2018 Male and Female Household Workers of the Year, Michael Brown and Rosemarie Forrester beam with pride, after receiving their trophies from GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby (left) and Guest Speaker Juliet Holness, MP (right).

GraceKennedy is inviting members of the public to nominate household workers for the Annual GraceKennedy/Heather Little White Household Worker of the Year Award. Nominations for the award, given to Jamaica’s top male and female household workers, opened on October 18. Winners will be selected by a GraceKennedy-appointed panel of judges, from nominations sent by members of the public. “We started these awards six years ago to give recognition to household workers, to publicly affirm them and the work they do as dignified, and deserving of respect and appreciation. Since we started we have been so moved by the entries we have received. We have awarded some amazing Jamaicans who are making a tremendous difference to the families and households with whom they work, and we want to do the same this year,” said Chief Communication and Sponsorships Officer, Simone Clarke-Cooper. Members of the public are being asked to nominate male or female household or domestic workers, handymen, caregivers or gardeners, by writing 200 words, explaining how any of those individuals has made a difference in their homes and their lives. Nominations are to be emailed to gracekennedy@gkco.com, or dropped off at the Company’s office at 73 Harbour Street in Kingston, labelled “GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Award.” “These persons work so hard to make a difference in our everyday lives. This is our way of thanking them, and making a difference in theirs,” said Clarke-Cooper. “They are deserving of the attendant recognition, and also of the amazing prizes they will receive,” she added. The GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Male and Female Household Worker of the Year will each receive $300,000, as well as prizes from Hi-Lo Food Stores and First Global Bank Limited. They will also receive a cash award to go towards the education of a student of their choice. Runners up will receive $200,000 each. The 2018 winners are Michael Brown and Rosemarie Forrester. Clarke-Cooper emphasized that the Company was seeking to find both a male and female winner and runners up, and as such, made it a special point of duty to remind the nominating public not to exclude the men in their nominations. “There are many men who are working in households and who are deserving of winning an award such as this. We want to ask those nominating to give them that opportunity,” she said. Nominations for the GraceKennedy/Heather Little White Household Workers of the Year Awards close on Monday, November 18.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness joined family and friends of JEP CEO  Wayne McKenzie for a celebratory dinner following the National Honours And Awards

Wayne McKenzie, President and CEO of the InterEnergy Holdings’ group of companieswas among 215 Jamaicans to receive a national honour/awardon Heroes Day (Monday October 21). McKenzie received the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer for contribution to the sustainability of Jamaica’s energy sector and civic development. He leads the group of companies which includes theJamaica Energy Partners (JEP), West Kingston Power Partners (WKPP) and the recently acquired Jamaica Private Power Company (JPPC). To commemorate this achievement, the group staff,as well as friends and family, gathered fora celebratory dinner at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel following the National Honours and Awards ceremony. Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie were also in attendance. [image_gallery] Click the gallery for photos It is not the first time that McKenzie has receiveda prestigious honour. In April 2018, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for outstanding service in energy conservation and civic development. McKenzie’s service to Jamaica's energy sector and communities spans over 20 years. Under his stewardship, JEP’s operating asset Doctor Bird Power Station transitioned from being managed by a foreign-owned entity to self-operation in September 2002. In 2006, JEP grew from one 74MW power barge to two power barges adding 50MW of energy to the national grid, representing a 67 per centgrowth in the Company’s generating capacity. His career in the power industry began as a planning engineer at Jamaica Public Service where he was employed from 1990 through to 1996, to Chief Executive Officer of JEP. Today, MrMcKenzie, a visionary and astute leader, is admired by staff and colleagues for his propensity for successprimarily, for his expertise and accomplishments in power plant development, management and operations; power purchase agreement negotiations; capital structuring; risk management as well as strategic and operational planning. In March 2019, he piloted the team that closed the $4 billion deal in InterEnergy Holdings’ acquisition of Jamaica Private Power Company (JPPC), the 60MW Independent Power Provider located in Rockfort, Kingston. McKenzie joined JEP in 1996 as the Chief Project Engineer. In March 2000, he was appointed general manager making him the youngest national to lead an electric company in Jamaica. In the capacity of a negotiator, he was the lead architect in convincing the Caribbean lenders to provide 100 per cent financing of the expansion at the cost of US$78 million, refinancing the existing debt and extending the tenure of the loan to 15years. The company grew from 74 employees to 121 employees, also increasing asset value and profitability. In 2018, McKenzie played a significant role in closing a $133 million syndicated loan with local banks for Jamaica Energy Partners,which the team completed in 45 days. In addition to his experience in the energy field, McKenzie is also adept in community development and corporate social responsibility and continues to invest time and resources geared towards the advancement and sustainability of the West Kingston and Old Harbour Bay communities, through health, environment, education and sporting initiatives.


