The Jamaica Credit Union League held its 75th Anniversary Awards Banquet over the weekend at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. At the ceremony, the president of the Jamaica Credit Union League, Winston Fletcher was presented with a trophy from CUNA Caribbean Insurance recognizing the movement'smilestone. Loop News shares a photo of the presentation above. In the photo, Fletcher (left) is seen receiving the trophy from Managing Director and CEO of CUNA, Andre Goindoo.

The proliferation of connectivity across the global network has had a series of positive impacts on higher education institutions thanks to both technological advances and the increasing number of connected devices. From cloud services to the Internet of Things (IoT), students and teachers can now stay connected even outside the classroom, enhancing learning and research opportunities. This ongoing information exchange, however, has also led to an increase in cybercriminals targeting educational institutions. All information exchanged, whether it’s a student’s personal information or university research data, should be protected to safeguard institutional reputation. Colleges and universities are typically densely-populated, highly collaborative environments. They require access to various online resources and publications to conduct research for assignments or create lesson plans—and they also need access to various applications and software solutions to record, present and share their findings. Furthermore, depending on both the school and department, the importance of accessing different applications and resources varies drastically. Aside from supporting academic needs,higher-education ITteams also must build a wireless network (WLAN) that can support all the devices students use during their daily lives, such as smart TVs, wireless printers, mobile devices and more. Building a wireless network with the bandwidth and capability to deal with such high amounts of traffic and varying priorities is a challenge in and of itself. It is not uncommon for colleges and universities to deploy hundreds or even thousands of access points across campuses to provide 24/7 Wi-Fi coverage. This infrastructural challenge is further complicated when factoring in the security threats now associated with open networks in higher education. Today, university IT teams have to buildWLAN infrastructuresthat offer strong connectivity with minimal restrictions and downtime, while simultaneously protecting users and data from current and evolving threats. Colleges and universities have become high-value targets for cybercriminals because of the types of data they store. This does not just include information on enrolled students, but often extends to health, financial and personal information on faculty, staff, administrators and even applicants. Since 2005, higher education institutions have been the victims of 539 breaches, resulting in 13 millionknown compromised records. Schools are also at risk of hacks due to the housing of intellectual property from original research conducted in labs or other research facilities. Secure architectures address the connectivity challenges plaguing universities today, such as coverage, reliability and ability to provide access to a large number of personal devices, while incorporating advanced cybersecurity solutions. Educational institutions in Latin America have already begun to successfully implement this type of secure access solution—the San Ignacio de Loyola School in Colombia and IFB Certus educational center in Peru are just two examples. Technology use on university campuses continues to increase as students become more reliant on connected devices and applications in their academic and personal lives. At the same time, universities face more frequent and sophisticated cyberattacks from criminals seeking valuable personal data. Universities have to integrate their network access and security protocols to provide the scalability and visibility to keep up with students’ needs while protecting themselves from both current and future cyberthreats. This article was written by Susan Biddle, senior marketing director for the education sector at Fortinet


JahDore is set to headline Wednesday'sedition of the 100 Live band series on Hope Road with Dre Tosh, Dje and Kalia-Shea. JahDore, more popularly known for the hits “This Love is Over” and “Fake People”, has returned to the spotlight in recent months with his single entitled “Free”. He is an experienced reggae singer, saxophonist and keyboard player who has toured the world extensively while performing with reggae icons Jimmy Cliff and Luciano ‘The Messenjah’. The artiste in a news release said heis planning a spectacular performance for the weekly Wednesday showdown at 100 Hope Road in Kingston. “I plan to show the diversity of JahDore while captivating the audience. Is always a joy to perform in an intimate setting, so the audience can really feel the vibes and we feed from each other energy,” shares the musician. His supporting acts are also keen on performing in a close knit setting. Dre Tosh, grandson of reggae royalty Peter Tosh along with the soulful Dje and eccentric Kalia-Shea are poised to deliver engaging sets – all backed by the infamous Ruff Cutt Band. According to JahDore, the occasion will grant patrons the opportunity to be reminded of his image, style and sound. He is also looking forward to performing another one of his fast rising hits “Cologne”. The 100 live series has fast become a staple for many music enthusiasts looking for good entertainment in a great ambiance. The venue prides itself on providing varied menus for its patrons with affordable drink specials. Admission is $1,000 with an 8:00 pm start time.

