Saturday, November 30, 2013



Atlanta/Miami --- November 30, 2013 --- As the final episodes approach with the top six contestants of NBC's #1 rated The Voice, friends, followers online and viewing fans will rally in Atlanta, South Florida and around America to energize and mobilize their support for pop reggae sensation and top 6 finalist, Tessanne Chin. Hundreds of friends are expected to gather for a Twitter Party online (#TessTop4) on Monday, December 2nd, 7pm-8pm EST and to watch the Top 6 episode at popular Atlanta eatery, Stir It Up Restaurant, 84 12th St, Atlanta, and South Florida hotspot Grand Cafe Restaurant, 12389 Pembroke Road, in Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida.

Family, friends and fans of Tessanne Chin will energize their friends online to cheer on Tessanne and to assert their support through their votes on the #1 rated reality music performance show.

To join the Twitter Party at 7pmEST the public is encouraged to follow the hashtag #TessTop4 as a reminder of the support needed for her to be elevated to the Top4 episode on December 9.

At 9:55pm EST after the show until 11am EST on Tuesday, December 3rd, US viewing fans will be able to VOTE & support #TeamTessanne by (up to maximum of 10 times) CALLING her announced toll free number, TEXTING her announced code for Sprint wireless account holders, ONLINE VOTING at or The Voice Facebook app or DOWNLOADING and/or gifting her Voice performances on iTunes.

For the current episode, #TeamAdam boasts of three finalists, while #TeamXtina holds two remaining contestants and #TeamBlake with one.

Follow and send any greetings or photos to Tessanne Chin @Tessanne #TeamTessanne on Twitter, @thebestess on Instagram and on Tessanne Chin Facebook page.



WHO: Friends and viewing fans of Voice Top 6 finalist, Tessanne Chin, rally support at Tweet and Watch parties in South Florida and Atlanta


Twitter and Watch Parties to build energy, support, and VOTES for Tessanne Chin to make Top 4 finalist show


Grand Cafe Restaurant
12389 Pembroke Road
Pembroke Pines, Florida

Stir It Up Restaurant
84 12th Street
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 600-5871


LIVE Monday, December 2, 2013

Twitter Party online: 7pm-8pmEST

Voice Top6 show: 8pm-10pmEST

Voting period: 9:55pmEST to Tuesday, December 3, 11amEST


To participate in Twitter Party: Follow #TeamTessanne #TessTop4

At 9:55pmEST after the show until 11amEST on Tuesday, December 3rd, US viewers will be allowed to VOTE (up to ten times) & support #TeamTessanne using ALL the following options

1. CALLING her announced toll free number;

2. TEXTING her announced code for Sprint wireless account holders;

3. ONLINE voting at or on the Voice Facebook app;

4. DOWNLOADING and/or GIFTING her Voice performances on iTunes; and

5. RECRUITING family and friends to do the same to VOTE the maximum limits

Follow or send greetings and photos to Tessanne Chin @Tessanne on Twitter, @thebestess on Instagram and on Tessanne Chin Facebook page. For more information on joining the South Florida and Atlanta #TeamTessanne Watch Parties, call Marlon Hill, 305-244-4456 or email,

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Claude McKay Salute at JCF Museum Opening

On Tuesday, 26 November, veterans of the Jamaica Constabulary Force shared their experiences with students at the Police Academy, to mark the opening of the JCF Museum at their Twickenham Park location.
Jamaica's legendary poet and novelist Claude McKay, who was a young Constable in the early 20th Century, was also celebrated at the event.
It was my pleasure to read his classic 'If We Must Die' at the event.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013


