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Dianne Fletcher Pastor, painter

Fletcher displays some of her
artwork.
(PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

WHEN she's not on the pulpit delivering God's word, Pastor Dianne Fletcher will most likely be at home or somewhere comfortable painting. It's what relaxes her, and her office and home are decorated with a number of her paintings, which have also been making the rounds on the exhibition scene. "I' ... Read More

Is Twitter ruining your relationship?
PINGING, Tweeting, Instagramming and Facebooking have all become an integral part of our lives, as w ... Read More

Liquid Gold
models. Things never to do on a first date
DATING is not that difficult; the rule of thumb is to act the way you would want the other person to ... Read More

Shashana Lawrence, 2014/2015 LASCO Nurse of the Year, receives her trophy from
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson (second left), chairman and chief executive
officer of LASCO Group of Companies Lascelles Chin (second right), and managing
director of LASCO Distributors Limited Peter Chin. Shashana Lawrence is LASCO Nurse of the Year
CRITICAL care nurse Shashana Lawrence was in disbelief on being declared the 2014/2015 LASCO/NAJ Nur ... Read More

Trimming the baby's fat

Monday, July 21, 2014    

WHILE some children may just be chubby or haven't yet lost the baby fat, others are dealing with a more chronic condition that has health officials concerned. Two years ago the Government sounded the sirens, reporting that the prevalence of obesity among Jamaican children was on the increase, partly because physical education is not compulsory throughout the school system. Then, it was reported that more than 11 per cent of children 10 to 15 years old, and 35 per cent of teenagers between 15 t ... Read More

What are my chances of becoming pregnant?

Dr Sharmaine Mitchell | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Dear Dr Mitchell, I am 35 years old and have been trying to get pregnant without success for the past three years. I was recently diagnosed as having a bicornuate uterus. What are my chances of getting pregnant and what is the success of carrying the baby to term? I have read up on this condition on the internet and it's quite scary! I must add that I'm overweight and my partner has a four-year-old son. A bicornuate uterus is a birth defect in which the body of the uterus is split into two so ... Read More

VOWS - The Music of Love

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Newley weds Mr & Mrs André Smith

A Little Spot in Kingston Love is a curious paradox. It is infamously difficult to find, but can happen almost anywhere -- be it on a grand Parisian boulevard or an obscure little verandah in the country. André Smith and Nicole Hines perhaps weren't looking for love when they started running into each other at their regular eatery. They were students at the University of the West Indies when they met, though they mostly knew each other through mutual friends. "At that time neither one o ... Read More

'It's her time of the month...'

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE | Monday, July 21, 2014    

FOR the most part, the modern woman hates to have her moods, behaviours and capabilities tied to her time of the month, though many men, especially, still link the period to their women's foul moods. It even spreads to the workplace where bosses will snidely comment on their female staff's PMS, or where male colleagues believe a woman is bad-tempered because 'Aunt Mary' is visiting. But though women don't want to feel like they're controlled by their periods, according to experts and a local s ... Read More

Dizzy, nauseous couch potato needs help

By Donovan Grant | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Dear Donovan, I finally decided to quit being a couch potato and get fit. This took a lot of mental preparation and I consulted with a personal trainer and was ready to get started. However, after doing jumping jacks for one minute, squats for another minute and then lunges, I began feeling dizzy and nauseous coupled with my mouth being dry. I had to sit for a while and consume a bottle of water to feel better. I eventually bounced back in the same session and got going again, only to feel my c ... Read More

I just can't bother

With Wayne Powell MA Counselling Psychology Relationship Counsellor | Monday, July 21, 2014    

Dear Counsellor, I have been with my boyfriend for seven years and we have two children together. He's a great father but I guess he forgot how to be a caring boyfriend after I got pregnant. I've moved out numerous times but I keep going back because of the kids. There are times when he's insensitive and childish. He was not working for two years and I was the one who paid all the bills and took care of the children. I took out a credit card to help with the bills and it eventually got maxed ... Read More

So you're... Mentally unprepared for your diet

Monday, July 21, 2014    

YOU are no longer comfortable in your own skin; your clothes are beginning to get tight and you probably face comments from persons regarding your weight. You know the timing is right to start a diet, but you aren't mentally prepared for a new lifestyle. Taking a new approach to healthy living through dieting may seem simple, but if the mind is not engaged, you may give up the challenge the minute you start. Before you get to enjoy the physical changes that come with healthy weight loss, you fi ... Read More

Little people PIX

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Princess Amelia and Lorenzo Rochester

Hi! This is little Princess Amelia on her christening day. Happy birthday Happy fifth birthday to my handsome and smart love child Lorenzo Rochester. I love you very much. — Mom Tricea Fireman Mommy's little fireman Krishdane Johnson at his school's career day. Little people snapshots --> Read More

AW Poll Results - Sniff, sniff

Monday, July 21, 2014    

We asked: What's the biggest physical turnoff for you in bed? 47.88% of you said Bad breath AW Poll Results - Sniff, sniff --> Read More

The ‘nurse’ who rides a donkey

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Sophia Richards astride the donkey she rides to see patients. (PHOTOS: RENAE DIXON

'WHATEVER you do, do it to your best ability', are words which guide the life of one young community health aide who goes beyond the call of duty to serve others. She is only 28 years old, but Sophia Richards does not allow preserving the image of youth to prevent her from going the extra distance to render her service as a community health aide. The young woman many days rides a donkey or walks for miles as she works selflessly to touch the lives of many. People are often amazed at the passio ... Read More



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