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Brian Boothe – Senior General Manager Corporate Commercial and Consumer Banking Division.

National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) says it is furthering its efforts to enable Jamaicans to bank safely from home with the launch of an online solution that allows new customers to open a regular savings account without visiting a branch. Customers interested in opening a regular savings account may visit www.jncb.com and click on “Open Account”. Customers who sign up for online banking will have minimum balance and NCB ABM fees waived, NCB said in a press release. They will also have immediate access to a Quisk account, which allows them to transfer funds, make deposits and withdrawals at NCB ABMs, and pay bills using their mobile phone. Customers will need to visit the branch to collect their Visa Debit cards, but may do so at their convenience as they will have full access to all the benefits of the savings account in the interim. “In light of Jamaica entering the community spread phase of the COVID-19 virus, we have a responsibility to provide digital access to as many of our services as possible so that our customers will not have to join lines to service their important financial needs,” said Brian Boothe – Senior General Manager Corporate Commercial and Consumer Banking Division. He added: “We have already enabled many transactions online such as bill payments, credit card payments and transfers. Our customers can also apply for loans, credit cards, investment accounts and IPOs online without visiting a branch. Now new customers can also open a regular savings account without visiting the branch”

Koffee will help to build awareness about digital transactions while educating Jamaicans about the convenience, acceptance and safety and security features of Mastercard's electronic payments options.

Grammy-winning artiste Koffee is the official brand ambassador in Jamaica for Mastercard. The international-recording reggae artiste will help to build awareness about digital transactions while educating Jamaicans about the convenience, acceptance and safety and security features of Mastercard's electronic payments options. "I am very excited to be a part of Mastercard’s initiative to educate, increase financial literacy, and help Jamaicans reach their financial goals,” Koffee said. Mastercards’ Marcus Carmo head of communications for the Caribbean division and Dalton Fowles, country manager of Jamaica, hailed Koffee for the partnership, which they believe will highlight Mastercard’s continued investment in Jamaica. “Koffee is one of Jamaica's youngest and most gifted musical talents and she remains grounded, humble and finds time to give back to the community. The decision to partner with her was an easy one for us here at Mastercard as her authenticity, creativity and spirit of philanthropy are aligned with our values,” said Carmo. “We are thrilled to have Koffee joining us – as a consumer and our brand ambassador – to experience all the security and convenience of our payment products and services. We are excited about this partnership and new opportunity to create priceless experiences and digital empowerment for our Jamaican cardholders,” added Fowles. Tammi Chang, Koffee’s manager, also joined in expressing delight for this collaboration, “It can be hard, especially in these times, to get one’s finances together. With Koffee being the ambassador of Mastercard, it will bring awareness to her peers that being financially responsible will contribute toward establishing the life they want. This will bring about many benefits for generations to come.”


Singing Melody performing at Rebel Salute 2020.

