The Making of Sugar

At the hotel set, Michelle Serieux consults with her talented young star Shantol Jackson and the incomparable actress Carol Lawes who plays Maisie Lewars (background).(Jeff Crossley)

Dream a little dream… As a writer, it’s fair to say that I traffic in telling stories. The world is of infinite interest to me because at any given moment there are hundreds of dramas unfolding all around. The way my brain is wired, I like to home in on these dramas, interpret them and ... Read More

Kaye Kelly’s ‘Contagious Happiness’ repurposed old wooden chair. (Michael Gordon) Spotted!
Who… Kaye Kelly Where… at MoDA Market Her services include… artscaping &mdash ... Read More

ANTONIO Cocktails With... Liane V Sunday December 4
Recording artiste, and social media sensation Liane V (for Valenzuela) values family, a positive att ... Read More

Esther in colour (© Gian Godoy 2012) and portrait of Esther in black and white (© Esther Anderson 1966).Esther in colour (© Gian Godoy 2012) and portrait of Esther in black and white (© Esther Anderson 1966). In Her Own Words
During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, ... Read More


Sunday, December 04, 2016    


Geoffrey Chong Senior Investment Advisor, Wealth Management Sagicor Investments What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Running around carefree with the other kids in the neighbourhood, playing football, marbles, hide & seek, and those other things we grew up doing, before cellphones and the Internet. And, of course, always looking forward to hearing the ice-cream truck coming around the block!   What’s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? &nb ... Read More

  Gardening — December 4

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Enobi Stripe Dendrobium

Dear Orchid Doc: I’ve had a Schomburgkia for several years but it has never bloomed. I got a piece of a blooming plant at the time. During my usual reading of your column, I saw your response to a reader who’s also having blooming issues. My orchid is on a mango tree as opposed to being in a pot. Aside from insects, do you think having it on a tree is the reason it hasn’t bloomed all these years (more than 10 yrs)? It keeps growing, though, and it’s big and beautifu ... Read More

Santa’s Claws

Saturday, December 03, 2016    

Add some pizazz to your plain white nails with a christmas tree!

As Christmas bells begin to ring, and staff parties and festivities approach, beauties flock the sources in search of what-to and what-not-to wear. But, instead of wanting to coordinate your entire outfit with the season and risk looking too costumed, why not simply opt for themed nails? Whether you choose to paint a winter wonderland on your fingers, or you prefer more subtle designs, Under the Dryer brings you 10 fancy manicure options to help dress up your nails for the season’s meeting ... Read More

FLOW Applauds Cumberland High School

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

(Front row, from left) FLOW Foundation Community Programme Manager Courtney Bell; FLOW Foundation Executive Assistant Shelly-Ann O’Connor; Cumberland High School Work Experience Coordinator Raxine Green; (back row, from left) Cumberland High School Principal Michael Brydson; Cumberland High School clothing and textiles teacher Jodi-Ann Wilson-Thompson; dancehall entertainer Jeffrey ‘Agent Sasco’ Campbell; Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor — Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte; FLOW Foundation Director Troy Cockings; FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair; caterer extraordinaire Jacqui Tyson; FLOW Jamaica Director of Corporate Communications and Stakeholder Management Kayon Wallace and 12 students from Cumberland High School give a resounding round of applause for the Jamaica Observer’s Applaud IT! initiative.

“Where you are now and the grades you are getting do not determine where you are destined to be,” FLOW Jamaica Managing Director Garfield Sinclair told the students of Cumberland High School at the final sitting of the Jamaica Observer’s 2016 Applaud It! initiative last Thursday afternoon. Inside the Devonshire at Devon House, accompanied by executive members of his team and the FLOW Foundation, Sinclair told the students to never allow anyone or anything to deter them from the ... Read More

TASTE OF TRYALL: Out of Many, One Cuisine

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

Sugar cane chicken (Aceion Cunningham)

The manicured lawns of the luxurious Tryall Club in Hanover were transformed Friday last, November 25, into an exquisite culinary enclave as part of the Taste of Tryall. The annual culinary celebration, now in its seventh year, requested of its chefs the creation of dishes under the theme ‘Out of Many, One Cuisine’. More than 50 of Tryall’s villa chefs accepted the challenge. A wide range of dishes incorporating cultural elements of Greek, Asian, Italian and American were in ... Read More

Supreme Ventures Applauds the Men of Jamaica College

Thursday, December 01, 2016    

One could have heard a pin drop as Supreme Ventures Deputy Chairman Ian Levy shared his entrepreneural journey. (Antonio Graham)

Tuesday, November 29, was memorable for 10 Jamaica College students, all members of the highly-acclaimed robotics club, who participated in a working luncheon which was hosted by Ian Levy, deputy chairman of Supreme Ventures, and four members of the company’s executive. The boys made full use of the three-hour face-to-face, which began with Levy explaining how fortunate they were to be at the school. “The fact that you attend JC,” he said, “puts you ahead of everyone els ... Read More

’Tis the season

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, December 01, 2016    

Toasts were raised to honour of the proceedings. (Kenyon Hemans)

Some call it the silly season; some call it the happiest time of the year. Some paraphrase Shakespeare; referring to the season as ‘the best of times and the worst of times’. Call it whatever you want, the Christmas season is upon us, bringing with it all the emotions, entertainment and extra pounds. Challenging wine choices — Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner Is it that Jamaicans living here with no ties to the USA look for any reason to celebrate and eat food? I continue to ... Read More

Vows: Crazy in Love

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Mrs Bucknor readies to feed her groom a slice of cake.

Promobiz Limited Senior Sales and Marketing Executive Marsha Morris and Dayne Bucknor, Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica manager, would have never guessed that a mutual friend’s matchmaking efforts would result in them walking down the aisle, two years later. Vows< takes you to the altar. HOW THEY MET, AS TOLD BY DAYNE The couple first met through an introduction by a mutual friend at a popular night club. “Despite my trepidation at being introduced to ladies in this type of envir ... Read More

Four O|f A K|ind!

Monday, November 28, 2016    

Jamaica Observer Head of Advertising, Marketing, and Communications Natalie Chin (second left), and Senior Associate Editor – Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte (second right), were presented with bottles of Michelle Brut by Harbour Wines & Spirits Brand Manager Sharice Fernander (left) and wine consultant Marilyn Bennett. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

With a selection of four champers from GraceKennedy’s Harbour Wines & Spirits’ bubbly portfolio, the 2016 Jamaica Observer Salut! festivities wrapped this year’s week-long celebration of fine wines and Champagne at OAK Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge. The Hillcrest Avenue wine-and-dine hotspot did not disappoint, either; the well-stocked wine rack at the entrance was enough to have winos feeling at home. Wine connoiseur and consultant Marilyn Bennett was on hand to break down ... Read More

Through The Windows Of Lee’s

Monday, November 28, 2016    

(Photographer: Jowane Rogers & Gary lawrence)

No, your eyes are not deceiving you and no, the Christmas windows at Lee’s Fifth Avenue Tropical Plaza and Sovereign Centre have not been transported from New York to Jamaica. What is true, however, is that they do look good and serve the purpose of luring you in. The person behind the fabulous windows is Oriente Issa. It came about, she shares with All Woman Fashion (AWF), as a result of offering to help her brother-in-law with the windows at his stores. “I had never done it before ... Read More



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