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  • Woman Defends Portia Simpson In Heartfelt Facebook Post



    This terms staging of the General Elections in Jamaica on February 25th 2016 could be considered one of the most competitive to date due to both parties pulling out their all and campaigning non-stop to get an edge over the other.


    Lines were drawn and the spirit of competition took over as even families and friends stood on either side of the fence in support of their favourite party. Verbal ‘bashings’ of the Ministers was the trend and one such recipient who was first on everyone’s tongue was the Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller.

    For years Simpson-Miller has been criticized on her ruler-ship methodologies by some opposition supporters and even bashed for not having children or even for being consistent with her now famous hair-style. With this being the case; A woman decided; enough is enough and made a facebook post expressing her disgust at persons that constantly attempted to put down a strong woman who has worked hard to achieve her role as Prime Minister.



    “For years I have watched Jamaican men and women tear this woman down. I’ve seen them degrade her to nothing as if she doesn’t exist. Let me ask you all a question, unuh say she dunce and can’t run a country, how many principals in the top high schools in Jamaica can teach every subject taught at the school? Portia Simpson Miller alone cannot run a country it’s a collective effort and we the people have very big part to play.

    You have these men in politics who style the woman as plastic bag and john crow, huh, yet you seek the respect of the people. This woman whether we like to admit it or not has done a lot for this country, but like so many before, she can do so much and no more.

    What pains me is when I see other women calling her an idiot, saying she dunce and old she fi go breed. Ya’ll need to take a step back and analyze what you just said, because obviously your only purpose here is to have as many children as possible whether or not you can afford to, then unuh same one turn round and ask the woman fi help.

    She’s a woman first and a prime minister second and I would have loved to see more women congratulating her rather then degrading her. Ya’ll need to stop disrespecting the woman and go and look in the mirror, because it must be a lack of self love and respect why you can see another and tear them down.

    It pains to the core. But all I have to say is, whether you like it or not, Portia Simpson Miller worked her ass off to get where she is today and she deserve every bit of success that goes her way.

    One Love and Respect Hon. Portia Simpson Miller”

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  • Breadfruit could play role in feeding 9.6 Billion

    According to analysis, the world’s population heads towards a projected 9.6 billion by 2050, and by then producing enough healthy food in a sustainable manner will be a challenge for world leaders. However, a non-profit organization says that it has found a piece of the solution, which is the tropical fruit known as Breadfruit.

    The starchy Breadfruit was described as “much better than a lot of other carbohydrates”, EAT director Gunhild Stordalen said.

    The institute noted that Breadfruit could replace potatoes in many dishes as it can be boiled, steamed or even friend to make chips. They also pointed that the Breadfruit is high in carbohydrates, and is also a source of antioxidants, calcium, iron and fiber.

    Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute, said she first came across the plants in the Pacific Islands decades ago, where they are an important staple food.

    Roasted Breadfruit

    “The first time I saw one (breadfruit tree) I was so in awe,” she said. “They had hillsides covered in breadfruit trees and other plants — it was a real model of a long-term sustainable system.” “We’re seeing a lot of interest in breadfruit because it’s gluten free,” she said. “And that’s of interest to a lot of people in their diets.”

    The institute began at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii in 2003, and launched the global Hunger Initiative to respond to global food security issues about five years later.

    In collaboration with other organizations, the privately funded institute has sent about 60,000 plants to around 32 countries, Ragone said.

    “It is the greatest distribution of breadfruit in a project ever, and we hope it will get bigger and bigger,” she said. Easy to grow and low maintenance, one tree can provide food for more than a half-century.


    [Source: CBS]

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  • Jamaican chef wins Food Network’s Chopped

    Andre Fowles

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican-born Andre Fowles was victorious on Tuesday when he lined up on the Food Network’s highly acclaimed series Chopped.

    With Caribbean cuisine as the focus of Tuesday night’s flavour-filled show, he walked away as the winner.

    Fowles, who is currently the resident sous-chef at Miss Lily’s — an authentic, vibrant Jamaican restaurant in New York — left Jamaica in 2014.

