Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Vows: The Love of A Lifetime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--The-Love-of-A-Lifetime_81421 When Sagicor Bank Personal Banking Officer Ruchelle Chin met Data Operations Engineer Duen Reid, neither of them knew that a customer experience would result in their exchange of vows on November 5, 2016. Vows takes you back to the beginning. <br /> <br /> THE INITIAL ENCOUNTER, AS TOLD BY RUCHELLE<br /> <br /> In December 2015, my cellphone fell and shattered and was sent overseas for repairs. It came back not to my liking, so I decided I would attempt to get it fixed locally. I visited Duen&rsquo;s previous employers, Quantum Concepts. He was very friendly and charming, but I wasn&rsquo;t very interested at the time. I left my number for him to call me as soon as the phone was fixed. I got a text message from him one day, and since then we began talking every night. As the months went by, I grew to love and appreciate him more, and not long after, we decided to make things official. Six months later, we decided to get married. He sent for the ring overseas but had a problem importing it, so he asked me to get help from my contacts at Jamaica Customs. Duen is very simple, so the proposal was done at home in bed during our nightly cuddling sessions. <br /> <br /> THE CEREMONY<br /> <br /> The ceremony began on the lush lawns of Caymanas Golf Club with the strains of Nathan Skyes&rsquo; Over And Over Again in the background, as Ruchelle&rsquo;s bridesmaids made their way up the aisle dressed in blush pink one-shoulder gowns from Petals & Promises. They were escorted by the dapper groomsmen who were decked in brown two-piece suits and blush pink bow ties from Beautiful Brides and Mr Tux. At the altar stood an eager Duen, dressed in a light brown three-piece suit accented with a blush pink muffler scarf tailored by Spokes Apparel. Ruchelle, accompanied by her mother Valerie Chin, was a vision of elegance in a strapless embellished fit and flare gown, also from Petals & Promises. She made her way up the aisle to the strains of Beyonc&Atilde;&copy; and Marc Nelson&rsquo;s After All is Said and Done. The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Silvera Castro and included the blending of sands ceremony &mdash; symbolic of the joining of the two families &mdash; and a musical interlude by saxophonist Kemroy Bonfield. <br /> <br /> THE RECEPTION<br /> <br /> Wedding guests and the bridal party danced their way to the reception venue of the Gold Club to Bruno Mars&rsquo; Uptown Funk. They were followed by the elated newly-weds who made their way in to Pharell Williams&rsquo; Happy. Luxe Event Design CEO and event stylist Patrice Dehaney was responsible for the couple&rsquo;s garden-chic fairy tale-themed d&Atilde;&copy;cor which featured shades of blush, ivory and champagne. Master of Ceremonies Ian &lsquo;Ity&rsquo; Ellis invited guests to be seated as the couple took to the floor for their first dance to Christina Perri&rsquo;s A Thousand Years. Formalities continued with the cutting of the three-tiered vanilla rum butter-flavoured cake by KukUpKreations and a sumptuous three-course meal catered by the Caymanas Golf Club. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13475927/244137__w300.jpg All Woman Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM An evening of wine, fashion and art http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-evening-of-wine--fashion-and-art_82368 The Jamaica Medical Foundation (JMF) hosted guests, Thursday last, at the Worthington at Spanish Court Hotel at an evening of fashion, wine and art, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Kidney Kids Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica.<br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s proceedings were spearheaded by visual artist Nicola Seixas, who introduced the foundation&rsquo;s Chair Michael Fraser, who gave an overview of the last charity event held earlier this year. &ldquo;In May of this year, we held a wine and cheese event in support of the University of the West Indies Hospital&rsquo;s Renal Foundation. I am incredibly grateful for all the support. A million dollars in donations was raised. So I want to extend a huge &lsquo;thank you&rsquo; for coming out tonight in support of another worthy cause.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s programme also saw an introduction to founder and chairperson of the Kidney Kids Foundation, Dr Maolynne Miller, who expressed heartfelt gratitude to the JMF. &ldquo;Our goal is to improve the care of children with kidney disease, and we are immensely grateful for the Jamaica Medical Foundation as it has helped us with this objective in more ways than one, such as our scholarship arm, and affording the children of Montego Bay with kidney failure the opportunity for dialysis.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Also on the card was the president of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, Dr Stacy Davis, who, too, expressed her appreciation. &ldquo;apart from the evening&rsquo;s donations, I am grateful for the opportunity to put lupus in the forefront as it is oftentimes a forgotten disease.&rdquo; She also introduced the Lupus Foundation&rsquo;s recently opened office on 7 Barbados Avenue and implored members of the audience to visit the branch with new ideas and suggestions.<br /> <br /> Next on the agenda was an auction of various local art pieces administrated by Seal Sprayed Solutions Limited director William Tavares-Finson.<br /> <br /> Post-formalities, guests enjoyed a selection of wines courtesy of Select Brands and a delightful performance by violinist Dr Jessica Yap. This was prior to the fashion segment of the evening, which showcased designs by Jasmine Rand, drennaLuna, Signatures Boutique, Uzuri International Designs, and Max Brown, and which was complemented by eyewear from Eye Q Optical. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476155/244760_71334_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM Oh, Christmas Tree http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Oh--Christmas-Tree_82209 What do you do when you&rsquo;re a busy furniture/accessories retailer and it&rsquo;s the craziest time of year for your business, but you also love Christmas and everything that goes with it? Well, if you&rsquo;re Janelle Pantry-Coke, the always-fashionable interior decorator and managing director of Spaces Ltd, you learn to mix organisation with generous doses of style and creativity to make sure you have a beautiful Christmas tree every year.<br /> <br /> The first thing Pantry-Coke did to make sure she always has a beautiful tree, was to invest in a high-quality 9-ft faux Christmas tree about two years ago. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s easy to store and helps to avoid the hassle of having to pick a new tree every year and dispose of it afterwards,&rdquo; Pantry-Coke said. Next, she invested in some essential decorations for the tree, in what she calls her &ldquo;base colours&rdquo;. The decorations, in white and silver, form the basic colour palate of her tree every year. Each Christmas, she then chooses an appropriate accent colour. This year, for example, she used white and silver decorations as her base and then contrasted them with teal and turquoise decorations recently purchased from the Christmas Place and Fontana Pharmacy.<br /> <br /> Pantry-Coke recommends investing in sturdy, shatterproof decorations which can be reused each year. Over a number of years, she has collected a wide range of Christmas ornaments during her travels and now has a large assortment of Christmas balls, pine cones, snowflakes, finial drops, icicles, stars and even artificial poinsettia leaves. Each year, she acquires a few new ornaments and then mixes and matches with existing pieces from her collection, depending on her theme for the year.<br /> <br /> Pantry-Coke says, &ldquo;This year my theme was something I call Caribbean Blue Christmas, so I decided to go with shades of blue, which is my favourite colour and which also goes with the colour scheme in our living room. Teal and turquoise are also very on-trend this year, so decorations weren&rsquo;t hard to find.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Having decided on a theme, Pantry-Coke enlisted the assistance of husband Dylan, a lawyer and investment banker, with the heavy lifting. Once the tree was erected, she first wrapped it with three strings of 200 LED white lights and then added another layer of teal lights. She recommends that you invest in high-quality lights as cheaper brands quickly develop faults and often don&rsquo;t make it through the Christmas season. &ldquo;White lights are very versatile,&rdquo; she says, &ldquo;but you can also go with yellow or warm white and also red.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Once the lights were up, she added the larger ornaments, like the silver poinsettia leaves, making sure to spread them evenly around the tree. Thereafter, with hubby lending a critical eye to gauge the overall effect, she added the smaller balls and finials in layers until she felt the tree was fully &ldquo;decked out&rdquo; with an even balance between the silver and white base and the blue/turquoise accents, but without making the overall effect feel overdressed or overdone.<br /> <br /> Pantry-Coke decorates at least four trees each year for her store and for friends and family and says the key is to &ldquo;decide on a theme well in advance, shop for quality decorations that fit the theme and then stick faithfully to your theme. Don&rsquo;t get carried away and throw every single decoration of every colour onto the tree at the same time&rdquo;. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13475892/244583_71315_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM AW Fashion: Khalil&rsquo;s Hatitude http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Khalil-s-Hatitude_81945 With the second staging of the Diamond Mile slated for Saturday, December 10, you&rsquo;ll understand our absolute joy upon spotting the headwear of self-taught milliner Karl Brown for Khalil&rsquo;s Hatitude on the runway at La Hot Couture fashion showcase. The collection, worn by the elite models of Saint International, featured an eclectic fusion of colours and styles. &ldquo;I am inspired by shades and elements of nature,&rdquo; Brown told All Woman Fashion (AWF), &ldquo;and I bring my pieces to life using fabrics reminiscent of these.&rdquo; Though not formally trained &mdash; perhaps that&rsquo;s why his collection piques such interest &mdash; the designer was inspired six years ago by a woman whom he spotted at his church&rsquo;s convention in Chicago, USA. &ldquo;She was wearing,&rdquo; he explained, &ldquo;the most gorgeous hat ever.&rdquo; They would meet a few days later at a booth where she sold hats. &ldquo;I offered to accessorise one of them... 10 minutes later, it was sold!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Brown returned home with three of the hats and put out a casual Facebook post titled &ldquo;coming soon&rdquo;. The response was immediate and in short order his business grew, this after sourcing a sewing machine. Six years later, Brown operates a successful business from his home in Portmore, St Catherine, and his hats have found favour with fashionistas locally and internationally.<br /> <br /> AW Fashion suggests you put in your order TODAY! The milliner can be contacted at<br /> <br /> khalilshatitude@yahoo.com or 862-8081. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13475590/243941_71107_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, December 05, 2016 12:00 AM In Her Own Words http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-Her-Own-Words_82174 During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. My collaboration with Bob is the crystallisation of two young rebel souls into one through total art: love, music, photography, cinema, architecture, Ethiopianism and political resistance. We were both radical and uncompromising. Our best creation was our commitment to helping spread reggae music and the Rastafarian message of peace and love to the world. Marley is to me one of the recipients of Jamaican social history, like Paul Bogle and Marcus Garvey. Bob and the Wailers were able to synthesise the struggle of the sufferers in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Their speeches, chants and actions have become universal anthems. As an artist, Bob has been able to ritualise the power of social resistance to oppression, like Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Third World, and Jimmy Cliff. They all have played an extraordinary, epic role in liberating the energies of resistance. Through my own experiences in the wider world I understood the power of an image to inform, to effect change. It is that power that the photograph of Bob smoking projects out into the world, onto the viewer. It was the first time anyone had been portrayed in that way. As he said he was &ldquo;partaking of the sacred sacrament for his meditation&rdquo;. Most of these pictures are unseen works that make up the collection which was used to launch the first two albums on Island Records, Catch A Fire and Burnin&rsquo;. The image became for Island Records a powerful marketing tool, but for the people an emblem of deliverance and freedom.