Jodianne Murdock

Zedoj has promised entrepreneurs that they willbe treated to a workshop experience they will not forget as it introducesitsSilent Success Workshop to Jamaica. According to a press release, the Silent Success Workshop is aimed at entrepreneurs and the working class, to educate them on various topics simultaneously, using silent headphones. The event is set to unfold on the poolside at Zedoj On The Ridge located at Mystic Ridge Resort, Ocho Rios. Conceptualiser Jodianne Murdockbelieves that, “learning does not have to be boring. The aim is to provide a unique experience, while educating our members and listeners. Attendees will have the experience of listening to their chosen topic without interruption and the option to switch between channels to tune into another speaker, if they desire” Speakers for the Silent Success Workshop areRaymore Williams, Dania Beckford andEric Reittie. Raymore Williams will present on ‘The 1st Step to Entrepreneurship’. A Tax Educator, Williams will present to listeners on the ‘GREEN CHANNEL’, on the importance of registering their business, tax obligations, protecting their business name and understanding assets vs liability. Dania Beckford will present on ‘Growing your business on Social Media’ on the ‘BLUE CHANNEL’. She boasts 10 years, formal experience as a Brand Communication Specialist and is currently the Director of Entertainment in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports. ‘THE RED CHANNEL’, will be for listeners who are not entrepreneur aspirants, but desire to grow within the organization they work for. This presentation will be done by Eric Reittie, Senior Financial Analyst for Payments at NCB. According to Murdock, “The silent component to the workshop experience will not take away from one on one interaction between participants, this method actually encourages more focused interactions. Speakers will present for approximately 30 Minutes through headphones and listeners may document questions on white boards. A Q&A session will follow after the presentation along with one on one interactions with the presenters for additional questions”. All are invited and guests will be greeted at 7:00 pm with a welcome drink with the colour of their chosen topic. The workshop will commence at 7:30 pm. Admission is J$1,800 along with a valid Government ID to secure each headphone. Murdock noted, “Just as the recently held Red Tie and Stiletto, the Zedoj mission is to create unique events to entertain, motivate, empower and educate while we grow”. Plans are afoot for Silent Workshopsin Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville for early 2018, Murdock said.

Proven, Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) and Cable & Wireless led gains on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) on Thursday trading session. Proven gained 19 per cent to close at US$0.24, it was followed by CPJ up 11 per cent to $4.50 and C&W up 8.0 per cent to close at $1.08. C2W Music lost 18.4 per cent to close at $0.40 to lead decliners on the day. The JSE Combined Index declined by 323.81 points (0.11 per cent) to close at 294,305.98. The JSE Index declined by 91.68 points (0.03 per cent) to close at 283,963.89. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 100.62 points (0.03 per cent) to close at 311,667.00.The Junior Market Index declined by 22.03 points (0.72 per cent) to close at 3,044.50. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 16.05 points (9.96 per cent) to close at 177.21. Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 46 stocks of which 19 advanced, 23 declined and 4 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 5,750,105 units valued at over $62.2 million. Radio Jamaica Limited was the volume leader with 2,210,747 units (38.45 per cent) followed by Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited with 770,491 units (13.40 per cent) and Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited with 607,088 units (10.56 per cent) .

Busy Signal

The Bristol-meets-Trinidad soca/electronica duo Jus Now have joined forces with respected DJ/producer Dismantle and Jamaican dancehall artisteBusy Signal to create the future club anthem ‘Fire (Spotie)’. ‘Fire’ fuses the classic horn line from Outkast's classic ‘SpottieOttieDopaliscious’ with heavy soca-driven drums, an enchanting bassline and a highly uplifting and energetic vocal delivery from the esteemed Busy Signal, who famously featured on Major Lazer’s ‘Watch Out For This’. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/_Lgq_ZRm9rY.jpg?itok=K3Su6Jg-","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} The track first emerged in instrumental form as ‘Spotie’ and received huge support from Radio 1 – especially from Annie Mac who first championed the song by playing it as the opening track during her sets at Glastonbury and Creamfields. Jus Now and Dismantle have also instigated electric crowd reactions whenever they’ve played it, notably at this year’s Boomtown Festival. Having produced music for most of reggae and soca's royalty including Bunji Garlin and Stylo G, Jus Now have been tearing up carnivals and dancefloors across the world with tracks like 'Tun Up' and Bunji Garlin’s 'Truck On The Road'. The duo recently signed withWarner Music. Dismantle is an artist that's always been revered as releasing genre-defining music. With releases on labels such as Digital Soundboy, GutterFunk, Lobster Boy and more, his music has been played by a varied range of electronic music's finest including Laurent Garnier, Goldie, Redlight and Shy FX to name but a few. His recent summer track ‘Squash’ (on Maraki Records) was picked as Tune of the Month by Mixmag. Look out for the track’s video which will be landing soon. It will feature Busy Signal along with some very special guest appearances.

