World Championships 2015: Jamaica’s women win 4x100m relay gold

Jamaica, anchored by 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, set a championship record time of 41.07 seconds as they take gold in the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships.

Great Britain’s team, featuring 100m and 200m national record holder Dina Asher-Smith, came home fourth in a British record time of 42.10.

The USA took silver in 41.68 and Trinidad and Tobago took bronze in 42.03.


Congratulations to USAIN BOLT- the Greatest Sprint King of All Time

#TeamJamaica … not just the Facebook Page but the whole nation of Jamaicans a yaad and abroad went to heaven this morning when our star… Our amazing Usain Bolt win the 100m World Championship title in Beijing today!

According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Bolt, 29, has been beset by a pelvic injury for much of the season while Gatlin, who has twice served doping suspensions, was busy racking up an impressive series of wins.

Usain Bolt has credited “hard work and dedication” for his victory in the men’s100m at the 15th IAAF World Championships.

In a race many dubbed a clash between good and evil, Bolt triumphed crossing the finish line in 9.79 seconds with America’s Justin Gatlin- a 33-year-old athlete who has been banned twice for doping offences. He ran (9.80) for second.

Usain Bolt celebrating with his proud mother after winning Men's 100M in 9.79 at 2015 IAAF World Championships. #Jaminate #TeamJamaica #Beijing2015 #WorldChamps
Usain Bolt celebrating with his proud mother after winning Men’s 100M in 9.79 at 2015 IAAF World Championships. #Jaminate #TeamJamaica #Beijing2015 #WorldChamps

Marley Music Among Obama’s Favourites – Obama Releases Music Playlists On Spotify


By day, President Barack Obama enjoys the music of such artistes as Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and the Bobs – Dylan and Marley.

When the sun starts to set, his tastes shift to the mellifluous sounds of Al Green, Frank Sinatra, Beyonce, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, and others.

Obama on Friday tweeted links to his daytime and evening summer playlists as the White House launched an official channel on Spotify, the popular music streaming service.

Obama said he shared the lists “due to popular request”.

“What’s your favorite summer song?” he said on Twitter.

The presidential presence on Spotify marks the latest step by a White House already active on social media to boost its presence in the online world. Obama and other White House officials regularly use Twitter, Facebook, Medium, and other social media platforms to make announcements.


Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations

Live It Up – Isley Brothers

Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek

Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan

So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley

Paradise – Coldplay

 Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez

Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin’ Wolf

Another Star – Stevie Wonder

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone

 Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie

Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile

Good Day – Nappy Roots

Green Light – John Legend

 Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones

Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin

Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River

Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake

Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine

La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles


My Favorite Things – John Coltrane

Superpower (featuring Frank Ocean) – BeyoncÈ

 Moondance – Van Morrison

Is Your Love Big Enough? – Lianne La Havas

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – Al Green

Red & White & Blue & Gold – Aoife O’Donovan

Nothing Even Matters – Lauryn Hill

– The Best Is Yet to Come – Frank Sinatra

 You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles

I Found My Everything – Mary J Blige

Help Me – Joni Mitchell

– I’ve Got Dreams to Remember – Otis Redding

Suzanne – Leonard Cohen

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

Stubborn Love – The Lumineers

Until – Cassandra Wilson

 UMI Says – Mos Def

The Very Thought of You – Billie Holiday

Flamenco Sketches – Miles Davis

Woo – Erykah Bad

Jamaica’s Rockhouse Hotel Expands Its Spa

Above: the new holistic bath house at Jamaica's Rockhouse (Photo: Michael Condran)

Above: the new holistic bath house at Jamaica’s Rockhouse (Photo: Michael Condran)

Rockhouse launches “Holistic Bath House”

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its spa, Jamaica’s Rockhouse Hotel has opened a brand-new “Holistic Bath House” perched above the cliffs of Pristine Cove.

The new structure features two deep soaking tubs in which couples or individuals can experience the spa’s new bathing ritual treatments, while enjoying views of the Caribbean Sea.


The treatments are available in the form of a 50-minute soak; a 90-minute scrub and soak; a 100-minute soak and massage; and a 150-minute exfoliating scrub, soak and massage.

Above: a tea ceremony at the bath house

Guests will have their choice of the spa’s signature aromatherapy blends, which include: Rockhouse Signature Island Mint Bathing Ritual (Release), Rockhouse Sensual Bathing Ritual (Rapture), and Rockhouse Spice Bathing Ritual (Restore).

Each treatment is accompanied by servings of local fruits, a ginger shot, organic fresh juices, and a therapeutic tea ceremony tailored to the bathing ritual of the guest’s choice.


Plan unveiled to grow T&T fashion

Jason Lindsay, left, FashionTT chairman, speaks with Neysha Soodeen, chairman of CreativeTT and Norris Herbert, acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade at the launch of the strategic plan for the local fashion industry, Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Jason Lindsay, left, FashionTT chairman, speaks with Neysha Soodeen, chairman of CreativeTT and Norris Herbert, acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade at the launch of the strategic plan for the local fashion industry, Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: SEAN NERO

The time has come for the level of output in the creative and cultural sectors to be measured and quantified, saysacting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade Norris Herbert.

