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Tax expert Allison Peartis the new president of theAmerican Chamber of CommerceofJamaica(AMCHAM). Peart is Ernst & Young country managing partner and tax partner inJamaica. She was elected president of AMCHAM at the organisation'sAnnual General Meeting on Tuesday and succeedsRon McKay, the CEO of ADS Global. The University of Toronto graduate has over 20 years of public accounting experience, workingwith clients across a wide range of industries including retail, distribution, manufacturing, financial services, and hospitality.

Industry analysts say Adidas has surpassed Brand Jordan as the second most popular sneaker line in the U.S. The NPD Group tracks consumer sales and says Adidas sneaker sales jumped by the more than 50 percent in August 2017 compared with the same month last year. The group says the German company's share of the overall sneaker market was boosted by nearly half to 13 percent. NPD Group analyst Matt Powell calls Adidas' rise to No. 2 in U.S. sneaker sales an achievement he never thought he'd see in his lifetime. Nike owns Brand Jordan brand and retains the top spot overall. NPD Group says Nike reports its brand numbers separately.


Cottage 9 Records-artiste Shaneika Hibbert is a bubbly effervescent singer who is seeking to shake up the music industry with her own brand of feel-good music. She recently released her debut single, 'Love it When You Like It', a saucy song laced with sexual innuendos that has forced FM radio to sit up and pay attention. "Right now, I am just so excited at the response I am getting from the public, and the possibilities for the song when it gets picked up by the major urban stations," she said. Born Shaneika Hibbert, she grew up in Bluefields, Westmoreland where she attended Godfrey Stewart High in Savanna-la-Mar. In her early years, she attended the Bluefields Mount Assembly church where she joined the choir as a lead vocalist. Her early influences included Whitney Houston and Beyonce, and in her adolescent years, she began to experiment with writing songs that embraced the essence of cultural roots life from a urban perspective. After leaving high school, she worked as a cashier in Little London but the siren song of music called to her. "When you believe that you have a great talent, you have to embrace it and show it to the world," she said. She began to work as a cabaret singer, and hosted karaoke events, and after that, she landed several invites to sing at weddings. It was during one of her gigs that she met music producer Caroline St. George who fell in love with her incredible talent. "Caroline showed great interest in me, and for this, I will be forever grateful, she believed in me at a time when I had no idea how far I would progress in music. She saw something great in me," she said. Enthused by Shaneika's blazing vocals, Cottage 9 Records has released a new bouncy single, 'Love It When You Like It'. The track caresses sexual innuendos as Shaneika effortlessly syncs her cider sweet vocals with the melodic dancehall beat produced by Cottage 9 Records, Reblah Star and mixed by Jheneal 'Jay-Crazie' Witter. Shaneika is currently working on a collaboration with Fambo and the legendary Robbie Rivera, (under his KB City label) on a song that fuses Shaneika and Fambo's Jamaican reggae/dancehall vibes with Robbie's mix of sexy House Music. "I want to touch and motivate people, and truly embrace my talent and see what I can offer the world- I am hoping that "Love It When You Like It" will blow up all globally. I am truly grateful for my talent and would like to inspire women to take good care of our men, a good man is hard to find," she said. Shaneika has performed at notable events in 2017 such as being a guest artiste at a recent Miss Hopewell pageant in Montego Bay, and a special guest artiste at the legendary 'Diamond Jubilee' Sugarcane Ball at the Round Hill Hotel honouring and benefitting Hanover charities. The Sugarcane Ball featured special guests which included Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Michael Holness and his wife Juliette and other dignitaries. Shaneika also wowed well-known music executives at a open mike night at Pier One in Montego Bay. "I am just keeping things positive right now, I am so excited about where my career is heading," she said.

 In this May 16, 2015, file photo, Chester Bennington, left, performs with Linkin Park during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. Warner Bros. Music announced on Sept. 18, 2017, that Linkin Park will play play a one-night-only concert on Oct. 27 in tribute to late lead singer Chester Bennington, who killed himself in July. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

Linkin Park will play a one-night-only concert in tribute to late lead singer Chester Bennington. Warner Bros. Records says the show will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 27. It's the first time that Linkin Park will perform since Bennington's July 20 death. Warner Bros. says individual band members intend to contribute their fees from the show to Music For Relief in memory of Bennington. The band has also releasedits videofor "One More Light," the title track from its latest album. The video features Bennington singing and archive footage. The band's co-vocalist Mike Shinoda says in a statement that the song is about "sending love to those who lost someone."


Jamaica’s number 3 ranked player, Bruce Burrowes and All Jamaica Under 19 Boys Champion, Tahjia Lumley are the players to beat at the 2017 Liguanea Club Open Squash Championships, which served off at the Liguanea Club in Kingstonon Monday night. While Burrowes, who won the title in 2015, and Lumley are the most seasoned contenders in the 36 player draw, the tournament’s handicap format means every athlete has a chance to win the title even if they go head to head with superior players. The level playing field makes for a highly competitive tournament where no player can take their opponent for granted. In this vein, Burrowes left nothing to chance as he took care of business in his opening match, beating Charles Chambers 21-19, 21-17, 21-19. Similarly Jonathan Todd beat Deanne Pryce 21-18, 21-8, 21-17; while Stewart Maxwell defeated Mark Haddad 21-17, 18-21, 21-14, 21-12. Young Karan Chatani waged an epic battle with his fellow junior player, Tobias Levy and eventually prevailed winning 21-15, 21-17, 22-23, 22-23, 21-17. In another a marathon Andrew Levy outlasted Andrew Shim to win 21-9, 23-20, 12-21, 16-21, 21-15. Lumley will bow into action on Tuesday night when he takes on the crafty veteran, Douglas Beckford. Burrowes will be up against Noah Beck, Levy will face Stephen Todd and Maxwell will do battle with Paul Munroe. “We have a highly competitive draw for this year’s Liguanea Open and while expectations are high for both Tahjia Lumley and Bruce Burrowes, you can never confidently declare a favourite when you’re dealing with a handicap format so players who are ranked lower could breakthrough,” David Harrison, the Tournament Director explained. The Squash Championships, which will run from September 18-23, is the second of three tournaments in the Liguanea Club Racquet Championships Series. The Tennis Championship ran from September 13 to 16 and a table tennis championship will be held on September 23.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa, left, and Liverpool's Joe Gomez battle for the ball during their English League Cup, third round football match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Shinji Okazaki inspired Leicester's second-half turnaround in a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the English League Cup on Tuesday, the latest disappointing result in a tough month for Juergen Klopp's team. The Japan forward came on as a 53rd-minute substitute, scored 12 minutes later with a deflected shot, and then laid the ball on for Islam Slimani to drive home a stunning second goal in the third-round match at the King Power stadium. Liverpool had dominated the first half, with Philippe Coutinho orchestrating the attacks from midfield, but the visitors struggled after the Brazil playmaker was substituted at halftime. Since beating Arsenal 4-0 in the Premier League before the international break, Liverpool has been thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City and drawn 1-1 at home to Burnley in the league, conceded late to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in the Champions League, and has now been eliminated from the League Cup. Tottenham beat second-tier Barnsley 1-0 thanks to Dele Alli's second-half goal, Crystal Palace scored for the first time since Aug. 22 to beat Huddersfield 1-0 for its first win under new manager Roy Hodgson, and there were victories for Swansea and West Ham. In the big shock of the night, second-tier Bristol City beat Stoke 2-0 for its second straight win over Premier League opposition, having eliminated Watford in the second round. Premier League teams mostly fielded fringe players for what is regarded as the inferior cup competition on the English calendar, compared to the FA Cup.


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