Thomas Vernier (right) Deputy CEO of Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) and Professor Gordon Shirley, President of Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) talk with Captain Kirill Vereschchak of the Seatrade Blue during a recent visit. The Seatrade Blue is one of the vessels on the ‘Round the World’ Panama Direct Line, one of the new services to the Port of Kingston.

Jamaica recently welcomed two new services to the Port of Kingston - the Panama Direct Line and the Mediterranean Caribbean, which both had their inaugural call last month. Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) Deputy CEO, Thomas Vernier and Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) President, Professor Gordon Shirley, on Mondaymade a presentation to Captain Kirill Vereschchak of the Seatrade Blue, one of the vessels on the ‘Round the World’ Panama Direct Line. Both the Panama Direct Line and the Mediterranean Caribbean services are jointly operated by CMA CGM and Marfret. The Panama Direct Line - also known as North Atlantic South Pacific - is a multi-trade service fully integrating 15 strategic markets to the CMA CGM global network, allowing for fast connections to and from Europe, North America, Caribbean, French Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand. The line features 13 vessels making 17 ports of call over a period of 91 days, with weekly visits to the Port of Kingston. The Mediterranean Caribbean service offers port connectivity from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, US Golf, Mexico, Central & South America and Europe with optimized connections in Kingston to cover Caribbean & Central America. The service features eight vessels, with a capacity of 6500/7000 TEUs, making 17 ports of call over a period of 57 days, with weekly visits to the Port of Kingston. With Jamaica’s optimal geographical location and KFTL situated at one of the world’s largest natural harbours, the company stands ready to provide excellent service to the new lines. “We are pleased to offer our standard of service to these new lines which will give our customers more flexibility and space reliability, as well as vast transhipment opportunities using the CMA CGM worldwide network,” noted Vernier. CMA CGM is the fourth leading shipping line in the world, with a network of 200 shipping routes between 420 ports in 150 different countries. The new services are yet another way the company is showing its commitment to the Port of Kingston and Jamaica’s shipping industry, while reinforcing its reliability and competitiveness as well as meeting its customers’ needs in this region, Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited said in a statement.

 JPS accounted for the highest share of 74 per cent.

The utility companies paid out over $34 million for service breaches between July and September 2019. The amount was paid out as a result of breaches of the Guaranteed Standards and actions taken on behalf of customers by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR). The data, contained in the OUR’s July to September Quarterly Performance Report, indicate that for the period, the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) paid out approximately $33.4 million and the National Water Commission (NWC) $464,760 for breaches of the Guaranteed Standards. The sum of $227,432 was secured for utility customers through action taken by the OUR’s Consumer Affairs Unit. Of this, JPS accounted for the highest share of 74 per cent, while Columbus Communications (Flow) and C&WJ accounted for 16 per centand 10 per centrespectively. JPS’s compliance report on its Guaranteed Standards performance indicates that 16,261 breaches were committed, representing a five per cent decrease in the number of breaches compared to the preceding quarter. These breaches attracted compensatory payments of approximately $33.4 million, all of which were made through automatic compensation. The Guaranteed Standards regarding: Estimated Bills (which restricts JPS from sending more than two consecutive estimates without a penalty); Connection to Supply (which prescribes the time within which JPS is to make a simple connection); and Reconnection (which requires that JPS restores supply within 24 hours of payment of overdue amounts) accounted for approximately 99 per cent of breaches and payments. During the quarter, NWC reported that it paid out $464,760 for breaches of the Guaranteed Standards. The NWC’s compliance report on its Guaranteed Standards performance indicates that a total of 659 breaches were committed, which represents a 70 per cent increase. These breaches had a potential pay-out of approximately $1.8 million while actual payments amounted to $464,760. The actual payments represented 21 per cent of the total potential payments and were made by way of automatic credits to the affected accounts. The remaining 79 per cent of potential payments not made, were for breaches for which the required claim forms were not submitted. The standards with the highest incidents of breaches for the NWC were: Access (which requires that new service connections are made within 10 working days); Meter Installation (which stipulates that meters should be installed within 30 working days upon request) and Meter Reading (which stipulates that meters are to be repaired/replaced within 20 working days of identified or reported defects). These three standards represented 79 per cent of total breaches and 78 per cent of potential payments.

