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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.'"

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WithMalaika T. Edwards Business owners often question whetherthey need HR support since they are not large corporations and may not have many employees. This is a reasonable question. The answer, however, is not a simple yes or no. The need for a Human Resources Department, or any kind of HR support, depends upon different factors. As a small business owner, once you have started to hire employees you will have HR needs. For some businesses, these needs may only include occasional support. In this instance, business owners may liaise with a consultant to provide ad hoc project-related services. For other businesses, HR support will be needed on a more dedicated basis. In this instance, business owners may need an in-house HR department, or may need to outsource the HR function. Although there is no fixed rule of thumb to determine when HR support will be needed, there are some factors that should be considered to determine readiness. If business owners find themselves constantly engaging in HR-related activities and not having time to focus on core business functions, it may be time to get HR support. As a business owner, it is important to consider what your time is worth to the business and how time spent away from core activities impacts revenue growth and profitability. If business owners are assigning HR duties to employees which limits the time they can spend on their jobs and impacts their overall productivity, it may be time to get dedicated HR support. If business owners are not knowledgeable about the legalities surrounding employment and the country’s labour laws - such as those related to vacation leave, overtime pay and termination -there is a definite need for HR support. When the business is impacted by turnover and the loss of technical skills, HR support must be considered. Employees leave jobs for several reasons, such as inconsistent company policies and conflicts with colleagues. HR can mitigate against these challenges. Business owners must assess the costs associated with turnover and should recognize that HR support can prevent the adverse impact of turnover on the business. As the business grows and more employees are hired, there will be need for a ‘middle-man’ between business owners and employees, who can provide support to both parties. At this stage, business owners must also consider sourcing HR support, and must consider the level of support needed relative to the number of employees. As the business grows it is important for owners to transition from doing all roles themselves as they did in the startup phase, and to move towards having dedicated HR support. Although the HR needs of businesses will vary, it is important to recognize that these needs exist, and a HR specialist will be required to manage them. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Malaika T. Edwards, PhD provides HR advisory services to business owners and individual clients. She is also an academic in the Higher Education landscape. You can contact her on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/malaika-edwards or by email at malaika.edwards@yahoo.com.

Real estate firm138 Student Living (138SL) and Eppley Limited led gains during trading of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) on Wednesday. 138SL gained 17 per cent to close at $6.33; Eppley gained 15 per cent and Paramount Trading Jamaica gained 11.8 per cent to close at $1.90. The top declining stock was Salada Foods down 14 per cent to close at $27.53. The JSE Combined Index declined by 737.87 points (0.15 per cent) to close at 481,453.65 and the JSE Index declined by 1,256.86 points (0.26 per cent) to close at 488,451.55. The JSE All Jamaican Composite Index declined by 1,388.73 points (0.26 per cent) to close at 536,548.26. The JSE Select Index declined by 35.64 points ( 0.28 per cent) to close at 12,516.84. Meanwhile, the JSE Cross Listed Index advanced by 0.01 points (0.01 per cent) to close at 90.11. The Junior Market Index advanced by 38.12 points (1.30 per cent) to close at 2,977.15. The JSE USD Equities Index advanced by 0.14 points (0.06 per cent) to close at 230.65. The JSE Financial Index declined by 0.29 points (0.22 per cent) to close at 132.56. The JSE Manufacturing & Distribution Index advanced by 0.66 points (0.71 per cent) to close at 93.03. Overall Market activity resulted from trading in 78 stocks of which 38 advanced, 28 declined and 12 traded firm. Market volume amounted to 23,979,726 units valued at over $244,136,535.40. Indies Pharma was the volume leader with 4,426,425 units (18.46per cent) followed by Sagicor Select Funds Limited - Financial with 4,113,032 units (17.15per cent) and Lasco Distributors Limited with 2,731,290 units (11.39 per cent).


Masicka performing at the Unruly Fest late last year.

Dancehall star Masicka feels honoured to be nominated in the Best Male artiste category at this year'sInternational Reggae and World Music Award (IRAWMA) event. "I’m very happy at this IRAWMA nomination, just being mentioned with the greats like Buju Blanton and the other artistes. It is an honour but I honestly feel like I had a great year and it’s deserving and what I've been fighting for my whole career. I plan for 2020 to be even bigger and cement myself to be one of the best to ever do it," Masicka said in a press release. He is nominated for Best Male Artiste alongside Buju Banton, DextaDaps, Popcaan and Vybz Kartel. The International Reggae and World Music Award (IRAWMA) will be held at the AC Hotel Kingston, on March 29, 2020 under the theme 'Reggae Rise'. Masicka recently performed at a sold out show at the 02 Academy in Brixton, England. He has also been doing a number of gigs in Sweden, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. He also performed in Israel on January 23rd for the first. “The police had to shut down the show in Stuttgart, Germany because the venue wasn't big enough. It was a very successful tour and it showed me the power of dancehall with the fans singing your songs and they don’t even speak English,” Masicka said. He has a number of shows organised for the rest of the year, including a summer tour of several states in the United States. "We are also in the planning stages of a USA tour for Summer. I'm also planning to keep my first festival this year in Jamaica for my birthday. I have also done a collab with another huge hip hop artiste, but we are keeping that under wraps for now," Masicka said. He is managed by nightclub owner Corey Todd of the Todd Talent agency. Masicka also plans to release an album this year dubbed 'Toxic World'. "The album will have14 to 16 tracks and it will include the long awaited 'Story part 3'," Masicka said. Masicka is known for the singles, 'They Don't Know', 'Stay Strong', 'Blessing', and 'Leader' featuring Dexta Daps.

