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Winner of the Face of Panache Competition Tashanya Traile. Shot on location at Devon House, Kingston, Jamaica and wearing clothes from Granduer Boutique and Ali Lue Couture. Editor-in-Chief: Tricia Williamson Photographer: Roger Jones Stylist: Michael Atkinson Makeup & Hair: John Gordon Model: Tashanya Traile

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“There are people who bring out the best in me sometimes, but Ali Lue does it every single time.”- Y. Migoko YUSSUF MIGOKO & ALI LUE

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best friends Want to be featured? Email a photo of you and your best friend and tell us why you love them in 20 words or less. Send to info@panachejamagazine.com; Subject: Friends Feature

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“Even though we’re from two completely different countries and speak different languages, we couldn’t be any more alike. I love her!”- J. Chung

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Panache Jamaica Covergirl, Tashanya Traile, the Face of Panache competition winner gets her hair styled and makeup done by the talented John Gordon.

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i c h a e l Atkinson started out in the business as an assistant to local designer Mr. Robert Hall. Working on collections alongside Hall and doing fashion shows as an backstage assistant manager led Micheal to managing fashion shows independently. As he continued work as a stylist over the years, a company called “The Group� was later

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Behind the Cover Shot

by tricia williamson, editor-in-chief Choosing the cover was not easy with an array of top contenders to choose from, each evoking their own mood with each shot! However in the end, our decision fell with the one that truly spoke to the essence of the issue- a Summer of Flair & Style!

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CARRERA, one of the world’s most prestigious fashion sunglass and sports eyewear brands, its inclusion in Rihanna’s latest music video “Rude Boy” the hot summer single off of the singer’s hit album, Rated R. “The stylish, playful and seductive video for “Rude Boy” contains all of the elements that have made Rihanna so gravitating since the beginning of her career. In the video, Rihanna reveals the complexity of her personality by displaying her true lighthearted and pulsating charisma.”- AP From PJM, we say, “David Bowie to Dancehall’s late Bogle..... they would all be proud!” We know our gal is Bajan! but is pere Jamaican influence running this video straight!!! West Indies to the world!!! “We used a lot of color, but also the costumes were very Jamaican dance-hall queen-type.”- Rihanna on the Rude Boy video.

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Athletics poster boy Usain Bolt is set to try his hand at entrepreneurship as he launched the Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records sports lounge in Kingston, Jamaica. His foray into the entertainment business is being backed by Kingston Live Entertainment (KLE), the company behind the successful Fiction lounge at Market Place on Constant Spring Road. At the launch on Tuesday night at Fiction, Bolt said, “This is something big, something new, something different. This is a reason to keep working hard and I look forward to working with KLE in the future.” Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records is a US$1-million investment. It will be located next to Fiction at Market Place and is scheduled to be opened in the last quarter of 2010. The design will reflect that of a stadium and will boast a mezzanine, multiple bars and lounges, interactive booth seating and a retail shop carrying Bolt products.AP

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Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago as her fiveparty coalition secured a strong victory in snap elections in the former British colony. A subdued Prime Minister Patrick Manning conceded defeat some five hours after the close of polls. “What I do know is that we’ve lost the elections,” Manning said on live television. “The people have spoken.” Meanwhile, jubilant crowds gathered at the headquarters of PersadBissessar’s United National Congress (UNC), the main opposition party, which heads the People’s Partnership coalition. Persad-Bissessar’s campaign tapped into voters’ worries about rising gang violence and corruption scandals here. The 58-year-old has promised to increase pensions and create a multimillion-dollar fund for sick children in a campaign focused on change.- AP

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he last page to be written for Panache` Jamaica is always the Editor’s Note. As we celebrate our fourth anniversary of business and amidst all that’s happening in my home, I wonder where to start, what to say, how to be the change I want to see for Jamaica and have it begin with me. With that said, it starts with a huge THANK YOU to God, Family, Friends and all the PJM Team, readers and supporters of our wonderful little piece of the Caribbean. We celebrate not just ourselves, but also Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago and wish her and her people the success and the will to see the changes they want for the Republic of the twin-island state.

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Back home, we have major milestones- the formation in March 2010 of our new publishing companyPanache` Communications Inc. LLC, the launch of BB magazine- Baby Blueprint for babies, the introduction of the AICIRT Collection- a signature line of charm bracelets for local charities here in Jamaica. With evey fashionable piece- you can AICIRT your support for breast cancer, the homeless, autism, AIDS awareness, missing children and more!

You must become the change you want to see for your country. It all begins with you.

Tricia Williamson, Stilettos-in-Chief

This issue gives back as much as we have receieved, and we trust that from Taste of Jamaica to a Summer Celebration of Style with our outstanding Face of Panache winner, Tashanya Traile that you enjoy every turn and support us as we expand from a digital magazine into print by going to www. panachejamagazine.com and subscribing to your favourite magazine-PJM! Four years ago when I founded Panache` Jamaica, I knew it would be a fight, a passion worth the pursuit. I thank everyone who has supported us over the years and continue to do so! We sincerely dedicate this issue to you and look forward to bigger and better things!

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uko Ogawa, a Brooklynbased hat designer was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. As a young girl, she grew up watching her mom design and create clothes. That experience became the foundation for her work. Another major influence came from taking a trip to Jamaica in 1999. There she became deeply inspired by the vibrant people and the colorful culture. Soon after her trip to Jamaica, Yuko started crocheting and creating hats inspired with a global perspective. Her signature hats are bubbly, fashioned with lively colored yarns; a mix of a variety of materials. Her designs represent a unique and classy style, that work well for men and women. Yuko launched her own 14

label, “ReallyRoots” in 2002. She then attended a hat design course at Osaka Fashion Design Vocational College in 2004. This course further sharpened and honed her design skills. “ReallyRoots“ is an urban line of handmade hats, purses, earrings, women’s clothing, gloves and scarves. Her collections have been showcased in numerous events, parties and street fairs, both in Japan and in the United States. Her most significant event to date was a self produced fashion show at the club KANON in Osaka in 2007. The show was called “Perfume: ReallyRoots”. Word spread quickly about ReallyRoots and her designs throughout the fashion industry. Yuko now has

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Soon after her trip to Jamaica, Yuko started crocheting and creating hats inspired with a global perspective. a long list of fashionistas waiting in line for her designs. Her collection can now be purchased at KIKU & Co. Hatters (35-4 Kitanagasa-dori, Kobe City, Japan) and at Furaha Clothing website: http:// www.furaha-clothing.com/reallyroots/ reallyroots.html Please check back as Yuko starts her own online store soon! you can also check her collections http://www.myspace. com/reallyroots. Yuko is deeply thankful and very excited by people like you. She is inspired by the world and through her designs, will continue to spread PEACE and LOVE.

