Jamaican Food / Cuisine: Lick yuh lips and ten finga dem

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Have you ever had a tasty bit of Jamaican cuisine like barbeque chicken in your mouth, flesh melting off the bone and your brain just swimming in feel good hormones, mouth and fingers covered in BBQ sauce? What do you do? Well, you start with the thumb and work your way to the little finger and then repeat on the other hand, until not one stain of BBQ sauce is left.

Jamaican food can be so tantalizingly delicious; the succulence of some of our traditional dishes will just leave

Jamaican ackee and saltfish

The National Dish of Jamaica – ackee and saltfish

you in a euphoric coma. Traditionally we do some of the best fish, chicken, pork, beef or mutton you will ever taste and there are various food festivals each year to prove just that. One of the most popular is the Portland Jerk Festival kept in Port Antonio, Portland July 8, 2012 at Boston Playing Field. Thousands of patrons turn up each year, to savor jerk chicken, jerk pork, jerk fish and anything else that can be jerked or cooked in a pan.

Jamaican Curry Chicken and Callaloo with rice and peas

In recent times, more and more festivals have been held; for example the Westmoreland Curry Festival which has been going over a decade. Then there is also the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, August 1, 2012 at Turtle River Park. Bath Food Festival kept in St. Thomas at the Bath Botanical Gardens on August 6, 2012. There is the Food Festival on October 28, 2012 in Kingston at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy. Restaurant Week is another event that celebrates food on November 20, 2012. This is an all island event. With Jamaica 50 being celebrated in 2012, there will certainly be even more occasions for Jamaican ‘nyamings’ and the enjoyment of good, finger licking food.

Chicken dishes

Jamaican Bake Chicken

Jamaican Bake Chicken with rice and peas, and sliced tomatoes

Chicken meals are a staple menu item for Jamaicans. fry, bake and stew chicken is cooked any day of the week. It is popularly known that Jamaica’s KFC restaurants serve the best chicken in the world; and I dare say that is possible because of our culture and the influence on the KFC restaurant chains, here in Jamaica.

Street-side jerk stands or jerk centers are frequently found in Jamaica and the

Jamaican Jerk Chicken, with vegetables, rice and peas, and plantains

nearby Cayman Islands, as well as throughout the Caribbean diaspora and beyond. Jerked meat, usually chicken or pork, can be purchased along with hard dough bread, deep fried cassava bammy (flatbread, usually with fish), Jamaican fried dumplings (known as Johnny or journey cakes), and festival, a variation of sweet flavored fried dumplings made with sugar and served as a side.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken being prepared in pans

Some Jamaican cuisine dishes are variations on the cuisines and cooking styles brought to the island from elsewhere. These are often modified to incorporate local produce. Others are novel and have developed locally. Popular Jamaican dishes include curry goat, fried dumplings, ackee and salt fish (cod) (which is the national dish of Jamaica), fried plantain, “jerk”, steamed cabbage and “rice and peas” (pigeon peas or kidney beans). Jamaican Cuisine has been adapted by African, British, French, Spanish, Chinese influences. Jamaican patties and various pastries and breads are also popular as well as fruit beverages and Jamaican rum, (more on Jamaican food).

Fish dishes

Jamaican Fry Fish with onion and other seasoning

Jamaican Fry Fish with onion and other seasoning

Jamaicans also prepare and enjoy many fish dishes. This may range from Jamaican Fry Fish, Jerk Fish, Steam Fish, Stew Fish and any other method they can creatively apply. 

jamaican brown stew fish

Jamaican Brown Stew Fish

Because the island is surrounded by water, the variety available to Jamaicans is quite extensive. They also catch and farm fresh water fish. Jamaican fish meals are very popular, not only because they are tasty; but fish does not take as long as other meat kinds to prepare.

Pork dishes

Jamaican Jerk Pork with festival

Jamaican Jerk Pork with festival

Pork is very popular in Jamaica. The Portland Jerk festival is one of the main places you can get jerk pork at its best, being prepared by many of Jamaica’s top jerk people. However, on any given day and in any city or town, you will be certain to see men and their pans on the busty streets; especially on the weekends. Pork is also stewed, or cooked down. At Christmas time, Jamaican Ham flies off the shelves and out of the freezers, because there can be no Christmas feast without a few slices of Christmas Ham.

