VCB Foundation plans fun games for corporates at 2nd Annual 5K Walk/Run

When the second staging of the Veronica Campbell Brown Foundation 5k RUN/Walk happens on January 29 in Hayes, Clarendon, the post-race activities will include fun games for corporate teams.

 

This year’s staging intends to build on the 2016 inaugural event, which featured a strong turnout from the Vere Tech family with its athletes dominating the road race.

 

“This year we are adding some exciting post-race elements that corporate teams will be excited about, such as a tug-a-war and a water war, so we are appealing to corporate teams to come on out and the day to do some good while having a whole lot of fun,” said Allan Beckford the race director.     

 

Scheduled for a 7:30 a.m. start, the event will culminate at the 8 time Olympic medalist’s alma mater, Vere Technical High, with all the proceeds going to support the work of the VCB Foundation which provides financial support for girls at the secondary level, ensuring that they complete high school.  

 

“Preparations have been going well and we believe this is going to be a wonderful event building from what was done last year; I believe the team has been working hard to ensure that people have a good time. It’s the best combination of doing something fun while doing some good for those in need,” said Campbell-Brown.

 

The Philanthropist has always displayed an immense support to empower young girls. For the last 6 years her Foundation has been supporting girls at Irwin High, Troy High, Vere Technical High and St. Andrew Technical High through mentorship and motivational activities and scholarship awards.  

                       

“We at the VCB Foundation are passionate about the cause of helping young girls achieve their utmost and we are appealing to our fellow Jamaicans to come out and support us so we can keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past five years and do even more,” explained the double Olympic 200m champion who gives a portion of one of her competitive races every year to finance the work of the Foundation.

 

To sign up online for the VCB Foundation 5K Walk/Run, please visit www.vcbfoundation.com  or www.ondirun.com.jm   

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LASCO Money awards Mona Heights Primary Teacher for Excellence

Anita McNeil (l), grade four teacher at Mona Heights Primary School in Kingston is assisted by Telany Muir of the LASCO Money Store in Papine on Wednesday, January 11 as McNeil packages her $10,000 cash prize from the LASCO Money Store for being awarded Teacher of the Term (September to December 2016). LASCO Financial Services Limited (LFSL) sponsored the 2016-2017 school initiative; and will award a total of three successful teachers from the primary school with $10,000 each after they are vetted by a nominations committee established by Mona Heights Primary. The Teacher of the Term Awards sets out to motivate teachers from the institution to strive for excellence and reward educators for their efforts.

Abka Fitz-Henley Covers PANACHE Winter Issue!

Wrapping up his award-winning year in journalism is Abka Fitz-Henley, who graces the cover of our “Inspiration” issue. The ‘breaking news boss’ tells all on his life, career and the ups and downs of doing his style of journalism here in Jamaica. In this latest issue, Abka discusses the successes, controversies and even the death threats that come with it.

Breaking News Boss: Abka Fitz-Henley

We are happy to introduce to you the hot models of our 2017 PANACHE Calendar titled “The Body Collection”. Last year we focused on cancer awareness, this year we are spotlighting health and wellness with the men of JABBFA!

Meet the Models: PANACHE Body Collection Calendar 2017

So ladies once your eyes have had your fill and you have done enough fantasizing be sure to check out our gift guide on top Valentine’s Day gifts for your man which you are free to pair with our top Tantric Sex Tips on page 39. If you are not feeling so great right now and think life is simply passing you by be sure to pop over to page 11 as we share “5 Things to Remember When You Are Feeling Like A Failure” so we can get you feeling renewed once more!
In this magazine you will find a few of the most inspirational stories coming out of Jamaica. We have a tete-a-tete with Debbie Turner of Turner Innovations as she shares the amazing journey of the Sorrel Harvesting Machine that’s revolutionizing the agricultural industry here in Jamaica and soon the world! To round it out we also take a moment to celebrate with Kelly Tomblin, JPS President and CEO on her amazing accomplishment of being honoured as “CEO of the Year” at the Platts Global Energy Awards.

