A new Board of Directors of the WIFT-Jamaica Chapter (WIFT-JA) was elected to lead the membership of the recently re-convened local arm of the international professional organisation for screen-based professionals last Wednesday. Coordinator of the UWI Mona’s Bachelor of Cultural and Creative Industries programme, Dr Deborah Hickling Gordon, has been selected as President of the Jamaican Chapter of the international organisation, Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI); a global professional organisation of audiovisual professionals (male and female) from across disciplines in Jamaica. The new Jamaican executive is comprised of audiovisual producer, actress and talent agent, Sherando Ferril as vice president; Danielle Russell, filmmaker and entrepreneur as secretary; finance executive and entrepreneur, Dainty Wilson as treasurer; and filmmaker and entrepreneur, Kenia Mattis as chair, marketing and communications. “It is an exciting time to be called to the service of WIFT-JA,” said the new president, Hickling Gordon. “Forging strategic partnerships with our sister organisations from over 50 partner chapters on six continents in relation to the three pillars of WIFTI - Connection, Knowledge and Visibility - is our mandate. Through that mandate WIFT-JA seeks to join existing sector stakeholders in the creation of more and better opportunities for professionals in Jamaica’s emerging audiovisual subsector”, she said. “Audiovisual, and in particular screen-based sectors are in ‘optimistic mode’. In spite of longstanding structural deficiencies, the sector is ‘buzzing’ with activity and many significant, new projects are in gestation. Through WIFT - Jamaica, we want to make it clear that the cultural economy and its industries in general; but the audiovisual subsector in particular, needs to become an ovular part of our national geo-strategy and to demonstrate ways in which this is possible.” Hickling Gordon said. New Vice President of WIFT-Jamaica, Sherando Ferrill named training and capacity building as the primary focal points for consideration. “We are excited to take yet another step towards becoming a part of this global organization as we continue to make great strides in the development of our audiovisual sector. As we meet to decide on a plan of work we look forward to leveraging the global reach that WIFTI provides for our membership.” The membership of the Jamaican Chapter of the prestigious professional organization, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) reconvened in August 2019 is drawn from the cadre of dynamic professionals in Jamaica who represent every aspect of the global audiovisual industry: from producers and directors to accountants and lawyers, from camera and sound technicians to actors and animators. Membership in WIFTI offers a unique opportunity for members from all over the globe to network, share ideas on chapter development and co-production options as well as international work exchange programmes.

A top declining stock, Mailpac Group declined 8.0 per cent to $1.96, its lowest level close since December 12.

Mailpac Group sharesclosed at their lowest for the year during Tuesday's trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). Pulse Investments gained 12 per cent to close at $6.62 and GWest gained 11 per cent to close at $1.11. A top declining stock, Mailpac Group declined 8.0 per cent to $1.96, its lowest level close since December 12. It had hit an all-time closing high of $2.50 on December 16. On Tuesday 1.0 million units of the stock traded hands. The stock will open at $2.13 but buyers are not willing to go beyond the closing price. The JSE Combined Index declined by 5,524.82 points (1.12 per cent) to close at 487,391.30. The JSE Index declined by 5,702.93 points (1.14 per cent) to close at 493,316.21. The Junior Market Index declined by 25.98 points (0.83 per cent) to close at 3,111.04. The JSE USD Equities Index declined by 11.09 points (4.59 per cent) to close at 230.50. The JSE Financial Index declined by 1.10 points (0.81 per cent) to close at 134.52. The JSE Manufacturing & Distribution Index declined by 2.41 points (2.57 per cent) to close at 91.53. Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 74 stocks of which 19 advanced, 46 declined and 9 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 61,901,036 units valued at over $255.8 million. Sagicor Select Funds Financial was the volume leader with 40,877,468 units (66.04per cent) followed by Wigton Windfarm with 8,859,222 units (14.31per cent) and QWI Investments with 2,107,496 units (3.40per cent).


