It’s been a little over two years since Larren Peart formed research and data intelligence company, Blue Dot Media, with schoolmate Andre Burnett.

Larren Peart made a huge gamble leaving his job as a manager at a well-established, local IT company to venture into his own business. He was employed at the local IT company as a 16 year-old graduate of Munro College, then moved up the ranks and left after 13 years. He had no previous work experience, no university degree and was weary of the future ahead. Still, he knew he was on to something big. “It took me quite some time to muster up the courage to hand in my resignation letter. And when I did, I bawled and my manager cried also,” Peart said. It has so far paid off, with greater returns to come. It’s been a little over two years since Peart formed research and data intelligence company, Blue Dot Media, with schoolmate Andre Burnett. Blue Dot uses biometric technology that tracks eye movement and monitors emotional responses to various stimuli or questions being asked. This way, marketers can understand and target their buyers' subconscious mind. “We think of ourselves as a disruptive provider of advertising solutions,” he said. Since launching, Blue Dot has secured several contracts with major local businesses, including the National Commercial Bank, and moved on to work with other regional firms. Recently, local marketing specialist Zachary Harding invested a 10 per cent stake in the company. Learn more about Peart’s growth as an entrepreneur in the video edited by Richard Baker.

Creditinfo Jamaica exemplifies how a good plan, guts and dedication can lead to a successful business. Started in 2011 by high school friends Craig Stephen, Damion Franklin and Camar Williams, Creditinfo (initially established as Coalesce Credit Solutions) is the first licenced credit reporting facility to operate in Jamaica. But the young businessmen had their fair share of trials when it came to getting the company operational. Based on the nature of the business, Creditinfo had to undergo strict regulatory approvals and was also initially hampered by lack of financing - but crossed that hurdle after partnering with another entrepreneur from Iceland, Reynir Gretarsson. Gretarssonhad set up his own credit business internationally called Creditinfo Group. “It took us two years before were able to generate income, we had to show the Bank of Jamaica that our systems were secure,” Stephen said. “A feeling of doubt came into place, is this something we can accomplish? Is there other underlying force that is keeping us from getting this thing that we were so invested?” Stephen reflected. Learn more about Creditinfo’s journey in the Young People in Business video edited by Richard Baker.

Former radio host David Mueller, who was accused of groping singer Taylor Swift in 2013, pauses during an interview in Denver, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Mueller said, “I was not pleased with the verdict but I wasn’t surprised,” as he reflected on a verdict from the previous day, which determined he had groped Swift. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

The former radio host who lost a groping lawsuit to Taylor Swift in federal court this week said he realizes the case was in the pop star's favor, but he had no interest in backing down. David Mueller told The Associated Press on Tuesday that someone he knew suggested he pull out of the case early, but he refused. "I knew that I couldn't go on with my life without representing myself," he said. "I'm never going to back down." A six-woman, two-man jury determined Monday that Mueller groped Swift during a photo op before a concert in Denver in 2013. In keeping with Swift's request, they awarded her $1 in damages — an amount her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called "a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation." Mueller said he is thinking of giving Swift a Sacagawea dollar because the Native American is a prominent female. "I mean if this is all about women's rights. ... It's a little poke at them, a little bit," he said. "I mean, I think they made this into a publicity stunt, and this is my life." Swift's team initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by not reporting the incident to police, and instead contacting Mueller's bosses. But it became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to $3 million, claiming her allegation cost him his $150,000-a-year job at country station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host. After Mueller sued, Swift countersued for assault and battery. During an hour of testimony last week, she blasted a low-key characterization by Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, of what happened. While Mueller testified he never grabbed Swift, she insisted she was groped. "He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him," Swift testified. "It was a definite grab. A very long grab," she added. Mueller emphatically denied reaching under the pop star's skirt or otherwise touching her inappropriately, testifying he touched her ribs and that his hand may have brushed the outside of her skirt as they awkwardly posed for the picture before Swift's performance at an arena. That photo was virtually the only evidence besides the testimony. In the image shown to jurors during opening statements but not publicly released, Mueller's hand is behind Swift, just below her waist. Both are smiling. Mueller's then-girlfriend is standing on Swift's other side. "I don't even know what to think of the photo. Everyone looks at it, and they see different things. It's like a Rorschach," Mueller said, referring to a psychological test that uses inkblots to gauge a subject's perceptions. "I look at it. I know what happened. To me, it's an awkward photo." Swift testified that after she was groped, she numbly told Mueller and his girlfriend, "Thank you for coming," and moved on to photos with others waiting in line because she did not want to disappoint them. But she said she immediately went to her photographer after the meet-and-greet ended and found the photo of her with Mueller, telling the photographer what happened. Swift's radio liaison, Frank Bell, said he emailed the photo to Robert Call, KYGO-FM's general manager so Call could use it in his investigation of Mueller. Bell testified he did not ask for Mueller to be fired but that "appropriate action be taken." Jurors also rejected Mueller's claims that Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, and Bell cost him his job. U.S. District Judge William Martinez last Friday dismissed claims that Taylor Swift ruined Mueller's career, ruling that Mueller's legal team failed to present evidence that the then-23-year-old superstar did anything more than report the groping to her representatives, including her mother.