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PANACHE Winter Issue 2016/2017

By PANACHE Communications INC in PANACHE 2016 Collection

60 pages, published 1/13/2017

Wrapping up his award-winning year in journalism is Abka Fitz-Henley, who graces the cover of our “Inspiration” issue. The ‘breaking news boss’, as dubbed by many who follow him online on Twitter, tells all on his life, career and the ups and downs of doing his style of journalism here in Jamaica. In this latest issue, Abka discusses the successes, controversies and even the death threats that come with it.We are happy to introduce to you the…

Top 10 Apps of 2016

2016 was quite an app-filled year. From the introduction of new apps to the vast improvement of existing ones, mobiles app have truly taken form. Of all the apps we used this past year, the digitally led team at Trend Media Group managed to compile a list of the 10 most impressive applications – whether it be solely for the purposes of socializing, news/ information sources, utility or relevant to education.

 

News/Information

1.Loop News– Loop is the Caribbean’s #1 news app with well over 900,000 downloads. This year, the Loop app instituted some updates, which included: customized notifications for each reader, a more stable version of the app that crashes less, and access to the app’s content directly from Facebook, which made the user experience much easier. A complete bonus to the app is that we can access it free, i.e. without using our mobile data or needing to access Wi-Fi!

2.Stay Alert– The Ministry of National Security debuted a useful app earlier this year and should be recognized for their efforts in not only keeping citizens safe, but informed. The Android app comes with Jamaica’s full database of laws for users to peruse for quick fact-checking. In addition, the app’s iReport feature allows users to anonymously upload suspicious activity via phone, video or text message. Finally, the app comes with a panic button which uses GPS to contact the nearest police station in the case of an emergency.

Social

3.Facebook– Can we talk about the constantly innovative team at Facebook? The app underwent so many changes this year alone, to talk about them all we would need an entire article solely dedicated to that! However, to give the summary- the app updates included: Facebook reactions, changes to the News feed algorithm allowing users to see more of what interests them, rather than what brands want them to see, and the most noteworthy (in our humble opinion) Live streaming. Facebook Live was introduced to general Facebook users back in April and has been a great tool for marketers so far and will be interesting to see its growth in 2017.

4.Instagram– While we are on the topic of Facebook, let’s just talk about Instagram- as it seems Facebook gave all its owned-apps a facelift in 2016. With all the updates to Instagram this year, we believe it has positioned itself as much more than a photo/ video sharing platform. Here’s a timeline of its most noteworthy updates: In February, the app started allowing users to log in with multiple accounts; in April the new app icon and design were released…admittedly this took some getting used to but we vaguely remember what the old app icon and design looked like. In August the platform released “Stories”, a feature with some very blatant Snapchat-like qualities, which quickly caught on and has become very popular. In November the app announced Instagram LIVE! Instagram will definitely be one to watch in 2017.

5.Snapchat-Facebook and Instagram really gave Snapchat some competition this year, with many thinking that Snapchat would be dead by December upon the introduction of Instagram Stories in August.  But alas, Snapchat refuses to go down without a fight. The app has had its fair share of updates this year and we think Snapchat has matured quite nicely this year into a post- pubescence powerhouse. The new additions to the app allow it to be more ad-friendly with sponsored geo-filters, new discovery features, and snap ads. In case these improved features did not prove themselves in the early parts of 2016- the US elections in November gave them credibility with reports of both presidential candidates using Snap ads on Election Day.

6.Facebook Messenger– Yes, Facebook has emancipated its messenger…in some ways. The Facebook messenger app is still very much tied to the main Facebook platform, but we love that you can easily chat without getting distracted by your news feed (don’t you just hate that?). From a business standpoint, one thing we really loved about messenger this year was the introduction of messenger bots- our little virtual assistant that responds to messages on our behalf. How convenient!

7.WhatsApp – Now a staple on most phones, Whatsapp also underwent updates this year that makes our communications that much easier. In addition to the already popular voice note feature, WhatsApp started allowing users to voice call, and later this year they added video calling capabilities. 

Utility

8.My Digicel– When it comes to utility apps, convenience is of utmost importance and that is not lost on the My Digicel app. The app allows you to check your account balance, activate data plans, send credit to friends and family. Postpaid customers now have the convenience of paying their phone bills directly from the app. Best of all, you aren’t charged credit, or data to access the app! Did we already state how convenient this is?
 