<br /> <br /> About the Exhibition<br /> <br /> A Rebel Prophet documents Marley&rsquo;s rise as a political rebel, a freedom fighter and a musical poet through a series of photographs taken by Esther Anderson, Jamaican film-maker, photographer and activist. In this series of photographs, Anderson documents Marley&rsquo;s becoming. A transition from a street poet, a rebel who was political, but initially resisting the fact that he was and ultimately the man that he was to become; the voice of the Third World.<br /> <br /> Time Magazine and the<br /> <br /> BBC named him &ldquo;Artist of the Century&rdquo;. At this time, he had not yet evolved into the Rastafarian that he would fully become a few years before his death. In 1973, when the pictures were shot, Marley, the Wailers and reggae music were still unknown to the world. <br /> <br /> Anderson and Marley unceasingly collaborated as both artists and lovers for a period of six years. She was committed to helping spread his music and message to a global audience. It is a personal journey, with Anderson as the narrator taking the viewer to the Caribbean islands, to Jamaica and to 56 Hope Road, Kingston. Anderson&rsquo;s work is not pandering to the fans who know Bob Marley as a music icon. She became an agent willing to reveal Marley beyond music, and how readily his message was conceived by millions.<br /> <br /> Marley operated not so much through a means of dissent, but a natural freedom from any strained campaign, pervading the masses indiscriminately. It was a lucid progress that permeated many minds and continues to do so to this day. Revolutionaries have used different means of becoming and instilling change; Marley took it beyond the sonic pulse, which amassed the disenfranchised and, in one voice, summoned to a mass communion of change, fellowship, and freedom. <br /> <br /> This is why his message remains relevant in the turmoil of the present; a true shepherd is needed once again. Marley was an immensely political figure despite his protestations to the contrary. He was certainly regarded as such by those jockeying for power and influence in Jamaica. <br /> <br /> The hypocrisy of the colonial rule was a constant theme in Marley&rsquo;s work. He rallied against injustice and inequality, consolidating the words of a brilliant speech Selassie had delivered at the United Nations in 1963 into his song<br /> <br /> War. In a country dominated by corrupt, divisive and often violent patronage, he called for reform, awakening and social change.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476518/244393_71173_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM My Kingston - Geoffrey Chong http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston-Geoffrey-Chong-Sunday-December-04_82120 <br /> <br /> What are your earliest memories of Kingston?<br /> <br /> Running around carefree with the other kids in the neighbourhood, playing football, marbles, hide & seek, and those other things we grew up doing, before cellphones and the Internet. And, of course, always looking forward to hearing the ice-cream truck coming around the block!<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I have a love for almost any food, but if I had to narrow it down to the most memorable meal, it would have to be a brunch catered by the Rousseau sisters at the National Gallery of Jamaica, back in October. They really are talented; the food was simply amazing.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I have good childhood memories of doing a lot of outdoor recreational activities, so I would want more opportunities for the kids today to make similar memories. I don&rsquo;t think we have enough public parks where kids can enjoy themselves in a safe environment, so I would find avenues to raise funds in order to create these sustainable environments around Kingston.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Kingston?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t be afraid to enjoy everything Kingston has to offer. Soak up the sun, the food, the music, the scenery, the history and the people. The city has such a rich culture that everyone should appreciate and experience.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> What are the biggest roadblocks to wealth creation?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Fear, and the lack of focus and discipline. Fear is something we all have; it takes a lot of courage to take a risk, but to really break barriers one has to go outside of one&rsquo;s comfort zone and take chances. Discipline and focus are things we should all try to have; to build wealth takes a lot of hard work and it is very easy to get demotivated.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How does one differentiate between wants and needs? <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I once read somewhere that wants are the things we don&rsquo;t really need but would like to have, and needs are the things we must have, to stay alive. In other words, needs are the things we have to have in order to survive, while the wants are the &lsquo;nice to haves&rsquo; that excite our desires.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> When it comes to big-ticket expenses, is haggling a technique one should be embarrassed by? <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> &lsquo;Haggling&rsquo; is a strong term. I believe there is always room for negotiation ad everybody wants a good deal, so I would suggest &lsquo;respectful bargaining and negotiating&rsquo; but not haggling.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> In tackling life&rsquo;s curveballs, does sentiment help or hurt?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Life will always throw a curveball at you every now and then; it&rsquo;s those moments that make or break you. It depends on the situation but it&rsquo;s about making the best decision that you can at the time considering all the variables.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> How do you reward yourself for your hard work? <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I&rsquo;ve learned to appreciate and enjoy the simpler things in life, so I tend to enjoy the plain old, simple clich&Atilde;&copy;s. A nice dinner and some drinks and conversation with friends and family where we just joke around and enjoy each other&rsquo;s company. I also enjoy playing pool and going to the gym to de-stress and clear my head, and, of course, the occasional one and two parties.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> They see a jar full of coins. You see...?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Someone with a dream who&rsquo;s going somewhere in life.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476552/244446_71122_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Film Chat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Film-Chat_82167 When I was young, I was very shy, and perhaps as a result I developed an early interest in drawing. I was developing a visual language &mdash; a way to communicate without speaking. By the time I was about 13, I was no longer shy but I had a real interest in pursuing art. I took courses in painting outside of school and worked on my visual portfolio. I was lucky enough to get into a boarding school with a strong art department. I was terribly homesick that first year away, but I threw myself into learning and practising and visiting museums and galleries.<br /> <br /> I think my interest in film came about because it was the next phase of my visual storytelling. It wasn&rsquo;t until I went to Chicago that I began to watch films that resonated with me on an artistic level. I was accepted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago based on my painting portfolio, but once I arrived I began gravitating towards the film department. Before I knew it, I had loaded my curriculum with as many film production courses as possible. Film challenged me in new and exciting ways. I was fascinated by all aspects of production. I enjoyed cinematography and storyboarding just as much as I loved learning about cameras and film. It was overwhelming &mdash; I knew I couldn&rsquo;t be the entire film production! Luckily, I discovered that I could funnel all of my passion for film-making into the screenplay.<br /> <br /> Screenwriter Dominique Holmes chats with Jamaican Film Commissioner Renee Robinson about breaking into Hollywood and film in Jamaica.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Over the past year, Dominique Holmes has made major inroads into Hollywood, securing a literary manager and meetings at top network and cable companies. Her TV pilot script, <br /> <br /> Bog Walk<br /> <br /> ,<br /> <br /> which follows a Jamaican preacher as he struggles to support his two teenage daughters, was recently selected by <br /> <br /> AMC<br /> <br /> as one of five finalists at the Austin Film Festival, which received a total of 9,100 submissions this year. <br /> <br /> Bog Walk<br /> <br /> won WeScreenplay&rsquo;s Diverse Voices competition and was a finalist at ScreenCraft&rsquo;s Pilot Launch Competition and the Nashville Film Festival.<br /> <br /> Renee Robinson has had a busy first year as Jamaica&rsquo;s new film commissioner. This year JAMPRO partnered with the Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA) in launching the first successful Propella programme, which facilitated the production of five carefully selected short films by talented Jamaican film-makers. The Propella programme included talent discovery, capacity building in script consultation and festival strategy, content creation funded by the CHASE Fund, and finally, market attendance. Robinson led a delegation of film industry professionals first to the Toronto International Film Festival and then to the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival, where the short films of Propella had their world premiere. Propella is the first of many new opportunities available to Jamaican film-makers, thanks to Robinson and her collaboration with JAFTA.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Renee Robinson (RR): Lovely to see you again, and congratulations on your recent successes! How did your interest in screenwriting come about? <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Dominique A Holmes (DH): Thank you, it&rsquo;s great to see you again! I first became interested in screenwriting while I was studying painting and film-making at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a wildly experimental programme. My thesis project was an optically printed hand-painted 16 mm film! Still, I wanted to make narrative films. At the time, I loved<br /> <br /> The Spirit of the Beehive by V&Atilde;­ctor Erice and Ingmar Bergman&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Through a Glass Darkly &mdash; quiet films with strong visuals and even stronger characters. I took a course in screenwriting to reverse my approach to screenwriting by putting story first as opposed to visuals first. <br /> <br /> You&rsquo;ve travelled extensively since you last lived in Kingston, Ren&Atilde;&copy;e What&rsquo;s it like to come back now that you have an outsider&rsquo;s perspective? Were there any unforeseen challenges or pleasant surprises awaiting your return?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> RR: It&rsquo;s always a transition moving internationally and although I have done a lot of work relocation throughout my career, it doesn&rsquo;t get any easier. It&rsquo;s good to be home, however, and I have always said that the next time I came home it would be because I was the film commissioner of Jamaica. Maybe I thought it into being! My work has taken me from the private sector to NGOs to public sector, and all with different sizes and scope of organisations. This type of broad experience has really helped me to bring that big picture vision to our burgeoning industry, including seeing and understanding the challenges and the opportunities. <br /> <br /> Has living abroad changed the way you write?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DH: Travel really opened my eyes to what makes Jamaica unique. I wrote<br /> <br /> Bog Walk after living in Singapore for two years. Everything feels a little different after a long time away. When I returned to the island, I remember the home I grew up in feeling strangely askew, as if the angles didn&rsquo;t quite match up to my memory. That heightened awareness helped focus the writing of<br /> <br /> Bog Walk. It would have been a very different script if I had never had the opportunity to travel and stretch myself and experience different cultures and ways of living. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> RR: Do you recommend studying screenwriting, or learning on the job?<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> DH: It really depends on what kind of learner you are. I learn through practice, and I&rsquo;m grateful to have had the opportunity to spend two years studying dramatic writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. It&rsquo;s a bit like writing with training wheels. Screenwriting is an art form, but it&rsquo;s also a profession. At a certain point, the training wheels have to come off and you have to find work. It&rsquo;s certainly possible to learn on the job, but trying to get hired as a screenwriter is very competitive and having the credibility and network that formal education provides is very helpful. For me, having constructive criticism throughout the learning process was extremely valuable. It&rsquo;s impossible for me to improve without knowing where I&rsquo;m falling short.<br /> <br /> What kind of educational programnes do you think would most help cultivate the next generation of Jamaican film-makers? <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> RR: I, too, am of two minds on that. On the one hand, it is vital for filmmakers to be formally trained in the technicalities of the craft, in developing visual literacy, and in critical appreciation of the art that came before. For that, one has to go to film school. It is also that accreditation from a reputable institution that opens doors for emerging professionals for jobs and networking. But at the same time, the hands-on knowledge of the production process is what keeps the industry running smoothly, and as we all know, time is money, so it is imperative that film professionals understand the workflow of the industry. The other key mindset to cultivate is one that understands the global business of the industry &mdash; including things like media consolidation, digital disruption, and transmedia trends. Film-makers need to keep themselves informed of trade news and policy and legislation, as these components often have greater impact of production than one might imagine at the outset. <br /> <br /> DH: I agree completely. What are some of the key reasons foreign film and TV producers should consider shooting in Jamaica?<br /> <br /> RR: Foreign professionals come to shoot in Jamaica for the sheer beauty and legacy of the island&rsquo;s cultural identity, but also because our production crews are world-class and well-equipped. We&rsquo;ve been lagging behind competitively in the region, however, due to our outdated tax schemes and we are finding that many other Caribbean locations are providing greater incentive to encourage service productions and can deliver a similar shoot landscape. One of the priorities for me, however, is the advancement of the local content development ecosystem &mdash; so that we are not just branding ourselves as a destination for others to come to film, but that we are actively producing and exporting our own indigenous content and generating international opportunities for our talent. There are a few key building blocks that will be necessary for this to be possible &mdash; including a local content production fund, investor tax credits to de-risk finance support of the film industry, and an exhibition quota system to reserve screen time for local content with local exhibitors and broadcasters. <br /> <br /> DH: You were instrumental in leading Jamaican film-makers to some top festivals. Do you have any advice for film-makers looking to make the most of their festival experiences?<br /> <br /> RR: Attending film festivals is not fun and games. This is where the industry conducts its business and where deals are made, so filmmakers need to be prepared to talk shop. At major festivals, you really do accidentally end up in an elevator with players who can change your career. Read the trades &mdash;<br /> <br /> Variety,<br /> <br /> Screen Daily,<br /> <br /> Hollywood Reporter, and<br /> <br /> Deadline. This is how you keep abreast of the deals that are being made, which will give insight on how buyers are making their decisions. Prepare by analysing the delegates&rsquo; list and sending intro e-mails requesting a meeting while at the festival &mdash; but remember that you must have a reason to do this outreach, as industry leaders get a lot of e-mails! And finally, do your research on the festivals themselves &mdash; some festivals are focused on emerging talent and offer immersion programmes, others are focused on public sales of tickets, and others still are purely for industry studio deal-making. Do your research and prepare rigorously. <br /> <br /> DH: Great advice! It&rsquo;s been lovely chatting with you. Thanks, Ren&Atilde;&copy;e! <br /> <br /> RR: Thanks, Dominique! And all the best with<br /> <br /> Bog Walk! We&rsquo;re proud of you!<br /> <br /> Editor&rsquo;s Note:<br /> <br /> Dominique Holmes was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where she was raised by her Jamaican father (Oliver Holmes) and Trinidadian mother (Dayle<br /> <br /> Dopson Holmes)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476419/244372_71243_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 3:00 AM The Making of Sugar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Making-of-Sugar_82259 Dream a little dream&hellip;<br /> <br /> As a writer, it&rsquo;s fair to say that I traffic in telling stories. The world is of infinite interest to me because at any given moment there are hundreds of dramas unfolding all around. The way my brain is wired, I like to home in on these dramas, interpret them and recycle and reinvent them for use in stories that I will tell in the future. This requires, first and foremost, the ability to understand human nature, which comes from not only years of living but also a natural curiosity about people and really strong observational skills.<br /> <br /> My friend and mentor, the late Trinidadian scholar Wayne Brown, was crucial in helping me hone those skills. He believed, as did I, that my writing reflected a truly visual component that would accommodate film format. He encouraged me, before he passed, to consider turning some of my stories into films. My spirit bore witness and ever since, I began looking out for opportunities to do so. Who could I get to develop screenplays for me? I kept racking my brain.<br /> <br /> The answer came, as it so often does, in an unexpected form.<br /> <br /> In March 2015, that little human dynamo of the Calabash International Literary Festival, Justine Henzell, invited me to an advanced screenwriters&rsquo; workshop the organisation would be hosting in May for writers and film-makers. The organisers, she explained, were committed to the development of Jamaica&rsquo;s film industry and had arranged to fly in international screenwriter and studio executive Laurie Parker to conduct it. Would I participate?<br /> <br /> At first, I had what I now think of a Hattie McDaniel moment, you know. Total freak-out mode, full-blown panic attack. Who me? I don&rsquo;t know nothing &lsquo;bout birthing no scripts!<br /> <br /> But Then it hit me. This was the answer I&rsquo;d been looking for. Instead of someone else writing screenplays, this was the perfect opportunity to control my own narratives. Screenwriting was simply another platform from which to do what I love most in this world: telling stories.<br /> <br /> Best. Decision. Ever.<br /> <br /> The workshop was extremely intensive and extended for another weekend for selected participants for one-on-one time with Laurie at the Henzell home Itopia in Runaway Bay. There, Laurie, whose impressive r&Atilde;&copy;sum&Atilde;&copy; includes working with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Tim Burton and Jane Campion, patiently took me through exercises that would help me adapt a screenplay for my short story<br /> <br /> Sugar, about a young maid at a North Coast hotel who dreams of a better life for herself and her family. <br /> <br /> By the end of those two weekends, I&rsquo;d had a master class in story structure for film. But it didn&rsquo;t end there. Laurie completely believed that the film<br /> <br /> Sugar would be made and continued to work with me by Skype every morning after she returned home to Washington. Soon, I had an outline, a treatment and the tentative beginnings of a film script.<br /> <br /> Fast-forward to a year later.<br /> <br /> Laurie and I have bonded and are now good friends. She&rsquo;s venturing into novel writing and running ideas by me; I&rsquo;m writing<br /> <br /> Sugar and another short film, so I&rsquo;m running ideas by her.<br /> <br /> Then one day, I get an e-mail from Justine. Again. Almost a year to the day she&rsquo;d emailed about the workshop. This time, it&rsquo;s to tell me about a competition the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) in association with JAMPRO, called the JAFTA Propella film project. This pilot initiative is an open call for five Jamaican screenwriters to submit treatments for short films for a chance to get a grant of J$500,000 to complete the films and have them screened at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) in September.<br /> <br /> Do I dare? I ask Laurie, who is fired up and brimming with good old yes-we-can American optimism.<br /> <br /> So, I do. Not expecting anything to come of it. I am, after all, a fledgling filmmaker. I turn to the full treatment for<br /> <br /> Sugar, from which I extract a section that can work as a standalone short, and build on it. I can write the script, but I&rsquo;d need a director, which, I&rsquo;m adamant, must also be a woman. But, I caution myself, no need to stress about that: it won&rsquo;t get to that.<br /> <br /> What the actual hell???<br /> <br /> Imagine the supreme shock when I&rsquo;m contacted by JAFTA Propella, advising that my film has been selected as one of five to represent Jamaica at TTFF.<br /> <br /> After the initial excitement, reality set in, of course. Sh*t, as they say, gets real with the sickening understanding that I have, maybe, six weeks to get a film written and ready for production. I ask Laurie to be a producer, and she happily says yes. Next, we tackle the St Lucian director, Michelle Serieux, whose gorgeous film<br /> <br /> Missed, I&rsquo;d seen in the New Caribbean Cinema collective anthology production Ring Di Alarm. Michelle&rsquo;s directorial eye is what I know I absolutely need for this project, and wouldn&rsquo;t you know, she&rsquo;s not only available but eager to come on board. <br /> <br /> Laurie invites me to her home on Lopez Island in Washington, and I spend the month of June hammering out a script. After copious, copious, rewrites &mdash; Michelle and Laurie, my patient collaborators who prod me to the point of tearful frustration until the script is where they deemed it to be at its polished best &mdash; we are ready to roll.<br /> <br /> &hellip;And action!<br /> <br /> Movie-goers have absolutely no idea the amount of work that goes into making a film, even a short one. The stress level is unimaginable. Interference must be run with cast and crew, locations need to be locked down, wardrobe mistresses procured, and the list goes frighteningly on. Fortunately, as I get to find out, there are people who actually sign up for these challenges. Thank God, Team Sugar gets the best in the person of Sarah Manley, whose immediate commitment is phenomenal. Talk about the little engine that could. She works wonders with the budget, and where there&rsquo;s a shortfall, she goes into her own pocket. In no time, everything&rsquo;s in place. <br /> <br /> It Takes a Village<br /> <br /> Very soon the weekend shoot arrives. Of course, a shoot wouldn&rsquo;t be a shoot without a few glitches, and the original two-day shoot blooms into three days. But no matter. The film finally gets done!<br /> <br /> Sugar has been brought to life and the experience has been simply incredible! <br /> <br /> Post-script<br /> <br /> I am immensely grateful to JAFTA in partnership with CHASE and JAMPRO, under the supervision of the new film commissioner Renee Robinson, for the opportunity they afforded me, not only by way of the grant, but also by technical support. They provided script-to-screen workshops, boot camps and international script consultation with the indefatigable director and NYU Film School instructor Alrick Brown for all five film-makers, whose works were simply stunning. I am also unbelievably grateful to Michelle Serieux, who, when she shared her vision of filming Sugar in a long, continuous shot, I knew would be a co-collaborator and creative partner for a long time.