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Stush In The Bush: Best Off The Beaten Path


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.


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


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!


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.


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


We’re Finalists! PANACHE Magazine is up for two CTO Travel Media Awards

WE’RE Finalists 😀😀😀!!! #PANACHEMagazine is pleased to share that we are finalists in the upcoming CTO Travel Media Awards 2018 in New York, June 7! #CaribbeanWeekNewYork@ctotourism
Kudos to Kinisha and IKenna for their great work and nominations!

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BEST FEATURE by a Caribbean Journalist – “More Than Just Beads: Story and Myth” @storyandmyth by KINISHA CORREIA | PANACHE Magazine October 2017


BEST PHOTOGRAPH accompanying a feature –
PANACHE Magazine Cover April 2017 by IKENNA DOUGLAS @idouglasphoto 


Check out our feature on IKenna Douglas here!

“We’re very proud at PANACHE for our works being selected as finalists! It’s a celebration of excellence and we are grateful for the honour of this recognition of our Caribbean talent,” shared Tricia Williamson @twill876, PANACHE CEO/ Editorial Director.

Kudos #TeamPANACHE!

About the CTO Travel Media Awards

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition will take place on June 7, 2018 in New York City during Caribbean Week New York.

To honor the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2017 on CTO member countries.

Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media.

For more info, visit: http://www.onecaribbean.org

Kickin’ It With Bob Marley

In the gym with a soccer-loving reggae legend.

He sang about “one love,” but Bob Marley was passionate about many things, including the game of soccer. At home, in the studio, or on the road, Marley was never far from a ball.


“Football is freedom,” he once said, and throughout his life, the game provided a refuge and release from the stresses of touring. In the summer of 1980, towards the end of the European leg of the Uprising Tour, Marley stopped doing formal interviews, instead organizing soccer games with members of the media and other musicians.


One of these games took place inside a small West London gymnasium on July 16 of that year, when Marley’s team matched up with a squad led by fellow reggae artist Eddy Grant. Photographer Norman Reid was there to capture it.


Marley, who by many accounts was a fierce competitor and hated to lose, wasn’t happy when his team went down early. “They went up on us quick — 2-0,” Garrick remembered. “So Bob called timeout. We told him, ‘Bob, you can’t call timeout — this isn’t basketball,’ but they gave us a break. That was their worst mistake.”


While not big and strong, Marley was fast and agressive — and no stranger to small fields, having honed his game in the small yard outside his Hope Road home in Kingston, Jamaica.


Once they understood the rules, the tables turned quickly, with Marley’s crew coming from behind to beat Grant’s team 5-2.


Two months later, Bob Marley and the Wailers traveled to America to finish the Uprising Tour, with the last show taking place at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh on September 23, 1980. The performance would be the last of his career, as the legendary abd beloved talent died of cancer the following May at the young age of 36.


Source: https://foto.gettyimages.com/sports/soccer/kickin-it-with-bob-marley/

Just give Jamaica the trophy, Netball NZ!

Opinion By Jamie Wall @jamiewall2 jamie.wall81@gmail.com

Netball NZ’s refusal to let Jamaica take the Taini Jamison trophy home is another PR failure for an organisation that really doesn’t need one right now, writes Jamie Wall.


Jhaniele Fowler Reid of Jamaica celebrates with the Taini Jamison Trophy after winning the final against the Silver Ferns. Photo: PhotoSport

You have to hand it Netball NZ. Just when it seemed like they couldn’t possibly do anything else wrong, this week saw the news that they don’t know how a trophy works.

The word ‘trophy’ literally means a ‘tangible reminder of a significant achievement’. That’s why you have trophy presentations after someone wins something, so they can lift it up, celebrate with it, and drink out of it. Then you get to take it home and put it in a cabinet for everyone to see.


It’s that last bit that Netball NZ has trouble understanding, because Jamaica left New Zealand without a reasonably important piece of baggage at the start of this month: the Taini Jamison Trophy. If you’ve forgotten, and you’d be forgiven for doing so given the complete downward spiral that the Silver Ferns have gone through since, that’s the trophy that the Sunshine Girls won before the Commonwealth Games.

They did so by becoming the first Jamaican team to record successive wins against New Zealand ever and the first to get a win in New Zealand. A remarkable effort by an outstanding group of athletes, so you’d think they’d be able to get something to remind them of the achievement. But not according to some bureaucratic nonsense from Netball NZ head of events, Kate Agnew:


“Each series is a discrete competition. It is not a defendable trophy. Each series stands alone and each series is recorded on the trophy. Jamaica won the series. They don’t hold the trophy. Each series is independent of all the others so you can win the trophy but it doesn’t mean you are the holder.”

