Janelle Pantry-Coke is the creative director and owner of Spaces Jamaica, a retailer of imported and locally-made furniture and home accessories.

As a teenager, Janelle Pantry re-decorated her bedroom more times than she can remember. She went through ‘the pink-wall phase’ - the typical favourite of young girls, purple and even blue. Adding a personal touch to her room and other spaces in her childhood home in St Andrew was merely an activity she enjoyed doing. But, little did she know, she was writing the blueprint - her lifetime career, or better yet – the idea for her business venture. Today, Janelle Pantry-Coke is the creative director and owner of Spaces Jamaica, a retailer of imported and locally-made furniture and home accessories. “Growing up, I can’t call recall hearing the word entrepreneur often,” Pantry-Coke said. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/C0FUg_Kot8k.jpg?itok=l1Y3FKLA","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0FUg_Kot8k","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} Video edited by Ramon Lindsay. So, after leaving Campion College, Pantry-Coke enrolled in the Tourism Management programme at the University of the West Indies, with a job in the fledging sector in mind. She relocated to Montego Bay subsequently, taking up a job as sales manager at a home-improvement company. Being away from home, Pantry was forced to “set up space she could call her own.” Even with the experiences of working around home improvement items, or even the challenge of decorating her new home, Pantry still didn’t get the hint. “It wasn’t until I moved to Austria to further my studies and had to do the setting up home process, that I realised that certain options for home décor and furniture were not available in Jamaica,” Pantry-Coke said. “It was then, I got the ‘light bulb’ moment and decided to set up my own furniture and décor business,” she told Young People in Business. After a year of market research and earning an interior decorating certification from Garmex, Pantry-Coke established Spaces. Since opening its doors in November 2007, Pantry-Coke has carved out a name for her company in the home décor space. Her first showroom was about 500 square feet, offering a small array of accessories for the home. “I remember borrowing items from my mom to complement the small inventory I had. And I got tired of telling clients ‘that’s not for sale’,” Pantry-Coke reflected. Spaces eventually expanded to offer hundreds of home products and furniture from around the world. The company also added the ‘Gallery Line by Spaces’, to include furniture that was locally designed by her, and made by Jamaican carpenters, with the help of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation. Just last year, the company relocated to 7-9 Ardenne Road in St Andrew to a space four times its initial showroom to make room to offer interior decorating consultations. Pantry-Coke is already outlining a five to 10-year plan. “With the positive outlook for Jamaica and a booming housing market and consumer confidence at an all-time high, we are looking at all the possible options for growth,” she said. “Whether it means adding more services, additional locations outside of Kingston or even a larger footprint in the Corporate Area.”

BOJ Governor Brian Wynter's term ends in November.

The government has started the search for a new Bank of Jamaica governor, who is expected to succeed Brian Wynter, whose term ends in November. Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke said Wynter had successfully advanced specific reforms and played an integral role in the formulation and consideration of the reform of the Bank of Jamaica Act. However, “it is time to shift to the next phase in the leadership and governance of the BOJ,” Clarke said. The process to replace Wynter will take place in keeping with the principles of transparency and good governance, he added. To this end, David Marston, who worked at the Bank of Jamaica prior to having a long and distinguished career at the IMF, will lead a search committee to assist the finance minister with identifying a shortlist of suitable candidates for the post. “The process will seek to identify the best-suited candidate to lead the newly modernised Bank of Jamaica in achieving its mandate to serve the interests of the people of Jamaica,” Clarke said. From that shortlist, Clarke will then make a submission to Cabinet concerning the individual to be recommended to the Governor General for appointment in accordance with the Bank of Jamaica Act. The search committee for a new central bank governor also includes Tony Lewars, Heleen Davis-Whyte and Gary “Butch” Hendrickson. Wynter was appointed BOJ governor in November 2009. In 2017, he was asked to extend his appointment to further two years, taking his tenure to 10 years.


The Grace ‘Winna House’ promotion will run from January to May 2019, and will feature a number of qualifying rounds and challenges, that will eventually see three lucky finalists vying to win the grand prize of a two bedroom house.

