Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke.

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke, tabled the Public Bodies Management and Accountability (Nomination, Selection and Appointment to Boards) Regulations, 2020 on Tuesday in the House of Representatives. In addition to being consistent with the Corporate Governance Framework and vision of 2011, the legislation now provides for strong representation of both genders on the board of each public body. The proposed legislation now states that the total membership of the board of any public body shall comprise a minimum of 30 percent male and 30 percent female. The provision of a minimum gender representation requirement is consistent with global best practices, and furthers our national goals of diversity, and gender balance, where we can create a society in which women and men have equal opportunities to contribute to national development. Clarke noted, “The Government of Jamaica through this proposed regulatory requirement is signalling the vital importance of gender equity in our society. Inclusion of sufficient numbers of women and men on all public body boards makes for a better Jamaica. The principles of public legitimacy, equality of opportunity, balanced decision-making and basic equity and fairness require this.” The proposed regulations which benefited from the contribution and feedback from a wide cross-section of stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors will also allow for the establishment of a secure, reliable and verified database of prospective directors; promote continuity through the compulsory reappointment of some members of an outgoing board; and require compulsory fit and proper testing for certain public boards. The tabled regulations need to be passed in both Houses of Parliament before becoming effective.

Dolla Financial Services, the microfinancing firm which was recently acquired by private equity and real estate company, First Rock Capital Holdings Limited, is in growth mode. The lending agency recently opened its doors in Mandeville, Manchester, bringing to eight the number of branches now operated by Dolla Financial. Dolla Financial’s offices are now spread across Westmoreland, Hanover, St Ann, Kingston, St Elizabeth, Manchester and its head office in Montego Bay, St James. Specialising in micro, personal and business loans for small and medium enterprises Dolla’s expansion is in keeping with its plans to gain greater market share across the Caribbean led by its subsidiary Dolla Guyana Limited. “We expect that Dolla Financial Services will continue to experience exponential growth in the coming months and years. The company is coming off a profitable year and this trend is poised to continue,” shared Ryan Reid, First Rock President and Co-Founder. “As a micro financier, the brand serves a population that has long been underserved in traditional banking spheres and with improved business processes and more locations across the length and breadth of the Island we anticipate that Dolla’s loan portfolio and profits will steadily increase” Reid said. The central Manchester location will continue to serve the company’s key market of business operators, farmers, taxi operators and skilled and professional workers. Much of Dolla’s business has been serving and providing financial opportunities for a widely marginalised group of unbanked and underbanked. Rural Jamaica, unlike the corporate area is propelled by micro and small businesses, it was noted in a press release. As part of our commitment to continue to invest in and advance these industries, we have strategically placed some of our locations throughout active rural areas and along Jamaica’s farming belt” explained Kadeen Mairs, CEO Dolla Financial. “Our Mandeville location gives us the advantage of being in the centre of the Island, providing a wider reach and opening the business to even more customers” continued Mairs. Dolla Financial Services’ new location officially opened on July 6, 2020 and is located at MidWay Mall, Mandeville. The sale of Dolla Financial was completed in March from investment brokerage firm Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL). Up to the time of the sale, Dolla Financial held over 1,500 clients.