Of course, this explanation fails a simple examination on the basis of linguistics, first and foremost. If it’s not ‘defendable’ it’s not a trophy. If you can’t ‘win’ it, it’s not one either. So, by all means, call it the Taini Jamison Series to honour the former coach of the Silver Ferns. But don’t chuck in a piece of silverware that you can’t actually take with you.

Especially considering that it’s standard practice to have replicas of the most important trophies in world sport. It’s not even a secret either, World Rugby routinely publicise the fact that they have at least two versions of the William Webb Ellis trophy to use for promotional purposes – as well as one that the winners get to keep.


The fact that it was brought to light by the Jamaicans makes Netball NZ look foolish, because they clearly didn’t tell anyone that it wasn’t going anywhere regardless of the result. The response about ‘discrete competition’ doesn’t really do much to convince anyone that this is nothing more than another PR failure for an organisation that really doesn’t need one right now.

However, it may shine some light on the sort of decision-making processes that have landed Netball NZ in the mess that it’s in. If they can’t even get the logistics of letting someone win a trophy right, then it goes a long way to explaining why the ANZ Championship got disbanded. Also how Janine Southby remains as coach, despite seemingly not having the coaching credentials or staff around her to take a high school side. And why Laura Langman decided that playing pro in Australia was a better option than representing her country under the current regime.


Right now, Netball NZ have comfortably overtaken NZ Football as the leading contender for most inept sporting body in the country. But while they haven’t picked any ineligible players like the soccer boys did, it’s because they adhered to the draconian and nonsensical rules that they made up around that themselves.


You get the feeling that there’s a lot more to come in the fallout of the Commonwealth Games netball debacle. But, for now, Netball NZ could at least do themselves a favour and quietly courier the Taini Jamison Trophy to Kingston, Jamaica.


Because handing over a trophy is what you do when you get beaten.

Source: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/356025/just-give-them-the-trophy-netball-nz


Netball New Zealand keeping hold of Taini Jamison Trophy despite series defeat

Netball New Zealand is keeping hold of the Taini Jamison Trophy despite the fact the Silver Ferns lost the most recent series decider to Jamaica.


NNZ’s head of events Kate Agnew fronted with some answers after Netball Jamaica president Paula Daley-Morris criticised the decision not to allow the Sunshine Girls take the silverware home, even though they won the final 59-53.

The Taini Jamison Trophy was introduced in 2008 and is contested when any national side other than Australia plays the Silver Ferns in New Zealand.

Agnew said it was simply a physical symbol which represented the history of the series, and they could not afford to let it go offshore.


“Each series is a discrete competition. It is not a defendable trophy. Each series stands alone and each series is recorded on the trophy. Jamaica won the series. They don’t hold the trophy. Each series is independent on all the others so you can win the trophy but it doesn’t mean you are the holder,” Agnew said.

“Because of the value and preciousness of the trophy we couldn’t afford to have it go offshore either. For insurance purposes and its ongoing value in the history of New Zealand, we can’t really have it go offshore.”

The Silver Ferns lost twice to Jamaica during the series, going down by six goals in the decider. New Zealand then lost to Jamaica again in the bronze medal match at the Commonwealth Games.

Daley-Morris told Jamaican media that the players were upset by the fact they could not take the trophy home as it was a milestone victory.

“At the end of the series for the Taini Jamison Trophy, we were anticipating receiving the trophy, but we were told that it has never been won by any other national team and that it couldn’t leave the country,” Daley-Morris said.

“The team was disappointed in that we didn’t get medals or replicas, and we asked for even a picture of the trophy itself or even something symbolic to mark the occasion, and we haven’t received that either.”

Plus Jamaica didn’t exactly leave empty handed either. They were presented with a framed motif and NNZ plans to send a personalised plaque to recognise their historic achievement next week. Their name has been inscribed on the trophy which will remain on display at their headquarters.

Agnew admitted the communication could have been clearer between the organisations.

“I think we’ve got to absolutely take responsibility about making sure we are even more clearer about the status of the physical trophy itself going forward,” she said.

Netball NZ would consider making a replica trophy for future series, Agnew said.