Jamaican Pork Chops

Jamaican Pork Chops

Jamaica’s legacy truly deserves to be celebrated; so go out and enjoy all that is available for Jamaica Independence.

More Jamaican Cuisine

Jamaican Chicken Kebab

Jamaican Chicken Kebab

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Jamaican Festival and Bammy served with fried fish and onion

Jamaican Red Bean soup

Jamaican Red Bean soup

Jamaican Stew Cow Foot

Jamaican Stew Cow Foot served here with white rice and vegetables

Jamaican Pepper Pot Soup

Jamaican Pepper Pot Soup

jamaican chicken soup

Jamaican chicken soup, cooked up with dumplings, yam, carrot, potato and seasoning. brought together with Grace Chicken Noodle.

Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup

Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup

Jamaican callaloo

Jamaican Callaloo served popularly at breakfast and can be served as a side dish in with any recipe.

Jamaican Patty

Jamaican Patty, this is generally eaten with cocobread. A staple in every Jamaicans diet.

Jamaican Fried Dumplings, popularly served at breakfast

Jamaican Peppered Shrimp

Jamaican Peppered Shrimp

Jamaican Oxtail dish served with vegetables, plantains and rice and peas

Jamaican Oxtail dish served with vegetables, plantains and rice and peas

Jamaican Beef Soup

Jamaican bammy made from cassava

Jamaican Rice and Peas served with plantain

 

Jamaican Curry Goat served with Jamaican breadfruit

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe, The Island Journal

2016 Rio Olympics: JAAA vs. Jason ‘Dadz’ Morgan

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By: Denise N. Fyffe
Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe

There has been a firestorm of controversy following the Jamaica Senior Trials, held in Kingston Jamaica, this month. Taking the center stage is the non-selection of Jamaican discus thrower, Jason Morgan, by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

JAAA vs. Jason ‘Dadz’ Morgan

Many have made it their duty to express their opinion and demands of how the situation must be rectified. Namely, adding Jason Morgan to the Jamaican Track and Field Team. Many have also not analysed the matter objectively – taking the rules and historical data into consideration – and come off sounding like a ‘wagonist’.

I am wary of the strategic maneuverings of Mr. Morgan. Ordinarily, if this was a case of any member of any company or body, this would be viewed entirely different. Rather than make a direct appeal to the JAAA, the volcanic chess play was taken to the airways and social media. Certainly, this has brought the JOA and the JAAA members, executive and selection committee into disrepute. It has also brought Jason Morgan into disrepute.

They say you catch more flies with honey, and not with vinegar Mr. Morgan.

Jamaica is a very aggressive and opinionated society. People tend to resort to intimidation and bullying to get their way. However, when it comes to international organisations that are held to account by international ‘governing’ bodies; the stance is that ‘bully tactics’ and impressive social media ‘gimmicktry’ just wont work.

Rather than step off into the sunrise of the 2016 Rio Olympics with good vibes and high expectations for our athletes; Jamaica has been ‘psychopathic-ally’ maneuvered into a muddy ditch. Rather than handling the matter with respect, we have launched our business into the social stratosphere with a ‘dirty bomb’.

I urge every fair and free thinking Jamaican to read and analyse the facts. Check the historical records and come out from under the expert ‘public relations’ sway. After which, you will realize that there are a few occurrences that seem ‘questionable’. If they are questionable, to protect its reputation and by extension, the reputation of Jamaica; the JAAA have had to make a hard decision. Because come on, who doesn’t like the ‘public’ face of Mr. Morgan.

But remember, we are living in a time of Bill Cosby ‘revelations’, scandal and court cases. We are living in a time when the 7th HeavenDad & Pastor Stephen Collins – Confesses on Tape to Child Molestation. We are living in a time, when seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was exposed and charged many years later for doping.

Be wary. Be vigilant.

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I have read a few of these opinion pieces on the case of JAAA vs. Jason Morgan and I find the article written by Orville Higgins, to be more comprehensive in laying out the facts.

 

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The case with Jason Morgan continues to be hotly discussed by most people in track and field circles. I can understand why.

‘Dads’ is the kind of guy you can’t dislike. He is very big on social media, constantly sending inspiring messages. He’s a very positive individual who is very strong mentally. His determination to stick to his dream of becoming a world or Olympic champion is admirable.

