Investment firm Proven and Paramount Trading,which distributes construction material, led gains Thursday in trading onthe Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). Proven gained 13 per cent to close at $40 while Paramount gained 12 per cent to close at $1.68. The day’s biggest loser wasGeneral Accident, down 12.6 per cent to $5.13. The JSE Combined Index advanced by 32.94 points ( 0.01 per cent) to close at 524,483.22. The JSE Index advanced by 415.87 points ( 0.08 per cent) to close at 527,695.85. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index advanced by 457.63 points ( 0.08 per cent) to close at 579,616.77. The JSE Select Index declined by 13.57 points (0.10 per cent) to close at 13,637.77. The Junior Market Index declined by 31.95 points ( 0.88 per cent) to close at 3,613.15. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 1.67 points ( 0.86 per cent) to close at 194.84. The JSE Financial Index declined by 0.15 points (0.10 per cent) to close at 143.75. Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 68 stocks of which 31 advanced, 30 declined and seventraded firm. Market volume amounted to 115,941,265 units valued at over $248.8 million. Wigton Windfarm was the volume leader with 94,666,385 units(81.65per cent) followed by Sagicor Select Funds with 11,980,023 units (10.33 per cent) and Ciboney Group with 1,063,627 units (0.92 per cent).

Celebration Brands Limited workers celebrate the opening of the new distribution centre. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Celebration Brands Limited (CBL), the joint venture betweenRed Stripe and partner Pepsi-Cola Jamaica, has unveiled its newstate-of-the-art distribution centre which it says will fuelgrowth at the entity. Thedistribution centre, branded Logic One, was officially opened on Tuesday atthe CBL premises on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. Anthony Hylton (left), Member of Parliament for West St Andrew, in discussion with outgoing Red Stripe boss Ricardo Nuncio. With storage space the size of two football fields, it will house 41 different brands including the world-famous Red Stripe and Pepsi. Some other renowned brands that willbe stored and distributed at Logic One are Gatorade, Heineken, Malta, Smirnoff, Guinness, Bailey's, Seven Up, Ocean Spray, Gordon's and Mountain Dew. CBL is hoping to revolutionise the way distribution is done in Jamaica through Logic One, with the implementation of sustainable systems, which will help business optimisation, large scale employment and corporate environmental cooperation. Ricardo Nuncio, outgoing managing director of Red Stripe, said, "we put a lot of thinking hours, dreams and effort in making this a possibility and it's about growth." [image_gallery]


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Dancehall veteran Sizzla and fast-rising star Govana are setto perform at the Social Development Commission (SDC) Wray and Nephew National Community T20 Cricket Competition closing show this Sunday, August 25, 2019.The performances will close out four months of sizzling cricket and close thecelebrations for the 13th National Community T20 Cricket champions. The final showcase at the Noranda Sports Complex in Discovery Bay, St Ann, will host otherperformances from artiste Dystans, J Blacks and Chinchilla in what is guaranteed to be a spirited show.Before the show, however, patrons will be able to enjoy a sharing cricket starting at 9:00am with the SDC Masters playing a T10 match between St Elizabeth Masters andUltimate St Ann, then the SDC Female T10 match between Talented Blazers andPortland All Stars. Govana At 2:00 pm, the cricket fans will watch as Westmoreland’s Orange Hill Cricket Club faceSt Mary’s Gayle Cricket Club in a T20 Finals for the grand prize of $1.2 million. In addition to the exciting cricket, Wray and Nephew promises a spectacular day for thespectators and ardent cricket fans.Over the season, patrons were able to enjoy specially priced Wray Rum mixes andfreebie fanfare gear like thunder sticks, horns, T-shirts among other goodies andgiveaways — this Sunday will be no different The Wray & Nephew Music Machine, their disc jockeys and hostesses along withCurry Goat deals, games, prizes, and other entertainment throughout the day will give cricket fans a full day of activities to enjoy. Patrons still have the chance at winning instant cash prizes including $6,000 forcatching a ‘six’ that makes it to the cricket stands.Players too have an opportunity to receive instant cash prizes, as batsmen can win a$10,000 cash prize for every ball that hits the inflated Wray and Nephew WhiteOverproof Rum Bottle. Entry fee for the SDC Wray and Nephew Cricket finals is $1,000 for adults.

The lawns of the Sky Dweller Lounge in St Andrew will come to life on Saturday in what promisesto be a revolutionaryconcert experience. Immanuel “Ras-I” Kerr in association with Silent Noise by Delano will presentInner Ear: The Silent Headphone Acoustic Experience. Inner Ear will featureacoustic performances from Ras-I, Blvk H3ro & The No-Maddz. Pre-sold tickets are available online at inner.xticketz.com or physically at Jus' Natural; shop 45 Pulse Complex, 38A Trafalgar Road, Kingston, Jamaica. Tickets are $1,000 pre-sold or $1500 at the gate. Gates open 7:00 pm, showtime is 9:00 pm. All audio outputs from performances will be channelled through studio quality headphones. Though the silent headphone concept is not new, Inner Ear will be using silent headphones for the first time in a concert format. Inner Ear was conceptualised as a means to bridge the gap between technology and music, while immersing supporters in a live studio quality acoustic experience. The event is open to the public. For more information contact Duane Phillips at (876) 596-3680, or innerearja@gmail.com. Follow @innerearja on all major social media platforms.


