The East Lawns of St. Andrew’s historic-iconic Devon House was all abuzz last Wednesday evening as presenting sponsors J. Wray & Nephew, tourism officials, socialites and rum devotees gathered for the 2020 launch of the Jamaica Rum Festival (now in its second year), which takes place at Hope Gardens on Feb. 29 and March 1. Among the faces in the crowd (from top left): emcee Debbie Bissoon and master blender Joy Spence; entrepreneur Sadiki Bolt; actress Sakina Deer; Festival Director Valon Thorpe; JMEA president Richard Pandohie in conversation.
>> Seafood helps prevent colorectal cancer
Salmon for dinner tonight! A study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology reveals that investigators found that eating between 3 ½ to 7 ounces of shellfish, lean fish of fatty fish per week noticeably reduces the odds of developing colorectal cancer. Fish is full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
>> Fraser-Pryce hosts successful 3rd staging of 5K Run/Walk
Mere hours after picking up her fourth Sportswoman of the Year trophy on Friday night, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was up at the crack of dawn Saturday morning to host the third staging of the Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce/Hugh Senior 5K Run/Walk at Emancipation Park in New Kingston, to raise much-needed funds for charity. The sprint queen was in high spirits at the event, wearing a sporty all-black ensemble, as she rubbed shoulders and posed for pictures with fans and race participants. Perennial contender Henry Thomas (UCT Steppaz) won the Men’s 5K in a time of 15 minutes and 54 seconds, while Jamdammers’ Jozanne Harris emerged champion among the women, clocking 22 minutes and 35 seconds. This year’s long list of sponsors included Grace, Duracell, Wata and Burger King.