National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) has said over 95 per cent of salary files it received by the end of the day on Friday, May 24, have been processed. In a statement sent out on Sunday, the bank said NCB account holders in that batch received their payments on Saturday, May 25. The bank said persons with accounts held at other institutions are expected to receive their salaries by Monday, May 27, if they have not received them already. NCB said it received some salary files on Saturday, and is working to process those in the shortest possible time. The bank said its team continues to work on ensuring that the processing of the outstanding files is completed on Sunday, May 26, 2019. “Incomplete files, duplicate submissions and errors in the files have impacted the pace of processing, resulting in some further delays for a smaller fraction of files,” CEO Patrick Hylton reported. “To address this, NCB continues to work with its valued business customers to rectify these issues quickly, and we commit to having all salaries paid in the shortest time,” he added. “We are aware of the personal challenges these delays have created for our customers, and deeply regret the pain this experience has caused our customers. We are taking steps internally to ensure that impacted customers are not penalised with late fees on our loan and credit card facilities,” Hylton advised. The bank has acknowledged the potential impact on customers’ ability to make loan, credit card and utility payments in a timely manner. Customers who have been impacted in this manner are encouraged to contact NCB at salary@jncb.com. The bank said it is committed to reviewing and addressing the challenges being faced in the shortest time possible. NCB said its technical teams are also continuing to work on issues affecting some of its customers in using some of the services on the online banking and mobile app platforms. “We commit to keeping our customers updated on the timelines for service restoration. In the interim, banking services such as bill payments, credit card payments, cash and cheque deposits, transfers, and withdrawals, remain available in our branches 24 hours a day via our Bank on the Go ABMs and Kiosks,” said the bank. “The complete resolution of issues and restoration of customer confidence is the single priority of every single NCB team member, starting with me. We will not rest until we make this right; full stop,” said Hylton.

It was the second day of trading since its listing on the exchange at $0.50.

Wigton Windfarm led gains during Friday’s trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). The stock gained 23.4 per cent to close at $0.75 with a whopping 472 million units trading. It was the second day of trading since its listing on the exchange at $0.50. The day’s top declining stock was iCreate down 10 per cent to close at $0.80. The JSE Combined Index advanced by 3,736.39 points ( 0.90 per cent) to close at 418,271.36. The JSE Index advanced by 3,943.35 points ( 0.95 per cent) to close at 417,795.08. The Junior Market Index advanced by 10.21 points ( 0.33 per cent) to close at 3,138.66. The JSE USD Equities Index closed at 194.26. The JSE Financial Index advanced by 1.29 points ( 1.22 per cent) to close at 106.70. The overall Market activity resulted from trading in 55 stocks of which 27 advanced, 21 declined and 7 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 480,840,175 units valued at over $878,112,799.63. Wigton Windfarm Limited was the volume leader with 472,804,639 units (98.3 per cent) followed by Panjam Investment Limited with 4,199,150 units (0.87per cent) and Wisynco Group with 570,953 units (0.12per cent) .


Josie Mel

Reggae artiste Josie Mel is generating a buzz stateside with his latest release, 'The Only One', released on the Josie Mel Music label in January 2019. "I am staying focused, working hard in the studios with new music. My latest release is doing well, it's been added to several radio stations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut so far, and my follow up ,'Ignite the Fire' is going to be released this Summer to keep up the momentum," the artiste whose real name is Donald Burns Campbell, said. The second single, 'Ignite the Fire', will be released on the Josie Mel Music label in July 2019. Born in the sleepy district of Bryant's Hill, Josie Mel started singing in church at the age of 10. While attending the Crooked River All Age in Clarendon, he sang with the school group and performed at school festivals before getting his first raw exposure to dancehall with the Creation Sound system. At one of the dances he met producer Country Tony who took him into the studio Dynamic Sounds. Since then through the years Josie Mel has recorded songs for labels such as Minor 7 flat 5, Star Trail, Black Scorpio and others. He is known for songs such as “Youths Fi Big” featuring Capleton on the Friends For Life rhythm and “Cross Roads” on the Right Now rhythm. However, one of his mist popular songs remains “Rasta Still Deh Bout” featuring Lutan Fyah on the Minor 7 Flat 5 label, which did well on the local and overseas music charts. Another standout song is "Try Jah Love" featuring Smokie Benz which soared to the pole position on Richie B's Jamaica Music Countdown chart for 3 weeks, then spend over 26 weeks in the chart. The video for the single went to no. 1 on CVM video chart and # 5 on TVJ. The single itself was nominated for the EME awards in February 2010. He has performed at major events such as the Rochester City School District Adult and Career Education Services New York USA, Sting 1997 and Ram Jam 1997, Reggae Sunsplash 1998-1999, Rebel Salute 1998-1999, and Everton Blender Birthday Bash 1998 and 2002, and graced the stage of Reggae Sumfest in 2005. He toured Europe in 2004 and in 2006 performing in towns such as Marseille, Toulon and Paris in France, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and in the cities of Brixton and London, UK at least four times. He has released three albums, his debut album “Freedom” on Walboomers Music, the second, "Rasta Still De Bout" on the Minor7 Flat5 label, and the third album, "This Whole World” on the Minor7Flat5 label. "I like all forms of music namely reggae, dancehall, R&B/Souls, jazz, rap, World Beat and African Classic," he said. Josie Mel said he was concerned about the acts of criminality and violence in his home country, and made an appeal for Jamaicans to remain positive and become angels of their better nature. "It’s non stop voicing, I have to show the world what I have inside me, I have no time to waste. I do positive music to encourage people to be their better selves , because I am also a father and a real family man , a Godly man, and a role model. This is my advice to my Jamaican people stay positive don’t let them draw you out, avoid loud and aggressive people, don't use violence to solve your problems, focus on love and light," he said.

