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Nigeria’s new charge d’affaires to Jamaica, Emmanuel Oguntuyi, plansto use his three-year mission to the islandto increase the level of trade between the two countries. Oguntuyi, in an interview with Loop News, said he believes that former Nigeria High Commissioner to Jamaica, Janet Olisa, has done a lot of groundwork for him to accomplish his trade priority. “The reason for us being here, as a mission, is to facilitate our engagement, and promote bilateral cooperation between our countries;and one of the areas that we will be looking at is trade facilitation between our two countries, because that has been very low in the past. “High Commissioner Olisa did a very wonderful job...promoting cultural relations between our two countries. So what we have planned to do, is to build on what High Commissioner Olisa has done and ensure that we sustain the momentum of our relationship of cooperation between Jamaica and Nigeria,” Oguntuyi said. He said that logistics such as getting commodities to and from Nigeria and Jamaica hindered the process in the past and the new Nigerian delegation to the island will be seeking to enhance the process by promoting direct transportation between the two countries. Olisa, in aninterview with Loop News before she departed the island earlier in October, said plans are underway for two round-trip exploratory flights to Jamaica from Nigeria in December and January. The hope is that this will stimulate regular passenger flights between the two countries and expand into commercial flights. Oguntuyi said that the many activities were planned for this year to foster the relationship between Jamaica and Nigeria as well as to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic participation between the two nations and also 60 years of Nigeria’s independence. He said these had to be scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oguntuyi, however, said that the Joint Commission between Nigeria and Jamaica, which was slated for July, is being planned for early next year in Nigeria and trade will be one of the main topics on the agenda. Meanwhile, Oguntuyi, who has been on the island since September, also credited Olisa for the cultural awareness she fostered between both countries, including allowing the children of Jamaica, in 2017, to experience Nollywood, the filmmaking industryof Nigeria. He is also looking to build on the cultural aspect of the relationship. “Jamaica is a fantastic place that we believe that given the nursery support from the two sides, we have a lot of benefits because of our background and also for our historic heritage. So we are hoping that, in the coming years, things will get much better for the two countries,” Oguntuyi said.

Ramon Davis

Remittance customers in Jamaica can soon receive Boss Revolution Money Transfer (IDT) from LascoMoney. The latest offering allows friends and family in the diaspora another option to send money to their loved ones in Jamaica, according toLascoFinancial Services Ltd which in a press release touted itself as the first remittance agency to bring Boss Revolution to remitters in Jamaica. According to Ramon Davis, payment services manager at Lasco Financial Services Limited (LFSL), financial inclusion is a big company focus. “No one likes to feel excluded or that there are no options that suit them. Research shows that over 100,000 Jamaicans in the United States use Boss Revolution each month to send call credit to loved ones back home,” Davis said. “Lasco Money is always intent on discovering new ways to meet the demands of the market and provide simple and convenient services for our customers. By introducing Boss Revolution into our remittance network throughout Jamaica, we are creating more options for persons who rely on remittance to fund their day-to-day lives. We have identified a need and are meeting that need by adding this money transfer option to our catalogue,” he explained. IDT Corporation is a global provider of communications and payment services and launched Boss Revolution Money app in 2017. The service is available to send money from the US to Jamaica and 48 other countries worldwide, directly from an Android device or iPhone, any time of day. Through a seamless process, customers will be able to receive money immediately at over 100 Lasco Money agent locations islandwide, using a valid government-issued ID accompanied by a Tax Registration Number, or its equivalent for foreign nationals, stated the press release. “We’re especially happy to announce this new partnership with Boss Revolution in time when Jamaicans are embracing change and are looking for solutions that will suit their immediate needs. Family members living in 50 states in America will be able to send their loved ones money through Boss Revolution Money Transfer and receivers can collect from Lasco Money, by picking up in location or receiving funds on their Lasco PayPrepaid MasterCard or bank accounts with Lasco Money’s 'Skip Di Line'feature,” said Lasco Financialmarketing manager Danielle Harris-Drysdale. With LascoMoney’s Skip Di Line service, customers are invited to trade the long lines of the physical stores for the convenience of a direct deposit to their Lasco PayPrepaid Mastercard, or a bank account.


Dalton Browne

Music producer Dalton Browne suffered a massive heart attack on Saturday, and needs blood as he will have to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery this weekend. "He had a massive heart attack on Saturday," Cleveland Browne, Dalton's brother and one half of the legendary production duo, Steely & Clevie, confirmed to Loop News on Tuesday morning. "He has to undergo a quadruple bypass surgery and that requires a large amount of blood. The appeal for blood is urgent, because the family supply is simply not enough, so we've been reaching out to the music industry and the public. His children are in the US and have not been able to come yet because of the protocol restrictions to do a test in order to get on a plane. So we need people to give blood for Dalton, and do it in his name and send the message to a number on the flyer," Browne said. Dalton Browne is a widely regarded guitarist for many industry personnel, and has worked with Freddie McGregor as his musical director. He also worked with Akon on his album, “Konvicted”.