    Prior to joining the team at Miss Lily’s, Fowles worked for two years as chef de partie under the tutelage of Martin Maginley, multi-award-winning chef at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas. He also worked at Kingston’s celebrated Mac’s Chop House under the celebrated Mario Machado.

    Originally from Kingston, Fowles attended Donald Quarrie High School and was trained at the Runaway Bay HEART Academy. He credits his grandmother, Veronica Davis, affectionately called ‘Mama Cherry’ for his foray into the culinary arena.

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  • National Geographic Ranks Ackee and Salt fish 'Second Best' National Dish

    Jamaican cuisine has again found favour with international palates, and our ackeeand salt fish is ranked as the second-favourite on a top-ten list compilation of national dishes by National Geographic in their book, Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places To Eat Around The Globe.

    Thursday Life, ever so pleased at the culinary recognition, shares the listing.

    1. Hamburgers, US




    Although the origins of the hamburger are disputed, there is no argument over the popularity of this classic dish. Toppings and accompaniments vary from region to region, but for an original version, visit Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, which has been serving hamburgers since 1900 and claims to be the oldest hamburger restaurant in the US.


    Planning: Louis' Lunch is open most days for lunch and some days until the early hours of the morning.

    2. Ackee and Salt fish, Jamaica


    Despite ackee's unhappy origins as slave food, Jamaicans have reclaimed it as part of their national dish. A nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty flavour, ackee resembles scrambled egg when boiled. Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with salt fish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes. Sometimes the dish is served atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains.

    Planning: Jake's, Treasure Beach, is renowned for ackee and salt fish and also offers cooking classes.

    3. Coo-Coo and Flying Fish, Barbados


    A polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge, coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables, or fried and served with a spicy sauce.

    Planning: The Flying Fish restaurant overlooking St Lawrence Bay claims to be the Barbadian national dish's home.

    4. Bulgogi, Korea


    Beef bulgogi (fire meat) is a dish of thinly sliced, prime cuts of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onions, ginger, sugar, and wine and then grilled. It is often eaten wrapped in lettuce or spinach leaves and accompanied by kimchi (fermented vegetable pickle). Many Korean restaurants have miniature barbecues embedded in tables where diners grill the meat themselves.

    Planning: Seoul's upmarket Byeokje Galbi chain is a bulgogi sensation.

    5. Kibbeh, Lebanon/Syria


    Dining well Levantine-style often means sticking to the delicious mezes (appetisers). Kibbeh, a versatile confection of ground lamb, bulgur, and seasonings, is a core component of mezes. It is often fried in torpedo or patty shapes, baked, boiled, or stuffed, but is tastiest raw.

    Planning: Aleppans in northern Syria are kibbeh's greatest innovators, flavouring it with ingredients like pomegranate or cherry juice.

    6. Goulash, Hungary


    Gulyás — Magyar for "herdsman"-became a national dish in the late-1800s, when Hungarians sought symbols of national identity to distinguish themselves from their partners in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A filling stew of beef, vegetables, red onions, and spices, goulash gets its flavour from the use of slow-cooked beef shin, or similar richly flavoured cuts, and paprika.

    Planning: For a lighter version, sample gulyásleves (goulash soup).

    7. Wiener Schnitzel, Austria


    Made with the finest ingredients and served fresh, this simple dish of pounded veal cutlets breaded and lightly fried is Austria's food ambassador, despite the dish's Italian origins. Austrians typically eat Wiener schnitzel garnished with parsley and lemon slices, alongside potato salad.

    Planning: Vienna's Café Landtmann, a city institution since 1873, serves up an authentic version of the dish, as well as a dose of history and glamour: Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, and Paul McCartney have been among its famous patrons.

    8. Pot-au-Feu, France


    Originally a rustic dish that was stewed continuously all winter and topped up as needed, pot-au-feu (pot-in-the-fire) is a warming, fragrant dish of stewing steak, root vegetables, and spices. Traditionally, cooks sieve the broth and serve it separately from the meat.

    Planning: In downtown Paris, Le Pot au Feu at 59 Boulevard Pasteur (Métro: Pasteur) specialises in its namesake.