A new Board of Directors of the WIFT-Jamaica Chapter (WIFT-JA) was elected to lead the membership of the recently re-convened local arm of the international professional organisation for screen-based professionals last Wednesday. Coordinator of the UWI Mona’s Bachelor of Cultural and Creative Industries programme, Dr Deborah Hickling Gordon, has been selected as President of the Jamaican Chapter of the international organisation, Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI); a global professional organisation of audiovisual professionals (male and female) from across disciplines in Jamaica. The new Jamaican executive is comprised of audiovisual producer, actress and talent agent, Sherando Ferril as vice president; Danielle Russell, filmmaker and entrepreneur as secretary; finance executive and entrepreneur, Dainty Wilson as treasurer; and filmmaker and entrepreneur, Kenia Mattis as chair, marketing and communications. “It is an exciting time to be called to the service of WIFT-JA,” said the new president, Hickling Gordon. “Forging strategic partnerships with our sister organisations from over 50 partner chapters on six continents in relation to the three pillars of WIFTI - Connection, Knowledge and Visibility - is our mandate. Through that mandate WIFT-JA seeks to join existing sector stakeholders in the creation of more and better opportunities for professionals in Jamaica’s emerging audiovisual subsector”, she said. “Audiovisual, and in particular screen-based sectors are in ‘optimistic mode’. In spite of longstanding structural deficiencies, the sector is ‘buzzing’ with activity and many significant, new projects are in gestation. Through WIFT - Jamaica, we want to make it clear that the cultural economy and its industries in general; but the audiovisual subsector in particular, needs to become an ovular part of our national geo-strategy and to demonstrate ways in which this is possible.” Hickling Gordon said. New Vice President of WIFT-Jamaica, Sherando Ferrill named training and capacity building as the primary focal points for consideration. “We are excited to take yet another step towards becoming a part of this global organization as we continue to make great strides in the development of our audiovisual sector. As we meet to decide on a plan of work we look forward to leveraging the global reach that WIFTI provides for our membership.” The membership of the Jamaican Chapter of the prestigious professional organization, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) reconvened in August 2019 is drawn from the cadre of dynamic professionals in Jamaica who represent every aspect of the global audiovisual industry: from producers and directors to accountants and lawyers, from camera and sound technicians to actors and animators. Membership in WIFTI offers a unique opportunity for members from all over the globe to network, share ideas on chapter development and co-production options as well as international work exchange programmes.

Highly Favoured Blake

Toronto-based gospel artiste Highly Favoured Blake will be releasing her debut album, 'Breaking Me to Bless Me' in February 2020. "I am looking forward to the launch of the album because these gospel songs have a powerful message that the Christian faithful and the unsaved need to hear , it is really food for the soul,"said the artiste, whose real name is NeKesha Ann-Marie Blake. She released three singles, 'Breaking Me to Bless Me', 'Reborn' and 'Birthday Thanksgiving' from the album in January to help build momentum for the album's launch next month. "Iwill be going all out in 2020, I will even be entering the JCDC Festival song contest," she said. She is booked to appear on the Brother Gary Gospel Memorial Festival in Florida on May 24th, as well as Polyanna Project on March 13 in Bronx, New York, and Facebook Meet and Greet in West Palm Beach in July. She first came to public attention last year with her 'Remember the Yam' that gained traction among radio disc jockeys in Canada, and got spins on IRIE FM, Mello FM, TBC and Love FM. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she attended StHugh's High School for Girls but migrated to Canada at age 14 in 1995. She attended Downsview Secondary in Toronto and then matriculated to George Brown College where she read for a diploma in nursing. She is now lives in Ontario, Canada with her two children and her mother where she works as a nurse. Highly Favoured Blake hopes that her music will ignite a change in people's hearts, and invite God’s presence to stay with His people, eventually sparking a global healing. "My goal is to use my songs to drive home the message of Christ's love for all, and to bring peace, cheer and encouragement to all," she said.


