Alkaline Ruled At Magnum New Rules

While an all-star artiste cast performed at Magnum New Rules at the National Stadium Car Park on March 25, it was clear that the concert belonged to the headliner, Alkaline.

The event, put on by Magnum and hosted by Yanique- The Curvy Diva, saw Mavado, Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, and Jahmiel giving amazing performances. Up-and-coming dancehall acts Frassman and Deizzle also hit the stage. Sound systems Swatch International, DJ Wessy, Flabba Dabba, DJ Cash Price, Coppershot Sound, Rebel T and DJ Banka provided the musical selections.

The crowd at the National Stadium was chaotic. Patrons wore Guy Fawkes masks and Vendetta apparel to pay homage to the rising star.

When Alkaline took the stage after 3:00 am with Conquer The World, fans uprooted the fence separating the VIP and General sections, causing a stampede. Alkaline went into his slew of hits including Champion Boy, Formula, ATM, Wait Yuh Turn, City, Extra Lesson and Spoil Yuh. 

Security could not control the crowd. They broke stage barriers and fled backstage to Alkaline’s tent. He eluded them by exiting at the back only to be chased by Vendetta fans.

Of course, his performance was not perfect and there is always room for improvement but the massive crowd that packed the National Stadium on March 25 shows that all is not lost in Dancehall.

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Protocol Coming For Medical Marijuana

Pure Jamaica Island Traders has announced a pending deal with Apollon Medical Formularies Jamaica Ltd for the establishment of the structured medical protocols to govern marijuana treatments in Jamaica.

The deal will also cover the exclusive export of medical cannabis products from Jamaica to other CARICOM and international markets.

Vice-president of Pure Jamaica, Dr Anthony Hall, is one of the first five physicians certified in the American state of Florida to recommend medical cannabis and he is spearheading the writing of the medical protocols.

Dr Hall is a neurological surgeon and has been monitoring the development of medical cannabis therapies in Florida and Jamaica over the past two years.

After using cannabis in the treatment of a multitude of patients with many diagnoses, Hall anticipates a broadening scope of treatment for other nations in the Caribbean, as well as the regional development of medical cannabis clinics similar to the one operated by Apollon in Negril.

Dr Hall has also been collaborating with Priest Douglas Smith, who has been intimately involved with chronically ill patients who have received cannabis therapies over the past year as part of Apollon’s preliminary research and development of applied medical marijuana treatments.

Smith, Apollon’s vice-president of Jamaican operations, has more than 30 years of experience as a holistic practitioner and naturopathic herbalist, and says the union of Pure Jamaica and Apollon Formularies will aid the growth and development of the medical marijuana industry in Jamaica and in the wider Caribbean.

This view is shared by Lair Hall, president of Pure Jamaica, who is confident that his company’s union with Apollon Formularies will benefit from the vitality of the Caribbean market and the interest of CARICOM member countries in developing medical tourism sites for patients seeking treatment with medical cannabis.

Apollon has already initiated the approval process of a comprehensive acquisition research protocol on medical cannabis therapies in Jamaica.

This protocol, combined with the protocols being prepared by Dr Hall, will be instrumental for Jamaican practitioners to assist them in determining dosages, schedules, potential interactions, and contraindications when treating their patients.

This protocol information will also be shared by Pure Jamaica with the Caribbean and other overseas markets.

The union of the two Jamaica-based companies is awaiting the issuance of export licences for both entities from the Cannabis Licensing Authority.

Worldwide, several researchers have implemented medical cannabis into the therapeutic methodology for patients with epilepsy, neuropathic pain, post laminectomy syndrome and many other neurologic disorders.

The scope is constantly expanding, with medical cannabis now used in the treatment of over 180 various diseases.

HBO TO PREMIERE TWO NEW ORIGINAL FILMS

 From groundbreaking documentaries and films to award-winning series, HBO continues its longstanding commitment of delivering the most talked-about, riveting and thought-provoking content. The network has confirmed the premiere dates for two new original HBO Film presentations: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on April 22nd, followed by The Wizard of Lies on May 20th, simultaneously with the premieres in the United States.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

An adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, best selling nonfiction book of the same name, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks, the film chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot, to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. The film takes an introspective look into the legal battles which examines the control of the human body, and where the line stands between outweighing the benefits of medical advances when compared to individual rights and privacy.

 

Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film stars television icon and Oscar®-nominee Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks, and Emmy®-nominated actress Rose Byrne as Skloot. The Immortal Life on Henrietta Lacks premieres April 22nd at 20hrs AST*, exclusively on HBO.

