Monday, November 7, 2022

Buju Banton and Beres Hammond are setting the tone for 2023 with a show dubbed Intimate Concert on New Year's Day at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, St Ann. "What do we do at the beginning of the year in Jamaica? On New Year's night we used to go to Grand Market; they cut out that. We haven't had a Grand Market in three years. We used to light off couple 'clappaz' [firecrackers] an' we cyaa do dat no more 'cause Babylon think a shot di people dem a fyah. So come we sing some song, nuh! And celebrate wid music and upliftment," Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, told the Jamaica Observer shortly after the concert's media launch on Thursday at the RoK Hotel in Kingston.
The event will also see appearances by Marcia Griffiths, L.U.S.T, one of Buju Banton's protégés who operates under the moniker Mitch, and more. (From left) Olivia "Babsy" Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment, and sports; Buju Banton; Sasha Warner-Campbell, brand manager for Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum; and, Marlon Burke, managing director of FYVE Events, share lens time at the launch of Intimate Concert scheduled for New Year's Day held at the RoK Hotel in Kingston on Thursday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) This is the first staging of the Intimate Concert, which is expected to be an annual gig. In the meantime, Buju Banton says though he and his fellow main act are not in the same country, the preparation is going well."Beres is not here [because] he's been doing some stuff in the Americas. However, I am here and I am able to hold the weight for both of us and I do not complain. We want the masses to know that irrespective of what's going on, our music means representation and I'm able to stand up and represent," he said. Buju Banton (right) and his protégé Mitch The two will also be entering the recording booth to establish an album for release next April. "We're working on an album coming out next year April. I don't wanna tell you the title yet, or nothing in that regard, but bear in mind [that] in the last three years we couldn't talk while we're learning. So, we spent the last three years learning. Have I learned? Yes. I think I've gotten some knowledge to speak on what I've seen, experienced and research. Now it's time to speak. You don't speak unless you know what you talking about," Banton shared. In Hammond's absence, he sent a video recording that was displayed at the launch expressing his anticipation for the concert and apologising for his absence due to "circumstances beyond his control". "I'm looking forward for all of us to start the year proper. The first of January, remember, Grizzly's Entertainment Complex, I am expecting to see you all," Beres said in his address.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

8 Risks of Alcohol Abuse over the holidays

On Christmas Day many individuals tend to consume alcoholic drinks in excess. While it's the season of good cheer and spirits, it's important to exercise caution and not get too carried away. Below medical internist Dr Samantha Nicholson Spence shares health risks associated with alcohol abuse and binge drinking. 1) Pancreatitis Dr Nicholson Spence said excess alcohol can cause inflammation of the pancreas, which can become quite severe to the point of death. “It causes extreme vomiting, abdominal pain in the upper abdomen, spreading towards the back. Some people may have jaundice associated with it, but that's not a usual feature. Pancreatitis, if severe, will make the pancreas inflamed to the point it releases enzymes on the pancreas itself, instead of in your intestines where it is supposed to break down your food. As a result, it breaks down your pancreas and it starts a cascade where it gets worse and may require surgery to remove some of the dead pancreatic tissue,” she said. 2) Gastritis The medical internist said, while less severe, gastritis is still serious. “Vomiting and abdominal pain is the main presentation. However, excessive vomiting can cause bruising and ulceration of the oesophagus and stomach and may result in you vomiting blood. If it's a a lot of blood, you can end up needing a blood transfusion or even surgical intervention if you rupture a major vessel or the oesophagus itself from the excessive vomiting. If the oesophagus becomes ruptured, which is rare, that's almost, in most cases, a fatal condition,” Dr Nicholson Spence said. 3) Fatty liver Dr Nicholson Spence said the role of the liver is to break down the alcohol or detoxify it. Consequently, excess alcohol consumption puts excess strain on the liver and can cause what is known as fatty liver. “Usually fatty liver is reversible and goes away once you stop drinking. But, in some people you can develop hepatitis where the liver is inflamed. Alcohol hepatitis can kill and in very severe cases you can get acute liver failure. Acute liver failure is a very severe complication, which also can result in death,” the medical internist said. 4) Blackouts According to Dr Nicholson Spence, people who drink to the point of developing serious complications usually blackout or fall into a coma. “The body can become so drowsy, drunk, and intoxicated to the point you can't drink any more and you blackout,” she said. 5) Seizures and brain injury Dr Nicholson Spence said excessive alcohol use is associated with seizures, which can be major (fits) or multiple, where it happens back-to-back and you might not regain consciousness. “That's a risk for death because during the period where you're seizing back-to back and not regaining consciousness, you're also not breathing and can have permanent brain damage as a result. If you drop and hit your head during the seizure, you can get brain injury,” she said. 6) Medication complications “Sometimes Jamaicans plan to drink and stop their medication and that's not a good thing. Yes, alcohol is incompatible with some medication, but some medications are not forgiving when you skip multiple doses. [And] so you end up in the hospital just the same when you probably would have been fine if you had just taken the medication,” Dr Nicholson Spence said. 7) Heart issues Dr Nicholson Spence said, while alcohol affects the heart, overdoing it in the holiday will usually be a problem for your heart if you have pre-existing heart disease. 8) Accidents and violence The medical internist said alcohol is behind the high rates of accidents locally, and warned that it only takes one drink to dim your reflexes. “Is nuff buy-licence people out there on the road. It's a recipe for disaster. Our roads are terrible, too. One minute you could have a smooth stretch, you feel good and you drive off, speeding and cruising down the road... and then suddenly you have to swing from a pothole, lose control, and it's a terrible accident or death,” Dr Nicholson Spence said. “If you're drinking have a designated driver. Alcohol also causes increase in violence as it makes you louder, more enraged and prompted to take chances you wouldn't normally take.”

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