Stush In The Bush: Best Off The Beaten Path

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Written by Tricia Williamson | Photos courtesy of Stush In The Bush

Stush in the Bush at Zionites Farm, nestled in the hills of Free Hill, Bamboo St. Ann, Jamaica is a 15-acre organic farm. The brainchild of Lisa and Chris Binns, this farm-to-table tour reflects a true love with nature. Nature blends with stushness to give you a unique gourmet experience made from homegrown ingredients.

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Stush in the Bush is unapologetic in its authenticity and is all about the experience.

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Many traditional crops are grown on the farm in addition to exotic vegetables that are used to freshly create preserves, dressings and sauces that excite your taste buds. Beautiful farm to table lunches are the hallmark of the farm. So be sure to book your reservation early!

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Beyond the food, it’s a great farm tour that focuses on tasting as well- so you enjoy the tastes of pineapples, sugar cane, coconut water fresh from nature as you learn about the land, plants and their medicinal properties.

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Visit http://www.stushinthebush.com for more info

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Review: DodoCool Headphones

By DJ Courtney

I was fortunate to be travelling when I got the Dodocool DA158 to test & review, here goes.

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I’m a DJ by design so my standards are high. The Dodocool DA158 is ideal as an entry-level wireless headphone for people who like to listen to music.
Firstly, the design is good and the headphones are foldable and compact- thus great for when you’re on the go. It also comes with a nice & sturdy carrying case, which might seem bulky at first, but fits perfectly for travelling needs. I primarily used these headphones while in airplanes & walking around Las Vegas, so there was no shortage of opportunity to test the noise cancelling feature and overall I’d give it an average rating.
Even though these headphones are wireless, the Dodocool DA158 has the capability of using a headphone jack which is included in the box, and that’s a big plus! The Dodocool DA158 easily pairs to any Bluetooth device and to top that, when it came to answering calls it was magical. I heard my callers clearly and vice versa, it has mics built in the headphones…. Genius!
As for the battery life, the company states that the headphones can “provide up to 14 hours of playtime with a full charge.” I’ve used it for at least 8 continuous hours without needing to plug in, and that’s a definite plus for me.
In relation to comfort, it’s acceptable, however, after a while it felt a bit uncomfortable, but truth be told if you’re wearing it for long periods- that is expected.
Overall, I would certainly recommend these headphones, especially at the price point that they come (~$80USD) and again the big plus factor, is the ability to use a headphone jack even though it’s wireless.

Make your #NextStopGrenada

Explore, relax and experience the best of Caribbean living while enjoying amazing savings in Pure Grenada for the summer. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the three-island destination best known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean has launched its Summer Campaign.

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#NextStopGrenada offering travellers true value for money and the chance to experience all the destination has to offer.

FREE TO WONDER

From May 1 to October 31, Grenada’s extended Summer season will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy up to a 50% discount on hotel rates, take advantage of room upgrades, complimentary massages, children discounts, complimentary yoga classes, tour discounts and so much more. The value proposition for people booking in the summer period is tremendous and they get to enjoy quality accommodation offerings, and excellent customer service that brings visitors back year after year.

Increased air access to Grenada is an added bonus for Summer as airline partners announced a number of additional flights to the destination from John F. Kennedy International in New York, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International in the USA and Toronto Pearson International in Canada.

During the Summer, Pure Grenada offers unique and authentic festivals and cultural events to keep visitors entertained. One of these festivals is the Carriacou Regatta from August 3-6. Running unbroken since 1965, Carriacou Regatta is one of the longest running in the region. The event features boats from across the region, keen racing, entertaining shore side activities and much more. Carriacou, the sister isle of Grenada is well known for its deep boat building traditions and its skillfully built sloops will again be on display. More than 40 boats are registered this year.

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On the heels of the Carriacou Regatta is Grenada’s ultimate sizzling summer experience, Spicemas Carnival. The Summer Festival offers an amazing mix of island music, food, culture and tradition with a host of activities leading up to the culmination on August 13-14. The festival boasts many authentic aspects which cannot be experienced anywhere else. Your Carnival Monday experience is not complete without seeing the spectacle of j’ouvert with Grenada’s signature ‘Jab Jab’ which are masqueraders covered in black oil who chant and dance in the street. Then it’s on to Monday Night Mas in which masqueraders wearing brightly coloured t-shirts and armed with glow sticks light up the night. The festival ends with the beauty and splendor of fancy mas which features revelers parading through the streets wearing beautifully made, colourful costumes.

