Everybody needs friends

When one has a good friend life can become so much easier. Friendship can be defined as having mutual respect and trust. I know it can be complicated, but we will look at the types of friends you may have throughout your life and how you manage them.

I was challenged by my friend Kim to do this, so I am giving this my best shot. I guess I can also tell you a little about the friendship Kim and I have. We have other mutual friends. Started on Facebook and then we eventually met. Only to find out our paths crossed while we were both on the job a while back. That said, we share a few things in common, sport, drinks, photography and music. She is quite the adventurer, one of the types of friends I will describe for you later.

Everybody needs friends. EVERYBODY. So, no matter how much a loner you think you are (like I can be); you need a friend. That is the basis on which this piece is being written.

Friendship suggests LOYALTY – so the loyal friend is called today the “ride or die” – this is someone who you probably know from prep/primary school and knows everything about you and can be called upon at any time of day/night for anything. This friend is like family. This friendship is significant and is a priority.

Then there is the brutally honest friend, one who matter what, tells you the truth about life, love, work, children, food, clothes you name it, they tell it as they see it. This could also be a loyal friend, who is also brutally honest. Be happy if you have two wrapped in one. This is the friend that you ask an opinion if you are considering entering a singing contest, going on a date, buying a new car or taking a new job.

There is that friend who is like a “big brother/sister” – the one who offers the “best advice”. Now this has nothing to do with loyalty per se, it is called mentorship. This person would be an older, wiser friend who has tried, failed a few times and is now successful. They know the lay of the land and will guide you accordingly. I have one of those.

You need a friend who is outside of your culture. One who can be a touring partner when you are heading the other side of the world. Like attending games, concerts and to understand how others exist outside of your little space. Yes, I said little. The experience with someone your equal from another culture can only enhance what you already know. You meet these folks at a conference, for example, and you stay in touch.  Tip here: Travel to conferences and workshops outside of your region.

Aristotle is believed to have said that there are three types of friends you need.

  1. Utility
  2. Pleasure
  3. Good

I will leave you to figure this out.

Back to the other types of friends I am describing for you. Work Friend? Hmmmm – this one is tricky and must be well thought out. It has a lot to do with which department, who reports to who; workplace friendships can be hard; but it is worth a shot.

The adventurous friend comes in a few different stages of life. Well, from my experience, this is the friend you can call at 1am and go for a drink; take a long drive out to talk or book a ticket to go watch a concert in Los Angeles, Colombia or Brazil. This is the friend who takes vacation for carnival and CHAMPS every year, no matter what. This is also the friend who will go bungy jumping, walk across the Sydney bridge and go skiing on the Alps; or maybe even test-drive at GTR Nissan at the race way in Connecticut. I know you get my drift.

We are coming down to the wire. I will group the rest of categories. There is the neighbor who is and can be a friend. There is a friend who is ALWAYS late – you love them still, but you know the drill. Then, last, but not least, the one who is always drunk *eyes open wide* – yes, we all have those. No further comment needed.

Friends, all of us have them. Friends, all of us need them. Manage your life in the best way possible with a friend of your choice. If you have any three of the above, I mentioned, in one person or in three different persons, you are off to a great start.

My two tips to close

  • Be a friend to someone today
  • Call a friend who you have not spoken to in a while

#OneLove

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Jamaica 2019: Sport Outlook

KINGSTON, Jamaica – 2018 was that year in sport that you went, WOW!

Well there was the Men’s FIFA World Cup where France took the coveted title. Kylian Mbappe, now the world’s most expensive player, was the clear star of the event. He literally took the world by storm.

Kylian Mbappe – I own no rights to this picture

Well, there was also a host of sexual abuse scandals. Gymnastics, Football, Hockey, Golf and the WWE were the sporting disciplines affected.

E-sport and gambling were two areas of sport business that jumped out as major areas of commercial activities. See how these will turn sport over in another three years or so.

International cricket was played in Pakistan and teams have slowly begun to return there; while in the West Indies, the region hosted a successful ICC Women’s World Championship.