Speaking at the launch of a strategic plan for the local fashion industry at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, Herbert said while the energy sector contributed at least 45 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and manufacturing another nine per cent, there is no measurement for creative and cultural sectors.

“Of course, you would know better than anyone there is an output from the sector. It’s just that it’s not captured. If we are talking about diversification, we must be able to determine what contribution this sector is making to national revenue or what we call GDP and having determined that then we need to set out a programme which would determine how we move from four per cent to five per cent or whatever the percentage is. We see that as a very important task as we move forward with the strategic plan,” he said.

The strategic plan for the industry, commissioned by Government and developed by Syntegra Change Architects, was unveiled with a value chain investment programme (VCIP) and identified four critical, but practical areas for growth: future support; selective value chain improvement; incubator and global value chain support.

The T&T Fashion Industry Company Limited (FashionTT) will have full responsibility for implementation and execution of the plan.

According to the document, which addressed the issues of job creation and the capacity for full employment, revenue generation, diversification of the economy and the all important global export possibilities, this country will need to establish at least two firms in the apparel sector by 2021 that are internationally recognised with sales volume of more than $10 million.

Further, the apparel sector will have a strengthened base with improved local and regional sales revenue collectively of approximately $75 million in the next five years.

But for all this to be realised and sustained, Syntegra officials were clear in the plan of the need to build capacity. They identified the need for creation of at least 300 fashion services companies whose staff are beneficiaries of training in critical business development and export readiness programmes over the next five years.

Additionally, 25 new fashion companies need to start exporting to allow this country to become the regional fashion hub.

Under the VCIP, fashion companies will move from inception to development of a brand that is globally competitive.

The framers of the document recognised that at each stage of development companies require different levels of support and assistance from the state. Therefore, Syntegra Change Architects said the VCIP enabled FashionTT will tailor its services to fashion companies to fit their unique needs at any point of the continuum.

The challenge that awaited the emerging fashion industry from outside forces did not escape Herbert, however.  He said there were issues related to competitiveness that local stakeholders need to tackle head on whether it came from countries where things were mass produced, or places with a well established history of support for local fashion creators.

Herbert urged fashion stakeholders to find a ways to be competitive and uexplore niche markets.

“Then that takes us to linkages: production, distribution, sales and here I have a very important message. The industry does not belong to those who have already made their way. Not everybody might agree with me, but if the industry is to grow, we have to incorporate many others,” he said.


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Rihanna partied with friends, including Jennifer Rosales, at the Barbados Crop Over celebration.


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Friends launch new Caribbean restaurant The Drop in Chorlton

Owners Ez Saunders and Jimmy Gill at The Drop in Chorlton
Owners Ez Saunders and Jimmy Gill at The Drop in Chorlton

Two friends with a passion for Caribbean food have opened a new restaurant and bar inspired by food from the region.

Ez Saunders and Jimmy Gill welcomed customers to their brand new Chorlton eatery, The Drop during an official opening party last Friday.

The boys say the restaurant and bar offers something completely unique to the area and are excited about expanding their menu of Caribbean food and rum-based cocktails.


Caribbean favourites such as curry goat, jerk chicken and ackee and saltfish are all on the menu, as well as Caribbean rum punch.

Ez, 28, worked for his dad Aval for several years at his popular chain of Caribbean takeaways Kool Runnings, in Fallowfield, Hulme and Longsight.

While trained chef Jimmy, 28, from West Didsbury, has years of experience working in the food industry.

Ez said the friends were keen to create a vibrant and lively bar which reflects Caribbean culture and were delighted when the shop on Barlow Moor Road became available.

He said: “It’s a Caribbean jerk rum bar but with modern Caribbean food.

“We want it to be a lively place with good food and good music. We want people to be lively and chatty here. It’s colourful place so we want the atmosphere to reflect that.

“My dad owns Kool Runnings and I used to work for him. In the end I thought, why not do something on my own.

“Working with my dad has had a huge influence on the food and from a business sense too. He came from Jamaica without a dollar in his pocket and has made something phenomenal in my eyes.”

The pair worked hard to refurbish the venue using recycled wood, spray paint and graffiti to create a beach hut style.

Ez said: “We really wanted it to stand out. We got a load of wood and spray painted it to give it a nice drift wood effect.

“We wanted to get a real beach hut effect.

Over the next few weeks Ez and Jimmy will develop the cocktail menu and introduce breakfast items, including a modern Creole take on French toast using hard dough bread.

Ez added: “So far it’s going really well. There were at least 70 people at the opening on Friday and we’ve been really popular so far and had some good reviews.

“I think it’s unique for Chorlton and we’ve really landed on our feet with the location.”