 November 28, 2013 - Kingston, Jamaica:
A majority of Jamaicans said they have used ganja sometime in the past and are in support of the decriminalisation of personal ganja use with an even larger majority in favour of Government supporting the use of ganja for medicinal purposes. These are just some of the findings in a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey commissioned by the Professor the Honourable Henry Lowe led Biotech R&D Institute and Pelican Publishers and carried out by prominent Pollster Don Anderson and his company Market Research Services.
The survey's findings were made available today at Press launch at the redeveloped Eden Garden Wellness Resort and Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. Fieldwork for the survey was conducted during October and early November 2013 and involved interviews with approximately 500 persons aged 18 years and over in all parishes.
Professor Henry noted that the study is the first of its kind in Jamaica and extended into the uses of herbs outside of marijuana. He also stated that, "the results of the study could provide significant and enlightening information on the uses of marijuana and also provide important information to aid policymakers in their decision-making on the subject. The results could also help local scientists and doctors to understand how marijuana is being used locally, inform on research areas for the potential uses of medical marijuana and also provide information on possible products that can be developed from marijuana".
Among the major findings of the study on the ganja side are:
·         57% of all persons claim to have used Ganja at some time in the past.
·         55% are in favour of relaxing the laws so that it is no longer a criminal offense to use Ganja.
·         The predominant use appears to have been to smoke it with 66% claiming to have done so.  61% have used it as a drink.
·         39% claim to no longer use Ganja, but 38% say they still smoke it and 34% use it as a drink.
·         6% also use it in food, 6% as a balm and 5% use it to wash their hair
·         86% feel that Government should support the use of Ganja for medicinal purposes
·         82% say they would be more inclined to use Ganja for medicinal purposes
Professor Henry Lowe in arguing the case for medical marijuana stated that, "Since the turn of the 21st century there has been increased recognition and public support for medical marijuana. This has resulted in major institutions in science and medicine being forced to state their positions on the subject. For example, the American Medical Association in 2009 expressed its support for R&D in medical marijuana and urged the National Institutes of Health to provide funding for research into the medical utility of marijuana."
Medical Marijuana he said is known to treat a variety of illnesses including insomnia, anxiety, vomiting and nausea, pain and certain types of cancer. He noted that given Jamaica's history with ganja, we could be the hub for medical marijuana in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Medical marijuana Professor Lowe noted "could have a multiplier effect by catalyzing other industries such as health and wellness tourism, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical industries, agriculture and even the pharmaceutical industry and ultimately transform Jamaica's fledgling economy."

For more information contact:
Professor Henry Lowe  
Biotech R&D Limited
Tel: 927-3040 
(Ask for Ms. Nikeisha Lee) 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Manage your time!

Time-ly message from Sidjae Walia ...

A Leader's Time

"It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?"  -  Henry David Thoreau

What are you busy doing everyday? Do you spend the majority of your time doing things you are uniquely qualified to do? One philosopher said time is what we want the most, but use the worst. It is a leader's most scarce resource, even more than money or people. Leaders are expected to balance priorities and to allot their time according to what is urgent and important.

Unfortunately, many leaders get caught up in the myriad of meetings they attend, and spend more time being busy rather than productive.

Consider your daily routine. Is it spent outing fires, attending meetings, or solving other people's problems? Are you doing work, or attending meetings that could be delegated to members of your team? Do you spend more of your time preventing fires or outing them? How will you manage your time more effectively this week?

To Your Unlimited Possibilities,
Sidjae Walia
Training that expands your mind and life
"The mind, once expanded to dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Twitter ID:
(647) 927 9289

*Certified to administer the MBTI for individuals and groups. Give me a call if you are interested in learning how your personality impacts your work, team, and personal life.*
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rihanna wins first ever AMA Icon Award

Photos from ABC Broadcast - she was announced by Bill Maher and presentation was made by her Mom.
Took photo of the house - the one Rihanna grew up in - saw it on a visit to Barbados two weeks ago.
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Blessed start to National Journalism Week

Scenes from the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church Service marking the start of National Journalism Week. The large church is located at 72 Wildman Street in downtown Kingston.
We heard inspiring messages from PAJ President Jenni Campbell, Chief Justice Hon Zaila McCalla Hon Rev Ronnie Thwaites, Hon Sandrea Falconer, Ms Babsy Grange and Journalist of the Year Kirk Wright. The Welcome was delivered by PAJ Treasurer Ceila Morgan and a Lesson read by PAJ Director Milton Walker.
We heard a moving Sermon by Rev Devon Dawson with the theme, 'Persevering in the face of adversity'. He discussed the message from Nehemiah Chapter 2 - on rebuilding the ravaged city of Jerusalem.
The Choir was amazing and we felt the faith of the beautiful folks who prayed for us. Praise be to God - onwards to a wonderful Journalism week!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

ACM expresses concern about Barbados Nation charges

November 21, 2013: Basseterre - The ACM is alarmed at what appears to have been a disproportionate official response to the publication of a story in the Barbados Nation on October 26 reporting on sexual acts involving two young students.

Our review of the publication suggests that there might be justifiable journalistic concerns about the treatment of the story. However, while the court will deliver its judgment on this matter, in our view, the publication of this photograph does not amount to criminal behaviour.

The ad hominem response by the island's Minister of Industry and International Business, Donville Inniss, to a Jamaica Gleaner position on the matter betrays a political sensitivity on the issue which also concerns us greatly.

The charges against three senior officials of the Barbados Nation are very serious and carry with them the possibility of prison sentences. The potentially chilling effect of this action on the practice of independent journalism in Barbados looms threateningly.

