#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.
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.
OBAMA’S DAYTIME PLAYLIST:
– 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
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.
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.
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.