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Travelers Care owner and CEO Shelly-Ann Cawley (centre) with customers Anna Fennell and Anthony Beckley.

For much of 2020, Shelly-Ann Cawley has lived out of the proverbial suitcase. She is CEO of Los Angeles-based Travelers Care which transports at-risk flight passengers across North America and her native Jamaica. Based on favourable response in Jamaica, Cawley is looking to expand her venture to the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana. Like Jamaica, the region is a hub for seniors and minors traveling to and from North America. Many of them need supervision which is where Travelers Care comes in. "The Caribbean region is a viable commercial option because there are Caribbean people everywhere. There’s no island or country I’ve visited and didn’t find someone from the Caribbean," she said. "We provide a professional travel companion to accompany and care for minors, persons with disabilities, special needs, senior citizens, anxiety sufferers, puppies and anyone who prefers to not fly alone, alleviating the potential nightmares and mitigates the risk associated with travel from drop-off to pick-up. Keeping them safe and giving their loved ones peace of mind." Cawley is a leisure industry veteran who has worked with major brands such as Sandals, Air Jamaica, Delta and JetBlue. Over 20 years of experience prompted her to start Travelers Care in January, 2019. Initial clients were seniors and minors traveling from California to other states, but increased business has seen her enterprise operating in South Florida, Texas, New York and Chicago where her company has agents. Andre Rumble handing over his daughter, three-year-oldCaison Hibbert, to Travelers Care owner Shelly-Ann Cawley at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. There has also been a jump in traffic from Jamaica to Florida and New York. That enthusiastic response encouraged Cawley to spread her wings to territories in the Caribbean where travel has not been affected by COVID-19. "Jamaica certainly boosted the move to offer services quicker to the other Caribbean islands than anticipated, based on the positive response for service. The Jamaican market is growing and we want to ensure the other islands benefit as well; we want to ensure our Caribbean people are treated with dignity and are safe when they use air travel," she said. During the summer, Cawley diversified the Traveler's Care service by catering to the canine industry. Her team has transported puppies from Oklahoma City to Seattle, Houston to Montreal, New Orleans to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Atlanta to Florida. But for Shelly-Ann Cawley, reaching out to the Caribbean market transcends commerce. "As a Caribbean woman, who has travelled extensively to other Caribbean islands and have assisted with many Caribbean flights working in the airline industry for over 20 years, there is an essential need for this kind of service," she explained. "Travelers Care started because of a gentleman traveling home to the Caribbean who needed assistance. I am not looking at specific territories, the entire Caribbean can and should be able to benefit from such essential service."

Photo taken from the Everything Fresh Facebook page, shows workers packing a truck for delivery.

Everything Fresh Jamaica Limited, which initiated operations in the Bahamas in2019, says it has "realized remarkable growth" in its business in that northern Caribbean country. In a letter to shareholders on October 27, 2020, company directors also noted thatthe transfer of 60 per cent of Everything Fresh Bahamas to listed company Everything Fresh Jamaica Limited is complete.The Bahamas venture was pursued as a measure to diversify the business. The Bahamas is a hard currency territory with the US dollar of equal value with the Bahamian dollar. By comparison, in Jamaica, the Jamaican dollar is currently valued at J$146 to one US dollar and continues to fluctuate in value. Managing Director CourtneyPullen noted in the company's June report that sales to supermarkets and retail in Jamaica were trending up, compared to 2019. The company has expressed its intention to diversity into this new space, as opposed to a previous concentration on the hotel sector. “Consistent with our vision when Everything fresh completed its IPO, the company has sought to replicate its operations and its success in other islands of the Caribbean. In early 2019, with the approval of the Board, the company began to explore a transaction that could satisfy this critical diversification role. “Now with the completion of the transfer of a sixty per cent stake of Everything Fresh Bahamas Limited to the parent company Everything Fresh Jamaica Limited, the listed company takes this opportunity to update all shareholdersm," the letter stated, adding that Everything Fresh Bahamas Limited is focused on supplying food products to supermarkets and the retail trade in the Bahamas. The letter said that the new company “has realized remarkable growth from a standing start, propelled by a knowledgeable and logistics savvy Jamaican and Bahamian staff.” The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, which researches trade, indicatesthat the Bahamas is the second largest market for US consumer-oriented products in the Caribbean. Total imports of consumer-oriented products amounted to US$310 million in 2018, with the United States capturing about 76 percent, or US$237 million of this market segment. By today’s exchange rate, the market in the Bahamas is valued at J$45.26 billion. In the letter to shareholders, theEverything Fresh directors also noted that“Despite the challenges of the COVID epidemic, we expect to see it (Everything Fresh Bahamas) continue to deliver value to the market and grow further in the near term." Sales for the Jamaican company for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020were $83.9 million, down from $520.5 million at June 2019. This was due, directors said, to the COVID-19pandemic as well as the company’s decision to discontinue special pork cuts. The company's net losses for the June 2020 quarter were $56.3 million compared to losses of $28.8 millionat June 2019.


