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Randy McLaren started Bresheh Enterprises with his brother in 2015.

Randy McLaren has now found the perfect opportunity to pursue his life-long passion of operating a business and effecting social change. The youth empowerment advocate and cultural performer has employed 10 persons from inner-city communities and rural Jamaica to manufacture a variety of bags through Bresheh Enterprises. McLaren, started the company in 2015 with his younger brother Davian, who heads the production and design arms of the business. “The approach we take is to ensure that everyone has an opportunity and to look out for those who are most vulnerable in our communities,” Randy said. Indeed, contributing to the community has brought returns for Bresheh, with sales steadily growing from both local and international markets. The bags are being sold in a few local outlets including Azan’s and an assortment of bookstores but sales primarily come from direct orders more specifically Bresheh’s social media pages. Additionally, the growing popularity of Brand Jamaica, and its mantra of championing all things local has increased demand for Bresheh’s products. Randy hopes to expand the production facility to employ more people, and introduce even more products. To find out more about Randy and Bresheh, watch this Richard Baker Young People in Business video.

Over $ 1 million dollars in prizes is up for grabs as the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) kicks off the “GOJ Energy Champion Competition”, an initiative of its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP). The competition, which targets students and public sector employees, is aimed at increasing awareness about energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability. It will run from October 1 to December 31, 2017 and involves two components which allow participants to enter individually or as an organisation or school. For the individual component, students and public sector workers can enter the competition by creating a video of themselves performing a jingle, poem or dub poetry about energy efficiency and conservation. The video, which should be no longer than 45 seconds, must then be tagged to the EECP’s Facebook and Instagram Pages named “Ease Up on Energy”. To be in the running for a prize, videos must accumulate a minimum of 50 reactions that include likes, loves and other emojis in the month posted. Selected winners will walk away with exciting prizes such as a Smartwatch, Mini Smart Switch and Energy Bulbs/LED Desk Lamps and 10 inch tablets. The rewards for the winners include energy interventions or energy saving appliances valued at $500,000 for 1st place, $350,000 for 2nd place and $200,000 for the 3rd place. While the individual component of the Energy Champion competition is social media oriented, the organisations and schools component is more technical. This area of the competition requires participants to form an Energy Management Committee that will create an energy management plan that takes JPS bills received over the course of the contest into consideration and ultimately complete an energy audit. Therefore, participating entities are required to have their own JPS meter. The Government of Jamaica has invested more than $1 billion in energy efficiency interventions and equipment for public sector entities in the past five years. The EECP aims to sustain this investment by promoting awareness and inspiring behavioural changes among workers at the benefitting entities. The PCJ’s Group General Manager, Mr. Winston Watson said, “The Government has spent considerable resources to make public sector entities more energy efficient in order to reduce the national energy bill. To preserve this investment we are getting public sector workers and students actively involved in conservation which should translate into lower energy consumption at workplaces, schools and in homes.” This competition is a team based approach to energy management, allowing participants to gain points as they complete each step. To enter, entities must submit an application by September 30, 2017. The completed entry form along with supporting documentation should be enclosed in an envelope addressed to: The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme C/o Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, 36 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10 RE: GOJ Energy Champion Competition 2017


(From left) Ishawna, Danielle D.I. and Carlene.

The stakes have been raised in round two of the lyrical feud simmering between Danielle D.I. and Ishawna. In the latest salvo of disses, D.I. claps back with Street Bicycle- released on Tuesday - which features an introduction by her cousin, Dancehall Queen Carlene. "This is a public service announcement. This is the Carlene, the original Dancehall Queen...cousin, please tell that b...h don't call my clean name in her filthy mouth," she continued, before D.I. steps in with verse one. Carlene became involved in the feud when Ishawna made reference to the dancehall queen in herHeadshot diss song, alleging that D.I.had sexual relations with a number of industry insidersincluding her cousin's ex-lover, Beenie Man. Ishawna supportedher allegations with the lyrics "Carlene seh Beenie talk up" - a claim Carlene has dismissed as untrue. On Street Bicycle, Danielle suggests that Ishawna has had sexual relations with members of the Alliance clique, and other assertions Loop Jamaica cannot repeat. "Yu a talk bout mi live with mi madda/gwaan chat/your mother live a jail, ask the New York cops," DI deejays with venom, and returns later to level a 'tiefing mumma' slight. Ishawna hit back a few hours later with Walking Deadwhich starts off with the beeping of a life support machine, an ominous warning of the lyrical annihilation that is about to ensue. She responds to DI's diss that her mother is an inmate in the New York prison system with a hard-hitting intro where she declares: "my mother kick off hospital door and tek yu mumma offa life support'. Ishawna taunts: 'Go chuck off inna yu half-dead mumma, anno you say she a battle fi life, yu is a walking dead'. She takes a potshot at DI's age and lack of children with the line: 'yu womb dry rotten caan bring no baby'. Then Ishawna goes scorched earth with the lines: "Yu and yu big head auntie weh about 75/do yu mumma a favour while the b---h still alive/ visit the hospital offa the I-95 and skin out her big h---e, and two ah oonu tek a dive", before segueing neatly into the chorus, 'inna yu half-dead mumma". She also tells D.I to "dig out a family plot, three spot:one for Carlene, yuh mumma and you duppy bat." The track also has samples of 'finish her' and 'fatality' from the Mortal Kombat video games.

