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Recipe:Taco Pizza

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Monday, September 30, 2013 | 10:04 PM

Monday, September 30, 2013

If you short on time and need a meal that is quick and easy to prepare, taco pizza is perfect for you. This popular recipe adds the ingredients of a taco onto a pizza and uses Pillsbury crescent rolls as the crust. The buttery flavor from the crescent rolls really goes nicely with the flavor of the taco meat. The crescent roll dough is spread out onto a baking dish, placed into the oven and baked, and then topped with refried beans. The pizza is then topped off with a Mexican cheese blend, black olives, green onions, and tomatoes. This taco pizza can also be topped with sour cream, salsa or whatever you like on your tacos. Enjoy!

1lb lean ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated Pillsbury crescent rolls
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
2-3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
½ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup sliced black olives
4 green onions (chopped)

Cooking Instructions:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook while breaking up the meat into chunks with a spoon or spatula until browned. Drain any excess liquid. Add the taco seasoning to the ground beef and cook according to the package directions.

Step 2: Lightly grease an 11 ½ inch by 16 ½ inch cooking sheet. Unroll the crescent rolls and place onto the bottom and up the sides of the cooking sheet. Place into the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 3: Place the refried beans into a microwave save bowl. Microwave for about 1 minute. Stir the refried beans and spread them evenly over the top of the warm pizza crust. Top with the taco meat, sprinkle with the Mexican cheese blend and top with tomatoes, black olives, and green onion. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the cheese has melted
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Miss Jamaica World Gina Hargitay is Miss World Caribbean 2013 Continental Queen

Miss Jamaica World Gina Hargitay
The 2013 Miss World pageant was held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, where Miss Jamaica World Gina Hargitay was crowned Miss World Caribbean.

Gina made the semifinals but failed to make the top six.

Miss Philippines, Megan Young won the won the overall the Miss World Title, while Miss France Marine Lorpheline and Miss Ghana Carranza Naa Okailey Shooter were  first and second runners up respectively.

The 23-year-old US native who moved to Philippines at age 10 took the crown from Wenxia Yu of China, the 2012 winner.
Miss World 2013 Megan Young

Rounding of the top six were: Miss Gibraltar Maroua Kharbouch, Miss Spain Elena Ibarbian Jimenez, and Miss Brazil Sancler Frantz Konzen.

Top 6 Contestants at Miss World 2013

Other Continental Queens were:

Miss World Africa - Miss Ghana - Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter

Miss World Americas – Miss Brazil Sancler Frantz

Miss World Europe – Miss France Marine Lorphelin

Miss World Oceania – Miss Australia Erin Holland

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Miss Singapore Global Jody Liu Wins Miss Global International 2013

On Saturday  at the at the Sunset Beach Resort, Spa and Waterpark in Montego Bay, 23 year old Jody Liu of Singapore won  the Miss Global International 2013 Pageant.

Along with the crown Jody walked away with US$5,000 in prizes sponsored by the Commonwealth Group of Canada, She was also awarded sectional prize for “Most Aware”
Miss Uganda, Sylvia Namutebi (right) Miss Global International, Jody Liu (centre)  2nd runner-up, Miss Bahamas, Lashanda Wildgoose

Thirty-one other contestants from across the globe also vied for the title including Miss Uganda, Sylvia Namutebi who won first runner-up while Miss Bahamas, Lashanda Wildgoose was second runner-up and awarded the 'Most Congenial' contestant.

In the other sectional awards winners were: Miss USA, Phanith Sovann winning the talent section; Miss Haiti, Marie Exume for Best Smile, and Miss Jamaica, Roshelle McKinley for 'Best Figure'.

Liu who is no stranger to pageant is a former Miss Earth and Miss Universe contestant.

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Four Caribbean Beauties Among Top 10 for Miss World Online Voting

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Friday, September 27, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tomorrow a new MissWorld will be crowned in Bali and some of our Caribbean beauties are doing exceptionally well in the online voting. The winner will automatically advance to the top 6.

So far, Miss Dominica, Miss Mexico, Miss British Virgin Islands and Miss Aruba are among the top 10 from the Caribbean  in the run for the spot.

The beauty with the most votes will be declared the People’s Champion, and regardless of the points she has on the board, she will go straight into the climatic finale!

Voting closes at 20:30 (GMT+8) on the 28th of September, with the announcement to come at 21:30.

The presenters of this year’s competition will be Jennifer Reoch and Kamal Ibrahim.
Jennifer Reoach and Kamal Ibrahim

The live show will be tomorrow September 8th at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. You can catch the live show here!

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Singer Tessanne Chin Wowed Coaches and Audience on NBC "The Voice"

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | 9:38 AM

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin wooed the and audience on "The Voice with her rendition of “Try” by Pink

The 28-year-old, singer from Kingston belted out impressive vocals to Try with enough passion to make hairs stand up on the back of your neck. The former backup singer for reggae icon Sir Jimmy Cliff (who sent her a good luck video message) was absolutely thrilling with raw emotion and technical skill.
Tessanne a powerhouse had all four judges turning their chairs, in the end she chose Adam Levine.

