Monday, 10 February 2014

ON THAT NOTE: Views, news, and what's up next in Jamaican culture

PUSH START: Jamaica's hyper-determined two-man bobsled team (driver Winston Watts and brakesman Wayne Blackwood), though hampered by equipment woes, is the talk of the Sochi Winter Olympics currently taking place in Russia. From Cool Runnings reminiscences to pride-filled tweets to international press headlines, the island boys clearly have the world feeling the rhythm and feeling the rhyme. Truth be told, they may be a long shot from making it to the medal podium but their mere presence in Russia, which compellingly recalls Jamaica's inspiring stint at the 1988 Calgary Games, has once again put the spotlight on the sport of bobsledding.

HEART OF THE MATTER: It's Cardiovascular Week! The brainchild of the Cardiology Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UWHI), a series of activities, in promotion of heart-smart living, will unfold across the capital throughout the week, culminating with a "Walk for Heart" walkathon kicking off at the Hope United Church on Old Hope Road on Saturday. On Tuesday, high-schoolers will get to enjoy a tour of the hospital's Cardiology Unit; Wednesday brings a series of cardiovascular health presentations; a fundraising benefit performance of the hit musical revue Jamaica Sweet at the Green Gables Theatre is set for Thursday, while the hospital's Main Medical Lecture Theatre will host a cardiovascular symposium on Friday morning.

LISTEN UP: Joining that ever-expanding list of rising lovers rock crooners who don't shy away from baring their emotions in song, C-Sharp frontman Chevaughn Clayton is flying solo with the release of a buzzy new EP, Hopeless Romantic. Due out later this month, the recording, Chevaughn tells The Gleaner, will strike a chord with anybody who has ever experienced that deep emotional connection with another soul, and that's primarily what he's hoping for. "I just hope people will love it," he says, "because they will be able to relate to it."

WEB WONDER: Irie Social athlete-trepreneur Asafa Powell has become the first Jamaican Olympian to be featured on Peek, a user-friendly social media platform that allows celebrities and other famous folks to provide their fans and followers with access to fresh and exclusive content. Keeping his loyalists in the loop, the embattled sprint star has joined forces with Ugmoro, a Finnish mobile device company that has a track record of helping superstars maintain a close connection with their peeps.

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