Reggae singer Singing Melody is ready for the next chapter of his illustrious career and his newest album, 'The Next Chapter' is a living testament to the singer's evolution from a lover's rock superstar into a global music force. The 16-track album, which will be released via Tuff Gong International/S.H.E.M Music/Your Friend in Music labels on October 16th, shows the singer's metamorphosis as he dabbles in genres such as Afrobeats, trap-dancehall and R & B, along with his usual mainstays of reggae and its sub-genre, lover's rock. "I am honoured and motivated to be working with Tuff Gong International on this project, they are very excited about the music, they feel it has global appeal," an excited Singing Melody told Loop News. The album features three collaborations, 'Never Leave' featuring Teddy Riley and J. Sol, 'Keep You Warm' featuring Ghanaian artiste Budukusu and the Latin-infused 'Caliente' featuring emerging dancehall artiste Whitter The Legend. "What we're trying to do with this album is to surgically target different markets in the global marketplace, that's why we have songs like 'Caliente' -- where the vocals are in Spanish and English -- is directed towards the Latin audience," the artiste whose real name is Everton Hardweare, said. "We're experimenting with Afrobeats, we have lover's rock for our core audience, and the traditional reggae for the European market. This is a global product, I am fusing my sound, so that it can fit in with trap-dancehall, Afrobeats and the Latin markets," Singing Melody added. He said that he welcomed the challenge of "renewing his spirit" after a career spanning 30 years. Four years ago, he became a vegan and started running five miles a day dropping 30 pounds to a trim, svelte 174 pounds, what he calls his 'fighting weight'. "I have evolved, this is not the version of Singing Melody with a belly," the artiste joked. "I pay attention to the music and what is trending, and while it doesn't produce sales, I still want to connect with that younger audience. My career is over 30 years, so I have to explore different ways to express myself and rely on my navigational skills to just make music," he said. Singing Melody has also adopted key meditation and breathing techniques to create that Zen mode to spiritually infuse his life and his music. "I believe I am in my prime in terms of creating and energy. I have more energy in terms of performing now. I have remained active during the pandemic, keeping fit and doing yard work to keep myself active during this time. I am a vegan so you know right now is a 'food war'," he said. Singing Melody's previous album, 'They Call Me Mr. Melody', produced by S.H.E.M Music and Fat Eyes Production, was released in 2012, and distributed by VP Records.The lead single from that album, 'Collide', reached the #1 position on the Top 20 music chart for Aruba. Now, with his seventh album about to be launched, Singing Melody is looking to raise the ante as he believes that this album will showcase the full range of musical virtuosity. Standout tracks include the lead track, 'Prove It To Me' which was released a few months ago, and the artfully produced 'Give Thanks' which pays homage to the reggae, rocksteady and ska pioneers who helped to shape the music industry today. "Give Thanks is a very important song for me because it allows me to let the veterans know I am grateful for all they have done which allows me to come now and add colour to the table. That's what I am doing now, adding more colour to what has gone before, I am part of a larger whole," he said. Singing Melody iss known for his abilities as a vocalist, his production work and for combining aspects of reggae and R&B in his own releases. He is best known for songs such as the local chart-topper "Want You Back", 'Shower Me With Your Love', 'Say What' and 'Let It Flow'. In the 2000s, Singing Melody formed the reggae group L.U.S.T with Lukie D, Thriller U, and Tony Curtis. They have released two albums, Sweetness of Your Love in 2007 and Inspiration in 2010. "It was truly an amazing journey and to be there with Toots and Maytals was a thrill for us, and it was awesome to be in the top ten finalists, even though we never won, we felt like winners to be there representing for Jamaica," he said. There will be a cyber launch of 'The Next Chapter' which will be held at a villa with a live band on October 16th. The event will be streamed live all over the world. "This is going to be an amazing event," he said.

Koffee will help to build awareness about digital transactions while educating Jamaicans about the convenience, acceptance and safety and security features of Mastercard's electronic payments options.

Grammy-winning artiste Koffee is the official brand ambassador in Jamaica for Mastercard. The international-recording reggae artiste will help to build awareness about digital transactions while educating Jamaicans about the convenience, acceptance and safety and security features of Mastercard's electronic payments options. "I am very excited to be a part of Mastercard’s initiative to educate, increase financial literacy, and help Jamaicans reach their financial goals,” Koffee said. Mastercards’ Marcus Carmo head of communications for the Caribbean division and Dalton Fowles, country manager of Jamaica, hailed Koffee for the partnership, which they believe will highlight Mastercard’s continued investment in Jamaica. “Koffee is one of Jamaica's youngest and most gifted musical talents and she remains grounded, humble and finds time to give back to the community. The decision to partner with her was an easy one for us here at Mastercard as her authenticity, creativity and spirit of philanthropy are aligned with our values,” said Carmo. “We are thrilled to have Koffee joining us – as a consumer and our brand ambassador – to experience all the security and convenience of our payment products and services. We are excited about this partnership and new opportunity to create priceless experiences and digital empowerment for our Jamaican cardholders,” added Fowles. Tammi Chang, Koffee’s manager, also joined in expressing delight for this collaboration, “It can be hard, especially in these times, to get one’s finances together. With Koffee being the ambassador of Mastercard, it will bring awareness to her peers that being financially responsible will contribute toward establishing the life they want. This will bring about many benefits for generations to come.”


In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Serena Williams walks to her bench with a trainer for a medical timeout during a semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File).

