Senior lecturer at UWI Anne Crick said, information from a study she is pursuing, show that Airbnb hosts are meeting “guidelines and expectations".

Senior lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Science and General Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Anne Crick says recent concerns about the quality of the local Airbnb sector are unfounded. Tourism interests recently raised concerns regarding safety issues and called for Airbnb operators to comply with the same standards as hoteliers. She said: "Concerns about quality and brand Jamaica, which is why we are talking about regulations and legislation for Airbnb operators, are unfounded because of hosts' high level of responsiveness." "This is their bread and butter and they are going out there to make sure their guests are happy as they pursue their bit of earning," Crick said. Speaking at the fourth staging of Mona School of Business and Management Conference at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel recently, Crick said, information from a study she is pursuing, show that Airbnb hosts are meeting “guidelines and expectations". She said the study looked at one of the three distinct operators in Jamaica, which she referred to as professional Airbnb hosts, who manage the property on behalf of the owners. Crick said the study examined six key areas; responsiveness to issues and helpfulness, knowledge of country and community, insights into Jamaican life and culture, the involvement of family members and friendliness and hospitable. She also described the interactions that Jamaican hosts have with their guests as "enhanced encounters", where hosts find out enough about the guests, for the latter to report any discomfort they might have to them directly, instead of in the general public. Meanwhile, PhD candidate, Johnnel Smith, said the bed and breakfast experience is not new to Jamaica. She said before the all-inclusive hotels started taking over in the 1980s, Jamaicanswelcomed tourists into their homes.

Jerome Smalling (left), newly appointed President, Jamaica Bankers Association shakes hands with outgoing President, David Noel.

Jerome Smalling, Chief Executive Officer, JMMB Bank, was on Thursday, unanimously elected as the new President of the Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) at its annual general meeting. Chorvelle Johnson, CEO Sagicor Bank was also elected as the new Vice President, along with Mariame McIntosh-Robinson, President and CEO, First Global Bank, as Treasurer of the JBA, and Barbara Hume – CEO (Designate), Cornerstone Trust and Merchant Bank as Honorary Secretary. Accepting his new leadership position, Smalling recognized the vote of confidence in him demonstrated by the JBA’s Executive Council and thanked them for their faith in his leadership. “I appreciate the executive council for their trust in my abilities to lead this organisation. Our mission continues to be to maintain a stable, secure, competitive and profitable financial industry as we all thrust towards business growth in Jamaica. The plan is to continue to do so through education and collaborations with stakeholders to include the Government of Jamaica, the regulators, private sector partners, international agencies and the general banking public”. The newly appointed President also recognized the outgoing JBA President, David Noel, for his significant contribution to promoting change and fostering growth within the industry during his tenure. Noel stated, “I am pleased to know that the JBA will be under the distinguished leadership of Jerome, the new President. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the industry and equally as passionate. I have no doubt the organisation will continue to put forward necessary solutions to facilitate the growth of the Jamaican economy”. Smalling joined the JMMB Group team in 2013 as the CEO of the JMMB Merchant Bank and boasts an esteemed 25-year career in banking. His career has included tenures as Scotiabank Branch Manager; Vice President, Personal Banking at RBC Caribbean and Manager, Branch Sales Strategy Initiatives at the RBC Royal Bank’s National Office in Toronto Canada. In addition, he previously served as Vice President, Jamaica Bankers Association and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Port Authority of Jamaica.


This Feb. 9, 2019 file photo shows A$AP Rocky at Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail." Trump tweeted that during "a very good call" with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, he also "assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk." The platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated artist has been in custody since early this month over an alleged fight. Urged on by the first lady and celebrities including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the president had said in a Friday tweet that he would intervene to try to free Rocky, whose real name is Rakim May. "Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!" Trump wrote Saturday after speaking with Lofven. The Swedish prime minister issued a statement earlier Saturday saying he would be glad to speak with Trump about A$AP Rocky's detention but that his government "cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts." "I understand that President Trump has a personal interest in the case....He has expressed the desire for a conversation with me, which is certainly positive," Lofven said. "I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries." Rocky has been behind bars while Swedish police investigate the fight in Stockholm he allegedly was in before appearing at a music festival. Videos published on social media appear to show a person being violently thrown onto the ground by Rocky. A defense lawyer has said it was self-defense. Other recording artists have spoken on his behalf, including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone.

