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Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Saudicka Diaram
Veronica Campbell-Brown
Professor Hopeton Dunn
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CARIMAC prepares for Digital Game Design courses

New courses in Digital game design and development are being prepared by the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), to be offered at the Western Jamaica Campus (WJC) in Montego Bay, St James.

CARIMAC director Professor Hopeton Dunn announced the plans at the start of the KingstOOn Animation Boot Camp on Wednesday, March 10.

"The courses, which will amount to a minor in game design and development when approved, will enhance the existing digital media production degree currently being offered as part of CARIMAC's WJC Programmes," Dunn said.

"Our digital media production students will then be able to choose this minor to enrich their design skills, make themselves more marketable, and help to establish a game design subsector to Jamaica's cultural and creative industry," he explained.

CARIMAC currently offers degrees in Film production and animation at the Mona Campus, alongside programmes in journalism and integrated marketing Communication.

The minor in game design will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean region and an additional branch of study for CARIMAC, UWI, and Jamaica. The goal of CARIMAC's emerging cluster of programmes in the cinematic arts is to create a distinct and visible Caribbean presence in the world of animation, game design, and film-making.

 

Saudika Diaram Show gets CIN deal

 

The Saudicka Diaram Show (SDS), a weekly entertainment and lifestyle talk show in Jamaica, has inked a deal with Caribbean International Network (CIN). CIN TV is a television channel in the Tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) of the US watched by over one million Caribbean nationals on channel 73 and Verizon Fios 26.

The SDS premieres on CIN-TV this Sunday, March 13, at 6 p.m.

Saudicka Diaram, who serves as host and producer, says since the programme debuted on Television Jamaica (TVJ) last August, it has made an impact on teenage and adult viewers. She says that her team hopes to continue bringing refreshing, exciting content to television, while showcasing topics and issues that are universal.

The SDS has explored the surge of cosmetic surgery in Jamaica, where the celebrity plastic surgeon 'Doctor Miami' was featured. The show also features an intimate interview with Olympian Novlene Mills about her journey and battle with breast cancer; the issue of 'fluffy women'; and also former dancehall artiste Miss Ting, who is now a Christian and who is preparing for a career in the gospel music industry.

Stephen Hill, CEO of CIN TV, had high praises for Diaram saying that she has the most popular talk show, on Television Jamaica (TVJ). He referred to her as "Jamaica's Oprah Winfrey" as she brings an engaging presence, and her upcoming airing on CINTV will attract another large audience to the CIN platform. The personalities and topics that she covers will entertain the large Caribbean audience in New York.

 

Kingston City Run on this weekend

 

Hundreds of runners from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, and Cayman The Islands are scheduled to travel to Kingston on the weekend of March 13 for the fourth staging of the annual Kingston City Run.

The half-marathon, 5K, and 10K races will take place around Kingston on Sunday. The event was created to raise funds to aid the homeless in and around Kingston. The sporting event was also designed to create a larger presence for Kingston as a fascinating travel destination, loaded with a kaleidoscope of attractions.

Jamaica's greatly admired Olympian and track superstar Veronica Campbell-Brown is the event's ambassador. Kingston City Run is expected to grab the attention of thousands of local runners from Kingston as well as from rural parishes. The event starts on Friday night with a carnival party. Saturday is a lifestyle and fitness expo, and Sunday's race day will close out with an awards ceremony and a farewell party.

"When asked to lend my support to this cause I did not hesitate because no matter how much we have accomplished, we must always help the least of us in times of need," Campbell-Brown said. Kingston City Run will make contributions to the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, the Open Arms Drop In Centre, Food For The Poor, Missionaries of the Poor, and The Alpha Institute.

Tifa among artistes to watch

In an article written by Owen Myers and Ruth Saxelby in the January 2016 edition of the American tabloid titled 25 Artists From Around The World You Need To Know Right Now, Tifa was placed at 21. The article stated: "Jamaican dancehall star Tifa has been making music for almost a decade, but she has not run out of explosive subject matter yet. Her most recent mixtape, Stay Away, addresses sexual taboos with wit and wine-inducing beats."

Tifa is the only Jamaican and one of two Caribbean nationals making the list. The other Caribbean representative is Trinidad's Bunji Garlin.

Tifa was also given honourable mention in the latest edition of Large-Up Magazine as one of the Top 10 Greatest Female Deejays of this generation. The article was published in honour of International Women's Day.

"I'm honoured, flattered, and excited, A whole lot of great emotions ran through me when I saw it. It's a good look not only for myself, but for Jamaica and dancehall," Tifa said.

Tifa has commenced an aggressive promotional campaign around her new singles Bout This Love, Big Bumper, The Champ and Dreaming, the last produced by radio jock and producer DJ Nicco on the Vacation Rhythm.