Montego Bay Convention Centre was listed as the top destination in St James’ capital, followed by Hyatt Ziva and Zilara RoseHall and Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa.

Montego Bay, Jamaica has claimed the eighth spot for top meetings and events destination in the Caribbean and Latin America. The ranking by Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, puts MoBay three points up from its position of 11th best destination last year. SMG managed facility - Montego Bay Convention Centre was listed as the top destination in St James’ capital, followed by Hyatt Ziva and Zilara RoseHall and Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa. Overall, the city has a total of 46 meeting rooms, 8,807 sleeping rooms and 1,053 committable sleeping rooms. “With over 127,000 sq. ft of indoor/outdoor event space, and nine meeting rooms, you can have your event in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica. Just 15 minutes from the airport, two minutes from over 4,000 rooms and five to 15 minutes from shopping and attractions,” Cvent’s website read. Nassau, Bahamas; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; and Cancun, Mexico were listed as the top three destinations in the region on the listing which was released by the company earlier today. The overall list was compiled based on meeting and event booking activity across Cvent’s venue sourcing sites through which more than US$16 billion ($2 trillion) in business was sourced in 2018. Travel activity was tracked from January 2018 through December 2018 and the destinations were ranked according to the following criteria: unique request for proposals received, total room nights received, awarded request for proposals, awarded room nights, percentage of qualified meeting venue and the number of profile views. “Business events add US$1.5 trillion to the global GDP and because of this positive economic impact, the cities featured in this year’s top meeting destinations lists have put significant time and resources into attracting more group business to their locals,” said Chris McAndrews, Vice President of Marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. The global list also included top destinations located in the United States, Europe, Caribbean & Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. “While the top destinations in each region have not changed significantly year-over-year, cities such as Napa, CA, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Beirut, Lebanon, are new to their respective lists and have positioned themselves as top cities to host meetings and events," Andrews said. "Leading destinations are working closely with hotels and venues in their area to offer and promote unique experiences, helping event organizers deliver more memorable and impactful events,” he continued.

 International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. (AP Photo)

Christine Lagarde is resigning as managing director of the International Monetary Fund in light of her nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank. Lagarde has already given up her day-to-day duties as head of the IMF, and the international lending agency has named a top deputy, David Lipton, as acting managing director. Legarde said in a prepared statement Tuesday, "I have made this decision in the best interest of the Fund, as it will expedite the selection process for my successor." Lagarde said her resignation will be effective on Sept. 12. Lagarde took over the IMF after her predecessor, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was ensared in sexual assault allegations. As managing director, she coordinated large bailout loans for Greece in concert with the ECB and European Union.

Actor Michael London as 'Boysie' in the classic O'Connor's Photo Lab commercial series.

Jamaica has a unique culture and that culture comes out through many avenues. One of the uniquely Jamaican ways our culture is put on display through the mass media is through our television advertisements. Loop News hopes to bring back some good memories as we look back atsome of the classic advertisements that were produced right here in Jamaica. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/3se_r0091Kw.jpg?itok=bQ6aRj8x","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 1. Grace Tomato Ketchup – There have been a variety of Grace Tomato Ketchup advertisements over the years, all with catchy jingles. One that stands out was made in the 1970s and even prompted dancehall favourite King Yellowman to record a single using the same melody and words. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/C3laPBf2n9w.jpg?itok=O2hQvV7k","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 2. Quench Aid – The drink mix ad was very [popular among children who knew the advertisement line for line. ♫Quench Aid is my number one♫. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/gOfzIQLnvV8.jpg?itok=0hO2V9fZ","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 3. I’d Rather have a Red Stripe – Ernie Smith boosted the popularity of his single, 'Life Is Just For Living', when he used the melody and lyrics to endorse Jamaica’s premiumlager beer, Red Stripe. Many at the time never knew there was actually a single recorded with the same name. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/wR_RZW7Z5sg.jpg?itok=L34nKlsr","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 4. Boysie’s O'Connor's Photo Lab adventures– Shot in the 1980s, thisadvertisement series featuring the comical ‘Boysie’, played by Michael London, dressed in khaki short pants and a khaki shirt is a classic. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/FgwA6qPVMHA.jpg?itok=-H-Z3ZgW","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 5. Tastee Cheese – Jamaica's king of theatre, Oliver Samuels, shows off his deejayinhg prowess inthis classic advertisement featuring Tastee Cheese. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/pokFsD1VHew.jpg?itok=RFknSAH0","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 6. Come Back to Jamaica – During the late 1970s, there was an exodus of Jamaicans due to the threat, real or perceived, of communism taking over. Many Jamaicans sold their houses cheaply and migrated to the United States. In a bid to woo Jamaicans back home, an advertisement was produced by the Jamaica Tourist Board which featured great vocals and a sweet melody and was onthe lips of everyone. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/xdZB5Z9Apko.jpg?itok=8SQbuKPF","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} 7. Sudsil – ‘If dirt is the game then Sudsil is the name’ – the advertisement featuring Dr Sudsil was popular among children in the 1980s. Lost Tapes (We were unable to find video files of these classics) 8. A little more oil in my lamp to keep it burning – during the drive to upgrade the country’s literacy rate, an advertisement was produced by the Government to encourage illiterate Jamaicans to enroll in the Jamaica Advancement for Literacy Programme (JAMAL) which used the words and melody from a popular Eric ‘Monty’ Morris’ single. 9. Appleton VX - From sugar cane to cup, this classic Appleton Estate commercial of the late 1980s/early 1990s highlighted the production process against the backdrop of some smooth classical music. 10. Kentucky Fried Chicken -♫Nobody does it better♫.... Indeed, nobody did it better than this locally-produced 1990s commercial that concluded with a couple having a romantic KFC dinner at home.