Keymani Campbell of Waterhouse (right) looks for a pass while Freddy Alvarez of CS Herediano closes in during their first leg Round of 16 fixture of the Scotiabank Concacaf League on August 22, 2019, at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Jamaica's Waterhouse were held to a 1-1 draw by reigning champion CS Herediano of Costa Rica in their first-leg fixture of the2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL) Round of 16 series at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday. The result means thatCS Herediano grabbed a slim edge with the away goal. Waterhouse went right to work on the reigning champion and Andre Fletcher took advantage of space in the Herediano penalty area to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead in the second minute. Two minutes later, Herediano’s Bryan Rubio almost answered Fletcher’s early score with the equaliser, but saw his shot hit the post. The Ticos would draw even though in the 17th minute, as Keyner Brown spun a header over the arms of Waterhouse goalkeeperAkeen Chambers to make it 1-1. Herediano started to increase the pressure on the Waterhouse defense in the second half and had two very good looks at goal, only to see Keysher Fuller fire just over the crossbar, followed by a Freddy Alvarez strike that forced Chambers into a big save. In the end, the two sides would have to settle for the draw, leaving the tie up for grabs going into next week’s second leg.

In this Jan. 21, 2019, file photo, Serena Williams serves to Romania's Simona Halep during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match. A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could come only in the final. Williams and Sharapova, past U.S. Open champions and two of the biggest stars in women's tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday for the final major of the year. Williams and Sharapova have met in the finals of the other three majors and the 2012 Olympics but have never played each other in the U.S. Open. Williams owns a 19-2 record in their WTA Tour matchups and has won 18 in a row, but that lopsided number shouldn't do much to dampen the hype around what will be the marquee match of the opening round at Flushing Meadows, which starts Monday. Williams will begin another bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Sharapova isn't the same player she was when she won the 2006 U.S. Open championship — or beat Williams two years earlier in the final at Wimbledon — but remains one of the most popular players among fans in New York. She was given a wild card into the tournament two years ago shortly after returning from a doping suspension and promptly scheduled for a match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where she upset No. 2 seed Simona Halep. U.S. Open officials kept putting Sharapova on the main court in her next couple of matches, drawing complaints from some players who felt an unseeded player wasn't worthy of such a prime position. That shouldn't be a problem this time, as a Williams-Sharapova matchup is too big for anywhere other than Ashe. They haven't played since the 2016 Australian Open. They were scheduled to meet last year in the fourth round at the French Open in what was Williams' first major tournament after returning to tennis following the birth of her daughter, but she pulled out of the match with a pectoral muscle injury. The men's draw sent No. 3 seed Federer into the top half, meaning he could play top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. They met in a classic final at Wimbledon, where Djokovic won in a fifth-set tiebreaker. Federer and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal have never played each other in New York and could do so this year only if both make the final. Djokovic might have to beat both to repeat as U.S. Open champion — and could face a tough obstacle just to get there with a potential quarterfinal against No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev upset Djokovic in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open en route to the title in what was his third straight week reaching a final. Unlike some players, Djokovic said he does look at his draw beyond the next match to see his potential path. But he resisted the first opportunity to do it, declining an offer to peek at his bracket during an interview on ESPN when the draws were unveiled. "I need my alone time," Djokovic said. Nadal faces a potential first-round test against John Millman, the Australian who knocked Federer out in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year. Nadal could possibly face fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the semifinals. Other interesting first-round matches on the men's side include an all-Canadian affair between No. 18 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, and eighth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas against Andrey Rublev, who routed Federer last week in the Western & Southern Open. The other potential men's quarters: Federer against No. 7 Kei Nishikori, Nadal against No. 6 seed Alexander Zverev and Thiem against Tsitsipas. Women's top seed Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in last year's final for her first major title, could face a third-round match against Coco Gauff, the 15-year-old American who made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon and was given a wild card into the U.S. Open. The potential women's quarterfinals: Osaka against No. 7 Kiki Bertens, Williams against No. 2 Ash Barty, No. 3 Karolina Pliskova against No. 5 Elina Svitolina and Halep against No. 6 Petra Kvitova. Vera Zvonareva, the 2010 U.S. Open runner-up, and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova withdrew with injuries before the draw was conducted. With Amanda Anisimova's earlier withdrawal, the women's draw will feature three players who lose in qualifying.