Montego Bay Convention Centre was listed as the top destination in St James’ capital, followed by Hyatt Ziva and Zilara RoseHall and Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa.

Montego Bay, Jamaica has claimed the eighth spot for top meetings and events destination in the Caribbean and Latin America. The ranking by Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, puts MoBay three points up from its position of 11th best destination last year. SMG managed facility - Montego Bay Convention Centre was listed as the top destination in St James’ capital, followed by Hyatt Ziva and Zilara RoseHall and Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa. Overall, the city has a total of 46 meeting rooms, 8,807 sleeping rooms and 1,053 committable sleeping rooms. “With over 127,000 sq. ft of indoor/outdoor event space, and nine meeting rooms, you can have your event in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica. Just 15 minutes from the airport, two minutes from over 4,000 rooms and five to 15 minutes from shopping and attractions,” Cvent’s website read. Nassau, Bahamas; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; and Cancun, Mexico were listed as the top three destinations in the region on the listing which was released by the company earlier today. The overall list was compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites through which more than US$16 billion ($2 trillion) in business was sourced in 2018. Travel activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and the destinations were ranked according to the following criteria: unique request for proposals received, total room nights received, awarded request for proposals, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venue and the number of profile views. “Business events add US$1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s top meeting destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more group business to their locals,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. The global list also included top destinations located in the United States, Europe, Caribbean & Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. “While the top destinations in each region have not changed significantly year-over-year, cities such as Napa, CA, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Beirut, Lebanon, are new to their respective lists and have positioned themselves as top cities to host meetings and events," Andrews said. "Leading destinations are working closely with hotels and venues in their area to offer and promote unique experiences, helping event organizers deliver more memorable and impactful events,” he continued.

 International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. (AP Photo)

Christine Lagarde is resigning as managing director of the International Monetary Fund in light of her nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank. Lagarde has already given up her day-to-day duties as head of the IMF, and the international lending agency has named a top deputy, David Lipton, as acting managing director. Legarde said in a prepared statement Tuesday, "I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund, as it will expedite the selection process for my successor." Lagarde said her resignation will be effective on Sept. 12. Lagarde took over the IMF after her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was ensared in sexual assault allegations. As managing director, she coordinated large bailout loans for Greece in concert with the ECB and European Union.


Actor Michael London as 'Boysie' in the classic O'Connor's Photo Lab commercial series.

Jamaica has a unique culture and that culture comes out through many avenues. One of the uniquely Jamaican ways our culture is put on display through the mass media is through our television advertisements. Loop News hopes to bring back some good memories as we look back atsome of the classic advertisements that were produced right here in Jamaica. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/3se_r0091Kw.jpg?itok=bQ6aRj8x","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3se_r0091Kw","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 1. Grace Tomato Ketchup – There have been a variety of Grace Tomato Ketchup advertisements over the years, all with catchy jingles. One that stands out was made in the 1970s and even prompted dancehall favourite King Yellowman to record a single using the same melody and words. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/C3laPBf2n9w.jpg?itok=O2hQvV7k","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3laPBf2n9w","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 2. Quench Aid – The drink mix ad was very [popular among children who knew the advertisement line for line. ♫Quench Aid is my number one♫. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/gOfzIQLnvV8.jpg?itok=0hO2V9fZ","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOfzIQLnvV8&t=9s","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 3. I’d Rather have a Red Stripe – Ernie Smith boosted the popularity of his single, 'Life Is Just For Living', when he used the melody and lyrics to endorse Jamaica’s premiumlager beer, Red Stripe. Many at the time never knew there was actually a single recorded with the same name. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/wR_RZW7Z5sg.jpg?itok=L34nKlsr","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR_RZW7Z5sg","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 4. Boysie’s O'Connor's Photo Lab adventures– Shot in the 1980s, thisadvertisement series featuring the comical ‘Boysie’, played by Michael London, dressed in khaki short pants and a khaki shirt is a classic. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/FgwA6qPVMHA.jpg?itok=-H-Z3ZgW","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgwA6qPVMHA","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 5. Tastee Cheese – Jamaica's king of theatre, Oliver Samuels, shows off his deejayinhg prowess inthis classic advertisement featuring Tastee Cheese. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/pokFsD1VHew.jpg?itok=RFknSAH0","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pokFsD1VHew","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 6. Come Back to Jamaica – During the late 1970s, there was an exodus of Jamaicans due to the threat, real or perceived, of communism taking over. Many Jamaicans sold their houses cheaply and migrated to the United States. In a bid to woo Jamaicans back home, an advertisement was produced by the Jamaica Tourist Board which featured great vocals and a sweet melody and was onthe lips of everyone. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/xdZB5Z9Apko.jpg?itok=8SQbuKPF","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdZB5Z9Apko","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 7. Sudsil – ‘If dirt is the game then Sudsil is the name’ – the advertisement featuring Dr Sudsil was popular among children in the 1980s. Lost Tapes (We were unable to find video files of these classics) 8. A little more oil in my lamp to keep it burning – during the drive to upgrade the country’s literacy rate, an advertisement was produced by the Government to encourage illiterate Jamaicans to enroll in the Jamaica Advancement for Literacy Programme (JAMAL) which used the words and melody from a popular Eric ‘Monty’ Morris’ single. 9. Appleton VX - From sugar cane to cup, this classic Appleton Estate commercial of the late 1980s/early 1990s highlighted the production process against the backdrop of some smooth classical music. 10. Kentucky Fried Chicken -♫Nobody does it better♫.... Indeed, nobody did it better than this locally-produced 1990s commercial that concluded with a couple having a romantic KFC dinner at home.

