GLITZ: The entertainment package for the upcoming Oscars ceremony is taking shape nicely with news just emerging that Tony winner and Broadway phenom Idina Menzel will grace the stage to perform "Let It Go," a contender for Best Original Song, from the animated flick Frozen. Menzel's stint should be one of the night's highlights and make a nice companion piece for hip-hop superstar Pharell Williams' performance of "Happy," his nominated tune off the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. The Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest night, is set for March 2 (to be telecast on ABC) and will be hosted by ace comic Ellen DeGeneres.
OPPORTUNITY: It's high time, argues finance and planning minister Dr. Peter Phillips, that emerging entrepreneurs got with the intellectual property programme. "I would urge all of you to explore those aspects of the reality of your industry," he recently told graduates of CARIMAC's Animate Jamaica certificate programme, "so that when you find that mother lode of gold you will have registered it." Hear, hear.
BLISS: This is certainly a first of its kind. With the core objective of getting people "to recognize that happiness does not necessarily come from things, whether the things are a degree, or money, or good looks," local nonprofit Choose Life International is spearheading a 50-day all-island happiness tour, starting March 20. The message of happiness, the organizers insist, is "one that is necessary to Jamaica at this time." We heartily concur.