Seniors like Percival Latouche ( right), President of the Jamaica Association for Resettlement of Returning Residents are being encouraged to use Scotiabank’s digital channels . Here Latouche is assisted by Pamela Douglas ( left) , Manager of the Scotiabank New Kingston branch to use the new Scotiabank mobile app.

Scotiabank Jamaica has announced a raft of new initiatives designed to help senior citizens to get more comfortable with its digital banking channels. On Saturday, November 28 and December 5, the bank will open branches in nine locations to provide assistance and coaching for customers who wish to learn how to use digital banking including the new features available at its automated banking machines. The branches included in this initiative areBlack River, Christiana, Falmouth, Old Harbour, Portmore, Port Antonio, Port Maria, St. Ann’s Bay and Junction. The Scotiabank “Digital Saturdays” initiative has been endorsed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security which has been urging persons, particularly those vulnerable to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to use remote channels for conducting business wherever possible. “Digital Saturdays is an opportunity for us to spend time with our senior customers away from the bustle of our weekly banking hours and empower them to use our alternate channels as a way of reducing the number of times they will eventually need to return to the branch for routine transactions. We are very excited about the activity and look forward to welcoming them,” shared Audrey Tugwell Henry, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking. “Across the board, our aim is to make our electronic channels more accessible for everyone, however, we are very keen on reaching and engaging this important customer segment through these special activities across our branches,” she added. She further noted an expected increase in the volumes of customers at branches during the upcoming festive period. “It is important to us that our customers including seniors have the option to stay safe and conduct their banking from the comfort of their homes,” Tugwell Henry said. Other initiatives planned include special tutorials in-branch about the use of Scotiabank ABMs, the Scotia Online banking platform, the Scotia Mobile app and much more. Special digital banking representatives have also been assigned to conduct training with seniors when they visit the branch. A series of video-based content and guides will be published at seniors. -more- Training opportunities for seniors is also being coordinated through entities like the National Senior Citizens Council and various Returning Residents Associations that will see Scotiabankers making visits to conduct training on its digital channels with their members. To top off the new seniors initiative, Tugwell Henry shared that the bank had engaged well-known local comedians Oliver Samuels and Volier “Maffy” Johnson, who will both headline a national media campaign. Scotiabank says it will continue to invest in and promote the use of digital banking to provide greater convenience and minimize banking disruptions amid the ongoing health crisis.

iStock photo shows a section of the bustling St James Street in Montego Bay.

The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of the government’s updated COVID-19 protocols to stem the spread of the deadly virus. Speaking at the weekly COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday, Vice president of the chamber, Oral Heaven said a recent survey shows that the membership accepts the new measures. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, on Tuesday, announced changes to the COVID-19 protocols under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which includes extending the curfew hours from 10 pm to 5 am,effective December 1. This is an additional hour for Jamaicans, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, which will see the curfew starting at 7 pm. “The business community of Montego Bay welcomes the protocols because we know the seriousness of the situation that we are all facing,” Heaven said. He added: “We are comfortable in assisting in flattening the curve and that’s our mission and our membership supports that. As a matter of fact, they want to see the back of this thing (COVID-19), so that we can move on with our lives.” He said that while vendors across the island will be affected by the curfew during their usually busy Christmas selling period, the chamber is willing to assist the government’s effort and is looking at an educational initiative to help. Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Leeroy Williams said that although the municipality is removing vendors from the main thoroughfares, sellers are being allowed to start earlier, to ensure that they abide by the curfew time. With concerns about overcrowding during Grand Market, the municipality has decided to cancel the event this year, Williams said. “Yes, they (vendors) of course would have wanted more time because it’s going towards the festive season. But as the mayor frankly, I have a problem with the anticipated crowd that we will have,” Williams said.

When the love for food and a familiarity with the kitchen becomes your way of life, your safest bet of sharing this with the world is by simply creating! In walks the award-winning chef Craig Wong — a second-generation Canadian — who has studied and worked in France and the UK, but calls the Great White North home. Who, who was born and raised in Scarborough, is the chef patron of eateries in Toronto, Canada, and Dubai. SIDEBAR: Flip through this gallery of images from Wong's episode on Eater. [image_gallery] His style is best described as Asian meets Caribbean soul food and is rich in Wong’s Jamaican-Chinese heritage. His mom Shirley, is from Ocho Rios, and his father Lipton, from Kingston, decided to migrate to Canada in the early ’70s. Wong made the news recently when he introduced his Prosperity Jerk Lobster to viewers on food and dining network Eater. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Eater (@eater) From his Toronto-based restaurant, Patois – which Wong revelled in 2014 – Wong and his chef de cuisine Nicholas Beckford, who’s also Jamaican chatted, laughed, and seasoned their way to the non-traditional lobster dish topped with Ritz crackers. Patois, which has been heavily inspired by his love for food and his matriarchal grandmother is closest to home, and where Wong’s creativity comes alive. ‘We start to see multi-ethnic-type restaurants doing some really cool things…so much so that they can literally put themselves onto a plate hundreds and thousands of times,’ Wong shared in a recent interview. With the post titled ‘How a master chef uses Michelin-Level skills in his Jamaican-Chinese dishes’, Eater provided readers with a fresh take on Jamaican-infused lobster. ‘I came from the world of fine dining, French cuisine, working in three-Michelin-starred restaurants, and I learned a ton of techniques,’ says@patoistorontochef@craigwong. ‘I think it’s hilarious that they would be snobby towards our use of things like Ritz crackers. It’s delicious.’ Wong is referencing his prosperity jerk lobster— a crispy fried lobster, stir-fried in a wok with jerk butter, onions, and peppers, and topped with a toasted Ritz cracker crumble and cilantro. It’s one of the many dishes at the Toronto restaurant that riffs on the ingredients and flavours he recalls from growing up in a Chinese family and community. In 2020, he opened Bar Mignonette a seafood wine bar with a focus on natural wines. He is currently the executive chef of Ting Irie, Dubai’s first Jamaican restaurant. The video was producer/director/editor:Dnaiel Geneen| Camera:Andrew Budziak andRyan Morgan.

Protoje and Lila Ike performed on The Late Show #PlayAtHome series this afternoon.

Protoje and Lila Ike performed today on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show #PlayAtHome series online on CBS. The show took place at 3 pm ET. The In Digg Nation Collective and RCA records labelmatesperformed"In Bloom" off Protoje's latest album In Search of Lost Time. {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/GIpa2YT6Qjs.jpg?itok=DXL3ZjgY","video_url":"","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":0},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive)."]} Lila Ike isfeatured on the sultry love song. In Search of Lost Time is Protoje's first album since signing with Six Course/RCA Records. Protoje, founder of the In Digg Nation Collective, signed the deal along with Lila Ike and Sevana. Lila's album The EXperience and Sevana's Be Somebody were also released.

Donald Quarrie

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) presidential hopeful, Donald Quarrie, is peeved that less than 24 hours before the organisation’s election, he has still not received the list of persons to vote from the administration. Quarrie will be vying for the position of president against current General Secretary, Garth Gayle, at the annual general meeting (AGM) at the National Arena on Saturday. The list of officers of the association will be decided by 263 individuals and 34 clubs, with each club having two votes. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get the names of the 263 individuals and those who can vote for the clubs, so I was limited to the number of people I spoke to,” Quarrie said in an interview with Loop News Friday evening. “They held out on us on that list. It’s not fair because they had the list, they prepared the list, and so they could call the people in time. We didn’t get a chance to call them that much. So that’s a factor,” added Quarrie. “It’s not a level playing field. It’s definitely not a level playing field, but we are pushing along,” Quarrie further bemoaned. According to him, he was able to partially overcome the challenges by reaching out to individuals whom he otherwise knew will have a vote on Saturday. “I have been able to call quite a few individuals and they have been very receptive, very understanding, realising that my message was totally different than what they have heard in the last two elections,” he said. The 1976 Montreal Olympic Games 200-metre gold medallist said he is hoping that his message that was presented through various media houses nationally, reached the voters and resonates with them. He said he would be implementing late measures as well. “I will see them tomorrow morning on their way in and hand out my manifesto to them and hopefully I will be successful. But at the end of the day, I am already successful because I have opened the eyes of members of the community, of corporate Jamaica, of the news media and the public, to what the JAAA has been doing and what the JAAA should be doing now,” said Quarrie.

Fun time at Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.

To date, registrations for the virtual staging of the 2020 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K have been received from 14 countries. These are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Jamaica, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, UK and USA. Registration closes on December 2 for local runners and on November 30 for the international running community. Participants will be able to run or walk anywhere in the world, on any date and time between now and December 5, 2020 when the event will be officially closed. However, 140 members of the Reggae Runnerz from the USA, the largest participating group over the years, have booked their stay at Negril hotels for a minimum of five nights so they can run the race on the Reggae Marathon course which was established 20 years ago. As the group has done in the past, members will be supporting such local charities as the Green Island School, the Clifton Boys Home and breast cancer survivors this year. In preparation for that group, and for any other international or local runners/walkers, the Reggae Marathon organising team has already refreshed the route in Negril to accommodate them. Under the new virtual arrangement, each runner or walker willreceive a Digital Runner's Bib and Finisher Certificate and,post-race, a medal, signature Reggae Marathon T-shirt and a branded tote bag. “Additionally, on December 5, a number of local clubs plan to run and walk virtually, wearing branded Reggae Marathon shirts, and/or medals from previous Reggae Marathon events, in honour of race director Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, who is recovering from a recent illness. "Our race director was looking forward to participating in the first virtual Reggae Marathon, so this gesture from the local running community is certainly heartwarming,” said Diane Ellis, sponsorship director, Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. “COVID-19 has altered the ‘runscape’ worldwide and Jamaica is no exception. With the rise in positive cases locally and globally, we took the decision to cancel the physical participation this year, in the interest of the international and local participants, with the objective of staying safe. However, we look forward to returning to the normal participation in 2021,” said race director Francis in an earlier statement. Since its inception in 2001, Reggae Marathon has seen 24,890 participants, of which 13,169 or 53 per centwere visitors from more than 40 countries worldwide.