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You can also join us from October 3-6 for our 2nd annual dive fest. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, the festival has something for everyone. Pure Grenada boasts a diverse range of wreck and reef dives that are located just minutes offshore. Our world famous Underwater Sculpture Park awaits with 14 installations which intrigue and tell a story.

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For a complete list of summer deals and participating hotels, guesthouses, villas and tour operators visit
http://www.puregrenada.com/summerdeals.

Ladies Guide: A Bold Step Towards Financial Independence

My sisters, do you want to step boldly on to a new path towards your financial independence?

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Karen made the most mouth-watering pastries and had dreams of opening her own business, but sat on the idea for years instead, meanwhile, her friend Joan’s dream of becoming a lawyer dulled with each passing year. After another one of their heart-to-heart conversations they admitted that if they did not “step boldly” now, they probably would never achieve the financial independence they desired. The big question however was how would they ever afford their dreams?

Stepping into your dreams may just be easier than you think. To achieve your dreams, you may need to invest and/or borrow towards your financial independence, using JMMB Her Wealth, a suite of financial solutions geared towards women. Please ask yourself these questions, and be assured that JMMB will help you to make the necessary calculations and find the right solution.

  • How much does my goal/s currently cost?
  • How long would it take me to save the required funds?
  • What is the projected rate of inflation for that period?
  • When inflation is factored into the cost of my goal, how much will it cost me in the future?
  • Can I afford to put my dreams on hold for that period of time?
  • Can I afford the monthly repayments if I took a loan?
  • Will my enhanced income (from new qualifications/ skills or business) compensate me for interest I would have paid on the loan?

Take the Bold Step

After a FREE JMMB Goal Planning Session, these are the life transforming steps made by Joan and Karen.

Although Joan did not like loans, JMMB showed her that postponing her law degree for several years, while she saved towards the tuition, delayed her opportunities for increased income for several years too. She did the “math” and it was cheaper to pay interest on an education loan than to forego several years of enhanced income. She therefore, opted for a loan from the JMMB Bank. Now she is financially ready to step boldly into her first law class.

Karen was concerned about the strain a loan could put on her new business and personal savings. Her JMMB advisor therefore suggested that she save towards a portion of the start-up capital in the JMMB Her Wealth investment, which is projected to earn between 7.3% and 11.6% over the next 3 -5 years. She could then borrow the rest of funds needed from the JMMB Her Wealth suite of business loans. Now, she is several steps closer to bringing “Pastry Palace” to life and having her financial independence, while living her dream.

What do you want to achieve? The JMMB Her Wealth complete financial package maybe the perfect solution for you to step boldly towards your financial independence.

To get started towards your financial independence, give a JMMB representative a call at 1-876-998-5662.

Books: Kelly & Kathleen…Want To Help You Change The World!

By Shenee Tabannah

Kelly Tomblin, former President & CEO of JPS believes that the world is calling out for a new style of leadership and she knows how to help you get there in 100 days. Kelly and her best friend, Kathleen Sullivan are the authors of the new provocative leadership book, 100 Days of Doing Power Differently. Change Your Leadership, Change The World.

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The book is a leadership guide book built on the THINKLOVE model for leadership. It provides a mirror for your current leadership influence and helps you to create a new path over 100 days for the leader that you want to become.

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Leadership is a privilege and an honour, and should be treated as such. This book will inspire you to own your power as a Leader, while challenging you to Do Power Differently.

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The book is dedicated to the people of Jamaica and the Jamaica Pubic Service Family. It was while in Jamaica, Kelly was inspired to put this book together as she was blown away by her experience.

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Kelly had served in Leadership roles for over 20 years, however, she was exposed to a rare and superior form of Leadership when she moved to Jamaica in 2012. In just 5 years, Kelly and her Leadership Team were able to do a 360 transformation at JPS and she believes that their style of leadership could be duplicated and will lead to similar extraordinary results in other companies.

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Kelly returned to Jamaica recently to launch her book at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Jamaica is where it all started, so it was only fitting that Kelly started her book promotion tour here. To purchase 100 Days of Doing Power Differently, visit
http://www.doingpowerdifferently.com.

Money Lessons For Your Kids

BY Michelle Sinclair-Doyley, JMMB

Are your children learning good money habits from you? “Save up to buy shares in Nike before buying another pair of Nike shoes,” was the life-changing advice that Damon Williams, a teenage entrepreneur got from his mom, April Williams. The result, at 14 years old, her son, Damon, grew his net worth to more than US$50,000. Damon’s story is a hallmark of how parents can teach their children, the invaluable lesson of investing and saving at a young age.

