning Christmas presents. “We can use the money to do other stuff. New Years is right here, so he can get a new outfit, and I can get some new boots,” said Livingston. In fact, the Shops of 607 hardly ever get returns. According to Lotsman, she sees maybe 10 items returned over the course of a year. “Today, I’ve had one return. I don’t expect a lot of returns, our store doesn’t typically get a lot,” said Judy Lotsman, a co-owner of the Shops of 607. “I returned a pair of sneakers and a holiday outfit that my boyfriend did not get to wear,” said Alisah Livingston, a shopper making several returns.
(By Stephan Sookram in Jamaica, compliments of Fly Jamaica, GT Motorsports, Nexus Machinery and Bell Communications)THE Jamaicans will have their hands full with Guyanese competition this weekend during the Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) Double Trouble battle.Set for the Palisadoes karting track in Kingston, the two-day event will feature six Guyanese competing across three classes.After yesterday’s official practice, they are all upbeat about their chances in their respective classes.In the Rotax senior class, Guyana will be represented by Matthew Phang while in the junior division, the attack will be three-fold among Rayden Persaud, Mikhail Persaud and Elan Rahaman.Mikhail Persaud rounds the Penultimate corner of the Palisadoes race track.Up to late yesterday, the Guyanese were still working to bring their times down to the average track times as they get ready for today’s qualifying which begins at 10:00hrs.According to track officials, the senior class karters are near the 57-second timings with Phang already down to low 58s while the juniors average just around the same.Rayden was pushing times of 58.5 for his junior class which carries just about the same time bracket with Mikhail posting low 59s and Elan in the same region.In the Macro class, Jeremy Ten Pow was able to post a 59.2-second time with the average time being around the 58-second bracket.Justin Ten Pow, who is in the Mini Max class was posting 1:05 second time in a group where the average time is around 1:03.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, JKA president David Summerbell contended that the process for the exchange programme begun just over a month ago.“Since we were down in Guyana about a month back, we started discussions about having a few Guyanese here for our karting event. It is fabulous that it all worked out this way and we have some of the best youngsters here this weekend.”“I have to say a big shout out to the sponsors, of course Total Lubricants, Fly Jamaica and there are so many more that have come on board for this event.”Today’s qualification begins at 10:00hrs with racing set for just over an hour.
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel wants to resume negotiations for the Joshua fight provided that terms remain private and Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn is determined to agree on a blockbuster bout with all the world titles at stake.“I won’t talk about the negotiations we’re having at the moment, because I did that last time and it bit me in the bottom,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.“I’m going to stay quiet, keep this mush peeled and shut, and try and make the undisputed heavyweight fight. That’s the priority, it’s always been the priority, always been the plan.”Joshua has also welcomed a British battle with Fury, who climbed off the canvas twice during the Wilder fight, only to be denied victory by the judges’ scorecards in Los Angeles.But Hearn believes the Joshua-Wilder fight must happen next instead of an immediate rematch for Fury.“Josh still likes the Tyson Fury fight. I’ve spoken to him numerous times,” said Hearn.“Josh is in camp now in America, and he would love to fight Fury, he would.“I’ve spoken to Fury yesterday, just said well done. I take my hat off to him. I was wrong. He proved me wrong against (Wladimir) Klitschko, he proved me wrong against Deontay Wilder. I think what he’s done is remarkable.“I still believe Anthony Joshua is hands down the best heavyweight in the world. I believe he knocks out Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but maybe I’ll be wrong again, but it’s a brilliant time for the heavyweight game.“There is a rematch that could happen between Wilder and Fury. But if Wilder really wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he must fight Joshua next, otherwise, we may just all miss the boat on that one. But anything can happen.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GLOBAL SOCCER\\OTHER SPORTSPromoter Eddie Hearn said that Anthony Joshua’s top priority remains an undisputed heavyweight fight against Deontay Wilder at Wembley on April 13.The British star has reiterated his desire to face Wilder in his next scheduled fight at the national stadium after the American retained his WBC belt in a split decision draw with Tyson Fury at the weekend.
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Publishing its Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September), FTSE100 betting group GVC Holdings details continued corporate growth and progress on its core strategic objectives.The enlarged FTSE firm continues its strong digital momentum, recording +28% period NGR increase, detailing growth across all its major operating territories.Boosted by the closing stages of World Cup Russia 2018, GVC sports brands NGR grew 31%, with the company maintaining double-digit growth for its acquired Ladbrokes (+24%) and Coral UK (+29%) digital properties.Furthermore, a strengthened digital framework has helped GVC Casino/Games brands achieve 19% NGR increase, driven by ‘strong levels of first-time depositors’.Despite its digital growth, GVC cannot escape tougher UK retail operating conditions, with the company reporting a like-for-like 2% NGR decline. Nevertheless, the firm’s UK retail woes are offset by +24% increase in its European retail assets, as GVC reports strong growth across its Italian assets.GVC Holdings Q3 2018 Trading UpdateMoving forward, GVC governance highlights significant future prospects for the operator, having secured its US joint-venture partnership with MGM Resorts during the Q3 trading.GVC will now act as technology and operations lead for MGM Resorts, the US’ biggest land-based casino operator, gaining a significant foothold within the liberalised US sports betting market. The strategic partnership will see GVC develop and launch exclusive platform and digital properties through the ‘playMGM’ brand.Commenting on the Trading update, GVC Holdings Group CEO Kenneth Alexander said:“The Group’s performance in the quarter was very pleasing with momentum continuing across the Online and European Retail divisions. As highlighted in our H1 results, we will look to consolidate our position in markets where we are taking market share through the reinvestment of excess returns, and the board is confident in its full-year expectations.“We believe our sports-betting joint venture with MGM is best placed to be the market leader in the US and we have taken the first steps on that journey with the soft-launch of our sports-betting app in New Jersey. We have also recently announced a series of CSR measures including a multi-million-pound commitment to responsible gambling initiatives and a call for a pre-watershed ban of TV advertising in the UK around football and other live sports.“The industry continues to evolve and whilst there are challenges there are also many exciting opportunities. Through our proprietary technology, a portfolio of brands, leading product and talent, GVC is well placed to continue to deliver shareholder value.”