The World comes to the West Indies – November 2018

JAMAICA

In 2019, for the first time in 16+ years, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell, Kerron Stewart and host of other track and field stars won’t be on the track. The IAAF World Championships in Qatar will see a mix of stars on the track and certainly in the field. The jumpers (long and triple) have so far signaled it will be a series of hotly contested rivalries.  

The #ReggaeGirlz are in the Women’s World Cup for Football and Jamaica will reunite with France for another (football) historical occasion. June 9, 14 and 18 are the dates to look out for.

The Netball World Cup in Liverpool is another event where Jamaica’s mettle will be tested.

FOCUS

What then should Jamaica focus on for 2019 and beyond as sporting events that will bring some well-needed attention to the island as a sporting destination.

  • Improve the support for the Kingston City Marathon and the Reggae Marathon
  • Review the sporting facilities and upgrade and refurbish where necessary to host events that brings the best ROI
  • Use the TEF resources to improve towns that have these venues
  • Ministry of Sport should invest in training and capacity building for ALL sporting federations – technical, human resources, financial and marketing
  • Employ a Sport Planner
  • Clean up all the “walls of fame” and act quickly on the sport museum (I know this is in progress)
  • Continue with the training of athletes making them more aware of their rights on and off the field
  • Bring back Jamaica Sport to plan events geared simply at making money

I am still of the view that Sport can bring us a considerable amount of earnings if we can have the will to make hard decisions about the industry. The benefits will be great. Events are managed by people. When events make money, people earn. It is a cycle. #GetInTheGame

Music – soul-stirring

Sunday Morning Thoughts – I would have written about my love for music a few months ago; ICYMI you can take a look here https://carolebeckford.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/music-is-the-path-to-ones-soul/

Well, I am back again.

Great place to sit back, relax and enjoy

Music evokes emotions that you never knew you had.

I will go with the positives – happiness, joy, peace, love, adoration and inspiration, to name a few. I would be willing to share some artistes that I think can assist with you with drawing closer attention to that side of you which makes you mellow. Mellow, here, can be defined as a state of soothing that makes you calm and reflective, but with enough joy to make you want to take on the next BIG thing.

I use music to start and end my day. I know by now what gets me going, keeps me in the mood and what will help me relax for a great night’s sleep. I have choices!

Here’s where I am gonna show my biases.

To start the day:

Mondays – gotta choose songs that will motivate you towards a big picture – a way to kickstart the regular work week. I look for up-tempo but groovy tunes. I won’t eb specific with the songs, but I will tell you some of the artistes – Bill Withers, Stephanie Mills, John Coltrane, Bob Marley.

This picture is not mine.

Tuesdays – by the time we get here, we are well in the work week and Friday is approaching so you feel you want to let go – add some soca to the mix, and yes, I am a Bunji Garlin fan (Antigua helped me appreciate soca); you drop in some Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Aretha, Michael Jackson and Bob Marley.

Wednesdays – Hump Day Blues – my line of work says I would have already done 40 hours by this day, so I can cruise. No…not so fast, there is a fire to out! And when you get that call, you said “not today” – so you draw for Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Angie Stone. You might think, how is that mix even possible? It is a habit I have developed to study the vibe of each singer, and I find I just select the songs each of these days. By the way, Google knows this too and makes recommendations song by song. Someone is always watching.

As we inch closer to Friday – it gets closer to party music, more soca and dance music including dancehall, Beenie Man, Konshens, Kes and a little Usher, Joe and I could go on!

Kes – One of the hottest men in the Caribbean

Weekends now is the refection time – and there is a whole host of folks to choose from, too many to mention. Grover, Donny, Anita, Freddie, James and Bob. You can find a “Bob Marley” tune for any occasion and for any emotion.

Music thrills the soul. Music lines the heart for love. Music drives the emotions of fear away to a place where you can find balance and remain focused on what is to be. Use music as a soul-stirrer. So, while you are trying to figure it out – Life has A Way, to take you Back to Love and you will determine the Point of it All.  #OneLove

PS – One day I will write about my love affair with Marvin Gaye’s music.

KINGSTON CITY MARATHON IS LESS THAN SIX WEEKS AWAY

KINGSTON, Jamaica – When you think of the city of Kingston, Jamaica, a marathon is not the first thing that comes to mind. Well in 2019, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Kingston’s chapter and its partners will host its first-ever marathon on Sunday, March 17.