 Demarco

Dancehall star Demarco proves that he is an artiste who is unafraid to challenge himself or his peers with the recently-releasedhard-hitting street gem‘Till My Time Come’. The video is fast approaching the million view threshold since its release only a fewweeks ago. “I am just giving the fans what they want, street bangers, club bangers, lyrics, metaphors, telling stories through music, stories that reflect the grimy side of life,” Demarco said. The single itself was released last month under his True Gift Entertainment label and is available for streaming on all major download platforms. The video has a cinematic quality with Demarco playing the unapologetic role of a gangster living his life on his own terms with booze, babes and bricks until his inevitable end. The deejay spits menacingly: “and mi nuh know bout plane, check di pilot/mi only know fi squeeze and point and fly bat”. The deejay uses clever wordplay mixed with gory admissions of gunplay and boastful taunts to show why he's arguablyone of the game’s top deejays. Demarco has been riding a hot streak as his previous video, 'Bunx Pon It', released last month, racked up over 2.5 million views on social media sharing platform, YouTube, since its release on September 11th. “The Bunx Pon It video is still getting a lot of views in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean diaspora, so right now, it's a good look," Demarco , whose real name is Colin Demar Edwards, said. Demarco recently wowed thousands of patrons with a marquis high energy performance at the Creole Culture Festat the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater in Miramar, FL on October 19. Demarco is widely regarded as one of the most talented and well rounded individuals in dancehall today, scoring hits as a producer, songwriter and an artiste. He known for the hit singles, 'Puppytail', 'Standing Soldiers', 'I Love My Life' and 'No Wahala' featuring Akon and Runtown which has racked up over 17million views. He has produced singles and beats for industry heavyweights like Sean Paul, singer-rapper Olivia and rapper Styles P. “I’m a well-rounded artiste, producer, songwriter and engineer. When I go to the studio, I generally start off with a blank slate and whatever mood I am in or the feel I get, I just start writing; after I find the right melody, I then determine the direction I want to go," Demarco said, explaining his “creative process”. “But at the end of day, it’s the people who decide what is a hit and what is not, I am just putting in the work and making good music,” he said.

Music artist and actress Queen Latifah receives the WEB Dubois Medal for her contributions to black history and culture from Glenn H. Hutchins during ceremonies at Harvard University, October 22, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Music artist and actress Queen Latifah was among the honorees recognised by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. Harvard awarded the WEBDu Bois Medal to Queen Latifah and six other recipients on Tuesday, according to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, school's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Other honorees include poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Lonnie Bunch III, poet Rita Dove, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson, artist Kerry James Marshall and Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners. The award is named after Du Bois, a scholar, writer, editor, and civil rights pioneer who became the first black student to earn a doctorate from Harvard in 1895.


(From left) Reggae Marathon race director, Alfred 'Franno' Francis; Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton; Jamdammers Running Club president Aileen Corrigan; and Adviser in the Ministry of Sport, Ali McNab share a light moment at the Reggae Marathon launch at the Digicel headquarters in Kingston on Wednesday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