Grace Foods is partnering with KemTek Homes to make one lucky customer’s aspirations of home ownership, a reality. The announcement was made at Grace Foods’ ‘Big Reveal’ customer mixer event at Hope Gardens on Sunday. “Last year we got major momentum with our ‘Flava with a Beat’ campaign. We had to really think about how to top that this year, and we’ve done through this brand new house, valued at $14 million and an additional $3 million in cash and prizes,” said Angeline Gillings, Managing Director for Grace Foods Limited. She continued, “Every Jamaican wants to own his or her own home, and Grace wants to be the brand to help them achieve that dream.” [image_gallery] See more photos from the 'big reveal' by Llewellyn Wynter. The Grace ‘Winna House’ promotion will run from January to May 2019, and will feature a number of qualifying rounds and challenges, that will eventually see three lucky finalists vying to win the grand prize of a two bedroom KemTek house in Stone Brook Manor in Trelawny, along with $500,000 worth of appliances from Active Home Centre, insurance for a year courtesy of GK Insurance, bill payments for a year from Bill Express, and a bank account from First Global Bank. Runners up will win cash prizes of up to $500,000 during the qualifying rounds. Gillings spoke to the exciting and innovative culmination to the Grace ‘Winna House’ promotion - an ‘Escape Room’ challenge for the finalists, to take place at entertainment entity, ‘Puzzle It!’. Contestants will be "locked" into a room and will have to use their wit and curiosity to solve riddles and clues to figure their way out of the room. The first to do so wins. According to Gillings, “Consumers can look out for magnificent in-store deals, spot prizes, high-value giveaways, Grace Days, and much more. We will be spanning seven towns across Jamaica on our promo tour and consumers can expect Grace to bring high energy, excitement, surprises, and opportunities to win incredible prizes. We have partnered with some of Jamaica’s top companies, including Kemtek, to ensure that every phase of this promotion offers incredible opportunities to our customers.”

Kyodi performs at the Summer Sizzle last year. Also pictured is event promoter Beenie Man.

Dancehall music has for decades been an avenue to economic empowerment for Jamaica’s youth and the trend seems to be continuing. One dancehall deejay who seems set on the path to rise to the top of the mountain is Kyodi, a 4thGenna artiste who has been making waves on the dancehall scene with his witty lyrics and unique chanting style. Kyodi's 'Fighter'is gaining serious traction on social media platforms, asignal which is set to propel him in the limelight in the near future. The single speaks of a spirit of perseverance needed to overcome life’s obstacles through remaining steadfast to achieving one'sgoals despite hiccups. “I have always been a fighter. Life will have its up and downs and it’s when we can overcome the tough times that we show our mettle. The song was made out of my life experience and that of others who I see stay focused even when times are trying. I hope it can inspire others to keep fighting even though their life is far from perfect,” he told Loop News. But 'Fighter' is not the only single gaining rotation on the dancehall scene. His 'Super Sub' on the hot Big Ballarhythm, 'Loyalty Strong', 'Public Enemy' and 'Born Bad' are also making waves. Kyodi is quite eloquent in representing himself and that is no surprise having attended the Kingston College and Excelsior High schools. He hails from the community of Big Yard (59 Mannings Hill Road) in St Andrew, acommunity known as an entertainment hub in the Corporate Area and the headquarters of the popular Yea Yea Wednesdays party. He credits his current mobility in the dancehall genre to his mentor and friend, Aidonia, who he says has guided him and shown faith in his ability. “Aidonia is my main inspiration, as he is not only an icon and role model that I look to emulate but he is a true mentor. He has shown faith in me,” he said. Just recently he turned in a steaming performance at the Kingston 8 Jamboree and is set to hit the streets with more live gigs to promote his growing dancehall product and solidify his presence as a rising force in that genre. He also turned in a creditable performance at Summer Sizzle. Dancehall music,he says, is one way to keep the crime rate down. “Dancehall music is definitely an escape route from poverty. It has changed so many lives over the years. The youths need to enhance their talents by taking it serious and investing as much time and hard work as possible. Believe and the results will be overwhelming,” he said. Kyodi is young, talented and has the fire in his belly.