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My “Elements” collection consisting of Air, Water, Earth and Fire all represent women that I have met throughout my life who have left an inexplicable lasting impression. Their energy and inner beauty is the inspiration for each individual namesake piece which creates the vast difference from one piece to the next. The “Simply Mod” collection is indicative of everything else around us in this world which is carefully processed and developed from an unusual perspective. Finally, the “Mariposa” collection is simply all about the fun, laughter and love of life through the eyes of little girls. It is a direct reflection of every little girl’s “dress up” moment. ||PJM|| ND Chong Jewels, Inc. PH: 305-431-7766 Email: nichola@ndchong.com Website: www.ndchong.com

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t was 2:30 pm on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 and I sat comfortably at the Melting Pot Restaurant and Lounge at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. I was there to interview Tami and Tessanne Chin. From where I sat I heard bursts of laughter, which ushered in the Chin sisters with Mom, Christine, in tow. I remember smiling to myself because I knew I would be in for a fun filled afternoon. The fact of the matter is Tami and “Tess” possess a sunny disposition that is contagious. Unless you are a sourpuss, you cannot help but be drawn into their world that is permeated with laughter. With a poise that is befitting that of a princess, I was greeted by my guests. In a Jamaican lilt, Tessanne greets, “Hi Stacey, how are you? It is so nice to see you again.” And with a warm embrace, Mom and Tami followed Tessanne’s lead. While I have interviewed Tess in the past, I am always in awe at her humility. That day, however, was no different than any other time that our paths crossed. Just then, Tami‘s request paused my train of thoughts, “I am so hungry. Stacey I am sorry but I have to get something to eat. Would that be ok?” I smiled and nodded in approval. I had already cleared my schedule to accommodate the ladies so I wasn’t pressed for time. I was, however, impressed by the fact that she asked.

male dominated reggae music industry. Often times, they have to create alter egos to bring out the sexy sirens that compete alongside these male DJs. With only a handful of female artists, the constant struggle to make and solidify their place amongst the men is often daunting and as such relationships, family time and friends are sacrificed. This however, does not seem to be the case with Tami and Tessanne who have always put family first. Tami: When it comes to life, that’s where it counts. I think we are really wealthy in our happiness and

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our personal lives. What really matters is how you are feeling and where you are personally, more so than where you were. It might seem to Jamaicans that we are not conquering big things or selling out big shows or topping billboard charts, but we are huge successes in our personal life which is more important to me. Tess: Maybe that is where we are flawed or not, because Tami and I will never trade that. And even though music is our passion, it is a job. At the end of the day when you are on your death bed you are not going to remember anything about music, perfor-

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mances or charts that you have topped. You are going to want your family and people that love you. With the full support of their mom, who is also Tessanne’s manager, family has always been the driving force of their survival in the business. Stacey: So what is it like being “Momager” to Tessanne? Christine: Just like being her mother. The difference is learning the business side of being her manager whereas all her life I have been her mom. Only now I have to learn the ins and outs of the business; so that part can be a little stressful at times. But I am learning and learning fast. Stacey: So do you love traveling with Tessanne? Because I know you do travel with her a lot. Christine: I do, I absolutely love it. Stacey: Tess does your mom traveling with you make missing home a little less? Tess: Yes because she is my home and I get to travel with a little piece of home. I never lose track of where I am because my mom is always there with me. She keeps me grounded. And being grounded is certainly not something that happens overnight. Tami and Tess have always known that music was their calling. Tami: Music has always been a part of our lives. I knew I either wanted to become a lawyer or go to a performing arts school. I decided on the latter. Thereafter, I went to Miami and worked with a bunch of producers who were looking to work with a new artist such as myself. I then went back to Jamaica to work on my craft and learn the business. During that time I released my first single “Rock You” and the rest was history. Tess: I too always knew that music was my path and was glad that our parents supported that. We went to England when I was 12 years old, which was a huge culture shock but it opened me up a lot musically. After high school I came back to Jamaica. I entered a competition where the grand prize was to open for Patti LaBelle. It so happens that I tied with someone else for first place and ended up opening for Pattie Labelle. I then joined the Jamaican Rock Band, “Mile High.” Thereafter, I toured around the world for three years with Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Anyone that has ever worked with Jimmy Cliff can say their life is never the same. After the tour, I wanted to do my own things so I teamed up with a bunch of producers and made “Hideaway.” Stacey: Tess your most recent single “Are You Gonna” was released last year. How did that do? Tess: I got a lot of response from people in Trinidad. The hardcore Tessanne fans loved it but I would be lying if I said it was an explosion. But I love that song – it is so real. Because how many times have we found ourselves in situations where it is just not working out? But the song was part of the album that was not officially “released.” A lot of the songs got leaked on the internet.

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Stacey: Now Tami, are you also working on an album? Tami: There is more space. . . [Laughter erupts as Tami teases Tess about being so longwinded in her responses]. Yes and no! Artists are always working on albums. We never stop, it is what we do. But right now I am just doing music and if an album comes out of it, then so be it. Stacey: You do have a single currently out with newcomer, Tifa. Tell me about that. Tami: The single is entitled “Certified Diva” and we literally recorded the song on a Thursday and on the Sunday it got mixed and by the Monday it was on Twitter and it went crazy. Tifa and I have always wanted to work together and I always thought she was very talented and I think she is someone to watch. She is going to be big, she is amazing.

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Stacey: I know that people say that you guys don’t do much shows in Jamaica, such as the school tour, is that deliberate? Tami: We have done it a million times and then I am not always here. But even if I were, you can’t keep doing the same shows. You keep hitting the same audience all the time. I would rather do two or three big shows for the year. Furthermore, with the type of music that Tess and I do, it doesn’t really fit in with the shows that are held. Tess: I do a lot of corporate or private events like charities, weddings etc. When it is time to do a big show I do it. I just did the Coca Cola show and had a blast. But I don’t do a lot of shows because I think there is something special about people wanting to see and not necessarily seeing you at every single show. Stacey: Do you think that the industry will change to make more room for the type of music that you do? Tami: Not while I am alive or at least not in my lifetime. Tess: I think if that were to be the case, I think we are going to have to be the ones to do it. And I know it is not easy because my music is not reggae, or rock or dancehall and there is no audience for what I do. Stacey: Are you scheduled to perform on any upcoming shows? Tess: Yes, I will be doing some shows in the U.S. Tami: No. Ever since I got married, I took a little time off to just do other things. What Tami is referring to is her new clothing line Anuna by Tami and Lubica. Tami teamed up with Slovakian-born fashion designer, Lubica, to launch the new line. Tami: I am just looking at different aspects of my life. I don’t want to be singing forever you know. Contrary to popular beliefs, I don’t want to be singing when I am fifty. I will sing until I don’t enjoy it anymore and when I don’t, I ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2010

will stop. And it has been fun taking the time off and doing other things and just re-charging my batteries and enjoying my marriage at the same time. Tami is married to long time beau, Wayne Marshall who is also a reggae artist. Stacey: Any children in the near future? Tami: Definitely, I want six children. But not right now. [Laughter erupts when I turned to Tess to probe about her personal life, something she is not comfortable divulging. The sisters are very private and protective of their personal life and people who they share their time with.] Stacey: Tess, in our previous interview of you, I asked if you were dating anyone and you answered, “I am dating Jesus!” [Laughs] So are you still dating Jesus? In typical Tess fashion, she changed the subject by making a joke and before I knew it, we were talking about The Twilight Saga and started exchanging a list of “must reads.” After ten minutes I realized she hadn’t answered my question and brought it back up. Stacey: Tess you have not answered my question! Tess: I don’t want to talk about it. But yes I am dating someone and I am extremely happy. Tami: She is extraordinarily and sickeningly happy. Stacey: Is it an artist or someone in the industry? Tess: Absolutely not and if it was I still wouldn’t say. Stacey: No? Tess: No! Stacey: Ok moving on. Or is there something you want to add? Tess: No [Laughs]. By the time this article went to print, Tessanne chin and Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr. announced their engagement. PJM sends our best wishes and heart felt congratulations to the happy couple!

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Stacey: Tess is there anything outside of music that you are currently working on? Tess: Eventually. But for now my main focus is music. I just shot a video with a great artist in Trinidad whose music is similar to mine. And that was great. Apart from that I have an interest in doing something in the culinary field. I would like to take a course. Tami: We both want to go to culinary school. Christine: Tess, what about your paintings? Tess: Why do you have to bring it up? Tami: She is an incredible artist. Tess: They keep telling me to sell them but I don’t think I am ready yet. Stacey: So what do you guys do in your spare time? Tess, I know you like to stay homeward bound. Tess: Laughs, no not always. I like to go to the movies, cook and eat [laughs]. Tami: I love the beach. I was actually at the beach the other day.