9. My JPS Mobile– Electricity…we all use it, and we all know how essential it is to our daily lives, but somehow some of us just can’t remember to pay those bills, or find it very inconvenient to stand in long lines making bill payments. JPS realized this frustration and moved to texting and emailing bills to their customers, while also facilitating online bill payments. This year the energy company took it further and introduced a mobile app (thank you!). The convenience that this app offers is why we love it so much- we can view our electricity bill, pay our bills, and even see where a power outage is. Nicely done JPS!

Education

10.Duo lingo– Apps have been helping us to do a lot this year- connect with friends, pay bills, and keep up on current affairs- so it was only natural that we would turn to an app to learn a new language. Duo lingo is a language learning app that has the capability of teaching over 10 languages including, French, Spanish, and Russian, all while playing a game. In addition to the theoretic concepts of grasping a language, the app allows you to listen to and also practice speaking the language.

AND WE’LL SHARE TWO MORE…

Banking

11.Scotiabank– The newly redesigned app stands out from the other local banking apps with a one-click design making banking even easier. Customers can complete common tasks like bill payments and transferring funds in less steps, complete with easy onboarding instructions. The app also offers a new calendar of transactions for financial planning right in the palm of your hands. The app gets you in an out of the ‘bank’ quickly so you can get on with what matters most.

Streaming/Entertainment

12.Netflix– The newly redesigned app stands out from the other local banking apps with a one-click design making banking even easier. Customers can complete common tasks like bill payments and transferring funds in less steps, complete with easy onboarding instructions. The app also offers a new calendar of transactions for financial planning right in the palm of your hands. The app gets you in an out of the ‘bank’ quickly so you can get on with what matters most.

2016 was a great year for apps, which is tied to the increase in demand and usage of mobile phones. We are excited to see the updates to these apps on our list as well as the new ones that will come in 2017. Merry Christmas and a very ‘Appy’ New Year from Trend Media!|P|

Meet the Models: PANACHE Body Collection Calendar 2017

PANACHE CALENDAR 2017: The Body Collection

By PANACHE Communications INC in PANACHE Calendar 2017

28 pages, published 1/13/2017

The hottest calendar in Jamaica, the PANACHE Calendar 2017: “The Body Collection” builds on last year’s inaugural release. This year we focus health and fitness and spotlighting 11 beautifully sculpted Jamaican men!

The hottest calendar in Jamaica, the PANACHE Body Collection builds on last year’s inaugural release. This year we focus health and fitness and in this feature happily introduce you to our calendar models… 11 beautifully sculpted Jamaican men!

DAMION MOODIE, Businessman

 

Why do you think your boyfriend material?  “I believe I’m boyfriend material because I’m educated, good looking and know how to treat a lady.”
What traits do you look for in a woman? A girl who is a bit on the short side, who Is intelligent with a great sense of humor, and not too sensitive.
What is the one thing you can’t live without? “I can’t live without the Gym!”
Who do you think should make the first move? “I always make the first move once I see a girl I like, I always go for.”


SHAMIR JOHNSON, Supervisor

Why are you boyfriend Material? “I believe I’m boyfriend material because of my moral standards. I’m selfless, I like to have fun and I’m very romantic.”
What traits do you love in a woman? “A woman who is healthy and loves the gym, also has moral standards, a bit shorter than I am as I am 5ft 8inches, and must be a friend.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “Best smile ever.”
What is the one thing you could not live without? “I could not live without keeping fit.”


DWIGHT JAMES, Gym Instructor

What traits do you love in a woman? “I love when a woman is loving, quiet and clean”
What is the one thing you could no live without? “Women, food, water, gym and money.”
Who do you think should make the first move? “Ladies should always make the first move.”
At what point do you know a relationship is right? “Once you know that she is willing to forgive.”

 

ORAN CARBY, Attendant

Describe yourself in your own words? “Athletic, love to watch movies (action and comedy). I like to bake and cook, lift weights and also a family person.”
What special date would you do for your lady on Valentine’s Day? “Cook something special for her, and then a lap dance later.”
Name three things you plan to do before you die? “I plan to travel Jamaica, go sky diving and visit Egypt.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “Is all that yours?”
What are the main things you think makes a relationship work? “Trust and Love.”
 

BRUCE CHIN, Personal Trainer

Describe yourself in your own words? “Driven young individual- owner of several business, one being a gym sponsored by Spryvelocity nutrition; a regional competitor in the Jamaica Amateur Body Building and Fitness Association.”
What traits do you love in a woman? “I like a woman who can be a conversationalist, who is independent and has a lot of pride and one who is not shallow.”
What do you do in your spare time? “Workout, travel, parties, “youtuber” (check out ‘awesomewhey’), video editing, playing the guitar and singing.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “You look like Greek god sculpture.”
 

