Andre Reid, Devon House marketing and
events manager, and his wife Betzabeth,
director of the Venezuelan Institute for
Culture & Cooperation, break from
conversation for a photo.

The Terrace at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel was the venue for Wednesday evening's staging of Salut! with Betco Premier Limited and Scotiabank the evening's sponsors. Jamaica Observer wine consultant and columnist Christopher Reckord handled the wine notes and pairings with aplomb. The first pour ... Read More

Fresh fruit stall laden with watermelons, pineapples, guineps,
coconuts, tangerines, papayas, mangoes, jelly coconuts, green
bananas and plantains. (PHOTOS: ANTONIO GRAHAM) NyamJam 'Las' Lick'
The festival, which ushered in a cabal of international chefs to The Rock for a taste of Jamaica, wa ... Read More

Sean Latty (second right), Digicel
Jamaica chief operating officer,
shares the story of his successful
climb up the Digicel corporate ladder. Be Extraordinary!
Applaud It! - A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful l ... Read More

Sterling Asset Management Limited President & CEO Charles
Ross (front row, third left) joins his friend Everton McDonald,
retired chartered accountant and past president of the Institute
of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica, Calabar High School
guidance councillor Jennifer Jarrett (centre) and members of his
executive team (from left) Pamela Lewis, vice-president of client
services; Marva Chang, vice-president of Finance and
Compliance; and Lisa Minto, financial planning manager; and the
10 guests of honour from Calabar High School. Applauding a generation of GENTLEMEN
STERLING Asset Management Limited (SAML) President and CEO Charles Ross hosted a group of 10 gentlem ... Read More

Dining the Paramount Way

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited Managing Director Hugh Graham introduces his banker
Tami Waul-Douglas, manager at Sagicor Bank’s Hope Road and Liguanea branches

Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited Managing Director Hugh Graham was a bit more strategic with his take on the Applaud It! initiative. Being the People's National Party councillor for the Lluidas Vale division in St Catherine, Graham decided to fete a group of 12 students from his constituency to a luncheon at the Jade Garden Restaurant in Kingston last Friday. Among the guests of honour was Akieem Henderson, a fifth-form student at Calabar High School -- Graham's alma mater. In no time Graham ... Read More

Branded - Simone Abrego

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Abrego - Sales & Marketing Manager,
Frozen Delights Distributors Limited

Thursday Life (TL): What was your reason for adding an eco brand to your range of products? Simone Abrego (SA): Earth Friendly Products is a company we have been focusing on in recent years for healthy foods. The next logical step in healthy lifestyles was to include environmentally friendly household products. After a long research process we decided to carry this line which is high on the list of ‘all natural brands’ in the United States. (TL): What is the importance of this ear ... Read More

The Essence of GREECE

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

SALUT! say (from left) Michael Critchlow, business development manager — Litho Outdoor, Nicholas
Mundell, brand manager — Burger King, Anna-Kay Mundell, sales associate — Fujitsu, Kaysia Johnson
Vaughan, manager marketing programmes — Scotiabank, Lisa McIntosh-Aris, fashion designer/hairstylist,
and Nekeisha Critchlow, country manager — Payless.

Salut! 2015 moved on to its second event on Wednesday night at Jamaica’s small slice of Greece, Opa! Greek Restaurant & Sanatorini Skylounge, Hope Road. Host Alexx Antaeus, director — OPA!, brought his own taste to the proceedings by serving up four delightful Greek wines, King of Hearts — a dry red wine; Queen of Hearts — a dry white wine; and the Kleoni Red/White medium sweet duo, to the specially invited guests in the intimate setting. While southern European ... Read More

In solidarity with France, we celebrate BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY 2015

Christopher Reckord | Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Our host for the evening, French
Ambassador to Jamaica Jean-Michel
Despax and his wife Line.