Hydel High girls continued their dominant showing of the new track and field season with 10 victories at the 2020 Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday. On the boys’ side, Kingston College (KC) - the reigning boys’ champions of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls' Athletics Championships - stood out with eight victories. Oneika McAnnuff secured the first victory for Hydel High by winning section one of the Girls’ Class 2 400m quite easily in a meet record 54.66 seconds. Latoya Greaves of The Queen’s School held the previous record of 55.50 in 2003. It was a one-two finish for Hydel High as section two winner Dejona Simpson (55.84) had the second-fastest time overall. Clarendon College’s Dejanea Oakley (56.24), who won section four, had the third-fastest time overall. Hydel High also secured victory in the Girls’ Class 1 400m through Garriel White, who crossed the line in 54.05. Holmwood Technical’s Danielle Brissett (55.72) and St Catherine High’s Johnelle Thomas (56.78) finished second and third, respectively. The Girls’ Class 3 400m was earlier won by Excelsior High’s Diandra Kelly in 56.40 seconds, while Christin Facey of Ninety Ten Sports finished second in 56.49. The Hydel High pair of Alliah Baker (56.66) and Tamecia Roberts (57.46) finished third and fourth, respectively. Hydel High also dominated the sprint hurdles and the 200 metres. In the sprint hurdles, the Ferry-based school swept the top three places in Classes 1 and 3. Kerrica Hill clocked a meet record 11.62 seconds to beat her teammates Shania Myers (11.70) and Stephanie Griffiths (11.83) in the Girls’ Class 3 80m hurdles. The previous record of 11.69 was set in 2017 by Excelsior High’s Ackera Nugent. In the Girls’ Class 1 100m hurdles, Taffara Rose (13.89) led home her teammates Valecia Williams (14.14) and Kimone McLeod (14.37). Hydel also won the Class 4 obstacle race (70m hurdles) through Jody-Ann Daley, who clocked 10.74 to beat Amoi Kentish (10.94) of Convent of Mercy Academy. Hydel High’s Aaliyah Mullings finished third in 11.46. Clarendon College’s Marissa Simpson denied Hydel High a clean sweep of the sprint hurdles, winning the Class 2 event in 13.77. Hydel High’s Oneika Wilson was also credited with the same time, but Simpson got the nod. Hydel also won three of the four 200m events. Star athlete Ashanti Moore won the Class 1 half-lap event in 24.06 seconds. Ackera Nugent of Excelsior High took second in 24.13, while Moore’s teammate, Taffara Rose, ended third overall in 24.14. Hydel took the top two spots in Classes 3 and 4. Alana Reid (24.68) beat Alliah Baker (24.91) in Class 3, while Shemonique Hazel (25.12) turned back Jody-Ann Daley (25.24) in Class 4. Clarendon College’s Dejanea Oakley topped Class 2 in 24.45 ahead of Hydel’s Shenese Walker, 24.60. Hydel High also secured three victories in the field. Rohanna Sudlow won the Girls’ Class 3 long jump with an effort of 5.40m and the high jump by clearing 1.60m, while Thaila Wilson took the women’s under 20 high jump by clearing 1.70m. Cedricka Williams of Holmwood Technical bettered the 40.51m old record with 42.93m in the Girls’ Class 1 discus throw. KC’s eight victories comprise four on the track and four in the field. On the track, KC had two victories in the 400m and one each in the sprint hurdles and the 200m. Jordan Mowatt clocked 52.87 to beat Clarendon College’s Rushawn Lee (53.47) and Jamaica College’s Princewell Martin (53.65) in the Boys’ Class 3 400m. KC’s new recruit, Ugandan Emmanuel Rwotomiya had an easy victory in the Boys’ Class 2 400m. He was the quickest overall with 49.66 seconds. Clarendon College’s Richard Nelson won his heat in 49.72 for second place overall. Excelsior High’s Demar Francis denied KC a clean sweep in the 400m. He won the Class 1 event in 47.58, while KC’s Kobe Simpson, who took section five in 48.52, finished second overall. In the sprint hurdles, KC’s Jordan Taylor clocked 14.28 seconds to beat Wolmer’s Boys’ Jelani Usim (14.40) and Excelsior’s Daniel Wright (14.56) in the Boys’ Class 3 100m hurdles. St Jago’s Andre Harris won the Boys’ Class 2 110m hurdles in 14.78 and his teammate Vashaun Vascianna took the Class 1 obstacle race in 13.73 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 13.81 set in 2019 by KC’s Akeem Cargill. In the 200m, Jordan Mowatt (23.28) led home a KCone-two finish in Class 3. Jevaughn Powell clocked 23.49 for second place. Wolmer’s Boys’ Jelani Gordon (21.75) took the Class 2 half-lap event over KC’s Adrian Kerr (21.79); while Javari Thomas (21.13) led home a St Jago High one-two finish in Class 1. Kavian Kerr finished second in 21.41. KC’s Aaron Thomas led KC dominance in the field by winning the Class 3 long jump with 6.34m, beating the previous mark of 6.18m set by his teammate Anthony Willis in 2019. It was a one-two finish for KC as Kai Patrick took second with 6.10m.

