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IronRock Insurance Company Limited (ROC) led gains on Wednesday’s trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). IronRock gained 16.67 per cent to close at $3.50, followed by Main Entertainment Group up 6.77 per cent to close at $6.62. The day’s top loser was Ciboney Group Limited down 7.14 per cent to close at $0.13. The JSE Combined Index declined by 659.30 points (0.22 per cent) to close at 305,421.18. The JSE Index declined by 965.99 points (0.32 per cent) to close at 296,752.08.The Junior Market Index advanced by 20.94 points (0.71 per cent) to close at 2,985.65. The JSE USD Equities Index closed at 172.17. Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 47 stocks of which 18 advanced, 18 declined and 11 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 17,179,026 units valued at over $238.2 million. Carreras Limited was the volume leader with 4,337,080 units (25.25 per cent) followed by WISYNCO with 3,412,434 units (19.86 per cent) and Ciboney Group Limited with 2,161,849 units (12.58 per cent).

The Jamaican dollar devalued by 37 cents against the US dollar during Wednesday’s trading day, according to the trading summary from the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ). The dollar hit an all-time low of $131.31 on September 15 last year. The dollar closed at $125.73 from $125.36 on the prior trading day. The British Pound Sterling closed at $174.67 from $176.07, while the Canadian dollar closed at $97.54 from $101.34.

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii may have predicted his own death.In a documentary titled 'Avicii: True Stories' which wasreleased last October, he warned that he was "going to die". Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, retired from touring in 2016, citing health concerns such as acutepancreatitis, which was due in part to excessive drinking. In the documentary, which followed his life over the course of four years, Avicii had stated several times that the touring lifestyle was going to kill him but he was being pressured to continue. Avicii said that he expected more support on his decision to retire given his mental and physical health issues. "When I decided to stop, I expected something completely different. I expected support, particularly considering everything I have been through. Everyone knows that I've had anxiety and that I have tried. I did not expect that people would try to pressure me into doing more gigs." In 2014, he wasdiagnosed with acute pancreatitis at the age of 21 and was hospitalised that same year to remove his gallbladder and appendix. Between 2012 and 2016, he reportedly made nearly $90 million making up to $250,000 a night for sold-out shows. "They have seen how ill I have felt by doing it, but I had a lot of push-back when I wanted to stop doing gigs. I have said, like, I'm going to die. I have said it so many times. And so I don't want to hear that I should entertain the thought of doing another gig," he added. Just before hisdeath,he hadbeen nominated for a Billboard Music Awards forTop Dance/Electronic Album.The documentary which was apparently made available on Netflix has been removedfollowing his death.

In this November 6, 2017, file photo, rapper Meek Mill arrives at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. (PHOTOS: AP)

Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday ordered a judge to free rapper Meek Mill on bail while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions, following a five-month campaign by his supporters to get him out. The Supreme Court directed a Philadelphia judge who had jailed him to immediately issue an order releasing him on unsecured bail, though it wasn't immediately clear how soon he would get out. Mill was sentenced in November to 2-4 years in prison for probation violations. Dozens of people gathered outside the prison near Philadelphia in hopes of seeing him walk free. A team of lawyers and public relations consultants had waged an all-out battle to get him freed, leveling fierce criticism at the judge as a stream of high-powered figures and celebrities visited him in jail outside Philadelphia, including actor Kevin Hart just hours before the Supreme Court ruling. Mill issued a statement saying the past months had been "a nightmare," and thanked his many supporters and visitors, who included Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "Although I'm blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don't have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues," Mill said. He said he would now focus his attention on getting his convictions overturned, and that he looks forward to resuming his music career. Earlier this month, in a major victory for Mill, prosecutors said they agreed with his lawyers that he should get a new trial because of questions raised about the arresting officer. The now-retired officer was among a list of police officers the prosecutor's office has sought to keep off the witness stand in cases across the city because of credibility questions. A spokesman for District Attorney Larry Krasner said late Tuesday that the Supreme Court's decision on Meek Mill's release was consistent with the position taken by their office. Mill's attorney, Joe Tacopina, thanked the high court. "Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail," Tacopina said. In an opinion earlier this month, Judge Genece Brinkley, who sent Mill to prison for the probation violations, strongly defended herself against accusations by the defense she was waging a vendetta against the rapper. She said the court "has impartially and without prejudice presided over numerous proceedings in this matter since 2008." The Supreme Court denied a defense request to move the case to another judge, but said the presiding judge could opt to remove herself.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

