JN Bank has announced that it has discontinued some in-branch fees including minimum balance and maintenance fees on deposits in savings accounts. Maureen Hayden-Cater, Managing Director, JN Bank, says the removal of the fees are part of the company’s strategy to make banking services more accessible to everyone and to improve the banking experience for Jamaicans. “The intention is to make our services accessible so that in the long term, Jamaicans can be more confident about the services they receive from commercial banks; and the wealth they are accumulating when they save,” Hayden-Cater said in a press release. She said the bank has also discontinued other fees for everyday in-branch transactions. JN Bank members no longer pay for in-branch deposits under J$1 million. “In other words, everyday banking at JN is free,” she quipped. Hayden-Carter also pointed to a Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) survey in March that she said revealed that JN Bank has significantly lower fees, or no costs attached to many of its products and services. This positions the bank as an excellent commercial banking option for Jamaicans, she said. “We are reducing the encumbrances to banking; and, thereby, creating a financial experience in which members can save and access credit to achieve their personal goals and objectives,” she said, adding “Banks are not institutions to be feared, instead we want our banking halls to be places where customers can be at ease and confident that their economic potential will be realized.”

The Jamaican dollar revalued by six cents against the US dollar on Thursday, according to the trading summary from the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ). The local currency closed at $129.15 against the US greenbackfrom $129.21 on the prior trading day. The British Pound Sterling closed at $165.04 from $163.52, while the Canadian dollar closed at $97.95 from $97.24.

Kingsley Cooper’s Pulse pushed the envelope by hosting a dancehall fashion show on the opening night of Caribbean Fashion Week 2017. Among those showing their works were: Alkaline, Biggy Fuse, Nash Wear, Zaid and Franz Christie. Loop brings you this video.

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South Africa bowler Chris Morris.

England's two debutants endured sharply contrasting fortunes at Taunton on Friday as South Africa staged a thrilling late fightback to prevail by three runs and set up an unlikely Twenty20 series decider. Fast bowler Tom Curran starred after the hosts had elected to field, striking with his second delivery in international cricket and finishing with 3-33 to help limit theProteas to 174-8 despite a 20-ball 46 from AB de Villiers. However, fellow new cap Liam Livingstone (16 off 18 balls) endured a painful struggle with the bat that culminated in a shambolic run-out as England lost their way badly following a century stand between Jason Roy (67) and Jonny Bairstow (47). When the rejuvenated Roy fell victim to the rarely seen dismissal of obstructing the field at the start of the 16th over, his side required just 42 from 29 balls on a pacy surface,with seven wickets still in hand. Livingstone - a renowned big-hitter in county cricket - was unable to find any rhythm, though, and fine bowling from Chris Morris, Dane Paterson and Andile Phehlukwayo limited England to 171-6. Liam Dawson hit the penultimate ball of the match for four after Livingstone had run himself out, but the former could not repeat the feat to secure victory as Phehlukwayo delivered a superb yorker. Although the big-hitting JJ Smuts, who was out to the first ball of the matchon Wednesday,and Farhaan Behardien contributed 45 and 32 respectively, De Villiers was a class apart in the Proteas' innings. After taking three fours and a six off Liam Plunkett in the 10th over, South Africa's captain looked to be in ominous form when he walked across his stumps to David Willey and got down on one knee to flick the ball high over fine-leg for a stunning maximum. However, De Villiers skied Willey'snext ball to Eoin Morgan at coverand England were able to limit their opponents' acceleration thereafter as Curran continued to impress. Roy and Bairstow both excelled in the reply, but the impressive Morris accounted for the latter and South Africa had a lifeline when Roy was given out after he was adjudged to have deliberately put his body in the way of a throw to the non-striker's end. England simply could not get going again thereafter and the series will now be decided in Cardiff on Sunday.


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July 16, 2017

Reggae Sumfest

Reggae Sumfest event kicks off on Sunday, July 16 with a beach party and moves into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18, followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20, Pier One will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash then culminates at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 with the pulsating rhythms of music and Jamaican culture.