I have spoken to him and was instantly drawn to his charismatic personality. Athletes have told me, and indeed have posted on social media, that he is the “vibes man” on the Jamaican team. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and his impassioned, tear-filled outburst on television some months ago endeared him to a lot of Jamaicans, athletes and otherwise. He is to be given a lot of credit for the Government deciding to assist athletes with a financial package monthly.

Jason finished fourth at the national trials and was not included in the Jamaican team to the Rio Olympics. He is not taking it lightly. He is, reportedly, taking it all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). This I find a little ironic. Going to CAS is not cheap. I’ve heard that it can cost up to US$50,000 for your case to be heard. For a man who was crying on TV for assistance a few months ago, this business of going to the CAS seems a little odd.

Jason has said he has done all he has been asked to do and that it’s unfair that he has been left off the squad. I disagree. Yes, he is one of only two Jamaicans to have the qualifying distance for the Olympics, but that’s only part of the story. One of the things he has been asked to do is to finish in the top three of the national trials, and this he has not done. Finishing fourth means that he can no longer get automatic selection and has to depend on the JAAA’s discretion.

Where Morgan does have a right to feel aggrieved is the case of the long Jumper Aubrey Smith. Smith finished seventh in the trials but has been selected on the team on the basis that he has the qualifying distance, again one of only two people in Jamaica in his discipline. Morgan can reasonably ask, “How come I finished fourth and couldn’t get a spot, while a man who finished seventh can get a spot when we are in similar situations, where only one other in our discipline has the qualifying mark?” It’s a fair question.

 

Nothing Personal

 

The JAAA has been at pains to say it has nothing personal against Morgan, but that it was simply not convinced that he would ever do well at the big occasions. Morgan has a PR of 68-plus but hardly replicates that form in global competitions.

My sources at the JAAA told me that he was taken to Osaka at the World Championships in 2007 – this at the B standard qualifier when they were not duty-bound to take him. There he finished 28th out of 29 performers, throwing in the mid-50s. They tell me he was also very disappointing at the London Olympics, finishing 39th of 41 athletes, again throwing in the 50s. In Beijing last year, he was 22nd from 30, although this time, his throw was better, touching the 60 mark.

The JAAA is clearly saying that Morgan has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not a big-meet performer. It is clearly saying that he has got enough opportunities at these global championships and hasn’t distinguished himself.

His recent Diamond League form shows him struggling to finish even in the top five, and he hasn’t come anywhere close to his PR. At the Racers track meet, Morgan finished seventh of eight competitors and was not impressive.

Against this background, the JAAA has all right to be sceptical of Morgan’s ability to rise to the occasion. Personally, I would take him, but maybe I’m just captivated by his larger-than-life persona and not looking at the hard, cold facts.

Some say the JAAA is being hard on him because he embarrassed the association when he made his revelations about the lack of help to athletes. Is he suffering for that? It’s hard to say, but the truth is that Morgan has not done enough to demand a place or command attention. Whatever our feelings about Morgan, we ought not to knock the JAAA’s decision.

• Orville Higgins is a sportscaster and talk-show host at KLAS ESPN Sports FM. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com.

Source: Orville Higgins | Throwing ‘Dads’ under the bus | Commentary | Jamaica Gleaner

Beenie Man Sponsors Jamaican Gymnasts For Olympics

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It is always heartwarming to see persons who have achieved a fair level of success share some of their blessings.

The popular Dancehall entertainer Beenie Man is certainly doing his part to help ensure that the journey for at least two Jamaican gymnasts will be a smooth one.

According to The Star, the grammy-award-winning artiste whose real name is Moses Davis has vowed to stand the cost of Olympic gears for Toni-Ann Williams, Jamaica’s first female Olympic Gymnast.

Beenie Man is also reportedly the official sponsor for 11-year old, Junior gymnast Asasia Malcolm, for the next four years.

 

Malcolm’s mother, Sharri-Ann Vaz had only kind words to say about the entertainer.

“First entertainer to support and sponsor Jamaica Gymnastics……. Thanks to MD entertainment/Moses Davis for your generosity …….. Asasia is now training for the team focusing Olympics 2020,” she stated via Facebook.

Source: Jamaican Gymnasts to Be Sponsored By Beenie Man For Olympics | The Jamaican Blogs™

Interesting Statistics on Jamaica Olympics Track Team

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A quick analysis of the selected athletes and their club and school affiliations show some interesting statistics, according work done by Oliver “Elmo” Harris.