PHILLIP GROVES, Personal Trainer / Massage therapist

Describe yourself in your own words? “I’m a hardworking person who considers himself a go-getter. I like to cook, sing and have fun whenever I can.”
Tell us something some persons don’t know about you? “I was in the military for thirteen years.”
Name three things you plan to do before you die? “Sky diving, visiting the Great Wall of China and also Mount Everest.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “Are all Jamaican men this fine?”
What are the main things you think make a relationship work? “Communication, honesty and commitment.”
 

LENROY MORRISON, Air Traffic Controller

Why are you boyfriend material? “I am boyfriend material because I have brains, brawn, and good looks.”
What traits do you love in a woman? “Healthy, caring and image conscious.”
Who do you think should make the first move? “The person who wants something to happen.”
Name two things you would like to do before you die?  “1. Build my dream house and 2. travel to places on my bucket list.”
At what point do you know a relationship is right? “When you both are able to tolerate the little things that use to annoy you.”

CHRISTOPHER CHUNG, Trainer/Mortician

Describe yourself in your own words? “I’m Self-motivated, ambitious, and down to earth. I also love to work smart.”
What special date would you do for your lady on Valentine’s Day? “First surprise her with jewelry and chocolate, then take her on a date. Probably go to the movies then go out to dinner.”
Who do you think should make the first move? “I believe ladies should always make the first move.”
Name three things you plan to do before you die? “Open five gyms, Tour the world, and go skiing.”
What is the one superpower do you wish you had? “The power to teleport.”

LEO FOSTER, Banker & Personal Trainer

Describe yourself in your own words? “I am a single father of one with a passion for helping people. Loving God and all His creations.”
What traits do you look for in a woman? “Beauty and brains with an incredible sense of humor.”
What do you do in your spare time? “Travelling, playing football, creating meals plans, workout programs and drinking rum.”
What is the best compliment you ever gotten? “You are the kindness person I have ever met.”
What super power do you wish you had? “I wish I could read minds.”

ANDRE BROWN, Fitness Instructor

What is one thing you wish woman knew about men? “That some men can be emotional beings.”
Describe yourself in your own words? “I’m pretty outspoken. I love motivating people around me. I consider myself strong, loving, caring and emotional.”
What do you do in your spare time? “Love spending time with my son, I invest time in my relationships, and also time in the gym.”
At what point do you know a relationship is right? “Again it comes down to trust, especially when someone can be open about who they are with, publicly let the world know this is who I am with.”
 

JONHOI VAUGHN, Banker

What’s the one thing you wish more women knew about men? “I wish more women knew how sensitive men are”.
How would you describe yourself in your own words? “I’m a minimalist, I believe simplicity is best, I’m adventurous, and will always be a student of life.”
What do you like to do for fun? “I like to solve problems for fun, draw, write poems and also try to learn something new each day.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “You’re a beautiful man”
What are the main things you think make a relationship work? “The ability to accept flaws and the beauty beyond the flaws.”

 

InPulse Art Project

The InPulse Art Project is a long term creative arts and skills development programme that offers students between the ages of 15 – 25 studio-practice workshops to build on artistic skills, along with remedial educational courses to improve competency in core academic disciplines at the Dunoon Technical High School. The Project had an open studio exhibit on Friday, November 25 organized by project manager and visual artiste Camille Chedda and attended by Lorraine Gobin, Managing Director of Rubis Mécénat cultural fund at the Dunoon Technical High School Art Room to showcase the works in progress of the students. The InPulse Art Project was established in 2015 as a community based socio-educational initiative by Rubis Mécénat cultural fund and RUBiS Energy Jamaica.

Twenty-five students, secondary level and out of school community members, were enrolled to the project for 2016 following the successful launch year of the project which culminated in scholarship awards to two students, Akelia Satchell and Jordan Harrison. Both were awarded with the opportunity to continue their studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, a long term objective of the project for the students who wished to further their studies in the arts.
 
