KENEEA LINTON OPENS KINGSTON BOUTIQUE

Fashion designer Keneea Linton-­‐George will open doors to her new clothing boutique on Friday December 18, 2015. The KENEEA LINTON BOUTIQUE will carry designs by Keneea Linton and a specially  curated  collection  from  fashion  and  accessory  designers  from  across  the  Caribbean  including;  Meiling,  Julan,  David  Rolle,  Rebbeca  Stirm,  Renardo  Lloyd,  Flower  Child,  Shenna Carby, Kurt Campbell, Jae Jolly, La Poshe, Reve Jewelley and Peace-­‐is-­‐of-­‐Bianca, Sidcile Bags.

The Keneea Linton Boutique aims to meet the growing demand for local designs and will service the modern, fashion-­‐forward woman. Keneea Linton-­‐George has been designing for ten years and, through the success of the Mission Catwalk TV series, sees it fit to now open a retail space where women may access local designs.
Keneea Linton is a womenswear designer who is known for her use of luxurious fabrics, clean cuts and sophisticated style.

The KENEEA LINTON BOUTIQUE is Located at 80 Lady Musgrave Road (Shop 25) and will open Mondays to Saturdays from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. For more information about the Keneea Linton Boutique, please visit http://www.keneealinton.com or call 1-­‐876-­‐622-­‐4290.

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Paint the Town in Style with Color

Fashion Designer: Delia Alleyne
Fashion Designer: Delia Alleyne

The “Let’s Paint” women’s fashion collection created for spring and summer of 2016 offers a splash of colorful contrast against black silhouettes. Fashion Designer, Delia Alleyne introduced the line during the September 2015 market week in New York City. The looks include rompers, jackets, funky trousers and that classic little black dress. The “Let’s Paint” collection is splashy, bold and is styled with a retro artist’s cap that makes the collection reminiscent of the psychedelic sixties. The applied fabrics range from nets to denim, to brocades as the paint splatter and appliquéing adds detail and an interesting design element to the collection.

“Painting is like a metaphor for life…”, explains Delia. “We are born as blank canvases waiting to be. Then moment by moment, stroke by stroke… We create life’s memories by applying one colorful moment in our life at a time.”

Delia, with her distinguished pink hairstyle, has a passion for colorful fashions. Residing in Trinidad and Tobago, Delia creates fashions tailored towards confident women. Her personal clients are bold about making a grand appearance during special occasions, nightlife hot spots and red carpet showcases. Delia is inspired by the many crafty artists who surround her Caribbean nation. She began her career designing fashion gowns for pageantry. Delia’s tenure at Trinidad’s Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design school prepared her for a mentorship working on costume design projects with the famed Caribbean couturieres Meiling Esau. Delia strives to bring an avant-garde genre of fashion design into ready-to-wear by applying unique design details, and using finer fabrics. Delia’s goal is for the “Let’s Paint” collection to become a luxuriant lifestyle brand that is recognized throughout the Caribbean.

Photographer: Mr. Melvern Isaac

FONTAINEBLEAU MIAMI BEACH RINGS IN NEW YEARS EVE WITH WORLD-FAMOUS ARTISTS: THE WEEKND & KYGO

Miami Beach once again invites the world’s hottest musical acts to raise a glass and ring in the New Year. On December 31, 2015, join The Weeknd and KYGO for a festive nightlife experience at Fontainebleau’s famous poolscape. The Weeknd and KYGO will perform and lead the final countdown to the New Year at midnight. Prices for The Weeknd & Kygo Poolside Party start at $275 for one (1) general admission ticket, and range up to $50,000 for a stage-side private space for up to 30 guests. All packages include premium open bar from 9pm until midnight. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.Flavorus.com/fbnye.  For complete details and more information, visit www.Fontainebleau.com/nye.

HYATT PLACE HOTEL OPENS NEAR MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Hyatt Place Miami Airport-East, a hotel situated nearby the Miami International Airport, has officially opened. The 135-room property was built by MIA LeJeune LLC, a joint venture led by Coconut Grove-based firm Mayan Properties, Concord Hospitality and Travelers Hotel Group. Raleigh, North Carolina-based Concord Hospitality will manage the property.  Construction began December 2013 on the $21 million development. Its amenities include free Wi-Fi, 800 square feet of meeting space and a gym. For more information, visit www.MiamiAirportEast.Place.Hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.

