Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company, Ibex has been named Nearshore Company of the Year for its contributions to the industry’s ongoing success. The award was presented by Nearshore Americas,an online publication for the technology services industry devoted to promoting Latin America and the Caribbean through news, analysis and advisory services. Ibex, which has created thousands of jobs for Jamaicans from the expansion of its call centre operation in Portmore, St Catherine and Montego Bay, was given the award at the annual Nexus event in Brooklyn, NY on May 16, 2019. “Ibex’s remarkable growth over the last three years in both Jamaica and Nicaragua as well as their economic impact to the area was the reason for their win,” said Kirk Laughlin, founder and managing director of Nearshore Americas. “This is the most prestigious award we give each year and it was well deserved by Ibex.” Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Ibex delivers onshore, nearshore, and offshore business process outsourcing solutions in seven countries across 26 sites. The company maintains a network of over 19,000 employees. CEO of Ibex, Bob Dechant. Ibex focuses on improving the customer service experience on behalf of over 70 global clients through multi-channel inbound and outbound communications in over 20 languages. “In late 2015, Ibex launched our first nearshore sites to service our clients’ requirements. To be recognized by Nearshore Americas – the leading authority on the market – as the best nearshore company within three years is an amazing achievement,” said CEO of Ibex, Bob Dechant. "Our footprint has the scale and market diversity to compete with the largest of our competitors. When you marry that with our unbeatable employee engagement, you have a team that can’t be beaten. We will continue to look for new locations to sustain our explosive growth,” he continued.

A suite of perks is lined up for Mastercard cardholders at Sumfest, including exclusive VIP areas and fast lane entry.

As some of the biggest names in Reggae converge at Catherine Hall for the 27th annual Reggae Sumfest, Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, is moving Reggae Sumfest closer to being a cashless event by once again, partnering with the festival for the second consecutive year, and solidifying the brand’s commitment to Jamaica and the local music industry. More than 30,000 expected concert-goers will benefit from the safety, security, and convenience that a cashless concert experience can provide. All purchase touch points at the event, including food, beverage, and merchandise from all participating vendors will accept credit, debit or prepaid cards. “We’re excited to partner with Reggae Sumfest once again and build on the experience that Mastercard cardholders and concert-goers at large enjoyed last year,” shared Mastercard’s Ray Merceron, Vice President of Sales and Key Accounts for the Caribbean. “Facilitating a cashless environment benefits all stakeholders - from the concert attendee to the vendor offering their goods and services for sale. We are committed to contributing to the development of Jamaica’s music culture through this event, and look forward to providing tangible benefits to elevate the experience for years to come.” Bogdanovich Joe Bogdanovich, the Sumfest boss, said he welcomes the continued partnership with Mastercard. “In 2018, in partnership with Mastercard, we took a big step towards making Sumfest a cashless festival as we attempted to make the space safer and more convenient for our patrons. Festival-goers embraced the idea and we look forward to an even greater uptake in 2019 as it is our aim to make Reggae Sumfest world-class not only in terms of our music and attractions but also the technology available.” A suite of perks is lined up for Mastercard cardholders at the event, including exclusive VIP areas and fast lane entry. Cardholders will be able to forgo the general admission lines and gain access to the venue through a Mastercard fast lane entry. Once inside, a Mastercard VIP stand, located in a prime, - location at the venue, will provide VIP ticket holders with a private area complete with the wait staff who will facilitate food and drink service.


A suite of perks is lined up for Mastercard cardholders at Sumfest, including exclusive VIP areas and fast lane entry.

As some of the biggest names in Reggae converge at Catherine Hall for the 27th annual Reggae Sumfest, Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, is moving Reggae Sumfest closer to being a cashless event by once again, partnering with the festival for the second consecutive year, and solidifying the brand’s commitment to Jamaica and the local music industry. More than 30,000 expected concert-goers will benefit from the safety, security, and convenience that a cashless concert experience can provide. All purchase touch points at the event, including food, beverage, and merchandise from all participating vendors will accept credit, debit or prepaid cards. “We’re excited to partner with Reggae Sumfest once again and build on the experience that Mastercard cardholders and concert-goers at large enjoyed last year,” shared Mastercard’s Ray Merceron, Vice President of Sales and Key Accounts for the Caribbean. “Facilitating a cashless environment benefits all stakeholders - from the concert attendee to the vendor offering their goods and services for sale. We are committed to contributing to the development of Jamaica’s music culture through this event, and look forward to providing tangible benefits to elevate the experience for years to come.” Bogdanovich Joe Bogdanovich, the Sumfest boss, said he welcomes the continued partnership with Mastercard. “In 2018, in partnership with Mastercard, we took a big step towards making Sumfest a cashless festival as we attempted to make the space safer and more convenient for our patrons. Festival-goers embraced the idea and we look forward to an even greater uptake in 2019 as it is our aim to make Reggae Sumfest world-class not only in terms of our music and attractions but also the technology available.” A suite of perks is lined up for Mastercard cardholders at the event, including exclusive VIP areas and fast lane entry. Cardholders will be able to forgo the general admission lines and gain access to the venue through a Mastercard fast lane entry. Once inside, a Mastercard VIP stand, located in a prime, - location at the venue, will provide VIP ticket holders with a private area complete with the wait staff who will facilitate food and drink service.

