Joy Spence examines one her products.

Without question,Appleton Estate’s Master Blender, Joy Spence, is a living legend whose name is etched in history asthe first woman to hold the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry. She sat down with Loop Newsfor this week's What's Up?to discuss her nearly 40-year journey with the iconic rum brand - from joining as Chief Chemist in 1981. Spence also talks about being inspiredby her predecessor and mentor, formerMaster BlenderOwen Tulloch; her experience as a woman in the industry; her favourite drink and more. Watch the all-new What's Up? in the video below.

The PSOJ extended sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues off former Industry and Commerce Minister Douglas Vaz  (left) and former Chief Justice of Jamaica Sir Edward Zacca (right)
 

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has expressed sadness at the passing of former Industry and Commerce Minister Douglas Vaz and former Chief Justice of Jamaica Sir Edward Zacca. The PSOJ extended sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of both men. “Mr Vaz was a dedicated representative of the Jamaican people and one of the founding members of the PSOJ. He believed in mutual respect, equal rights and justice being observed by all and for all. He was a force to be reckoned with and a successful businessman. His legacy will remain that of an exemplary Jamaican citizen and political representative,” POSJ said in a statement on Monday. Vaz passed away in his sleep on Saturday night.He was 83 yearsold. The POSJ went on to salute Zacca as a pioneer in his field and as an individual who was committed to excellence. “Sir Zacca was one was the fourth Caribbean Chief Justice to be appointed to the Privy Council and the first from Jamaica. He was knighted by The Queen in her 2015 Birthday Honours list, “for services to the Courts of Appeal in Bermuda, Turks & Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands”. He served our judicial system for 38 years.” Zacca died on Monday after ailing for some time, He was 88.


Entertainer Orville "Shaggy" Burrell addresses journalists at a press conference on Monday.

Jamaican entertainer Orville "Shaggy" Burrell was a picture of emotions as he sought to explain the delay in the Bustamante Hospital for Children receiving the benefits from his Shaggy and Friends Concert which was held nearly two years ago to aid the institution. "We have the Children's Hospital at heart. Everything we do with this Foundation is about the children of Jamaica," Shaggy said. He was speaking at a press conference inside the hospital on Monday afternoon. Shaggy had minutes before disembarked from an aircraft from Orlando. He was adamant that the $100 million raised from the concert was not misappropriated. Shaggy receives support from his wife, Rebecca, the co-director of the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, at the press conference. The funds raised from the charity concert had been earmarked to be used to put additional beds in the intensive care unit of the Children's Hospital. However, despite the handing over of a symbolic cheque for $100 million after the concert, the hospital said last week that it was yet to receive the equipment or the money raised from the event. "Mi neva touch nuh money," Shaggy said at the press conference. "Mi neva move nuh money. The money is there." "Full transparency, that's what we are about," he said. He said the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation had been waiting on the expansion of the ICU space to facilitate the additional beds.Furthermore, it was never the Foundation's policy to handover funds raised directly to the hospital, but rather meet the medical facility's needs through the purchase of the items. However, the entertainer added that, following a commitment made by the hospital’s chairman, Kenneth Benjamin, to expand the ICU through the addition of another building, the Foundation has agreed to handover the $100 million to build and equip additional wards among other uses.

Charly Black

Dancehall deejay Charly Black is pleased with the response to his latest single, 'Domestic Violence' that addresses the phenomenon of gender-based violence that often ends in bloody fatal headlines in the nation's tabloids. The single, 'Domestic Violence', produced by Jermaine 'Crawba Genius' Henry, on the Crawba Productions label, was released three weeks ago, and has racked up over 110,000 views. "Protect the women on this earth, we need the ladies. Domestic violence is still very present in our society. A lot of females are affected every day, we see the stories everyday on social media, and on the news, and as a people, we have to find a way to solve our disputes, we are losing too many of our women," Charly Black said. According to the Jamaica Women’s Health Survey (2016), one in every four Jamaican women has experienced physical violence by a male partner. Many of these women are mothers, whose children are watching and listening to horrific acts of violence that should never be a part of their childhood. Also, a recent UNICEF study showed that 176 million children under age five – 1 in 4 children worldwide – live with a mother who is a victim of intimate partner violence. Last week, a St Ann woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the stabbing death of her common-law husband in Mammee Bay in the parish, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment. Two months ago, a taxi operator allegedly killed his 24 year-old girlfriend in an acid attack in Osborne Store, Clarendon. He has not been found by the cops. "We all have a role to play to stop domestic violence, we can only do that if we raise awareness and show people that there is a better way," Charly Black said. Earlier this year, it was also announced by the ministry that for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, approximately $86 million was allocated for the purchase of two additional shelters in the eastern and western regions of Jamaica for women affected by domestic violence. Official statistics released by the police show that in 2015 a total of 46 men died as a result of domestic violence, while 15 women were killed. In 2016, 38 men were killed, while 25 women lost their lives. In the meantime, the producer Jermaine Henry said that the great early feedback to the single means that a video could be in the pipeline. "This is a very important issue, even before the song was released we had the teasers, and people from all over the world were checking in. People are really showing the song a lot of love. It's going to be a very big song over the world," Crawba said. The platinum-selling Charly Black, whose real name is Desmond Mendize,achieved diamond certification in Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala for the single, 'Party Animal'. The diamond certification in Latin America equates to a record that has sold in excess of 600,000 units. He is presently promoting singles like 'Ligament' featuring Gage and Renee 6:30; the aforementioned 'Domestic Violence' for Crawba Productions and 'Fresh' for Jahsnowcone Entertainment label.


