Pearnel Charles Jr

Jamaica has referred 30 cases related to the Windrush immigration crisis to the British High Commission. State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Pearnel Charles Jr m...


Discount Computers & Services is working with Microsoft to deliver technology solutions that are accessible, affordable, and relevant for non-profit organisations. (Photo via Discount Computers & Services)

Microsoft has partnered with local IT service provider, Discount Computers & Services (DCS) to deliver technology solutions that are accessible, affordable, and relevant for non-profit organisations. Aligned with the mission of moving NGOs to the cloud, Microsoft and DCS Ltd. are developing an educational campaign which will offer a comprehensive set of tech solutions to make digital transformation attainable to them. As one of Microsoft’s NGO focused Information and Communications Technology (ICT) partners in Jamaica, Discount Computers & Services Ltd. has continuously assisted certified Non-Profit Organizations with acquiring free software subscriptions offered by Microsoft. “We strongly believe in empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet through the donation of cloud computing services,” said Laycya Holmes, Microsoft Jamaica Country Representative. “We’ve donated a significant amount of software to many certified Non-Profit Organizations in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, so partnering with DCS Ltd. as an advocate for our software is a perfect match for us as we seek to expand our efforts.” Microsoft is a firm believer that tech partnerships can be a powerful force for social good. The new partnership aims to foster collective action for the nonprofit sector in Jamaica. DCS Ltd. will provide Microsoft with the necessary ‘boots on the ground’ to make an impactful contribution to Jamaican NGOs. The programme is expected to impact public and private sector NGOs, including schools, charitable groups and trade organisations. “Technology and helping people has always been a passion of mine,” said Almando Cox, Director of DCS Ltd.. “As a local Microsoft Cloud Solutions provider, I try to spread awareness of Microsoft donations that could assist in a digital transformation. This is why I’m excited to be working closely with Microsoft on an initiative I strongly believe in.” The tech partners will be hosting an informative session on June 21 to better acquaint local NGOs with the services being offered. Among the topics to be discussed are digital strategy planning, the use of technology to connect an NGOs people and its processes, and the way technology can accelerate an NGOs impact to serve target groups and realize the NGOs mission. This session will take place at 6:00pm at the PCJ Auditorium located at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica on 36 Trafalgar Road. The event is open to all NGOs which are registered or have begun the process of registration. For the latestnews, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Derek Manky, global Security strategist at Fortinet

The article below was written byDerek Manky, global Security strategist at Fortinet Almost a year after WannaCry made global news headlines, a number of high-profile organizations have continued to be targeted by thisransomware, some quite recently. It's part of a growing trend that has the potential to impact large numbers of people, and with potentially devastating consequences. Traditionally, a ransomware attack typically begins when an end user clicks on a link or opens a file attached to a malicious email that is part of a phishing (random) or spearphishing (targeted) campaign. Or, they visit a compromised website and pick up a bug along with whatever they were looking at or downloading. Recently WannaCryransomworm and SamSammalware are loaded onto a vulnerable endpoint device that is connected to an open network, and its payload spreads from there, locating other vulnerable systems and encrypting their data. Over the past several months, cybercriminals have become much more active, targeting a wide range of organizations, from healthcare and educational institutions to local governments. We have also seen successfully targeted cloud-based web hosting services in order to inject code into multiple high traffic web domains rather than trying to do that one at a time. Future attacks are likely to leverage things like swarm intelligence to take humans out of the loop entirely in order to accelerate attacks to digital speeds. Real-time communications allow individual attacks agents – or swarmbots – to cluster together into coordinated swarms that are able to more efficiently assess and target a wide array of potential vulnerabilities. To defend your network from such multi-pronged attacks, you need to develop a back-to-basics, methodical process to reduce the number of possible attack avenues that your organization is exposed to. Fortinet recommends these ten best practices: Inventory all devices: Discover and then maintain a live inventory of what devices are on your network at all times. Of course, this is hard to do if your security devices, access points, and network devices cannot talk to each other. As IT resources continue to be stretched then, an integrated NOC-SOC solution is a valuable approach to ensure that every device on the network is identified and monitored. Automate patching: The recent WannaCry breach makes clear that unpatched systems continue to be a primary conduit for attacks and malware. Which is why, as much as possible, you should develop a process for automating your patching process. Segment the network: What will you do when your network is breached? There is a question every security professional needs to ask. Because when it is, you want to limit the impact of that event as much as possible. The best first line of defense is to segment the network. Without proper segmentation, ransomworms can easily propagate across the network, even to backup stores, making the recovery portion of your incident response (IR) plan much more difficult to implement. Track threats: Subscribe to real-time threat feeds so that your security systems can be on the lookout for the latest attacks. When combined with local threat intelligence through a centralized integration and correlation tool, such as a SIEM or threat intelligence service, threat feeds not only help organizations better see and respond to threats as soon as they begin to emerge in the wild, rather than after you have already been a target, and even begin to anticipate them. Watch for indicators of compromise (IOCs):When you can match your inventory to current threats, you can quickly see which of your devices are most at risk and prioritize either hardening, patching, isolating, or replacing them. Harden endpoints and access points: Make it a rule that any devices coming onto your network meet basic security requirements and that you actively scan for unpatched or infected devices and traffic. Implementsecurity controls: Applysignature and behavioral-based solutions throughout your network in order to detect and thwart attacks both at the edge of your network as well as once they have penetrated your perimeter defenses. Use security automation: Once you have locked down those areas you have control over, apply automation to as many of your basic security processes as possible. This frees your IT resources to focus on higher-order threat analysis and response tasks that can protect you from the more advanced threats targeting your organization. Back up critical systems: The most important thing you can do when dealing with ransomware is to make sure that you have a copy of critical data and resources stored off-network so you can restore and resume operations as soon as possible. Create an integrated security environment: To make sure that all these security practices are seamlessly extended into every new network ecosystem you bring online, you need to deploy security solutions that are fully integrated as a security fabric to enable centralized orchestration and analysis. A Team Effort As networks become more complex, so will the job of defending them. It's not a one-solution or even one-team job anymore. Automation can relieve the IT team's burden as well as the other security best practices, and thereby close doors to ransomware. In addition, as malware evolves, the group intelligence provided by a shared threat feed will help you know what to look for and how to address them. ByDerek Manky, global Security strategist at Fortinet