<br /> <br /> We did it, and now Sugar is out in the universe, making the rounds at film festivals. It&rsquo;s now been shown at TTFF and the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, with scheduled stops for Jo&rsquo;burg, Pretoria and Belize in the new year. My thanks to the vibesiest cast and crew for helping to make my dream come true! <br /> <br /> MICHELLE SERIEUX, DIRECTOR <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are living in very serious times. As a woman from the Caribbean, identifying as Afro- Caribbean, it is important for me to articulate my perspective and world view. Sugar was for me an opportunity to do that, as the film&rsquo;s story represents a broader narrative and tells a larger story that speaks to our history as a previously colonised space, our history as enslaved people and our currently-beingwritten history as participants in a new type of servitude masquerading as a tourism industry. Sugar is a layered postcolonial narrative that forces the audience to really consider the ways in which black working class women in our plantation society have had to weave and bob and sacrifice and compromise in order to survive. Sugar is a document of a specific time in the growth of our civilisation. <br /> <br /> The film comes at a time when it is critical that we as Caribbean citizens represent our realities authentically, at a time when we can finally, as a mass of people recognise the totality of the injustices committed against our ancestors and against us, crimes whose effects persist today in policies that stifle our economies, that allow a former coloniser to take liberties on our collective dignity by offering to build us a new jail as opposed to formally and officially acknowledging the crimes against our humanity during the African holocaust. Sugar was for me, a shout-out to the resilience of our people, to us always finding a way not just to survive but to thrive, all this in the face of unrelenting pressure. <br /> <br /> Sugar is a shout-out to the black women who are the pillars of our society, it is a shout-out to the working class who toil and labour incessantly, the ones whose hard work and sacrifices push us forward. Sugar is an affirmation of our collective sacrifice and exploitation as Caribbean people by societies that continue to extract and demand and impose. But in the end, the film is ultimately an articulation of the hope that after we&rsquo;ve lain with lions, we emerge stronger, wiser, better and more prepared to take the next step in charting our own destiny. When Sharon Leach asked me to direct this film, I said yes because all of these themes lay within her text and it was an honour and privilege to be able to interpret and communicate this in a visual work.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476588/244564_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Spotted! - Kaye Kelly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted-_82059 Who&hellip; Kaye Kelly<br /> <br /> Where&hellip; at MoDA Market<br /> <br /> Her services include&hellip; artscaping &mdash; landscaping and art from small pieces to backyard buildouts and upcycling &mdash; turning the old and discarded into beautiful pieces.<br /> <br /> I like to add&hellip; new life and value to the old and unwanted. <br /> <br /> The more&hellip; I have always been a nature lover, but I was made fun of for hugging trees. I tried to stifle these feelings and feign indifference&hellip; it was futile. <br /> <br /> When my children were grown, I returned to my passion. I got a fine arts degree at Ontario College of Art & Design in Canada. I live between Canada and Jamaica, which has opened me up to exploring new ideas. I was also aware that we have become a throwaway society. I enjoy creating something new from old or discarded objects. One summer my neighbour in Canada put out &mdash; as garbage &mdash; a beautiful old chair. My daughter said you have to do something with that chair. The result! A beautiful &lsquo;live&rsquo; chair. I felt a strong urge to create this in Jamaica; I really felt it was so cool. I thought of MoDA Market and thought it was the best place to debut this passion.<br /> <br /> The response was overwhelming&hellip; even better than I could have imagined!<br /> <br /> Artscaping is&hellip; landscaping with artistic creations added to energise the surroundings. Upcycling and artscaping are all new buzz words that describe what I and many others like myself have practised for years; re-energising old or discarded articles into something different, interesting and fun.<br /> <br /> My dream&hellip; is for Jamaicans to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all and pay more attention to protecting the environment. I am living my passion and happy to be able to share it with others. I hope that I am able to influence the young people in my circle to respect and appreciate nature. <br /> <br /> I believe&hellip; in the younger generation, and if I can influence even one to recognise the importance of respecting and protecting nature, then my mission would have been accomplished.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476569/244176_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Cocktails With... Liane V http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With----Liane-V-Sunday-December-4_81928 Recording artiste, and social media sensation Liane V (for Valenzuela) values family, a positive attitude, and the perfect activewear ensemble. The all-American girl, who has 2.6 million followers on <br /> <br /> Instagram <br /> <br /> at last count, was on The Rock for the OCEAN Style FashionShowcase series in Montego Bay, where we made her acquaintance. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Your favourite sip&hellip;<br /> <br /> Pink lemonade.<br /> <br /> What does strength look like?<br /> <br /> Independence. Being an independent person who is comfortable with themselves and not afraid to share what they feel. <br /> <br /> How has your visit to the Rock been going?<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s beautiful here, and the weather is great. The food is amazing; I love the food so much. And, the water! It&rsquo;s nice, clear and warm. <br /> <br /> Athleisure: Yea or nay?<br /> <br /> I think it&rsquo;s a yea. I would wear a sports bra and some leggings. It&rsquo;s so comfortable. You can get so much done in gym clothes and it looks like you&rsquo;re being productive with your fitness.<br /> <br /> Girls who lift are&hellip;<br /> <br /> Beautiful. Lifting weights is a great way to strengthen yourself. I personally love lifting weights. <br /> <br /> When did it hit you that social media could be the gateway to your success?<br /> <br /> When I did my first brand deal. I didn&rsquo;t think that I could make money off posting pictures or videos. The first cheque I got, I was surprised. I still think it&rsquo;s crazy, but it was a blessing. It changed my life. <br /> <br /> And what message does that send to a younger Liane?<br /> <br /> To always be open to anything that happens. I was open about doing comedy skits but that wasn&rsquo;t my goal; it was just something I did for fun. It just so happened that there were opportunities that came with it. <br /> <br /> Are New Year&rsquo;s resolutions that are centred on exercise and healthy eating pass&Atilde;&copy;, or does the thought still count?<br /> <br /> I think there is a big value in that. Every day you should think about your health. It&rsquo;s never too late. You shouldn&rsquo;t just wait until the new year comes around. It&rsquo;s a lifestyle. You&rsquo;ve got to motivate yourself; it&rsquo;s a constant battle. <br /> <br /> Whose approval/support meant the most to you growing up?<br /> <br /> My parents (dad Wally V/Papa V, and mother Prima V/Mama V). They&rsquo;ve been a big part of my career. They are very important to me and they are very supportive. <br /> <br /> How do you handle nerves?<br /> <br /> I pray, or I just jump around and scream!<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> What is your attitude to aging?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> You want to grow older. You should accept it, and just enjoy life. <br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Is discomfort caused by another something you laugh off or something you confront?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I laugh. I make everything a joke. Life is too short to take everything too seriously. People&rsquo;s opinions will always be there.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476551/243876_71121_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Gardening &mdash; December 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---December-4_81905 Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;ve had a Schomburgkia for several years but it has never bloomed. I got a piece of a blooming plant at the time.<br /> <br /> During my usual reading of your column, I saw your response to a reader who&rsquo;s also having blooming issues.<br /> <br /> My orchid is on a mango tree as opposed to being in a pot.<br /> <br /> Aside from insects, do you think having it on a tree is the reason it hasn&rsquo;t bloomed all these years (more than 10 yrs)? <br /> <br /> It keeps growing, though, and it&rsquo;s big and beautiful.<br /> <br /> Your faithful reader,<br /> <br /> Brenda.<br /> <br /> Dear Brenda:<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> We certainly appreciate your loyalty. Thank you.<br /> <br /> I have discovered that the Schomburgkia likes a lot of light. Mine is getting 80 per cent light and is doing extremely well.<br /> <br /> You might want to do either of the following:<br /> <br /> 1. Thin out the mango tree, so as to let in more light.<br /> <br /> 2. Take it off and put it into a wooden basket.<br /> <br /> I have no doubt that yours is getting way too much shade. Now would be a good time to go ahead and transfer it.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I have a 20&rdquo; pot of dendrobiums with numerous blooms. However, I have noticed that they bloom usually around December to springtime, whereas my others are always blooming. Could this possibly be as a result of something I am not doing? Maybe not fertilising enough?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> Dawn Marie<br /> <br /> Dear Dawn Marie:<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> I can tell you from experience that the dendrobiums out of Hawaii seem to behave like that, especially a hybridised type called &ldquo;Art Shades&rdquo;. They have very pretty colours but bloom profusely when the temperature is cooler.<br /> <br /> One suggestion is to mix them in the garden with the types that bloom all year round.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13262638/225373_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, December 04, 2016 12:00 AM Santa&rsquo;s Claws http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Santa-s-Claws-_81979 As Christmas bells begin to ring, and staff parties and festivities approach, beauties flock the sources in search of what-to and what-not-to wear. But, instead of wanting to coordinate your entire outfit with the season and risk looking too costumed, why not simply opt for themed nails? Whether you choose to paint a winter wonderland on your fingers, or you prefer more subtle designs, Under the Dryer brings you 10 fancy manicure options to help dress up your nails for the season&rsquo;s meetings and greetings.<br /> <br /> CHRISTMAS TREES<br /> <br /> While sparkly and white nails are perfect for something a little more subtle, the marble Christmas trees will definitely show off your holiday cheer.<br /> <br /> CHEVRON CHRISTMAS EDITION<br /> <br /> Once you&rsquo;ve understood the art of chevron, aka the fun zigzag pattern, you can experiment with any combination of colours for the holidays.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER NAILS&rsquo;<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s nothing ugly about the &lsquo;ugly Christmas sweater&rsquo;- inspired manicure. In fact, festive nail art in a seasonal colour scheme sounds fabulous. And if you&rsquo;re worried about not being able to complete those tiny sweater details on your own, it can all be done with a nail stamp.<br /> <br /> MERRY & MATTE<br /> <br /> The Christmas matte trend is definitely a to-do. Play with the glossy shades to create a sophisticated version of French tips.<br /> <br /> CLASSIC RED POLISH<br /> <br /> A classic red polish is definitely holiday-worthy, and if you choose to add something extra, paint one of them using a glittery polish.<br /> <br /> GLITTER TIPS<br /> <br /> Elevate any plain-coloured manicure by adding a touch of red, green or gold glitter to it.<br /> <br /> CANDY CANE<br /> <br /> This diagonally swirled design is reminiscent of ribbon candy, making it perfect for pairing with your holiday party look.<br /> <br /> WINTER WONDERLAND<br /> <br /> Although it doesn&rsquo;t snow in the tropics, snowflakes are a fun way of ensuring that everyone knows you&rsquo;re in the festive mood. Whether you prefer one accented nail, or several &mdash; this trend can be accomplished by using a nail stamp.<br /> <br /> PEPPER &lsquo;LIT&rsquo;<br /> <br /> This super cool manicure trend features Christmas bulbs that can sometimes be functional by using a glow-in-the-dark polish to accomplish them.