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

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

Of Paramount Importance

Friday, November 20, 2015    

Hugh Graham (back row, third left), Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited managing director and
PNP councillor for the Lluidas Vale divison of St Catherine, raises a hearty applause with his
guests of honour, students of Graham’s Lluidas Vale constituency. They are (front row, from left)
Nickealia Lee, Ewarton High School fourth-form student; Kenniel Small, Jose Marti Technical
High School fourth-form student; Tessian McDougal, Dinthill Technical High School fifth-form
student; her upper-sixth-form colleague Latia Geohagen; Zalika O’Connor, St Jago High School
fifth-form student; Trudy-Ann McIntosh, Holy Childhood High School upper-sixth-form student;
Akieem Henderson, Calabar High School fifth-form student; and (back row, from left) Nandrea
Walker, Charlemont High School sixth-form student; her lower-sixth-form colleague and St
Catherine Junior Councillor Sasha-Gaye Nelson; Paul Jackson, Ewarton High School fifth-form
student; Garfield Winkle, Kellits High School eleventh-grader; and Yahwayne Harris, St Jago High
School fourth-form student. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

When Paramount Trading Managing Director and Lluidas Vale PNP Councillor Hugh Graham heard about the Applaud It! initiative, he was immediately intrigued. Planning for the luncheon would take careful consideration, however. Being the councillor of the Lluidas Vale division in St Catherine, Graham decided to "give back to the community". A group of 12 students were selected for the luncheon held at Jade Garden Restaurant yesterday. When posed with the question "What is your biggest dream, and ... Read More

VIDEO: Scotiabank Inspires Excellence

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Sharing stories of inspiration, Scotiabank CEO and President Jacqueline Sharp addresses a keen audience. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON

Applaud It! -- now in its second week -- is an initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful players of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience exposing them to social and dining skills. This veritable master class afforded Jacqueline Sharp, CEO and president, Scotiabank, the opportunity to host a group of 20 students from Denham Town High School, St Michael's Primary School and Dunrobin Primary ... Read More

VIDEO: JPS JamAsian Fusion

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Students (from left) Rachel Clarke, Michaela Salkey, Kimone Smith, Shizu Payne and Aldane Walters (back) watch and listen attentively as sushi chef at Roe Kei
Asonuma and chef/patron Michiko Asonuma demonstrate the use of the chopsticks. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

An invitation to break bread with the top brass of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) as part of the Jamaica Observer's Applaud It! series - a week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills; a veritable master class - continued last week with Kelly Tomblin. The president & CEO of JPS exposed stud ... Read More

VIDEO: Think Big!

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

Business Access TV managing director Garth Walker (centre) addresses his guests. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

"I knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur but wasn't always this focused" shared Business Access TV Managing Director Garth Walker over lunch at Jade Garden Restaurant, Sovereign Centre with eight students from his alma mater Jamaica College and their teacher Patrice Harris-Henry. "In fact, it took me some time to settle down and understand the value of a good education," he continued. "I completed sixth form not at JC but at Priory -- but it was only during my Master's degree programme when I ... Read More

Be Brave, Be Fearless!

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

FLOW Managing
Director Garry
Sinclair addresses
his guests while
Applaud It!
NMW (left) and
Holy Trinity High
student Faithe
Burton listen
keenly. (PHOTOS:

Applaud It! -- A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills -- a veritable master class. If there's one managing director who is at ease with the next generation of leaders it's FLOW's Garry Sinclair. Indeed he's an absolute pro! Last year at the inaugural staging of Applaud It! Sinclair had s ... Read More

NyamJam - Jamaican Food & Music Festival Part 1

Thursday, November 19, 2015    

(L) NMW peels the mango for the
mahi mahi ceviche.
José Enrique halves an

THE mood was mellow last Saturday afternoon as the NyamJam Food & Music Festival kicked off at the James Bond Beach with live cooking demonstrations at the pop up kitchen. First out were James Beard award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini and his able sous, Marley Coffee founder Rohan Marley, who, you guessed it, brought along the coffee. The two, in-between whipping, stirring and sharing delightful anecdotes, kept their audience fully engaged. Iuzzini and Marley were followed by the celebr ... Read More



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