Rafael Nadal will begin his bid for a record-extending 13th French Open title against Egor Gerasimov in the first round, while Serena Williams starts her attempt for a record-equaling 24th major against Kristie Ahn in all-American matchup. The 34-year-old Nadal, who is seeded second and has never faced the 83rd-ranked Belarusian, is aiming to equal the absent Roger Federer's men's record of 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal holds a 93-2 record at Roland Garros. The sixth-seeded Williams, who turns 39 on Saturday, fell short in her bid to equal Margaret Court's record at the US Open, losing to Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals. Williams has won the French Open three times, the first in 2002 and the last in 2015. Thursday's draw at Roland Garros also pitted top-ranked Novak Djokovic against No. 80 Mikael Ymer of Sweden in their first career meeting. Djokovic, who could face powerful Russian Karen Khachanov in the fourth round, is trying again for an 18th major title. Like Williams, he fell short at Flushing Meadows but for a very different reason. The 33-year-old Serb was kicked out for accidentallyhitting a line judge in the throatwhen angrily swiping away a tennis ball during a match. His only title at the French was in 2016 and he lost the final in ‘14 to Nadal and ’15 to Stan Wawrinka. The draw was carried out electronically because there were no players present amid a strict coronavirus health and safety protocol. Wawrinka, seeded 16th, faces another three-time major winner in Britain’s Andy Murray, the runner-up in 2016. Murray leads Wawrinka 12-8 overall but is still trying to get back to his best after having hip surgery last year. Djokovic tuned up for this tournament with victory at the Italian Open, beating Diego Schwartzman in the final for a record 36th Masters title. Schwartzmanbeat a patchy Nadalin the quarterfinals — the Spaniard's first tournament in seven months after he skipped the U.S. Open amid COVID-19 concerns. Dominic Thiem,who beatAlexander Zverev in five sets inthe USOpenfinal for his first major, takes on big-hitting Marin Cilic — the 2014 USOpen champion — in their first meeting at Roland Garros. Thiem has lost the past two finals at Roland Garros to Nadal. Zverev plays Austrian Dennis Novak. Top-seeded Simona Halep, the 2018 champion and two-time runner-up, faces Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo. US Open championNaomi Osaka pulled out of the tournamentwith an injured hamstring. Halep is seeded first because No. 1 Ash Barty of Australiaopted out of defending her title amidcoronavirus concerns. Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin, seeded fourth, plays Russian Liudmila Samsonova; third-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine is up against Varvara Gracheva, and the 10th-seeded Azarenka faces Danka Kovinic. Also, 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia takes on American Madison Brengle and the 40-year-old Venus Williams, runner-up to her sister in 2002, opens against Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Sloane Stephens, the 2018 runner-up, is seeded 29th and takes on Russian Vitalia Diatchenko. Several players pulled out of the tournament on Thursday, including Milos Raonic of Canada, Fernando Verdasco of Spain and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. The 10th-ranked Bencic is the fourth woman in the top 10 to withdraw. The number of fans allowed at Roland Garros has been set to 5,000 per day, and tournament director Guy Forget is hoping that number will not be reduced further after the government announced on Wednesday that a new limit of 1,000 people will be imposed at big events in big cities amid growing coronavirus concerns. It's still unclear whether those guidelines will affect Roland Garros, which begins on Sunday and ends on October11. “The last we heard officially from the police prefecture was that 5,000 is very, very safe," Forget said. "We are playing the tournament on the size of 15 football fields and an outside stadium.”

In this Sept. 21, 2020 file photo, AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during the Serie A football match against Bologna at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tested positive for coronavirus, Milan have confirmed. The veteran striker returned the result following a second round of swab testing ahead of Thursday's Europa League qualifier against Bodo/Glimt. A Milan statement said Ibrahimovic is now quarantining at home and the relevant authorities have been notified. The club added that no other player or staff member returned a positive result ahead of the game at San Siro. Ibrahimovic returned to Milan in January and scored 10 goals in 18 Serie A appearances as the Rossoneri finished sixth. He started the new domestic campaign with a brace against Bologna in a 2-0 win for Milan on Monday.