Popular comedian Boasy Boy Floyd is known for his many hosting duties as well as his edgy jokes. However, it wasn’t always fun for this entertainer, as he told Loop News that it was “poverty” and “desperation” that drove him to comedy. “I was home for a year and desperation started to take its effect so I said I need to identify with something I can do, and comedy was knocking on the door all along,” he said in the latest edition of What’s Up. He credits Ity and Fancy Cat for helping him get his start in the industry. From his early days at Cactus Night Club, which he describes as his "training ground", Floyd is now a fixture at some of the biggest entertainment events and television shows including Wray & Nephew Contender andMagnum Kings and Queensof Dancehall. Floyd also spoke about why he changed his nickname from “Pretty Boy” to “Boasy Boy”, his style of comedy, new projects and more. Watch the video below.

XXXTentacion

Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who has Jamaican roots, was shot and killed Monday in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt. The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was pronounced dead Monday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. He was shot earlier outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership. XXXTentacion had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory, the sheriff's office said. He was in a black luxury vehicle and preparing to leave when two armed suspects approached him. At least one of them fired, and then both suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV. Investigators don't have a motive, and no arrests have been made. Stephanie Martinez, a 29-year-old mother who lives in the neighborhood, was just coming back from the pool with her kids when she heard three shots. She drove to the end of the street and saw the rapper's body in the car. "He has his mouth open and his hand out. Two people went over and checked his pulse," said Martinez, who also saw blood. "It's just weird because he should've had security and stuff with him." On Twitter, his peers expressed shock and sadness. Kanye West said: "rest in peace ... I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing." Producer Diplo posted a photo of the two together and said, "Thanks for inspiring me." Travis Barker tweeted: "I'm at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist ..." And J. Cole said, in part: "RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans." Meanwhile, popular Jamaican disc jockey Preston Onfroy told Loop News,"I never knew him personally but I understand that I was related to him. My family said that he is my father's cousin son, I have a cousin in St Ann who knows him quite well, but this is so tragic, he was only 20 years old." The entertainer, who sported dreadlocks and a number of facial tattoos, was a rising star and notched a No. 1 album in March with his sophomore effort "?'' and had a top 10 hit with "Sad!" but was facing trial on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend. XXXTentacion racked up huge streaming numbers — on Spotify, his "Sad!" had more than 270 million streams and was on its Top 50 chart this week in the United States and globally. He also has several songs that have been declared platinum, including "Changes," ''Roll in Peace" with fellow rapper Kodak Black and "Look at Me!" In interview with XXL magazine, which named him an up-and-coming artist last year, the rapper cited Nirvana, the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur among his musical influences. "Obviously, I'm one of the greatest of this generation, the upcoming generation, as far as artistry. ... And I say that humbly," he said in a video interview with the outlet last year. But much of his brief career had been mired in controversy. In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was arrested on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, and was jailed, and later faced more charges including witness tampering. Regarding a June 2017 attack at a San Diego concert, the following messages were posted on XXXTentacion's Twitter account: "security and venue set me up, I got sucker punched and knocked out, it is what it is." A subsequent tweet said," ''next time make sure you kill me so I can't talk (expletive)." He was released from jail on house arrest late last year and was released from house arrest earlier this year to allow him to tour. His album "?'' was released in March and went to No. 1. In an interview earlier this month with the Miami New Times, XXXTentacion described his upbringing, which included seeing his mother infrequently and being raised by friends, other family and babysitters. His mother would buy him clothes, phones and other gifts. He told the paper he used violence so she would engage with him. "I used to beat kids at school just to get her to talk to me, yell at me," he said. XXXTentacion was initially one of two artists Spotify removed from its promoted playlists in May in accordance with its new policy on hateful music and conduct. But after a backlash in the music industry, Spotify backpedaled and said it would no longer attempt to police conduct and restored XXXTentacion to its playlists (although they did not do the same for R. Kelly). While he made headlines for his legal woes, he connected to millions of fans musically. Among the topics he spoke about was depression and addressed it in his music. In one video posted to social media, he said: "If worse things come to worse, I (expletive) die a tragic death or some (expletive), and I'm not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves." He continued later: "I appreciate and love all of you and I believe in you all; do not let your depression make you, do not let your body define your soul, let your soul define your body. Your mind is limitless ....you are worth more than you can believe." For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.


