Monday, 10 March 2014

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Making tracks with Prince Edward of Wessex, Yohan Blake, and I-Octane

ROYALTY: King's House, home of Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Patricia Allen, is always opening up its doors to welcome dignitaries and international political figures of all stripes. It's most recent guests-of-honour: HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex, who paid a courtesy call on the GG last Tuesday. The visit formed part of Prince Edward's short itinerary, chiefly centred on activities related to the 2014 Duke of Edinburgh Awards. A stop at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Monday was also part of their city-wide rounds.

SPORTSMAN: After recovering from serious injury, sprint phenom Yohan Blake has signed on as the newest voice of sponsor Adidas' miCoach mobile app for WP8. The user-friendly application combines real-time audible coaching with intelligent web software to help athletes, from beginner to advanced, get the most out of every session, whether on the track, the pitch, the field of the court. Go to to learn more.

HITMAKER: With his lofty standing in dancehall, I-Octane has enough clout to get almost anyone he wants to collaborate with. Little surprise then that his freshly arrived album, My Journey (being distributed by Tad's Records) delivers guest spots from the likes of Gentleman ("It's Alright"), songstress Alaine ("Lighters Up") and Ky-Mani Marley ("A Yah Wi Deh"). My Journey, boasting some 16 tracks, went on sale via iTunes and other outlets on March 4.

SCREEN GEMS: On Sunday, March 2, the Oscars brought the curtains down on Hollywood's awards season, but MTV is determined to have the final word. This year's nominations for the MTV Movie Awards were announced the weekend, with multiple nods going to David O. Russell's American Hustle and the Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street (starring Leo DiCaprio), which jointly lead the pack with eight nods apiece, including bids for Movie of the Year. Joining them in that top category are The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and 12 Years a Slave, this year's Oscar winner for Best Picture.

PAGETURNER: At the end of 2013, one book consistently earned recognition among the 10 best books of the year, including kudos from such notable voices as Time,, and Entertainment Weekly. And the accolades keep on coming for George Saunders' most recent story collection, Tenth of December, which was just announced as winner of the Story Prize, valued at US$20,000. Per The New York Times, Tenth of December is "one of the best books you'll read this year."

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