Furthermore, the InPulse Art Project serves as a platform to connect students with key players in the art industry and contacts in the art market locally and internationally. The programme’s workshops are conducted by a team of local artistes including project manager Camille Chedda who tutors in art history, drawing and painting along with Stanford Watson, drawing, painting and stills and Oneika Russell who conducts workshops in animation. Other notable visual arts professionals are also invited as guest presenters at different workshops during the programme.
 
CEO of RUBiS Energy Jamaica had high praises for the project and especially the potential long term impact of the skills developed and how it will improve the lives of the students who are involved.
 
“InPulse aims to use the visual arts to positively impact young Jamaicans growing up in tough urban communities, while helping to develop and mould emerging talents in Jamaica.” explained Carreau.

The InPulse Art Project was initiated by Lorraine Gobin, Managing Director Rubis Mécénat cultural fund, the endowment fund of the Rubis Group. The fund’s main focus is to give birth and develop socio-cultural projects in selected countries, such as Jamaica, where the RUBiS Group operates.
 
Along with the development of youths involved in the project, Rubis Mécénatwill support the new generation of artists nurtured, by organizing exhibitions as well as commissioning works of art. The InPulse Art Project is the fund’s second social art initiative following the Of Soul and Joy Photography Project in Thokoza, South Africa, launched in 2012. |P|

Kirk Cockburn (left) explains the details of his mirror portrait to (L-R) fellow student artiste, Rameesh Ramsay, Alain Carreau, CEO RUBiS Energy Jamaica and Shawn Aarons, Principal Dunoon Technical High School during the InPulse Art Project open studio exhibit on Friday, November 25.
Kirk Cockburn (left) explains the details of his mirror portrait to (L-R) fellow student artiste, Rameesh Ramsay, Alain Carreau, CEO RUBiS Energy Jamaica and Shawn Aarons, Principal Dunoon Technical High School during the InPulse Art Project open studio exhibit on Friday, November 25.

Inside The Marley Kitchen

We pieced together wonderful excerpts from interviews with Ziggy for an interesting perspective on his latest cookbook.

CleanEatingMag: What is your philosophy on food and cooking?
Ziggy Marley: My philosophy is cooking with our culture is just introducing people to – not just my culture – but how I interpret my culture with food. My culture is what it is, but my interpretation of what it is in food is not exact in any sort of stereotypical Jamaican thing. It has my own independent feel and ingredients to it…. So, it’s a hybrid of Jamaican, but with how I like it. It was fun for the family and the kids to be involved in all of this. This is life, we enjoy it and this book was an enjoyable thing to make.

CleanEatingMag: What is your all time favorite meal?
Ziggy Marley: My favorite meal is the thing I make in the morning most of the time. It’s oatmeal, done my way.  I use oatmeal, add some almond milk, sometimes it’s water. And then when I cook I just add some fresh berries and walnuts, some almond butter, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and maybe some coconut. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day actually.

GothamMagazine: What is an unexpected but really tasty ingredient that you use in your cookbook?
Ziggy Marley: Tumeric is something that people don’t think of, but there is stuff in the cookbook that uses turmeric because my mother-in-law is Persian and uses turmeric. So there’s turmeric in it, and turmeric has benefits. There are things in the cookbook that add not only flavor but they have [health] benefits.

GothamMagazine: And what is your earliest memory surrounding food?
Ziggy Marley: My earliest memory was growing up in Jamaica, bringing fresh eggs from our chickens every morning. Then, my great auntie would cook them for us, me in particular. I don’t know why this lady kind of liked me; I was the first-born son, so I think they gave me a little privilege because of that.

GothamMagazine: Congrats on your cookbook! What was the inspiration? Did your father, Bob Marley, inspire any recipes, or did you include any recipes from him in particular?
Ziggy Marley: My father never really cooked, I cook though. Mostly the recipes are influenced by when I grew up in Jamaica and what I used to eat there, but it is informed by the evolution of my palate. So, I made healthier choices with some of the stuff than what I would have had in Jamaica, probably. I think like, ‘doing it this way is healthier,’ like maybe I wouldn’t fry it, I’d steam it instead. The foundation is Jamaican cuisine but with my own take on it. My friends and family [are] of course, Middle Eastern, some [are] Persian. I’ve got a lot of friends and family around; everything is in there that influences what we eat. |P|

 

Ziggy Marley cooking up a hurricane.
Ziggy Marley cooking up a hurricane.