Beenie Man performs at 'Live at The Devon' last Thursday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

‘The Doctor’ Beenie Man went to Devon House last Thursday and healed his patients who turned out for the ‘Live at The Devon’ show, as they dosed on his medication of musical melodies that spanned three decades. Beenie Man, backed by the Ruff Kut Band, was in impeccable form during his hour-and-a-half presentation, as he had the large crowd in awe, singing, dancing, clapping and waving. Although not soiling his white pants when he left the stage, he had worked up a sweat, which had his shirt sticking onto his body, even though he had already gotten rid of the grey jacket he entered the stage wearing. The audience brought Beenie Man’s proclaimed 180 No. 1 songs to reality, as they sung along with a number of his presentations, with the ladies, especially, lapping up the deejay’s every word. Like his black shoes with sparkles, the veteran entertainer kept the audience glistening, but also did his usual dance and antics that kept them glued to his set. He also kept Ruff Kut engaged, especially the bass player, whom he included in his act a number of times. Even when the band started one of his songs off-key, he turned it into a part of his act. He stopped and kept looking at them until he went and sat on one of the big speaker boxes. Not knowing what was happening, Ruff Kut kept playing, until he said, “unuh stop,” This sparked the band member’s interest and they corrected their error for Beenie Man to launch into another round of songs. He also talked with his audience members on a number of occasions, with one of his most notable comments coming after doing ‘Nuff Gal’. Before starting, he told the men that if they didn’t have any girlfriend in high school, they were not a “gallist”. However, on completion, he sang “yuh dun know mi have Krystal a mi yard”, referring to his partner, media personality, Krystal Tomlinson, which drew laughter from the audience. Beenie Man also gave cameo tributes to a number of Jamaican artistes during his performance, by either singing major portions of their songs or just using their songs to introduce one of his own. These included Buju Banton (Til Shiloah), Bob Marley (One Love), Baby Cham (From You Born), Sean Paul (Gimmie Di Light), his 1990s nemesis Bounty Killer (Spy Fi Die) and Vybz Kartel (Don’t Trust People). In between starting with Buju Banton’s Till Shiloah and ending with ‘I Am Okay’, he reeled off classics like ‘Who Am I’, ‘Girls Dem Sugar’, ‘New Suzuki’, ‘Old Dog’, ‘Modelling’, ‘Tear Off Mi Garment’, ‘Dem Get Heart Attack’ and ‘World Dance’. Radio personality Jerry Benzwick was the MC, while Coppershot Sound System entertained before the start of the show. See photos in slider below. [image_gallery]

Portmore United have reduced Arnett Gardens' lead to two, after scoringan away 1-0 victory overHarbour View in the final fixture of Match Day 11 of the 2017-2018 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on Thursday. Arnett Gardens, the reigning champions which entered the day with a four-point lead, battled to a 2-2 draw against promoted team Cavalier earlier in the day to open up a five-point lead. However, Portmore United reduced the lead by taking all three points at Harbour View. Ricardo Morris handed Portmore United the victory, scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute to push his team from fourth place to second with 21 points. Arnett Gardens had earlier moved to 23 points, but had to come from two goals down against Cavalier at the Stadium East Complex to walk away with a point. Goals from Kamoy Simpson in the 24th minute and Alex Marshall in the 34th minute had put Cavalier on course for a victory. However, Arnett Gardens hit back through Vishunul Harrisin first half stoppage time and Fabian Reid in the 60th University of the West Indies and Tivoli Gardens, which battled to a goalless draw on Wednesday, are the closest teams to the top two. Both are on 19 points, but UWI FC are in third spot courtesy of a better goal difference. THURSDAY'S RESULTS Harbour View 0 Portmore United 1 Cavalier 2 Arnett 2 WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS Tivoli 0 UWI 0 Sandals South Coast 1 Reno 2 Waterhouse 1 Boys' Town 1 Montego Bay United vs Humble Lion (Did not play because of severe flooding in Montego Bay)

- In this July 6, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for a sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine's Day 2013.

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, more than doubling the Olympic runner's jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the Supreme Court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius' original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013. Steenkamp's parents were "emotional" as they watched the court proceedings live on television at home, family lawyer Tania Koen said. "They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace," Koen told The Associated Press. "But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them ... the fact is they still live with Reeva's loss every day." Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9mm pistol. He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter by trial judge Thokozile Masipa. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015. He was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court. Prosecutors called the six-year sentence much too lenient and the Supreme Court agreed, saying in a full written ruling released later that "the sentence of six years' imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence." The Supreme Court said that Pistorius "displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions." Pistorius' brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: "Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted." A spokesman for the Pistorius family didn't answer calls from the AP. Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict of a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein. There is no death penalty in South Africa. The new sentence of 13 years and five months took into account the one year and seven months Pistorius served in prison and under house arrest after his initial manslaughter conviction. The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 last year. The decision by the five judges was unanimous, Seriti said. It's rare for the Supreme Court to change the sentences handed down by trial judges so dramatically. "I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment," legal analyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. "But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated." Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months — nearly seven years — before he can be considered for parole. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence. Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria. Friday's Supreme Court decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility. The ruling could also bring an end to a near five-year legal saga surrounding the double-amputee athlete, a multiple Paralympic champion and record-breaker who was the first amputee to run at the Olympics and one of the most celebrated sportsmen in the world. Pistorius' lawyers have just one avenue open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court last year to challenge his murder conviction.


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