In this June 29, 2009 file photo, Director Spike Lee, right, and actor Danny Aiello attend a special 20th anniversary screening of "Do the Right Thing", in New York. (Photo: AP)

Danny Aiello, the blue-collar character actor whose long career playing tough guys included roles in “Fort Apache, the Bronx,” "Moonstruck" and “Once Upon a Time in America” and his Oscar-nominated performance as a pizza man in Spike Lee’s "Do the Right Thing," has died. He was 86. Aiello (pronounced eye-YEL-o) died Thursday night after a brief illness, said his publicist, Tracey Miller, who runs Tracey Miller & Associates. “The family asks for privacy at this time," she said in a statement. In a tweet, Cher mourned the man she called "a genius comedic actor." The two had starred in “Moonstruck” and she called it “one of the happiest times in my life." Actor Michael Rapaport tweeted that Aiello was a “huge inspiration” and actor Kirk Acevedo mourned: “We lost a great actor today.” Recognizable, if not famous, for his burly build and husky voice, he was an ex-union president who broke into acting in his 30s and remained a dependable player for decades, whether vicious or cuddly or some of each. His breakthrough, ironically, was as the hapless lover dumped by Cher in Norman Jewison's hit comedy "Moonstruck." His disillusion contributed to the laughter, and although he wasn't nominated for a supporting-role Oscar (Cher and Olympia Dukakis won in their categories), Aiello was inundated with movie offers. "Living in New York City gave me training for any role," he said in a 1997 interview. "I've seen people killed, knifed. I've got scars on my face. I have emotional recall when I work; the idea is simply to recreate it. I've seen it and experienced it. I've played gangsters, teachers but most of my work has been in the police area. And for that I'm adored by the police in New York City." The ebullient Aiello became a favorite of several directors, among them Woody Allen, who used him in the Broadway play "The Floating Light Globe" and the movies "Broadway Danny Rose," "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "Radio Days." Lee was another admirer and for "Do the Right Thing" cast Aiello as a pizzeria operator in a black neighborhood of Brooklyn, the movie climaxing with a riot that destroys his eatery. “This is my pizzeria!” he cried. Lee had first offered the role to Robert De Niro, but Aiello's performance brought him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. Lee on Instagram on Friday lauded Aiello for “making cinema history together” on “Do the Right Thing” and the director wished his friend a final goodbye: “May you rest in paradise.” Among Aiello's other movies: "Fort Apache, the Bronx" (as a cop who threw a boy from a building), "Once Upon a Time in America," "Harlem Nights," "Jack Ruby" (as Ruby) and"City Hall." He also appeared in TV miniseries, including "The Last Don," "A Woman Named Jackie" and in the 1985-86 police series "Lady Blue." It was Aiello who played Madonna's father in the pop icon's “Papa Don't Preach” video. A child of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, Aiello retained the pugnacity he learned on city streets. "During the early times in my acting career, I would fight at the drop of a hat," he said in 1985. "I was very hungry. If there were obstacles, I tried to remove them." He added that sometimes he engaged in fistfights with actors after work because of incidents during filming or rehearsals. Daniel Louis Aiello Jr. was born June 20, 1933, to Italian parents. His father, a laborer, left the family of seven children, and Daniel started working at age 9 selling newspapers, working in a grocery store and bowling alley, shining shoes and loading trucks. In his teenage years, he joined a street gang and, he claimed, engaged in burglary and safe-cracking. He dropped out of high school before graduating, got married in 1955 and joined the Army. After three years in the service, he worked at several factory jobs, landing as a baggage man at Greyhound. The ambitious Aiello rose to become president of the transit union. "I wanted to become a politician," he told a reporter in 1995. "I always thought that I could talk, that people liked me, that I can represent them." But when Greyhound accused him of starting a wildcat strike and the union leaders agreed, Aiello quit his job. He worked at one job after another, and in 1970 was hired as a bouncer at the New York comedy club, Improvisation. One night, he was asked to act as an assistant emcee. "It was no big deal; it was just 'Danny, go up and announce the acts,'" he recalled in 1997. "There was a little bantering between acts, and I kept that short. I was terrified." Yet Aiello soon branched out, playing small roles in the movies "Bang the Drum Slowly" and "The Godfather, Part II," and as the bartender lead in a musical play "Lamppost Reunion." Starting in 1980 he averaged three films a year, plus appearances in theater and television. Off-Broadway, he appeared in “The Shoemaker” in 2011. Aiello and his wife of more than 60 years, Sandy, lived in Ramsey, New Jersey. He also is survived by three children — Rick, Jamie and Stacy — and 10 grandchildren. A fourth son, stuntman and stunt coordinator Danny Aiello III, died in May 2010 of pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held Dec. 19 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel on Manhattan's Upper West Side.