Russia's Mario Fernandes, left, challenges for the ball Egypt's Mohamed Salah, right, during the group A match at the 2018 footbalal World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

It was a day of upsets in an underdog-friendly World Cup. Japan knocked off Colombia, becoming the first Asian team to beat a squad from South America in the tournament's history. Then Senegal got past eighth-ranked Poland. Six of the top eight teams in the FIFA rankings failed to win their initial matches. No one was quite sure what to expect out of Egypt, which got star Mohamed Salah back from injury, but a second straight dominant performance by host nation Russia was still a surprise. Russia scored three goals in 15 minutes and held on to win 3-1. The hosts have benefited from a weaker-than-average group but still have played exceptionally and are all but guaranteed a spot in the second round. WEDNESDAY'S MATCHES GROUP B Portugal vs Morocco (7:00 am Jamaica time) Iran vs Spain (1:00 pm Jamaica time) GROUP A Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (10:00 am Jamaica time) “Who’s your fav to win with JustBet’s "Pick Di Winna". Win your share of JMD$100,000 by making your choice!! Closes Jun 22nd. Taphttp://lnq.in/PickDiWinnato play!” For the latest news, download our app athttp://bit.ly/GetALoopJMfor Android; and athttp://bit.ly/GetiLoopJMfor IoS.

Morocco boss Herve Renard has promised his side will do itsbest to make Cristiano Ronaldo "less exceptional" when they face Portugal in the World Cup on Wednesday. The 33-year-old became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the tournament in his side's opening 3-3 draw with Spain, drawing level with Ferenc Puskas as Europe's most prolific international goalscorer on 84 in the process. Renard's side heads into Wednesday's match in Moscow in need of a positive result, having been beaten 1-0 by Iran in itsopening Group B match, but Renard accepts stopping Ronaldo could prove an impossible task. "All I can say is that he's an exceptional player. That word may not even be enough," he told a news conference. "We must do everything to make it a less exceptional game for him." Renard also dismissed the idea of man-marking Ronaldo as a potentially futile tactic, especially since Portugal won the Euro 2016 final over France after their talisman had gone off injured. He added: "If we put three [players] on Ronaldo, I don't know how we would mark the others. They have so much attacking quality. We mustn't forget that we're facing the champions of Europe. "If I have a good memory, he was injured in the final against France and his team-mates managed to make the difference anyway. "Of course, he is the essential element... but we need to sleep well tonight, eh! "If it only happens once in your life that you play Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to be the best you can be."


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June 22, 2018

Jamaican Arts Odyssey

From Kingston to Portland, starting at Grosvenor Galleries then onto Great Huts for a Masquerade party

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June 23, 2018

Cookie Wash Jamaica Launch Party

Meet and Greet The Owner Starr Dawkinz. She has over 70,000 followers on Instagram. When partying with Starr, you never know who will be there! ;) About Starr: Starr started Sweet Cookies in the USA using her grandmother's Jamaican remedies. Now she is bringing her wash to Jamaica and wants to meet all of her supporters for a fun day party. Drinks will be served.

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June 30, 2018

BestInJa Game Tournament

eSports Jamaica in association with Area 51 Gaming Lounge presents: BESTINJA GAMING TOURNAMENT !!! 4 GAMES $40,000 CASH PRIZE !!!! TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: FIFA 18 - $1,500 Naruto Ninja Storm – $1,500 MORTAL KOMBAL XL - $1,500 Call of Duty Black Ops 3 – 1 v 1 - $1,500 PRIZES: FIFA 18 – Winner $10,000 Naruto Ninja Storm Winner – 10,000 MORTAL KOMBAT XL Winner - $10,000 Call of Duty BO3 Winner - $10,000