The May Pen community where Central High School is located in Clarendon has been plunged into mourning following the death of a 14-year-old student of the institution from what is believed to be a case of dengue fever. Areel Foster died at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Wednesday morning following an extended bout of illness since late December. After being treated at the May Pen Hospital for some time, she was subsequently transferred to the KPH, where she lost the battle against her ailment. Foster, who was a ninth grader at Central High, was an active member of the school’s 'All Together Sing' choir. In fact, she was the lead singer for the group that finished fifth in last year's contest on Television Jamaica. Christine Lumsden, a vice principal at Central High, said Areel (pronounced Ariel) was "a loving, soft-spoken, determined, willing and committed student". Added Lumsden of the departed student: "She was a true ambassador for the school, a true representation of a great Central High student, and this is a great loss for the whole community. We had to relocate her entire class to another classroom because the (original) classroom itself was a constant reminder of Areel," Lumsden told Loop Jamaica reporter, Claude Mills. "Areel, as our lead vocalist, propelled the school to fifth in the recent All Together Sing competition. She was simply brilliant on the ‘Win Di Sweepstakes' song. She played the pregnant woman in the skit. She will be sadly missed. She was such as bright light," reflected Lumsden Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at the KPH, Dr Natalie Whylie, declined to confirm or deny whether the child’s death has been officially classified as a suspected case of dengue. "I am not able to comment," Dr Whylie told Loop News. At least eight deaths suspected or confirmed to have been from dengue were on record nationally prior to Areel's passing.

Buju Banton

The promoters of Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom Concert are allaying fears that tickets to the much-anticipated concert have been sold out. Tickets went on sale online, viawww.bujubanton.com, on Thursday at 11:00 amand in minutes it showed that tickets to the general admission and VIP sections were sold out. Minutes later the site seemed to have been shut down by its administrators and a posting read: “Please pardon us as we resolve some issues”. However, Banton’s publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson told Loop News that scalpers may have cloned the website and warned prospective patrons not to purchase their tickets via any other medium butwww.bujubanton.com. Tomlinson... we have to heighten our security “The site may have been cloned. Tickets are not sold out. That is not true. We are currently working to fix any issues with ticket purchases and we would like to warn patrons not to buy their tickets anywhere else. We have to heighten our security,” Tomlinson told Loop News. The same warning was posted on Buju Banton’s Instagram page. The concert will be held at the National Stadium on March 16. Tickets are being sold for US$32 – Early Bird Bleachers; US$64 early Bird Grandstand; US$80 – Early Bird (field Access and US$140 – Early Bird VIP (Field Access). Tomlinson said persons who purchasetheir tickets online will be able to print an electronic access code which should be presented at the gate along with identification to enter the venue. Tomlinson also sought to allay the concerns of members of the public who felt they were being sidelined due to their lack of internet access which they felt would exclude them from being able to purchase tickets. “We are going to have physical tickets on sale in the near future. We have to ensure that the correct security features are in place and also minimize the efforts of those who would engage in nefarious activities and attempt to reprint fake tickets. We will not exclude anyone from witnessing this historic occasion,” she said. A media launch for the concert was held at the Spanish Court Hotel on Wednesday and many were left disappointed after expecting to see Banton, popularly called ‘The Gargamel’, appear and make a presentation. However he was never in the house and addressed the audience via an electronic medium. The concert is being advertised as Buju Banton and Friends and Banton is expected to perform aset with his t Til Shiloh Band. However, no announcement was made as to who the supporting acts would be. “We will be releasing the information on the line up in the weeks leading up to the event. I am sure everybody knows Buju has a lot of friends so we are still fine-tuning that aspect,” Tomlinson said.


William Mahfood, chairman of Wisynco Group, explains his company's support for the Buju Banton 'Long Walk to Freedom' concert.