Chronixx skanks on stage during his performance at Reggae Sumfest on Sunday morning. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

After the high tempo of the earlier dancehall acts, it had appeared to be a daunting task forthe only reggae artistesbilled on the show, Chronixxand Koffee, to get a positiveresponse from the crowd. However,the audienceloved every minute of both their sets, highlighting thatdancehall fans appreciate good music with a message and will give all the forwards necessary as long as the performance and songs resonate with them. Before the two reggae ambassadors took to the stage, the venue was hit with a barrage of lyrical content that the dancehall was used to hearing, and concerns were heard being muttered amongst certain quarters of the audience that the two stood a heavy chance of not being able to compete with the fast pace. Koffee performs at Reggae Sumfest But those concerns were dashed through the window. Koffee was first up. She had the unenviable task of performing after the explosive set delivered by the Beenie/Bounty combo and she didjust right. She coulddo no wrong in the eyes of the crowd at Catherine Hall. Her innocence has endeared her to the world and everybody was captured when she mouthed off her 'Rapture';bounding all across the stage, the youthful sensation was the 'Toast' of the predawn hours. Her fire was 'Burning' brightly. Chronixx entered the stage at 4:56 and delivered a powerful set which included 'Skankin Sweet', 'Here Comes Trouble' and 'Likes'. An hour and 15 minutes after dawn had long broken but no one moved and the thousands of patrons were all but hypnotised by the sugary-voiced Rastaman. He spiced his set with the invitation of his father Chronicle and a Nigerian chanter known as Mr Easy with whom he has done collaborations. The concert is running behind schedule and will see about six more acts including Dexta Dapps, Squash and others.


