Monday, 13 October 2014

COFFEE TALK: Five Things We're Buzzing About Right Now

STAR POWER: After a months-long delay, the avidly anticipated new Jamaican flick Destiny arrives in local cinemas this week with a hefty cast of notable names in tow that screams Supersize Me! In addition to recognized actors like Munair Zacca, Chris Hutchinson, Nadean Rawlins, Makeda Solomon, Noelle Kerr and Jean-Paul Menou, the small-budget film features appearances by such popular entertainers as Chris Martin (pictured above with leading lady Karian Singh), Spice, Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Tifa. With an original score orchestrated by Clive Hunt, Chuck Palmer and Dave Eggar, Destiny is a film project by Jeremy Whittaker, whose Grasshopper Productions is finally bringing the story to audiences.

ART & CRAFT: With a range of attractive prizes up for grabs in three themed categories (Out of Many, One People; The Future Look of Air Travel; and That is Why I'm Proud to Be Jamaican), the Airports Authority of Jamaica is requesting submissions for its 2014 Schools' Art Project. Children aged 5-9, tweens 10-14, special-needs individuals (18 and under) and young adults 15-19 are being invited to "unleash the artist within and win exciting prizes," including a President's Cash Award and the opportunity to have their work adorn the gateway of the Norman Manley International Airport. The Airports Authority is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. For more details on the art competition, including rules and guidelines, log on to 

WOMEN'S INC: The Women's Leadership Initiative (Jamaica Chapter) is marking its 10th anniversary this month with a black-tie awards banquet inside New Kingston's Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday, October 14. Expected to draw a sizeable sophisticated crowd of big spenders, the $9500-per-table shinding will feature a special keynote address by former US Ambassador to Jamaica Sue Cobb. A committee of United Way of Jamaica, the WLI continues to stake its claim as one of the premier bodies specializing in initiatives aimed at advancing the causes of Jamaican women. 

NATURAL BEAUTY: As its ripple effects continue to be felt islandwide, the Paint/Plant Jamaica project is about to target the involvement of schoolchildren. Largely aimed at inspiring Jamaicans of all walks through the beautification of the physical surroundings, the projects leaders, who first got things going at downtown Kingston's Life Yard several months ago, also aim to bring sustainable farms to some of the capital's toughest inner-city communities. Stay tuned. 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Dr. Peter Phillips has just completed a week-long itinerary in the United States — the chief highlight being his attendance at a high-profile IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington D.C. In addition to interactions with World Bank, IMF and IDB officials, the finance and planning minister and his team also met with Caribbean Diaspora representatives. Joining Minister Phillips on the trip were Bank of Jamaica governor Brian Wynter; PIOJ Director-General Colin Bullock; and Financial Secretary Devon Rowe.

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