If you’ve driven around Kingston recently, you would notice that there is a lot of construction taking place- from roadwaysto commercial and residential properties. One construction company making waves on the property development scene is Puerto Anton Developers. The CEO of thedevelopment company mentioned that“Puerto Anton Developersis committed to building residential and commercial projects, with unique expertise and complete clients’ satisfaction, using innovative designs and superior craftsmanship.” The company is currently working on Palms of Ravinia, an 8 unit residential complexoffOld Hope Road and in2020projects will be executedon smaller (intimate) Apartments Complex: Knightsdale Drive(Red Hill s);Havendale; Norbrook; and Hope Pastures. Watch the video below for a look at a 3D mock up pending developments by Puerto Anton Developers.

 Kevin Donaldson, CEO, Sagicor Investments.

The initial public offer (IPO) for the Sagicor Manufacturing and Distribution Select Fund closed successfully on Wednesday. The class C ordinary shares of the newly formed Sagicor Select Funds, the Sagicor Manufacturing and Distribution Select Fund, will own stocks in the most successful manufacturing and distribution companies on the main and junior markets of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). “We have reached our target and are grateful to the investing public for believing in the growth potential of Jamaica’s economy and our local entities. This is just another avenue through which Sagicor Investments enables Jamaicans to create, grow and preserve their wealth,” Kevin Donaldson, CEO, Sagicor Investments said. Referring to the recently listed Sagicor Financial Select Fund, which joined the main market of the JSE in August, Donaldson said: “This is the second of many innovations that we will bring to the market.” The first of its kind in Jamaica and the Caribbean, Sagicor Financial Select Fund currently tracks the financial index, introduced by the JSE earlier this year. In addition to tracking the JSE manufacturing and distribution index, the Sagicor Manufacturing and Distribution Select Fund allows investors further diversification in their portfolios and provides them with the added benefit of investing in a pool of assets from a range of manufacturing and distribution companies on the JSE. Donaldson underscored the importance of the fund and the benefits to the average Jamaican, noting that with one buy-in, Jamaicans can own their share of wealth in some of the island’s top-performing listed manufacturing and distribution companies. He positioned the Sagicor Manufacturing and Distribution Select Fund as a means through which investors can transform their financial security and earn from companies they support daily. “With this fund, every time you take up a product in the supermarket, you can say, ‘I own a piece of that’, he noted. There are currently 30 manufacturing and distribution companies’ that make up the JSE manufacturing and distribution index which the new Sagicor Select Fund aims to track; some 55 per cent of which, are from the food and beverage industry. The top companies in the fund include Wisynco Group Limited, Caribbean Cement Company, Grace Kennedy Limited, Jamaica Broilers Group, Carreras Limited, Seprod Limited, Jamaica Producers Limited, Lasco Manufacturing and Lasco Distributors. Touting that the industries are poised for growth, Donaldson shared that the manufacturing and distribution industries accounted for 26 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2018. He added that the industries have grown exponentially over the past five years and noted his anticipation for continued growth, hence the creation of this fund to mirror the manufacturing and distribution Index. Once listed, the Sagicor Manufacturing and Distribution Select Fund will be the second Listed Equity Fund on the stock market, following the Sagicor Financial Select Fund. The IPO opened on November 20 and sought to raise $2.5 billion with the potential to upside to $4 billion, with each share priced at $1. A minimum purchase price of 1,000 shares was required. Sagicor Investments was the lead broker and lead arranger for the IPO.


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FILE - In this May 1, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD accepts the award for top new artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago's Midway International Airport. The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad A. Higgins, was 21. Authorities have not released details about his cause of death. The Cook County medical examiner's office was notified of Higgin's death Sunday morning, according to office spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, who said an autopsy was likely Monday. Chicago police launched a death investigation after a 21-year-old male experiencing a “medical emergency” was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the man experienced cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital from a small hangar at Midway, away from the main terminal, where private planes land. The artist, who was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May, was from the Chicago suburb of Homewood. Like a good number of young hip-hop performers, Juice WRLD blended rapping and singing on his songs, sometimes mumbling words and focusing more on melody. His hit “Lucid Dreams,” which heavily samples Sting’s 1993 song “Shape of My Heart,” was a six-timeplatinum success and reached No. 2 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart. It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. “I was very impressed by what he put on top of (my version),” Sting told The Associated Press this year. “It’s a really good song.” Juice WRLD got his start on the music sharing platform SoundCloud before signing to a record label and finding major success on streaming services. His major-label debut album, “Goodbye & Good Riddance,” was a platinum success. It featured the hit “All Girls Are the Same,” which gained platinum status, alongside seven more platinum hits including “Armed & Dangerous,” “Robbery,” “Fine China” and “Legends,” which features the lyrics: “What's the 27 Club?/We ain't making it past 21.” He’s had 10 songs reach gold status and also had success with 2018’s “Wrld on Drugs,” a collaborative album with rapper-singer-producer Future. His second album, “Death Race for Love,” debuted on top of the Billboard charts this year and his most recent single, “Bandit” with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, reached the Top 10 of the pop charts in October.

Dream Weekend 2020 tickets are now available for purchase. The summer party series promoter Dream Entertainment announced that saleof the tickets went live on Friday December 6, 2019 via the Dream Weekend website and remain available until pre-sold options are sold out. The Dream weekend franchise includes power house events; Wet n Wild, Yush, Day Dreams and Twisted spirits. Dream Weekend, slated for August 5-9 2020 in Negril Jamaica, is one of several arms for Dream Entertainment, the parent company of Jamaica's largest Carnival band Xodus, Dream Cruise and Bleu. "Dream Entertainment has always been cutting edge in all aspects of our business. Dream Weekend has become a staple summer event in Jamaica and our patrons mark it on their calendars long before it gets anywhere close to summer,"said Carlos Phillpotts, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Dream Entertainment. "The truth is we attract a large number of foreign nationals for that week and for them to be able to make that trek requires a lot of prior advice and pre-planning, so we are trying our best to facilitate that by putting our tickets up for sale early," he added. Phillpotts noted that the early sale initiative is targeted at the party'soverseas patrons, but "Jamaican dreamers who would like to utilise the opportunity are able to do so as well. It really is our way of offering up the 'dream gift' for Christmas. Instead of another boring tie or gift certificate,thereis the opportunity to witness an event of epic proportions next year. It doesn't get any better than that," he said.


Members of May Pen Primary football team celebrate with the NextPlay Cup after beating Holland Primary 3-1 on penalties in the Jamaica leg of the the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf NextPlay Cup final at the UWI/JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