Jamaica slips in equal pay global rankings, PSOJ concerned

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) yesterday joined its association member, the Women Business Owners (WBO) Ja Ltd, in expressing concern about the findings of the November 2015 World Economic Report, which revealed that Jamaica has slipped to 65 out of 145 countries in the global ranking with regard to the fundamental right to equal pay for equal work.
The members of WBO are employers in various sectors of the economy, such as technology, finance and manufacturing, and according to a PSOJ news release, they are seized of the importance of working as a nation to close this gap in the realisable future with the goal of eliminating it in “our life time”.

“Our nation’s much needed economic growth, which must now follow on the recent fiscal reforms, will have to be achieved in a manner that makes us a more equitable and just society,” the release said. “This will not be achieved if women are not recognised for their worth and compensated accordingly.”

The PSOJ said globally, economic growth is being seen in developed and some developing countries, but the organisations insist that closer scrutiny reveal that this growth is accompanied by growing disparities in gender pay gaps and wealth distribution.

“As a developing nation Jamaica is desperately in need of sustainable and equitable economic growth, and we cannot take comfort in the fact that no country surveyed has accomplished this equality,” the release said. “Women are hardest hit in this severe economic climate as they head the highest number of single parent households.”

Recent global reports have confirmed that women continue to score well in the areas of tertiary education, management of businesses and financial saving. However, while these and other positive indicators are commendable, the PSOJ and WBO note that they still have a very long way to go in areas of business ownership, policy and decision making.

Studies also show women’s absence in the ownership of medium and large businesses, and on major decision and policy-making bodies such as board chairmen.

“Our women flourish and are in the majority as owners of micro businesses, but these entities however, do not evolve at required rates into small, medium and large businesses – the ones desperately needed to grow our economy and create greater employment,” the release said.

WBO called upon the Government of Jamaica and private sector employers to ensure data relating to this subject become more transparent, gender sensitive and available. WBO also urged the tertiary institutions to develop more research and scholarship in this area.

The groups also emphasised that the connection between women’s economic empowerment and the quality of life for the nation must become more central to the discussions and policies adopted for economic growth.

Source: Jamaica Observer

Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO

KINGSTON, Jamaica — State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Damion Crawford has welcomed news that the push to have Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO has yielded significant success. This comes on the heels of the official announcement by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, that Kingston was among 10 creative music cities, which were designated this year.
The designation resulted from a strategic partnership between the Tourism Ministry through the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB), the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and other stakeholders. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has provided over $3.4 million to date to support the venture.

The process was initiated by the Ministry’s Entertainment Advisory Board in 2013 and was aimed at ensuring that Kingston becomes a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which focuses on resuscitating the economic viability of cities through arts, culture and community. The venture then received overwhelming support from the KSAC, which played a pivotal role in facilitating the successful submission of a formal application to have the city designated.

The announcement also follows a recent trip by the Ministry’s Senior Director of Entertainment, Gillian Wilkinson-McDaniel and Kingston’s Town Clerk, Robert Hill, to Japan to lobby for the designation to be granted at the UNESCO World Creative City Forum.

The detailed application was submitted on July 15, 2015 after several consultations spearheaded by the EAB and the KSAC with partners such as the Urban Development Corporation, University of the West Indies, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

“I am very pleased that the initiative was successful and it is further proof that hard-work and partnerships can have a far-reaching impact. I am convinced that the designation will help to boost our efforts to position Kingston as a cultural city and will also enhance the appeal of Jamaica to travelers with a special interest in culture,” Crawford said.

UNESCO’s Creative Cities programme was started in 2004 as an initiative to unite cities from across the globe through creative industries. It is policy-driven at the municipal and national level.  The network is currently formed by 69 members from 32 countries covering seven creative fields — crafts & folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts.

Other cities also recognised as creative cities of music include: Tongyeong (Republic of Korea), Varanasi (India), Adelaide (Australia), Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal), Katowice (Poland), Salvador (Brazil), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Liverpool (United Kingdom) and Medellín (Colombia).