The Oklahoma City Thunder emerged from the jaws of defeat and elimination, pulling off a huge second-half rallyto deny the Utah Jazz in game five of their Western Conference first-round NBA playoff series. Trailing by 15 points at half-time and 25 in the final quarter, Oklahoma City outscored Utah by 23 points in the second half to win 107-99 on Wednesday. Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook led the way with 45 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Paul George added 34 points and eight rebounds to help the Thunder remain in the playoffs. Jae Crowder led the Jazz with 27 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Utah still lead the series 3-2. It was the LeBron James show as the three-time NBA champion singlehandedly led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers. James hit a buzzer-beater to end Indiana's late run and give the Cavaliers a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference. The 33-year-old scored a game-high 44 points on 14-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds and eight assists. "Just trying to make these fans proud & make my team-mates proud… I was able to make another play," James said. Kyle Korver scored 19 points on Wednesday, and Kevin Love 11 points and 10 rebounds. Domantas Sabonispowered the Pacers with 22 points and five rebounds from the bench. After being outscored by 15 points in the third quarter, Indiana tied the game with under 30 seconds remaining, but were unable to finish the comeback. ROCKETS ADVANCE AS RAPTORS ROAR VIA DEROZAN, LOWRY James Harden and Clint Capela helped the Rockets clinch a 4-1 series win over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 122-104 game-five win. Harden poured in 24 points with 12 assists, while Capela exploded for 26points and 15 rebounds. All-Star duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry helped the Toronto Raptors take a 3-2 series lead with a 108-98 win over the Washington Wizards. DeRozan scored 32points with fiveassists, while Lowry added 17points and 10assists. The game was tight all the way through, but the Raptors outscored the Wizards by ninepoints in the fourth quarter. OLADIPO, COLLISON FAIL TO FIRE Pacers backcourt duo Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo struggled with their shots in a loss to the Cavaliers. Oladipo scored 12points on two of 15shooting. Collison scored just fourpoints in 21minutes. LEBRON THE HERO IN CLEVELAND Showing his skills at both ends, James nailed a three-pointer on the buzzer after producing a stunning block to thwart the Pacers. WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS Toronto Raptors 108-98 Washington Wizards Cleveland Cavaliers 98-95 Indiana Pacers Oklahoma City Thunder 107-99 Utah Jazz Houston Rockets 122-104 CELTICS (3-2) AT BUCKS (2-3) The emergence of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum has helped the Boston Celtics fight through the loss of Kyrie Irving. Brown has been scoring at an elite rate, and Tatum does a bit of everything. Boston certainly drafted well the last two years. The Milwaukee Bucks are going to need something special to come back in this series. Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton could be key.

RADICAL on Wednesdaycompleted back-to-back wins at Caymanas Park, streaking to the lead with veteran jockey Gary Richards off the home turn in the seventh event at a mile, leaving 8-5 favourite SOTOMAYOR and 9-5 second choice TIMEFORARMS battling for second place. The grey gelding won at odds of 5-2 with Richards, who was also aboard the four-year-old when he won on Sunday, April 15. Racing fifth from his outside draw as SOTOMAYOR, UNCLE VINNIE and DILIGENT disputed the lead, RADICAL circled the field three furlongs out to win in 1:40.1. Meanwhile, Anthony Nunes extended his lead over defending 17-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta by winning two events on the 10-race card. Nunes, who started the day leading DaCosta by $1m in the trainers' title race, landed the sixth and eighth races with APOLLO BAY and METICULOUS, respectively. Cardenas, who won aboard METICULOUS, was the day's leading rider, opening his account with Richard Azan's AXLE ROD in the fifth. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday. For the latestnews, download our app at Android; and at IoS.


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Keep Growing Young Professionals Conference

The 2nd staging of Keep Growing Young Professionals conference with the theme: "Employee vs Entrepreneur - Which Path Should You Choose?” Will take place on June 2, 2018 and Knutsford Court Hotel from 9 am - 4 pm. The event will host approximately 200 young employees, entrepreneurs and final year university students, following last year’s success of over 100 patrons. Each ticket costs $5000. The content of the day will focus on the pros and cons of a career as an entrepreneur and/or an employee. Experienced speakers will explore both options and share their journey to personal success. The event will close with a workshop that will allow participants to reflect and measure where their path should lead. There will also be a Live Interview area that your HR department can use to fill job vacancies. Additionally, easy registration for entrepreneurial courses will be available and other offers. The even will be hosted by Debbie Bissoon and promises to be educational, inspirational, motivational and entertaining. Share this event on Facebook and Twitter We hope you can make it! Cheers, Keep Growing Limited