What is even more interesting, is, the IAAF/AIMS has certified the route. That is historical in every context. The 480 square kilometres city is home to sporting and cultural history that surpasses any city its size. And the marathon will add flavour to this already exciting “UNESCO Creative City.”

The marathon will take you through the curves and turns of Kingston (twice) and although it may not be an ideal run for marathoners globally, it paints a new picture of the city.

After six years of hosting a 5K and 10K and Half Marathon, “adding the full marathon” was a dream come true for Nicola Madden Greig, co-chair of the KCM team.

THE VALUE TO KINGSTON  

The Kingston City Marathon will become popular like all other top marathons in cities across the globe. What will this mean for Kingston?

Well the Ministry of Health, in the last few years, started the Jamaica Moves campaign and that makes ‘health and fitness’ a worthy practice for the people of Jamaica. That is all part of an initiative to encourage people to get involved in physical activities.

The Kingston City Marathon will help to drive the ongoing development of Kingston, it is all about building reputation and popularity; while helping to use sport, in this case, a marathon event, as one key element to the city’s soft power.

Director of Tourism, Donovan White, at the press launch last month (January 16) said, “Jamaica now hosts two marathons almost four months apart, this is a clear opportunity.” The Director also pointed out “with the already established products of Kingston – great music, food and other exciting sporting events, the city will be enhanced by the Kingston City Marathon. He added that “marathons are a huge draw for sport tourists and have the potential to generate millions of dollars for the host city of Kingston.”

Kingston remains a relatively small city; however, the partnership with the local authorities, businesses and people, is an important one, aimed at overall growth, while enhancing the city’s status.

The Kingston City Marathon is the 2nd official marathon being hosted in Jamaica. The other being the Reggae Marathon in Negril in December.

RunLive partners with Kingston City Marathon

MIAMI, Florida: – Miami-based RunLive, one of the world’s first gamified social running platforms, has agreed to sign on as a partner for the Kingston City Marathon. Race Day is Sunday, March 17 in Kingston.

Founded by Mike Thompson and David Mullings, Jamaican entrepreneurs based in Florida, RunLive recently graduated from the leAD Sports Accelerator in Berlin, Germany.

“We originally planned to launch in Berlin first but could not pass up the opportunity to be part of Kingston’s first marathon” said Mike Thompson, a former Development Operations Engineer, who came up with the idea for the app 2 years ago.

David Mullings has been named as an Ambassador for the Kingston City Marathon and the RunLive team will help to drive visibility for the event via promotion in the app, posts on social media and bringing at least one Instagram running influencer to participate and share her experience with her followers. RunLive has over 135,000 followers on Instagram.

While plenty of other running apps with a social component do exist, most of them focus on mapping your run and tracking statistics but do not offer a way for runners to connect and compete in real-time.

HOW RunLiveStarted

“I was introduced to Mike by a Florida angel investor group to help him scale and was really impressed with his product. I committed to help raise capital and invest but got sucked in by his drive and the product roadmap” said co-founder David Mullings who is also a mentor with the Branson Center of Entrepreneurship Caribbean and Founder Institute Jamaica.

Co-Chair of Kingston City Marathon, Nicola Madden-Greig welcomes RunLive on Board – “We are pleased to have this new and emerging team partner with us for Kingston’s first certified marathon. We look forward to the reach this partnership can create, and we hope as the event progresses, we will add more participants.”

The app is currently available for iOS devices and the Android beta is scheduled to be released in late February. Investors include leAD Sports, which was founded by Klaus, Horst and Stefan Bente, grandsons of Adi Dassler, the founder of Adidas.

About RunLive

The RunLive app allows users to connect with runners across the world and run together in real-time for the ultimate running experience. Turn your sweat into sweet rewards when you earn RunCoins by completing challenges, logging runs and winning races. Learn more at ww.runlive.fit

About leAD

Klaus, Horst, and Stefan Bente are the oldest grandchildren of Adi Dassler. Together they founded the leAD Sports Accelerator and Adi Dassler International Family Office to revive their grandfather’s legacy. But they’re not alone. leAD is backed by an exclusive circle of international top investors from different areas that all have a strong foothold in the sports industry. Their objective is to support the visionary innovative strength of young founders with the same enthusiastic team spirit – and far beyond the accelerator program.

