Limners and Bards Limited (The Lab) has started 2021 with the benefit of a new lease arrangement. The company sold a property that it owns, then inked a deal for lease-back, an arrangement which has helped it in a restructuring process. The cash flow statement, from audited results for the year ended October 31, 2020, shows a balance of $45.16 million from the sale of a property, compared to $5.15 million in 2019. Additionally, at the end of the first quarter January 31, 2021, the company’s balance sheet shows a $124.9 million, or 22.5 per cent increase in total assets to $680.8 million, compared to the corresponding period last year. Management, in the comments attached to first-quarter results, said the major items contributing to the increase include recognising a right – of – use asset, purchase of intangible assets, offset to some extent by the sale and leaseback of a building. Cash and cash equivalents meanwhile, increased by $93.5 million to $342.25 million reflecting a high liquidity position, it was stated. For the first quarter ended January 31, 2021, the Lab recorded revenue of $356.3 million, up from 38.9 per cent compared to $263 million for the corresponding period last year. Net profits increased by $18.1 million, or 37 per cent to $67 million for the three – month period compared to the corresponding period ended January 31, 2020. The first-quarter performance follows the final quarter (ended October 31, 2020) in which revenue increased by 55 per cent to $225.59 million (2019: $145.57 million). Management said revenue growth is attributable to increases in the company’s core business, media placement (up $21.3 million or 16.6 per cent) and production (up $72.8 million or 92.3 per cent). Gross profit increased by 27.6 per cent or $24.9 million over the previous three – month period. However gross profit margin decreased by two percentage points to 32.3 per cent, reflective of a change in revenue mix relative to the prior period. Administration expenses increased in the quarter by $12 million, or 29.4 per cent in comparison to the previous three – month period, primarily attributable to staff costs (due to increased work volume), repairs and maintenance of production equipment and depreciation and amortisation costs.

The Honey Bun Foundation and Digicel Foundation have joined forces for a new initiative that will revolutionise the landscape for small-to-medium sized businesses(SMEs). The Digicel Foundation has made a significant contribution of $1.5 million as part of the collaboration, which will see the launch of The Honey Bun Foundation’s business diagnostic tool - the Gapp App. The partnership was marked with a symbolic cheque handover at the Digicel headquarters in downtown Kingston on March 18. Already available and free for download from Android and IOS stores, the app is an exciting addition to a suite of tools available for SMEs. Speaking of the collaboration, at the recent cheque presentation, Founder of The Honey Bun Foundation and CEO of Honey Bun Limited Michelle Chong, said that collaboration is one of the major pillars of The Honey Bun Foundation. “From the very beginning we have always said that The Honey Bun Foundation is built on Collaboration and Leadership. What we are doing is for the greater good of the country and that can only be achieved when we all come together,” she said. The Digicel Foundation has been a big advocate for sustainable social enterprises over the years - from Bresheh to 360 Recycle. According to CEO of the Digicel Foundation Charmaine Daniels, “This partnership is one way that we hope to support our social enterprises – by offering access to tools that would otherwise come with prohibitive costs. We hope they use the Honey Bun Gapp App, like other SMEs will, so we can see more of them filling the gaps in their businesses and advancing to join the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange like Deaf Can! Coffee.” When users complete the Gapp App survey, it generates a broad approach to understanding the areas of their business which require improvement. It then makes recommendations on how to fill the gaps identified, through training, funding and assistance from Business Support Organisations (BSOs) currently in the ecosystem. Links to these BSOs are built into the app to be accessed directly. The purpose of the app is to help businesses grow and become successful by giving them the ability to periodically access their operations and processes. Each business with a registered account on the app, can complete the survey once a month - this will give them time to address the issues identified in each attempt. These results will also be available in the app for periodic reference. The Honey Bun Foundation’s Gapp App was developed in collaboration with local Innovative technology company, Niretech Digital Services, based in Mandeville, Manchester. Users interested in learning more about the apps functionality can tune in on March 31 at 4pm for the official app launch via the Honey Bun Foundation and Digicel Foundation social media pages.