Tournament winners do not always receive an original trophy. Replica trophies are often given to be taken home. World Rugby hands out replicas of the Webb Ellis Cup to every Rugby World Cup winner and they are not all the same size, while the Ashes cricket urn is kept at the Lord’s museum where it attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/netball/103376446/netball-new-zealand-keeping-hold-of-taini-jamison-trophy-despite-series-defeat



658… Jamaica’s New Area Code

The current area code, ‘876’, is almost exhausted and requires an additional code, or NPA (numbering plan area), which will come into effect at midnight on May 31, 2018.


The change effectively makes the dialling of local numbers a mandatory 10-digit exercise (the three-digit area code plus the last seven digits of the phone number).


Although mandatory 10-digit dialling is six months away, the country’s major telecommunications providers, Flow and Digicel, are advising non-smartphone users to start editing local numbers in their contact list to reflect the ‘876’ area code before the seven-digit phone number.


According to OUR spokesperson Elizabeth Bennett Marsh, the telecoms providers have explained that users of non-smartphones will have to manually input the area code in front of their contacts as there is no facility for them to do it otherwise.


In contrast, smartphone users will have the advantage of utilising applications, or “apps”, that can update a person’s mobile phone contact list by automatically adding the area code.


Come May 31, Jamaica will have its new area code to supplement the existing decades-old code, but there will be a permissive dialling period to allow users enough time to familiarise themselves with the new calling method. During that period, both seven-digit and 10-digit dialling will be allowed. However, when the permissive dialling period has ended at 12:01 a.m. on October 30, only 10-digit dialing will be allowed.


Jamaica’s 876 area code was assigned in June 1996. It was envisaged then that the area code would provide sufficient numbering capacity for the next 20 years of demand growth. But, in 2009, after just 13 years, the country had to consider the introduction of a new area code to augment the existing ‘876’ numbering space and, consequently, to move from the current standardised 7-digit to a mandatory 10-digit dialling for all local calls.

Cable and Wireless Phone Booth

Jamaica is the first North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) country in the region to implement an additional area code.

HoodCelebrityy and Dancehall’s New, Global Faces


I recently heard a remix of “Famous,” by the Moroccan-American artist French Montana, on the radio station Hot 97, here in New York. Montana’s song, which has been out since last summer, is a light dancehall bop in the vein of Drake’s “Views”—a plea to resist the trappings of fame for the sake of a relationship. The remix adds a soft verse from Tina Pinnock, the rising dancehall artist, from the Bronx by way of Portmore, Jamaica, who performs under the name HoodCelebrityy.

Hood Celebrity

With her guest appearance, she dismisses his insecurities: “Stop complain and mek we live it up,” she sings. “Can’t deal with the fame? Baby, then give it up.” HoodCelebrityy isn’t slowing down, she insists, even if Montana begs for the rest of the track. How could she stay home with a name that great?

French Montana

Artists outside of Jamaica are creating a growing portion of the dancehall heard around the world today. Exported from Jamaica since the nineteen-eighties, the sweltering street music has seeped into the local sounds in London, New York City, and Toronto, where clusters of second-generation fans seek out new dubs to play at parties.

Dancehall Girls Kingston Jamaica

In London, local hits, such as E. Mak’s “Yo” and Lotto Boyzz’s “Plantain & Dumplin,” play off the sounds of early-aughts dancehall, with savvy new slang and inside jokes. Stefflon Don, who was born in Birmingham, England, sings somewhere between Rihanna and Spice, picking up exactly where Nicki Minaj’s remix of “Hold Yuh,” by the Jamaican artist Gyptian, left off.


The Toronto comedian Papi Tré’s brilliant dancehall parody of “Magnolia” is one of my favorite songs right now, and it isn’t even a real song. And, so far, HoodCelebrityy’s new single, “Walking Trophy,” is New York’s best addition to the bunch.


Over steel drum-pads, she spins an ode to glowing skin and tight jeans (in a word, confidence), with an ear for melody and delivery on par with Vybz Kartel. The lyrics read like she ghostwrote them for a male artist and then decided to just do the job herself.

Like film studios, record labels know that worldwide consumers make the difference between a minor and major hit. Most of these second-generation dancehall tracks gain popularity on YouTube, where dedicated channels like G.R.M. Daily churn out videos from local artists, betting that a handful of clips will blow up.


The average Stefflon single has millions of YouTube plays, and she recently linked up with Kevin (Coach K) Lee, the Atlanta music manager behind Migos and Gucci Mane, to guide and develop her career in the States. Nigerian artists have long recognized dancehall as a potent tool to give the Afrobeat sound more global appeal; Burna Boy is the country’s standout star, and he recently released a two-part video for a pair of dancehall singles with London’s Lily Allen and J Hus.