Last night after watching the show at her home Tessanne tweeted…..

See her performance below
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Yassin Hall - Let’s Journey into Fashion

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Monday, September 23, 2013 | 10:10 PM

Monday, September 23, 2013

Yassin Hall is the owner of an online women’s boutique called Let’s Journey into Fashion, who was born and raised in Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands. She is a divorced mom of four children, who balance working and attending college brought to start a successful business.

Yassin graduated with four degrees in Travel Tourism Management, Computer Science, Fashion Design and Business Management, and in 2011 she ventured into selling women's apparel and established “Let’s Journey into Fashion, LLC”, an on-line retail store which features many of my own personal designs.

She recently spent time in Nashville Tennessee where she  had the pleasure of styling Cyrene Tankard on the red carpet for their premier viewing of their new reality show Thicker than Water that airs on Bravo TV on  Sundays at 9pm est.  


 Get to know Yassin Hall and experience her journey

Please, tell us the story behind Montage. How did all start?

I believe that Let’s Journey into Fashion was my destiny, as well as the answer to my prayers. After my divorce in 2009, I became a single mom with two special needs children. I spent time researching Florida schools and made the decision to move to Orlando because I felt the school district was a better fit for my children’s needs. I was already a stay at home mom who worked in the real estate industry renting luxury condos. I have always enjoyed wearing high fashion clothing. However, as a single mom, I was on a strict budget and found that these clothes came with high price tags.

The turning point came when I needed an outfit to wear to an event. After spending the day at the mall searching for an outfit, I ended up purchasing a blouse with the hefty price tag of $90. It really bothered me to spend that much money on myself for a blouse that I only needed to wear one evening.  My inner entrepreneur decided to search the internet for the label, and by a miracle I was able to find the manufacturer of the exact same shirt. They were selling a pack of six shirts for the $90 I spent on one shirt. I promptly returned the shirt to the store and purchased the pack of shirts. Feeling very proud of myself, I wore the shirt to the function, took pictures of myself modeling it, and posted them to Facebook so my friends and family could see it. The positive response was overwhelming and they wanted to know where they could purchase the shirt. I proudly informed them that I had extras. Thus began my new journey. 

Do you have a background in retail or sales?

While I was attending college at the age of 19, I worked as a store manager of Lerner’s.  I also possess four years of sales experience as a real estate broker.   

What was the biggest challenge you encountered in getting your business off the ground?

While I tend to look at challenges as learning opportunities, the biggest challenge I’ve encountered while launching the business was being able to balance my role as mom, CEO, and all other responsibilities of the company. I am solely was responsible for marketing, acquiring merchandise, packing ,shipping, and ensuring not just good but “great” customer service.

You are a divorce single mother of four. What do you struggle with most as a mom and business owner?

My greatest struggle is balancing my children’s dreams with those of my own. Also, finding time to have a social life or time for myself is very challenging. I am the mother of a very bright teenaged son who is involved in various after school programs. Additionally, my daughter dreams of a career in New York on Broadway. She attends classes 5-7 days per week for several hours per day. She also participates in competitions and performances which can often conflict with my work schedule. My daughter’s dance classes and my company are two of the biggest commitments in my life.  Thankfully, I have a hard working and loyal staff who work for the company. They also assist me in juggling my responsibilities as a mom and CEO.

Black Sexy Glam Lace Long Maxi Dress

How did you select the lines that you carry? How often do you consider adding new lines?

I must admit that I am a fashion stalker. I follow almost all of the fashion blogs, websites, and fashion magazines out there staying up with the latest trends. Fashion has been my passion since I was 12 years old, owning my own label and boutique store has always been my dream.  I am always looking for new lines to carry, fashion never gets old and trends are being made daily.

What is your favorite part of owning a business?

For me Let’s Journey into Fashion is not a business a way of life,  it is our life journey for my Public Relations Manager Contrell Fowler, Operations Manager Zaimah Sahbazz, Photographer & Graphics Artist Cuemadi White, Customer Service Rep Danica Lewis, my customers and myself this is all of our lives. We all enjoy being able to motivate & inspire each other, we love coming to work.  Looking for products that our customers will enjoy brings us happiness.  This is our Journey of Life together.  For myself the best part is receiving a phone call, text or email from a women whom I have never met that is having a hard time coping and faith leads her to call me, I am grateful that I am able to get her through that hurdle, let her know it’s ok. 

What is your least favorite part of owning a business?

My least favorite part of owning not just a business but a fashion business is maintaining affordable high fashion clothing.  In today’s society it is my opinion that we have two types of shoppers: shoppers that believe that the more expensive the item the better quality of the clothing, then we have the shoppers that want quality for next to nothing.  At Let’s Journey into Fashion we have great quality affordable high fashion.  Shoppers see a dress for $20 - $30 and think that it’s cheaply made. Convincing those shoppers to purchase takes trust and communication.  I pride myself and my company having not great but the best communication with my customers as best as I can. 