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Financial experts agree that stories like Damon’s demonstrate one of the best ways to begin teaching children about money management and saving techniques. Start teaching your children practical money lessons and even create some new ones with the tips below:

Budgeting Lessons:
Bill payment time is a great time to help your children get a realistic idea of the cost of items and make the connection between using water, light etc. and the corresponding expenditure/cost.

Every Mickle Makes a Muckle:

Involve your children in your monthly budgeting. Make it a game for them to determine the daily expenditure, by dividing the monthly bills by 30 to find an average daily cost, and then the yearly expenditure by multiplying the daily cost by 365. It is amazing how little costs can add up! Appoint your child/ren as “Minister of Conservation,” with the responsibility to suggest and implement conservation ideas and track expenditure before and after their conservation “policies”.

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Cash Purchase vs Loans Lesson:
Loans are not bad, but many children do not grasp that loans cost more and consume future cash that could be used for other purchases or investments. If you are purchasing a big ticket item, for example, furniture or car, ask them to calculate how much more a loan will cost vs. buying it cash, recognizing they may need your help with these calculations. Similarly, ask your child which “big ticket” items he/she wants and then let him/her choose between borrowing from you and repaying interest vs. earning interest as he/she saves towards this purchase.

Be an Owner Not Just a Consumer Lesson:
When walking the supermarket aisle ask your children, to identify products they like and tell you how they can be shareholders of this company by buying shares on the Jamaican Stock Exchange (JSE). For example, if they like Vienna sausage or Frosted Flakes they could save to buy Grace Kennedy shares or Lasco shares.

Appoint your children “Ministers of Investment” and offer them the opportunity to invest the money they have saved in becoming an owner of these companies. The money saved can be used to buy and sell stocks using JMMB’s Moneyline or invested in one of JMMB’s unit trusts such as JMMB Income and Growth Unit Trust, which returned over 13% between March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018.* Based, on the current price, you can start with less than J$4000.

Do you want your children to be financially successful? Allow your children to see you apply the money lessons to your own life.

*This return is based on no withdrawals being made. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

IMARI: Making Authenticity Viral

By Marshelle Haseley

There are Millennial creators gaining YouTube and other subscribers by the millions. People who are attracted by their topical and inspiring content. Bodies of content that bring the attention of viewers from all age groups and backgrounds to issues that matter more than how many Instagram followers, we have- or how many articles of clothing we own from the 50th fashion micro-season for the year. It is more about how we show up in the world and less about what we show up wearing.

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Our chat with Imari Anderson (@freeimari) gave insight into a brand-new wave of creativity and inspiration. A creative of Jamaican descent, who has profoundly impacted online filmography and digital media.

Imari worked as a filmmaker with the team at Jubilee. Jubilee defines itself as a bridge, to connect and inspire love through the sharing of compelling stories. The team uses platforms such as YouTube and Instagram to share the human-centric content they create to create connections, challenge assumptions, and touch the soul.

He spent a year working there- forming part of a team that created content that gathered over 100 million views, and over 800 thousand new subscribers in that one year.

Anderson defines himself as someone who is working on finding out who he is every day. “Let me put it this way, I am working on trying to remember that every day”. He said, “I try not to identify with the things I do or have done, as who I am. I try to release how others would describe me, or labels to which I could subscribe. I wouldn’t say ‘Imari is a filmmaker’. It feels limiting. It feels more natural to say Imari is a joker, leader- Imari is passionate (sometimes to a fault). Imari is the guy who will debate controversial philosophy with you in the car on the way to the club. Imari is Imari.

In an industry that could create an illusion that everything comes from pulling creativity from the wind, Imari said, thinking is what inspires a lot of his creativity. He said that by subscribing to a certain identity we only allow ourselves to create from that identity. But by being ‘free Imari’, he said, “I’m only limited to create based on what happens to be inspiring me at the time. Notice the nod to my Instagram name”, he said, after which he laughed. Imari believes that life holds within it, unlimited potential and experiences, and he does not want anything holding him back from seeing and knowing as much as possible.

Paternal lineage connects him to Jamaica. Imari gave some insight into how the Caribbean culture contributed to who he is as a creative. Even though his father’s principles impacted him, Anderson still sought to take it in and manifest it all in a way that felt more authentic to him. “There are things that informed my upbringing like certain foods (plantain is my go to) or Caribbean culture, like a strong faith-centred upbringing. But besides the obvious, I’d like to think that from an early age I didn’t want to be defined by things like heritage.”