In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, comedian Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish pose at Kevin Hart's "Laugh Out Loud" new streaming video network launch event at the Goldstein Residence on in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

On the heels of comedian Kevin Hart's Instagram video about someone seeking financial gain from a mistake he made, a woman came forward Wednesday and said she was "involved" with the box office star a month ago but is not an extortionist. Montia Sabbag said that since images of her became public she has been the subject of lies. "I am not an extortionist. I'm not a stripper. I'm a recording artist and an actress, and I have not broken any laws. I had nothing to do with these recordings," Sabbag said, adding that she was sorry for any involvement. Her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said someone secretly placed cameras in Hart's Las Vegas hotel suite and recorded "bedroom images" of the pair and disseminated them. "Montia is therefore the victim of multiple felonies under state and federal law," Bloom said. The attorney added that Hart appeared to be a victim as well. Bloom said there was no evidence that law enforcement was looking into the matter and she intended to report it to authorities immediately and demand a full investigation. "Montia and I are not asking for a cent from Kevin Hart," the attorney said. "This is not about money. We are not suing him. We are not making any claims against him. Any reports to the contrary are false. Kevin Hart appears to be the victim of this criminal just as Montia is the victim of this criminal." Hart publicly apologized to his pregnant wife and his kids on Saturday for what he described as a "bad error in judgment." The comedian posted a video to Instagram in which he said he wasn't perfect and recently made poor decisions. He said there were "no excuses" but added that someone was trying to seek financial gain over his mistakes, and he'd rather confess than let that happen. Hart married wife Eniko last year and she is expecting their first child. He has two children from a previous marriage.


Maldon High created one of the biggest upsets inthe 2017 schoolboy football season with a 3-1 home victory againstdefending champions Cornwall College in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup competition on Wednesday. Cornwall College entered the game as the big favourites and were hoping to join Manchester High and Seafort High as schools to win their first four games. However, they failed to achieve that gloryagainst a team which had three points from three games coming into the contest. The defeat knocked Cornwall College from the top of Zone A, while Maldon moved to six points from four games, but remained in fourth spot. St James High recorded a 1-0 victory over Anchovy High at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay to join Cornwall College onnine points, but surged atop the standings through goal difference. Meanwhile, five teams joined Manchester High and Seafort High as schools to win their first four games. Those teams were Spot Valley, Ocho Rios High, St Mary's Technical, Dinthill Technical and Glenmuir High. Spot Valley achieved their fourth straight victory against Herbert Morrison. They won 2-1 to move to a four-point lead over second-place Cedric Titus in Zone C. Ocho Rios High reached their fourth straight victory by scoring a 1-0 home victory againstSteer Town. The victory pushed Ocho Rios to a six-point lead over second-place Browns Town in Zone I. St Mary's Technical blankedOracabessa High 2-0 atthe Richmond Prison Oval in their Zone J top-of-the-table fixture for their fourth straight victory to open up a five-point lead over St Mary High. The defeat ended the perfect win record ofOracabessa High. Dinthill Technical defended their perfect win record with a big8-0 victory at Charlemont High to maintain their two-point lead in Zone K over Bog Walk, who defeated Guys Hill 4-1 at Woodpark. And Glenmuir High picked up their fourth straight victory by whipping Porus 4-0 at the Juicy Beef Complex to move five-point clear ofsecond-place Denbigh High in Zone M. WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS ZONE A Maldon 3Cornwall 1 St James 1Anchovy 0 Irwin 1Green Pond 0 ZONE C Holland 0William Knibb 3 Spot Valley 2 Herbert Morrison 1 Muschett 0 Cedric Titus 0 ZONE G Holmwood 1Spalding 0 Troy 1 Christiana 1 Knox 0Alston 1 ZONE I York Castle 2BrownsTown 3 Ocho Rios 1Steer Town 0 ZONE J Iona 3Carron Hall 1 St. Mary Technical 2Oracabessa 0 Brimmervale 1St. Mary High 2 ZONE K Ewarton 1McGrath 1 Charlemont 0Dinthill 0 Guys Hill 1Bog Walk 4 ZONE M Glenmuir 4Porus 0 Foga Road 0 Bellefield 0

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has goneinto the fitness business with the launch of his very own fitness band. The Active by Asafa Fitness Band will be available in stores come Friday. “This is the first in my line of athletic products," said the former 100-metre world record holder. "I went in this direction because it's true to who I am. Fitness, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and staying active are all important to me,” Powell toldSportsMax.tv, adding that he is hoping the Active band will inspire more people to embrace a healthy lifestyle. “I hope it will do well not just because I am popular but because Jamaica needs to get up and get active. To track their own health, activities and make it a habit. A healthy nation is a productive nation.” The band works with an app that allows the owner to combine all their day-to-day activities with their fitness regime like tracking activity, workouts, sleep, water breaks and even takes selfies. The app tracks daily activity on your phone on an easy-to-read dashboard and includes calories burned, steps you take, distance walked or run, sleep, weight, and so much more. Plus it can be synced with other health monitoring apps. And in case the band is misplaced it can be found from the app with the push of a button.


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