PNP woman Hermine Bennett raised her children with discipline

Hermine Bennett and her four sons (left to right) Winston Bennett, Cleveland
Matthews, Christopher Bennett and Hylton Bennett

WHEN she was still a young mother raising her nine children, Hermine Bennett, who celebrated her 100th birthday on February 19, was determined that they should not get involved with 'bad company', steal, nor beg, and would be brought up in the church. If talking to them did not work ... Read More

The welcoming party for Jayquan in Dallas on February 20
included host family Pastor Mark Vowell and his wife Shannon,
members of the group Dallas West Indies United including Dr
Carlton Clarke and a representative of the HeartGift Foundation.
(PHOTO: CARLTON CLARKE) Jayquan’s second chance!
MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Telling him not to play outside like other children his age is not th ... Read More

Members of the Port Morant Community Development
Committee (CDC) and volunteers take to the streets to raise
funds for 14-year-old Leslie-Ann Goulbourne yesterday. St Thomas walks for Leslie-Ann
ADIKA Smith has never met Leslie-Ann Goulbourne. The closest she's come to making contact with the t ... Read More

Sophia Bent and her
four children (left to
right) Kemiesha,
Jermaine, Jahvain
and Nickesha
Douglas. Kidney patient thrown out of her house
FIVE months ago, Sophia Bent was stricken with the chikungunya virus (CHIKV). A week into her illnes ... Read More

Adults attack grade three student at school

BY RENAE DIXON Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Students of Parry Town Primary School take pleasure in using the equipment at their new computer lab, donated by the
Sandals Foundation and Air Canada Vacations. (Observer File Photo)

PARRY TOWN, St Ann — There are calls for security personnel to be placed at the Parry Town Primary School as well as for the school to be fenced, following the attack of a grade three student by family members of another student on Friday afternoon while school was still in session. According to school board chairman Ian Bell, he was at the school after 1:00 pm on Friday when he was alerted that something was happening on the compound. "About 1:20 pm, I was in the office when I heard a l ... Read More

Man denies raping women he met on dating site

with Tanesha Mundle | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Man denies raping women he met on dating site

A businessman appeared last week in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court accused of raping two young women whom he met on a dating site. The 25-year-old St Catherine resident is also accused of abducting one of the women and stealing her cellular phone. The incidents reportedly occurred in January and February of this year. But on Friday, the accused man's lawyer, Shauna-Gay Mitchell, strongly denied the allegations before pleading unsuccessfully with Senior Resident Magistrate Judit ... Read More

Montego Bay Free Zone marks 30 years

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-large Western Bureau | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

The Montego Bay Free Zone in St James

THE Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ), one of western Jamaica's most successful business facilitators, begins its 30th anniversary celebrations with a church service at the Trumpet Call Ministries in Montego Bay today. The service forms part of a number of planned activities, guided by the theme: "Positioning for the Special Economic Zone", to mark the occasion. Tomorrow, Free Zone staff and workers will spearhead a Community Outreach initiative at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, followed by a 30th ... Read More

Peaches Henry yearns for a home

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Sunday Observer Writer | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Abigail Reid, one of Peaches Henry's five children, scoops up
the remainder of cornmeal porridge that was prepared earlier in
the day for the family.

AT 3:00 each morning, while many Jamaicans are asleep, Peaches Henry departs from her home to sweep a section of the Hagley Park Road to Bay Farm Road in St Andrew. Henry, a 38-year-old single mother with five children living in nearby Waltham Park, does it with the aim of earning $8,000 each fortnight, which is used to provide for her household. According to Henry, sweeping the streets each morning in darkness is not the career choice that she dreamt of having when she was younger. But it is ... Read More


with Tony Robinson | Sunday, March 01, 2015    


How often you, spurned, Will run to my door, When your strong words Will have fallen into a sob And a trembling horror will begin From your sad tears. -- Propertius Sextus To be spurned or rejected is a terrible experience, and can be devastating to man, woman and child. Even animals suffer when rejected and have been known to whimper and die from the misery. The runt of the litter, rejected by all, is not a happy camper, and the ugly duckling fortunately had a happy ending, as it turned ... Read More

Marking those feats of Sir Garfield Sobers

BY ZAHEER E CLARKE | Sunday, March 01, 2015    


TALL yet agile, casual yet graceful, special yet modest ... a few words used to describe a cricketing genius and National Hero from the island of Barbados. However, some of his most memorable feats occurred across the Caribbean Sea on the island of Jamaica, the land of wood and water. Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, aka Garry Sobers, is often described as "the greatest cricketer or all-rounder of all-time". Though known for his all-round feats with the ball, bat and in the field, in reality, he was ... Read More

Standing Finance Committee reviews budget this week

Inside Parliament | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

open and close
Budget Debate
(R)SMITH ... heads
Internal and
External Affairs

THE Standing Finance Committee (SFC) of the House of Representatives will review the 2015/16 estimates of revenue and expenditure (budget) on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Under the new budget and review process, proposed by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, and adopted by the Standing Orders Committee, the SFC will follow a schedule released by Gordon House last week. The committee will meet from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. However, among the new developments, ministries, excepting t ... Read More better sleep

Dr Derrick Aarons | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

Identical triplets (from left) Alexander, Nicholas and
Timothy Whiteley sleep at their home in St Clair
Shores, Michigan, last Wednesday (PHOTO: AP).

EVERY living creature needs sleep, and it is not only important for our health and well-being, but also crucial for a child's development. Lack of sleep can cause a child to become hyperactive and disagreeable. Further, children who drink caffeine, whether in coffee or caffeinated beverages, sleep less than those who don't. Consequently, parents should be educated about the necessity of adequate sleep for their children, just as much as they receive information about other health factors such a ... Read More

Death of West Indies cricket

By HG Helps | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

(L)JOHNSTON... wrote insular
garbage about cricket
(R)GONSALVES ... has been
speaking out

I have listened to the many arguments circulating about the governance of West Indies cricket in recent time. It is now well known that incumbent Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron, a Jamaican, will be challenged for the presidency of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) by the legendary former Barbados and West Indies cricketer Joel 'Big Bird' Garner, when 12 delegates are shown the way to the voting station in Kingston on March 7. The winner will lead the administrative charge of West Indies cricket f ... Read More

I feel fine, why should I see a chiropractor?

With Dr Chris Davis | Sunday, March 01, 2015    

I feel fine, why
should I see a

THE most important thing people need to understand about health is this: Health is not about how you feel, it is about how well your body is functioning. By the time you feel physical diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, they have been manifesting for 10-25 years, or longer. In 60 per cent of cases of cardiovascular disease, the first symptom is either a heart attack or death. Alarming? It should be. People with heart disease or breast cancer may "feel" fine, but th ... Read More



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