In the year 2003, reggae singer Joseph Velvet was on the verge of releasing two singles when tragedy struck. He had a major motor vehicle accident that left him with serious spinal injuries, halting his music career. "It was a really tough time for me," the artiste whose real name is Joseph Jordan Jones, said. Depression haunted his every waking moment. "Overcoming depression was a big challenge but with the help of our creator all challenges can be overcome. I wrote songs during rehab, I meditated, it was a very painful and stressful time but I got through it," he said. After years of intensive rehabilitation, Joseph started feeling better but the doubts lingered. Finally, he started to record and write again, and this year, he is gearing up to release a single, 'Do What I Gotta Do'. "The song was inspired by the great love of my life. She inspired every word. Since I began promoting the song, the feedback has been incredible. This has the potential to be my biggest hit just judging by the early feedback, everybody loves it, especially the women," Joseph Velvet said. The song's chorus goes: If I could run lef Bolt and beat Tyson/Tek weh Beckham ball/Be a superstar/Then I gotta do what I gotta do...this love I have is true/nothing's gonna stop me from having you/all these things so hard to do but I would do them anyway for you. "It is about the impossible things a man will do in this life in the name of love," he said. The single was released on the VPAL label on March 19, 2021. Josephgrew up in Cockburn Pen in Kingston, Jamaica. He graduated from Penwood High before he migrated to the United States in 1985 and he got involved in the music business when he recorded his first single, a cover version of Wild Flour in 1987. The song was distributed by VP Records, and generated a buzz on the local reggae scene, and he began performing and opening for various reggae stars such as Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, and Shaggy among others. He attended DeVry University and the ITT Technical Institute where he studied drafting and design, but still continued to pursue music, never giving up on his dreams. He performed in various clubs and entertainment spots, and continued to release songs but none gained recognition. However, he was sidelined by the serious accident for five years. He started performing again in 2008 with the encouragement of his son, Joseph Jrwhose untiring belief in him helped to propel him out of self-doubt. He released two singles, 'Arms Around Me' and 'Love Face' in 2008. In 2012, Joseph Velvet inked a digital distribution deal with Star Tune records of Nashville TN. Years later, he scored his first chart hit with the single, Mean It, distributed by VPAL. He will be releasing his first album dubbed Perseverance later this year. The album will feature songs such as Anyway, Tell Me, and Do What I Got to Do. “Giving up should never be an option when facing difficulties, that’s the time your spiritual strength should chip in, time doesn't matter while you’re down, it’s your time now that matters," Joseph Velvet said.

Jamaican dancehall star Konshens hasannouncedhis upcoming album project, Red Reign, with the release of the revealing and introspective lead single, “Can’t Stay Sober.” The track, which premiered via The FADER, marks hisfirst release through Ineffable Records,thelabel arm of the multi-faceted Oakland-based music company Ineffable Music Group, which will release Red Reign later this year. A moody and provocative meditation on the pros and cons of self-medication produced by Jamaica’s Good Good Productions, “Can’t Stay Sober” neither advocates for, or condemns, drinking and drug use. Konshens, best known for bashment essentials like “Bruk Off Yuh Back,” “Gal a Bubble” and “Do Sumn,” instead uses the track to comment on the toll that the pandemic and recent societal upheaval have taken on our collective consciousness, and the steps he and others are taking to cope. “The current climate of the world is forcing you into a state where it’s almost like you can’t stay sober,” Konshenssays. “I’m not encouraging it, I’m acknowledging the reality. This is a stressful time, and people are searching for an escape.” Konshenswas driven to write “Can’t Stay Sober” after taking stock of his own drinking and admitting to himself he might have a problem. “Right now, I drink way too much and this song helped me to realise that, and now I'm taking steps to kick it.” A video for “Can’t Stay Sober,” co-directed by Konshensand Kenny Gray, will follow on March 24. Ineffable Music Group, which owns and operates venues and festivals and manages and releases music from artists like Stick Figure and Collie Buddz, launched Ineffable Records in 2019. It has quickly ascended to the top of the Billboard reggae labels chart, placing second only to Universal Music Group in terms of total album sales in 2020. Anticipated for release in Q3 2021, Red Reign will feature collaborations with reigning dancehall queen Spice, among other guests, and production from Rvssian, Track Starr, Silent Addy and Jonny Blaze.