    9. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, England


    Despite England's increasingly cosmopolitan cuisine, this dish remains a much-loved Sunday lunch and national symbol. Named for England's eponymous county, Yorkshire -- or batter -- puddings originally served as fillers before the main course for those who could afford little beef. Today, the two are usually eaten together alongside gravy-soaked roast potatoes, vegetables, and horseradish sauce.

    Planning: Try the traditional British restaurant London's Rules, founded in 1798, or country pubs.

    10. Irish Stew, Ireland


    Originally a thick broth of slow-boiled mutton with onions, potatoes, and parsley, Irish stew nowadays often incorporates other vegetables, such as carrots, and many cooks brown the mutton first. It is a staple of Irish pubs worldwide.

    Planning: One place in Dublin to enjoy Irish stew and other traditional fare is Sheeben Chic, in George's Street.

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  • Waterfalls/Rivers in Each Parish You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

    We’re all accustomed to the usual beach flex, but what about those days where you’re not too thrilled about hot sun, sand and overcrowded venues? For those who appreciate the occasional river outing to help “clean your heart”, the trip to a refreshing, natural stream may not be as far as you may think…

    Bowden Hill/Falling Edge Falls – Kingston
    Located near the Hermitage Dam in Stony Hill, be prepared to do a bit of riding/hiking if you seek out this majestic treasure.



    Mountain River Cave – St.Catherine

    Located in the lush green terrains of Cudjoe Hill, it houses a large collection of art of Jamaica’s native inhabitants, the Tainos, and shows clues to their early existence.



    Salt River – Clarendon

    A favourite among residents of the town for a cool dip. After the highway toll booth, turn left at Sandy Bay and be blessed.

    salt river-clarendon


    Gut River – Manchester

    A river, beach and small hamlet together on an isolated stretch of south facing coastline. Situated just on the border of Manchester and St. Elizabeth.


    Breadnut Valley Falls – St. Elizabeth

    From its entrance you wouldn’t imagine all this hidden beauty inside. It starts as a small, tucked waterfall flowing into a natural pool but as you hike just a few yards upwards you’ll find bigger, deeper cascades.


    Mayfield Falls – Westmoreland

    A nature lover’s paradise! Two beautiful waterfalls, twenty-one natural pools, fifty-two types of ferns and lots of exotic flowers, plant species, birds, butterflies and wildlife native to Jamaica.



    Discovery Falls – Hanover

    Nestled within a secluded mountain setting on the western part of Jamaica, Discovery Falls is situated in Silver Spring, fifteen minutes outside of Negril. Palm trees, waterfalls and beautiful gardens line lagoons from natural springs nestled on the edge of the mountain with 1000 feet of zip lines through the canopy of trees is the setting created.

    discovery falls-hanover


    Great River – St. James

    The Great River is one of Jamaica’s major rivers,and forms the boundary of the parish of St James with Westmoreland and Hanover. It is greatly used for a relaxing rafting experience, along with zipling and river tubing.


    Dornoch Head -Trelawny

    The source of the Rio Bueno river. Off to the left side the spring water comes from a rock, and off to the right side of this pool the Rio Bueno river begins its descent to the sea.



    Konoko Falls – St. Ann

    Nestled in the hills of St. Ann overlooking the resort area of Ocho Rios, just five minutes away from the town centre.



     Kwame Falls- St. Mary

    If you ‘re up for a hike, swim, and discovering some beautiful parts of Jamaica via a peaceful, scenic and not-too-difficult path, this is for you. A mostly deep pool beneath the falls, with some very warm spots, is great for a refreshing dip.



    Nanny Falls – Portland

    Located in Moore Town, the falls are about a half hour to forty-minute hike and said to be worth it. Tucked away, the secluded waterfall plunges into a deep pool which is great for swimming in.



    Cane River Falls – St. Thomas

    Tucked behind huge boulders, is a serendipitous find. It is a local favourite and where Reggae legend Bob Marley is said to have washed his dreadlocks regularly. Recommended to visit outside of drought season, as the falls and water level significantly decline during such time.







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