This is a Tuesday, June 10, 2014 file photo of weapons from the Game of Thrones are on display at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. HBO in Spain has aired, apparently by accident, episode six of the seventh season of the immensely popular series, Game of Thrones, a week ahead of schedule. The episode was available to Spanish subscribers early Tuesday aug. 15, 2017, for about an hour before being removed. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

HBO said Wednesday that due to an error the sixth episode of Games of Thrones' seventh season was shown a week ahead of schedule in Spain and Nordic countries. The episode was available to subscribers in these areas early Tuesday for about an hour before being removed. The 71-minute episode is due to be officially available Aug. 21. News of the incident was immediately reported on social media and copies of the episode were reportedly available online later. HBO Europe said in a note it had "learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms. "The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized," it added. It said the incident wasn't connected to the recent cyber issue with HBO US. HBO has been the victim of hacking in recent weeks in the U.S. In India, episode four of Game of Thrones was recently leaked, leading to the arrest of four suspects. The release sparked some criticism on social networks by people annoyed by the spoiler. Others welcomed it.

West Indies players celebrating.

West Indies will begin their tour against England on Thursday inEdgbaston when the teams face off in the opening game of a three-match series. The series opener isa day-night formatand it willbe the first day-night Test played in the country. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm local time. It will be only the fifth Test anywhere to be played under the day-night format since Australia and New Zealand contested the first in Adelaide in November 2015. West Indies arrive in England with a relatively raw and inexperienced squad, but team manager Joel Garner says the hostsarein for a surprise if they expect a walkover in the three-Test showdown. The legendary former Windies bowler was irked by the suggestion that England would have an easy time of things off the back of their 3-1 series win over South Africa. Garner is anticipating a keenly fought contest. When it was put to him that the hosts might cruise to victory, Garner told Omnisport on behalf of Investec: "If you think that you're going to be surprised because everyone wants to do well because everyone wants a long career in cricket. "You call it an England victory, but I don't think it's going to be a walkover. "The players are all here ready to play. Some of the batsmen have been performing and the mindset is good at the moment. "Both teams start off at the same state, I don't think it'll be a walkover, you've got to get used to picking the [pink] ball, all the different things. "All the players here are competent enough to represent the West Indies. It is the same team we've been travelling with." West Indies had played three warm up games ahead of the first Test. Four batsmen scored centuries in the final warm-up game when they drew with Derbyshire on Sunday. Kieran Powell became West Indies' fourth centurion. The opener, who hit 92 in the first innings, was 41 not out going into the final day and retired hurt with cramp after reaching 100 from 102 balls. The Hope brothers - Kyle and Shai - along with Roston Chase were the other batsmen to score century against Derbyshire. West Indies also drew with Kent and Essex. The Windies have not won a Test series in England since 1988, butformer captain Michael Atherton says the Caribbean side should not be taken lightly. England made a promising start to life under Joe Root, defeating South Africa heavily at Lord's, The Oval and Old Trafford, although they did fall to a crushing defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge. But Atherton, who played 115 Tests for England and54 as skipper,knows it would be unwise for the hosts to expect an easy ride. "It's not the strongest West Indies team I've seen, for sure, but it's very dangerous to write off anybody in international cricket," he said. "The last time England played West Indies they were held to a 1-1 draw, albeit in the Caribbean. Their away record has been particularly poor so no question England will start as strong favourites for the series. "You look at the West Indies team, they've got potential in the seam bowling - Shannon Gabriel has shown in recent times he's got pace and potential, Kemar Roach is coming back, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder, so there's potential there in the bowling. The batting looks short on experience, you'd say." A lot has been made of England's struggles to find a settled batting line-up, with three of the five spots in the top order still up for grabs heading into series and the Ashes tour to Australia, starting in November. Tom Westley and Dawid Malan did little in their two Tests against South Africa to solve those issues, while Keaton Jennings has been dropped following his troubles as opener, with Mark Stoneman given a chance against West Indies in his place. "They'll want, by the end of this series, to have a settled team," Atherton said. "They'll be desperate those three guys - Stoneman, Westley and Malan- get some runs in this series and say to the selectors, 'we are the guys to go to Australia'. "It's a fantastic opportunity for someone like Stoneman, who's three matches away from a tour to Australia, which is the pinnacle for any player." This West Indies side is placed at No. 8 in the Test rankings and has not won an away series against opposition apart from Bangladesh or Zimbabwe this century. They have won three away Tests (with the same caveat) in that period. They didn't quality for the Champions Trophy and they won't qualify automatically for the World Cup. So much have expectations fallen that their captain, Jason Holder, described a year which has featured two defeats and one victory as "pretty decent." Holder admits that West Indies are "huge underdogs" in this series. "We have to make life as uncomfortable as possible for their senior players and put some pressure on the junior guys who are coming in," Holder said. SQUDS: ENGLAND: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Chris Woakes. WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Braithwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

LUNAR ROCKET, the 3-5 favourite, fought off a determined challenge from 5-2 chance SIMPLY THE BEST to win Wednesday's fifth race at five-and-a-half furlongs at Caymanas Park. LUNAR ROCKET led from the off under Shane Ellis but was challenged by SIMPLY THE BEST, who was slowly into stride but recovered to chase the leader from three furlongs out. SIMPLY THE BEST, ridden by Paul Francis, challenged LUNAR ROCKET coming off the home turn and pointed with a furlong-and-a-half to run in the $550,000 optional claiming event. However, LUNAR ROCKET rallied strongly to regain the lead a half-furlong out, winning by three-quarter lengths in a fast 1:06.1. Wesley Henry rode two winners on the 10-race card, YOGA and A. P. I, in the sixth and ninth races, respectively. Trainer Steven Todd saddled two winners, 10-1 outsider TRUE WHISPER in the third and even-money favourite ROYAL GIRL in the eighth. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday.


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