Reggae Girlz’ Eligibility for Upcoming FIFA Window Remains Uncertain

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 3, 2023: With just over three weeks remaining before the next FIFA window, during which Jamaica will face Guatemala and Panama in return fixtures of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup qualifiers, the eligibility of members from the FIFA World Cup squad for selection remains uncertain.

These players had previously made themselves unavailable for the window, which resulted in Jamaica’s 2-1 loss to Panama followed by a 2-2 draw with Guatemala at home. Xavier Gilbert has now been confirmed as the interim head coach of Jamaica’s senior women’s football team for two additional CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying games.

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), the governing body for the sport in the country, made this announcement on Tuesday.

Gilbert will be in charge when Jamaica hosts Group B leaders Panama on November 29 and when the Reggae Girls travel to Guatemala for their return game on December 3. In the previous matches, Jamaica experienced a 1-2 defeat to Panama in the first leg of their home-and-away fixture, followed by a 2-2 draw with Guatemala.

In a statement, the JFF praised Gilbert and the Senior Reggae Girlz for their recent performances against Panama and Guatemala, expressing gratitude for their dedication to representing Jamaica and the JFF with outstanding performances.

Capleton To Return to the UK After 13 Years

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 3, 2023: Renowned Rastafarian reggae sensation, Capleton, is set to make a triumphant return to the United Kingdom after a hiatus of 13 years, as he recently secured a work permit for his upcoming performance in the country.

This landmark achievement is attributed to the relentless efforts of Cabel Stephenson and Tameka Reynolds, the visionaries behind Free People Entertainment, who have paved the way for Capleton’s resurgence in the lucrative UK market, the Jamaica Gleaner Reported.

Cabel Stephenson, the head of Free People Entertainment, shared insights into the challenging journey that led to Capleton’s long-awaited return. He emphasized Capleton’s exceptional qualities as an artist, humanitarian, and a compassionate human being. Despite facing objections, they overcame the obstacles, focusing on Capleton’s loving and humanitarian nature. His philanthropic contributions to his community, particularly to the less fortunate and indigent, set him apart as a community leader who doesn’t discriminate against anyone based on their orientation.

Capleton has exciting plans for his UK return, including a special guest appearance scheduled for December 2023 and a spring tour throughout the UK in 2024. His current international tour, organized by Free People Entertainment and Mediacom, features upcoming performances in France and various European destinations, capturing the authentic vibe and energy that European audiences cherish.

The artist is also gearing up to release his first studio album in over a decade, a project expected to rejuvenate his local fanbase and reaffirm his status as a reggae icon.

Petronas Makes Significant Oil Discovery off the Coast of Suriname

News Americas, PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Fri. Nov. 3, 2023: The Malaysian oil company Petronas, through its subsidiary Petronas Suriname E&P, has announced a significant oil discovery in Suriname’s Block 52. The discovery was made at the Roystonea-1 exploration well and marks Petronas’ second successful find in Block 52, with the first discovery at Sloanea-1 in 2020. This positive development was also confirmed by Suriname’s national oil company, Staatsolie.

The Roystonea-1 well, situated approximately 185 kilometers offshore in water depths of 904 meters, was successfully drilled to a total depth of 5,315 meters and encountered multiple oil-bearing sandstone reservoir packages. Further evaluations are underway to determine the full extent of this discovery and explore its potential development synergy with the previous Sloanea-1 discovery made within the same block in 2020.

Datuk Adif Zulkifli, Petronas’ Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Upstream, expressed optimism about the Roystonea-1 discovery, emphasizing its alignment with Petronas’ international upstream ventures and its focus on a substantial discovery with minimal contaminants.

Mohd Redhani Abdul Rahman, Vice President of Exploration, highlighted that the success of Roystonea-1 is expected to drive further exploration for commercially viable hydrocarbon resources in the surrounding areas. Petronas plans to collaborate closely with the host authority, Staatsolie, and its partners to unlock Suriname’s hydrocarbon potential, ensuring safe and successful future exploration programs.

Block 52, covering an area of 4,749 square kilometers, is located north of the coast of Paramaribo, Suriname’s capital city, within the prospective Suriname-Guyana basin. Petronas Suriname E&P serves as the operator of Block 52, holding a 50 percent participating interest. The company also operates Block 48 with 100 percent participating interest and has a 30 percent non-operating participating interest in the adjacent Block 53, where the Baja-1 oil discovery was made in 2022.

This oil discovery underscores Petronas’ commitment to the development of oil resources offshore Suriname. TotalEnergies and Apache Corporation are among the other international oil companies also pursuing major oil development projects in Suriname, with substantial recoverable oil reserves estimated in Block 58.

The successful development of offshore oil production is considered a crucial step in lifting Suriname out of its economic challenges. The country is currently implementing an economic recovery plan with the support of the International Monetary Fund, and offshore oil is seen as a vital component of this recovery effort.