A shooting incident on Monday night has left one man dead and one man warded in a serious condition. The deceased has been identified as Harry Bachan, of Sunset Drive, Benny Road, Valencia. The wounded man was identified as Gabriel Bedeau, 17, of Benny Road. According to police reports on Monday night officers received information of a shooting along Benny Road. Upon arriving, they found Bedeau on the roadway bleeding from multiple injuries. The wounded man was rushed to the Arima District Hospital where he was treated. However, due to the poor lighting along the roadway, Bachan’s body was not discovered until 7:30 am on Tuesday. Up to today, police have no one in custody for the killing. More on this as it becomes available.

Jason McNeish (right) , marketing manager, The Jamaica National Group examines one of the bags produced by Bresheh with Randy McLaren, co-founder & managing director of Bresheh at the official launch of Bresheh’s new collections of bags in September.

Chairman of the JN Foundation, Parris Lyew-Ayee is encouraging Jamaicans to support the social enterprise sector during the Christmas Season by purchasing authentic Jamaican-made gifts. “I encourage everyone to support our social enterprises by ‘buying social’ this Christmas Season. Without your financial support, these entities cannot grow,” he pointed out as he addressed the ‘Close-out Ceremony’ of the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI), at the Terra Nova Hotel and Suite in Kingston, recently. Lyew-Ayee said in the process of selecting gifts for friends and family, persons should consider social enterprises, such as: JAD Binders, which restores books that can be passed down through generations; Superior Craft and More, offering signature furniture pieces; Bresheh, manufacturers of local produced bags, which will make excellent Christmas gifts; Alpha Wear with its trendy clothing line; and Bartley’s All in Wood, among others. Opal Whyte, project manager of SEBI, echoed a similar message; and, explained that social enterprises are defined as business directly involved in revenue-generating activities to address social or environmental challenges “Without the support of consumers and broad-based stakeholders, the sector will not thrive,” she informed, noting that, “SEBI created a Buy Social Trademark, which provides authenticity and distinction for practitioners; and, the trademark or seal, indicates that the product or services are produced by a social enterprise.” She stated that the trademark gives the social enterprises “a face,” and there are several social enterprises across the country. These social enterprises include: Deaf Can! Coffee, 360 Recycle, Alpha Wear, Bartleys' All in Wood,Bresheh, Bunkers Hill Cultural Xperience, Eco-Farms Jamaica, EducaTours JA, JAD Diners; Petals 'n' Roots and Superior Craft & More, among others. Alexx Antaeus (left), owner, Opa Greek Restaurant and Lounge examines his shell made by social enterprise, 360 Recycle Manufacturing Limitedwith Ana Toby, Marketing, Communication & Events Officer at SEBI, which he successfully bid on at a SEBI Biz Mix Networking Session, recently. Whyte also called for more proactive partnerships between the private sector and social enterprises, which she stated will accelerate the further growth of social enterprises. “Some private sector organisations are already collaborating with social enterprises, as part of their corporate social responsibility. For example, some of the National Baking Company’s trucks are currently wrapped with the ‘Buy Social’ logo. We need more of that type of collaboration with the private sector,” she encouraged. SEBI, a project of the JN Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) culminated on December 12, after six years of operation. The aim of the project was to facilitate and support the growth and development of social enterprises across Jamaica. Under SEBI, some 35 social enterprises were able to generate more than J$186 million in revenues; and employed some 500 persons, on a part-time and full-time basis.

AP photo of the New York Stock Exchange

USstocks climbed Tuesday morning, putting at least a temporary halt to the steep market losses that circled the globe in prior days. Asian markets sank sharply earlier in the day, but European markets were mixed. The price of crude oil continued its sharp slide, and investors are waiting to hear from the Federal Reserve, which begins a two-day meeting on interest rates. Most economists expect it to raise short-term rates by another quarter of a percentage point, but investors hope that it will signal a slower pace of increases ahead. KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 was up 20 points, or 0.8 percent, at 2,566, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The index had two steep losses of at least 1.9 percent in the two prior days, and it closed Monday at its lowest since two Octobers ago. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 248, or 1.1 percent, to 23,841, and the Nasdaq composite gained 69, or 1 percent, to 6,822. TAKING OFF: Boeing surged to one of the market's biggest gains after it raised its dividend 20 percent and increased its stock buyback program by $2 billion to $20 billion. Boeing's stock has struggled recently on worries that the global trade war will hit its profits particularly hard. Boeing rose 4.4 percent to $330.12. EARNINGS BOOST: Oracle jumped 3.4 percent to $47.30 after reporting stronger profit for the latest quarter than analysts expected. Companies across the country have been doing similarly throughout this year, but investors have often given the better-than-expected performances less attention than their worries about slowing economic growth, higher interest rates and global trade tensions. FED MEETING: Most economists expect the Fed to raise its short-term interest rate to a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. The rate helps set borrowing costs for various types of loans, and higher rates can slow economic growth and make stocks look relatively less attractive. MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany's DAX rose 0.3 percent, while France's CAC 40 dripped 0.3 percent and the FTSE 100 in London dropped 0.6 percent. Losses were more severe in Asia. The Nikkei 225 in Japan lost 1.8 percent, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped 1 percent and South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.4 percent. COMMODITIES: The price of oil tumbled on worries about oversupply and softening growth in China, which could hit demand. Benchmark U.S. crude dropped $1.36 to $48.84 per barrel. On Monday it closed below $50 a barrel for the first time in 14 months. Brent crude, used to price international oils, gave up $1.15 to $58.46 per barrel. Gold dipped $1.50 to $1,250.30 per ounce. YIELDS: The yield on the 10-year Treasury dipped to 2.84 percent from 2.85 percent late Monday. CURRENCIES: The dollar dipped to 112.56 Japanese yen from 112.75 yen late Monday. The euro rose to $1.1373 from $1.1350, and the British pound rose to $1.2646 from $1.2629.