About Kingston City Marathon

What started out as the Kingston City Run six years ago, the event has now added a marathon to its existing 5K, 10K and half marathon course. The certification of the marathon by the IAAF/AIMS is significant and it identifies the value of an event like this in the Creative City of Kingston. For more go to www.kingstoncityrun.com or email kingstoncityrun@gmail.com

Press Contact:

David Mullings                        Carole Beckford

david@runlive.fit                    carole.beckford@gmail.com

407-513-2801                        + 1 876 566 3671

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Kingston City Marathon will enhance Kingston as a sport tourism destination

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Kingston’s hosting of its first IAAF/AIMS certified marathon on Sunday, March 17 is just another product that can serve as a great addition to its sport tourism product.

The marathon which is deemed appropriate in the wellness segment of the overall sport tourism product. Donovan White, Director of Tourism highlighted some of the global trends in his keynote address at the media launch of the Kingston City Marathon on Wednesday (January 16).

(l-r) Nicola Madden-Greig, Devon Samuels, Alan Beckford, Chris Jarrett, Donovan White.

The Director made some key points:

  • There were 830 million wellness trips in 2017, this was equivalent to 17 per cent of all tourism revenues
  • Wellness tourism is set to grow 7.5 per cent through to 2022
  • The estimated earnings from wellness travel is estimated to reach $919 billion by 2022
  • There is an average spend of $1,528 per trip for a wellness tourist, this represents 53 per cent more than the average tourist

“Jamaica now hosts two marathons almost four months apart, this is a clear opportunity,” according to the Director.

The Director was quick to point out the already established products of Kingston – great music, food and other exciting sporting events will be enhanced by the Kingston City Marathon, which he suggested that “marathons are a huge draw for sport tourists and have the potential to generate millions of dollars for the host city of Kingston.”

Race Ambassadors with Race Director

Co-Chair, Nicola Madden-Greig, in highlighting the announcements for this year’s running explained the partnership with the Miami Marathon where winners from both events will be entered in each other’s events free of charge. “Jamaica will exhibit and participate at this year’s Miami Marathon as part of our global outreach to encourage patrons to enter the Jamaican event in Kingston.”

Registration is on the www.kingstoncityrun.com link. Early bird registration ends on January 31.

The 5k will feature some of our younger generation – Holy Family Primary was in the house

#RunDiCity #FeelDiVibes fff

Emceeing is a real job

An emcee is a host or facilitator of an event. So whether it is a conference, seminar, workshop, stage show or even a political conference, the role of an emcee is to ensure the audience is engaged and made to understand what the event is all about.

What does that mean? The emcee sets the tone, warms up the audience and ensure one items flows smoothly from one to the other.

That therefore means, the emcee has to be prepared. Research, background information and even access to the stage and venue are key things to ensure an emcee’s job happens without any major issue.

As the event organizer, you MUST provide the emcee with the following:

  • History of the event
  • List of presenters with bio-data
  • List of performers with bio-data
  • Guests and status for salutations
  • Date for a visit to the venue before the event

This job of an emcee is one that is a paid gig. Make no mistakes.

The emcee has to prepare and be appropriately dressed for the occasion. The emcee also has to have reliable transportation. There are some rules that apply:

  • Evening/Night events must include accommodation
  • Day events should attract parking close to the venue’s stage, room
  • A liaison should be assigned to the host to ensure back up (this may vary from a running order printed, with corrections, bottled water at room temperature
  • Ensure there is proper seating close to the stage or at an appropriate place backstage
  • If a wardrobe change is needed, ensure there is sufficient access with facilities

Finally, arrange for a sound check an hour before the event.

An emcee, can opt to have a deposit of up to 50 per cent before event and final payment must be made on the day of the event.

Enjoy the evening!

2018 – The Year I became 50

Laughter.

Plenty gatherings with friends.

SPORTING events.

Family time.

Music (live and recorded)

…were just some of the highlights of 2018 for me;

The year I turned 50.

The unplanned way in which all this (and more) happened

Was exactly how I wanted it to be.

