“Businesses across the Caribbean need to see themselves as co-authors of the digital age and not solely consume technologies if they are to be true beneficiaries.” That’s the message President and Chief Executive Officer of Digita Global Marketing Ltd Kemal Brown delivered to a summit of business leaders at conference in Portugal earlier this month. Speaking at the ​Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais at a session with the theme “Leading Into The Digital Future”, Brown said a critical challenge for the Caribbean was that in many cases digital transformation was being passively experienced versus actively shaped. “Digital tools, platforms and data have changed the way we mobilise, socialise and monetise,” he said. “The business use cases for digital technology have been proven and it is just the beginning when we consider the Internet of Things and a fully connected world, from cars to clothing.” “Marketing is one area seeing dramatic shifts through the use of data-driven internet platforms, websites, e-commerce, social media, applications and smart devices,” he continued. ​“If you’re a CEO, you also need to be a CDO (Chief Data Officer) because the currency of the future is data and the insights it delivers will drive business results. If you are out of the loop, your competitiveness will suffer, as will your profits.” Brown hopes that Caribbean nations, especially Jamaica, find innovative ways of leveraging data and digital technologies to transform the business landscape and globalise businesses so they have the same reach as Jamaican culture. “Whenever I attend global meetings, everyone I meet speaks about Jamaica’s beauty, never our business. We have to change that. Digital enhances customer insights and reduces inefficiencies, which automatically improves business results.” He will be sharing this vision for a Digital Caribbean at the Jamaica Employers Federation annual conference set for early August. The 2018 Horasis Global Meeting, held from 5 - 8 May 2018, sought to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing corporations today. ​ For the latest business news, download our app at http://bit.ly/GetALoopJM for Android; and at http://bit.ly/GetiLoopJM for IoS.

BOJ Governor Brian Wynter said the reduced rate of inflation was due mainly to the sharper-than-anticipated decline in agricultural prices since January 2018, reflecting a recovery in the sector’s output.

Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the 3.2 per cent rate of inflation recorded for April 2018, fell below the BOJ’s target range of four to six per cent. Additionally, he said it was lower than the 3.9 per cent out-turn for March 2018, and the 5.2 per cent recorded for December 2017, as reported by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN). The Governor was speaking at the Bank’s quarterly media briefing, at the BOJ auditorium, downtown Kingston, on Monday. Wynter said the reduced rate of inflation was due mainly to the sharper-than-anticipated decline in agricultural prices since January 2018, reflecting a recovery in the sector’s output. The Governor said the lower rate also resulted from “an unusually sharp decline” in electricity costs in April. He said based on these developments, the BOJ’s projection for inflation over the next fiscal year is slightly lower than the figure indicated in February. The projection then was for inflation to continue tracking around the lower half of the four to six per cent range. “The projected path now incorporates the impact of the decline in agricultural food prices that has occurred… and also the impact of the upturn of crude oil prices since July last year,” Mr. Wynter said, adding that the recent upturn in grain prices is also included. Meanwhile, the the BOJ governor said the risks to the inflation forecast are “skewed to the downside”. The major risks, he indicated, include weaker-than-anticipated domestic demand conditions, noting that adverse weather conditions may cause local agricultural crop prices to rise faster than expected; and slower-than-anticipated global economic growth. Wynter noted that the latter risk is associated with emerging geo-political tensions and protectionist policies that have surfaced over the last six months. Additionally, he said there is upside risk from higher-than-projected crude oil prices. “But our current assessment is that crude oil prices will likely fall as geopolitical uncertainties wane and the impact of excess supplies prevails on the market,” Wynter said.


