The Jamaican dollar devalued by three cents against the US dollar on Thursday, according to the trading summary from the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ). The local currency closed at $128.51 against the US greenbackfrom $128.49 on the prior trading day. The British Pound Sterling closed at $164.96 from $165.40, while the Canadian dollar closed at $101.69 from $101.54.

PanJam Investment Limited (PJAM) led gains in Thursday’s trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). PJAM gained 7.84 per cent to close at $33.00, followed by Jetcon Corporation Limited (JETCON), up 4.98 per cent to close at $5.48. The day’s top loser was Berger Paints Jamaica Ltd(BRG), down 12.69 per cent to close at $14.04. The JSE Combined Index declined by 2,282.98 points (0.86 per cent) to close at 262,650.29. The JSE Index declined by 2,601.88 points (1.04 per cent) to close at 248,688.20. The Junior Market Index advanced by 10.72 points (0.34 per cent) to close at 3,123.26. The JSE USD Equities Index closed at 179.05. Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 44 stocks of which 18 advanced, 17 declined and nine traded firm. Market volume amounted to 25,002,302 units valued at over $298,440,423.73. Lasco Manufacturing Limited was the volume leader with 7,352,203 units (29.41%) followed by Lasco Distributors Limited with 4,911,909 units (19.65%) and Supreme Ventures Limited with 3,609,023 units (14.43%) .

Recording artiste ‘Locksley’ has released his first single as a solo act. The song, Play My Music, released under Christine Gordon’s Rebirth Records label, is a call to the law enforcers to allow music to play without any unwarranted interruption. The artist noted that he saw the need to do the track after attempting to have a get-together with friends to celebrate his birthday, but was forced by police to lock off the music being played from his home system. According to Locksley,”that event dampened my mood and I decided to pick up my guitar and just like that, the lyrics flowed to me verse after verse.” The track was produced by Locksley and Sherwayne Thompson. Locksley, a proficient guitarist and keyboardist, has toured and worked with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Judy Mowatt, Warrior King, Queen Ifrica, and Tony Rebel. The artiste decided after high school to pursue his dream of becoming a musician. Like many other musicians, Locksley’s parents were not keen on this decision but his persistence to see the vision for his life through, brought him the rich experiences with established names in the business. Now with a thirst to launch his own career path, Locksley’s hope is to move from the back of the stage to his own space, front and centre to inspire and entertain audiences, worldwide.

One of Jamaica’s newest music sensations, GiRL has released yet another single. The song has been creating a buzz and has put the artiste in the spotlight as one of Jamaica’s fastest rising talents. Hinges, the third single from GiRL's upcoming diverse and explosive project is here for the summer and is guaranteed to make you sweat. Produced by KeeRab Records headed by AddyTraxxx and Keelykeyz the track is a mixture of infectious Dancehall infused sounds with solid vocals from GiRL. Take a listen and just wait until you see the video. The song is available on Spotify, AmazonMusic and iTunes. Watch the video here:

Alastair Cook raises his bat to the stands.

West Indies had another tough day asAlastair Cook piled more runs and misery on the Caribbean side on Friday's second day of the day.night first Test at Edgbaston. The former captain became the highest scorer in Tests as England declared their first innings on 514 for eight. Cook shared a 248-runthird-wicket stand with new skipper Joe Root on Thursday andplayed with typical poise and judgement to turn an overnight 153 into 243. Cook's knock, his third highest in Tests, saw him set a new Edgbaston benchmark and earned a rousing reception from the stands, while Dawid Malan's knock of 65 – a career high in the longest format – also contributed to England's imposing first-innings total. Having taken a hammering with the ball, the tourists lost Kraigg Brathwaite (0) early in their reply, but Kieran Powell (18 not out) - dropped on two - and Kyle Hope (25 no) battled on before play was brought to a premature close in the final session due to rain with West Indies on 44 for one, 470 runs behind. A mix of continued favourable batting conditions and lack of spark from a lacklustre Windies attack allowed Cook to coast towards a fourth Test double century in the opening session. The landmark was reached in a way that rather epitomised the Windies' misery when Cook slashed a single to third man, only for Hope to comically trip over his own feet and allow the ball to trickle to the boundary. That was met with an almost sheepish raise of the bat from Cook, while at the other end Malan – who saw a thick edge evade slip when on two on Thursday – reached a personal milestone of his own. His overnight 28 was turned into a first Test fifty with a drilled pull through square leg and Malan will be disappointed that he poked Roston Chase behind on the stroke of tea with runs there for the taking. Cook continued to plod on, but Ben Stokes (10), Jonny Bairstow (18) and Moeen Ali (0) failed to add meaningful scores. When the improving Chase (4-113) had Cook trapped lbw, after a successful review, that prompted a swift declaration and rapturous applausefrom the Edgbaston crowd. England made a quick breakthrough when Brathwaite nipped James Anderson behind to Bairstow. Powell's loose slash off Stuart Broad was then wastefully dropped by the usually reliable Stokes at gully on two. There were few other chances for the bowlers, though, as Anderson was tamed and Broad struggled to get to grips with the pink ball, but the visitors will begin day three still 470 runs in arrears. Scores in the game going into Saturday's third day are: England 514 for eight declared; West Indies 44 for one.

Jamaica's National Under 15 Boys are scheduled to return to the island on Friday night after failing to make an impact in the second CONCACAF U-15 Boys Championship in Florida, USA. The young Reggae Boyz lost their three games in the group stage of the competition. They lost 1-0 against Panama, 5-0 against Honduras and 1-0 against Mexico to finish last in the four-team group. The Jamaicans secured a victory by beating Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago 8-1 in a battle between the two fourth placed teams in Group A and B. Mexico and USA will play for the Championship title on Saturday.


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July 18, 2017


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