<br /> <br /> If you&rsquo;re not quite the nail expert, here are a few salons that UTD would strongly suggest you visit for your Christmas-themed nails:<br /> <br /> Donya-Marie&rsquo;s Salon at Shop #5, 331/2 Eastwood Park Road <br /> <br /> The Face Place Salon at 3 Carvalho Dr, Kingston <br /> <br /> Zen Spa at Spanish Court Hotel, 1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston <br /> <br /> Martina&rsquo;s Nails Place at 95-97 Constant Spring Road, Princeville Plaza, Shop# 12 876 Kingston, Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Roxanne&rsquo;s Beauty Salon at 24 East King&rsquo;s House Road, Kingston 6 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476407/244008_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Saturday, December 03, 2016 3:00 AM FLOW Applauds Cumberland High School http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/FLOW-Applauds-Cumberland-High-School_81636 &ldquo;Where you are now and the grades you are getting do not determine where you are destined to be,&rdquo; FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair told the students of Cumberland High School at the final sitting of the Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s 2016 Applaud It! initiative last Thursday afternoon. Inside the Devonshire at Devon House, accompanied by executive members of his team and the FLOW Foundation, Sinclair told the students to never allow anyone or anything to deter them from their dreams. Sinclair, in-between courses, moved effortlessly around the table asking the students about their career goals, eliciting smiles as he told of his school days, of &lsquo;skulling&rsquo; school to watch Kung Fu movies, of being caned and being a less-than-average student. &ldquo;That is where I was then... this is where I am now! The key is maintaining your passion and never giving up, despite the fact that you might not be getting the best grades, or that you might not be the best student; this is not your destiny!&rdquo; His candour hit home.<br /> <br /> It was the perfect end to an initiative that has captured the imagination of corporate Jamaica and allowed award-winning caterers like Jacqui Tyson to introduce palates to the not-so-typical. Tyson&rsquo;s four-course affair, aimed to showcase the familiar in &mdash; for quite a few &mdash; a not-so-familiar setting. This began with what was dubbed the St Elizabeth Delight, a fajita triangle kissed with an espresso of creamy pumpkin soup. A Weakness for Sweetness followed &mdash; crunchy fish sticks on a chiffonade of lettuce drizzled with Tyson&rsquo;s signature sweet and sour sauce. An homage was paid to host FLOW with Let it Flow, a new take on mac & cheese, which featured tossed fusilli with melting cheeses, golden breadcrumbs and stuffed chicken medallions.<br /> <br /> The dessert was a show-stopper aptly labelled Cumberland Surprise &mdash; a deconstructed ice cream cake &mdash; with pound cake, warm chocolate, whole cherries, strawberries, caramel amidst fresh whipped cream and Devon House ice cream finished with an Oreo crunch in Martini glasses.<br /> <br /> Lunch hit an even sweeter note when surprise guest, international dancehall entertainer Jeffrey &lsquo;Agent Sasco&rsquo; Campbell shared his childhood as an exemplar. &ldquo;A lot of people look at me and think that I&rsquo;m well off, and that I just got here without any work. I lived in a board house and had very little... My only dream back then was to live in Mona, have cable and a car, simply because that was what I knew as luxury,&rdquo; he said. Campbell charged the students to dream big, chart their own journey and stay dedicated and focused on the path they choose to success.<br /> <br /> There was more, a presentation of a cheque for $100,000 to the school&rsquo;s principal Michael Brydson by the FLOW Foundation, to aid in improving the school&rsquo;s security system. In his response principal Brydson expressed gratitude to the afternoon&rsquo;s hosts. &ldquo;I really have to say a huge thank you to the FLOW Foundation, to Novia McDonald-Whyte, and the Jamaica Observer. This initiative will go a far way in fashioning these students in becoming ladies and gentlemen.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Applaud It! now, a two-week-long luncheon series, provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through social and dining skills. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13457946/243338_69762_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM TASTE OF TRYALL: Out of Many, One Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/TASTE-OF-TRYALL--Out-of-Many--One-Cuisine_82010 The manicured lawns of the luxurious Tryall Club in Hanover were transformed Friday last, November 25, into an exquisite culinary enclave as part of the Taste of Tryall.<br /> <br /> The annual culinary celebration, now in its seventh year, requested of its chefs the creation of dishes under the theme &lsquo;Out of Many, One Cuisine&rsquo;. More than 50 of Tryall&rsquo;s villa chefs accepted the challenge. A wide range of dishes incorporating cultural elements of Greek, Asian, Italian and American were infused with a distinctly Jamaican flavour.<br /> <br /> The event saw patrons sampling reimagined creative takes on fusions and pairings - avocado and plantain salsa on sweet potato croutons, scallops wrapped with bacon, stuffed tenderloin with bacon and spinach, Asian barbecued chicken drummets, tandoori chicken with basmati rice, curried dal and roti, and much more. Watering holes from Appleton and Red Stripe serving cocktails to complement the fare made the evening that much more appealing.<br /> <br /> Although one could easily get lost in the culinary side of this event, the event&rsquo;s raison d&rsquo;etre is to raise much-needed donations for the Tryall Fund. The fund&rsquo;s charitable donations are geared towards improving education and health in the parish of Hanover. Funds raised over the years have contributed to the &lsquo;Success by Six&rsquo; project, which supports early childhood education (3-5 years old) throughout the parish of Hanover. The project focuses on areas of developmental assessment, computer literacy, intensive teacher training and nutritional programmes for basic schools in the parish.<br /> <br /> The fund also supports a scholarship programme for preparatory to university students and has disbursed over J$7 million in grants and a dental mission that provides free dental care to basic and primary school children as well as adults. This past summer, over 60 scholarships were awarded under the programme, while 720 persons benefited from the dental mission.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The event was successful; we were able to raise a large part of our goal of US$200,000, especially from our live auction and pledges. We are embarking on a new project, to start a music and arts programme in basic schools. This is a need we have identified and the funds will be used to implement this project. We are extremely proud to have been able to raise funds to assist the parish in areas of health and education and we are looking forward to doing even more,&rdquo; stated Paula Kovinsky, president, Tryall Fund. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470321/244072_70754_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM Supreme Ventures Applauds the Men of Jamaica College http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Supreme-Ventures-Applauds-the-Men-of-Jamaica-College_81385 Tuesday, November 29, was memorable for 10 Jamaica College students, all members of the highly-acclaimed robotics club, who participated in a working luncheon which was hosted by Ian Levy, deputy chairman of Supreme Ventures, and four members of the company&rsquo;s executive. The boys made full use of the three-hour face-to-face, which began with Levy explaining how fortunate they were to be at the school. &ldquo;The fact that you attend JC,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;puts you ahead of everyone else. Why? Because we were taught that we were leaders, we were lectured more than we were taught so we always believed that we were going to be somebody.&rdquo; Levy continued, &ldquo;Going to school then and now is much different, but there are still a lot of opportunities particularly available for Jamaica College students. I want to encourage you to stay in Jamaica, and think of this island as your future.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> The luncheon, handled by Patsy Lyn Caterers, was another successful sitting of the Jamaica Observer&rsquo;s Applaud It! which, due to overwhelming demand, is now a two-week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for Jamaica&rsquo;s corporate pathfinders to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through social and dining skills.<br /> <br /> And this Supreme Ventures did, over a hearty bowl of corn chowder. The future leaders gained insight into the early days of the company. &ldquo;We started something no one thought about,&rdquo; said Levy. &ldquo;We were not first. Indeed, the Jamaica Lottery Company was around, but had a limited amount of outlets; so what we did was flood the island with outlets.&rdquo; The moral of the story &mdash; &ldquo;to become visionaries and to think differently. &ldquo;Not because something is not being done, doesn&rsquo;t mean it can&rsquo;t be done,&rdquo; Levy stressed. <br /> <br /> This was further underscored over the entr&Atilde;&copy;e &mdash; Chinese stir-fried rice, Chinese roast chicken, sweet and sour fish and crispy roast pork&mdash; by Lance Thomas, VP of Finance, who used the example of the blue and red strategy to illustrate the concept :&rdquo;The blue strategy represents unchartered waters, where you think outside of the box and there are little to no competitors in the game. The red strategy, however, are the industries where there&rsquo;s a lot of fighting going on for everyone to get to the top.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Brando Hayden, VP of Strategy, highlighted the island&rsquo;s potential. &ldquo;We have a really huge brand coupled with a tremendous amount of talent which continues to be exported across the world. The key is really working hard at what you do and trying to be your best. Think big! Don&rsquo;t limit yourself or be confined to borders. Everything is at your fingertips; your smartphone offers you access to markets anywhere in the world.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> During dessert &mdash; the moistest of carrot cakes &mdash; Jason Hall, VP of Marketing, left the boys with homework. &ldquo;Goal setting is the single most important thing. Do a regret analysis of where you don&rsquo;t want to be. You have to learn to be disciplined and committed to your vision. Life is full of challenges, and no matter how badly off you think you are, there&rsquo;s always someone better and worse off than you.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Even after a hearty three-course meal heaped with inspiration; the young men craved more and sought out the executives for one-on-one advice.<br /> <br /> Mission accomplished! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13470220/242761_70683_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, December 01, 2016 12:00 AM &rsquo;Tis the season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Tis-the-season_81899 Some call it the silly season; some call it the happiest time of the year. Some paraphrase Shakespeare; referring to the season as &lsquo;the best of times and the worst of times&rsquo;. Call it whatever you want, the Christmas season is upon us, bringing with it all the emotions, entertainment and extra pounds.<br /> <br /> Challenging wine choices &mdash; Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner<br /> <br /> Is it that Jamaicans living here with no ties to the USA look for any reason to celebrate and eat food? I continue to be surprised by the number of &lsquo;born here, live here&rsquo; folks celebrating the US Thanksgiving holiday; is it the influence of US cable TV? Maybe it is the many &lsquo;Jamerican&rsquo; returning residents and US-based friends and family visiting &mdash; this discussion continues. More interestingly, however, is which wines to pour?<br /> <br /> Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners pose the very same challenge &mdash; so many flavours on the table at the same time, so the wine choice will depend on your attempt at a perfect pairing. This year I had Thanksgiving dinner with my Jamaican/Haitian family in South Florida, and the dinner consisted of the traditional American Thanksgiving fare in addition to some Haitian black rice and Jamaican oxtail. I wanted to see what the boutique wine store attendant would suggest after I explained about the spiciness and richness of the food. To my surprise he offered me a rich, powerful Cabernet from Napa Valley. I stared wide-eyed at the guy and said, &ldquo;No thank you, sir, this will clash. I need something massively food- friendly, very fruit-forward with soft tannins. Where is your blend section?