And then there were four! Months of high energy and excitingface-offs between disc jockeysrepresenting 16 schools across StCatherine, Kingston, StAndrew, Manchester and Clarendon haveboiled down to four contestants in the SunCity High School Disc JockCompetition On Saturday, DJ Tatis of Clarendon College, DJ Venny of Waterford High School, DJ G.O.A.T of StCatherine High School andDJ Skyline of Foga Road High School willviefor a spot in the grand final playoff for the ultimate title of High School Disc Jock Winner and claim over $500,000 in cash andprizes. Thesemi- finals playoffs will see two matches: the best of Clarendon - Clarendon College vs Foga Road High School, and the best of StCatherine - Waterford High School High School, vs StCatherine High School for a spot in the grand finals. Chairman of SunCity 104.9FM andVice Chairman of the Media association of Jamaica, Steve Billings, noted that he has seen a display of creative techniques, growth, self-discipline, confidence and an increase in the application of values over the duration of the competition. The schools must be congratulatedfor contributing to the efforts of the SunCity team and integrallypromoting the themeof the competition, ‘Music & Education the key to unlock the world - AvoidNegative Addiction, Stick to Education', he said. He also stated that the morale of the student DJshas been bolstered by the SunCity Sunjocks as coaches to direct and foster quality radio delivery and performance. Billings extolled the sponsors of the 2020 staging: Charles Chocolates-Bobbie Chocolates, Sunshine Snacks, National Integrity Action, Loop Jamaica, D’ Music by Digicel, Butterkist, Distinction College, Jergens Extra Moisturizing Handwash, Image to Impress Inc., Jungle Fiah, SunCity Tv and Top Chef Records. The competition is also endorsed by the Ministry of Education Youth and Information and the Ministry of Culture Gender Entertainment and Sports. The final whistle will be blown on Saturday, July 18th , 2020- Live Instudios from Shop 30-32 Portmore Pines Plaza, Portmore- 12pm to 2pm.

DJ Jungle Jesus  is looking forward to heating airwaves this summer with his new project, “Luxury Lifestyle” rhythm.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has done little to dampen the spirits of DJ Jungle Jesus, given name Akeem Grant, as he looks forward to heating airwaves this summer with his new project, “Luxury Lifestyle” rhythm. The project features favourites such as Gold Gad with “Choppa Sex”, Jahvillani ft. Trance 1Gov on “Future”, Demarco with “Loco”, Ajauni’s New Born and Intence with “Likkle & Tight”. DJ Jungle Jesus said, though everyone was forced to make changes to their day to day activities, he wanted to still get people in the summer mood with an up-tempo instrumental that they can still vibe to wherever they were. “Summer was approaching and I felt, because of everything that’s happening, now is the right time to create a project for the music fans who want to still stay in the party mood regardless of the whole pandemic. Summer was the main inspiration for this project because in summer, regardless of the situation, everybody wants to be in a happy mood,” Jungle Jesus explained. DJ Jungle Jesus said that despite the restriction in movements due to the pandemic, the partial shutdown was also beneficial to making the project what it is. “Because we weren’t able to move about as we would like, it gave me the chance to sit down for a bit and take some time to think, do even more research and improve on my marketing strategies. The only thing that was affected was the fact that I wasn’t able to move around as I usually would to make the connections for the project on the ground but I used the phone to handle those communications as best as possible.” With songs like “Choppa Sex” by Gold Gad and “Future” by Jahvillani ft. Trance 1Gov trending on Youtube over the past month, DJ Jungle Jesus said he believes the current pandemic also created the environment for people to pay attention to the content of the music on the project. “We are definitely grateful for the opportunity where persons around the world can get the chance to really listen to the content that we put out. All the songs on the rhythm have different styles, talking about different things so I am happy that even during the pandemic, people are showing it such love. Despite the pandemic, we had two trending songs and that’s amazing for any label,” DJ Jungle Jesus said. The project, which was released on May 29, has been streamed widely across the world, especially in South Africa. “Luxury Lifestyle Riddim is intertwined with both afrobeat and dancehall sounds so im not surprised to see it doing so well in that part of the world. It’s a great feeling to see that our hard work is paying off because we have been doing a lot of promotion and creating new marketing strategies to make the project a success.” The Disk Jock and producer said though it wasn’t difficult getting artistes to feature on the project, he had to be strategic and make sure the artistes selected would fit into the mood he was trying to create. “There are a lot of talented artists out there so we just had to examine the artistes' fan bases, listen to what they put out, and see if they would be the right fit. All the songs on the rhythm have different styles, flow, and types of lyrics so the team had to be strategic in making sure we had the right song from the right artiste to give the happy summer vibes that we are looking for.” With two projects under his belt, DJ Jungle Jesus said fans can look out for more projects venturing into different genres of music to showcase the talent and depth of his team.