Fast bowler Rahkeem Cornwall made an unbeaten half-century and combined in a 90-run eighth-wicket partnership with Joshua Da Silva which guided the West Indies to a 99-run lead over Sri Lanka on Monday on the second day of the first cricket Test. Cornwall was 60 not out at stumps, the first Antiguan to score a Test half-century at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Wickekeeper Da Silva made 46 and held together the West Indies' lower-middle order as they edged past Sri Lanka’s first innings of 169. The home side matched that total with six wickets down and Cornwall and Da Silva carried them to 268 for eightat stumps. Da Silva’s patient stand was the most important of the innings until it was surpassed by Cornwall. He steadied the West Indies when they were 133 for fiveand the match was still in the balance. Cornwall had been determined to make a statement with the bat. He told a local reporter before the match to “tell the world I’ve come to make a score.” The burly 1.96-metrepaceman was as good as his word, reaching his first test 50 from 62 balls and breaking the mould on a day of slow scoring with nine fours and two sixes. “I know I have good batting skills,” Cornwall said. “I just tried at first to bat with Joshua, try to get us to a good score, and just try to bat myself. “I was confident. I’ve been putting in some work in the nets with the batting coach and I told myself I have to score some runs, I’m not doing as well as I can do with the bat.” The partnership between Cornwall and Da Silva changed the course of the match. Earlier, Sri Lanka had bowled well to contain the West Indies’ batsmen. A 56-run second-wicket partnership between John Campbell (42) and Nkrumah Bonner (31) was the best effort by the West Indies top order. But veteran Sri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal made inroads into the West Indies line-up, taking five for 45, his fourth five-wicket bag in tests. Lakmal dismissed West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (3), then removed Kyle Mayers when he looked dangerous on 45. He returned to bowl Jermaine Blackwood (2) and Jason Holder (19), leaving the West Indies 169 for six. Alzarri Joseph (0) was his fifth wicket. The West Indies were 261 for sevenwhen Joshua was out shortly before stumps, caught behind after being lured into a loose shot by a short ball from Dushmantha Chameera.

The Houston Rockets snapped their 20-game losing streak after John Wall posted his first triple-double since 2016 in a 117-99 win against the slumping Toronto Raptors. Houston were in the midst of a franchise-record drought – the Rockets' skid tied for the ninth-worst in NBA history and the worst since the Philadelphia 76ers and their record-setting 28-game losing streak across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 campaigns. But the Rockets recorded an overdue victory on Monday, celebrating their first win since February 4 behind Wall's 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was Wall's first triple-double since March 2016 as the Raptors crashed to a ninth consecutive defeat – now the league's longest active losing streak. Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out due to a sprained left knee, but the Milwaukee Bucks still routed the Indiana Pacers 140-113 in the absence of the two-time reigning MVP. Jrue Holiday led the way with 28 points and 14 assists to guide the Bucks to a seventh consecutive victory at home to the Pacers. Gobert enjoys career-high game Rudy Gobert had 21 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine blocks as the NBA-leading Utah Jazz eased past the Chicago Bulls 120-95. The All-Star became the first Jazz player to record nine-plus blocks in a game since Andrei Kirilenko in 2006. Gobert fell just short of becoming the first Jazz player to post a triple-double since 2008.Donovan Mitchell added 30 points for the visiting Jazz. Luke Kennard was flawless in the Los Angeles Clippers' 119-110 win against the Atlanta Hawks. He was eight-of-eight shooting, while he also made all four of his three-point attempts for 20 points off the bench in 18 minutes. Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and Terance Mann contributed a season-high 21 points as the Clippers rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half, snapping Atlanta's eight-game winning streak. The Oklahoma City Thunder topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-103 thanks to 31 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Oklahoma City set a season high with 21 three-pointers in just 37 attempts (56.8 per cent). George struggles The Clippers won but star Paul George struggled. In 33 minutes, George had eight points on just three-of-12 shooting. He was also just two-of-seven from the three-point range. Chris Boucher had a forgettable outing for the out-of-form Raptors. He was one-of-seven shooting while missing all four of his attempts from beyond the arc in a four-point display. Monday's results Sacramento Kings 119-105 Cleveland Cavaliers Oklahoma City Thunder 112-103 Minnesota Timberwolves Charlotte Hornets 100-97 San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz 120-95 Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets 117-99 Toronto Raptors Memphis Grizzlies 132-126 Boston Celtics (OT) Milwaukee Bucks 140-113 Indiana Pacers Los Angeles Clippers 119-110 Atlanta Hawks 76ers at Warriors The Eastern Conference-leading76ers (30-13) – riding back-to-back wins – travel to the Golden State Warriors (22-21) on Tuesday. Golden State will be without star Stephen Curry (back).