TheHope Zoo in StAndrew will on Saturday, October 31 host a Halloween-themed fundraiser aimed at raising funds towards the care of the animals at the facility. "We need your help! As a non-profit organization, we depend heavily on revenue from guest admission passes, events, and tours to meet our daily financial needs to feed our animals and rehabilitate rescued native wildlife. With the help of your generous donations, you can provide us with funds needed to feed our animals and to treat/medicate rescued native wildlife currently being rehabilitated at our facility," theHope Zoo Preservation Foundationnoted in a release. The operatorsof the zoo stated that the 'Animal Trick or Treat Day' will bea day filled with "animals and family-friendly activities". They noted that all COVID-19 safety precautions will be implemented, noting that face mask and proper social distancing measures will be mandatory and guests are required to sanitise upon arrival and throughout their stay using the sanitisation stations and hand wash stations on property. In order toprovide social distancing and enjoyment of 55 acres of zoo grounds, the operators said zoo visits for October 31 will be done in twoticket blocks. Tickets will be sold online only (limited tickets for each block) and no tickets will be sold at the zoo on the day.

(From left) Josey Wales, Beenie Man and Admiral Bailey

A cohort of international veteran reggae artistes who use the military ranks as a part of their monikers, as well as other “veterans” of Jamaica’s music industry, is set to give a sterling performance and pay homage to our veteran soldiers via a virtual concert on November 11. The veteran artistes, referred to as the DJ Army, include the likes of Josey Wales, Admiral Bailey, Major Mackerel, General Trees, Admiral Tibet, Beenie Man and the 'Young Vet'Chris Martin. They were recently unveiled by the Jamaica Legions Poppy Appeal’s Chairman, Lieutenant Colonel Warrenton Dixon as the highlight of the Global Veterans/Remembrance Day initiative. The virtual event dubbed “Veterans for Veterans” is being staged in an effort to gain greater awareness amongst the general population to the veterans’ affair in Jamaica, broaden the demographic of supporting patrons and raise much-needed funds for the National Poppy Appeal drive which contributes to the many needs of ex-servicepersons who are now unable to physically and financially support themselves. Veterans for Veteran is being planned to capitalise on the shift to online entertainment due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will culminate a planned list of activities which began on October 4 with the Poppy Appeal Drive and Veterans Month launch, hosted by Sir Patrick Allen,Governor General of Jamaica and Chief Patron of the National Poppy Appeal Drive 2020/2021. The poppy is used as a symbol of ongoing appreciation for the sacrifices made by military personnel who fought in World Wars I and II, as well as ex-serving and serving military personnel who have served or are currently serving national security interest. The launch signaled the start of the island wide distribution of the poppies. Other planned activities for Veterans month include a National Poppy Appeal/Veterans awareness campaign across several social and traditional media platforms supported by Loop Jamaica and the RJR Gleaner Communications Group, a congratulations supplement in local newspapers, Poppy Patrols in several main town centres islandwide, a Step4Vet Walk-a-Thon, adopt a Vet and an organised Military Flash mob with cameo appearances from the Military Band. Lieutenant Colonel Dixon in his delivery emphasised the need for greater attention and awareness of the cause behind the National Poppy Appeal. “Persons are used to seeing the poppies and the little red and white cans in business places and schools, but most are unaware of the cause or beneficiaries," Dixon said. He went on to explain that the funds raised are being used to assist with the sustenance of those service persons that need food, clothing, shelter, health care, medical expenses and other necessities. "These funds support the real heroes who fought and made that sacrifice towards a better world for all of us,” Dixon said. Online tickets for the Veterans for Veterans virtual concert are available at www.Carib tix.com/vets4vets, with physical tickets with coded access being available from JDF ambassadors. Persons are encouraged to use the ticket information hotline at 876-442-8645 for any queries. An online funding account is being set up to facilitate persons who wish to donate. The Veterans for Veterans Virtual Concert thus far has been supported by The RJR Gleaner Communications Group, Jamaica National Group, Sagicor Jamaica, Loop Jamaica, Xsomo Jamaica, Fetedayz IRadio on Mixlr, J Wray and Nephew Ltd, and Art Printery Ltd.