Late singjay J Capri with dad Kenneth Phillips, aka 'Murphy', in happy times.

It's hard to believe that it has been almost four years since the death of talented dancehall artiste, JCapri. The memory of her loss is still raw in the mind of her father, Kenneth Phillips, who has to deal with the big hole in his life where she used to be. In his bid to honour her memory, Phillips has announced that he will be releasing a heartfelt tribute song dedicated to his latedaughter. The single, 'Hard to Say Goodbye', will be released in August bythe nascent J Capri Music Group (JCMG). "The lyrics are really touching because my daughter meant a lot to me, the disc jockeys dem say mi put mi heart into it, and I went all out," Phillips, who performs under the stage name 'Murphy', told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. The song will be distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution. "The JCMG label has already signed an artiste, Dahj, my nephew and JCapri's cousin, to the label and we will be releasing a number of singles soon. We will sign other artistes in the future but for now, we are concentrating on Dahj, he is the one who also made the beat for 'Hard to Say Goodbye'," Phillips said. Singjay J Capri,whose full name is Jordan Phillips,died at hospital on December 4, 2015following a motor vehicle crash more than a week earlier. She had been in an induced coma, and doctors had believed her to be showing signs of improvement before her eventual death. The 23 year-old had been known for the songs, 'Wine and Kotch' featuring Charlie Blacks (which racked up 54 million views), 'Pull Up ToMi Bumper' with Konshens and 'Boom and Bend Over'.


PSG's Neymar.

Barcelona are making moves to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou, but they have work to do. Neymar, 27, is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) this close season, having told the Ligue 1 champions of his desire for a Parc des Princes exit. It comes just two years after his world-record €222million move from Barcelona, who are taking steps to bring the Brazil star back. TOP STORY – BARCELONA OFFER COUTINHO, RAKITIC PLUS €40M FOR NEYMAR Barcelonahave verbally offeredPhilippe CoutinhoandIvan Rakitic, plus €40m, to PSG forNeymar, according to L'Equipe. The report saysPSGare standing firm over Neymar, having paid €222m for the superstar forward two years ago. There have been contrasting reports about Barca's offer, with others saying it wasOusmane Dembele, not Rakitic, included as part of the deal. ROUND-UP -Romelu Lukaku's possible switch from Manchester United toInterhas moved slowly, but the Serie A outfit could be getting closer. According to The Sun, Inter will tell United they will meet their €83m (£75m) asking price if the deal includes bonus payments. -Atletico Madridare well and truly rebuilding and their latest addition looks set to beKieran Trippier. AS say theTottenhamright-back could soon complete a €30m (£27.1m) move to Atletico, while Spurs have enquired aboutAngel Correain a potential deal. -Arsenalhave had a quiet close season, but they are still chasing Real Madrid midfielderDani Ceballos. According to AS, Ceballos is set to join the Premier League outfit on a one-season loan deal. -Daniele De Rossiwas apparently contemplating retirement, but the Roma great could instead be set for a surprise move. Sky Sport say De Rossi is set to accept a short-term deal withBoca Juniors. -Napoliare struggling to agree a deal with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez and they may turn their attentions toNicolas Pepe. The Lille forward has been linked with numerous clubs this close season and Gianluca Di Marzio reports Napoli could move for the Ivory Coast international. -Barcelonaare extremely interested in signing Real Betis left-backJunior Firpo, according to Marca. The Spain youth international has reportedly been a target for Liverpool and Manchester United, but Barca are looking at negotiating with Betis over a €50m release clause.

TrainerGary Subratie looks poised for back-to-back two-timers at Caymanas Park, SOUL CURE and MY SISTER, in Wednesday’s sixth and seventh races, respectively, after Saturday’s feat of scoring with Sarah Barracuda-foaled siblings, two-year-old WOW WOW and three-year-old CRIMSON, for owner-breeder Michael Bernard. SOUL CURE lost by a stinging short head to Philip Feanny’s CRYPTOCURRENCY on July 6 at five and a half furlongs and also went down in a driving finish in her previous race, nabbed at five furlongs straight by imported stablemate, SHE’S AN INTROVERT, who ran Guineas runner-up TOONA CILIATA to a length in her subsequent race. SOUL CURE is well drawn at post-position nine where the track bias will suit her at five furlongs straight in the 10-horse field with champion jockey Anthony Thomas aboard. MY SISTER, which has leading rider, apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, aboard at five and a half furlongs in an open overnight allowance, faces twin threats from Feanny’s MY SUPER GIRL and champion trainer Wayne DaCosta’s LOTTERY TICKET. MY SUPER GIRL is coming off a non-winners-of-four victory, making all at six furlongs. However, she is fresh to the class and will have run-on sprinters MY SISTER and LOTTERY TICKET to contend with in the stretch run. LOTTERY TICKET ran terribly a week ago at a mile, finishing third-to-last in a race won by stablemate DYSFUNCTIONAL. However, her true form was exposed in her previous race, failing by a half-length to catch ZEPHYR in the Ahwhofah Trophy at six furlongs on June 1. MY SISTER was outsped from a poor draw, post-position one, at five furlongs straight in her last race behind by YAYA’S DREAM, DRUMMER BOY and SIR JHUNJHUN WALAH. She will prefer the round course and is quite effective at five and a half furlongs. First post for the 10-race card is 12:50 p.m.