Gospel singer Kevin Downswell said the team is ready to deliver another engaging and life-changing experience to patrons, under the theme, Never Alone”.

This year’s staging of The Realignment Tour, a growing summer Gospel event, is scheduled for Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23 in Westmoreland, Kingston and St Ann. This year's staging features a strong line-up of top local gospel artistes including founder Kevin Downswell alongside several regional and international acts. Downswell said the team is ready to deliver another engaging and life-changing experience to patrons, under the theme, Never...Alone”, with a special focus on youth. “The purpose of Realignment tour is to love kids who have been abused and neglected back into alignment; back into their God-given purpose. To inspire and restore the fire within their hearts again and bring back the light within their eyes," Downswell said. He added: "We’re in year three and the last two years have been phenomenal; lives have been touched, people have walked away changed and now we’re getting ready to partner with God to do even greater things." The Realignment Tour also presents a platform of wholesome entertainment for the family, with high energy ministry and best-in-class production. Since launching in 2017, The Realignment Tour featured acts including Jonathan Nelson, Ashaala Shanae, DJ Nicholas and Rondell Positive. This year’s event will take place at The Manning’s School in Sav-la-Mar, The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston and St. Hilda’s High School In Brown’s Town.


Jamaica's Reggae Girlz recently at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has moved to reassure the public that dislocations with its flight arrangements for the Reggae Girlz to travel to Scotland over the weekend were outside the federation’s control. In a release late on Saturday, the JFF said following concerns that were expressed locally, it was assuring the nation that 33 members of a 39-member delegation to Scotland were scheduled to arrive there on Saturday evening (Jamaica time). The federation said the group included 19 members of the 23 players in the delegation. The remaining members of the delegation were scheduled to arrive in Scotland on Sunday morning. The JFF said challenges experienced with the itinerary for the delegation were “due solely to the availability of the total number of seats available at the time of making the reservations.” It said the itinerary that was utilised “was chosen in an effort to keep the entire travelling (largely) group together”. The release said federation President, Michael Ricketts, was already in Scotland, and would meet the groups at the airport and streamline a smooth and comfortable settling of the delegation. The Reggae Girlz were in South Florida for a short camp, during which they carved out a 2-1 victory over FC Surge in a 60-minute game at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida on Thursday. From there they flew to the United Kingdom for a friendly against Scotland in Edinburgh on May 28, before travelling to France. The number 53-ranked Jamaica isin Group C of the Women’s World Cup with 10th-ranked Brazil, sixth-ranked Australia, andItaly, ranked at 15th. The Reggae Girlz will begin their World Cup campaign on June 9 against 2007Women's World Cup runners-up Brazil at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. The Reggae Girlz will return to action on June 14 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, wherethey will square off against Italy. The Jamaicanswill then round outtheir group stage action four days later on June 18 against Australia, once again at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. The Reggae Girlz created history on October 17, 2018 in the United States by becoming the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup. They achieved the feat by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties in their third-place playoff match atthe2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at theToyota Stadium in Texas. The historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA World Cupfollowsthe success of the men’s squad, which participated in the World Cup for the first time in France 1998. Jamaica's 23-member World Cup squad: Sydney Schnieder, Konya Plymmer, Marlo Sweatman, Khadijah Shaw, Deneisha Blackwood, Dominique Bond-Flasza, Allyson Swaby, Trudi Carter, Chantelle Swaby, Ashleigh Shim, Sashana Campbell, Nicole McClure, Roriana Patterson, Chinyelu Asher, Lauren Silver,Jody Brown, Chanel Hudson-Mark, Yazmeen Jameison, Kyla McCoy, Chenya Matthews, Tiffany Cameron, Olufolsade Adamolekun andHavana Solaun.

Australia batsman Steve Smith.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith said the hostile reception he received at the Ageas Bowl was like "water off a duck's back" after his century set up a 12-run Cricket World Cup warm-up victory over England. The in-form Smith was booed when he walked to the crease, then when he reached his half-century and brought up a brilliant hundred on Saturday. David Warner was also heckled by fans in their first match against England since returning from a one-year suspension for their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. Smith, who made 116 from 102 balls a week before Australia start their World Cup defence against Afghanistan, was unfazed by the abuse he received. "I heard a few things as I went out to bat, but it didn't really get to me. I'm kind of just trying to keep my head down and move straight ahead and just do my job," Smith said. "Fortunately, I was able to score a few runs for the team and, more importantly, spend some time in the middle before our first game of the World Cup." Smith added: "It doesn't bother me, it's just doing my job and I know that I've got the support of my team-mates up on the balcony and that's the most important thing. If I can make them proud out in the middle and make Australians proud as much as I can, well, that's my job. "I just blank it out. They call it white noise. When I am out there I pay no attention to the crowd and just move on with playing the game." Smith said he had not been on the receiving end of hostility from the public in England prior to the match at the home of Hampshire. "No, it's been really good I haven't copped any which is really nice. I guess everyone is entitled to their opinion and how they want to treat people, but it is water off a duck's back," he said. "I'll just do my own thing and just keep working hard to play hard." England were all out for 285 in the final over in reply to 297-9, with concerns over a foot injury suffered by Mark Wood. Jofra Archer also suffered an injury scare but was able to bat.