Vybz Kartel's new profile pic on Instagram.

Incarcerated dancehall star Adijah 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer triggered asocial media frenzy late Mondaywhen he signaled a return to his dark-skinned look with new photoson Instagram. His new profile pic, which was uploaded with the hashtag #darkagain, features a stern-looking Kartel with dark sunglasses and a buzz cut hairdo reminiscent of his early (pre-bleaching) days as leader ofPortmore Empire. He also posted photos of himself posing with two associates along with the hashtag #melanin. Kartel's new look has been well-received by his throng of supporters on social media. "Dark and handsome! The best color inna de world! Please do nuh bleach again!" said one user,'sofiremowatt'. Another fan, who goes by the name 'darknlovleh', added: "Yes King...let the melanin rise up yes...it activates additional strength for you to continue trodding." Kartel, who is serving a life sentence for allegedly murdering associate Clive "Lizard" Williams, is stillvery popular in the dancehall world andcontinues to dominate the airwaves despite being behind bars for more than seven years. Known for pushing the limits, the dancehall powerhouse controversially lightened his skin at the height of his popularity and is infamously credited with fueling theskin bleaching phenomenon. Kartel, along with three other men, including fellow dancehall artiste Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, were convicted in April 2014 and handed mandatory life sentences for the killing of Williamsafter a 65-day trial that was said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history. They have since appealed the conviction and are awaiting the verdict.

In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, Alfonso Ribeiro arrives at the Disney/ABC 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video games. In separate lawsuits filed Monday in federal court, Ribeiro alleges that Fortnite-maker Epic Games and 2K Sports-creator Take-Two Interactive used his dance dubbed "The Carlton Dance" without permission or credit. Ribeiro's dance was popularised through his character, Carlton Banks, on the 1990s sitcom. Ribeiro says North Carolina-based Epic Games and Delaware-based Take Two used his dance he first performed on a 1991 "Fresh Prince" episode. He's asking for a judge's order to stop both games from using his moves. Ribeiro says he is currently in the middle of copyrighting the dance. Epic Games and Take Two spokesmen didn't respond to requests for comment.


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Australia returned to winning ways and stayed alive in the series against India after claiming a comprehensive 146-run victory in the second Test. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc starred with three wickets apiece in Perth as Australia dominated India to level the four-match series at 1-1 on Tuesday. India were torn apart on the fifth and final day at Perth Stadium, where the tourists lost 28-5 to be skittled for 140 after an hour of play. It was Australia's first win in eight Test matches, dating back to their 118-run victory against South Africa in March, to leave the series evenly poised heading into the Boxing Day showdown in Melbourne. Aside from Virat Kohli's century, Australia were in control against India as they claimed a confidence-boosting triumph, having endured a difficult 2018 following ball-tampering suspensions to star pair Steve Smith and David Warner following the Cape Town scandal. India – resuming on 112-5 on day five – would have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with victory in Perth but Kohli's men were outplayed on a lively wicket. Australia wasted little time to bowling out India, Starc (3-46) breaking the key partnership between Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant early on Tuesday by removing Vihari for 28 after Marcus Harris took a catch at bat pad. A superb diving catch from under-pressure batsman Peter Handscomb off the bowling of Lyon (3-39) – who finished with eight wickets in the match– sent Pant (30) back to the pavilion and reduced the visitors to 137-7. Umesh Yadav(2) followed in the next over when he struggled to cope with a short ball from Starc, who claimed on the caught-and-bowled opportunity. Australia quick Pat Cummins (2-25) finished the job with quick-fire dismissals of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to cap a devastating morning for the home team. Final scores in the match: Australia 326 & 243; India 283 & 140.