West Indies A registered their first win of the five-match unofficial One-Day International (ODI) series on Fridayas they defeated India A by five runs in a nail-biting contest at the Coolidge Cricket Ground inAntigua. Captain Roston Chase set the stage for West Indies A victory.He hitfour fours and two sixes in the top score of 84 from 100 as West Indies A scored 298 for nine from their allocation of 50. Hometown star Devon Thomassupported with 70 from 95 balls, left-hander Jonathan Cartermade 50 from 43 balls and opener Sunil Ambrishit 34 in the home team’s best batting performance of the series. Chasing a victory target of 298, India A were restricted to 293 for nine from their 50 overs. The West Indies “A” bowlers worked their way through the visitors’ batting, leaving the Indians 160 for six in the 32nd over before Axar Patel anchored two successive half-century stands to inch them close. Three successive half-century stands were at the heart of the turnaround in the West Indies Abatting performance. Ambris shared 73 with Thomas for the second wicket before he departed in the 15th over, when Chase came to the crease to put on 81 for the third wicket with Thomas. After Thomas fell in the 33rd over, Chase and left-handed compatriot Carter advanced the scoring with a stand of 97 for the fourth wicket. When Chase became the second of four wickets for Syed Khaleel Ahmed in the 45th over, there was little resistance from the rest of the batting, as the home team lost six wickets for 39 in the space of 29 balls. A sharp bit of fielding gave West Indies Aan early breakthrough when India Astarted their chase and they continued to take wickets at regular intervals to leave the visitors on the backfoot. But Patel smashed eight fours and one six in 81 not out from 63 balls, sharing stands of 60 for the seventh wicket with Washington Sundar and 69 for the eighth wicket with Ahmedto give the Indians hope of a successful run chase. But Chase’s side held itsnerve to clinch the victory. West Indies A now trail 3-1with the final contest taking place on Sunday at the same venue. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES A *S Ambris c Navdeep Saini b Pandya 46 K Ottley c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 1 +D Thomas c Avesh Khan b Sundar 70 R Chase c Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed 84 J Carter c Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed 50 R Powell c Pandya b Avesh Khan 1 S Rutherford c Axar Patel b Khaleel Ahmed 2 K Paul c Pandey b Avesh Khan 11 R Reifer c wkp Kishan b Avesh Khan 0 R Shepherd not out 21 K Pierre not out 1 Extras(lb4, w5, nb2) 11 TOTAL(9 wkts, 50 overs) 298 Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-76, 3-157, 4-254, 5-263, 6-263, 7-265, 8-274, 9-289. Bowling: Khaleel Ahmed 10-0-67-4, Navdeep Saini 7-0-42-0, Avesh Khan 8-1-62-3, Krunal Pandya 9-0-33-1, Axar Patel 9-1-36-0, Sundar 7-0-54-1. INDIA A R Gaikwad c wkp Thomas b Paul 20 Anmolpreet Singh run out 11 H Vihari c Rutherford b Chase 20 K Pandya c Carter b Pierre 45 *M Pandey c & b Powell 24 +Ishan Kishan c Reifer b Paul 14 W Sundar c Shepherd b Powell 45 Axar Patel not out 81 Khaleel Ahmed c Rutherford b Reifer 15 Navdeep Saini run out 0 Avesh Khan not out 1 Extras(b2, lb2, w11, nb2) 17 TOTAL(9 wkts, 50 overs) 293 Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-36, 3-82, 4-123, 5-127, 6-160, 7-220, 8-289, 9-291. Bowling: Shepherd 4-0-34-0, Paul 10-1-61-2, Pierre 10-0-41-1, Chase 10-0-42-1, Reifer 9-1-64-1, Powell 7-0-47-2. Result:West Indies A won by five runs. Series:India A lead five-match series 3-1. Toss: India A. Umpires:G Brathwaite, N Duguid.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Mason Greenwood's second pre-season goal gave Manchester United a richly deserved 1-0 win over Inter in the International Champions Cup in Singapore. On as a second-half substitute, teenager Greenwood demonstrated composure beyond his years when he rifled home the only goal in the 76th minute. His fine finish consignedAntonio Conte to defeat in his first match in charge of Inter, which was played against the backdrop of transfer speculation surrounding Romelu Lukaku. The injured striker played no part in the wake of reports Inter had unsuccessfullytabled a £54million bid, an offer United might reconsider if Greenwood's emergence continues. United welcomed David de Gea and Luke Shaw back into the starting XI and the latter went closest to an early opener, fizzing a shot past Samir Handanovic's left post. Anthony Martial tested the Inter captain with a dipping drive midway through the half and the Premier League side's lively start should have been rewarded with the opener on the 30-minute mark. Shaw escaped into space on the left flank and dragged a cut-back towards Marcus Rashford, but goalkeeper Handanovic got just enough of a touch to muddle the striker's feet. Daniel Jamessliced wide from a promising positiontowards the end of the first half and the pressure on Inter did not relent in the moments after the interval. Martial this time sliced through a static defence and providedJesse Lingard with a golden scoring opportunity, but his unconvincing finish was hacked off the line. United skipper Nemanja Matic then headed against the upright from the resultant corner. Substitutes Andreas Pereira and Tahith Chonghad appeals for penalties waved away as Inter continued to cling on, although a raft of substitutions on both sidesdid somewhatstymie the flow of proceedings. That was until Greenwood clinically punished a poorHandanovic punch,twisting away from a tackle in the box and making no mistake with a rasping finish. An instinctive effort from the goal-scorer found the woodwork with 10 minutes to play but his impression on the match - and surely Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - had already been made.