Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 IDEVAW message from Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/---From-Portia-Simpson-Miller--prime-minister-of-Jamaica_19240334 Today Jamaica joins with the rest of the world in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). All Woman Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Over 40 no-no's http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Over-40-no-no-s They say life begins at 40, and some women take this literally, reliving their teenage years with a vengeance. But what the phrase actually means is that you should hit this new stage in your life with a wave of wisdom and knowledge, and quit certain behaviours that are reserved for the young. All Woman Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:14:39 GMT Beggy-beggy Peggy and other red flags http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Beggy-beggy-Peggy-and-other-red-flags Jamaican YouTube sensation Wally British has set social media ablaze with her red-flag waving expressions about signs that both men and women should look out for when seeking partners. All Woman Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:06:41 GMT Is age really just a number? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Is-age-really-just-a-number- There is this saying: ‘Age is nothing but a number’. Many people live by it and apply it to aspects of their lives — except in matters of the heart. All Woman Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:00:44 GMT Photo: Happy birthday Suri http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Photo--Happy-birthday-Suri Happy sixth birthday Suri! May your little light continue to shine and brighten the world. Love from your family. All Woman Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:33:41 GMT IDEVAW message from The Institute for Gender & Development Studies, University of the West Indies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/---from-The-Institute-for-Gender---Development-Studies--University-of-the-West-Indies_19240314 Today the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS) joins the international community in the observance of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). Local Opinion Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Photos: Sports day & Happy birthday Solay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Photos--Sports-day---Happy-birthday-Solay Parissa was happy to see that her little sister Pheinix came to cheer her on at sports day. All Woman Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:37:17 GMT IDEVAW message from Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/---from-Ban-Ki-Moon--UN-Secretary-General_19240310 THE atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress. Local Opinion Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Vows - The Wedding Dress http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Vows---The-Wedding-Dress_19239288 The bridal gown is as essential as the officiant and the couple's presence at the altar. And let's face it, before she thinks of the flavours of her wedding cake, she imagines the details on the dress she'll wear up the aisle; that empire waist or mermaid-silhouetted gown that hugs her curves and hits all the right style notes. Kingston Bridal Week -- held recently at the Chinese Benevolent Association -- not only afforded patrons a few hours to fantasise about that dream wedding but the oportunity to make the fantasy a reality. There were fancy booths, novel invitation ideas and lighting and fixture options for the reception. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Getting your groove back post-break-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Getting-your-groove-back-post-break-up_19239447 EXITING a relationship and trying to make it in singleville can be difficult when you're new to riding solo. Chances are you and your ex would do things together and now that he or she is no longer in the picture, you're left to mope and wonder what went wrong. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT I’m not single on purpose,I'm longing for a partner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/I-m-not-single-on-purpose-I-m-longing-for-a-partner_19239448 BEYONCÉ'S Single Ladies anthem had many women dancing to the number, revelling in their independence and promoting the widely believed fallacy that single women have all the fun. The song explored men's unwillingness to commit, and implored women to move on if their men didn't want to put a ring on it. But even while singing, Beyoncé had already got her ring, while many of those who danced to the tune were still anxiously searching. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT Paging Dr Anona Griffith http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Paging-Dr-Anona-Griffith_19239449 FROM the age of seven, Anona Griffith was emulating her nurse mother's skills, caring for the children who would come over to play at her family's home in St Andrew. Now she says she loves working with children, and gets immense satisfaction from seeing a child move from being very ill to recovery. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Orange your corner to end violence against women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Orange-your-corner-to-end---violence-against-women_19239086 NOVEMBER 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which will kick off a 16-day campaign of global activism until December 10, Human Rights Day, to halt the gross violation of women's human rights affecting at least one in three women and girls worldwide. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT Wrong name on birth certificate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Wrong-name-on-birth-certificate_19237737 Dear Mrs Macaulay, All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT I can't lose my belly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/I-can-t-lose-my-belly_19239062 Dear Donovan, All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT Could his beer belly lead to health problems? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Could-his-beer-belly-lead-to-health-problems_19237164 AFTER a hectic day at work, a cold drink, especially with a little alcohol, often contains the right amount of magic to soothe your man's mind and help relieve the day's stresses. But after engaging in the habit for a while, there is often a change in body structure, where the tummy morphs into a protruding ball -- a beer belly. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT Snapshots http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Snapshots_19239635 Rhashida Alana Kassandria Drysdale celebrated her big day on November 12. She's loved by dad Rohan, mom Kimesha and grandma Cassie. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Moms in for a big treat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Moms-in-for-a-big-treat_19239641 IN celebration of its third staging under the 'Muminar' series, Young Mummy Diaries will be changing things up a bit this year to host what it has coined 'Moms' Night Out, Movie.Mingle.Memories' on November 28 at Devon House East Lawn. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Poor boyfriend can't satisfy me http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Poor-boyfriend-can-t-satisfy-me_19238904 Dear Counsellor All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT Are you misreading his signals? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Are-you-misreading-his-signals_19239446 TWO-way communication, especially when emotions are involved, isn't always crystal clear for both parties, and often, messages get lost in translation as one party misinterprets the signals from the other. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Why's a Pap smear so important? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Why-s-a-Pap-smear-so-important_19239461 MANY women shy away from or fail to ever do their once-per-year recommended cervical cancer screening exam, simply because they do not think anything in their health has changed or because they do not feel sick. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT How to erase mental blocks and attain your fitness goals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/How-to-erase-mental-blocks-and-attain-your-fitness-goals_19239273 FITNESS discipline sometimes evades us because it is easier to relax or engage in hours of unhealthy activity than it is to adhere to a robust fitness plan. But the mental perimeters you subconsciously erect to obstruct your fitness goals do not have to be permanent. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Opposites Attract http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Opposites-Attract_19239397 Let me immediately 'fess up to being obsessed with my '2 Opposites' Collection handbag. It's one of a kind and gets favourable responses whenever I step out. Thankfully there are a few more... All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT High blood pressure - the growing epidemic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/High-blood-pressure---the-growing-epidemic_19239600 OVER the past 10 years the prevalence of high blood pressure has increased by about two per cent in the 15-34 age group and five per cent in the 65 and older age category, according to the Burden of Hypertension Report by Dr Rainford Wilks. Of grave concern is the increasing number of women who have the disease with over 470,000 females affected in 2014 while males totalled about 400,000. Since 2005, the rate of increase in the number of women affected has been bordering on three per cent while that of men is about two per cent. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Ban the iPad, let kids tidy their rooms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Ban-the-iPad--let-kids-tidy-their-rooms_19239638 PARIS, France (AFP) -- US teenagers average more than six and a half hours a day in front of screens, from televisions to tablets, with pre-teens lagging close behind, a report said. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT