The season of festivities and shopping is finally here and Suga Lifestyle is pulling out all the stops to supply the early birds with a variety of top-tier locally made pieces, all under one roof at the 2019 staging of the Suga LifestyleChristmas Connection. The event will be held on Sunday, December 15,at theJamaica Pegasus hotel. Back for the second time, the Suga LifestyleChristmas Connection is an initiative conceptualized by Gabrielle Burgess, one of the forces behind the Suga Lifestyle brand. This year’s show invites persons to sip, shop and fall in love with over 18 handpicked Jamaican artisans/entrepreneurs offering a wide range of unique products such as handmade bags, jewelry, sculptures, Jamaican-engrained baked treats, skin care products and many more. Not only that, but prizes and surprises courtesy of Gustazos Jamaica, Jamaica Public Service, Chillin' Restaurant, Stush in the Bush and other popular favorites will also be up for grabs! “Coming up with the idea for this show was not hard at all! As an artiste that is passionate about our rich local art culture, getting all art forms under one roof and adding extras was curated by those like me for the shoppers at heart,” statedBurgess. Theinitiative is intended to inspire, educate and entertain while striving to empower entrepreneurs and connect the attendees with what brand Jamaica has to offer in a cool, relaxed setting as they sip and shop for themselves, family, friends and loved ones during the Christmas season, the promoter said. For a limited time only, discounted tickets are available here and here;get your tickets now to experience top-tier locally made pieces all under one roof at the Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection!

JP Group CEO Jeffery Hall

For the 2019 third quarter, Jamaica Producers Group Limited (JP) generated revenues of $5.2 billion and net profit attributable to shareholders of $330 million. Year-to-date results show a $1.1 billion increase in revenues with both business segments – Logistics & Infrastructure (L&I) and Food & Drink (F&D) – generating improved third quarter and year-to-date revenues and profits relative to 2018. Jeffrey Hall, chief executive officer of JP commented on the strong third-quarter results for the group, “we have grown our earnings rapidly by investing in precisely those industries that we believe can deliver significant growth for Jamaica.” JP doubled its profits in the third quarter and increased its year-to-date profits by over 60 per cent relative to the prior year. “We’ve grown our agriculture business with market-leading technology and productivity at our JP St Mary’s farms. We’ve expanded tourism linkages and value-added manufacturing exports with our Tortuga rum cake business. We’ve made a hugely successful investment in global services and logistics with Kingston Wharves,” noted Hall. The company achieved revenue growth in its combined St. Mary based banana and pineapple farming business of 40 per cent relative to 2018. Hall commented on this growth to say that “Jamaicans are eating more of our locally grown fresh produce and this is improving the prospects for our farms.” JP further reported that it had won new business for Tortuga in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and with major US retailers and would be building on this with the launch of the all-new Tortuga Jamaican Rum Fruit Cake this Christmas. Meanwhile, Kingston Wharves, Jamaica’s leading multi-purpose port and logistics business reported year-to-date earnings up 29 per cent. “There is more growth for Jamaica in all of the industries in which JP is investing,” stated Hall. With the capital that is now available for investment. Hall opined that small urgently needed tweaks to government policy could unleash that growth. He expressed the view that GDP growth in Jamaica will require stakeholders to focus now on attracting new investment, providing globally competitive services and enhancing innovation and productivity in manufacturing. According to Hall, the opportunities are big enough for everyone to participate and JP is more than willing to work with key stakeholders to spotlight those opportunities that can immediately deliver employment and growth in each of its key sectors. The L&I Division, which comprises Kingston Wharves and JP Shipping Services Limited, generated 2019 year-to-date profit before finance costs and taxation of $2.4 billion, a 19 per cent increase over the prior year. Divisional revenues of $6.3 billion were up seven per cent over the prior year. JP’s F&D Division continues to be the largest contributor to the revenues of the group earning year-to-date revenues of $9.0 billion and profit before finance cost and taxation of $645 million, more than double the prior-year result of $310 million.


Iyara on the set of 'Rich and Wealthy'

The streets have been responding to dancehall deejay Iyara's new image, lyrical content and branding since his departure from the Alliance several months ago. The artiste's latest music video, 'Rich and Wealthy', released on the Peterkey Music Production has had tongues wagging and sparked speculation that the artiste's new label shelled out a staggering amount of money on the project. The video, which has racked up over 20,000 views since its release,features private airplane rides, shiny luxury cars and a beautiful palatial home with a jaw-dropping view of the coastline. Some fans speculate that the price tag of the music video is in the "multi-million dollar" range as the shoot was done over three days at various locations. In the video, Iyara is dressed like a dapper Arab sheik with the white headpiece and robe photographed on the second floor balcony adorned with expensive paintings. Other scenes show him sipping expensive liquor on a private jet and rolling deep in a shiny drop top luxury car. All these accoutrements show that Iyara has done a major upgrade with his career since forming a musical partnership with US-based indie dancehall label, Peterkey Music Production. The production costs of the video puts the video in the category of the "one of the most expensive dancehall videos ever made". Dancehall fans have praised his new label and commented that the artiste also appears to be more structured in terms of his management, bookings and merchandising moves since that time. Iyara formed part of the Alliance Next Generation camp in 2011, and he is known for songs like 'Clue', 'Pressure Cooker' and 'Nah Do It'. The deejay has decided to take a more commercial approach to his career to develop his growing fan base in the USA.

Skip Marley

Though he is from the first family of reggae, Skip Marley has never limited his music --- whether recording or listening. 'Slow Down', his latest song, is proof of that. The funky mix of pop and reggae was released on November 8 by Tuff Gong International and Island Records. It features American singer H.E.R., one of contemporary R&B’s hottest acts. Marley, 23, said he recorded the song solo this year but was keen to add a female voice. He jumped at the suggestion to work with H.E.R. who won two Grammy Awards this year. In this June 24, 2018 file photo, H.E.R. performs at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) “She added her part and it made things complete,” said Marley. Skip is the grandson of reggae king Bob Marley and son of Cedella Marley, Bob and his wife Rita’s first child. He began recording four years ago with 'Cry to Me' being his debut song. Since then, he has released a batch of singles, the most successful being 'Chained to The Rhythm', with pop star Katy Perry. That song was a massive international hit, reaching as far as number four on the Billboard pop chart. Inevitably, being the grandson of Bob Marley comes with high expectations. Skip’s uncles, Ziggy, Stephen and Damian are all Grammy winners. Born in Kingston and raised in South Florida, Skip says he never felt burdened by his impressive lineage. Nor does he see the need to do roots-reggae songs just because he is a Marley. “People going to tag you where them want. Still, I don’t watch that, I don’t really limit myself to one box. My music comes from reggae but the inspiration can carry you somewhere else like blues, funk and jazz,” he reasoned. While he counts his grandfather as his biggest musical inspiration, Skip is big into the blues. His playlist includes guitar icons Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Muddy Waters, as well as singer/guitarist John Mayer.


Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) goes up to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu).

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their fine form in the NBA, while Carmelo Anthony made his Portland Trail Blazers debut on Tuesday. The Lakers improved to 12-2 and won their fifth straight with a 112-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. They were again led by star duo LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the Staples Center. James finished with a triple-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Davis had 34 points. It marked more history for James, who became the first player to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams. Anthony, 35, made his Trail Blazers debut in Portland's 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The 10-time All-Star managed just 10 points after going four-of-14 from the field in the defeat. Burks guides struggling Warriors The Golden State Warriors claimed just their third win of the season, beating the Memphis Grizzlies 114-95 thanks to 29 points from Alec Burks. Draymond Green went close to a triple-double in the win, finishing with 11 assists, 10 rebounds and eight points. Bogdan Bogdanovic (31 points) and Richaun Holmes (20 points and 15 rebounds) helped the Sacramento Kings past the Phoenix Suns 120-116. Ferguson struggles Terrance Ferguson struggled for the Thunder. A first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Ferguson went one-of-seven from the field, finishing with just three points in 30 minutes against the Lakers. Tuesday's results Golden State Warriors 114-95 Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Pelicans 115-104 Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings 120-116 Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers 112-107 Oklahoma City Thunder Celtics at Clippers It is another early-season blockbuster at the Staples Center as the Boston Celtics (11-2) visit the Los Angeles Clippers (9-5).

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham have appointed former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino's replacement. Mourinho, 'The Special One', arrives at Tottenham, who sacked Pochettino just five months after the club's remarkable run to the Champions League final. Tottenham opted to make a change at the end of the international break, with Spurs languishing in 14th position in the Premier League after 12 rounds. "I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters," Mourinho said in a statement, having been appointed head coach until the end of 2022-23. "The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me." Mourinho was sacked by Premier League rivals United in December but the former Chelsea boss is back in management and London, where the Portuguese will be tasked with salvaging Tottenham's season. The 56-year-old – a three-time Premier League winner during two spells in charge of London rivals Chelsea – saw his two-and-half-year tenure as United boss come to an end amid poor form and reports of dressing-room unrest. Mourinho, who also won the treble with Inter in 2010 and led Real Madrid to LaLiga glory in 2011-12, most notably clashed with United star Paul Pogba prior to his Old Trafford exit. The ex-Porto boss had been linked to Inter before Antonio Conte's appointment, while Mourinho was reportedly in the frame to move to Bayern Munich following Niko Kovac's sacking. A Madrid comeback had also been touted amid Zinedine Zidane's initial struggles, but Mourinho will now prepare for Saturday's trip to West Ham.