Humble Lion secured two victories from two matches in the third round of the 2019-2020 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by achieving an away 1-0 victory over Mount Pleasant Football Academy at Drax Hall Sports Complex in the Monday night fixture. In what was the final fixture of Match Day 24, Rohan Richards scored the lone goal of the contest in the 80th minute to hand second-place Mount Pleasant FA another setback in their quest to top the preliminary round. Mount Pleasant FA, which dropped two points against Harbour View in a 1-1 draw on Match Day 23, have now slippedfive points behind leaders Waterhouse, the beaten finalists last season. Humble Lion, which entered the round in third place, have dropped to fourth despite the victory. The Clarendon-based outfit is on 39 points the same as defending champions Portmore United, which areranked a place higher in the table as a result of a better goal difference. Humble Lion and Portmore United are just two points behind Mount Pleasant. Dunbeholden and Arnett Gardens, both on 35 points, round off the top six with just nineregular-season games remaining. At the end of the preliminary round, the top two teams on points will advance straight to the semi-finals; while third to sixth place will enter into a playoff for the other two semi-final spots. The top team at the end of the preliminary round will also win $1 million. And the bottom two teams will be relegated. UWI FC (18 points) and Vere United (16 points) are the teams in the relegation zone. MATCHDAY 24 RESULTS FRIDAY'S RESULT Waterhouse 3 Dunbeholden 1 SUNDAY'S RESULTS Portmore United 5Vere United 0 UWI FC 1Molynes United 1 Cavalier 1Harbour View 1 Arnett Gardens 1Tivoli Gardens 1 MONDAY’S RESULTS Mount Pleasant FA 0Humble Lion FC 1


A shooting incident on Monday night has left one man dead and one man warded in a serious condition. The deceased has been identified as Harry Bachan, of Sunset Drive, Benny Road, Valencia. The wounded man was identified as Gabriel Bedeau, 17, of Benny Road. According to police reports on Monday night officers received information of a shooting along Benny Road. Upon arriving, they found Bedeau on the roadway bleeding from multiple injuries. The wounded man was rushed to the Arima District Hospital where he was treated. However, due to the poor lighting along the roadway, Bachan’s body was not discovered until 7:30 am on Tuesday. Up to today, police have no one in custody for the killing. More on this as it becomes available.

This Oct. 22, 2013, file photo shows Serena Williams of the US keeping her eyes the ball. Williams has been voted the AP Female Athlete of the Decade for 2010 to 2019. Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span. (AP Photo/File)

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed. Still winning matches and reaching Grand Slam finals into her late 30s, still mattering as much as ever, Williams was selected by The Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Decade on Saturday after a vote by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers. The AP Male Athlete of the Decade will be announced Sunday. "When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time. ... I like to call it the 'Serena Superpowers' — that champion's mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself," said StaceyAllaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open. "Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form,"Allastersaid. "Her records speak for themselves." Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Two ski racers were next, with Lindsey Vonn finishing fourth and Mikaela Shiffrin fifth. Three of Williams' five AP Female Athlete of the Year awards came during the last decade, in 2013, 2015 and 2018. She also won in 2002 and 2009. "She's been my idol growing up," Biles said. "She's remained humble. She's stayed true to herself and her character and I think that's really neat about an athlete," Biles said. "Once you start winning, some get cocky, but she's stayed true to herself, win or lose." It's the defeats that seem to drive Williams, helping propel her to heights rarely reached by any athlete in any sport. "Whenever I lose, I get more determined, and it gives me something more to work toward," Williams said in a 2013 interview with the AP. "I don't get complacent, and I realize I need to work harder and I need to do better and I want to do better — or I wouldn't be playing the game." With a best-in-the-game serve, powerful groundstrokes and relentless court coverage, she has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in her sport's professional era, which began in 1968. More than half came from 2010-19: four at Wimbledon, three apiece at the U.S. Open and Australian Open, two at the French Open. That includes a run of four in a row from the U.S. Open in 2014 through Wimbledon in 2015, her second self-styled "Serena Slam." Williams also was the runner-up another seven times at major tournaments over the past decade, including four of the seven she's entered since returning to the tour after having a baby in 2017. In all, she made the final at 19 of the 33 majors she entered during the decade, a nearly 58% rate. The decade began inauspiciously in 2010, when Williams cut her feet on broken glass at a restaurant and was hospitalized with blood clots in her lungs. Among her many accomplishments, though: — reaching at least one Slam final every year, a streak that dates to 2007; — winning gold medals in singles and doubles (with her sister, Venus) at the 2012 Olympics; — becoming the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy in the professional era; — becoming the oldest No. 1 in WTA history and equaling Steffi Graf's record for most consecutive weeks atop the rankings; — leading the tour with 37 singles titles, 11 more than anyone else in the decade. The day she won Wimbledon in 2016, Williams discussed the way she constantly measures herself. "I definitely feel like when I lose, I don't feel as good about myself," she said. "But then I have to, like, remind myself that: 'You are Serena Williams!' You know? Like, 'Are you kidding me?'" Williams continued with a laugh. "And it's those moments that I have to just, like, come off and be like, 'Serena, do you know what you've done? Who you are? What you continue to do, not only in tennis (but also) off the court? Like, you're awesome.'"