Although Jamaica-based artists like Popcaan, Masicka, and Alkaline have provided a steady stream of excellent homegrown records in recent years, and music’s borders have been opened through streaming apps, red-tape and visa issues are increasingly stalling out the careers of promising dancehall artists.

Street party in ghetto.

In 2016, the music distributor Johnny Wonder argued that in order for Jamaican acts to compete globally, they need the support of radio abroad. “For a song to get added to a Hot 97 or a Power 105,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner, “the artist has to be able to travel to the U.S. and promote the song for the station. They are going to expect you to do jingles and perform at their events, but the artists cannot travel, so that is one of the reasons why some of our top artists don’t get added.” The void left in their absence has put cities in musical dialogue with one another for the first time, realizing their local movements were in sync all the while.

Source: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/hoodcelebrityy-and-dancehalls-new-global-faces

Beautiful Bronze for Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls

The Jamaica netball team rebounded from the heartbreaking one-goal loss to England in their semi-final game on Saturday, to score a 60-55 win over New Zealand in the bronze medal match and secure the country’s 27th and final medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Sunday.


It was the first time that Jamaica were defeating the Kiwis in a major tournament.


Cheered on by a handful of loyal fans, the Girls, who had less than 24 hours to recover both physically and mentally from their semi-final game, took to the court with purpose, obviously determined to not leave Australia without a medal.


Jamaica got off to a solid start in the first half, getting the ball in to Jhaniele Fowler-Reid who was able to do the early damage against the Silver Ferns.


The defensive pair of Shamera Sterling and Stacian Facey did well to limit the New Zealand attack as the quarter ended 15-11.


The Silver Ferns came charging back and levelled things up at 24-all with four minutes left to go in the second quarter. Jamaica’s head coach Sasher-Gaye Henry then went to her bench, bringing in Romelda Aiken for a fatigued Fowler-Reid and Jodi-Ann Ward for an injured Facey.


Jamaica then took back control of the game as Aiken found her range quickly to give Jamaica a two-goal half-time lead at 29-27.


Two quick turnovers by the Jamaicans allowed the Silver Ferns to draw level at the start of the third quarter before they took a two-goal (30-32) lead.


It appeared that another third-quarter malaise was about to befall the Sunshine Girls, but those fears were quickly put to rest as Jamaica increased their defensive intensity to force some New Zealand turnovers.


Sterling and the energetic Ward made some key interceptions and blocks that allowed Jamaica to build up a seven-goal lead (41-34), as Maria Folau and Bailey Mess found the going tough in the New Zealand front court.


The intensity on the defensive end, which included the efforts of the versatile Vangelee Williams who had been switched from wing defence to goal defence, was matched by some equally good through court play as the Girls systematically moved the ball from defence to attack.


The energiser-bunny, Shanice Beckford continued to be the main supplier in attack, finding Aiken as easily as she had found Fowler-Reid. The consistent third-quarter player allowed the Sunshine Girls to keep the Silver Ferns at arms length, as they led 46-39 at the end of the third quarter.


The fourth-quarter performance by the Sunshine Girls was a very mature one, as they were able to maintain the gap of at least six points for most of that quarter.


Despite limping around in her defensive circle, Sterling continued to put in a sparkling performance and came up with more key interceptions and blocks, along with Williams whose aggression in the defensive circle is a nightmare to shooters.


The final two minutes of the game was a tactical masterclass by the Jamaicans, who managed the clock through proper ball possession while scoring on almost each possession. The final whistle brought great celebrations from the Jamaicans, who were scoring their third-consecutive win over the Silver Ferns in a month.


Captain Fowler-Reid said that leaving Australia empty-handed was unthinkable, as she described the performance of the team as “amazing”.


“It’s amazing, definitely. because yesterday we came out hard because we wanted to play in the final, but we learnt from the one-goal loss which is fine for us. We knew we did not want to feel that feeling again so we went out there hard, had a good game, had some bumps, but we picked it up and, yes — we were successful at the end,” she said.


She admitted that getting mentally prepared for the bronze medal match had been quite a challenge for herself and the team.


“I had to recover myself because I was very devastated by the loss… we saw it right there and we just didn’t cross the line. I had to rally them around; I spoke with them and I gave them some encouraging words and I told them that we didn’t come here for nothing,” said Fowler-Reid.


Jamaica’s medal tally at the games reads: seven gold, eight silver and 12 bronze, for a total of 27.

Swimming contributed one medal, netball one medal, while track and field contributed 25.

Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/bronze-again-for-sunshine-girls_130668?profile=1513