Goalkeeper Lennox Francis was the hero after he saved the first three Holland Primary spot kicks in a penalty shootout as May Pen Primary were crowned champions ofthe Jamaica leg inthe 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf NextPlay Cup with a 3-1 victory on penalties in the final at the UWI/JFFCaptain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence on Saturday. The dreaded penalty kicks were used to decide the winner after a tight game, which ended 1-1 after regulation time with few clear cut chances created. May Pen Primary had taken a 1-0 lead into the half-time break, but Holland Primary equalised following a lengthybreak as a result of heavy rain accompanied by lightning. But the day truly belonged goalkeeper Francis after his heroics from the spot as a new champion was crowned. May Pen Primary had earlier knocked out Holy Family Primary, which won the competition in its inaugural year in 2018. Perrin Gayle (left), Scotiabank's senior vice-president of corporate and commercial banking, presents the NextPlay Cup to the May Pen Primary team.Concacaf director of development Jason Robertsis at left. There was a slight change to the competition’s format on the final day that was expected to feature quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final. Instead, the eight teams that advanced to the final day after two Saturdays of preliminary roundwere placed in two groups of four teams each. At the end of round robin play in each group, the two group winners contested the championship match. May Pen Primary and Holland Primary came out of their respective groups with maximum nine points. On their way to the championship match, May Pen Primary had defeated Holy Family Primary 1-0 in the second round of matches on the day. That defeat eliminated the defending champions as at that stage they were on a points from two games, while the victory pushed May Pen Primary to an unassailable six points heading into the final set of group matches. Captain Rowanie Rampasaud, who scored for May Pen Primary in regulation time, missed from the spot in the penalty shootout, goalkeeper Francis, Devon Shaw and Ricardo LaTouche were the players on target for the new champion. [image_gallery] The NextPlay Cup is a primary school initiative by Scotiabankand Concacaf, which uses football as a vehicle to make a positive impact on children’s lives in four Concacaf Member Association countries -the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. It is confined to boys and girls aged 10-11 years old playing on the same team. Each country fielded 56 school teams, with 10 players, participating in 7x7 format between urban and rural regions. It aims, not only to expose the boys and girls to the game, but targets the wholesome development of the children through the primary school system in the participating countries. NextPlay takes aim critically at helping the kids in character building and to ensure that key life values are passed on to them at their impressionable years. Following the completing on the Jamaica leg, Yanique Forbes Patrick, director of public affairs and communications, Scotiabank (English Caribbean), said the bank wasproud of the programme. “It has been a good programme and we are happy and proud of what we have seen and I think we accomplish what we set out to do here today," said Forbes Patrick. Also on hand from Scotiabank to witness the final day were Perrin Gayle, senior vice-president, corporate and commercial banking and Sheryl Thompson, assistant manager, service and support. Concacaf director of development Jason Roberts and Howard McIntosh were among the senior members of the confederation who watched the final day of the Jamaica leg. Forbes Patrick also stated that “we had a programme that consisted of training academy and we went and we visited the schools at the training academy and it was really good to see them, and especially the girls getting technical training in football and having fun and learning all the social skills that we hoped they would learn. “And then we have a good day today. Did you see all the passion of football, you see the sweet taste of victory for some and others are learning to lose gracefully and that is also important. Honestly, I think we have accomplished what we wanted to do with the programme and we are very happy.”

Daichi Hosoda from Japan, who won the men's section of Reggae Marathon 2019 in Negril, Westmoreland on Sunday morning. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Daichi Hosoda from Japan won the men's section, with Rosamund Ponder from England capturing the women's section of Reggae Marathon 2019, which took place in Negril, Westmoreland on Sunday morning. Hosoda clocked 2:37.37 to finish ahead of Jamaicans Gregory McKenzie, who did 2:45.36, and Winthrope Wellington, who ended in 2:51.07. Ponder was timed in 3:13.06 to beat Amandao Nadeau from Canada, who did 3:33.49, and Midori Iwata from Japan, who came in third in 3:40.25. Rosamund Ponder from England capturing the women's section of Reggae Marathon 2019 in Negril, Westmoreland on Sunday morning. The men's Half Marathon was won by Henry Thomas of UCC Steppas, who recorded a time of 1:12.20, as Kevin Campbell who ran unattached was second in 1:21.57, and Dale Morgan of MoBay Movers third in 1:25.54. Franziska Fallman from Germany took the women's Half Marathon in 1:36.17, with Elizabeth Mondon second in 1:37.23, and Aretha Martin of Jake's Hotel third in 1:44 51. UCC Steppas' Garfield Gordon won the men's 10K to record back-to-back victories, as he took the event last year when he represented GC Foster College. [image_gallery] Gordon clocked 32.59 minutes for victory ahead of Romoy Grant of Bellfield High School, who did 34.29, and Dontae Hudson, also of Bellfield, who clocked 36.35. The women's 10K was won by St Jago's 13-year-old student, Nikeisha Henry, who did 39.51 minutes, with her teammate, Rushell Johnson, finishing second in 40.51. Samantha Pryce of Holmwood Technical High School was third in 42.16.