Anderson continued by stating that with a Caribbean parent comes specific ideals and values. A lot of it he said, came through when he was growing up playing soccer (football). “Ideas like always being the best in whatever you do, pushing yourself harder than the next man, I think these are things that came to me from my dad and through him from my grandfather.”

Another trait he thinks may have something to do with the Caribbean influence, is something he saw in his father, who he described as a proud Jamaican. Anderson said his father has always been big on helping people. “Now that I think of it, there’s probably some overlap in how I saw his sacrifice for kids that he was coaching, who didn’t have the resources- and how I’ve really gone above and beyond for certain projects that I thought could really help people. Even if it was to my own detriment.”

From an early age, Imari wanted to show up in the world as an individual. “That’s not to say my background isn’t valuable, the island approach to soccer is what initially gave me confidence. The island rhythm is probably where I get my dance moves. But I’ve always been of the mindset – ‘this is what came before me, what am I doing next? How am I going to build on it and make it my own?”

PANACHE asked a few more questions to get more insight into the process of what forms a rounded millennial creative.

P: What did you see yourself growing up to become?

I: “A soccer player. Definitely. There’s nothing you could’ve told me before the age of like 17 that would have convinced me otherwise.”

P: What attracted you to filmmaking?

I: “Honestly, when I first found it in high school I didn’t take it seriously. I just thought it was fun, and I wasn’t strongly interested in any related subjects. So I picked that up as my college major and studied it at the University of South Carolina. I got passionate about it there, and I found myself working on projects more than classmates. I’d sneak into the editing room after hours just to work on my own projects. Then, as I started to see the correlation between media and how the world is impacted. I made a pretty dramatic shift towards exclusively making content that I thought the world needed more of. I stopped doing skit shows and music videos, and started making videos for non-profits or for people with really relevant messages. What really attracted me is that it felt like the tool of our time. Something that could be used to either push us forward as a species or keep us distracted and divided. I saw the power of it and felt like if I was going to be in the game it came with responsibility. I’m trying to be more balanced about that now, though, I want to bring some of the original artistic motivation back into how I approach my work. I still want it to be art.“

P: Did you study film? And what is one of your favourite pieces of work?

I: “Yes I did, but most of my knowledge came from a production company I started while I was in college. That’s what gave me the initial real life experience. I’d say my favourite series is the Between Worlds Series. It felt like it embodied what I’m going for as a filmmaker. It has a message (we create better when we work outside of our labels) but it was also just fun and creative to shoot.”

P: How did you become part of Jubilee?

I: “I’ve been a filmmaker professionally for about 6 years now, it feels like 16. When I really started taking it seriously I wanted to make work that I felt like added to the culture and made people better human beings rather than stuff that was unoriginal or counterproductive. This led me to connect with Jason who founded Jubilee a couple years ago. We stayed in touch and when I left my job in the Bay Area last year I sent him a film I was working on and he encouraged me to consider working at Jubilee.”

P: What inspires you?

I: “Life. The different ways we all live life and the fact that there’s always so much for us to learn. None of us have the answers. And so, the people who really just live in constant curiosity, and the things they make, really get me going. I think for me to say ‘I want to make a living making videos that inspire people and encourage them to think outside of the box’ sounds like a pipe dream. People know how hard it is to make it. Being a director and 9 times out of ten even if you make it, you’re making content that you probably don’t believe in, or that is really just about how much money it can make. I love the fact that I committed to this idea, and that there are other people out there who see the value media has to change things up and invest in it. We can really change the world. I think Jubilee is founded on this idea.”

P: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

I: “Believe in yourself dude. There’s no point not to. Everybody you see is just on a constant journey of becoming themselves, of trusting themselves. Don’t convince yourself that you’re less than what you are. You’re amazing and there’s no reason not to be.”

P: What is likely to be your next move?

I: “I want to explore my creativity. I want to do more writing and picking up more experimental projects. I’m feeling like I have a lot more to express artistically so I’m looking at different ways that can come about – whether its photography, writing, or directing new projects. But first, I’m going to live life. See what inspiration I’ve been missing out on after being so focused for the last couple years. Travel, meet new people, have new experiences. See what other neurons I can get spinning in the noggin and then make some magic with them.”

Imari is no longer with team Jubilee but he will be creating work of depth and authenticity. We look forward to seeing more from this powerful creative.