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Bernard 'Patrick' Lee used difficult life as motivation

Lurline Dwyer, Bernard Lee’s
grandmother, now deceased,
whom he credits for his
success.

This is the second in a new series telling the stories of Jamaicans who used education to overcome poverty. BERNARD 'Patrick' Lee had a tough life growing up in three of Jamaica's toughest inner-city communities -- Majesty Gardens, Sufferers Heights, and Olympic Gardens. It would have been easy ... Read More

COCOLI, Panama — This photo shows the last
gate of the Pacific Locks being installed as part
of the Panama Canal expansion, in Cocoli, near
Panama City, on April 28, 2015. The canal's
system of locks is undergoing an extensive
upgrade to allow the waterway to accommodate
ships carrying up to 14,000 containers of freight
— triple the current size. The expanded Panama
Canal is expected to finally be up and running in
April 2016. (PHOTO: AFP) Profit & pain
FOR the first quarter of the financial year (April to June) the Jamaica Customs Agency has already g ... Read More

Shinnia Porteous (third left) and her relieved mother Carin Crooks (second left) happily accept the cheque for US$3500 from vice-president — marketing, sales,
client and corporate services at Paymaster, Natalie St Louis (second right), for a new pacemaker, which will replace Shinnia's old device that expired over a month
ago. Sharing the moment (from left) are: Client Relations Executive Avadawn Weir, Acting CEO and Medical Chief of Staff of the University Hospital of the West
Indies, Professor Trevor McCartney; and Manager of the Operating Theatre and Intensive Care Units Barbara Garcia. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Paymaster joins Shinnia Porteous on mission to stay alive
Little Shinnia Porteous is about to get a new lease on life, after Paymaster Limited last week stepp ... Read More

MARKS ... it was a battle of the value system I was
raised with, and the desire to have easy riches. Audrey Marks's drugs temptation
MANAGING Director of Paymaster Jamaica Ambassador Audrey Marks thought about what she could do with ... Read More

Math whiz wants to help students pass the subject

BY DENISE DENNIS | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Mona Heights Primary School head boy Mikhail Morris
(centre) shares a moment with his grandmother Loretta
Graham and his younger sister Kalila Morris, following his
graduation ceremony, on Thursday. Mikhail is on his way to
Campion College as a result of his outstanding performance in
the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

He's just a few months shy of his 12th birthday, but Mona Heights Primary student Mikhail Morris is already quite clear about the career he wants to pursue. Concerned about the challenge that mathematics poses for many of his peers, Mikhail said his dream is to become a teacher of the subject. Mikhail, who is hailed by his teachers as a top student, is regarded as a math whizz. In fact, he scored 100 per cent in mathematics in the 2015 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). "In the future, I woul ... Read More

The contractor general is irresponsible, insensitive, mischievous

BY EASTON DOUGLAS | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

HARRISON ... accused of speaking loosely and not doing proper analysis.

In his 2013 report to Parliament, Mr Dirk Harrison, the contractor general, made certain statements, without the provision of any supporting evidence, that under the guise of a “fabricated consultancy” and friendship, Easton Douglas and Company was awarded a contract for which the organisation was paid an “enormous sum” compared to three other valuators who had prepared valuation reports. He also reported that the contract was issued under the category of Legal Services ... Read More

Take your values into the world;

BY AUDREY MARKS | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

PARLIAMENTARIANS (from left) Senate President Floyd
Morris, Dr Morais Guy and Senator Robert Montague... all
past students of St Mary High School.

(This is a lightly edited address by Ambassador Audrey Marks, Managing Director of Paymaster Jamaica Ltd, to the 2015 graduating class of the St Mary High School) I am honoured to be with you today at your graduation from one of the finest schools in Jamaica and in the best parish. You are following in a tradition of excellence. St Mary High School in its short history has produced outstanding graduates numbering among our Parliamentarians: (with us this afternoon) Senator Robert Montague, Pre ... Read More

70-pound transformation in 6 months

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Online/Health co-ordinator richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Samantha before (left) and after (right)

IT is not unusual for Samantha Forbes to approach random people who appear to be overweight and encourage them to exercise. This might seem a bit intrusive and may be deemed as offensive to some, but Forbes says that is never the case because she is always nice about it, and people are usually receptive. Forbes, a certified personal trainer and sports massage therapist, has a passion for overall fitness and well-being. According to her, she loves what she does. Afterall, she has been doing it ... Read More

Fear in Rocky Point

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator, Crime/Court Desk editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

This house in Rocky Point, Clarendon stands in a pool of sea water. (PHOTOS: PAUL HENRY)

UP to late yesterday, sections of Rocky Point in Clarendon were flooded with residents fearing that it was only a matter of time before the sea water inundates their homes. Residents told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the sea water had been coming into the community for the past week, but that it got worse Friday night. However, the water hasn't been able to recede from a main road into the community due to an issue with the drain, residents say. The sea water has washed about 200 metres ... Read More

Minott challenges Bloomfield in Portland Eastern

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor -- publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

(L) MINOTT… people feel that the constituency has not been served at all.
(R) BLOOMFIELD… says more has been done in East Portland in
the last three years.

Noted scientist and educator Dr Dennis Minott has applied to represent the ruling People's National Party (PNP) in Portland Eastern in the next general elections, a move that will see him challenge incumbent member of parliament Dr Lynval Bloomfield. Minott confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that he filed his application on June 29 in a letter to PNP General Secretary Paul Burke, saying that he took the decision after being persuaded by people in the constituency, friends and even former politic ... Read More

Fruit-infused water

by Bena Nakawuki | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Fruit-infused water is a wonderful way to increase
your water intake. (PHOTOS: BENA NAKAWUKI)

SUMMER is here, and the heat is intense! At times I am finding that no matter how much water I drink, I still feel thirsty. It's so easy to get dehydrated with the temperatures being so high. Drinking water is a necessity. However, many people (including children) do not drink enough water on a daily basis and put themselves at risk of dehydration -- and other related ailments such as headaches, joint pains, obesity, and indigestion. Children are particularly at risk because they are generally ... Read More

Private dispute in robbery case

with Tanesha Mundle | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Private dispute in robbery cased

A Kingston labourer who is accused of robbing a security officer of $3,000 at knife-point claimed he did not steal from the guard but that the guard offered him $350 to show him his penis. Troy Davis, 20, of Harbour Street in Kingston, made the claim to the police when he was held shortly after the alleged robbery, and repeated it when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court last Friday before Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey. But Davis, before he was prompted by t ... Read More

Saluting Norman Washington Manley on his 122nd birthday

BY PAUL BUCHANAN | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

(L) NORMAN MANLEY… served as Premier of Jamaica under
colonial rule.
(R) BUSTAMANTE… Manley’s cousin, friend and great rival.

UNLIKE the circumspect JAG Smith and Sir Harold Allan, who worried about the education level of the masses in promoting Adult Suffrage, Norman Manley was clear. At the launch of the People's National Party in 1938 at Ward Theatre, he faced the question of franchise squarely: "There can only be one sensible system and that is to give the vote to all adults of the country." Manley, called 'Father of the Nation' by his comrades, led Jamaica to its greatest period of economic growth during his fi ... Read More

Greeks reject demands for more austerity in key referendum

Sunday, July 05, 2015 3:38 PM    

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. Tsipras gambled the future of his five-month-old left-wing Government on the vote. The Opposition accused him of jeopardising the country's membership in the 19-nation club that uses the euro and said a "yes" vote was about ke ... Read More



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