Monday, 8 February 2016

LIFE & STYLE: News and notes featuring the Jamaica Pegasus, the Sunshine Girls – and the buzzworthy Marley Natural line

NATURE IN A BOTTLE: Calling naturalistas everywhere! Marley Natural is a spanking new lifestyle brand created in collaboration with the late reggae superstar’s estate. It features a collection of transformative body washes, lotions, soaps and salves that’s already received the stamp of approval from the experts, including the ahead-of-the-curve team at Vogue. “Arriving in clean graphic bottles with crisp scents of Rastafari green, yellow and red, they seem destined to elevate the conversation around the herb,” the magazine raves. “The products are packed with lemongrass, turmeric, cerasee and coconut oil, but it’s the hemp seed oil that stands out as the star ingredient.” So how (and where) can Jamaicans get their hands on these exciting products? Marley body care and accessories are available online at as of Feb. 6, the 71st anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth.

PREMIERE LEAGUE: What keeps the swanky Jamaica Pegasus Hotel ahead of the competition? Unbridled team spirit is a key ingredient in the mix. So says General Manager, Peter Hillary, who was giving his remarks at the hotel’s recent Staff Awards & Appreciation Ceremony. “You guys did phenomenal last year. 2015 was a great year for us,” Hillary praised his staffers, later noting that some 16 well-known international dignitaries, who visited Jamaica’s shores last year, made the Pegasus their hotel of choice. “This is not only remarkable for Kingston but great for this property,” he said. Any highlights? “One of the most noble ones for me was when President [Barack] Obama stayed here. Looking back, it’s one of the most rewarding moments for me, knowing that we all worked as a team. The chief of delegation came up to me afterward and said she was amazed at our team spirit here.”

HOLDING COURT: Moving into a new chapter, Jamaica’s senior netballers – the Sunshine Girls – have been split into two separate squads: the regular competitions team and the FastNet (Fast 5) cohort. Minette Reynolds and Annette Daley will resume work with the regular team, while the FastNet players will be guided for their upcoming tournament (set for October) by Connie Francis and Sasher-Gaye Henry, who has retired as a national player and now lectures at the GC Foster College. To say the least, the Netball Jamaica family is thrilled to have Connie returning to active duty in the fold. “We’re very enthusiastic about having Connie back with the programme,” President Paula Daley-Morris tells TALLAWAH. “She’s always going to be included in whatever we are doing.”

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