– Roxanne Brown (2nd left) Brand Manager, Charles Chocolates and Alberto Cossio (right) Regional Entertainment Manager, Decameron Jamaica, join the Colombian Xtreme Dancers for a presentation after the team pulled out a showstopping performance to win the international finale of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites competition. The Colombian dancers aced teams from Jamaica, Cuba and St. Lucia.

The inaugural international leg of the Charles Chocolates Dancin’ Dynamites was a pulsating and energetic one from the opening performance to the closing curtains when South American group Colombian Xtreme Dancers hoisted their winning trophy after kicking the competitiveness up a few octaves. With four countries being represented, the teams, Jamaican Coolers (re-branded from Too Kool who won the national finale), Cuban Triple Threat, St. Lucian Onyx and Colombian Xtreme Dancers were amped up about vying for top honours, and a $500,000 grand prize. The stakes were high, and the anticipation of the imminent showdown had the audience on the edge of their seats. Cuban Triple Threat got the show on the road, followed swiftly by St. Lucian Onyx, but the moment the Columbian Xtreme Dancers stepped centre stage, there was a sense that the audience was in for an unforgettable experience. Through brilliantly executed stunts, flips, tosses, and dazzling dance moves, the audience was hooked on all the captivating Colombian team had to offer. A few standing ovations and two dance clashes later, the judges’ announcement confirmed what some audience members were already chanting – Colombian Xtreme Dancers had won. “We feel really good, we feel really comfortable being here,” said an out-of-breath Juliana Echeverry, one of the members of the team, after accepting the winning trophy. “We want to thank Dancin’ Dynamites for the opportunity and we are looking forward to coming back and giving Jamaica yet another beautiful performance." Competition judges Kerry-Ann Henry and Orville Hall weighed in on the finale with exceptional reviews on the Mad & Mean Season 14 themed staging. “It was very exciting. I really appreciated that all the teams brought their A-game. They represented their country not only in terms of the music and the costumes but in their energy, choreographically, as well with their movement, but the energy, that was on point,” Kerry-Ann commented. “I think it’s important for people to carry the energy of their country. All the dances and performances were of a high standard and I appreciate it.” Hall shared similar sentiments, “The season was already on a high but tonight really topped everything. This international component, I hope it’s something that the organizers definitely keep. This was my 14th year and it feel like mi a start from scratch again with the excitement weh mi a feel about it,” he said. “I know the Jamaicans would have had competition, I’ve been to Colombia and seen them dance and seen how passionate they are about it, just like Jamaicans, so I know it would have been a tough fight. It’s really the best team that came out on top.” Roxanne Brown, Brand Manager, Charles Chocolates commented, “We had some riveting performances for the international finale, and they will leave an indelible impression on our audiences and viewers who tuned in across various platforms and regions.” Brown added, “We had raving reviews on the international leg of the competition, it gave viewers that extra bit to look forward to, and we’ll be examining ways in which we can amplify this experience, as we always do, to leave our audience wanting more.” Among the performers for the evening were Romain Virgo, dance groups Jam Dynamites, Dance Xpressionz, and former Dancin’ Dynamites winning member, Romario 'Chin' Douglas. Chin who was a member of Overload Skankaz, performed with his new group, Flame Team. Alando Terrelonge, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information was on hand to present the winning trophy to the Colombian Xtreme Dancers


Kawhi Leonard.

The Toronto Raptors took a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals after a 105-99 win in Game 5 on Thursday. Toronto were able to erase a double-digit deficit behinda 35-point game from Kawhi Leonard as they moved to within a win of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. "We made shots and got stops on the defensive end," Leonard told TNT after the game. "We wanted to come out here and get the win, we weathered the storm early." Leonard came out at the start of the fourth quarter and helped inch the Raptors ahead. He knocked down a pair of step-back three-pointers during the team's 10-0 run midway through the period. The Bucks managed to stay in the game behind back-to-back three-pointers fromGiannis Antetokounmpo andBrook Lopez, but could not do enough to keep up with the surging Raptors. Milwaukee were up by as many as 12 points untilToronto got some help fromFred VanVleet, who finished with 21 points off the bench. He shot seven of 13 from the field and seven of nine from three-point range and was plus-28 on the court. Antetokounmpo finished with a team-high 24 points on nine-of-18 shooting from the field and two of three from long distance. Eric Bledsoe chipped in 20 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 18 in the team's losing effort. The Bucks will go back to Toronto for Game 6 on Saturday.

Warriors star Klay Thompson.

Klay Thompson was not at all happy about missing this year's All-NBA selection. The Golden State Warriors star met with media on Thursday and was informed that he had finished behind Kemba Walker in the running for the Third Team. Thompson consequently does not become eligible for a 'supermax' next contract from the Warriors and could not hide his frustration. "Oh, I didn't [make it]? It already came out?" he asked a reporter, before shaking his head in disbelief at Walker's inclusion. "That's cool and all - I respect those guys - but when you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than just a couple of All-NBA guys. It's an all-time team. "But whatever. I would rather win a championship than be Third Team All-NBA, so it's all good." Discussing how it affects his contract situation - his deal could have been worth an extra $30million - Thompson added: "It is what it is. I can't control it. "Do I think there's that many guards better than me in the league? No. But that's the reason we're still playing. I don't even want to get into it, honestly."