The 19th staging of theReggae Marathon in Negril, Westmoreland promises to be another fun-filled affair with the usual influx of participants from across the globe. Scheduled for Sunday, December 8in the resort town on Jamaica's northwest coast, the event was launched in the lobby of Digicel's downtown Kingston headquarters on Wednesday. This year, for the first time, the Reggae Marathon will partner with marathons in four other countries(Marathon Bahamas Race Weekend; Run Barbados Marathon Weekend; Bermuda International Race Weekend and Cayman Islands Marathon & Half Marathon Relay) across the region to stage the Five Island Challenge. The reward programme, which is sponsored bythe Atlanta Life Insurance Company of USA, encouragesrunners across the world to participate inthe different running events while enjoying a 'runcation' throughout the Caribbean. According to race director, Alfred 'Franno' Francis, the internationally certified course will once again be fitted with some of the latest technology, including mats along the way, to maintain the race's integrity. Alfred 'Franno' Francis addresses journalists at the launch of Reggae Marathon 2019. Jamaicans who break any of the course records will get double the prize money.The course record for the marathon is 2:21.05 hours formen and 2:42.25 for women. Both records were set in the first year of the event in 2001. For the half marathon, the men's record is 1:08.32 hours with the women's record being 1:16.12, while in the 10K the men's course record is 29.55 minutes with the women's being 36 17. Among the usual activities that will help to enhance the fun aspect of the Reggae Marathon will be the Pasta Party and the entertainment package at Long Bay Beach after the race has been completed. The entry fee for the marathon is$7,000; $6,000 for the half marathon and $5,000 for the 10K. For the first time, the winners of each section will be awarded the prize money on the day, Francis said. Tufton greets Reggae Marathon chairman Ian Kelly (right). Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Welness Dr Christopher Tufton, said the Reggae Marathon has become a lifestyle event, helping to promote health and fitness which assist in the reduction of Non-Communicable Diseases. Ali McNab, speaking on behalf of Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange,said that the excellence, professionalism and entertainment package of the Reggae Marathon have made it a major sporting event. President of Reggae Marathon organiser Jamdammers Running Club, Aileen Corrigan said the Reggae Marathon has captured the hearts and minds of runners across the globe, which is highlighted by the fact that the event is ranked among the 10 best marathons in the world. In the meantime, executive director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Carey Wallacetouted the success of the Reggae Marathon in promoting some of the island's greatest attributes in the international marketplace -sun, sea and sand. [image_gallery]

Kingston College's (KC) Sajar Blair is challenged by a defender from Vauxhall during their second round first-leg match of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition at the Stadium East field on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  KC won 3-1. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid).

Top seed Kingston College (KC) secured a perfect start to the second round of the 2019 ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup football competition with a 3-1 victory over Vauxhall High in the first leg of the two-way knockout fixture at the Stadium East field on Wednesday. KC had to come from behind for the victory after Kemar Britton put 16th-seed Vauxhall High ahead in the 17th minute courtesy of a nicely placed freekick just outside the 18-yard box. The host heldthe lead stubbornly to the break, but amistake five minutes after the interval handed KC the equaliser. Javon Shepherd scored an own goal in an attempt to heads out a ball from inside the 18-yard box, but the placement was well off and the effort lodged over the goalkeeper head at the far post. The goal came seconds after the keeper had pushed a powerful shot from KC’s leading marksman Dwayne Atkinson onto the left upright. [image_gallery] KC took control after the equaliser and pulled away for a comfortable victory through strikes from captain Ronaldo Morrison in the 71st minute, his first goal of the season, and Atkinson, who scored his 12th goal, in the 74th minute. KC were conceding just their second goal of the season. The Ludlow Bernard-coach team conceded its first goal on September 26 in a 5-1 victory over Dunoon Park Technical at Breezy Castle in the first round where theschool won all 10 matches played. North Street-based KC are searching for back-to-back Manning Cup titles after defeating neighbours St George's College 3-2 in adramatic finale, at the National Stadium last year to win urban area biggest schoolboy football prize for the first time in 32 years Over at Prison Oval in Spanish Town, St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) conceded their first goals of the season in a 2-2 draw with Eltham High, while Wolmer's Boys defeated St Catherine 1-0. The second round of the competition is comprise of16 teams for eight match-ups. Teams will play home and away knockout games. The eight winners will advance to the Manning Cup quarter-finals and the eight losers to the Walker Cup knockout first round. WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS Vauxhall High 1 KC 3 Eltham High 2 STATHS 2 St Catherine 0 Wolmer's Boys 1 THURSDAY'S MATCHES St Jago vs Charlie Smith at Prison Oval - 1:00 pm Hydel vs Jamaica College at Prison Oval - 3:00 pm Mona vs St George's College at Stadium East - 2:00 pm Excelsior vs Jonathan Grant at Stadium East - 4:00 pm