Still riding high after enjoying triple platinum success in Europe with his recent collaboration titled 'Jambo' with Italian artiste Giusy Ferrari, singer OMI returns with 'I Want You'. I Want You, a bouncy fusion of pop, reggae and dancehall is being released on Friday by Ultra Music. OMI explained how the inspiration for the song came about. "This track, funny enough, was demoed from a female's perspective but, myself and a few other writers changed it all up to match what I represent. It is always about love for me, giving the world and the fans different dimensions of my musicality. We did the track in London and the vibe was nothing but joy in the studio that day,” OMI shared. Nat Young and Gian Varela produced 'I Want You'. It is the fourth single to be released from OMI’s upcoming sophomore album. “This is the fourth single from my upcoming album and the songs are just my way to keep the fans engaged and delighted while we complete the album. It’s a taste of what’s coming and believe me, I am cooking this album and the main course will be served soon,” said OMI. The previous singles released from the forthcoming album are 'Masterpiece', a collaboration with German platinum selling DJ Felix Jaehn, 'As Long As I am with You' featuring CMC$ and 'Better For Ya'. Since the success of his multiplatinum selling chart topping single 'Cheerleader' in 2015, OMI has kept busy collaborating with several acts.They include 'Seasons' (with Shaggy), 'Never' (featuring Marcus and Martinus), and 'I Found a Girl' (with the Vamps). In the years that have passed since releasing Cheerleaderand his debut gold-selling full-length album ‘Me 4 U,’ OMI has recharged his body, mind, and soul by spending time with family in Jamaica. He has also been honing in on his craft —growing as a singer, songwriter, and performer. Now, he said he is ready to begin his next chapter.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero and John Stones for this weekend's Premier League clash with Arsenal, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. Aguero has missed City's past five matches because of a thigh injury and Stones limped off in last Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United. Neither player is fit to return for Sunday's trip to Emirates Stadium, while David Silva is also doubtful after sitting out training on Thursday and Friday. "Stones has got a muscular injury. I don't know when he will be back," Guardiola said at his pre-match news conference. "Sergio still hasn't trained with the team. "David is not fit. Yesterday and today he could not train so we'll see tomorrow. He got a kick in the leg - it was painful, but not a big issue." Silva's potential absence could pave the way for Phil Foden to start for a second game running. The 19-year-old was on the scoresheet in Wednesday's 4-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb and Guardiola is prepared to show greater faith in the youngster. "He has played 50 games and is 19 years old. In one of the top teams in Europe I don't know if there's anyone of his age who's played that many," Guardiola said. "We're delighted with him and he'll play incredible games in the future. We're so happy with the way he played - it was an incredible experience for him. "Maybe not all 50 games are 90 minutes, but he's been involved in tough games - Tottenham last season, Atalanta, we trust him a lot. "Every season he's playing more minutes and one day, maybe not that far away, he'll be a player who will play every weekend. We'll see when." City trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by 14 points ahead of their showdown with Arsenal, who sacked head coach Unai Emery last month. Freddie Ljungberg has won only one of his four matches in interim charge, but Guardiola is expecting a "big test" in north London. "The club decided on a person who had a long time at the club many years ago, someone who knows the feelings, the fans, the way they like to play," Guardiola said. "We'll have to figure out what they'll try to do - normally they have a typical style of play. They have quality between the lines. Arsenal away is always a big test for any team." Asked about the ongoing speculation linking his assistant Mikel Arteta with the Arsenal job, Guardiola replied: "You can be 45 years old and not be ready or 35 years old and be ready. "Only he knows. I spoke about it two weeks ago. He's got two weeks more experience since then, so he's ready."

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