It’s just over a month before Christmas, can you believe it? Will it "ketch yu inna good mood" this year? We sure hope so. To help you get into the mood, Loop News presents a compilation of the top Jamaican Christmas songs. 1. Mek Di Chrismus ketch yu in a good mood - Home T Written by Michael Bennett, this Home T song is the quintessential Jamaican Christmas song guaranteed to create the right atmosphere for the Yuletide season. 2. Christmas Behind Bars - Gregory Isaacs Vybz Kartel is in jail and he could soon be joined by at least one of his peers who is facing life imprisonment on a murder charge. In the spirit of that song, check out Gregory Isaacs 'Christmas Behind Bars'. 3. We Wish You a Irie Christmas - Jacob Miller and Ray I This Jacob Miller and Ray I classic immediately triggers nostalgia among the older Reggae/Dancehall masses. 4. Santa Claus(Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto) Carlene Davis' heartfelt vocals strike the right chord for a large percentage of Jamaicans who battle terrible economic conditions and crippling poverty but still are able to smile and wring out Christmas joy, despite the odds. Many consider this to be the top Caribbean Xmas song. 5. Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree The comic 'Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree' by Faith D'Aguilar is a big favourite at this time of the year. 6. Christmas Jamaican Style by Unique Vision In the West Indies, this is one of the most popular songs that immediately conjures up fond Christmas memories. 7. Sing Di Chorus "Sing di chorus, clap your hands/Beat the conga, play your pan" is the popular refrain of this popular Jamaican Christmas carol. 8 Welcome Home for Christmas by Fab 5 This uptempo song is a favourite for visiting Jamaicans who return home to the Rock to visit family and friends. 9. Christmas in the Sun - Stage Crew Everyone remembers this 1989 song with the chorus: Down in Jamaica, there's hot sunny weather/and people are warm and friendly all the time/Now it's the christmas season and the fun can't done/so have a joyful irie christmas in the sun. 10. All Sing For Jesus With his 1973 recording of All Sing For Jesus, Ernie Smith's brings his formidable writing style to the birth of Christ, which is, after all, what we celebrate this season. On a cheerful Jamaican riddim, the song harkens memories of a simpler, gentler time. 11. Warm Jamaican Christmas Baby Cham and Wayne Wonder combine to bring a true dancehall sound to Christmas. Other standout dancehall songs include: Breadfruit Roasting on an Open Fire by Yellowman, and Lady Saw's 'Rich Man for Christmas'.

West Indies head coach Stuart Law.

West Indies head coach Stuart Law is expecting a tough contest againstNew Zealand, which he saidcould get ‘10 ft. tall and bullet proof’ by the time they facethe regional team in the first Test at Wellington's Basin Reserve. The Windies arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday ahead of their two-Test tour, which begins with a three-day tour opener against New Zealand A at Lincoln, starting on Saturday. Concerns have been raised about the host’s level of preparedness following an extended absence from the Test arena. New Zealand have not played since late March, where they drew against South Africa, losing the series 1-0. The West Indiesare on the other hand fresh from a 1-0 series win against Zimbabwe and prior to that battled well in a 2-1 series loss away to England. In what he described as comfortable conditions for the home team, Law expects the Test rust to count for very little. "Beware of the dog, in their own backyard as well. They're a very tough side. We know that they're going to be highly competitive in conditions they're very comfortable in and understand wholly and solely," Law said. "[New Zealand] always provide a great contest no matter who they play against. They tend to grow 10 foot tall and become bullet proof. We know we've got it tough, but I'm confident that our boys can give a really good account of themselves." The last time the Windies toured the country in the summer of 2013-14, they lost the three-match test series 2-0. WEST INDIES TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND Sat Nov 25 – Mon Nov 27 (18:00AST-1d) New Zealand A v West Indies –Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln Fri Dec 1 – Tue Dec 5 (18:00AST-1d) 1st Test – New Zealand v West Indies –Basin Reserve, Wellington Sat Dec 9 – Wed Dec 13(18:00AST-1d) 2nd Test – New Zealand v West Indies – Seddon Park, Hamilton Wed Dec 20(18:00AST-1d) 1st ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei Sat Dec 23(18:00AST-1d) 2nd ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Hagley Oval, Christchurch Tue Dec 26(18:00AST-1d) 3rd ODI – New Zealand v West Indies Hagley Oval, Christchurch Fri Dec 29 (22:00 AST -1d) 1st T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Saxton Oval, Nelson Mon Jan 1, 2018 (02:00 AST) 2nd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Wed Jan 3, 2018 (02:00 AST) 3rd T20I – New Zealand v West Indies Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Australian batsman Glen Maxwell.