Late singjay J Capri with dad Kenneth Phillips, aka 'Murphy', in happy times.

It's hard to believe that it has been almost four years since the death of talented dancehall artiste, JCapri. The memory of her loss is still raw in the mind of her father, Kenneth Phillips, who has to deal with the big hole in his life where she used to be. In his bid to honour her memory, Phillips has announced that he will be releasing a heartfelt tribute song dedicated to his latedaughter. The single, 'Hard to Say Goodbye', will be released in August bythe nascent J Capri Music Group (JCMG). "The lyrics are really touching because my daughter meant a lot to me, the disc jockeys dem say mi put mi heart into it, and I went all out," Phillips, who performs under the stage name 'Murphy', told Loop News reporter Claude Mills. The song will be distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution. "The JCMG label has already signed an artiste, Dahj, my nephew and JCapri's cousin, to the label and we will be releasing a number of singles soon. We will sign other artistes in the future but for now, we are concentrating on Dahj, he is the one who also made the beat for 'Hard to Say Goodbye'," Phillips said. Singjay J Capri,whose full name is Jordan Phillips,died at hospital on December 4, 2015following a motor vehicle crash more than a week earlier. She had been in an induced coma, and doctors had believed her to be showing signs of improvement before her eventual death. The 23 year-old had been known for the songs, 'Wine and Kotch' featuring Charlie Blacks (which racked up 54 million views), 'Pull Up ToMi Bumper' with Konshens and 'Boom and Bend Over'.

Jamaica men’s Under-23 football team will on Wednesday begin itscampaign to qualify for theOlympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020 when the young Reggae Boyzface Dominica in the first Group A fixture of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The initial round of qualifying in the Caribbean phase will take place from July 17-21 across four different venues. Sixteen teams were drawn into four respective groups. Thequalifying tournamentwill provide two teams for the 2020 Summer Olympics. Jamaicaarehosting Group A of the qualifiers, which includes Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis. Guyana were also part of the groupbut had withdrawn from the qualifiers.According to Guyana Football Federation's (GFF)President, Wayne Forde, this decision was necessitated as “the GFF has taken a decision to direct its resources to the preparation of our players for the Concacaf Nations League, which kicks off in September.” All games in Jamaica will take place at theAnthony Spaulding Sports Complex. The opening game of the qualifier between Jamaica and Dominica is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm. The remaining Group A games are Dominica against St Kitts and Nevis on Friday, July 19 at 4:00 pm and Jamaica against St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday, July 21 at 6:30 pm. Jamaica men’s Under-23 football team head coach Donovan Duckie is expecting a good qualifying tournament. “The years have passed when Jamaica was the dominant team in the Caribbean. Football has evolved. These countries have experience in their ranks and we won’t be underestimating them." After round-robin play, the four group winners will advance to a final play-in match (1A v 1D and 1B v 1C). The winner in each play-in match will qualify for the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. CARIBBEAN GROUPS GROUP A: Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica GROUP B: Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Cuba, US Virgin Islands GROUP C: Haiti, Suriname, Grenada, Cayman Islands GROUP D: Antigua &Barbuda, Dominican Republic, St Lucia, Puerto Rico


Thomas Tuchel knew Neymar wanted to leave Paris Saint-Germain before the Copa America. Neymar, 27, reportedly wants to exit the Ligue 1 champions during the close season, two years after his world-record €222million transferfrom Barcelona. The Brazil star is reported to have again told PSG of his desire to move elsewhere on Monday, with a return to Camp Nou shaping his most likely destination, after hearrived at pre-season training later than the team expected. Speaking after PSG's 6-1 friendly win over Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday, Tuchel said he was aware of Neymar's intentions before the Copa America, which the forward missed due to an ankle injury. "I'm always disappointed if a player is late," Tuchel told RMC Sport. "But it's clear between us, now it's between the club and Neymar. We work together. "If I knew he wanted to leave? Yes, before the Copa America, but it's a thing between the club and Ney." Kylian Mbappe scored twice and assisted two others in PSG's first pre-season friendly, while Ander Herrera set up a goal on debut. PSG are in action again in a clash against Nurnberg on Saturday.