“I don’t do a lot of shows because I think there is something special about people wanting to see and not necessarily seeing you at every single show.”- TESSANNE girls hung out for a little while longer. As I reflected on the hour that just passed, I realized that I was sitting amongst women who are truly comfortable in their own skin. I watch as they speak with such eloquence that is neither stuffy nor pretentious but is rather a confidence that speaks volumes. What happens from here, we won’t know until it is revealed. But one thing that’s for sure is that the sky is the limit for the ladies and they are happy to embark on that journey.||PJM

Tessanne, Stacey and Tami

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Engagement Ring Trends for 2010

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ing Set: Similar to Eternity Bands, Ring Sets allow you to pile several rings on one finger. However, the beauty of Ring Sets is that there is a focal point where the diamond is placed, which typically occurs in the middle ring. Some options on how you want the other rings to be included are, to leave them as sleek bands or to sprinkle them with small diamonds.

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Health Benefits Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body.

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The Chocolate Dreams menu consists of handmade 100% fresh products In 2008, Chocolate Dreams was the including: winner of the inaugural NCB Strength Award in 2008 and in 2009 the • Gourmet chocolates (centers company was the recipient of the Heart and plains) Trust/NTA Female Entrepreneur of • Chocolate Truffles the Year Award. The company is also a • Utopia Bars member of the PMCA, an International • Flourless Chocolate Cakes Association of Confectioners since • Triple Pleasure chocolate 2007. • Chocolate Dipped Fruits (e.g. strawberries) Clients who have enjoyed their quality Imagine tamarind balls dipped in dessert items over the years have chocolate - you ask - we can do it! included: the National Commercial Bank, Terra Nova, Cafe Blue, Chez Chocolate Dreams Store Maria, Blue Moon Cafe at the Norman Shop 2A, 26 Hope Road Manley International Airport, Red Kingston 10 Bones Blues Café and the China Tel: (876) 906-1173 Express. If you are travelling on the E-mail:michelle@ British Airways First Class Cabin you chocolatedreams.com.jm can also find in your meal tray out of Tel: (876) 927-9574 or Kingston, Jamaica a delightful treat (876) 946-3043 -4 there. Fax: (876) 946-3044 (telefax) www. chocolatedreams.com.jm

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Picture This Chocolate bars adorned with the faces of the bride and groom are sweet in more ways than one. Choose a few favorite photos, then print them using an inkjet printer or photocopy onto lightweight paper. (Enlarge or reduce images if needed.) With a paper cutter, trim so photos are slightly shorter than candy bars. Remove outer wrappers but not inner foil. Wrap each candy bar with a photo, and secure in back with double-sided tape. Adorn with waxed twine tied in a small bow.

Fruit-Filled Cookie Bags These containers were made to look like humble brownpaper bags, but that’s where the resemblance ends. Sweet and crunchy, they can hold fruit or candy and make a great display on a dessert buffet or as a takehome favor.

Be inspired for your big day with these amazing ideas for your wedding,

GREAT WEDDING FAVORS FROM MARTHA STEWART Takeaway Plant Centerpieces For a takeaway centerpiece that’s anything but garden variety, decorate reception tables with an array of plants that guests can gaze at while they dine, then take home with them at evening’s end. The vessels holding these miniature orchids are wrapped in fabric for more exotic appeal.

White Favors Seed Packets Handmade origami packets hold a sachet of seeds in one side and planting instructions in the other.

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Ras Kassa a.k.a.theGuru Jamaican Director With A Vision Words by Emiel Martens

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Ras Kassa is one of Jamaica’s foremost music video directors. His raw energy and creative vision has given him worldwide acclaim. Over the years he has worked with many Jamaican and international artists, including Vybz Kartel, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Damian Marley, Gentleman, and Willie Nelson. Emiel Martens spoke with Kassa in his studio in Kingston about the art of directing: “I look at people for hours.”

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“iT’S about balance... that’s all we really need in the world, in a relationship, friendship, business, religion, work...just balance.” -RAS KASSA

How did you get involved in music video production? “It kind of happened by chance. Growing up, I wanted to do music. I played in a reggae band with some friends. Then I met Trevor Bailey, one of Jamaica’s first music video directors. We started to hang out in his studio, writing and recording songs and making beats and stuff like that. One day, Bailey took me on a shoot and asked me to be his PA [Personal Assistant]. After that I did a couple more shoots, just to help him out. I was introduced to Kevin Lee and we start working together – him directing and me creating the concepts. One day, when Kevin was out of town, T.O.K. approached me to direct this video called “Chi-Chi Man”. I wasn’t really ready for it, but got forced into it. So we went out there and the video went through the roof! After this one video, I did another video, and another one. And I was caught.” ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2010

How did you learn to direct music videos?

a man comes and gives me ganja and we make a spliff.”

“I look at people for hours. I want to see how people move. I want to see the reaction of people. I want to see how they behave when the bus driver misses their stop and how they get all angry. I spend a lot of my time driving around. Or I go to the market and I sit down for hours. Sometimes some kids just come up and show me their homework and we just talk. Or

How do you decide on the theme and style of a music video? “My view is always this: A music video must look different from a movie. It must be entertaining and crazy, no limits. I want my videos to be very Jamaican. Now, growing up in the ghetto and hearing about Anansi stories, playing games, going to the market,

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all these things – I bring them back in my music videos. I bring the feeling of the music to life. I make dancing videos, but I make dancing videos like it’s an African thing. For example, when you go to market and you see the older black women walking, they have a rhythm. I see that. And I capture that and cut it to the music. I make things happen to the beat. That’s how I do dancehall videos.” Editing is an important element of music videos. How do you operate once the material is shot? “I usually lock myself up in my studio and plug out all the phones and turn off my cell phone. I tell my people: “Look, I’m going to work for the next two hundred hours. So don’t call or visit me because you’re not going to get me.” When I am working like that, I’m not in the mood to see people. I just want to sit on the computer all day. And then I just get over it and come outside.” Your most successful music video so far is “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley. How did you come up with the idea for that video? “Damian’s song is very raw and very real. The music is so rude, it’s rude bwoy. I wanted to bring Damian back in the streets, to the people, the foundation of Jamaica. Bring it back home. So the best place to shoot was Trench Town. Downtown Kingston is the birthplace of reggae music. This inner city and this ghetto, this is where these people come from. The root, the culture and the look, all that is happening in Downtown. The energy and the vibe are right there. This is how we can define Jamaica visually in a video. We shot all over Trench Town because we wanted that from top to bottom, to create that real vibe.” How real is “Welcome to Jamrock”? Did you just turn your camera on and record?

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days before, just to scout around and thing. What I did, I looked at what people were wearing and took it from them. I paid them and had them sign a release form. When I got back, I put them back in the same clothes, didn’t wash them. Because when you tell people you coming to do a video, they are going to dress up because we are a very proud people. I didn’t want that. I wanted it to be very real. So we put on back the clothes on the people them. Most of the shots in the video are very natural. The kids playing the marble, they were playing the marble for real. But we kind of positioned them, so you can call that a set-up. And do you remember the dub plate that was turned upside down? It was the guy who put it down like that. I saw it and said: “Shoot that as it is.” He said: “No, let me turn this over.” I said: “No, that’s the whole point. Dub plate upside down.” It’s so beautiful.” Although the music video of “Welcome to Jamrock” was a great hit, you also received some criticism for your raw portrayal of Jamaica. “Yes, some people in Jamaica criticized me, including the Jamaica Tourist Board. They said that the video did not represent Jamaica. But “Welcome to Jamrock” is just where I come from, man. This is what my life looked like. This is what the life of Damian’s father looked like. I was just showing where we’re from. That’s all I did. But I got a lot of good press on the international scene. “Welcome to Jamrock” is the biggest video for me ever up to this day and the biggest video out of Jamaica on an international level. That video got over one million hits on You Tube. There’s no video on Jamaica that did that, ever.”

just balance. I approach making a music video with a balance in the sense that while it might be a very sexual song, I make it sexy without making it rude. I strike a balance. My consciousness as a Rastaman make that I can show sexiness in a video, but tasteful, so that the family in the living room understands what is going on. So I apply the teachings right there so, without it being red, gold, and green. Because I am not selling Rastafari, that’s my personal business. On the other hand I want to make sure I maintain the culture and pass it on.” What are your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve? “I want to make proudly three or four films to put Jamaica out there. Because since The Harder They Come, everything has been a copy of that single movie. We want to take Perry Henzell’s film and make it bigger by making something else that is successful, something that will open doors for the next set of people or the next film that I make or whoever else. I have done some assignment things, which I approached like I was shooting a feature film. Now I want to do my own thing and climb to the next level.” ||PJM||

You are a Rasta. How does your Rasta perspective influence your work? “It’s about balance. That’s the key thing. Have a balance outlook in anything, all the time. That’s all we really need in the world, in a relationship, friendship, business, religion, work,

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Tools of the trade: ‘Brush up’ on your skills

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very important but often downplayed part of makeup application is the tools used to apply the products. Your ‘tools’ or lack thereof have the ability to make or break the overall finish of the face. By tools I’m referring to your brushes and applicators. Invest in good brushes as they’ll really last a lifetime. The best quality makeup brushes are natural and are made of Pony, Sable and more recently Badger hair and are extremely soft to the touch. Synthetic brushes, though they are cheaper do not deliver the same results. Build up your collection one brush at a time if buying them in sets is not an option for you. Below is a list of brushes and applicators and their function. While it is not a must that you own ALL those listed below unless you have professional intentions or are just a makeup maven, I guarantee that with ownership and practice your look is sure to improve. Enjoy!

‘em in your face…or anybody else’s for that matter.

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Let’s ‘face’ it… When applying foundation, I encourage that you be as “hands on” as possible. Your phalanges (read: fingers) are one of the best tools for applying foundation. Your body heat actually warms up the product and makes it more pliable and thus easier to spread. Just make sure that they’re clean before you go stickin

Foundation wedges/sponges. These come in an assortment of colours and shapes. I find these triangular ones to be the most practical and ergonomic for foundation application. Foundation Brush: Precisely applies liquid and cream foundations. Be sure to blend properly especially along hair and jaw line. Powder Brush: This is used to apply loose or translucent powder over your foundation for a flawless finish. Blush Brush : Very similar to a powder brush but smaller and a little more tapered or rounded towards the end . Throw out the ones that come as a part of the actual product. They’re too small and usually cause streaking. Yikes! Contour brush: This angled brush is used for sculpting or defining cheekbones. Fan Brush: This is used for whisking away eye shadow when it falls on the face during application called: “eye shadow fallout” (a pesky and universal problem the world over). It has been spotted doubling as a blush brush more recently to place a wash of colour along the apples of the cheek. In the next feature we will look at the dynamics of the different eye brushes and their uses. Until then….happy painting!

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Fragrance Faux:How To Spot A Fake Perfume

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arefully examine the cellophane wrap. On a wellmade perfume, the cellophane is wrapped closely around the box. Most counterfeit products don’t have the cellophane so tightly wrapped. If the cellophane is messy or moving around the box, that’s a sure sign the perfume’s a fake. Watch for excess glue or adhesive tape. If there is a lot of tape or glue inside the perfume box or on the exterior of the packaging, the perfume is probably a fraud. Look carefully at the box. If the perfume’s box is made out of very thin material, the product is most likely a fake. Any high-end beauty manufacturer will use high quality paperboard when they’re creating a carton for their product. Thin packaging signals a fake. Read the print. Watch for an uneven brand name or any misspelling on the packaging. Examine barcodes. Barcodes should be at the bottom of the perfume box. If you see that they are the side of the box, you should be suspicious. ||PJM||

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Foot Problems In Women: High Heels and Your Health

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hoes are your passion. You love shopping for them, trying them on and — most of all — buying them. High heels are the mainstay of your professional image and a highlight of dressing for nights on the town. But your feet don’t feel so great, and they look even worse. Forced too often into the tight confines of the narrow toe box of your high heels, your toes have bent into an unnatural position. As a result, you’ve developed bumps and areas of thickened skin that rub painfully against your shoes. Are your beloved high heels the source of your foot problems?

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shoes with a heel 2 inches or higher — your foot slides forward in your shoe, redistributing your weight, creating unnatural pressure points and throwing your body’s natural alignment out of whack. Foot problems associated with high heels If you frequently wear high heels or shoes that are too narrow or too short for your feet, such as the pointy-toed styles that are so often in fashion, you could be setting yourself up for one or more of these foot problems: * Corns and calluses. Thick, hardened layers of skin develop in areas of friction between your shoe and your foot. Painful rubbing can occur from wearing a high heel that slides your foot forward in your shoe or from a toonarrow toe box that creates uncomfortable pressure points on your foot. * Toenail problems. Constant pressure on your toes and nail beds from being forced against the front of your shoe by a high heel can lead to nail fungus and ingrown toenails. * Hammertoe. When your toes are forced against the front of your shoe, an unnatural bending of your toes results. This can lead to hammertoe — a deformity in which the toe curls at the middle joint. Your toes may press against the top of the toe box of your shoe, causing pain and pressure.

In fact, they probably are. High heels are one of the biggest factors leading to foot problems in women. The other is age. Frequently wearing high heels, along with the natural changes in your aging feet, can set the stage for foot problems. How aging affects your feet Over time, your feet become wider and longer and the natural padding under your heel and forefoot thins. Years of standing and walking flatten your arches and stiffen your feet and ankles. When you wear high heels —

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Frequently wearing high heels, along with the natural changes in your aging feet, can set the stage for foot problems.

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herever did the time go? How many times have we asked ourselves this question? Is there something you always wanted to do but never did? Bungee jumping, parachuting, deep sea diving perhaps? For the less adventurous among us, there must be something we had a burning desire to pursue but for some reason or the other, you didn’t. Maybe it was because of time or obligation or maybe fear. Fear of being judged, fear of the unknown or simply fear. Whatever the reason I’m sure most of us agree that it is never too late to do that one thing that will make our spirits soar. Soar above the ordinary…to places that we would not normally visit except in our imagination. It may be a career, a hobby or fantasy. We can all make our dreams a reality by removing barriers and restrictions to our life. Life is made to be enjoyed to the fullest, unless it is a behaviour that is risky, immoral or illegal the world is our oyster for creation…. to fulfill our innermost desires. Our inspiration must come from deep within, from a place that we treasure, a place that may bring back memories from childhood or an earlier blissful period in our life or maybe a place that we can transform into something positive. Now is the time to grasp these opportunities to accomplish what we thought was lost in a time and place where we perhaps prevented ourselves from

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living completely, maybe what we thought was impossible or what we were told were impossible or unattainable. This may be in the form of people or situations that place stumbling blocks in our lives or obstacles in our path. We should make every effort to rid ourselves of these factors or at least make ourselves immune to their effects, since after a while they may become a part of our being until it consumes us…forever thinking and believing that we cannot. We should however, bear in mind that nothing is impossible with a little perseverance and faith as we have seen time and time again. Is there something in your life that you are not happy with? Why bemoan your situation or settle for second best? We can all take steps to change anything that becomes a burden or sore in our life. Complaining won’t help the situation, but rather make things worse as it may begin to fester and multiply into something that we may no longer be able to control. Look around and I’m sure you would see that the successful people are most likely the ones that have achieved success through adversity. The ones that surmounted the obstacles and have made lemonade out of the lemons that they have encountered throughout their life’s journey. They are also the ones that are usually healthier and happier and as a result, have attracted similar healthy and happy people and situations to their life. Therefore it is wise to be grateful for the stumbling blocks and adversity for they are all a part

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of life. Nothing lasts forever and it makes us all the more stronger for having experienced and survived the bad times. More importantly, it makes us appreciate the good times even more, for when things are always pleasant and comfortable we tend to become complacement and unappreciative of our blessings and good fortune. Thus, rather than becoming ‘stuck in a rut’ or fearful of the unknown, it is important to remember that the one thing in life that is constant is change and is necessary for our future growth and progression. Time for thinking anything in your life is impossible should be a phenomenon of the past, rather it should be inculcated into our being that each of our dreams are important and could assist in the transformation of something bigger. Each of us has a role to play in this life and each of our lives touches another without us even knowing. Therefore it is important that we each live our life to leave a mark on this world even if it is by one singular deed or action or thought.

“We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes - unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross  (1926- 2004)

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very parent of a child with autism wonders what might have caused the disorder. Does it secretly run in the family? Was there a toxic exposure during pregnancy? An infection in early infancy? Was the mother or father too old? Could the fact that the mother/father had taken an infertility drug to get pregnant have contributed to the child’s autism? A study presented in May at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia provides some of strongest evidence to date that there might be something to look into. The study, conducted by a team at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that autism was nearly twice as common among the children of women who were treated with the ovulation-inducing drug Clomid and other similar drugs than women who did not suffer from infertility, and the link persisted even after researchers accounted for the women’s age. Moreover, the association between fertility drugs and autism appeared to strengthen with exposure: the longer women reported being treated for infertility, the higher the chances their child had an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A second paper presented at the conference by an Israeli team found an

“Autism was nearly twice as common among the children of women who were treated with the ovulationinducing drug.”

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association between autism risk and in vitro fertilization, which also involves the use of drugs that stimulate ovulation. Taken together, the studies add to a growing body of evidence that a history of infertility and treatment for infertility could play a role in causing autism. However, the papers raise more questions than they answer. The Harvard study was the

first to look specifically at Clomid-type drugs and autism. It was a large study involving data from 3,985 women and of that number- all of them nurses; 111 reported having a child with autism. However the data was based on questionnaires completed by the women, rather than clinical records, so there was no way to confirm the history or timing of treatment for infertility or autism diagnosis. Nor did researchers have access to information on whether the affected children were born prematurely, whether they were twins or triplets, or whether they had low birth weights. IVF has been associated in previous studies with a greater risk of birth malformations, certain genetic defects and developmental problems, including autism. Epidemiologist Kristen Lyall, who led the Harvard study, cautions that even if further research should confirm a link between infertility drugs and autism, any additional treatment-related risk appears to be small: among women whose average age was 35 when they had their first child, there was a 4% risk of having a child with autism for those who had taken fertility drugs, compared with 2% for those with no drug exposure. The increase in risk was even smaller among a younger subset of women. ||BB||  

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ostpartum depression is a familiar rite of new parenthood. Feelings of emptiness, sadness and anxiety settle in after the birth of a child, and in severe cases last for months. It turns out that this common condition, once considered the province of the mother, may affect many new fathers too. Researchers at Eastern Virginia Medical School, publishing an analysis of 43 past studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association, report that up to 10% of fathers may experience postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of a child. That figure comes as a surprise, even to the authors, who had been studying paternal PPD for several years, especially because it doubles the average risk of depression found in the male population in general - which is only about 5%.

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According to the researchers however this shouldn’t be, since fathers are just as susceptible to factors that tend to trigger PPD in mothers - especially in first-time parents. In new moms, postpartum depression typically stems from feelings of stress and anxiety associated with fatigue, lack of sleep, changes in the marital relationship and concerns about finances and work. Fathers experience the same stresses and the same overwhelming emotions that accompany the life-changing event of becoming a parent. While the analysis does not isolate the specific factors that were responsible for the feelings of depression in the studies’ fathers, it theorizes that they mirrored known risk factors in new mothers and probably even included others that were unique to dads.

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In the report, which involved an analysis of data on 28,004 men around the world, new fathers were most likely to score high for depressive symptoms between the third and sixth months after birth (that was also found to be true for mothers) and least likely to have depressive symptoms in the first three months postpartum. Interestingly, the research also found that symptoms of PPD were more common among American men than their international counterparts, a disparity that it speculates may reflect cultural differences and varying paternity-leave policies in the workplace. It’s worth noting that most of the studies did not track cases of clinical depression diagnosed by a physician, but instead recorded the incidence of depressive symptoms through questionnaires or interviews. Some experts believe these measures tend to overestimate the actual rate of depression; others believe they are often a useful harbinger of underlying, undiagnosed illness. If more physicians and new parents could be educated about potential problems, however - hopefully leading to more open conversations among couples - it may very well help parents cope better with the new addition to their family. ||BB||

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the top of the toe box of your shoe, causing pain and pressure. * Bunions. Tightfitting shoes may worsen bunions — bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of your big toe. Bunions can also occur on the joint of your little toe (bunionettes). Experts disagree on whether tightfitting, pointy-toed, high-heeled shoes cause bunions or bunionettes, but such shoes can exacerbate an already existing problem. * Tight heel cords. If you wear high heels all the time, you risk tightening and shortening your Achilles tendon — the strong, fibrous cord that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. Your Achilles tendon helps you point your foot downward, rise on your toes and push off as you walk. Wearing high heels prevents your heel bones from regularly coming in contact with the ground, which in turn keeps your Achilles tendon from fully stretching. Over time, your Achilles tendons contract to the point that you no longer feel comfortable wearing flat shoes. * Pump bump. Also known as Haglund’s deformity, this bony enlargement on the back of your heel can become aggravated by the rigid backs or straps of high heels. Redness, pain and inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the pump bump result. Heredity may play a role in developing Haglund’s deformity, but wearing high heels can worsen the condition. * Neuromas. A growth of nerve tissue — known as Morton’s neuroma or plantar neuroma — can occur in your foot, most commonly between your third and fourth toes, as a result of wearing tightfitting shoes. A neuroma causes sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot accompanied by stinging or numbness in your toes. * Joint pain in the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia). High heels cause you to shift more weight to the ball of your foot, rather than distributing your weight over the entire foot. This causes increased pressure, strain and pain in your forefoot. Shoes with tightfitting toe boxes can lead to similar discomfort. * Stress fractures. Tiny cracks in one of the bones of your foot — stress fractures — may result from the pressure high heels place on your forefoot. These problems don’t happen overnight, but rather develop over time. And it’s not just your feet that are in jeopardy. High heels have also been linked to overworked or injured leg muscles, osteoarthritis of the knee and low back pain. You also risk ankle injuries if you lose your balance and fall off your high 44heels.||PJM||

Why you should care about the World Cup...

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By John Vorhaus, The Huffington Post

f you’re watching ESPN at all these days, you can’t help noticing their heavy hype for the upcoming World Cup soccer championship in South Africa. Of course they’re wheeling out the heavy hype because, yeah, guess what, they want you to care and they want you to watch. In this post, I’m going to make a case for caring and watching, for reasons that have nothing to do with ESPN’s viewership goals. First, let’s dispense once and for all with the notion that the game we’re talking about is called soccer. Well, we call it that, but we’re a tiny fraction of the soccerviewing public. The rest of the world calls it football -sometimes futbol -- and when they want to distinguish it from our game of football, they call that game “American football” or “gridiron.” Therefore, we live in a world where billions and billions of fans around the world call their game football, while we ten or so enthusiasts here in America call it soccer. Being Americans, and longtime fans of majority rule, we really need to let the majority have this one. Never let the word “soccer” pass your lips again; among your cosmopolitan and foreign friends, if nothing else, you’ll score a point or two. Now that we’ve established that football is football, let’s address the question of why we should care. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with winning or losing. Yeah, sure, the U.S. Women’s team won the Women’s World Cup in 1999, and that made us a (women’s at least) football power. But that’s not the point. The point is, billions of football fans around the world care passionately -insanely -- about the World Cup, and that includes people from places like Switzerland, which has scant chance of winning, and Russia, whose national team didn’t even qualify. You see, in case you don’t know (and hundreds of millions of Americans simply do not know), the World Cup is the biggest, most compelling event in world sport. And if you don’t follow the competition, you’re letting

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the rest of the world go to the party without you. So how do we wrap our brains around the World Cup? First of all, forget about the relative rankings of the teams. Sure, Brazil is a perennial powerhouse, just like England is a perennial underachiever. Even ignore strategy. Yes, the Germans will bring their usual highly disciplined approach to the game, and yes the Italians will promote passion as the strength of their play. Don’t even pay much attention to underdogs. Can the Ivory Coast emerge from group play with a chance to play spoiler in later rounds? Can host South Africa make a decent showing? None of that matters, and I’ll tell you why: Because that’s all about outcome, and the World Cup is not about outcome, it’s about story.

“The legendary Reggae Boyz ....They emerged as the darling of the ‘98 World Cup, didn’t win, but made everyone fall in love.”

I discovered this firsthand in 1998, when I found myself on a flight from Jamaica to Europe on the same plane as the World Cup-bound Jamaican National Football Team, the legendary Reggae Boyz. And I could just tell that, win or lose -- like I could just tell that they didn’t really expect to win -- they were determined to have the time of their lives, the adventure of a lifetime and, above all, a story to tell when they came home. Well, this they achieved. They emerged as the darling of the ‘98 World Cup, didn’t win, but made everyone fall in love. Down there on a personal level -- my personal level -- that eight-hour plane flight made it clear to me that something special was going on in their world, a special thing that I’d never even known existed. During my next six weeks in Europe, I made it a point to pay attention to the World Cup. I didn’t understand the rules, barely understood the game, but none of that mattered. By the time it was over, I had become infected with everybody’s -- and I mean everybody’s -- energy. Football wasn’t my sport - isn’t and never will be my sport - but billions of people care enough about it to put their lives on absolute hold for four weeks every four years. As a responsible citizen of the world, I feel like that’s something I John Vorhaus is the author of The Comic should pay attention to. Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even if You’re So that’s my charge to you, gentle reader. If you’ve never watched a football game, watch a World Cup match or two. If nothing else, you’ll see the best practitioners of the sport bringing their best game, and it never hurts to watch excellence in action. More to the point, you’ll get a taste of something that the rest of the world cares passionately about. In these troubled and isolated times in America, it couldn’t hurt at all for us to understand the passions of our foreign friends, competitors, even enemies. Watch the World Cup. Ignore who wins or loses. Just watch the story unfold. To do so teaches us all something vital about the world we live in and the people we share our planet with. Trust me, an America population turned on to the World Cup won’t bring about international harmony and joy, but it just might be a start. And a pretty damn riveting one at that. ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2010

Not. An avid poker player, he has written several books on that subject, including the bestselling Killer Poker series and the poker-world novel Under the Gun. A veteran creative consultant, he has taught writing in twenty-four countries on four continents, most recently running the writing staff of the Russian version of Married . . . with Children. When not out making the world safe for situation comedy, he lives in Southern California, where he very much appreciates the weather. The California Roll (Shaye Areheart Books) is his latest novel.

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Soka by Karen De Freitas Fraser I use my passion and my strong background in the fine arts and love of fashion as her forte as an apparel designer, founding Soka in 2008. The name Soka; comes from the monogram of So-Karen and also my passion for Soca music. Being only 21 and having only started her fashion life seriously at the age of 17, when i finished community college, i had some experiences in the fashion field, working under professionally trained Caribbean designers both in Martinique in 2007; where she resided for some time and her homeland St. Vincent taking all experiences gained and applying them to her work. I’ll describe my life in fashion so far as a journey; from Art, working in Carnival Mas Camps, apprenticing with alot of people who genuinely want to help me, to teaching myself everything I could from anything I can put my hands on; articles on internet, text books etc. At the moment, I am a secondary school teacher, trying to make ends meet, and my life right now ill describe as clark kent and superman, moving from the classroom to the catwalks, it can get tiring, but I’m hungry for success and I do love what I do; so I’m going hard, everything is only for a season. I’m looking right now to go to school, because despite my previous exposure in the fashion arena I see the next step in my development is becoming a professionally trained designer, because I have been relying purely on raw talent which is not good enough for industry standard so I really start my career as a international designer, which has been my dream since 11. My greatest support is from my mother and friends, but sometimes I really have to push myself, there is alot of negativity being part of this industry especially in a small island as mine and it always helps to pray, which is my back bone. Even though this is my second year as a designer, my designs have been featured in local shows in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; premiering my work publically in July 2007, at a locally produced show,” dubbed; “Carnival Catwalk”. Regionally she got exposure at a Caribbean- produced Arts festival, “Carifesta”, in August 2008. Moreover in 2008 she has showcased at Caribbean regional Fashion shows, first at the “Virgin Islands Fashion Week”, which was held in the US virgin isle of St. Thomas, in Oct 2008 and in November 2008, she participated in “Islands of the World Fashion Week” Bahamas. For 2009, it does not stop for this designer, as she prepares for her 2010 collection and already is featured as one of the; Best Young designers of the Caribbean, in a fashion show,”SIWOTAGE; Fashion hits”, which took place on the isle of St. Lucia, on the 10th of January, and has showcased at the 11th annual Miami Fashion week, also CONT’D ON PAGE 57

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Top Caribbean islands for 2010 By Arabella Bowen, Sherman’s Travel magazine

The Caribbean is eternally appealing, but now even more so with new nonstop flights, plum hotels springing up on emerging islands, and unheard-of bargains at pricey hideouts. From well-trodden sands to blissfully obscure isles, here are the top Caribbean islands to check out this year.

Anguilla Exclusive Anguilla, with its powdery white-sand beaches, gourmet restaurants, and refined resorts and villas, has long been the quiet Caribbean island alternative to St. Barts. The last 12 months have brought the debut of the slick Viceroy Anguilla (the brand’s first Caribbean outpost); a major makeover of stylish Cap Juluca; and the expansion of the spa at CuisinArt Resort & Spa. At the same time, the global recession has crimped the return of visitors to Anguilla’s shores. The result? Off-season rates plummeted by more than 50 percent at some hotels, a trend expected to continue this year. For those who have their hearts set on high season (lasting until April), hotels are adding loads of perks (champagne at Viceroy, upgrades at Cap Juluca) in lieu of lowering rates. Value: It’s all about location at Ku (www.ku-anguilla.com), an all-suite boutique hotel with a happening bar scene on Shoal Bay, one of Anguilla’s best beaches. While the 27 shabbychic rooms could use an upgrade, they’re quite spacious, especially the top-floor quarters with pitched West Indian roofs. Request a room away from the bar to sleep in peace. Splurge: Along Rendezvous Bay, the 93-room all-white CuisinArt Resort and Spa (www.cuisinartresort. com), owned by the kitchen-gadget 50 company of the same name,

evokes a tropical Santorini. Highlights include the spa, two Mediterranean restaurants serving homegrown fare, and a delightful beach bar with frosty cucumber-and-sage martinis. Antigua Versatile Antigua has a bit of everything: historic forts, picturesque harbors, 365 beaches, and several sumptuous hotels. Nearby lie the Caribbean islands of Montserrat and Barbuda, ideal for day trips. Jumby Bay, on a 300-acre island 2 miles off the coast, happens to be one of the Caribbean’s most reachable private-island resorts. The storied retreat is fresh off a revamp that yielded a new open-air spa, an oceanfront infinity pool, 40 redesigned guest rooms, and two fresh restaurants. Continental and American Airlines fly nonstop to Antigua from several East Coast cities, and a private catamaran deposits guests right at the resort’s dock. Value: Notable newcomer hotel Sugar Ridge (www.sugarridgeantigua.com) opened in late 2009 on a hillside overlooking Nevis and St. Kitts. Its 60 well-appointed rooms are furnished with seaview balconies and most have canopy beds. Splurge: Colonial-style rooms at Jumby Bay (www.jumbybayresort.com) feature four-poster beds, wraparound terraces, private courtyards, and outdoor showers. Its new spa offers five private treatment rooms and dreamy massages in a hammock.

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British Virgin Islands The pristine BVI has long attracted yachties and royalty to its turquoise waters, thanks to posh resorts like Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island, and Peter Island. This February, Branson is rolling out Necker Belle, a 105-foot, four-cabin catamaran available for charter. A three-person submersible is provided for an extra fee. Nearby, the private island resort Scrub Island is slated to open on April 2 after several delays. On Tortola, two notable villas recently became available for rental, which bring the pricey region into reach: U.S. politico Lester Hyman’s artbedecked, three-bedroom private estate, Arundel Villa, and the elegant three-bedroom Frenchman’s Paradise. Value: The Frenchman’s Paradise (www.frenc hmanslookout.com) villa sleeps up to six people and features a gorgeous chef’s kitchen, an open-air living room, and a pool with sweeping views. Visitors can add amenities, such as private spa services, a la carte. Splurge: The 100-room Rosewood Little Dix Bay (www.littledixbay. com) opened in the 1960s on Virgin Gorda and its perfect strip of beach has hardly changed since. Look forward to spacious rooms (spring for the newer Rosewood Junior Suites), a cliffside spa, and three excellent restaurants. Curacao True, Curacao has historically trailed its sister Caribbean islands of Aruba and Bonaire when it comes to attracting vacationers, largely because oil refining and financial services, rather than tourism, dominate its prosperous economy. Yet clearly some repositioning is afoot: Four new resorts have opened

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here in the past year alone, including Renaissance and Hyatt Regency hotels; Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club unveiled a tree house “mansion”; and the Avila Hotel introduced 68 more rooms. In November, American Airlines added a second daily flight to Curacao from Miami. Before the secret gets out, go and explore its capital of Willemstad, where dozens of brightly colored Dutch colonial buildings comprise a UNESCOprotected district. Value: Newer hotels may have arrived, but Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino (www.kurahulanda.com) (not to be confused with its sister Beach Club property), whose 80 unique rooms are housed in historic Dutch colonial buildings, still offers the island’s — if not the Caribbean’s — most memorable overnight. Splurge: The 350-room Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina (www.curacao.hyatt.com), opening April 20 on a sand-trimmed natural preserve, will constitute the island’s first full-scale beach resort. Expect an 18-hole Pete Dye-designed golf course, three pools, and a full spa. Dominican Republic In the last decade the Dominican Republic has probably built more resorts on its shores than any other Caribbean island, but not all of them are the mass-market, all-inclusive type that catapulted the island to sun-and-fun fame in recent years. A recent trove of small hotels is putting that reputation to rest, which is good news for U.S. beachgoers seeking a classy island escape close to home. The biggest rainmaker these days is the intimate Peninsula House that debuted two years ago on the Samana Peninsula, a less-developed area known for its exquisite beaches and small fishing villages. This season its new neighbor is the Balcones del Atlantico, an all-suites RockResort property opening this February with a thatched-roof beach

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club perched over the sea. Further east, trailblazer Puntacana Resort & Club isn’t idly standing by: This year it debuts two golf courses, including a Tom Fazio creation with six oceanfront holes. Value: The island’s only Small Luxury Hotels of the World member, the 50-suite Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Resort (www.casacolonialhotel.com) near Puerto Plata, still impresses some six years after its launch. Book 15 days in advance to save as much as 40 percent. Splurge: The family-owned, art-filled Peninsula House (www.thepeninsulahouse. com), set in a Victorian mansion high above the beach, offers just six junior suites and warm, impeccable service. Grenada This southern Caribbean island last made U.S. headlines in 1983 when Ronald Reagan ordered an invasion to quell a Marxist coup. Since then, mostly Brits have trod its 50-odd beaches, making it a great choice for American sunseekers who would rather not run into their neighbors on the sand. A nascent resort-spa crop is one reason to visit now; three luxe options have debuted here over the past two years. Other attractions include Grenada’s capital, St. George’s, which cascades down around a handsome port known as the Carenage, and the island’s bustling markets, where one can purchase some of the dozen-plus domestically produced spices. The island is also home to the Caribbean’s oldest waterwheel-powered distillery, River Antoine Rum Distillery, whose namesake Rivers Rum is a doozy 152-proof libation too flammable to bring home by plane. Value: Above-average gratis perks, like spa treatments, one-tank dives, and even archery and fencing lessons, come standard at adults-only LaSource (www.theamazingholiday.com), a 100-room resort on Pink Gin Beach. Splurge: Boho-chic LaLuna (www.laluna.com) has 16 large one- and twobedroom cottages, each outfitted with a plunge pool. Guests can meander between beachfront yoga classes, an open-air lounge for watching sunsets, and a fab new Balinese spa. Its superb Italian restaurant is also a draw. Jamaica Those who’ve steered clear of Jamaica because of its spring break vibe should reconsider. Last fall, JetBlue, Delta, US Airways, and AirTran launched nonstop flights from various U.S. cities (including New York, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, and Baltimore), making this Caribbean island more accessible than ever. Book a cheap fare, ignore the captain’s exhorter to “race to the beach!” and deplane to one of the island’s distinctive boutique hotels. Value: Offering one of the best lodging deals in the Caribbean, Negril’s Rockhouse (www.rockhousehotel.com) presents 34 thatch-roofed units and a new spa in a terrific cliffside setting. Splurge: Check out Kingston’s new scene from the plush vantage of Strawberry Hill (www.islandoutpost.com/strawberryhill), a 12-cottage compound run by Island Outpost on a former coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains beyond the capital. ||PJM|| www.panachejamagazine.com|

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sights into the world of wine. Should you wish to receive only red or only white wines, you may elect this when you register. We are, in addition, happy to work with you to create and fulfill wine lists, catered events, and special promotions. We offer a wide range of wines in terms of varietal, quality, style, vintage and cost.

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Wines is a membership-based wine club, sourcing fine wines from around the world and delivering them directly to you. We focus on high quality wines from small vineyards at affordable prices. Our wines are also available in select restaurants in Jamaica. Our wines are not available in supermarkets. For a fixed monthly fee, members receive 6 different bottles of premium wine every quarter. As a member you also have access to our list of over 100 high-quality wines. We can also source your favourite wines directly for you by the case. Wine can be a daunting and complex subject. Restaurant wine lists and retail shelves can intimidate connoisseurs and novices alike. Our belief is that wine is an experience which should be pleasurable, sociable, and above all, fun. Our aim is to provide you with great quality wine, a pleasant experience, and more knowledge about the world of wine. In keeping with this aim, 1876 Wines members are invited to quarterly wine tastings at no additional charge. These popular tastings give our members the opportunity to explore various wine styles and regions in a relaxed, sociable setting. We are passionate about wine, and consistently bring the best wines to Jamaica. Through our quarterly selections and ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2010

our tastings, you will discover superb wines from every corner of the world. All wines are tasted and approved by us to ensure their quality prior to delivery to your door. We guarantee our products, and you may cancel your participation in our programme at any time. Join us now on a wonderful adventure in the world of wine. MEMBERSHIP Three levels of regular individual membership are available – Corkscrew, for J$3,250 per month, Classic for J$4,350 per month, and Connoisseur for J$7,950 per month. While all our wines are of very high quality, the higher levels of membership reflect the exceptional quality of wine these members receive. Members receive: • 6 bottles of premium wines each quarter, delivered to your preferred Jamaican address • Tasting notes and suggested food pairings • Access to all wines carried by 1876 Wines

1876 Wines also carries a variety of wine accessories for sale, including corkscrews, preservation systems, chillers, and books. PRINCIPALS Paul Hanworth has resided in Jamaica for 11 years and has been a passionate wine enthusiast for many more. He continually explores the world of wines, honing his knowledge of this fascinating industry. Prior to moving to Jamaica he worked for 9 years in the wine and spirits trade in the USA and South Africa. With the creation of 1876 Wines, he has fulfilled a long-standing desire to concentrate a significant proportion of his time and energy on wine and wine education. Adrian Garforth MW is one of only 260 Masters of Wine in the world, a qualification recognized globally as the highest level of wine education. He has had an extensive career in the wine industry, and has worked in the UK, France and South Africa. Adrian is the founder of BlackRock, a UKbased wine importer and distributor. Adrian also consults to a number of clients in the wine industry and travels extensively, both to source wine and to stay abreast of industry developments. ||PJM||

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The Hallmark of Caribbean Cuisine

(Left to right) Executive Chef Ravi Anne, Chef Steve Sowa and Chef Daniel Schweitzer- the members of the Planning commitee for taste of Jamaica 2010.

Taste of Jamaica 2010

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n the bright sunny summer afternoon of May 16th, 2010, the Cullinary Federation of Jamaica (CFJ) held its annual Taste of Jamaica competition at the Montego Bay Community College (MBCC) in Jamaica’s tourism mecca. Chefs came from far and wide and converged to do battle for the honour of being crowned Chef of 2010 (Senior, Junior and Pastry categories), plus Bartender of the Year and earn a place on the national team to the regional leg of the Competition- the Taste of the Caribbean to be held in Puerto Rico in September 2010. The day was gruelling and had participants working in two separate kitchens. In the first kitchen, it was a true culinary orchestra at work through the sounds of knives chopping against board, the grating of food against the shredder, the sizzling of oil in frying pans above red hot flames, and the occasional drop of a metal pot here and there all filled the air. For these chefs, several secret ingredients were presented on the day and they all had to prepare original dishes on 54spot within a few hours.

With the sands of time working against them as well, and in very humid conditions - in the second kitchen, the pastry chefs who prefer the cooler environment, had to remain focused as they created delicate edible works of art. Once the creations were done and plated, then came judging. There was a team of judges that assessed each dish individually, assigning marks in areas of taste, originality, presentation, and how well it brought out an essence of Jamaica. While this was underway, several booths were also hosting demonstrations such as Executive Chef Kenrick Stewart of the Runaway Bay Heart Hotel who gave loads of advice on a variety of topics ranging from food science, the plating of dishes to proper wine pairing. His audience though quite youthful was also very much engaged which was reflected in the vibrant question and answer sessions. For a wonderful escape

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to “rum” heaven, with cranberry cocktails and their best reserveAppleton Estate was a crowd favourite for obvious reasons. While you enjoyed your drink (done to order) the beverage competition was fortunate to offer the audience the opportunity to see the various cocktails being prepared firsthand. By 5p.m. all the judging had been deliberated and by 6 p.m. it was left to the cocktail party where specially invited guests and the press ‘chilaxed’ with sumptuous cocktails from Push Cart and Technicolor Smoked Line of meats. At the stroke of 7p.m., it was awards time and after two grueling days the night belonged to the chefs.

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Bartender of the Year: Fitzgerald Haughton, Half Moon, Rose Hall Special Awards: Junior Chef of the Year Junior Chef of the year: Burgman Davies, Super Clubs Spirit of the Competition: Marvalyn Fjaagesund, MBCC Special Awards: Pastry Chef of the year Winston Murdock, Couples Tower Isles, Ocho Rios Special Awards: Chef of the year Chef of the Year: Michael Dannecker, Hilton Rose Hall Other Awards Most Creative use of Pork: Michael Dannecker, Hilton Rose Hall (Presented by Goddard Catering Ltd) Most Creative use of Tilapia: Dwayne Gilzene (Presented Best Dressed Foods) Most Creative use of Sea food: Andre Fowles, Round Hill (Presented by Rain forest Seafood) Most Creative use of Fish: Morice Lewis (presented by Brian Lynton-Ocean Seafood ltd) Hans Schenk Award for the most Innovative use of Caribbean Ingredients Brian Lumley, French Embassy (Presented by Gloria Schenk)

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In his closing remarks, Chef Ravi Anne thanked all the chefs, who were the true spirit of the competition and hailed the event as the highlight, the hallmark of the Caribbean.

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SOKA CONT’D FROM PAGE 46 upcoming artists and designers.Furthermore she has been featured in local and regional magazines such as SHE Caribbean, Posh Caribbean, Caribbean Styling and her design is the cover of” Caribbean Fashion Awards” nominee for; “Best Fashion Magazine Cover”; Panache JA magazine, March 2009. She also has a strong background in the Visual arts, being other than a fashion designer, she is also a visual , stylist and an event decorator, having art exhibitions in her home land and also in other Caribbean islands. “Experimentation, reinvention, versatility, colour, texture, shape, contrast, and composition are some of the words I would use to describe my relationship with fashion. The body is a vehicle for design, best described as a human canvas on which any mood, idea, belief could be interpreted on. Each one of us, having a role to play in life, mine being that of a designer, I plan to make an impact on our perception of ourselves and that of others through the media of clothing.” || PJM|| ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 2010

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UNDERSTANDING BELLY FAT

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hether it’s because of heredity, hormonal changes or aging-related weight gain, many women notice an increase in belly fat as they grow older — and especially after menopause. Gaining fat in your abdomen is particularly unhealthy when compared with other locations in your body. Excess belly fat increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers. The good news is that a few lifestyle changes and some targeted abdominal exercises can help you battle your belly bulge.

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As you age and your metabolism slows down, the amount of fat in your body slowly increases. Women experience an even greater fat percentage increase than men do. Then after menopause, your body fat distribution tends to shift — less in your arms, legs and hips, and more in your abdomen. You may think belly fat is limited to the stuff out front that you can grab with your hand — but it’s the fat you can’t see that’s really a cause for concern. Visceral fat lies deeper inside the abdomen, surrounding the abdominal organs. Gaining this type of fat has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health problems. Subcutaneous fat, located between the skin and the abdominal wall, is more visible but also less likely to be a health risk. While a slowing metabolism and decreased physical activity contribute to overall weight gain as you age, those factors don’t influence visceral fat accumulation directly. Heredity may be the culprit — you may simply have inherited a tendency to gain weight in your midsection. Hormones also play a role. Hormonal changes after menopause may change the way that your body breaks down and stores fat, leading to more fat accumulating in your belly. Some women even experience a widening waist without gaining any weight. Although you may not be gaining extra fat, your abdominal fat is increasing as limb and hip fat decreases. Even in women of a normal weight, too much fat concentrated in the midsection is unhealthy. The midsection matters Gaining weight in your abdomen does more harm than simply making your waistband too tight. While putting on weight in general can have negative effects on your health, abdominal weight gain is particularly unhealthy. Too much belly fat increases your risk of:

* Heart disease * Breast cancer * Diabetes * Metabolic syndrome * Gallbladder problems * High blood pressure * Colorectal cancer

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Researchers also have found that abdominal fat cells aren’t just dormant energy waiting to be burned up. The cells are active, producing hormones and other substances that can affect your health. For example, some fatcell-produced hormones can promote insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes; others can produce estrogen after menopause, which may increase your breast cancer risk. Researchers are still sorting out how the excess hormones affect overall health, but they do know that too much visceral fat can disrupt the body’s normal hormonal balance. ||PJM||

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