 

As expected, MVP and Racers top the club grouping but it is quite surprising that Vere has gone back to the glory days and heads the school count with SIX athletes. Jago continues to stay on top of this list, Holmwood and C’Bar have become more consistent in recent years (FIVE) and Edwin Allen has made a breakthrough placing FOUR athletes on the team.

Clubs
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MVP – 11 athletes
Racers – 6 athletes
Cameron Blazers – 4 athletes
Sprint Tech – 3 Athletes
Coleman TC – 2 Athletes

Schools
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Vere – 6 athletes
Holmwood – 5 Athletes
St. Jago – 5 athletes
Edwin Allen – 4 athletes
Calabar – 4 athletes
Manchester – 3 athletes
Wolmers – 3 Athletes
Alpha – 2 athletes

Name Club School
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Javon Francis Akon Cbar
Kaliese Spencer Cameron Blazers Manning
Jevere Bell, Cameron Blazers Seaforth
Christine Day, Cameron Blazers Tacky
Jaheel Hyde Cameron Blazers Wolmers
Deuce Carter Coleman Cbar
Hansle Parchment Coleman Morant Bay
Asafa Powell Fast Twitch Charlemont
Fedrick Dacres Julian C’Bar
Christania Williams MVP Edwin Allen
Rusheen McDonald MVP Garvey Maceo
Janieve Russell MVP Holmwood
Elaine Thompson MVP Manchester
Stephenie-Ann McPherson MVP Manning
Simoya Campbell MVP Spaulding
Megan Simmonds MVP St. Andrew
O’Dayne Richards MVP STGC
Shericka Jackson, MVP Vere
Julian Forte MVP Wolmers
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce MVP Wolmers
Jevaughn Minzie Racers Bog Walk
Annsert Whyte Racers Clan Carthy
Peter Matthews Racers Decarteret
Kemar Bailey-Cole, Racers Old harbour
Yohan Blake Racers St. Jago
Usain Bolt, Racers William Knibb
Ristananna Tracey sprint_tech Edwin Allen
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby sprint_tech Holmwood
Shashalee Forbes sprint_tech Holmwood
Nathon Allen, St. Jago St. Jago
Nickiesha Wilson unknown Alpha
Shermaine Williams unknown Alpha
Kemoy Campbell unknown Bellfield
Damar Forbes unknown Campion
Andrew Riley unknown Cbar
Danniel Thomas unknown Edwin Allen
Tarasue Barnett unknown Edwin Allen
Williams-Mills unknown Ferncourt
Roxroy Cato unknown Green Island
Romel Lewis unknown Holmwood
Chrisann Gordon unknown Holmwood
Monique Morgan unknown Immaculate
Fitzroy Dunkley unknown JC
Clive Pullen Unknown KC
Natoya Goule unknown Manchester
Omar McLeod unknown Manchester
Kenia Sinclair unknown St. Jago
Kellion Knibb unknown St. Jago
Nickel Ashmeade unknown St. Jago
Kimber Williams unknown Vere
Shaneika Thomas unknown Vere
Simone Facey unknown Vere
Shadae Lawrence unknown Vere
VCampbell-Brown unknown Vere
Aisha Praught unknown
Aubrey Smith unknown
Daina Levy unknown
Leah Nugent unknown
Kal Davis-White unknown

Source: Interesting Statistics on Jamaica Track team | Trackalerts

Nike’s New Spike Prepares Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for Historical Race

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The 100 meters, for all its brevity, is best understood as a series of moments. Sprint experts break the event into three phases — drive, maximum velocity and maintenance. Sprinters tackle these phases through either a stride-rate or stride-length approach, meaning some sprinters are superb off the blocks; others, expert at catching pace deep in the dash. The rare runner who can master all phases breaks records.

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a prototypical stride-rate runner. Her game is bolting to lead (maximum velocity) and then fighting (maintenance) to keep her position through to the finish. Standing at just 5 feet 1 inch, Fraser-Pryce offsets her lack of leg length with an unprecedented technical command of the race. That mastery has won her three world titles, along with gold in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Yet, for all her success, she’s not lost sight of a personal goal: shaving one-tenth of a second off her best race time.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at Nike’s NSRL (Nike Sports Research Lab).