Corporate sponsors have thrown their support behindBuju Banton's Long Walk to Freedom concert on March 16, touting the event as one which will showcase reggae music at its greatest. "Reggae music is the soul of Jamaican people and Buju Banton is the heart," William Mahfood, chairman of Wisynco Group, said at the launch of the concert at the Spanish Court Hotel in St Andrew on Wednesday. Wisynco's Boom Energy Drinkis the titlesponsor of the event. Other sponsors include gaming company Supreme Ventures, communication leader Digiceland fast food restaurant chainKFC. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/vUEwxbLXdAA.jpg?itok=Xdk3eGBl","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUEwxbLXdAA&t=39s","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]}

Trend Media CEO, Aileen Corrigan

Digital media sales house, Trend Media Group has entered into amemorandum of understanding with Muse 360 Integrated Limited for the acquisition ofa 10 per cent stake in Muse'scontent creation, aggregation and distribution subsidiary. The MOU between the two companies was signed on Monday, January 14, 2019,according to a news release on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Established in 2014, Trend Media is a pan-Caribbean digital media sales house that is headquartered in Jamaica. The company - which recently copped the Alternative Media of the Year award from the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica- attracts and engages valuable audiences across the region through its multi-platform media business. Museis a portfolio company of listed firm SSL Venture Capital Jamaica. Its services spancreative development, project management, design, film production, photography, radio production and events management.


January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, andthe Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) is encouraging women to take action to protect themselves from cervical cancer by educating women about the ways they can prevent the disease which include regular screening tests and the HPV vaccine. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer. More than 50 per cent of sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives, though most will never even know it. There are nine recorded cases of cervical cancer at the Cayman Islands Cancer Registry, however the Cancer Registrar Amanda Nicholson does not believe this to be an accurate representation of those with the disease. “This is probably one of those heavily underreported type of cancers and so I strongly encourage anyone who’s been diagnosed to contact me at the Cancer Registry. The evidence-based data you can provide will further fuel the cancer research necessary to improve quality of care and prevent further deaths from cervical cancer,” stated Mrs. Nicholson. Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening, follow-up care and the HPV vaccine. In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month,HSA encourages women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21 and parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they did not get it as pre-teens. “While routine administration of pap tests is the best means of detecting cervical cancer at an early stage, vaccines have the potential to protect females from the disease, by targeting cancer-causing types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine offered at the HSA can help protect against four types of HPV, two of which cause about 75 per cent of cervical cancer cases,” said General Practitioner Dr. Karina Palmer-Forde, who focuses on women’s health care. The vaccines are offered free of cost at the two government high schools, John Gray and Clifton Hunter. They are given in two doses – first dose in October and second dose in April. However, the vaccine is not mandatory and no child will be vaccinated without parental consent. Parents will also have the opportunity to be present at the time of vaccination if they choose. The target population for the vaccine is adolescents 11-13 years / year 7 and 8. This vaccination involves two (2) injections administered six months apart. The HPV vaccination is available to women and men up to age 21 by appointment at the following Health Services Authority facilities: the Public Health Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital and Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac. Appointments can be made by contacting the health centres.

Friends and family of Dora Irwin have taken to social media to mourn the loss of a woman they described as 'kind hearted' and committed to her family. Irwin who was an Accounting Officer at Foster's Food Fair – IGA died on January 14 after battling cancer. Irwin’s death came as a surprise to many as one Facebook friend noted that she had just celebrated her birthday in December and was in high spirits. Dora’s upbeat spirit was one of the highlights of many of the tributes posted to her Facebook page. “As I read this post, it took me awhile to process..... I am in utter disbelief. Dora’s post on FB were always so positive and uplifting. She was full of life. Her love for her son was undeniable. This really stopped me in my tracks, I can’t help but cry. Truly, a beautiful soul gone too soon,” said one friend on Facebook. “ You will be missed by many I was here waiting on your return to meet with u but it didn’t happen that way,” added another friend on Facebook. Irwin leaves behind one son.