The Wizard of Lies

Two-time Oscar® winner Robert De Niro and three-time Oscar® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer star as Bernie and Michelle Maddoff in The Wizard of Lies, an intimate look at the greatest Ponzi scheme of all time and the man behind it all. The film examines Madoff’s deception, lies and cover-up, all as his wife and sons were catapulted in the harsh and unrelenting spotlight.

The Wizard of Lies is directed by Barry Levinson who also serves as executive producer along with Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh and Tom Fontana, with Jason Sosnoff as co-executive producer. The film was written by Sam Levinson, John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum, and it is based on the book “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust” written by Diana B. Henriques, with additional source material from the book “A Truth and Consequences by Laurie Sandell. The Wizard of Lies premieres on May 20th at 20hrs AST*, exclusively on HBO.

HBO Films are highly acclaimed, garnering 56 Golden Globes® and 162 Emmy Awards®, including 21 outstanding made-for-television Emmys®. Recent HBO Films productions include: All the Way, Confirmation, Bessie, The Normal Heart, Nightingale, Behind the Candelabra, Clear History, Game Change, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and Hemingway and Gellhorn, among others.

All of HBO’s original films are available exclusively for subscribers on HBO GO, the premium digital entertainment platform, following their premiere on the channel. Subscribers can access HBO GO by visiting the website www.hbogoca.com on any desktop or laptop computer (PC or Apple) or by downloading the mobile app on devices with iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPad Touch) or Android (OS 2.3+) operational systems.

Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest to Overseas Markets

Red Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest from July 16 – 22 in Montego Bay. The iconic Jamaican brands have renewed their partnership with a three year global sponsorship deal which will provide a platform to further promote indigenous talent and deliver solid entertainment to Reggae music fans across the globe.
Reggae Sumfest will launch in New York and Miami in April with a special promotion that will send 50 lucky Red Stripe lovers from the US market to the weeklong festival in Montego Bay. Blandine Jean-Paul, Red Stripe’s head of marketing and innovation, believes the US promotion will create excitement among consumers there and further cement Red Stripe’s position as a key global player. “It comes against the background of the repatriation of US volumes to Jamaica last year September. After four years, production of US exports returned to Jamaica, boosting the authenticity of the brew as a truly Jamaican product,” said Jean-Paul. It’s a move, she contends, that is of central importance to a brand that believes in the power of all things Jamaican. “This renewal of our support of Reggae Sumfest is testament to our commitment to supporting the pillars of Brand Jamaica.”
Josef Bogdanovich, Managing Director of DSE, is anticipating even more growth for the brand with the Red Stripe partnership. “We continue to strengthen the Reggae Sumfest brand with a strong focus on expanding the reach of the Festival to fans across the world.  This partnership will allow us to re-engage the markets and re-establish Jamaica as the location where authentic Reggae music grows and flourishes,” he explained.
The weeklong Festival will culminate at Catherine Hall with a two day concert featuring hard hitting Dancehall acts along with smooth and powerful Reggae performances. Night one of the concert will feature the Champion Boy, Alkaline along with Spice, the “Stage Show Boss”, who is set to give her fiery brand of performance. Night two promises a force of Reggae that will sweep patrons off their feet with “sugar reggae” from Christopher Martin and the gifted consciousness of Queen Ifrica.

Reggae Sumfest will take place in Montego Bay, St. James and will kick off on Sunday, July 16 with a Beach Party and move into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18 followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20 Pier-One will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash, then culminate at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 with the pulsating rhythms of music and Jamaican culture.
Early bird tickets and travel packages go on sale exclusively on http://www.eventbrite.com, in March and patrons can look forward to more updates on the line-up and events for Reggae Sumfest 2017.

Kingston’s Stylish Men…. The Street Style List!

The Jamaican culture over the years has had significant influence on the fashion industry locally and internationally. Dancehall music, ecstatic colors and downright outlandish authentic Jamaican signature styles, such as the infamous mesh marina, diamond sox, and wallaby Clarks. Though Jamaica is known for its influence in fashion, actually living here with a rather unique sense of style can prove quite difficult. Throw in ignorance, homophobia, and close-mindedness, you have to be the bravest of hearts to face the Jamaican streets on a day-to-day basis and remain stylish and chic. A style is simply a unique display of fashion, though can be heavily influenced by culture, some people still try to push the boundaries beyond just a basic jacket suit and Chelsea wore on a day to day basis just in different prints and colors.