We urge our colleagues to remain committed to serving the public interest through fearless reporting on developments in their country.
Please reply to -

President: Clive Bacchus

First Vice President - Peter Richards

Second Vice President - Dr Canute James

General Secretary - Wesley Gibbings

Asst General Secretary - Martina Johnson

Floor Member - Jabari Fraser

Floor Member - Onel Belle

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L to R - Digicel Haiti Foundation's Sophia Stransky, CEO, and Rachel Pierre Champagne, Head of Projects  enjoy the awards ceremony

Port au Prince, Haiti – Thursday, 21st November, 2012. Digicel was named a winner at the 2012/13 Corporate Citizens of the Americas (CCA) Award last night at a glittering gala in Washington DC. The CCA Awards are an initiative from The Trust for the Americas with support from the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and AES Corporation.
Digicel was named the winner in the "Vulnerable Communities" category for its Digicel Foundation education programme in Haiti which sees it on track to build 150 schools by 2014 and deliver training to over 600 teachers who each receive more than 450 hours of training, mentorship and professional development.
Other winners on the night were IBM Latin America for its "Corporate Service Corps" programme in the Economic Opportunities category and CEMEX for its "Comprehensive Assisted Auto Construction" programme in the Citizen Security category.
The Trust for the Americas is a non-profit organisation affiliated with the Organisation of American States (OAS). It was established in 1997 to promote public and private sector participation in social and economic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its initiatives, implemented through local partner organisations, seek to improve access to economic opportunities for vulnerable communities in the hemisphere. To this end, The Trust also promotes social inclusion and good governance.

Commenting on the Digicel Foundation's work in Haiti, Digicel chairman and founder, Denis O'Brien, said; "We are deeply committed to helping the people of Haiti to build a brighter future for themselves. Our education programme in Haiti sees between 80,000 and 90,000 children being given the opportunity to receive a much-needed education and teachers receiving proper training and support. We would like to thank the Trust of the Americas and its partner organisations for this kind recognition of our efforts."
Antonia Graham
+1 876 564 1708

Monday, November 18, 2013

Usain on The Voice!

Usain Bolt made a surprise appearance on 'The Voice' just now! He says 'Jamaica is blowing up' over Tessanne, with everyone figuring how to vote! Then Carson Daley challenged him to a race and in a millisecond Usain became a blur - here's photo to prove it!
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Digicel Congratulates Usain and Shelly-Ann

Kingston, Jamaica—Monday, November 18, 2013: Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce are on top of the world and telecommunications sponsor, Digicel couldn't be more proud. Following the announcement that Usain and Shelly-Ann are the IAAF World Athletes of the Year 2013, the telecommunications provider has congratulated them both.
Digicel CEO, Barry O'Brien said, "The entire Digicel family is today exceedingly proud of both our track and field Brand Ambassadors, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Usain Bolt for winning the prestigious awards for Athlete of the Year by the IAAF."
Continuing O'Brien said, "We are not in the least surprised about this announcement especially after seeing how they both dominated this year's IAAF World Championships in Moscow earlier this year with gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m races."
Usain, who has been with the Digicel family since 2003, not only won in Moscow but also had the fastest legal times of the year at 100 and 200 in a campaign where he lost only once. Shelly-Ann, who joined the Digicel team in 2008, won the Diamond League in both the 100 and 200 and ended 2013 with the fastest times in both events.
Jacqueline Burrell-Clarke
Public Relations Manager
Digicel Jamaica
Tel: 470-9131

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Scenes from Trench Town Trade & Investment Fair

The eloquent entrance at Emancipation Park today
Jenefer Wilson, Barbara Dicks of Honey Rose Bud of Rose Town with Dr Michael Rosberg - seated is Tyra-Kai Thomas 
Creative Jenefer Wilson (Melaine Walker's Mom) and Barbara Dicks of Honey Rose Bud of Rose Town - have to get some of those lovely cushion covers for Christmas!
The great downtown-based company Grace Kennedy, were sponsors at the Fair.
Shirley Rodney and Angela Foote enjoy the displays
The inspiring Dr Henley Morgan moves his audience with his passion for social entrepreneurship
Mark Harvey, Aston Spaulding and Dr Kadamawe Knife
Supportive Head Denise Herbol with the amazing Dr Henley Morgan
Hazel Cunningham of Registrar General's Dept promoting registration of children
Shirley and Angela were delighted to be photographed with the camel
An old tyre transformed into this beautiful planter - sponsored by CUSO and the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica
The JPS E-Store was popular