Check out this new book by T.L. Williams, Secrets of the Spirit Tree.
This is a wonderful new Jamaican story for adults and children alike!
Here’s what one review says about it, “Great story, wonderful reading. Although it is a children’s book I found myself fascinated by the story, the characters and the setting. Needless to say my 9-year old daughter and 7-year old son had some ‘discussions’ over whom was to read the book on the Ipad next”.
Buy here on Amazon: Amazon.com
About the book:
Two Jamaican children from Bluefields discover that the Silk Cotton or “Duppy Tree” has magical powers. In a series of mysterious events they meet a Spanish boy from the 16th Century and his Taino Indian friend. Together the four explore a lost civilization, stand together against bloodthirsty conquistadors and learn that friendship transcends time, space and culture.
A funny, thoughtful and original story!
About The Author
T. L. Williams is a linguist, teacher and writer who lives in Jamaica with a close knit family. Having studied in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, Williams returned home to teach and write. The historic, seaside community of Bluefields, Jamaica is a second home to the family where Williams established an adult education programme for the Bluefields Peoples’ Community Association.
Secrets of the Spirit Tree is the first publication of the Spirit Tree Trilogy. Look out for the second book in the series: The Return of the Son, to be published soon.
Other books by the author include : Reforming the GSAT – exploring the Fun Factor in Education, published by the Jamaica Commission for UNESCO in 2012.
Check out Jimmy Fallon and his Ragtine Gals barbership quartet covering Shaggy tune, “It Wasn’t Me”.
Jimmy Fallon is the new host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” and frequently uses his “Ragtime Gals” barbershop quartet to spin popular songs.
Shaggy won one Grammy Award and been nominated for four others, including “It Wasn’t Me,” which was a collaboration that featured Rikrok.
The video has gone viral on YouTube, already acquiring more than 1 million views.
February 15 is the next Jakes Farm to Table Dinner on Dool’s Farm in Treasure Beach.
If you haven’t yet experienced dining on the plains of Jamaica’s south coast, don’t miss this one!
For my Jakes Dinner experience see: http://www.yardedge.net/good-food/dining-on-the-plains-an-organic-farm-dinner-in-st-elizabeth
Zoë Anzinger showing off her artwork
The artists being interviewed by TVJ
FIVE-YEAR-OLD Creative Kids Learning Academy students Zoë Anzinger and Noah Levy staged their debut art exhibition on January 26 as a fundraiser for the school.
The exhibition was held at New Local Space Limited (NLS Gallery) on Mountain View Avenue in St Andrew.
The artists sold most of their 20 pieces of their work.
The exhibition was an opportunity to celebrate and encourage Noah and Zoë’s love of art and their initiative to help out their school.
The exhibition will run by appointment until February 15.
SCSF2 from andrew rath on Vimeo.
A MUST WATCH video about the work of the Straight Caribbean Spine Foundation in Jamaica.
Led by Founder, Dr. Robert Brady, SCSF has performed over 100 surgeries on Jamaican children over the past eight years, traveling to the island twice per year.
For more info see straightcaribbeanspinefoundation
Here’s a great post about HASHING in Jamaica written by Dr. Susan Lowe, a holistic physician practising here in Kingston.
Hashing is a mixture of athleticism and sociability, hedonism and hard work, a refreshing escape from the nine-to-five.
Hashing is a fun combination of running and partying, where bands of harriers and harriettes chase hares on eight-to-ten kilometer-long trails through town, country, and desert, all in search of exercise, camaraderie and good times.
See here for more on hashing in general and here for more information on hashing in Jamaica.
See information on Dr. Lowe and her post on hashing here: Hashing-in-jamaica-get-your-fresh-air-make-friends-explore-nearly-free/
Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean Edition” has taken off!
Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean Edition” is now shaking up the Caribbean by engaging creative youngsters interested in becoming tech entrepreneurs, developing innovative apps, and learning how to work on-line!
It is a regional initiative of the World Bank with the OECS Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Government of Jamaica and the Government of Canada, together with leading Caribbean public and private partners.
Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean Edition” seeks solutions to the high youth unemployment in Jamaica and the Caribbean via new opportunities in the virtual global economy including new niches such as microworks, e-lancing and the app economy.
The 3 categories (Pioneers of the Caribbean, Game Changers and Stunning Beginners) of the Apps Competition have received 180 submissions, 55 of which got shortlisted and are being developed by the respective teams.
In addition, a 4th category on E-Learning Apps was launched on January 6th and is OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS: For more information about this 4th special category click here.
Workshops to build awareness about platforms that allow working online are being conducted throughout the Caribbean.
Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean edition” will conclude on March 1-2 with a regional event at UWI Regional Headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica that will host a HACKATON and keynotes from global leaders and experts.
Sean Paul next album, Full Frequency, is scheduled for release February 18, 2014 on Atlantic/VP Records.
A multi-Platinum Grammy award winning international superstar, Sean Paul shows no sign of slowing down.
Full Frequency will be Sean Paul’s sixth studio album and includes his hits, Other Side of Love and Riot featuring Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley.
Sean Paul is also featured on Major Lazer’s Electronic DJ Project also to be released in February on iTunes. The artiste is joined on Major Lazer’s EP by fellow Jamaican artistes, RDX and Elephant Man.
In 2013 Sean Paul released three videos from his Full Frequency album and is gearing up to release more videos in 2014. Sean Paul is not giving away too much but another video from the album will be released in the near future.
Full Frequency will follow up Sean Paul’s previous album Tomahawk Technique which reintroduced the artiste in a new style and sound while still delivering on his smooth flowing dancehall lyrics.
Full Frequency is available for pre-order on iTunes.
Calabash 2014 is on!
More info coming soon…
For more on past Calabashes, check our archives.
The Today Show-How to beat the bloat 10.24.13 from Robynne Chutkan on Vimeo.
Another Jamaican doing amazing things in the Diaspora…
Check out this new book by Jamaican author/doctor, Dr. Robynne Chutkan.
“All disease begins in the gut.”- Hippocrates
Dr. Chutkan is Gastroenterologist and Wellness Expert and considers both the art and science of medicine equally essential to achieving a healthy and balanced mind and body.
She experienced that essential mix growing up with an Indian surgeon father and a Jamaican dancer/lawyer mother. Her education included intensive study in languages and literature as well as the sciences.
As a physician, her primarily plant-based diet, Vinyasa yoga practice and long-distance running are the foundation of her own healthy regimen and she strives to highlight the importance of nutrition, exercise and leisure to her patients. She is dedicated to helping people live not just longer, but better lives. Read more here
Check the website for more on Dr. Chutkhan.
More about Gutbliss
Here’s a great site that features the key running events in Jamaica.
So if you ever had or have an interest in walking or running at an event in Jamaica – check it out here:
I walked/ran the reggaemarathon.com last December and it was a great experience…photos to come!
Here’s a glimpse of Utopia 2013!
Happy new year and here’s wishing you all an amazing 2014!!!
Meet the Bolt Family.
Usain Bolt stars as the whole family in this ad for Virgin Media!
Friends, Food & Vibes – New Years Eve Celebration at the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club on December 31st at 8pm.
Pre-book and it’s $5,000 inclusive of dinner & local bar.
Premium bottle service available on request.
RSVP – driftwoodatRJYC@gmail.com.
Explore Jamaica’s Cockpit Country.
Inviting one and all to a Cockpit Country Nature Walk for the Birds, Sunday, December 8th, at Stewart Town, Trelawny.
This is a fundraiser for Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife.
For more information please contact Wendy Ann Lee at SOS-Wildlife@cwjamaica.com.
For more about the Cockpit Country see:
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