The idea of a race to Paris was born -- to carrying the first bottles of the new vintage from Beaujolais. This attracted a lot of media coverage, and by the 1970s it had become a national event. The races spread to neighbouring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North America, and in the 1990s to Asia. In 1985, the date was changed to the third Thursday in November, perhaps to take best advantage of marketing in the following weekend in one of its largest markets -- Thanksgiving maybe ... Read More

Scotia’s Salut!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015    

Jamaica Observer Limited Managing Director Danville Walker
(left) and wine columnist Christopher Reckord (third right)
raised a toast to Salut! alongside (from second left) Jamila
Nelson, sales promotion agent at Richmond Development
Company Limited; Paulette Edie, administrative manager at
Selective Homes Limited; Chesna Haber, J Wray & Nephew
business development manager; and Scotiabank’s Director of
Marketing Programmes Simone Walker, and Marketing
Manager of Programmes Kaysia Johnson Vaughan.

Salut! 2016 was launched on Monday at New Kingston’s @twentythree. In attendance were at Scotiabank’s private clients and wine aficionados. Saxophonist Tafawee ‘Tafane’ Buchsaecab set the evening’s tone — one of ease and relaxation as — J Wray & Nephew business development manager and wine buff Chesna Haber and wine connoisseur and Jamaica Observer wine consultant Chris Reckord introduced the evening’s seven wines from the JWN Winning Wines col ... Read More

Portfolio Exposure at The MoDA Market

Tuesday, November 24, 2015    

Scotia Investments CEO Lissant Mitchell (third right) in a Max Brown-purchased suit, and Vice-President,
Origination & Capital Markets Dylan Coke (right) in an H&M blazer, are joined by (from left) Vice-President,
Asset Management & Scotia Asset Management General Manager Brian Frazer; Chief Operating Officer Hugh
Miller; Vice-President, Business Analytics, Portfolio Advisory & Product Development Jason Morris; and Senior
Vice-President, Sales, Service & Client Experience Courtney Sylvester. All in blazers by Spokes Apparel.

With portfolios designed to appeal to those three distinct personalities, the members of the Scotia Investments executive team -- including CEO Lissant Mitchell who gave a corporate overview, Sylvester who spoke to the tenets of investor strategy, to the marketing director Simone Walker's presentation of the campaign itself, and the closing address by Scotia Asset Management General Manager Brian Frazer -- walked brunch guests through an investment fitting room. Having secured an invite to the ... Read More

Vows - The Wedding Dress

Monday, November 23, 2015    

MoriLee by Madeline Gardner dresses and tux.

The bridal gown is as essential as the officiant and the couple's presence at the altar. And let's face it, before she thinks of the flavours of her wedding cake, she imagines the details on the dress she'll wear up the aisle; that empire waist or mermaid-silhouetted gown that hugs her curves and hits all the right style notes. Kingston Bridal Week -- held recently at the Chinese Benevolent Association -- not only afforded patrons a few hours to fantasise about that dream wedding but the oportun ... Read More

Opposites Attract

Monday, November 23, 2015    


Let me immediately 'fess up to being obsessed with my '2 Opposites' Collection handbag. It's one of a kind and gets favourable responses whenever I step out. Thankfully there are a few more... Think: exquisite croc, ostrich, snakeskin and cowhides all handcrafted in hues of green, gold, white and silver to create one-of-a-kind clutches. Opposites attract, and 2 Opposites certainly will. Opposites Attract --> Read More

On A Rolle!

Sunday, November 22, 2015    

The Finale

Mission Catwalk made good on the promise to mine its previous four seasons for its 'most talented' and 'most watchable'. What ultimately manifested was an All Stars edition that recast the likes of Jamaicans Shenna Carby (Season 1), Ayanna Dixon (Season 1), Renardo Lloyd (Season 3); André Shirley (Season 1), and Carl Swaby (Season 4); Barbadians Carla Gittens (Season 4), Kesi Estwick (Season 2), and Alexis Campbell (Season 3); Trinbagonians Machel Sandy (Season 4), and Ryan Chan (Season ... Read More


Sunday, November 22, 2015    

There's something magical about GoldenEye, and the recent dinner hosted by celebrity chef Mario Batali and music icon and hotelier Chris Blackwell seamlessly merged star power and flippie chic. Guests arrived à l'heure. The Emperor of Cool was being interviewed by GQ magazine, his BFF Winston Stona strolled around barefoot, Mario Batali was chilling, A-list caterer Mary Giuliani was spotted, as was, too, the gorgeous mother and daughter duos of Bluette Abrahams and Odessa Chambers, and P ... Read More



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