Garfield Sinclair

Garfield Sinclair has reportedly been appointed chief executive officer of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). The appointment becomes effective August 1, 2018, according to media reports in The Bahamas. Sinclair currently serves as the president of the Caribbean operations of Cable & Wireless Communications, which is the controlling shareholder of BTC. CWC reportedly said in a release that, “Garry is uniquely qualified to lead the BTC business.” With the appointment of Sinclair, Interim CEO of BTC Dexter Cartwright will reportedly assume the role of vice president of finance of C&W’s business to business arm. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Exxon Mobil Corporationhas announced its eighth oil discovery offshore Guyana at the Longtail-1 well, creating the potential for additional resource development in the southeast area of the Stabroek Block. In a release, ExxonMobil said it encountered approximately 256 feet (78 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well was safely drilled to 18,057 feet (5,504 meters) depth in 6,365 feet (1,940 meters) of water. The Stena Carron drillship commenced drilling on May 25, 2018. “The Longtail discovery is in close proximity to the Turbot discovery southeast of the Liza field,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “Longtail drilling results are under evaluation. However, the combined estimated recoverable resources of Turbot and Longtail will exceed 500 million barrels of oil equivalent, and will contribute to the evaluation of development options in this eastern portion of the block.” ExxonMobil is currently making plans to add a second exploration vessel offshore Guyana in addition to the Stena Carron drillship, bringing its total number of drillships on the Stabroek Block to three. The new vessel will operate in parallel to the Stena Carron to explore the block’s numerous high-value prospects. The Noble Bob Douglas is completing initial stages of development drilling for Liza Phase 1, for which ExxonMobil announced a funding decision in 2017. Phase 1 will consist of 17 wells connected to a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. First oil is expected in early 2020. Phase 2 concepts are similar to Phase 1 and involve a second FPSO with a production capacity of 220,000 barrels per day. A third development, Payara, is planned to follow Liza Phase 2. ExxonMobil said guyanese businesses, contractors and employees continue to play an important role in their operations in the country. ExxonMobil and project partners spent $24 million with more than 300 local suppliers in 2017 and opened the Centre for Local Business Development in the capital city of Georgetown to promote the establishment and growth of small- and medium-sized local businesses. ExxonMobil’s priorities in Guyana are focused on enabling local workforce and supplier development and collaborating with government to support the growth and success of its economy, both in the energy and non-energy sectors. The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometers). Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 percent interest.


XXXTentacion

The praise and admiration for rapper-singer XXXTentacion poured in heavily following his sudden death, from the feverish fans who streamed his music to popular figures like Kanye West, J Cole and Diplo, who called the artist an inspiring, gifted figure in music. Others, though, felt differently about the troubled but platinum-selling performer, criticizing his bad behavior and multiple arrests, including charges that he severely beat and abused his girlfriend. The response has been split regarding the life and musicality of 20-year-old XXXTentacion, who was shot Monday and later died at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-area hospital. He was a rising artist who recently launched his first No. 1 album and Top 10 pop hit — success coming mainly from the heavy streaming of his music by fans around his age. He blended sounds in his music: he's from the school of SoundCloud and emo rap and he easily sings on one song and spits rhymes on another. His album "?'' includes both soft rock and screaming rock. He even released a Latin-tinged track titled "i don't even speak spanish lol" — which reads like a text by a member of his generation. But while XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was popular among his peers, to others he was known for disturbing allegations. In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was jailed on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time. Later, he faced more charges including witness tampering. He was awaiting trial when he was killed. "He's had a troubled upbringing, a troubled past and what he was accused of doing, I think for a lot of people, is so far beyond the pale," said Marc Hogan, a senior staff writer at the music website Pitchfork. "It seems like a lot of his biggest fans just disregard it and then people that are critical of him, they're acknowledging that this is a little bit more heinous than we kind of expect." "It's not like a rapper who might have been a drug dealer or something that's non-violent and easier to understand and contextualize," Hogan added. XXXTentacion's rise on the charts began last year with "Look at Me!," which hit a peak a year after its release as more stories about his provocative life were published and revealed. The song reached the top 40 of the pop charts and went platinum; his debut album, "17," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and reached gold status; and the songs "Jocelyn Flores" and "(Expletive) Love" also became platinum hits. The performer, who rapped and openly spoke about depression, made it onto XXL magazine's 2017 "Freshman Class," a goal for most new rappers. But as XXXTentacion's music peaked, so did the drama surrounding him. "There's a lot of things that he has done that we do not agree with and there's a lot of things he's done that I don't condone ... but that doesn't mean I'm going to judge you," said music producer Drumma Boy, who has worked with T.I., Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. "It doesn't mean I don't want to work with you. That doesn't mean I can't save you or help you become a better person." "It's just a really unfortunate situation," he added. "I don't respect a lot of the things that he did, but I do respect the fact that he's trying to be successful. He's trying to change his way of life, he's trying to make music. He could have been robbing, killing, selling dope or whatever. To see somebody try to make some money, generate a fan base and be successful, you got to tip your hat off to the effort." XXXTentacion's sophomore album — titled "?'' — debuted at No. 1 in March, while the lead single, "Sad!," is double platinum and reached the Top 5 on both the rap and R&B charts. Since 2017, he's had 16 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "His appeal was he didn't care what other people thought," Hogan said. "He'll do or say anything regardless of the consequences — that was part of the appeal." Kanye West tweeted Monday, "I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here." "Thank you for existing," he added. Blink-182's Travis Barker, who appeared on XXXTentacion's recent album, said he spoke to the performer "weeks ago" and that he "loved collaborating with you and was honored to call you a friend." "You were a true artist, one of the most (expletive) talented of our time," he wrote. "Your music will live forever." But some of those well-known performers were criticized supporting XXXTentacion, as some felt West and others ignored that the rapper-singer was being charged for abusing a woman, among other allegations. "We all make rationalizations about our favorite performers. I've listened to R. Kelly's music for years, and he's a rather controversial artist, before I finally had to grabble with the fact that I couldn't put my support behind what he was accused of doing," he said of the R&B superstar, who stands accused but not criminally charged of sexually abusing women." And I'm sure that for people that are teenagers it's got to be even harder to wrap your head around that." He added: "I think part of it might just be youth and also part of it would seem to be that ... his role was also the provocateur who would say and do whatever." For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Popular comedian Boasy Boy Floyd is known for his many hosting duties as well as his edgy jokes. However, it wasn’t always fun for this entertainer, as he told Loop News that it was “poverty” and “desperation” that drove him to comedy. “I was home for a year and desperation started to take its effect so I said I need to identify with something I can do, and comedy was knocking on the door all along,” he said in the latest edition of What’s Up. He credits Ity and Fancy Cat for helping him get his start in the industry. From his early days at Cactus Night Club, which he describes as his "training ground", Floyd is now a fixture at some of the biggest entertainment events and television shows including Wray & Nephew Contender andMagnum Kings and Queensof Dancehall. Floyd also spoke about why he changed his nickname from “Pretty Boy” to “Boasy Boy”, his style of comedy, new projects and more. Watch the video below.


Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen cools down on the track after her record victory in the Girls' Class 2 200-metre final on March 24 at the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Edwin Allen High standout 16-year-old sprinterKevona Davishas pulled out of Jamaica Junior Championships, which begins on Thursday at the National Stadium. The championships will be used to selectJamaica's teams to theIAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18. Davis, who won a bronze medal in the 100m at the 2017 World Youth Championships in Kenya, suffered a season-ending injury in training. Davis, who also missed the Carifta Games in April,was in top form during the 2018ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships in March where she accounted for two records.. On the final day of the Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships on March 24, Davis clocked 22.72 seconds in the Girls' Class 2 200m final to erase the 22.92 she achieved in the semi-finals when breaking the23.13, whichAnneisha McLaughlin of Holmwood Technical set 16years ago.The time was also a new national youth record. A day before the 200m record, Davis erased the 100mrecord with 11.16 seconds. She had earlierclocked11.35 seconds in the opening heat of the semi-finals to better the previous record of 11.40 set by St Jago's Kimone Shaw in 2016. For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Sports Minister Olivia Grange says that the maquette of the statue to be erected in honour of double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be unveiled at a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus on Saturday. The ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. and will take place in the hotel’s Port Antonio Suite. Minister Grange had said earlier that Fraser-Pryce had been shown the maquette “and is quite pleased with it.” A maquette is a small scale model or rough draft of an unfinished sculpture. It is used to visualize and test shapes and ideas. Renowned Jamaican sculptorBasil Watson was commissioned to design and create statues of four of Jamaica’s outstanding sports stars, Usain Bolt, Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell as part of the Jamaica 55 Legacy programme. Minister Grange had said that the statues were part of the process of memorialising and celebrating Jamaica’s athletic achievement. Minister Grange pointed out that along the way in the production process, the athletes have been consulted by the sculptor about the design of their statues. She said that at each stage, the sculptor had provided a maquette to present a visual representation of the sculpture. The first of the statues, that of Usain Bolt, was unveiled in a glittering ceremony at Statue Park last December. The statue of Fraser-Pryceis now in the island and will be erected close to that of Bolt in Statue Park at the end of this track and field season. For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


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June 22, 2018

Jamaican Arts Odyssey

From Kingston to Portland, starting at Grosvenor Galleries then onto Great Huts for a Masquerade party

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June 23, 2018

Cookie Wash Jamaica Launch Party

Meet and Greet The Owner Starr Dawkinz. She has over 70,000 followers on Instagram. When partying with Starr, you never know who will be there! ;) About Starr: Starr started Sweet Cookies in the USA using her grandmother's Jamaican remedies. Now she is bringing her wash to Jamaica and wants to meet all of her supporters for a fun day party. Drinks will be served.

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June 30, 2018

BestInJa Game Tournament

eSports Jamaica in association with Area 51 Gaming Lounge presents: BESTINJA GAMING TOURNAMENT !!! 4 GAMES $40,000 CASH PRIZE !!!! TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: FIFA 18 - $1,500 Naruto Ninja Storm – $1,500 MORTAL KOMBAL XL - $1,500 Call of Duty Black Ops 3 – 1 v 1 - $1,500 PRIZES: FIFA 18 – Winner $10,000 Naruto Ninja Storm Winner – 10,000 MORTAL KOMBAT XL Winner - $10,000 Call of Duty BO3 Winner - $10,000