The opportunity and privilege to just get up and go:

  • Arnold Palmer Invitational (to see Tiger Woods)
  • Kaya Fest (to see the Marleys and other great Reggae Acts)
  • To celebrate 40 with my Sister
  • To dive deeper into Self Care

… were just some of the thrilling encounters I experienced,

The year I turned 50.

I posted a lot about #GivingThanks and #Focus – some ideas of joy I try to spread daily.

In between that, it was also the year, I hosted more soirees at my home. It was time well spent, the year I turned 50.

Up to August, I wasn’t sure what the actual day (December 1) would be like,

But as the time got closer, the day formed its own vibe.

Joyful. Exciting. Glorious. Thankful. Grateful – were just some of the words that can describe,

The Day I turned 50.

Well, it is that time of year, when one reflects to refresh,

And based on how the preceding days were, one looks ahead.

I remain grateful and thankful and will always care…

The year I turned 50.

Here’s to 2019!

One Love!

March 2019 is Marathon Month in Kingston

When one thinks of the city of Kingston, lots of things come to mind. However, what we want you to think about is what will March 2019 bring.

So far, there are a few important events we have confirmed for the month:

  • Boys and Girls Champs – March 26 – 30
  • Melbourne (Cricket Club) 5K – March 5
  • Long walk to Freedom (Buju Banton) – March 16
  • And… The Kingston City Marathon (weekend), March 15 – 17

You then ask yourself, how am I going to do all of this in Jamaica for the whole month of March when I don’t have all that time off?

My choice for you is to come to the Kingston City Marathon www.kingstoncityrun.com and you will get the greatest experience ever.

The weekend’s event will have a welcome (Friday) and an after-party. There will an exhibition on lifestyle and wellness (Saturday) and then there are the races – 5K, 10K, ½ marathon, full marathon (Sunday) (IAAF/Aims certified). The races will take you through some of the historical sites across the city which has been declared one of UNESCO’s Creative City. Also, only recently, reggae has been added to the cultural heritage list. Kingston has a lot to offer to every discerning visitor from home and abroad.

The experience will be diverse. It will have the best of the people of Jamaica. The most sumptuous and tasty food; the best music selections you will hear anywhere in the world; great accommodation – even an hour away in Ocho Rios and the race you will choose to run to relax and to add to your bucket list.

The partnerships established for the Kingston City Marathon will serve not just the business side of the city but will focus its attention of building its Corporate Social Responsibility profile with its continuous support of its charities. You will find the options to support at this link http://www.kingstoncityrun.com/v2/charities/

This 7th running of the event, while attempting to attract global participation, will have a special focus on the Caribbean and the Project Team has created an opportunity to highlight the top Caribbean winners in each race category. You may even see a Caribbean performer at the after-party.

So, think about this from my view. You have vacation. You have some extra money left over from Christmas. And all the bills are covered – make it Kingston, Jamaica, March 14 – 18 and you will get to have the experience of a lifetime.

Call up your favorite travel agent and secure airline seats and hotel rooms and sign up for the run www.kingstoncityrun.com – you will thank me.

Feel Di Vibes!

#OneLove

Kingston City Marathon – 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Organizers of the Kingston City Marathon (KCM) are looking to surpass 5,000 competitors for its series of raceswith just over 90 days until race day.

Theevent will also seek to recognize “Caribbean Stars” – male and female winners for the first time in 2019. Co-Chair, Nicola Madden-Greig, made the disclosure at a local organizing committee meeting on Wednesday (December 12).

“As part of our efforts to target competitors from the Caribbean region, we plan tohighlight winners from the region in the inaugural marathon event. This is an important event for Kingston and we are hoping to attract competitors from across the globe.”

The event, which is in its seventh year, “is part of what Kingston has to offer, and we are putting out all the stops for a successful event,” noted Madden-Greig.

The Kingston City Marathon is an IAAF/AIMS-certified marathon which allows competitors to use their times to qualify for other international events. 

The three-day event (March 15 – 17) will include a 5k, 10K and the full marathon; in addition to an Expo with a focus on wellness and lifestyle; there will also be a welcome reception and an after-party to complement the weekend’s activities.

Registration remains open at www.kingstoncityrun.com