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Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Tom Tavares-Finson with his wife Rose.
Peter Lloyd
Rafters’ Rest in St Margaret’s Bay, Portland.


LASCO partners with Miss Universe Ja


At the media launch held on Sunday, July 17, it was announced that LASCO iCool and LASCO LaSoy are major sponsors of the pageant in partnership with Uzuri International. LASCO iCool will be sponsoring the swimsuit section of the pageant and LASCO LaSoy will be focused on the health and wellness journey of the contestants. Fans will be able to vote for their favourites and participate in the process.

"This year we're going bigger, better and bolder," declared Lyshon Davis, brand manager for iCool. "LaSoy is very versatile and can be fun and sexy, too, and that's what we hope to showcase through our partnership with Miss Universe Jamaica." said Kari Brown, brand manager for LaSoy.

Karl Williams, national director of the Miss Universe Jamaica organisation, said "LASCO's wide cross section of products fits squarely with the Miss Universe Jamaica's emphasis on beauty and wellness and, therefore, it's a no-brainer that we should have an alliance," stated Williams.

"Beyond that, they are also an organisation with a heart and have supported us wholeheartedly in our focus on charity, giving us a solid platform for our contestants to give back to Jamaica and help build the nation."

LASCO Curves, an associate sponsor, has sashed Miss Universe hopeful Shadae Haye as Miss Curves for the pageant. Haye was second runner-up in the Miss Universe Jamaica Northwest 2016 pageant.

LASCO began sponsoring Miss Universe Jamaica in 2015.


Tom Tavares-Finson leads National Gallery board


Minister of Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange says the recent appointment of Senator Thomas Tavares-Finson as chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica's (NGJ) new board of management, forms part of the ministry's overall thrust to further develop and promote all aspects of culture in Jamaica.

According to Grange, this thrust will be further enhanced through the appointment of industry-related stakeholders, technocrats and practitioners to state boards.

"Our aim is to ensure that the people who are called to serve are willing and able and have a vested interest in the continuation and promotion of the many facets of Jamaica's rich, vibrant and illustrious cultural legacy," she said.

The minister added that she is confident that Senator Tavares-Finson and the new board will steer the NGJ in a new direction that is in keeping with global trends in the development of art and galleries.

The other members of the board are Marigold Harding (vice-chairman), Susanne Fredricks, Anthony Miller, Annie Paul, Dr Jonathan Greenland, Delano McFarlane, Josef Forstmayr, Stephen Facey, Douglas McDonald, Cecil Cooper, Margaret Moodie-Jervis, Michelle Mayne (ex-officio), and Dr Veerle Poupeye (principal administrator).

The National Gallery of Jamaica was established in 1974 and is the oldest and largest public art museum in the anglophone Caribbean. It has a comprehensive collection of early, modern and contemporary art from Jamaica, along with smaller Caribbean and international holdings.

The National Gallery of Jamaica has an active exhibition programme which includes retrospectives of work by major Jamaican artists, thematic and guest-curated exhibitions, touring exhibits that originate outside of the island and the premier national exhibition, the Jamaica Biennial.


Portmore Chorale continues 'A Marvelous Journey'


The Portmore Chorale, conducted by Delroy Williams and accompanied by Denise Williams on piano, will deliver the final two of four concerts in its 2016 Summer Concert Season at Riverside United Church, Kingsvale, Hanover, on Sunday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. The next one will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Braeton, Portmore, on Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m.. The concert, A Marvelous Encounter, will feature saxophonist Vincentio as guest performer and Rev Paul Pinto as assistant conductor.

The chorale's repertoire is wide and varied, including classical, sacred, contemporary gospel, negro spiritual, folk and revival music. The interdenominational group has been in existence for more than 30 years and has a current membership of about 30 persons.

The chorale has performed at church services, concerts, civic and cultural events across Jamaica and has also performed in Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad and the United States of America.

Tickets cost $500 (Hanover) and $800 (Portmore) for adults and $150 and $200 for children at the respective doors. Tickets are available at AATECH Internet CafÈ (Kingsvale), United Church Western Regional Mission Council (Montego Bay), Family Care Pharmacy (Lucea) and Crystal Clear water shop in Destiny Mall, Portmore.


Peter Lloyd brings 'Pure Love' to Queen's


Peter Lloyd visited The Queen's School Summer Zone last Friday, while on the promotional trail for his new single, Pure Love. The students were enthusiastic about finally meeting in person the face that has graced their television screens in The Blackburns of Royal Palm Estate.

Lloyd delivered an interactive talk with the students, after which he introduced recording artiste Stephanie to do a short performance at her alma mater. CD Master served up the hottest dance tracks of the summer, setting the stage for Lloyd to deliver a 15-minute performance, anchored by Pure Love.

Fontana Pharmacy was on board providing giveaways, after which the students got their Pure Love CDs and other autographed memorabilia.


Vinyl to visit the banks of the Rio Grande


President of the Vinyl Record Collectors Association (VRCA), Michael 'Louis' Owens, was impressed by the beauty of the banks of the Rio Grande at Rafters' Rest in St Margaret's Bay, Portland, and felt it was the ideal place for him to make his debut in the parish.

Owens, a lifetime member of VRCA since 2007 and president since 2011, has a vast vinyl collection and is now faced with the daunting task of choosing which ones he will take along with him on Sunday, July 31. He definitely will not be leaving any of his signature ska records as he is aware that many persons, like himself, are totally fascinated with that genre of music. Additionally, ska was a main focus for the July 1 International Reggae Day activities led by Andrea Davis.

As it is part of a long weekend celebrating Emancipation Day, patrons of the party, which kicks off at 4 p.m., can factor in rafting on the Rio Grande and an overnight stay in the parish as part of their plans.

The party, Vinyl on the Rio Grande: from Ska Til Now, is July's last Sunday activity for the venue and coincides with the birthday celebrations for the organiser, Marcia Lawrence. Food and drink will be available from midday and there will be a small art and craft market and a NescafÈ booth. Patrons will pay $500 to attend.

The VRCA has several members based in Jamaica, Florida, Philadelphia, Toronto, Atlanta, New York and Connecticut. Every year, they host an annual reunion on the USA Memorial weekend in one of these places. Next year, they will be in Jamaica.