What are your best sellers?

All of our items are best sellers as we update our items weekly to keep up with the latest trends.

Miss Red White & Blue

Who is your typical customer?

We actually have two types of typical customers: college young woman on a tight budget & the single mom on a budget.

Prom Fuchsia One Shoulder Dazzle

What sets your boutique apart from the others?

What sets Let’s Journey into Fashion apart from the others is that the company main focus is inspiring and motivation today’s women.  We firmly believe that if you are not feeling good inside about yourself first no matter what item you wear will build your self esteem.  In order to look good you must feel good first.  On most of my social networks I open the online store with a motivation quote every day. Let’s Journey into Fashion is not just a company, my staff, my customers and myself are A FAMILY.  The 2nd aspect that sets us apart is our affordable prices for high fashion clothing.

Do you have any plans on opening up a physical location?

In the near future I would like to open a boutique that is of no other I have seen thus far; I have an idea but haven’t focus on the dynamics of it as yet.

What plans do you have for your business in the near future?

Once the business has grown to a point that has met my goals for the company, I do plan to do more public speaking to today’s young women to building better, stronger women of tomorrow.

What advice do you give to anyone who wants to start their own online business?

My advice would be as follows:

·        You must have faith in God

·        You must believe in yourself, believe that through every obstacle you WILL succeed and failure is NOT an option

·        Having a degree in business is important and necessary

·        Having great customer service is critical & sincerely knowing your customers are important and are more than just customers they are a part of your business, they are the business.

·        You must have a loyal trust worthy and dependable staff that are not just working for a paycheck but for the love of the company

·        Do you research & ask questions

·        Get to know your target market

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Rihanna Poses With Protected Primate in Thailand - Two People Arrested

Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn't sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling protected species.

On a break from her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna visited the Thai island of Phuket, where she befriended the wildlife.

An Instagram photo she also shared on Twitter showed her in sunglasses snuggling up to a furry primate called the slow loris and was captioned: "Look who was talkin dirty to me!"
Rihanna posted this photo taken with primate on her Instagram,  with the caption,"Look who was talkin dirty to me! #Thailand #nightlife."

The slow loris, a squirrel-like animal with big eyes, is native to Southeast Asia and is listed as a protected species.

"Phuket authorities were alerted to the picture (of Rihanna), and last night police arrested the two individuals who brought out the loris as a photo opportunity for tourists," a Phuket district chief, Weera Kerdsirimongkon, said by telephone Sunday.

Police confiscated two lorises from the pair — a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy — who could face charges of possession of protected animals. The charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine.

Weera said authorities have tried for years to crack down on the problem of vendors exploiting wildlife, particularly in popular tourist areas where people pay to pose for pictures with elephants, orangutans and other animals.

"It's like a cat-and-mouse game. But this time it's bigger because a celebrity like Rihanna posted the picture, and there were more than 200,000 'likes' from around the world," he said.

Rihanna also posted a picture of herself playing with a herd of elephants in the street Friday night, with the comment: "They all hail Empress when She walk by."

On the same night, she tweeted a few unprintable comments about what she apparently witnessed at an adult show in one of Phuket's red-light districts.

Saturday's social media postings were devoted to the beach and photographs of the singer in a black bikini on a boat surrounded by turquoise water with limestone cliffs in the distance.

Before leaving Thailand on Sunday, she posted from the airport: "Gave the immigration guy my passport and he handed me this in return without a word. Lol." The Instagram image had a picture of the singer that said "I love Rihanna."

She performed on Sunday in Singapore before her tour heads to Australia and New Zealand.

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Saxophonist Verlando Small crowned as the winner of Digicel Rising Stars

Season 10 of Digicel Rising Stars competition came to an end and saxophonist Verlando Small won the title.
Verlando Small -Digiel Rising Star Winner

For his win Small who was the crowds favourite at the studio of Television Jamaica, walked away with $1 million.

Kadian Thompson walked away with $600,000 for placing second.
Kadian Thompson- Digicel Rising Star


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Fashion: Nicki Minaj Unveils Kmart Collection via Instagram

Writer : Caribbean E-Magazine on Friday, September 20, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Friday, September 20, 2013

Trinidad-born rapper, Nicki Minaj unveiled her Kmart collection via Instagram last Tuesday.

The collection includes curve-hugging leggings, jackets and short sleeved crop tops as well as sexy mini dresses – all in bold patterns.

Nicki showed up to the Jeremy Scott
runway show at New York Fashion Week wearing one of her flattering two-piece designs.
Nicki Minaj in her own line at Jeremy Scott New York Fashion Week last week

Barbz will have to wait until later this fall for the clothing line to hit stores. Take a look at the Nicki modelling her own collection.


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