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned as president of Barcelona. The LaLiga club announced on Tuesday that Bartomeu and the entire board of directorshavechosen to step down with immediate effect following a meeting. Bartomeu had insisted on Monday there was no reason for him to resign ahead of a vote of no confidence against his leadership, which was expected to be held at Camp Nou this weekend. However, the 57-year-old has changed his mind due to the ongoing institutional problems at the club and the risk of possible exposure to coronavirus that Barca members would face if they went to vote. In a statement read out on Tuesday, Bartomeu announced: "I am communicating my resignation from the position of president, along with my entire board of directors." The news marks the end of a turbulent era at one of the world's grandest football clubs. Bartomeu, previously a leading figure for Barca's handball and basketball section and then vice-president of sports, was first elected president in 2014 after predecessor Sandro Rosell resigned as legal proceedings were opened into allegations of misappropriated funds relating to Neymar's transfer a year earlier. Barca enjoyed huge success in Bartomeu's first year, winning the treble under head coach Luis Enrique in 2014-15 - the last time they lifted the Champions League trophy - and Bartomeu won re-election that year with 54.63 per cent of the vote. He then introduced a "Strategic Plan" for the period 2015 through 2021, "with the objective of making Barca the most admired, beloved, and global sports institution, a plan which includes an annual revenue goal of €1billion by 2021". Bartomeu also won backing for the Espai Barca project, an ambitious plan to renovate Camp Nou and its surroundings, and construct brand new facilities for training and Barca's other competitive sports teams. Barca won the domestic double in 2015-16, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup, before lifting the Copa del Rey in 2016-17 in Luis Enrique's final season in charge. However, concerns were by this point growing over the club's transfer policy, as huge investment in the playing squad failed to arrest a steady decline in the team's fortunes, and Neymar's €222million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 provoked further frustration. Ernesto Valverde took charge and delivered two further LaLiga titles and a Copa del Rey, but humbling Champions League exits at the hands of Roma and Liverpool prompted scrutiny both of the coach's methods and the sporting project overseen by Bartomeu. When 2019-20 ended with no trophies and a humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, calls for Bartomeu to step down before next year's elections grew louder, with tensions between the board and playing squad reaching a critical point when captain Lionel Messi attempted to leave the club. Messi eventually stayed but accused Bartomeu of going back on a promise that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner would be allowed to leave if he wished, describing the running of the club as "a disaster". A motion against the incumbent president passed the threshold of 16,250 member votes on October 8, forcing the club's board to set a date for a vote of no confidence that will no longer be necessary.

Chelsea's head coach Frank Lampard gives instructions to his players during the English Premier League football match against Manchester United, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil Noble/Pool via AP).

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes English managers are judged differently to their foreign counterparts and says more should be given the opportunity to lead Premier League clubs. Lampard took over the reins at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2019-20 season to become the firstEnglishman to permanentlylead the club since Glenn Hoddle left in 1996. He guidedthe club to a top-four finish in the Premier League in his maiden campaignbut has overseen just two wins from Chelsea's opening six top-flight games so far this season, with Sunday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United leaving them in 10th. That sluggish start has led to some people questioning whether Lampard is the right man for the job, but the42-year-old is content with the progress Chelsea have made under his tutelage and says he receives more criticism because of his nationality. Asked if he is judged differently because he is English, Lampard said: "I think possibly yes. I think when I got this job a lot of people were maybe questioning me getting it. "Sometimes people can be quick to form opinions about a young English manager with just one year at Derby County. Sometimes we have to judge people on face value. I think all managers should be judged the same. "I'mproud of what we achieved last season and it could have been even better. "We're seeing English managers show their quality in the game. Hopefully, there are more opportunities for them.There'sbeen a brilliant invasion of great quality coaches in the Premier League. Our eyes go to that and it becomes new and trendy, and rightfully so with what they achieve. "But we have managers at home who can do it too. There are great managers and young coaches out there." Chelsea face Russian side Krasnodar on Wednesday after opening up their Champions League Group E campaign with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla last week. Lampard, whose side haslost just one of itslast 11 away games in European competition, expects a tough test from Murad Musayev'sside in what will be their first-ever home match in the Champions League. "You can see the edge in our game and it's very important we keep that edge,"he added. "Coming to Russia to play against a team who are in the Champions League for the first time will not be a comfortable game for us. We have to have our edge." Thiago Silva, who has contributed to clean sheets in the Blues'last two games, has not been included in the squad for Wednesday's game. Kurt Zouma, his centre-back partner in those matches, praised the former Paris Saint-Germain man's contribution but believes there is more than enough quality to replace him. "We've got quality everywhere," he said. "Of course, Thiago has been good since he came but also when he wasn't here we were doing good. "There'snothing to prove. We've come to win the game and win as a team so there's nothing to prove for us."