TOONA CILIATA hit overdrive with the big weight, 130lb, down along the rail, to power past stablemate PRINCE CHARLES and speedy PATRIARCH, winning Saturday's open allowance at Caymamas Park by a length and a half. Having last beaten the grade on March 17, carrying 126lb, the Superstakes runner-up and Diamond Mile third-place four-year-old, used his class to stalk fast splits of 23.0 and 45.3 as PATRIARCH led PRINCE CHARLES into the lane. Urged by Dane Nelson coming off the home turn, TOONA CILIATA attacked PATRIARCH as a team inside the last furlong and pulled away, winning in 1:19.2 for champion trainer Anthony Nunes. Robert Halledeen and apprentice Raddesh Roman rode two winners apiece on the 11-race card. Halledeen, who booted home a three-timer for Gary Subratie last Sunday, was aboard the trainer's howling 1-9 favourite, PHAROAH IT IS, who landed the second for three-year-old maidens at nine furlongs and 25 yards. Roman stormed home at whopping odds of 47-1 with Wayne DaCosta's LOOSE BALL in the following event at five furlongs straight. Halledeen returned to land the fifth with the even-money favourite, ALEXA'S STAR, his ninth winner in five race days, moving to joint sixth in the standings on 11 wins with Anthony Allen. Roman made all in the seventh with repeat winner, DEEP BLUE SEA, beating four-year-old, non-winners-of-two races, at six furlongs. Trainer Ryan Darby saddled back-to-back winners, 5-2 chance HOLY LIGHT and 52-1 shocker, SALAH, who mowed down rivals with former six-time champion jockey, Omar Walker, in the 10th event at seven and a half furlongs. Racing continues at Caymamas Park on Sunday.

In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File).

LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can't be contained on the back of a basketball jersey. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won't wear one of the NBA-approved social justice messages on the back of his jersey when the NBA resumes competition later this month in the Orlando bubble. “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players,” James said Saturday in a confernece call from Florida. “I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal." As part of the NBA's recognition of the nationwide invigoration of the social justice movement sparked by the death of George Floyd, NBA players are allowed to choose from a lengthy list of possible messages for their jerseys during the league's restart. James is among just a few who declined to choose one of the messages, he said. “I would have loved to have a say-so on what would have went on the back of my jersey,” James said. "I had a couple of things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process, which is OK. ... Everything that I do has a purpose, has a meaning. I don’t need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I’m about and what I'm here to do." The 35-year-old superstar has a long history of social involvement and advocacy for progressive causes. James speaks frequently of what he feels is a responsibility to campaign for positive social change from his powerful position in sports and pop culture. “This is the mission I've been on for a long time now,” James said. “It's great that a lot of people's ears are opening. A lot of people are understanding, a lot of people are recognizing. A lot of people still don't get it, and a lot of people are still afraid to talk about the racism that goes on in America, especially for our people. ... But we have some ears, and we will continue to push the envelope and let everyone know that we are human as well. We don't want to be just be used for our God-given abilities.” JaVale McGee, the Lakers’ veteran centre, said he will wear “Respect Us” on his jersey in Orlando. “It’s a blessing to have this platform,” said McGee, whose asthma has him being particularly cautious during the pandemic. “We have way more of a voice playing basketball … Our fans are basketball fans over anything. This is the biggest platform we can speak about social injustices. That’s the best time to talk about it.” James also said he didn't consider not playing in the NBA's restart, believing the league can be a positive force through its visibility and competition. He expressed no concerns for his health inside the bubble. “I believe the NBA and (Commissioner) Adam Silver, they took all precautionary measure to make sure that we as a league are as safe as we can be,” James said. “Obviously, in anything that you do, there can be things that can happen, so we will cross that line if it happens. But we're doing everything to make sure everyone stays safe during this pandemic. Adam Silver has given me no reason to not believe him since he took over. I have no concerns. I'm here 100% and in great health.”