Here are my top 3 for Kingston’s Stylish Men- The Street Style List:

Dancehall artiste, Chichingching
Dancehall artiste, Chichingching

ChiChingChing

Number three on my list for trendy stylish and downright rebellious is Dancehall artist-ChiChingChing. With model-esque features, towering well over six-foot, a eurocentric sense of style always with the Jamaican dancehall culture resonating within his dressing, this Jamaican dancehall artist doesn’t only perform but it also truly reflects in his style.

Jamaican olympian, Asafa Powell
Jamaican olympian, Asafa Powell

Asafa Powell

What is a Jamaican stylish men’s list without one of Jamaica’s national treasure, Asafa Powell? Jamaican Olympian Asafa Powell reflects in his dressing a more European, some might even say (me) safe sense of style. Though safe Asafa, still made his way on my list because not everyone is going to be crazy and rebellious in the streets, and with a body of an olympian god (in wich he technically is). He effortlessly rocks an overcoat slim fit pant and a tee and makes it looks ever so chic.

TeeTimuss

Now number one on my list may or may not strike as a surprise but I believe fashion as an art form, is infinite and one should not be subjected to one’s culture or popular beliefs but instead should always be trying to push the boundaries even if it is considered “rebellious” or “prude”.

Jamaican dencehall artist, Teetimuss
Jamaican dencehall artist, Teetimuss

This Jamaican dancehall artist is the epitome of rebellion, often seen rocking black painted fingernails, golden grills, large septum piercings and statement choker necklaces like nobody’s business, this artist is indeed one for the books. If you know or don’t know the Jamaican culture or most culture’s as a matter of fact! Teetimuss sense of style is defiantly different and statement worthy. Always the center of controversy within the dancehall and fashion realm I can honestly say I live for this man.

The Keneea Linton Boutique: All White Capsule Collection

On March 11, Fashion Designer extraordinaire Keneea Linton-George exclusively previewed her All White Capsule Collection at the Keneea Linton Boutique- 80 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston.

The Designer showcased pieces from the Meiling Collection as well as her own very feminine and elegant All White Collection. The runway of models included Miss Jamaica World 2016, Ashlie Barrett and Miss Grand Jamaica 2016, Dianne Brown. Specially invited guest was world-famous travel blogger, Ella Dvornik.

Take a look at the highlights from the collection and follow Keneea Linton-George on instagram for more instagram.com/keneealintonboutique

WIE Conference A One-Of-A-Kind Experience

The hearts of more than 500 women gushed with happiness last Thursday and Friday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston as entrepreneurs and professional women engaged in days of empowerment at the Women In Energy Conference, put on by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS).

While a lot of energy talks were expected, the conference embodied much more than words of motivation to women in the energy industry. The discussions provoked thoughts on the spirituality, mind, body, and careers of women, looking to balance and have confidence in their movement towards greatness.

With more than 30 speakers to share their experiences and perspectives on commitment, taking risks and facing fears, the conference was nothing short of influential and uplifting for the women and men in attendance.

Day one saw scores of women registering, mingling with and listening to professional women share their knowledge on living out loud and unlocking purpose and passion.

‘POWERING TO THE NEXT LEVEL’

President and CEO of the JPS Kelly Tomblin set the stage with her interactive presentation on ‘Powering to the Next Level’, that advised women to let their light shine so that others are liberated to do the same.

“You are being called to be here, right now, there are no coincidences,” she stated.

Day two consisted of panel discussions, compelling presentations, and workshops that provided support for women from all walks of life.

This year’s staging created much impact as men came out to support and add their perspectives to the conversations.

“Me being here is primarily about supporting and embracing the women in our society. Women do a whole lot,” project engineer at JPS Patrick Cole told Today.

Vice-president of customer service and communications, Keith Garvey carried the baton and guided the all-male panel that focused on men’s perspective on gender and leadership. The panel which included Wayne McKenzie, CEO of Jamaica Energy Partners; Christopher Barnes, chief operating officer of RJRGLEANER Communications Group; Wayne Henry, director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica; and Sam Abdalla, vice-president of Project Development, New Fortress Energy; engaged the audience, brought up several debates, sparked interest, and provided stimulating conversation.

PARTY TIME

After a day of challenges and real solutions, it was time to kick off the shoes and ‘boogie down’ with Sagicor’s brand experience and special projects manager, Alysia Moulton-White and DJ Sparks.

Moulton-White called for the women to let their hair down and strut their best-looking heels. She also had men showing off their best ‘pick up’ lines.

The day ended with vibrant performances by Tifa, B.E.A.M dance group, and Girl.