Jamaica's Allison Sutherland poses with a Disney mascot after completing an event at the Dopey Challenge in Orlando, Florida earlier this month. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Jamaica’s prowess in athletics was again thrust under the international spotlight recently, whenAllison Sutherland came up trumps with creditable performances in the Disney Dopey Challenge in Orlando, Florida. The Dopey Challenge is a four-day, four-race annual event that takes place at Disney World and Sutherland competed in all four races, even posting a personal best in one event. The featearned her six medals - four finisher medals and two challenge medals. The races are a 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon totaling 48.6 miles. Sutherland completed the 5K in a time of 27 minutes, 46 seconds; the 10K in 53:11; half marathon in1:59:35and the full marathon in a personal best time of 4:08:23. “I am still excited about the personal best,” she told Loop News. And she is urging more Jamaicans to get involved in the Dopey Challenge. “I would definitely encourage my fellow Jamaican runners to participate in this well-organised, scenic event. Jamaicans havecompetitive spirits and are always up for a challenge – Dopey or otherwise,” she said. Her exploits in Orlando caught the attention Even though Sutherland raised eyebrows after competing in all the events, she remained composed and collected when recounting her exploits. “I am the special projects manager at Rainforest Seafoods and because I have aninterest in physical activity, specifically running, I serve as the company's team captain. "I like to motivate people around me to lead healthy lives so, in my role as team captain, I organise Rainforest's participation in road races, exercise challenges and the like,” she said. The 49-year-old fitness guru spent most of her working life in the hospitality industry. “I left Kingston to go to Negril in 1995 to manage Runaways Beach Bar and Grill and Margaritaville and fell in lovewith Negril's white sands.I did a little running and exercising there,but really didn'thave the passion for it until 2011, when I decided to focus on losing weight and getting healthierwhile at Rainforest Seafoods,” she said.

James Anderson was influential as Englandstuck doggedly to their task to gain the upper hand in the first Test against West Indies at Kensington Oval on Wednesday. The tourists often found the going tough in Barbados but ultimately managed to limit theWindiesto 264-8, with Anderson (4-33) the star. Test debutant John Campbell (44) and Shai Hope (57) were among severalhomebatsmen to make promising starts without going on to build big scores. Andersonimpressed the most for England – who left Stuart Broad out of their XI – with the 36-year-old having now taken 200 Test wickets outside of England and Wales. The hosts will resume withShimronHetmyer(56not out), dropped by Jos Buttler when on three, andAlzarriJoseph (0 not out) in the middle. West Indies won the toss and made a solid start, withKraiggBrathwaite's initial patience – his batting bordering on the ponderous at times –proving a source of frustration for England. It was in the 19th over that Moeen Ali made the breakthrough, accounting for Campbelllbwafter an eye-catching outing from the opener. There was more toil and sweat for the tourists after lunch as Brathwaite and Hope's partnership passed the 50 mark. But persistence paid off when Ben Stokes (3-47) sent the stubbornBrathwaiteback to the pavilion, forcing an edge that was claimed by captain Joe Root at first slip. Darren Bravo, making his first appearance in the longest format since 2016, was the next man in but he added just two runs before being trappedlbwby Stokes. Rain led to an early tea with the hosts on 132-3 and upon resumption Hope soon reached his half-century, the milestone reached in 126 deliveries. However, hisknock ended when Anderson managed to coax a loose shot that Hope inside edged through to wicketkeeper BenFoakes. Hetmyerhad a let-off when Buttler dropped a diving catch off Anderson's bowling and he made the most of that reprieve, his innings offering theWindiessome consolation. England's leading wicket-taker did not have to dwell for too long on that miss, though, with Root taking another catch at first slip to dismiss Roston Chase for 54. There was still time for Anderson to account for ShaneDowrich, who failed to score, and captain JasonHolder (5), whileHetmyerreached his 50 before the scorelessKemarRoach fell to Stokes to bring play to a close.