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Marbana Floats Our Boat!

The Frenchman’s Cove-venued day-to-nightime bash featured the design flourishes spearheaded by event stylist Sheldon Codner. (KENYON HEMANS)

For holiday partiers with a Portie itch, sweet relief came last Easter Sunday with the return of the all-inclusive beach bash Marbana at Frenchman’s Cove. The much-anticipated calendar staple — celebrating its fourth year — was a success with streams of sun-loving pleasure seekers ... Read More

KENYON HEMANS Cocktails With... Racquel Neath
Customs manager and figure athlete Racquel Neath — wearing an ASOS bikini — breaks from ... Read More

Kingston Farewell
Andrey Dryakin, outgoing head of consular section/press attache, Russian Embassy in Jamaica (JOL) My Kingston Farwell - Andrey Dryakin
What surprised you most about Jamaica, in terms of expectations? I believe that the potential and & ... Read More

Vanda orchids Gardening - April 23
Dear Orchid Doc: My mother has an abundance of orchids. Alas, she’s a busy woman and has litt ... Read More

To Russia With Love

Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Blue Vision Operations Manager Juanita Diaz in resortwear from KERRYmanwomanhome.(ANTONIO GRAHAM)

Serendipity steered star-crossed lovebirds Maria Oparina and Christopher Gordon into each other’s lives with a fateful encounter in April 2015, post-concert, at the Machel Montano-headlined soca event, Pandemonium, at Kingston’s Hope Gardens. Two weekends ago, the Russian-born businesswoman and her No-Maddz member and dub poet beau presented themselves as husband and wife — having secretly tied the knot in Texas last September — to their nearest and dearest at a beautif ... Read More

My Kingston — Crista“BAL Srokowski APRIL

Sunday, April 16, 2017    

COLLIN REID

Cristóbal Srokowski Ron Abuelo Global Brand Ambassador Your recent visit to Kingston produced what lasting impression? The first thing that I did just two hours after my arrival from Milano was the 20th anniversary party for J Wray & Nephew Master Blender Joy Spence at Hope Gardens. It was the best welcome to Jamaica! I went with my friend Christelle Harris from Hampden Estate, and we had such a beautiful night with the J Wray & Nephew family. What’s the most memorable ... Read More

Cocktails With —  Naki Depass

Sunday, April 16, 2017    

JOSEPH WELLINGTON

Aproduct of The Rock’s fascinating model wave, Burberry Prorsum Fall/Winter 2016 debutante Naki Depass — scouted from the Edwin Allen Champs factory — entered the fast lane of the fashion game from the word Go. She consistently racks up turns on the runways of the industry’s most revered houses — think: Prada, Céline and Givenchy. t he Saint International beauty — chic in a latticework cocktail dress by Burberry, and Ferragamo pumps — ref ... Read More

Gardening — April 16

Sunday, April 16, 2017    

Vanda orchids

Dear Orchid Doc: Can I mix two different types of insecticide in the same gallon of water to spray for two different problems with my orchids? Actually, I was told that it could be done! Having done it, however, my orchids are burnt. What can I do to rectify the situation? Aavea Dear Aavea: You can use two different insecticides in the same gallon of water; however, one must be careful of the strength. Usually, there is a range, for example: 1 -2 teaspoons per gallon of water. In this cas ... Read More

MAD About IDRIS’

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

A breakthrough Elba impressed audiences as drug kingpin Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell in the HBO crime series The Wire.(OBSERVER)

Hushed whispers floated around Kingston two Wednesdays ago, that there was an Idris Elba sighting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Could it be that the Hollywood star who has inspired many breathless fantasies, was actually here in the flesh? We prayed the rumours were true. Turns out, not only was the Brit here on location, but he and a film crew were said to be “exploring opportunities for shooting a movie” on our fair isle. This led to a dinner at Nirvanna Indian Fusion, hosted by JA ... Read More

Danielle’s LENS

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Title: Market Rush
Location: Denbigh Agricultural Show, Clarendon
Danielle Mullings

She may only be in sixth form at Campion College but Danielle Mullings already exhibits the sophisticated eye of a mature photographer. She was first introduced to photography at five years old when her dad gave her a small camera and she became obsessed with how the little lenses refracted the world. From that time on there has never been a time when a camera was not a significant accessory in her life. The tool of her trade is a Red Nikon D5-300 with GPS, WiFi and a remote control. Many yea ... Read More

Cocktails With — Marlene Buckridge April 9

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

(Naphtali Junior)

Time flies when you’re chilling with Marlene Buckridge, senior sales manager Courtyard Marriott Kingston, Jamaica. She’s energetic, whip-smart and a woman who has her finger on the global hospitality pulse. What is it about the hospitality industry that has kept you in it? The people I get to meet from all over the world and the opportunity to move to an entirely new country. The industry has taken you from Jamaica to Europe with a stop in North America and back. What br ... Read More

Why Hollywood Is Heading To Jamaica

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Jamaican screenwriter and SO contributor Dominique Holmes at the Final Draft Awards. (Dom Holmes)

I am coming back to Jamaica in September with a group of Hollywood screenwriters, producers and managers for the inaugural ScreenCraft Screenwriters Residency Programme at Jake’s Hotel in Treasure Beach. With attendance limited to only 14 students and applications accepted worldwide, it’s an exclusive and competitive destination programme. The retreat will be free for four students, including two Jamaican screenwriters, thanks to a scholarship fund provided by the Jamaica Film and Te ... Read More

My Kingston — Garth Walker

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Garth Walker
Managing Director, Business Access TV & Chair, Adam & Eve Day SpaKARL MCLARTY

Managing Director, Business Access TV & Chair, Adam & Eve Day Spa  What are your earliest memories of Kingston? At home on a Sunday, in Stony Hill, listening out for the fudge man’s cry, “Fudge, nutty-buddy and zuper-duper.” What’s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? My first time at seafood restaurant Gloria’s in Port Royal, as a Jamaica College student, was amazing. What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? ... Read More

Gardening — April 9

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Vanda orchids

Why is it that every time I repot my orchids the roots rot away and the plants die? I am now petrified to repot them and they are all overgrown. Am I repotting at the wrong time? Miss Edna Trelawny Dear Miss Edna: One very important thing that must be done whenever you repot an orchid, or any plant for that matter, is that you must trim the older roots. This is to facilitate the roots starting to grow quickly. People are often afraid to do this, assuming that they are hurting the plants. ... Read More



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