Bashar Jackson, stage name Pop Smoke (Source: Twitter)

American rapper Pop Smoke waspronounced dead at a hospital in Hollywood, after receiving gunshot injuries. A representative for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) confirmed the rapper’s death toRolling Stone. Rolling Stonereported that the Los Angeles police got a call around 4.20 am this morning and responded. It was reported that masked gunmen had broken into the residence where the 20-year-old was staying. [related node_id='d5b58812-8a7d-4d15-a627-6b55489ef566'] According toRolling Stone, Pop Smoke was transferred to a local hospital and pronounced dead when he arrived. He had beenrushedby ambulance to the West Hollywood Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. No suspects have been caught at current nor identified in relation to the rapper's death. Pop Smoke, born Bashar Jackson, was fromBrooklyn, New York. His transformation from a relatively unknown artist to next-up took place in the span of just a few months.His latest mixtapeMeet the Woo 2,debuted at number seven on theTop Ten of theRolling Stonealbums chart. The rapper was now making a name for himself on the music scene and rose to prominence after the release of his debut album and once one of his songs "Welcome to the Party" gained massive attention and Billboard status.


Members of Edwin Allen High's Class 2 girls 4x100m relay team that won the final in a meet record time at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships at GC Foster College in Spanish Town on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
(From left) Serena Cole, Tina Clayton, Brandy Hall and Tia Clayton.

Edwin Allen High and St Jago High have retained the girls and boys’ titles at the Digicel Central Athletics Championships on Wednesday at GC Foster College in Spanish Town. Spanish Town-based St Jago High proved a cut above their challengers to beat nearest rivals - Edwin Allen High - by all of 187 points after entering the second and final day with a 54-point lead in the boys' championship. St Jago High compiled 375 points at the end of the 40 finals, while Edwin Allen High ended with 188 points. Bridgeport High finished third with 84 points, while Clarendon College endedfourth with 83 points and Charlemont High, fifth with 80 points. Manchester High (78), Vere Technical (56), Holmwood Technical (50), Bellefield High (39) and Ferncourt High (35) complete the top 10. After a close battle with Hydel High on the final day in the girls' championship, Edwin Allen High pulled away for a 39-point victory after entering the day with a 5.5-point lead. At the end of the 45 finals, Edwin Allen High tallied 375.50 points and Hydel High, 336.50. St Jago High finished third with 325 points, while Holmwood Technical tallied 273 points for fourth place and Vere Technical, 124 points for fifth place. St Catherine High (79), Manchester High (66), Spalding High (61), Clarendon College (35) and Bellefield High (22) complete the top 10. Tafar-Hi Hinds of St Jago High wins the Boys' Class 2 800m, well clear of his teammate Corlando Chambers. Fifteen meet records were broken on the day to put the two-day tally to 22, while one was equalled. Edwin Allen outstanding sprinters Tia Clayton and Kevona Davis were among the athletes who accounted for records on the final day. TiaClayton won the Girls' Class 2 100m final in 11.29 secondsto dismantle the meet record of 11.46 her teammate Brandy Hall set in the preliminary round on Tuesday when beating Holmwood Technical's Saskieka Steele's 2019 mark of 11.58. Hall ran faster in the final, finishing second in 11.38 to close a one-two finish for Edwin Allen. Steele finished third in 11.50 to also dip below the meet record. TinaClayton, Tia'stwin sister was also in good form on the day as she won the Girls' Class 2 200m final in an easy 23.57 seconds. Shenese Walker of Hydel High was well beaten into second place in24.04. Davis continued her good form by smashing the Girls' Class 1 200m meet record. The impressive sprinter covered the field in a flash and came into the straight in full control before powering home in 23.30 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 23.56 seconds set by Holmwood Technical's Michae Harriott in 2018. Holmwood Technical's Kishawna Wallace (24.24) and St Jago High's Kayla Bonnick (24.36) finished second and third, respectively. Four 400m records were also broken. St Jago High’s Quaycian Davis won the Girls’ Class 3 400m in 53.59 seconds to erase the previous meet record of 54.28 set in 2019 by Oneika McAnnuff of Hydel High. Alliah Baker of Hydel High finished second in 53.65 to also dip below the previous mark. McAnnuff, who watched as her Class 3 400m was erased, returned to break the Class 2 400m meet record with a 53.40-second clocking. Vere Technical Nickesha Pryce set the previous record of 54.00 in 2018. Clarendon College’s Roshawn Lee won the Boys’ Class 3 400m in 51.33 seconds to better the previous meet record of 51.37 set by St Jago High’s Raheem Pinnock in 2019. Holmwood Technical’s Tahj Hamm broke the Boys’ Class 2 400m with a 47.72-second clocking to erase the previous mark of 48.17 set in 2017 by Jevaughn Powell of Edwin Allen. Bryan Levell of Edwin Allen finished second in 48.07 to also dip below the previous mark. [image_gallery] There were also four meet records in the sprint hurdles, three of which were on the girls’ side – all from Hydel High. Jody-Ann Daley (10.59) accounted for the Girls’ Class 4 70m hurdles meet record, Kerrica Hill (11.07) broke the Girls’ Class 3 80m hurdles record and Oneka Wilson (13.39) accounted forthe Girls’ Class 2 100m hurdles record. Clarendon College’s Rahyme Christian accounted for the only sprint hurdles meet record on the boys’ side. Christian broke the Boys’ Class 1 110m hurdles record with a 13.76-second clocking to erase the previous mark of 14.17 set by St Jago High’s Rasheed Broadbell in 2017. St Jago High’s Jahvel Granville finished second in 13.87 to also dip below the previous mark. There was also a record in the field as Christopher Young of Edwin Allen won the Boys’open javelin throw with an effort of 61.10m to break the previous mark of 57.06 set by Adrian Williams of Clarendon College in 2019. Twin sistersTinaClayton and Tia Clayton were also involved in a second victory as they helped Edwin Allen High's Class 2 girls4x100m relay team to win the final in an impressive meet record 43.80-second clocking. Edwin Allen High had the previous meet record of 45.02 seconds, which they set in 2019. Central Championships is the third of four regional qualifying meets for the March 14 Digicel Grand Prix finale - the G C Foster Classics with over $5 million in prizes. The other qualifying meets are Digicel Western Championships and the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Championships, which took place last Saturday at GC Foster College and the National Stadium, respectively and Digicel Eastern Championships, which will take place from February 24 to 25 at the National Stadium. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship comprises 10 events. The events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, 4x400m, medley relay and 400m hurdles. One again, school teams (boys and girls) will vie for the title of Digicel Grand Prix champion and $1 million each towards gym equipment or development of their school’s training facilities. There will also be an overall second and third place cash prizes of $500,000 and $200,000 respectively. KC and Hydel High are the reigning boys and girls' champions of the Digicel Grand Prix Championships, which is now in its sixth year.

Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) President Wilford Heaven (left) and Maurice Broadbell, Operations Supervisor at Pace Electrical Works, shake hands following the presentation of a symbolic cheque for the women’s cricket programme. Occasion was a press conference to announce Pace Electrical Works as a sponsor of the national women’s cricket programme at Sabina Park on Wednesday, February 19. Sharing in the moment is young star Rashada Williams.

Women’s cricket in Jamaica got a well-needed boost on Wednesdaywhen the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) announced a multimillion-dollar sponsorship with local firm Pace Electrical Works and Building Contractors. The $4.45 million, one-year sponsorship is a full cash injection to offset costs associated with preparing Jamaica’s two women’s cricket teams (senior and under-19) for regional tournaments in March and April as well as the Women’s 50-over Championship slated for August 2020. Managing Director of Pace Electircal Works Cleveland Berry said, “I’ve been a massive fan of cricket for decades and when the JCA approached me it didn’t take me long to consider supporting the sport, especially the women. This year is the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the West Indies is being led by Jamaican Stafanie Taylor. I want my business to be a part of what can continue driving Jamaican women to achieve greatness in sport. Their hard work on and off the pitch can inspire many of our young people to aspire for excellence in life.” The agreement will be reviewed at the end of the year with a view to continue into the 2020/21 season. JCA President Wilford Billy Heaven noted, “we are elated and so are the ladies. They know it has been challenging to keep the lights on in their programme but the JCA will never give up on Women’s Cricket. We are in the business of promoting and developing the sport while providing value for every entity who wishes to support our thrust. This funding comes right in the middle of the senior women and the under19s preparing for regional tournaments scheduled for March and April. We are all cheering for them to continue their regional competitiveness and dominance.” In responding to the announcement, young star Rashada Williams said,“this is an absolute thrill for us all. We owe Mr Berry and the Pace Electrical team a significant debt of gratitude. There are many different avenues he could have chosen to invest but he chose women’s cricket. In my opinion, his choice was a masterstroke. We are young, strong and feared by our regional neighbours. Our teams will repay his faith with top-class performances and exemplary conduct off the field.” In addition to the under-19 and senior women’s cricket programmes, the JCA will introduce for the first time an Under-15 female programme later in 2020. This is in keeping with Cricket West Indies’ thrust to strengthen its female programmes. Jamaica’s senior women will compete in the CWI Women’s 50-over and T20 Championships from March 18 to April 6 in Guyana and the Under-19s will contest the regional T20 Championships from April 5 to15 in Trinidad & Tobago.