Glenn Maxwell has been called into Australia's Ashes squad as cover for vice-captain David Warner, but Steve Smith's side remains confident the big-hitting batsman will take on England in the first Test. Warner hurt his neck on Tuesday and the star opener showed some signs of discomfort during a 30-minute session in the nets at the Gabba on Wednesday. Australia captain Smith fronted the media in Brisbane afterwards and revealed selectors were considering a replacement player if Warner was unable to prove his fitness before day one on Thursday. Smith and Cricket Australia's hierarchy believe Warner will face England but they have opted to bring in Maxwell as a precaution. Maxwell was in contention to claim the number six role in Australia's batting line-up, but the entertaining Victorian lost out to surprise inclusion Shaun Marsh. The 29-year-old has played seven Tests for Australia, scoring a century and 339 runs at an average of 26.07.


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New Venue Jamathon has been moved to the National Indoor Sports Centre in Independence Park in New Kingston. The venue change is to avoid rain and any other inclement weather issues; provide more controlled production; and offer fans a more intimate audience experience. Exciting News Beres Hammond has just added to the once-in-a-lifetime line-up! “Beres Hammond is one the greatest performers of our time. He is a global superstar and the perfect addition to our epic line-up. With Beres joining Caribbean Love Now JAMATHON, we are adding even more power and purpose to what is going to be the most important event for Jamaican music in decades,” said Joe Bogdanovich founder of Caribbean Love Now. JAMATHON, the Jamaican benefit concert will raise funds for hurricane recovery in the Caribbean. The artists are generously donating their time and talent to help the cause. The concert is on Wednesday, November 22 from 7pm to 11pm (Jamaican time) and is produced by Caribbean Love Now. Tickets available online at Physical tickets will be available at local Jamaican outlets starting around November 9. Reggae fans around the world who want to participate can enjoy the full concert on Livestream on Reggae Sumfest YouTube Channel and televised on Caribbean TV. The confirmed JAMATHON performers are: Assassin; Beenie Man; Beres Hammond, Blvk H3ro; Bunji Garlin; Bunny Wailer; Carlene Davis; Chino McGregor; Christopher Martin; D-Major; Devin Di Dakta; Etana; Fay-Ann Lyons; Freddie McGregor; Harry Toddler; Iba Mahr; Jah Cure; Jesse Royal; Kevin Downswell, Naomi Cowan; Nesbeth; Protoje; Raging Fyah; Romain Virgo; Sean Paul and Chi-Ching Ching; Sizzla; Stephen McGregor; Tarrus Riley, Third World; Tommy Lee Sparta; Toots & The Maytals; and Vegas. An All-Star band led by Dean Fraser will back all performances and the show will be hosted Tommy Cowan, Miss Kitty, and Pretty Boy Floyd, and Nikki Z. Music also by Stone Love. The Caribbean Love Now organization is also collecting donated goods Jamaica-wide and sending them and building materials, plus raising money for rebuilding. Visit and follow us: Twitter and Instagram: @caribbeanlovenow