All Woman

Annual Muminar helps mothers unveil the real self

An attentive audience at Muminar 2014

UNVEILING the real woman beneath the mask was what over 600 women did recently when they gathered at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel to share their experiences at Muminar, a seminar put on for mothers by Young Mummy Diaries. The annual event, held under the themed "Beneath the Mask", Unveiling the real Y ... Read More

Najeeka Rose (second left) works on her coding techniques at
a coding workshop for girls held recently, at the General
Accident Insurance Company boardroom in Kingston.
(PHOTO: JIS) Gov’t moves to increase girl coders
TWENTY-FIVE female students, aged 11 to 15 years, are being trained to become coders as part of the ... Read More

Information Minister Falconer Stop abusing our girls!
The campaign, dubbed 'Nuh Guh Deh', was developed as a method to discourage men from engaging in sex ... Read More

The lies men tell
SOMETIMES it seems that the art of lying is taught to boys as part of their initiation into manhood, ... Read More

Paging Dr Halsall

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Dr Ryan Halsall

HE'S fondly called 'Trapper', for the old television series, Trapper John MD, which featured the likeable and compassionate surgeon and mentor at San Francisco Memorial Hospital. Dr Ryan Halsall, 33, says he wouldn't trade his job for anything, and he chose his obstetrics and gynaecology (OBGYN) specialty based on a love he developed while doing the academic side of the practice, which later blossomed during internship. "It was during my internship at Kingston Public Hospital and Victoria Jubi ... Read More

'Orange' the world in 16 days

Monday, November 24, 2014    

TOMORROW, November 25, is the International Day to End Violence Against Women. It will kick off 16 days of global activism, until December 10, to halt this gross violation of women's human rights that affects at least one in three women and girls worldwide. The colour orange has been chosen for the issue to symbolise a brighter future without violence against women. UN Women and its partners will hold orange-themed events around the world to raise awareness and show solidarity with survivors of ... Read More

My best daddy advice

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Jermaine Gordon  and Rohan Gordon

THERE are certain conversations and life lessons that only a father can teach and teach effectively, even though mothers have been praised for playing the 'father' role. And in accordance with International Men's Day, celebrated last Wednesday, November 19, All Woman asked dads what's the best advice they have, and will pass on to their children. Jermaine Gordon, father of one: I will instil in my daughter that education is the way out of poverty and violence. Being educated, you are less li ... Read More

Are men's rights given as much prominence as women's rights?

Monday, November 24, 2014    

INTERNATIONAL Men's Day was celebrated on November 19, under the theme, 'Working together for men and boys'. The day, which is recognised in over 60 countries, was an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them. This week All Woman asked men if they think their rights or interests are given as much prominence as women's rights. Jermaine Wi ... Read More

Gold Couture

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Thinking of evening gown possibilities for the Yuletide season?
Models (from left) Candice Belnavis, Diedre McKenzie and Toni
Hibbert show tempting elegant red, white and black options
with hints of gold. At right: This form-fitting white and
gold three-quarter sleeved
sequinned dress worn by
Toni Hibbert should get
favourable notices at the
holiday office party.

It was a perfect social respite Wednesday last at Flirt Boutique to get over the midweek hump -- a fashionable capsule holiday collection of on-trend dresses and outfits -- paired with champagne sips and fab gourmet finger fare catered by Jacqui Tyson. Flirt's proprietor Jennifer Azan, partnering with Scotiabank's Gold MasterCard and Jamaica Observer Salut!, laid out a literal red carpet, welcoming shoppers and Scotiabank execs into her Manor Park boutique, for an in-store fashion show dubbed Go ... Read More

About paternity leave

Monday, November 24, 2014    

OCCASIONALLY the issue will come up at men's forums, that Jamaica should seek to emulate other countries in awarding fathers paternity leave, as exists for new mothers under the law. Austria, Iceland, Italy, Sweden and Canada are among the countries with paternity leave, with conditions. They understand that men, too, need time to nurture and bond with their children following childbirth. But it may be a long time coming for Jamaica, as local attorney Christopher Townsend says while the idea ... Read More

New wife wants marriage annulled

By Margarette Macaulay | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Dear Mrs Macaulay, I got married in Jamaica on January 17, 2014. I live in the United States and my husband still lives in Jamaica. Being married is really stressing me to the point where I cannot function in school because the man that I'm married to is stressing over small things. I am also a mother of two girls and I don't want them to see that I am unhappy. Can I get an annulment of marriage due to the fact we have been married less than a year and don't have any ties? What is the process? ... Read More

Quit chasing those diet dreams

By Dr Alfred Dawes | Monday, November 24, 2014    

SO many persons spend their adult lives running from one diet fad to another, hoping that they will find that silver bullet to blast away all their fat once and for all. So "carbs are the enemy", "eggs are bad for you", "vegetarian is the way to go!", and the list goes on and on. They are also very surprised that in spite of how well they may have done on a crash diet, the weight seems to come right back or even increase when the diet is over. The simple reason is this: There is no silver bull ... Read More

HUGE BELLY

By Donovan Grant | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Dear Donovan, I am a 29-year-old female. I am five feet, seven inches tall and I weigh 183 lbs. I have a huge belly. I want to start an exercise programme but I would like a very good detox before I start. Is there one you can recommend? -- Lecia Hello Lecia, I am so sorry to hear about your large belly situation. However, you did not give me enough information for me to make a guess at what might be causing this belly fat situation. However, in general, this large belly could be caused by ... Read More

VOWS - Together At Last

Monday, November 24, 2014    

The lovebirds
share a kiss at the
sweetheart table.

How They Met... Karen Jacob and Phillip Ramson happened to be right in Cupid's sights one Wednesday afternoon in 2011. The scene was the Chas E Ramson warehouse, where Ramson is a sales manager, and Jacob, a frequent shopper of bulk-diapers for her baby daughter, Sarah. Ramson's curiosity was piqued as he observed Jacob at the counter and decided to strike up a conversation. Their first encounter was formal, yet friendly enough to encourage Jacob to send Ramson a friend request on the popular ... Read More



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