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> After a quick glance, I selected something that I have never seen or tasted before: a 2013 McBride Sisters Truv&Atilde;&copy;e Red Blend. This spicy velvety C&Atilde;&acute;tes du Rh&Atilde;&acute;ne Village style wine is from Central Coast, California. This blend is made from seven varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Everyone who tasted it loved it, as it went well with the vast array of flavours on this international dining table. Christmas and Thanksgiving are never the times to pull out your best wines; always go for the generic crowd-pleasers, especially if the group&rsquo;s wine appreciation level is all over the map.<br /> <br /> Salut! Wine and Champagne - A missed opportunity for some<br /> <br /> With approximately 13 wine importers in Jamaica, only four took part in this year&rsquo;s Salut! This suggests a major missed opportunity to expose the market to new offerings or to remind the wine-drinking public what&rsquo;s hot in your portfolio. <br /> <br /> CPJ poured Taittinger at Cellar 8<br /> <br /> Last week got off to a celebratory start, with CPJ reminding us all how delicious Taittinger Champagne is. On offer was Taittinger Brut R&Atilde;&copy;serve, Taittinger Prestige Ros&Atilde;&copy; and Taittinger Brut Mill&Atilde;&copy;sim&Atilde;&copy; 2008. <br /> <br /> Taittinger Brut R&Atilde;&copy;serve is a blend of Chardonnay (40%) and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (60%) wines. Tasting notes: The brilliant body is golden yellow in colour. The bubbles are fine, while the foam is discreet yet lingering. The nose, very open and expressive, delivers aromas of fruit and brioche. It also gives off the fragrance of peach, white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and vanilla pod. The entry onto the palate is lively,<br /> <br /> fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey.<br /> <br /> Taittinger Prestige Ros&Atilde;&copy; tasting notes: The intense and brilliant body is bright pink in colour. The bubbles are fine, and the mousse persistent. The full nose, wonderfully expressive, is both fresh and young. It gives off aromas of red fruits (freshly crushed wild raspberry, cherry, blackcurrant). On the palate, this wine strikes a fine balance of a velvet texture and full body taste. The flavours are reminiscent of fresh, crisp red fruits. The palate can be summed up in four words: lively, fruity, fresh, and elegant, as only a ros&Atilde;&copy; blend can be.<br /> <br /> Taittinger Brut Mill&Atilde;&copy;sim&Atilde;&copy; 2008 is exclusively blended from first press wines. It consists of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%). The 2008 vintage has produced wines characterised by freshness and vivacity, with a perfectly integrated acidity that suggests they will age very well. Intense and mineral, the nose combines floral and citrus notes (lemon and grapefruit). On the palate, fruit, vinosity and richness predominate.<br /> <br /> In the upcoming weeks we will look at wine suggestions for the season and wine discoveries from Salut! <br /> <br /> Christopher Reckord - Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to creckord@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13453243/242429_69008_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Thursday, December 01, 2016 3:00 AM Vows: Crazy in Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Crazy-in-Love_80210 Promobiz Limited Senior Sales and Marketing Executive Marsha Morris and Dayne Bucknor, Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica manager, would have never guessed that a mutual friend&rsquo;s matchmaking efforts would result in them walking down the aisle, two years later. Vows&lt; takes you to the altar.<br /> <br /> HOW THEY MET, AS TOLD BY DAYNE <br /> <br /> The couple first met through an introduction by a mutual friend at a popular night club. &ldquo;Despite my trepidation at being introduced to ladies in this type of environment, I summed up the courage to meet this young lady, who my friend had been talking so much about. We proceeded through a crowded dance floor where Marsha and her friends were. They had surrounded her, so it was like an impenetrable wall. As I stood there patiently waiting as the seconds felt like hours, my friend finally made his way through to me and signalled me to come with him. My friend leaned in and introduced us; however, she still did not turn fully around. It was obvious that I had the minimum amount of her attention. I extended my hand and was surprised when she reciprocated. After that, she turned her back and continued her conversation. I left the club that night with a bad impression, thinking she was just another snob. However, a month after, I saw her out with friends. I asked the same friend for her BlackBerry pin. We started talking every day and I soon realised she was much more than I believed. Seven months later, we began dating, and the rest, as they say, is history. &ldquo;<br /> <br /> THE PROPOSAL, AS TOLD BY MARSHA <br /> <br /> It was an unexpected invite in the middle of the week to dinner at the Majestic Sushi and Grill, she recalls. Dayne is not the type to go anywhere during the week. We went, enjoyed dinner and returned home. He appeared apprehensive and in fact when he went down on one knee I was seriously concerned &mdash; our house has quite a few stairs &mdash; I turned on the balcony lights, turned around and was caught off guard when I saw him pull a box from his pocket. My apprehension moved from relief to absolute joy. Naturally, I said yes! <br /> <br /> THE CEREMONY... <br /> <br /> ... took place on Saturday, October 8, at a mutual friend&rsquo;s home in upper St Andrew. The purple and white garden-chic setting, which was created by Petals & Promises and Promobiz Limited, provided the perfect backdrop for the beautiful bridesmaids who, in one-shouldered lilac floor-length gowns from Allure Bridals and to the strains of Lifehouse&rsquo;s You and Mecommenced their walk up the aisle. They were escorted by dapper groomsmen dressed in fossil grey two-piece Michael Kors suits complemented by lilac neckties.<br /> <br /> The absolutely stunning bride, escorted by her mother and father, Halden and Carlene Morris, made her way up the aisle to Savage Garden&rsquo;sTruly Madly Deeply. She was a vision of elegance in a strapless fit and flare gown and a bird cage veil also from Allure Bridals. She clutched a bouquet of calla lilies from Petals & Promises. The ceremony was officiated by Dr Reverend Patricia Johnson. <br /> <br /> THE RECEPTION... <br /> <br /> Members of the bridal party danced their way in to the tunes of Beyonce&rsquo;sCrazy In Love.<br /> <br /> The newly-weds followed, this time to Justin Timberlake&rsquo;sMirror. Once seated all enjoyed a sumptuous, three-course meal catered by Nicole Baxter Murray, and witnessed the cutting of the beautiful vanilla and chocolate-flavoured, cake by Sweet Mischief Jamaica. The evening included the couple&rsquo;s first dance to Oasis&rsquo;Wonderwall and a heartfelt speech by the groom about his undying love for his bride. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13459661/241015_69829_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, November 28, 2016 12:00 AM Four O|f A K|ind! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Four-O-f-A-K-ind-_81649 With a selection of four champers from GraceKennedy&rsquo;s Harbour Wines & Spirits&rsquo; bubbly portfolio, the 2016 Jamaica Observer Salut! festivities wrapped this year&rsquo;s week-long celebration of fine wines and Champagne at OAK Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge. The Hillcrest Avenue wine-and-dine hotspot did not disappoint, either; the well-stocked wine rack at the entrance was enough to have winos feeling at home. Wine connoiseur and consultant Marilyn Bennett was on hand to break down the notes and aromas and provide insight into the selections.<br /> <br /> Round one started off with the welcome bubbly, the Trivento Brut Nature Sparkling wine from Argentina, which turned out to be a crowd favourite &ndash; dry, zesty, and light on the palate. This was served with maple bacon meatballs and garlic bread. In-betweeners included the Marquis de la Tour &ndash; a crisp fruit-flavoured wine with a gentle fizz ­&ndash; from Loire, France, and the Cavit Lunetta Prosecco from nothern Italy, with aromas of apple and peach. Both wines were served with either the crispy chicken slider or the bourbon chicken liver p&acirc;t&eacute;.<br /> <br /> Round four required a visit to the USA by way of the Michelle Brut, a blend of 63 per cent Chardonnay, 19 per cent Pinot Noir, and 18 per cent Pinot Gris.<br /> <br /> Imagine the obligatory Salut! as OAK staffers replenished stemware with the effervescent Michelle Brut.<br /> <br /> &lsquo;Tis the season to enjoy bubbly with Harbour Wines & Spirits!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Monday Social gives you four new reasons to imbibe. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13463077/243436_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Monday, November 28, 2016 12:00 AM Through The Windows Of Lee&rsquo;s http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Through-The-Windows-Of-Lee-s_81353 No, your eyes are not deceiving you and no, the Christmas windows at Lee&rsquo;s Fifth Avenue Tropical Plaza and Sovereign Centre have not been transported from New York to Jamaica. What is true, however, is that they do look good and serve the purpose of luring you in.<br /> <br /> The person behind the fabulous windows is Oriente Issa. It came about, she shares with All Woman Fashion (AWF), as a result of offering to help her brother-in-law with the windows at his stores. &ldquo;I had never done it before&hellip; but I just thought that a new look could represent the store better,&rdquo; she says.<br /> <br /> Issa, a painter with a background in fashion, thought of doing the windows as a sort of conceptual art installation. Issa I also used two mannequins that were painted by the artist Alec from Right Brain Active Studios. She saw it more as an art project using the merchandise in Lee&rsquo;s as the subject matter.<br /> <br /> The project took a month of preparation, constructing the sets and the props, etc, with the installation taking less than a week.<br /> <br /> The result: A strong message from Lee&rsquo;s that high fashion is available in Jamaica. &ldquo;When I started working on the project I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were many things in Lee&rsquo;s that I used to think you had to go to Miami or New York to buy. From basics to trendy stuff,&rdquo; she shares.<br /> <br /> So are there plans to create any more beautiful windows?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yes, if Lee&rsquo;s asks me nicely!&rdquo; is her response. I reckon we&rsquo;ll have to wait and see what 2017 brings.<br /> <br /> Until then, AWF suggests Lee&rsquo;s Fifth Avenue at Tropical Plaza and at Sovereign Centre for great windows and a solid dose of festive retail therapy. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13459558/242668_69769_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, November 28, 2016 12:00 AM MODA MAGIC: The Host http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MODA-MAGIC--The-Host_81482 When MoDA Market founder Kerry Ann Clarke mentioned that Harriette Cole was to guest host the event&rsquo;s fifth anniversary celebration, eyebrows were raised. When the opportunity came to interview her, the challenge was simply where to start. An hour-and-a-half on the phone made the task that much more arduous. Cole is a multi-dimensional, walking series of accomplishments and living proof that a sound education, experience and a sense of self will keep you relevant at any chapter of your life.<br /> <br /> Her mother once told her that people who stand out as bright lights are the ones to get to know. Since mothers are always right, we reckon there&rsquo;s no better place to start&hellip;<br /> <br /> Novia McDonald-Whyte (NMW): I&rsquo;m starting this article with a quote from your mother, who said: &ldquo;Whenever you are looking out, notice the lights in the room; there will be people who stand out as bright lights. Those are the ones you&rsquo;re attracted to and you should get to know and stay in touch with, because they can be very important to you later on in your life.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> When did your mum share these profound words with you, and how have they shaped your life?<br /> <br /> Harriette Cole (HC): I remember my mother saying these words all the time, certainly during junior high school, which was a troubling time for me. I was experiencing bullying from a group of girls, and I recall hearing my mother&rsquo;s wisdom reminding me that there are other people in the world who care about me and who will look out for me. She wanted me to know that you can always walk away from negativity and toward the light.