A woman has filed a lawsuit in New York against R Kelly, claiming the singer sexually assaulted her, locked her in rooms for punishment and infected her with herpes. Faith Rodgers says in the suit filed Monday that she met Kelly about a year ago after a concert in San Antonio, Texas. The 20-year-old says that during their relationship Kelly "mentally, sexually and verbally" abused her. Representatives for Kelly did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday. R. Kelly is one of pop music's best-selling artists, with hits including "Ignition," ''I Believe I Can Fly," and "Bump N' Grind." He has long been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, which he has denied. Spotify recently removed the R&B singer's music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store:http://bit.ly/GetALoop Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store:http://bit.ly/GetiLoop

Kurt Riley (left) Beres Hammond

He's more renowned for his exploits as adisc jockey, but Kurt Riley is involved with music on all levels -play-outs, music production, and execution of entertainment events. It's no surprise, as Riley was born into music, being the son oflate veteran record producerWinston Riley. He's currently working on projects with the likes of Tifa andTeetimus, and recently produced a song for the legendary reggae crooner Beres Hammond. This week'sguest on What's Up, Riley spoke to Loop Newsabout these new projects, the story behind the "Party Animal" nickname and more. Check out the video below. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/ep5ILSv7cbU.jpg?itok=nnxJKshy","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep5ILSv7cbU&feature=youtu.be","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]}


Jourdaine Fletcher

Footballer Jourdaine Fletcher, a former Cornwall College stand-out striker, was hospitalised after sustaining injuries in a motor vehicle collision in Negril on Sunday night. According to a source close to Fletcher, he was reported to be admitted in the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital, where he was said to be recovering well. Unconfirmed reports indicated that he was unconscious after the collision. Fletcher enjoyed an outstanding 2016 schoolboy football season, in which he walked away with the coveted 'golden boot' award. He subsequently got a call-up to the national football squad, but was dropped after falling out of grace with the coaches, reportedly due to an inadequate fitness level. Fletcher also represented Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) in the Red Stripe Premier League, in which he started with a bang in scoring a brilliant goal. In response to news of the collision, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), in a tweet, wished the young footballer a speedy recovery. For breaking news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Morata struggled with Chelsea this year.

Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain's 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo. "It's always a difficult decision," Lopetegui said. "There wasn't anything negative about (Morata). But we thought there were other players in the position who could help us." Morata, who struggled with Chelsea this year, had not been included in the squad for Spain's most recent friendlies but Lopetegui had said the player still had chances of making it to the World Cup. Also left out was forward Victor "Vitolo" Machin of Atletico Madrid. Vitolo had four goals in World Cup qualifying, while Morata had five and was among the team's top scorers along with Costa, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and David Silva. "Best of luck in the World Cup," Morata wrote on Twitter. "I'll be supporting and cheering through the end, as always." Instead of picking a fourth striker, Lopetegui opted to take eight defenders, including Nacho Monreal, the only other surprise on the list. Marcos Alonso and Marc Bartra were among the defenders left out. "We are sorry that we couldn't include some of the players who were decisive in qualifying," Lopetegui said. "Of course, other players deserved to be in the list, like Morata, Bartra, (Asier) Illarramendi and others. There is a long list of players who have helped us but will not go to the World Cup." Nearly 30 players who were called up by Lopetegui since the coach took over in 2016 have been left out of the final list. Youngster Alvaro Odriozola was added as the second right back behind Dani Carvajal, leaving Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto out of the World Cup. The squad has six players from Real Madrid and four from Barcelona. The Madrid players will report to the team's training camp later than the other players because they will play the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday in Kiev. Still unbeaten since Lopetegui arrived, Spain will go to Russia trying to rebound from its recent disappointments in the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016. Eleven players are back from Euro 2016, and 10 were in the 2014 World Cup squad. Only Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, David Silva and Pepe Reina were in the team that won Euro 2008. Spain will play warm-up matches against Switzerland on June 3 and Tunisia on June 9. The team's World Cup opener will be against European champion Portugal on June 15 in Sochi. Morocco and Iran are also in Group B. ___ Spain: Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao) Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad) Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Francisco "Isco" Alarcon (Real Madrid) Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid) For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor 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. https://www.keepgrowing.biz/keep-growing-2018 Share this event on Facebook and Twitter We hope you can make it! Cheers, Keep Growing Limited