Now four times its original size, the Appleton Estate Rum Tour (AERT) will reopen under a new name. According to Chairman of J Wray & Nephew Limited, Clement “Jimmy” Lawrence, the new facility will be known as the Appleton Estate Rum Experience (AERE) and will serve as a centrepiece for all tourism related activities on the island’s southern coast. “The new name will in fact present a new experience over 26,000 square feet, which is over four times the size of the old Appleton Estate Rum Tour (AERT)” Lawrence explained. “This facility will most certainly boost tourist arrivals on the south coast and drive economic growth for the tourism sector.” Lawrence also noted that the agricultural sector stands to benefit, further pointing out that gastronomy will be an important feature where food will be prepared “from the farm to the table.” “Agriculture will be boosted significantly from what we are doing here,” he added. “We will have a new state-of-the art restaurant which will feature local cuisine with local ingredients prepared by home grown talent. We have also hired a chef who will prepare local favourites with a twist and pair our premium rums with the premium produce of St. Bess. This will represent the best of St. Bess.” Lawrence was addressing the media and other stakeholders at a “Hard Hat Tour” of the AERT on Wednesday in Siloah, St. Elizabeth. J Wray & Nephew and its parent company Gruppo Campari have pumped some $1 billion into the renovation of AERT. On schedule and slated for a soft opening in November 2017, the facility is expected to improve its annual intake of 50, 000 guests to 200, 000. For his part, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, said he is heartened by what J Wray & Nephew and Gruppo Campari is doing in St. Elizabeth, adding that “this will significantly strengthen the tourism product.” “I am also heartened by the fact that the Rum Tour facility will have spinoffs for the communities,” Samuda added. “This is a very big investment and one which shows commitment and love for our country.” In the meantime, Mayor of Black River Derrick Sangster, said that not only does the small community of Siloah stands to benefit but also that the project will bring a huge economic boost to the entire south coast. “Tourism on the south coast will now have a world class attraction that will draw a lot of visitors to this region,” he noted. “There will certainly be a huge trickledown benefit for all the communities.”

Kimberley Whyte (centre) received a deposit of $100,000 to her Money Manager account during the cheque presentation held at SSL’s head office in Kingston on Tuesday, with SSL’s General Manager Lamar Harris, and SSL’s ‘Love My Money’ social media ambassador, Sanjay.

Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL) has announced that Kimberley Whyte has been randomly selected as the winner of its ‘Love My Money’ campaign. She received a deposit of J$100,000 to her Money Manager account during the chequepresentation held at SSL’s head office in Kingston on Tuesday, with SSL’s General Manager Lamar Harris, and SSL’s ‘Love My Money’ social media ambassador, Sanjay. The recent ‘Love My Money’ campaign focused on the emotions that are aroused from seeing money in an investment account grow faster than it would in a traditional bank’s savings account. SSL’s General Manager Lamar Harris in discussion with Kimberley Wyite. The promotion, which ended July 3, gave Money Managers account holders the opportunity to win J$100,000 to be added to their principal investment. To be eligible for winning this competition, entrants would have had to open a Money Managers account at any one of their branches with the minimum investment of J$10,000, or, existing clients would have to deposit more funds to their existing Money Managers account during the promotional period.

Ity and Fancy Cat

Jamstage Production has come up with a novel concept of twinning their exciting new play, David Tulloch's 'Bad Breed' with the 'Loud' starring dynamic duo, Ity and Fancy Cat. "We will be the opening act, we are just going to warm the crowd before the play start, so we are coming with new and original material each time before each play," Fancy Cat said. The two-for-one special will pull into New Jack City in Denbigh, Clarendon on July 30, then head to Port Antonio High on August 5, and climax at the Gateway Plaza in Old Harbour on August 7th. "We are experiencing tough times in Jamaica, so this is a bit of a recession special for people who love comedy and theatre and are looking for some good laughs," playwright David Tulloch said. The tickets are $1,200 per sold and $1,500 at the gate. Critics have hailed 'Bad Breed' as a guaranteed laugh-fest for patrons craving good entertainment. The play opened to rave reviews as patrons were literally rolling in the aisles during some of the play's humorous moments. This comedy-drama featured the return of Maxwell 'Bashy' Grant who plays the role of Pastor Dr Joe Magnus, a smooth-talking huckster who has many dalliances with female members of his congregation. The cast is rounded out by a superb and talented troupe of actors namely Terri Salmon, Michael 'Stringbean' Nicholson, as well as new sensation Daniella 'Ceeta' Gordon and Akeem Poyser.

Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond's 'Take Time to Love Tour' stopped in New Jersey at the performing arts theatre NJPAC over the weekend. The lineup includedlegendary actsMarcia Griffiths andlong time 'Reggae Ambassadors' Third World. The maestro Beres performed a memorable set, in which he reeled off hits such as My Wish, Another Dayand Double Trouble. Watch the video.

Jamaica opened the senior women's Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championshipwith a 3-0 victory over the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) on Wednesday night. Hosts Jamaica won 25-16, 25-18, 25-17. The tournament, which is also being used as an International Volleyball Federation's (FIVB) World Championships Qualifier, also had on the opening night, victories for defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao and Martinique. Trinidad stopped Guadeloupe 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-14), Curacao won a five-set marathon againstSuriname 3-2 (23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 15-11) and Martinique easily disposed of The Bahamas 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-13). In the Jamaica match, the game started with USVI winning the first point off Jamaica's serve and from then on maintained a two-point lead over their opponents until the hosts were able to catch them at six before moving into the lead. From then on it was smooth sailing for the locals as they moved away from their rivals with powerful spikes, most of which USVI's players failed to successfully defend. Tahlaia Bishop was Jamaica's top spiker and server with 18 each while Shashalee Thomas blocked 20 times. I'Tiana Taylor was USVI's top spiker and server with 32 and eight respectively, while Danielle Selkridge had 10 blocks. From the eight-team CAZOVA finals, the top two teams overall will qualify to the third round of FIVB World Championship qualification while crowning the eventual champions of CAZOVA.

Jamaica international footballer Michael Hector.

Jamaica international footballer Michael Hector has arrived at Championship club Hull City on a season-long loan from English Premier League champions Chelsea. The centre-back, who spent last season in the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt, joins Chelsea right-back Ola Aina at the KCOM Stadium. Further players could make the move from Stamford Bridge due to the strong relationship between Hull's Russian coach Leonid Slutsky and his compatriot Roman Abramovich, Chelsea's owner. "When I found out that Hull were interested in taking me on loan, it was an easy decision to make," said the Reggae Boy. "It's a great challenge for me to come back to England after a season in Germany and try to help this club get back into the Premier League. "The players here seem like a great bunch and hopefully I can play my part in helping them - and the club - enjoy a successful season in 2017-18." Chelsea have also confirmed Jamal Blackman has signed a contract extension running to 2021, while the goalkeeper will spend the coming season on loan in the second tier at newly-promoted Sheffield United.


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To all our Drone enthusiasts, hobbyists, newbies and pilots alike, we will be hosting a series of Drone Summer Programs in July and August. Join us for 3 days of training in flying skills and safety from professional drone pilots Register now to secure your spot today!

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Having received our stellar UNESCO Designation as a Creative City in the category of Music in December 2015, whereby Kingston became the first Caribbean city to be given this achievement, the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is committed to coordinating and executing various events and initiatives to highlight, showcase and celebrate this milestone. 2017 also marks the 145th anniversary of Kingston becoming the capital of Jamaica, which is being celebrated under the theme, “Connecting the past, Building the Future.” The initiative also forms part of overall efforts to fast track the rebranding of Kingston by injecting life in the capital City. The KSAMC is on an ongoing thrust to market Kingston as a world leader in music and other aspects of our culture in an effort to leverage the historic and creative values of our City. Special edition of Rae Town Old Hits Sundays is a municipal effort to utilize music and indeed all creative sectors as a catalyst for economic and social development within the municipality. This event is also aimed at demonstrating the work of the KSAMC in the transformation of Downtown Kingston. The KSAMC recognizes that the capital of any city lies in its people. To this end, the planning and execution of this Special edition of Rae Town Old Hits Sundays is critical to the success of the anniversary celebrations and the Council’s local economic development initiative.

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Image: The Tropics

Portmore Society will host Image: The Tropics at Fort Clarence Beach.