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: Which women have shone the brightest for you, and why?<br /> <br /> HC: I grew up in a home with fiercely bright women. My mother, Doris Cole, showed my sisters and me unconditional love. At 86 years young she still wears a dynamic smile on her face that is infectious. Her mother, Carrie Freeland, who lived to be 101, taught us to love our work and the people with whom we work, no matter what that work is. Honour and integrity were essential to both of them. My sister Stephanie Hill, now an exec at Lockheed Martin, has been my champion since she was born. My &ldquo;baby&rdquo; sister, she has shown me unconditional love, patience and kindness with a joy that remains unmatched. My older sister, Susan, has always been the whip ensuring that we used no-nonsense smarts and strategy to forge ahead. <br /> <br /> Susan L Taylor was leading<br /> <br /> Essence when I worked there. She inspired me and all of the team to see black women in all our incarnations of beauty &mdash; from the darkest complexions to the curviest hips and everything in between. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: Media is competitive; that&rsquo;s a given, But you&rsquo;ve said that &ldquo;there aren&rsquo;t enough of us in the industry to be competitive&rdquo;. Many might disagree with you. Can you clarify your original statement?<br /> <br /> HC: There are very few media outlets out there that are targeting black consumers. I believe there is enough room out there for all of us. The challenges come with regard to building quality content that appeals to particular segments of the audience, and securing advertising/sponsorship dollars to pay for the creation, production and distribution of the products. <br /> <br /> It gets tricky when entities feel they have to compete for the same dollars. I recommend getting creative and figuring out ways to work together sometimes, pooling resources or creating other types of collaborations that make a more appealing bigger picture. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: Black icons, fashion influencers, even make-up, etc, have &ldquo;crossed over&rdquo; and are now an accepted part of popular fashion magazines. Why, then, aren&rsquo;t there more black women helming major publications?<br /> <br /> HC: The great news is that we have two black women at Cond&Atilde;&copy; Nast books right now: Elaine Welteroth at<br /> <br /> TeenVogue and Keija Minor at<br /> <br /> Brides. We also have black women like Vanessa DeLuca at<br /> <br /> Essence. And there are many web products with black female leadership. But, make no mistake, the door is only narrowly open. Why? Fashion and beauty, though large industries (especially beauty), are still cliquish and very small. You have to get in before you can rise up. I will say that over the past 20 years there have been quite a few black women to reach high levels in mainstream publishing and media, including Julee Wilson/<br /> <br /> Essence, Nikki Ogunnaike/<br /> <br /> ELLE, Simone S Oliver/<br /> <br /> Allure, TV personalities Bevy Smith, Michaela Angela Davis and Tai Beauchamp, Claire Sulmers/<br /> <br /> FashionBombDaily.com, Marielle Bobo/<br /> <br /> Ebony Magazine, Celia Smith/<br /> <br /> Essence.com &mdash; and many more. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: What was your reaction when you heard that<br /> <br /> TeenVogue had hired its first black editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth, who was a former intern of yours at<br /> <br /> Essence magazine?<br /> <br /> HC: I met Elaine through her incredible persistence. She wanted to work with me. Her trial shoot was supporting me in California when we were shooting Serena Williams for the cover of<br /> <br /> Ebony Magazine. She was such a consummate professional with a great eye. I knew she was a keeper. Elaine moved from California to New York to work with me, and work hard she did. With a tiny team, we had so much work to do. Elaine was never afraid of pouring all of her creativity and energy into a project. She created a beauty department at<br /> <br /> Ebony that rivalled the mainstream competition and forged significant bonds with editors and publicists along the way.<br /> <br /> What Elaine did is rare. She went from<br /> <br /> Ebony, a traditionally black magazine, to<br /> <br /> Glamour, one of the largest mainstream women&rsquo;s magazines, to<br /> <br /> TeenVogue. In short order she was invited to step into the role of EIC. I feel like my baby has stepped into her big-girl stilettos!<br /> <br /> NMW: Were you to go shopping with five gal pals who would they be, and why? <br /> <br /> HC: Hmm. I shop alone. That&rsquo;s way more fun for me. That said, I would take my soon-to-be 13-year-old daughter. We have fun trying on clothes and showing each other. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: What would you wear, and why? <br /> <br /> HC: I always wear a one-piece bodysuit so that it&rsquo;s easy to slip on different clothes and keep smooth lines. I&rsquo;m tall, so I don&rsquo;t really need a heel, but a good wedge always works to add a lift!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: 108 Stitches is your latest project. How did this come about? Also, how did you get prima ballerina Misty Copeland to be one of your fashion ambassadors? <br /> <br /> HC: When I was 12, I had a little crochet business where I designed and crocheted clothing for the many babies who were being born in the neighbourhood. The next year I became a model and totally forgot all about my entrepreneurial side. Fast-forward to about six years ago: My family and I were out in Sag Harbor, in the Hamptons in NY on Memorial Day weekend, but it was too cold to go in the water. My daughter, who was six, had nothing to do. And our house had no TV. I quickly remembered that there was a five and dime store in town that sold yarn and hooks. I asked my daughter if she would like to learn how to crochet.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Sure, Mommy,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s that?&rdquo; <br /> <br /> We went from making crazy stitches to me falling in love with this craft once again. I went on searches to find unusual fibres and off-size hooks to design unusual pieces. Along the way I realised that the act of crocheting was itself a meditation; hence, the name 108 Stitches. That number is considered very special in many spiritual circles. <br /> <br /> How Misty came to be part of my life and later to graciously agree to take pictures wearing my art is thanks to Prince. The last issue I produced of<br /> <br /> Ebony before I left in 2010 (as editor-in-chief and creative director) featured Prince. He subsequently hired me to interview all of the opening acts for his<br /> <br /> Welcome2America tour. Misty was part of that tour. She and I hit it off instantly. When I asked her to be part of my inaugural photo shoot she happily agreed. It is my honour to have her wear my work, but more to be her friend. She is a force of nature with more humility than most.<br /> <br /> NMW: What keeps you, a woman who many would say has done it all, motivated?<br /> <br /> HC: My parents taught my sisters and me to strive for excellence always, and to remember to take care of others along the way. Family-wise, I am committed to guiding my daughter to become a dynamic, fully-empowered woman. I believe I do this by showing her the choices that I make and by instilling in her the wisdom, confidence and love that fuels me. <br /> <br /> Workwise, I am motivated to offer my skills more broadly. I&rsquo;ve been coaching entertainers and entrepreneurs one-on-one for years on how to engage the media and/or present themselves effectively. I launched<br /> <br /> DREAMLEAPERS&trade;, an educational initiative designed to help people access and activate their dreams, with the intention of sharing my wisdom and that of fellow professionals so that more people can leap into their own greatness.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: What is your definition of success?<br /> <br /> HC: Success, to me, is a recipe of sorts: identified dreams made manifest.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: You were one of the fortunate ones: raised in a middle-class home, swimming pool and all. Dad a judge, mum an educator-cum-homemaker, university-educated. Were these pluses?<br /> <br /> HC: I feel like I&rsquo;ve had a blessed life. I grew up in a part of Baltimore, MD, that was safe and thriving with African-American professionals who all believed that they were carving out a great life for themselves and their families and who all appreciated those who had come before them. The children were taught that we had a serious responsibility to do our best and to share our knowledge and resources along the way. <br /> <br /> I knew that we were privileged. While my father was the first black state senator in Maryland and the first black judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals (the highest court in the state), both of my grandmothers were domestic workers. My maternal grandmother was a maid and my paternal grandmother was a cook. It was a given that we would respect from whence we came and make something of ourselves in recognition of the hard work that got us there.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: Career came first, marriage, and then motherhood. Was this your checklist or that of the universe?<br /> <br /> HC: I always knew I would work in writing and fashion. That dream was planted when I was 12. I met my husband, a proud Jamaican, George Chinsee, while working on a book. Work has always figured prominently in my life, and the fact that George and I met through work was great. We&rsquo;ve gone on to work on six of my seven books and many other projects in between! <br /> <br /> Ten years after we were married we welcomed our daughter into the world. She is definitely a gift from God, the most perfect gift. <br /> <br /> NMW: Would you have had it any other way?<br /> <br /> HC: That&rsquo;s a worthless question. I like to look toward the future rather than bemoan what ifs.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> NMW: What will Harriette Cole be doing five years from now?<br /> <br /> HC: I am building out DREAMLEAPERS&trade; with the intention of helping others manifest their dreams. I&rsquo;m also working on several other book projects. Stay tuned! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13460133/243134_69970_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, November 27, 2016 3:00 AM MoDA Magic: The Collection MoDA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MoDA-Magic--The-Collection-MoDA_81479 With a heptad of familiar designers on the marquee, The Collection MoDA returned to Kingston &mdash; two Thursdays ago at the Spanish Court Hotel&rsquo;s Worthington extension &mdash; with a runway update that remained true to a resort aesthetic. <br /> <br /> Show attendees were invited to contemplate prints &mdash; especially the u¨bertrendy African waxprint which dominated Carlton Brown&rsquo;s suiting offerings for men. Miami&rsquo;s Lisu Vega went rogue with a foray into perforated minimalism, while the majority &mdash; namely, Carlton Jones, Cesar Galindo, Courtney Washington, Irina Shabayeva, and Korto Momolu &mdash; sought to perfect their breezy silhouettes with polished sophistication. <br /> <br /> It was from there that the lion&rsquo;s share of the collections modelled were added to the also annual MoDA Market, which featured its signature Runaway To Retail capsule, which unfolded over the weekend. It was disappointing to many that the show featured only two local designers. But first things first, SO starts at the beginning.<br /> <br /> PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13461079/243098_69865_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:00 AM COCKTAILS WITH... Krystal Tomlinson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/COCKTAILS-WITH----Krystal-Tomlinson-SUNDAY-NOVEMBER-27-------_78722 Digicel Foundation Public Relations & Engagement Manager, and Five Dollar Forum Founder Krystal Tomlinson spends most of her waking hours in the spotlight. We go behind the persona to rap with the host of Television Jamaica &rsquo;s Entertainment Prime & Nyammings. <br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s your favourite sip? <br /> <br /> I love anything with a sweet and/or bubbly flavour profile. So definitely a Moscato or Mo&euml;t & Chandon Imperial champagne.<br /> <br /> Are there occasions in business when a book could be judged by its cover? <br /> <br /> No, I don&rsquo;t think so. Writing anyone off before they&rsquo;ve had a chance to prove their value, work ethic and skill set is unfair. I need to see proof before I make a final decision on character and talent. I am also a believer in second chances, so even after someone has performed below what I had expected, I will look for reasons to give them another opportunity. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> A logistics situation threatens to derail an event; how can one pull it back from the brink?<br /> <br /> My first instinct, when I am unable to do anything more, is to find the next human being and start to negotiate a solution. There is always a solution, always a way to prevent a crisis. We just have to find the person or persons who can help us reconnect the dots.<br /> <br /> What are the indicators of a great work environment?<br /> <br /> One is allowed to be a human being? Feeling like you have to choose between work and family is a good measure of how healthy or unhealthy your work environment is. We don&rsquo;t work for fun. We work for family. So if work makes family time impossible, then something needs to be modified. If work makes you unable to take care of yourself and those you love, then it might be time to speak to your employer.<br /> <br /> Is there room for growth and personal development? <br /> <br /> Your employers should care about your professional and personal growth as much as you working to grow their business. Allowing you to be upskilled, trained in other areas of competence, and opening up opportunities for mobility within the business are all signs of a great work environment. <br /> <br /> In an attempt to cater to another&rsquo;s needs, what expectation must first be tempered or checked?<br /> <br /> Be honest about how much help you can offer, and don&rsquo;t help because you want to hear &ldquo;thank you&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Best foot forward or keeping it real?<br /> <br /> Keeping it real! And that usually lands me on my best footing.<br /> <br /> Name a career skill no school can teach.<br /> <br /> Work ethic.<br /> <br /> How do you prevent procrastination?<br /> <br /> By telling others what I have to do and putting a deadline on it. This way I have a constant reminder when people ask how the preparation is going. <br /> <br /> What do you always make time for?<br /> <br /> Sleep.<br /> <br /> Should people still strive to impress others in an age that preaches self-sufficiency?<br /> <br /> No, people work to impress others because they have not developed goals for themselves, so external expectations influence them. The minute we write our own definition of sucesss and the steps to achieve same, the need to impress those on the sidelines diminishes. You will be too busy running your own race to look into the stands. <br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s your morning ritual?<br /> <br /> A cup of coffee, while writing in my gratitude journal. Then a 45-minute workout; breakfast and dressing for work, followed by a motivational post on<br /> <br /> Instagram; school drop-offs; and a recording at<br /> <br /> Television Jamaica. At 8:00 am, my Digicel Foundation workday starts. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13460150/242734_69853_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, November 27, 2016 3:00 AM My Kingston - Gerard Fontaine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Gerard-Fontaine_81049 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? <br /> <br /> My earliest memories are of my family. As the Christmas season approaches, the memory of my family being together, enjoying each other&rsquo;s company, telling old stories, jokes and laughter resonates with me.<br /> <br /> What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? <br /> <br /> Advocating to improve health care, safety, waste management, and brand building would be on the top of my list. But to get the most impact in a day, I would run an anti-litter and clean-up campaign for the day and subsequently advocate for a change in the current anti-litter laws.<br /> <br /> What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Kingston?<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t be afraid to explore. Seize every opportunity to try out our restaurants and food. Take a tour of the downtown and New Kingston business areas, the University of the West Indies, Mona, the National Gallery of Jamaica, and the Bob Marley Museum to experience various dimensions of our society and culture. And, interact with the people to get a good understanding of the Jamaican perspective. A stop at Devon House to savour our ice-cream, one of the best in the world, is a must. Kingston truly has many gems.<br /> <br /> Are risk-takers ultimately happier people?<br /> <br /> Life is about the pursuit of happiness. With risk there comes both failure and success; but most importantly, growth takes place either way. However, risks need to be calculated as it is important to know if the &lsquo;juice is worth the squeeze&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> Between instant and delayed gratification, is the latter always the smarter approach?<br /> <br /> In business, they say money in hand today is surer than money tomorrow, but I have found that everything is relative and what has served me well is patience. <br /> <br /> Are business models that incorporate an investment in philanthropy better poised for the long haul?<br /> <br /> I would think so, whether through donations or direct involvement in a charity. I think, for those who can afford to give back it is their duty to help others.<br /> <br /> Oxford Dictionary&rsquo;s Word of the Year 2016 is &lsquo;post-truth&rsquo;. What&rsquo;s yours?<br /> <br /> My word for 2016 is value. Customers, people, and relationships need to be valued. In business, one must remember that we are here to bring value to the customers through our offerings. We must treat people in the way we want to be treated. In our relationships we must value each other for who they are, and not for who we want them to be. <br /> <br /> Red cars are...<br /> <br /> Not more expensive to insure. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13460152/242706_69852_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:00 AM Gardening - November 27 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening----Sunday-November-27_81159 Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> I have several questions which I would like you to address:<br /> <br /> 1. I have not had much luck with Phalaenopsis in moss, as the roots typically rot soon after the original blooms dry up. Is it advisable to change the medium and repot the plant? Which is the best medium to use? Charcoal, wood, or chips and stones? What tips can you share about the repotting process?<br /> <br /> 2. About two years ago I purchased several Sun Vandas as bare root or baby plants. So far no blooms have appeared although the plants look healthy. I&rsquo;ve even tried watering them with a mixture of Epsom salt. What else could I try?<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> 3. Recently my Cattleya was left by accident on the porch where it was exposed to direct sunlight for a whole day. The next day I noticed that several of the green leaves had turned brown. What can I do to nurse the plant back to health?<br /> <br /> 4. I am sometimes so busy that daily watering, routine feeding and spraying of my orchid plants (mainly Dendrobiums and Sun Vandas) is neglected. Would it be ok to combine plant food, bloom booster and fungicide in one cocktail for the orchids?<br /> <br /> 5. I have noticed that potted orchid plants at the store appear to have the yellow slow-release fertiliser beads on them. Should I use them when I am repotting my orchid plants? Should regular fertiliser (eg 20-20) be used on orchid plants that have the beads in the potting medium? If so, is the fertiliser regime different for plants with the beads vs without?<br /> <br /> I look forward to your advice.<br /> <br /> TINAG<br /> <br /> Dear TINAG:<br /> <br /> Phalaenopsis in sphagnum moss saves on the water bill, but when treated by a novice the orchids die easily. Orchid plants should not be exposed to rain as they absorb the water when sphagnum moss is used. With charcoal, woodchip and stone, you can put the Phalaenopsis outdoors (in shade). Rain would not be a problem as these mediums are very porous.<br /> <br /> To repot you must trim all disturbed roots so they will start springing as soon as possible. First, you must put the medium in, then spread the roots over it. Next, pour in more medium to ensure a sturdy plant. Don&rsquo;t let stones touch the leaves, as this will cause yellowing.<br /> <br /> Re late blooming, you probably bought your plants when they were very young. Epsom salt encourages green foliage, not blooms. You shocked your Cattleya by leaving it in the sun. You&rsquo;ll need to fertilise it and wait this one out.<br /> <br /> Sometimes mixing fertiliser with insecticides can have negative effects, although I have personally got good results. In most cases the slow release is 14-14-14, a very balanced meal which can last up to six months. A bit of bloom booster could also help.<br /> <br /> Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> The thieves are on the rampage again. Although I have installed cameras, they are so brazen that they turn the cameras in other directions. As a result there is no evidence for the police to act on.<br /> <br /> I hereby beseech your readers not to buy plants from random vendors.<br /> <br /> Angry resident of Millsborough <br /> <br /> Betty Stephenson Ashley<br /> <br /> Betty&rsquo;s Farm Garden Supplies<br /> <br /> 161 Constant Spring Road,<br /> <br /> Kingston 8, Jamaica.<br /> <br /> Cell # 876-3224585, 8700191<br /> <br /> 876-931-8804, 876-755-2204<br /> <br /> Fax 876-931-8805<br /> <br /> bettystephensonashley@gmail.com<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13445761/240827_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, November 27, 2016 12:00 AM Your True Shade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Your-True-Shade_81260 Foundation is an essential part of any beauty regimen, and finding the right shade can be tricky at best and a cakey mess at worst. Your True Shade Cosmetics CEO and UTech lecturer Dianne Plummer has solved the problem of erroneous shading with her chemical engineering skills, resulting in her new locally manufactured line of products. Under The Dryer gets an insight. <br /> <br /> While attending Aalto University in Finland, Plummer found it challenging to find a foundation that offered the ideal coverage without affecting her eczema. On her visits back home she would stock up on make-up essentials to take back to Europe. &ldquo;I can recall how frustrated I was when my last bottle of foundation fell to the ground; it was then that I decided to use my background in chemical engineering to create my own make-up,&rdquo;Plummer shared with<br /> <br /> UTD. After experimenting and finally perfecting her shade, she then began to get inquiries and requests from friends. From this, she realised that it might be possible for her to create a business. Plummer prolonged her research and experimentation with other products, and in July 2014 returned to Jamaica to register and test-approve her products. A month later, she officially launched her cosmetic company, aptly labelled True Shade Cosmetics.<br /> <br /> The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Ignite Grant 2016 offers a payout of $72 million with the top 10 companies being recipients of $4 million each. True Shade Cosmetics Jamaica was one of the Top 10 companies to receive the grant funding. &ldquo;With the DBJ Ignite Grant Award, I was able to purchase cutting-edge equipment, which increased my production capacity and improved the overall look and feel of the brand,&rdquo; shared Plummer. <br /> <br /> The chemist recently scored an opportunity to be the official make-up brand for a Bajan film titled Borrow Freedom Fighter; and with the help of her sister and film-maker Marcia Weeks, Plummer thought it time to rebrand her company. <br /> <br /> Since then, True Shade Cosmetics became Your True Shade (YTS). The YTS line now offers both make-up and skincare products including foundation, powders, bronzers, blushes, lip balms and lipsticks. New additions to the line include concealers, matte lip glosses, sunscreen and Moroccan clay cleansers, as well as a skin CPR kit with masks and serums. Plummer&rsquo;s cosmetic line is manufactured locally with the exception of supporting products such as brush cleaners, make-up removers and brushes. &ldquo;Products are currently distributed in the Cayman Islands, Barbados and Japan. However, Your True Shade aims to be the leading brand in the Caribbean, so I wanted to upgrade the branding and packaging of products so that it is aligned with my vision. I am extremely pleased with the current packaging. Our upcoming catalogue features models of a range of skin tones and highlights all our products,&rdquo; Plummer shared with UTD. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13459640/240945_69837_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Saturday, November 26, 2016 3:00 AM