England boss Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Southgate is concerned by the information being leaked to the media from the England camp in the wake of the incident involving Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez. Manager Southgate dropped Sterling from the squad for Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifying match with Montenegro after a bust-up between the Manchester City star and Liverpool defender Gomez. Sterling insisted afterwards that the confrontation, which took place in a private team area of St George's Park, was quickly forgotten about and both players were seen training on Tuesday. Details of the clash initially appeared in the media shortly before England released an official statement, while specifics about the nature of the confrontation have since continued to emerge. Southgate suggested he would prefer such information did not find its way out of closed camps and into the public. "There seems to be all sort of information being passed from so many different areas," he told reporters. "This is a consequence of the England football team at the moment. That is a very difficult situation and something we have to think about getting forward. "The team getting out, information getting out – there seems to be so many voices in the background. That's something I have to accept and deal with. Every player has had an opportunity to speak to me if they want to and my view was the group is ready to move forward." During the World Cup, an apparent England team sheetwas leakedahead of the group game against Panama, after assistant coach Steve Holland was photographed during an open training session with notes referring to a possible line-up. At the time, Southgate was not hugely concerned by the information on the notes, although he did suggest the decision to publish the photograph was potentially to his team's detriment. "It doesn't bother me in the slightest,"he said in Nizhny Novgorod. "There's a squad of 23 names on the sheet, the next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out. "For me, no drama but obviously any time if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team is a disadvantage to us. So, of course, our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not. But, given that was just a squad list, it doesn't make any difference really." Defender Ben Chilwell, meanwhile, suggested such leaks are to be expected in modern football –although he admits it is key to have the "full trust" of all players and staff. "We're a very tight squad but it's not just the team in there," he said on Tuesday."There's a lot of people who work at the [St George's Park Hilton] hotel involved as well. "It's not just an England team thing, it happens in club football as well. Stuff does always seem to come out. "As long as we have full trust that the stuff that needs to stay confidential between the team does then we're happy."

Arnett Gardens moved into the top five of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after beating Harbour View 3-0 in the Monday night fixture at the Harbour View Mini Stadium. The game was the final fixture of Match Day 11. After a goalless first half, the "Junglists" opened the scoring in the 53rd-minute through Paul Wilson and added other goals courtesy of Kemal Malcolm (63rd minute) and Steve Clarke (90+2 minute) for a comfortable victory. Arnett Gardens, which entered the day in seventh place on 13 points, joined Harbour View on 16 points. However, Arnett Gardens replaced Harbour View in fifth place courtesy of goal difference, while the Stars of the East dropped to sixth. Waterhouse (24 points) and the promoted Molynes United (20 points) remain the top two teams after drawing their matches on Sunday. Waterhouse were held to a 1-1 draw by defending champions Portmore United at Spanish Town Prison Oval, while Molynes United and Tivoli Gardens battled to an identical result at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex. Mount Pleasant Football Academy, courtesy of a 12th-minute strike from Cardel Benbow, secured an away 1-0 victory over Dunbeholden FC at Royal Lakes Complex in Portmore. As a result of that victory, Mount Pleasant moved from fourth place to third place. Humble Lion, whichentered the round in third place, dropped to fourth following a 1-1 draw against visitors University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen. UWI FC (11th) and Vere United (12th), the other promoted team, remain in the relegation zone with both teams having eight points.