Finance minister says he will review tax measures

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Finance Peter Phillips, while addressing a meeting with a number of trade union leaders Thursday morning, indicated that he will be "conducting a review of the announced revenue measures and will shortly announce if any adjustments will be made". A release from the ... Read more

Style Observer

'Live Wi Life'

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It's called the greatest show on earth and Trinidad & Tobago's annual Carnival continues to attract thousands of revellers eager to get on bad. This year from all accounts was as good as it gets from the fast-paced, sweat-inducing tunes of local stars like Bunji Garlin's Carnival Tabanca remix f ... Read More

Fashion designer Anya Ayoung Chee greets Dominic Lau, marketing manager for A S Brydens,
Diageo's partner in Trinidad. Voyager Drops Anchor in T&T
On the guest list... Trinidad & Tobago's global fabulocracy. Trinidad was the first stop in the ... Read More

Selena Chin (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Cocktails With - Selena Chin
It's a glorious night for Sagicor executive financial advisor Selena Chin. She's over the moon, and ... Read More

Delano Forbes (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) My Kingston - Delano Forbes
What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Downtown Kingston, weekend sightseeing trips with the ... Read More

Blame it on RIO

Sunday, March 23, 2014    

Saulter checks out
the view of the city
from the hotel.

It's a dream come true for filmmaker Nile Saulter. He's long fantasised about Brazilian days and nights, and he's seen it made a reality — making a trip to the South American destination of the next World Cup and Olympics, two weeks ago — at the height of Carnival season! SO caught up with Saulter, still on a natural high from his excursion that was, in fact, all business. Omar Tomlinson (OT:)How did the trip come about? Nile Saulter (NS): I was sent to Brazil by a new channel ca ... Read More

Cocktails With - Larissa Gunn

Sunday, March 23, 2014    

Larissa Gunn (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

It's the tail end of winter up North, so Larissa Gunn is happy to find herself in sunny climes. The pleasant and personable casting director at the New York City-based creative agency, Art + Commerce, is a specially invited guest at Saint International's Fashion Face of the Caribbean competition, and is intrigued by the casting possibilities on show at last weekend's fashion showcase of female and male faces. She's game for convo, and shares more about casting diversity, loving Netflix, and why ... Read More

Remembering Grandma... Patrice Wymore Flynn

Sunday, March 30, 2014    

Publicity photo from the movie Rocky Mountain starring Errol Flynn and Patrice Wymore Flynn. At right: Patrice Wymore Flynn in a promotional photo from Warner Bros

"My grandmother came out of hospital on Friday, March 21 and immediately had a Bloody Mary and a cigarette... I think she was just happy to be at home in her own surroundings," shares Luke Flynn with SO. It's a few days since his beloved grandmother, Patrice Wymore Flynn, passed at the age of 87, from pulmonary disease and his mobile rings non-stop with calls, from Jamaica to Los Angeles. There are also the requisite post-death formalities: Wymore Flynn's last request was that her remains be int ... Read More

My Kingston - Sheldon Shepherd

Sunday, March 30, 2014    

Sheldon Shepherd (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR)

Nomaddz is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its live concept album The Trod. Why's it so significant? The process of recording the album was very special. We were auditioning drummers and I remember I had to give this particular drummer rubbing alcohol and he still couldn't play so we had to let him go. The live recording of the show was two hours, but we rehearsed for over a month, preparing the material and musical aspect. It was the first time with our own band as well, because usually ... Read More

Cocktails with - Khadine Hylton

Sunday, March 30, 2014    

Khadine Hylton (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

We're barside at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge at Acropolis in Barbican Centre with media workhorse Khadine Hylton. The radio host, television personality and ad spokesmodel — at the lounge as a guest judge for a Jamaica Observer Food Awards tasting — is in typical vivacious mode, and as she keeps us entertained with her quick wit, we talk love and life lessons. Happy belated birthday. How did you celebrate your big day last week? My birthday last week was the best birthday ever. It was re ... Read More

One Love. One Driver.

Sunday, March 30, 2014    

Bedasse proudly sports his Jamaican flag in the 2013 Toyo Tires Formula 1600 Series.

Jamaicans have conquered the sprint racetrack. And now, Jamaican-born Jason Bedasse hopes to conquer another kind of racetrack: IndyCar. Bedasse (now a Toronto resident) made his first appearance at the Pro Mazda Championship season opener, in St Petersburg, Florida-part of the Mazda Road to Indy series. He becomes the first Jamaican ever to do so. And with his car draped in the Jamaican flag - his car number 62 (in honour of the year Jamaica became independent), and a helmet that features the ... Read More

Spotted - Kai Newman

Sunday, March 30, 2014    

Walking for burberry Prorsum Fall 2014 collection at London Fashion Week. At Right: Fast-rising Rock model Kai Newman at the recent Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean show at the Courtleigh Auditorium. Newman was chosen the Fashion Face at the 2013 event. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

(Signed to One Management in New York, Elite Paris in Paris, Why Not Model Management in Milan and Premier Model Management in London) What a difference a year makes... My life has changed completely. I am from the Allman Town community. I never expected to do any of these things. Going to places like Milan and Paris and New York and London to do shows with top designers was only a dream. I am very, very happy. My agent Deiwght Peters of Saint International did tell me to expect big things an ... Read More

SO Home Sweet Home

Sunday, April 06, 2014    

Promised Land, Montecito, California

Forget the six-zero set for a minute. When it comes to real estate holdings, the nine-zero crowd -- that's billionaires for the math-challenged — do it big. Think statement-making big! From imposing mansions and manors, to sprawling estates and luxe high-rise square footage, penny pinching is a dirty expression best left under the rug. Forbes magazine, the wealthy's essential bedside reading, recently spotlighted the properties of the well-to-do located in some of the world's most covet ... Read More

Priced To Sell!

Sunday, April 06, 2014    

(PHOTOS COURTESY OF WILLIAM PIERCE)

SO challenged realtor William Pierce (he's our My Kingston feature) to share with our readers a home priced to drop jaws. He found one, a mansion with a price tag of $19.9 million to boot and inspired by the opulence of the Great Gatsby. Our jaws are by the way still in drop mode! Imagine stepping into a home with a 32-foot ceiling in an impressively appointed 2,800-plus square feet of luxurious space. Add a polished limestone fireplace a stained glass bar and you'll get the gist of this timele ... Read More

Portland Bids Farewell

Sunday, April 06, 2014    

"It was as she wanted," shared Patrice Wymore Flynn's beloved grandson Luke. That it was: an old- school cocktail party attended by the late Hollywood actress' closest family, friends and those from the parish she had called home for decades, complete with slide show and a documentary on The Zaca - the sailboat on which Errol Flynn sailed to Jamaica during a 1946 storm. The aptly named Errol Flynn Marina is where hundreds gathered last week Thursday afternoon to share memories of the inimitable ... Read More



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