Wednesday, 16 March 2016

LIFE + STYLE: Summer plans for Fun in the Son + JPS women turn it ‘On’ + Reliving Tosh’s greatest moments

GIRL ‘POWER’: The women of JPS created history recenlty, when they hosted the first ever Women in Energy conference, which drew a large batch of ambitious young ladies to the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel over the course of two days (March 11 and 12). But they didn’t stop there. To make the milestone that much more special, they’ve launched On magazine, a lifestyle-and-empowerment glossy that gives readers the inside scoop on some of the dynamic women leading the charge in revolutionizing the local energy industry – one power play at a time. In the debut issue of On magazine, you’ll find delightful profiles on power players (and cover girls) Kelly Tomblin, Sheree Martin, and Katherine Francis and a cool intro to the product from editor Winsome Callum, among tonnes of other reader-friendly features. It’s quite an appealing package. “You will not get the typical story about how we are producing electricity and serving our customers,” says Callum. “You will be treated to a smorgasbord of stories and snapshots that take you into the minds and hearts of women who share the common drive to serve, improve lives, impact country and change the world through their contributions to energy.”

PRAISE PARTY: Jamaica Broilers and Glory Music took a year-long hiatus from the local scene to bring the Fun in the Son ministry to our neighbours in Haiti, but the team is back and ready to reintroduce the crowd-pleasing product to Jamaican gospel lovers. The one-day festival, being title-sponsored once more by Best Dressed Chicken, is expected to pull a massive turnout to the National Heroes’ Circle on July 16. Organizing committee member Dr. Claudette Cooke expects Fun in the Son to fully reprise its role of touching hearts and healing broken spirits. “If there is ever a time that our country needs healing it is now,” observes Cooke. “There are many Jamaicans who are frustrated and angry, and this event gives us an opportunity to point them to a Higher Source, from which they can get answers.”

MEMORY & LEGACY: Kingsley Cooper and the Pulse team made a bold investment when they opened the Gene Pearson Gallery at the Pulse Complex a few years ago, showcasing an artistic bounty from one of the Caribbean’s leading creative geniuses. Later this year, the Peter Tosh Museum will be established on the property. Visitors will get to view rare iconography and archival footage featuring the late reggae icon at the height of his creative powers. Among the unique offerings: footage of Tosh’s last concert – a sold-out performance at Super Jam in 1983. According to Pulse, the museum and Tosh’s final concert are “critical assets to the memory and legacy of a Jamaican icon whose call for equal rights and justice, as well as the legalization of marijuana, resonated with millions across the globe.”

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