That goal brings us back to moments. Fraser-Pryce knows she’s unbeatable through 70 meters. But between that point in the race and 80 meters is when she’s got to battle to maintain her lead. It’s there, within the minutia of the 100-meter dash, that the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite story begins — the place where a cross-functional Nike team (designers, engineers, scientists, runners and more) dug into the performance possibilities of a sprint spike.

The Nike NSRL team observing Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce train in Italy.

The team examined why Fraser-Pryce felt fatigue at this stage. They captured data to measure her speed off the blocks and on the track — further defining her stride characteristics. With this information, they fixated on propulsion and a vital feature of any great running tool: energy return. To optimize that coveted rebound off the track (pushing Fraser-Pryce past fatigue), the group sought to deliver the ideal plate stiffness for the sprinter’s power and foot size.

An early iteration of the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite, signed by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with a 3D-printed outsole.

Another early iteration of the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite, signed by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with a 3D-printed outsole painted gold.

The unlimited colorway of the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite.

The outsole of the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite, made using computational design inspired by ocean organisms.

Their first cues came from nature, with ocean organisms providing a geometrical structural that was both light and stiff. Computational design and rapid 3D prototyping next allowed for a pace of testing fitting of the 100 meters itself: The team quickly produced an array of plates yielding a comprehensive understanding of how much and where stiffness suited Fraser-Pryce’s needs. Additionally, the process allowed the above-mentioned organic structures to commune with the natural motion of the foot, leading to the creation of a spike plate that eliminated traditional screw-in spikes in favor of fixed pins and an increase of secondary traction. This ensures the foot is closer to the track and, thus, faster off it. Add all the advances together and Fraser-Pryce is moving quicker, for longer, and getting incrementally closer to her next personal best.

The beauty of the design doesn’t end with Fraser-Pryce’s times or the plate’s bewitching aesthetic. Thanks to method of creation, scaling the innovation to meet the individual needs of runners of all sizes, and distances, is not only feasible, it’s fast.

 

Source: Nike News – New Spike Prepares Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for Historical Race

7 Reasons to Avoid Sitting Too Much

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Even though the 21st century has ushered in a great many technological advancements, which makes our day to day life easier; it has also brought into focus the consequences of leading a sedentary lifestyle. More and more people are sitting for longer durations and this is leading to an increase in lifestyle illnesses. With these noticeable increases, organisations such as the American Cancer Society are encouraging the populace to get active and minimise the amount of hours spent sitting.

Majority of the global workforce perform jobs that require them to sit at desks, for upwards of twelve (12) hours a day. Our jobs can become so consuming that four (4) or more hours would pass without us knowing. Professionals, such as programmers and writers, can easily spend twice that amount of hours before taking a break from their tasks. In addition, to their desk time, workers will spend even more time sitting while commuting to work.

Greater risk of living a shorter time span

In recent times, and with greater health costs, health organisations and governments are making a bigger effort to inform people about the risks of sitting too much or leading a sedentary lifestyle. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys, people who lead a sedentary lifestyle are more at risk of living a shorter time span than those who are active and exercise often. These findings are confirmed by the American Medical Association (AMA), who promotes that sitting “can be bad for personal health.”

Greater risk for developing diseases

It has been long believed that people who are less active are at greater risk for developing diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and depression. Cardiologists are now saying that a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, on the same level as smoking. It has been found that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. According to The Heart Foundation, “about 720,000 people in the United States of America suffer heart attacks each year. Of the 720,000 people, 515,000 of them had their first heart attack.”

Greater risk of Obesity

People, who find themselves sitting too much, often suffer from obesity, because they spend little to no time engaging in exercise or frequent movement. Over the years, obesity has been gradually on the rise, with many countries, including the US, launching national campaigns. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducted their annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; their findings were astounding.

According to their website, “more than two (2) in three (3) adults are considered to be overweight or obese and more than one (1) in three (3) adults is considered to be obese.” Worldwide, two (2) billion people over 18 years are overweight and another 600 million are categorized as obese. In order to mitigate these trends, doctors are advising their patients to exercise more and spend less time sitting at their desks.

Greater risk of chronic ailments such as back, neck and shoulder pain

While back, neck and shoulder pain is highly evidenced in people who are active; it has been noted that more than 20% of these cases are from work related incidents. People who sit for greater periods of time, put more pressure on their spines, as a result this takes a toll on their backs and eventually leads to improper sitting posture. As such, forty percent (40%) of those who work a desk job come away with back pain complaints.