RedLyte

During these dark days of social unrest, blatant police brutality, overt racism and mass protests, reggae singer/rapper RedLyte has delivered a powerful socially conscious single that invokes hope even as it reflects on the dire signs of a tough 2020 with “Hold On My People.” “My new single is a reflection of the status of the world that we live in today. Black people are being killed in the streets, and no one is paying the price,” RedLyte, whose real name is Al LaRoche, said. “You can’t go to bed at night without wondering if your door will be sprayed with bullets. There are many injustices happening before our very eyes, so we have to educate one another on our power," he added. “Hold On My People” was released on the Born Wild Entertainment label on September 25th. It is the debut single from his latest project 'Back To One' which will be released in 2021. Over a melodic, mid-tempo rhythmaccented by a thick and lumbering bassline, heavy drums and off-beat staccato guitar riffs, he provides much-needed strength and rays of hope. In his rich baritone, RedLyte sends a powerful message to the fans: “Hold on my people/ Got to live life right/ Stay away from evil/ Me move like Tom Cruise, no Evel Knievel/ No mission impossible/ Move for me people.” “The song is a reminder that now is not the time to give up. We must stay strong. We must stay together. We must educate ourselves and stand strong. Most of all, we need to spread love and share love," he said. The execution of American citizens like George Floyd and Atlanta resident Rayshard Brooks at the hands of white police officers has ignited an incandescent social movement. In every state and around the world, where people of all colors, genders, and ages have taken to the streets to renounce systemic racism. RedLyte acknowledges how the song taps into these emotions. A brief snippet of the song was shared on Instagram, receiving rave reviews, including acknowledgement from platinum-selling rapper The Game. “When The Game liked my post that was a major seal of approval.His support will help us achieve our ultimate goal, which is to spread the message and to inspire," he said. No stranger to celebrity endorsement, RedLyte has a resume that includes working with such influential artistes as reggae greats Inner Circle, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Lutan Fyah Pitbull, Flo Rida, Beenie Man, and others. Born Al LaRoche in Sangre Grande, the largest town in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, RedLyte has music ingrained in him. Relocating to the United States with his family at age seven and settling in Brooklyn, New York, he inherited his love for music absorbing the dancehall reggae music of the late 80s and 90s. Now a resident of Miami, he incorporates his Caribbean calypso and reggae roots in his along with influences from hip-hop and R&B. The result is a signature sound all his own. “My music touches on educating the youth, understanding the power we hold as a race and spreading love amongst all,” he contends. ' “My music is filled with emotion and pain,” he said. Following the release of “Hold On My People,” RedLyte will be releasing a follow-up single, “Worries".


Andre Russell in action for the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has withdrawn from the Lanka Premier League less than a week after he was drafted into a franchise team. The 32-year-old, who had signed up to play forColombo Kings, pulled out due to injury, according to Sri Lanka Cricket. However, there is a report that Russell did not request a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket West Indies (CWI) that would gives him the right to play in the LPL. A NOC is a document provided to players from member nations of the International Cricket Council that allows a cricketer to play in a domestic competition of another member nation. CWI CEO Johnny Grave told Sportsmax.TV that it did not receivea NOC request from the Jamaican to play Lankan Premier League. Russell's exit from theLankan Premier Leagueis a bit of asurprise. The hard-hitting batsman signed up for the Lankan Premier Leaguedays after he declined to play in theWest Indies proposed tour of New Zealand, which will feature three T20 Internationals and two Test matches from November 27 to December 15. He has not played for the Kolkata Knight Riders since the gameagainst the Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 18because of a knee injury but hasn't yet pulled out of the Indian Premier Leagueentirely. No update has been given on his further involvement in the ongoing tournament. Four other foreign players have also pulled out of the LankaPremier League. They are Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Dawid Malan, andManvinder Bisla. Miller, du Plessis, and Malan have become unavailable because of the limited-overs series between South Africa and England, which set to begin on November 27. TheLankaPremier League is scheduled to start on November 21 and run until December 13.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero reacts during the English Premier League football match against West Ham, at the London Olympic Stadium Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Catherine Ivill, Pool via AP).

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola regrets not buying a striker in the last transfer window after confirming Sergio Aguero could be missing for up to a month. Aguero sustained a hamstring injury in City's 1-1 draw with West Ham last weekend and will not be involved in theirChampionsLeague Group C clash with Marseille on Tuesday. With Gabriel Jesus also absent, recovering from amuscleinjury he picked up on the opening day of the Premier League season, City are short of striking options. When asked if he regretted not strengthening his forward line before thewindow shut,Guardiola acknowledgedit would have been preferable but that they were unable to free up funds. "Maybe, yes.Weconsidered it, we thought about it, but we could not," Guardiola said at anewsconference on the eve of City's match in the south of France. "If you decide to buy a striker, ithas tobe a striker in the league of Gabriel andSergio,but we cannot afford it. "I am not saying the club didn't want to do it in terms of strikers, they want to make as strong a team as possible. Sergio is back[out injured], and I didn't expect Gabriel to be injured. Sometimes it happens." Guardiola could not give an exact time frame on Argentina international Aguero'sreturn butrevealed City's all-time leadinggoalscorercould be facing up to a month on thesidelines. The City boss also dismissed suggestions Aguero was rushed back too quickly following surgery on a knee problem before the new season started. He continued: "Sergio was injured last game. And you know,when you're four or five months out with knee problems,you are at risk. "We didn't rush him back. We were incredibly patient, didn't force the doctors.Of course,we knew he was not in the best condition. "But he was important against West Ham for 55, 60 minutes. Unfortunately, one action in the first half, he was unlucky, went to stop a long pass and he felt something. Hopefully,he recovers as well as possible. "We tried to manage it as good aspossible,but it was not enough to maintain it. Wehope he will be back as soon as possible. "I don't knowlong;it depends on the injury. The minimum is 10-15 days, a little longer. It could be a month." Guardiola, meanwhile, would again not be drawn on whether the club has started to open talks with Aguero over a new contract. The 32-year-old's deal is set to expire at the end of the season but recent injury problems have cast doubt over his City future. "I don't know, I don't want to talk about it because I am not involved with this," Guardiola added. "If I should be involved in contracts, maybe the day should be 48 hours, not 24! What I want is for Sergio to be fit, what I want is Sergio [to] come back again, be ready as much as possible. "We miss him a lot. What he has done for this club is outstanding, [he] will be a legend of this club, we want to enjoy him before but it depends on his physicality and his physical condition."