Organisations sign MOU
The Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a joint effort to develop the skill level of entrepreneurs in Jamaica.
The agreement will see the entities collaborating on future projects and programmes, including assisting with professional business development, as well as visiting and mentoring professional groups including (but not limited to) entrepreneurs, engineers, medical doctors and lawyers.
The two highly reputable organisations will coordinate to provide high-level training and consultancy services on business-related topics pertinent to entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-up companies.
The MSBM is an institution of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The JBDC has been established as one of the premier business and technical-support organisations in Jamaica. Its goal is to help businesses survive and grow by providing them with advice, consultancy and training on both generalist and specialist subjects.
Retro music for Champs
On the last Friday before this year's Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, past students of three of Jamaica's top traditional boys' schools met at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, Old Hope Road for Three The Hard Way.
A joint fund-raising event, it featured an unprecedented collaboration between the 'old boys' of Kingston College (KC), Jamaica College (JC) and Calabar High. Executives of the three organisations felt it was important to show that, despite the passionate competitiveness among the schools, there can still be mutual respect, friendship and productive collaboration.
The party featured three DJs, past students of the three schools. They played '70s, '80s and '90s retro music to a varied audience, indulging in a friendly musical clash.
The schools had Fortis, Fervet and Rabalac paraphernalia for sale.
All three DJs were in good form, with Squeeze representing the 'True Blues', Rory championing the 'Green and Blacks' and Marlon Young spinning for the 'Purples'. Whereas Marlon spun his classics and remained generally reticent throughout the night, the loquacious Squeeze led the lyrical banter, with Rory in the later hours emerging out of his Rastafari humility to thrill fans in a manner reminiscent of his early Stone Love days.
Morgan Heritage on Strictly Roots tour
Reggae group Morgan Heritage is preparing to release its 10th studio album, even as it embarks on a month-long tour of the United States. So Amazing is the second single from the upcoming album, Strictly Roots.
The group describes So Amazing as "the type of song that puts you in a fun loving mood".
With promotion for the Strictly Roots tour in high gear, Morgan Heritage, along with special guest Jemere Morgan, was scheduled to make a stop at Highline Ballroom in New York City yesterday,
Strictly Roots is set for release on all major digital platforms on April 20. The physical copy will be out on April 21.
New video from K-Anthony
Gospel/inspiration singer K-Anthony has released the video for Heading To the Top, which features Dwain 'Wiya' Campbell.
K-Anthony said the song is "about the journey of life, my personal struggles, experience and determination. The fact is you will go nowhere until you decide to move towards it".
The collaboration with Wiya was helpful as "his skills as a musician helped to bring to life the concept I had in mind. I want to break down barriers of faith and fate - God is ready to lead in your everyday life."
Wiya said, "This project is the quickest production I've ever done. We did the whole song from start to finish in minutes. I could literally hear the song speaking to me, so I lay the tracks right away. I had no intention of singing on this track, but K-Anthony convinced me to do a verse."
Directors, Pear Tree Media and Di Rawtid Yute (D.R.Y.) shot the video for Heading to the Top in Canada and Jamaica.
Pembroke Hall High wins Artlympics title
Pembroke Hall High School is the 2015 JCDC Artlympics champion. The school captured the title from Tacius Golding High School at the event's second edition, held during the recent Jamaica Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Artlympics is one of the activities held recently during the Schools' Arts Day Out, one of the main audience days of the visual-arts exhibition. The students were given four related art-based fun activities which they have to do in order to stay in the competition. They include a mix-media sculpture and an art/ exhibition trivia.
Pembroke Hall High School team tapped into its creativity and came up with an innovative work of art to showcase its talents and outshone other competitors, which included Wolmer's Girls, Tacius Golding High and Knox College.
In addition to winning the championship trophy, Pembroke Hall also won $100,000 for its Art Department, courtesy of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, main sponsor of the Jamaica Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition.
Fun and Joke Aside at UWI Sunday
Two of Jamaica's outstanding comedians, Owen 'Blakka' Ellis and Dr Michael Abrahams, are combining their creative skills for Fun and Joke Aside, a talk on the seriousness behind comedy. The event, slated for Sunday at is being staged by the Department of Literatures in English, in collaboration with Blue Moon Publishing.
Fun and Joke Aside will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies, Mona.
Armed with wit and verbal dexterity, Ellis and Abrahams will use Fun and Joke Aside to discuss humour as a tool for social change.
Owen 'Blakka' Ellis is a writer, actor and educator. Known mostly for three decades of work as a comedian, he has written for stage, screen and television, as well as taught English Language, Literature and Theatre Arts at the secondary and tertiary levels. Ellis has a deep interest in the intersection of gender, culture and the environment, which all coalesced in his first full collection of poetry, Riddim & Riddles (Blouse & Skirt Books).
Dr Michael Abrahams is a medical doctor and columnis,t by day, and poet and comedian, by night. He has had a prolific career in satirical poetry that has brought him to stages across Jamaica, including poetry and literary festivals. Abrahams is particularly known for his political satire. He has tackled issues as varied as Jamaica's 50th independence Tessanne's conquering of The Voice and, most recently, public debate surrounding Minister Lisa Hanna and Father Richard Ho Lung.