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The number of credit reports issued by Jamaica’s three licensed credit bureaus increased by 25 per cent in 2019 over the comparative year. A recently released Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) report on the industry shows the number of credit reports issued by credit bureaus totalled 582,822 in 2019, up from 466,531 in the previous year. Lenders use credit reports to determine a loan applicant’s creditworthiness. What’s more, the number of free credit reports issued for the year grew by 18 per cent up from 7,316 in 2018 to 8,636 in the review period. A consumer is entitled to receive a free credit report from a credit bureau in each calendar year upon submission of a written request. Eight new credit information providers (CIPs) entered the system to exchange customers' credit information, bringing the number of signed CIP contracts with credit bureaus to 103 in 2018 up from 95 in 2018. Meanwhile, four previously signed CIPs commenced the submission of their customers’ data to credit bureaus during the year, taking the number of CIPs submitting their customer’s credit data to credit bureaus to 55 last year up from 51 in 2018. There are now 23 categories of goods and services used by consumers represented in the reports. The BOJ said the increase in data subjects improved population coverage.

JN Bank is now 
 staggering the number people entering the branches during opening hours, to provide room for physical distancing in the banking halls.  (File photo)

JN Bank says it is temporarily adjusting its business hours, for the safety of members, customers and its employees amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective March 30, 2020, JN Bank branches will be opened from 9 am to 1.30 pm between Monday and Friday; while Saturday banking locations will offer services from 10 am to 1 pm. Gayle and Annotto Bay locations in St Mary will open 9 am to 4 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Further, senior citizens will be given priority in-branch. “In keeping with protocols outlined by the government, we have staggered the number of members and customers entering our branches during opening hours, to provide room for physical distancing in our banking halls”, JN Bank said in a statement. However, appropriate arrangements have been made to ensure members waiting to enter the branches are comfortable and adequately distanced, while outside, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, the bank said access to the JN LIVE Personal online banking has been fully restored, and, therefore, members may conduct transactions conveniently online or by using our Smart ATMs island-wide instead of waiting in the banking halls. JN Bank said it will continue to take the necessary precautions to protect members and employees. “We encourage everyone to continue to conduct the necessary hygiene practises and to abide by the necessary regulations and guidelines to protect themselves and loved ones during this period,” the bank said. JN Bank, in collaboration with its parent company, The Jamaica National Group, has implemented a raft of solutions to assist its members and customers through the challenges expected to emerge as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their businesses and communities.

In this Friday, Feb. 27, 1998 file photo, John Callahan of "All My Children" kisses his award after winning Outstanding Lead Actor at the Soap Opera Digest Awards. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)

Actor John Callahan, known for playing Edmund Grey on "All My Children" and also starring on other soaps including "Days of Our Lives," "Santa Barbara" and "Falcon Crest," has died. He was 66. His ex-wife and former "All My Children" co-star Eva LaRue announced his death on her social media account on Saturday. The two, who played a married couple on the show, shared a daughter, Kaya. "May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya," she wrote on Instagram. "Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you." Callahan starred on "All My Children" from 1992 to 2005.

Jesse Royal

Digicel is beating the stay-at-home blues for everyone with the staging of a big online concert this Sunday, featuring Jesse Royal, Jamila Falak and Dre Island. The Digicel Online Cameo Concert is a free-access event that will go live on Digicel’s Twitter and Instagram pages @digiceljamaica at 5pm. It will feature a string of hits and acoustic performances suitable for all audiences. Chief Marketing Officer for Digicel Jamaica, Nasha-Monique Dougas wants everyone to join the big online link-up from the comfort of their homes. “We’re inviting everyone to follow us on Twitter and Instagram and get instant notification before the first beat drops,” she continued.“As the digital lifestyle partner to our customers, we’re always looking for new ways to keep our customers connected to more amazing experiences, even when we have to be apart.” Online concert-goers can look forward hearing Jesse Royal bring his deep spirituality, passion for life, and unique connection to music, when he takes to the stage to perform iconic hits like ‘Modern Day Judas’, ‘Feel Your Pain’ and ‘LionOrder’. When Jamila Falak brings the ‘rhythm of life’ to stage, fans will also see her perform the hot single, ‘LA AAA ADY’ that was featured in the Emmy-nominated film, Jacqueline and Jilly. In his inimitable style, Dre Island will undoubtedly perform his anthem-like hit, ‘We Pray’, before launching into other fan favouries like ‘Crazy’ and ‘Rastafari Way’. This musical Sunday afternoon feast is another of the ways Digicel is helping everyone to stay connected while they stay safe during this time. In the meantime, Digicel continues to remind everyone to practice social distancing and to stay tuned to text message updates on the COVID-19 situation through its public education partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness. “We’re all in this together, and we will get through this together. We urge everyone to stay safe and to keep following all public safety precautions,” Douglas reassured.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has acknowledged the 2019-20 season across Europe would likely be lost if football is unable to restart by the end of June. The 2019-20 season has been suspended indefinitely across most of Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Euro 2020 also pushed back to 2021. While leagues are hoping to restart between the end of April and the beginning of June, there is as yet no definite return date and Ceferin has conceded it may be impossible to finish the season at all. In that case, UEFA's president has suggested the campaign would have to be considered as null and void. "If we don't succeed in restarting, the season will probably be lost," Ceferin told Italian publication La Repubblica. "There is a plan A, B and C. The three options are to start again in mid-May, in June or at the end of June. "There is also the possibility of starting again at the beginning of the next [season], starting the following one later. We will see the best solution for leagues and clubs." Some matches on the continent, including Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, were played behind closed doors earlier this month, and Ceferin stated playing games without fans in attendance may be the only solution in order to complete the season. "It's hard for me to imagine all the matches behind closed doors, but we still don't know whether we'll resume, with or without spectators," he said. "If there was no alternative, it would be better to finish the championships."

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