Coupled with these complaints are neck strain and sore shoulders, which is derived from having to hold your neck and head forward while working at a computer. Your muscles are used to flexing and contracting. This helps them to keep lubricated and prevent stiffness. The more time spent sitting, the greater the risk of developing posture problems, back problems and other muscle strains.

Greater risk of Muscle Degeneration

The more we move, the more flexible we are and so the converse is true. The less we move about, the more limited our range of motion. People, who sit more often than they move about, often develop weak abdominal muscles. Our muscles are exercised or contracts when we stand. They are not used during prolonged sessions of sitting. Another risk is a decrease in hip mobility. This is usually seen in seniors, but has become even more prevalent in people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Greater risk of leg problems

Many people are familiar with swollen ankles from sitting at a desk all day. This is caused by poor circulation. It can also lead to other issues such as varicose veins, and blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The more we engage in weight bearing activities, the stronger and denser our muscles become.  People who sit more often will find that they lose strength in their leg muscles and run the risk of developing weak bones and even osteoporosis.

Greater risk of brain drain

People, who are active, engage their brains in different experiences. This is good for the brain cells and tissues because it transports more blood and oxygen, which is essential for healthy brain cells. This further enhances the release of brain and mood enhancing chemicals. However, those who live a sedentary lifestyle will feel the effects of a shortage of these mood enhancing chemicals. That is why people, who are depressed, tend to stay at home more and prefer to close away by themselves. This is also noted during winter months, when people are forced to stay inside and might suffer from seasonal depression.

Doctors are encouraging people who lead a sedentary lifestyle to exercise more often. Recently, there are has been more and more Smartphone applications that encourage people to get up from their desks and take more breaks. There has also been the invention of a treadmill desk that allows the user to walk while working at a computer station. Many companies are analysing their workers health claims and are implementing new strategies to counteract the sedentary lifestyle diseases.

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ARC Manufacturing: Building A Legacy

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The angry grey skies, release their tears in torrents upon the zinc roofs at 14 Bell Road; but this does not stop the workers from carrying on with their duties. The security guard and designated gate man are kept rather busy as vehicles go in and out, much like the intersection at Three Mile. The gates roll open to allow free passage of ARC trucks and trailers, vans and cars of buyers, contractors and ARC workers. Work never stops for ARC Manufacturing.

arc manufacturing jamaica trailer with cementIt’s been twenty years, since this manufacturing and construction giant has graced the Jamaican landscape. In 1996, they set up shop in a container on Asheinhem Road, as a small manufacturer of zinc sheeting. Now, they occupy 20 acres of land on Bell Road. The property spans Bell Road in the West to Development Road in the East. If you plan to walk the entire property, you might need to done comfortable shoes. From front to back, there are more than a dozen buildings, with machines churning away inside.

Over the years, due to the visionary leadership of Norman Horne and the directors of ARC, there has been considerable growth and product diversity. Bell Road is home to five manufacturing plants; producing nails, wire products, roofing products, fabric mesh and treating lumber. There are also warehousing and distribution hubs, along with office buildings for the administrative and sales staff. The company also has sales offices, warehouse and distribution hub at 1313-1317, Ironshore Crescent in Montego Bay.

IMG_5803ARC Manufacturing, though understated in its ego, is one of Jamaica’s top manufacturing companies. They are the only manufacturer of zinc sheets in Jamaica. ARC is the only supplier of treated wood and they dominate the local market in providing quality roofing products, construction fabric mesh, quarter wire and drawn wire. ARC remains the leading manufacturer of nails and the sole manufacturer of binding wire in Jamaica and has effectively competed in this market segment against foreign imports.

In 20 years, ARC has done what few companies in Jamaica and the world, has done. They rallied from a devastating global recession, which wiped out their profits and equity; to not only maintain economic viability as a business, but they continue to see consistent growth in sales and market share in Jamaica and the Caribbean. ARC reinvests its billion dollar profits not only in the local market, but also in the human capital of its surrounding communities.

The evening sky is now crisp with orange and gold streaks, as dusk creeps across the land. The gates at 14 Bell Road continues to open and close with frequency. There has been a shift change, but the hardworking machines, shaking the sturdy, zinc roofed buildings, continue to vibrate as the machines diligently churn out nails, wires, zincs and many more products sold by ARC manufacturing; Jamaica’s building supplies specialists.

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