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 VIDEO: It's All Greek To Me http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/It-s-All-Greek-To-Me_17967862 With the Yuletide holiday on the horizon, and the reason to pour libations becomes a natural order, the launch of the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Wine and Champagne Week, sponsored by Scotiabank, was well-timed on Monday evening, as OPA! Greek Restaurant hosted a wine tasting of selections from its Greece-imported red, white and rosé portfolio. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Rainforest offers Iris Gelly Primary major support http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Rainforest-offers-Iris-Gelly-Primary-major-support_17974586 BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from Iris Gelly Primary School for the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It! luncheon yesterday at Rainforest Seafoods' headquarters on Slipe Road. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Ask and You Will Receive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ask-and-You-Will-Receive_17955607 Many of the obstacles which prevent people from accomplishing their goals and dreams are not complex issues; they can often be simple problems which are relatively easy to resolve. Sometimes persons create self-made barriers without recognising that they are sabotaging their own success. Local Lifestyle Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Energising Young Minds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Energising-Young-Minds_17954072 There's something to be said about the formative years spent in high school. And for Sheree Martin, senior vice-president, customer and corporate services at Jamaica Public Service (JPS), her adolescence spent in the classrooms and walking the halls time at Convent of Mercy Alpha Academy, left her with much to say, long after graduation. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Food for Thought http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Food-for-Thought_17940500 Waxing nostalgic treasured memories of his adolescent years spent at Wolmer's Boys', LIME CEO Garry Sinclair welcomed 25 fourth-form students of his alma mater (joined by their grade coordinator Karen Gobern) to break bread at a Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It-themed luncheon at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Thursday. Local Food Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Benjamin implores young Jamaicans to commit to country http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Benjamin-implores-young-Jamaicans-to-commit-to-country_17954987 CORPORATE titan and executive chairman of the Hope Zoe Preservation Foundation, Kenny Benjamin, challenged students last week Saturday "to cultivate good work ethics, good home-grown values, simple decency, and to commit to country in everything you do". Local Food Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT 'MISSION' ACCOMPLISHED http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-MISSION--ACCOMPLISHED_17931268 Last weekend was the last chance for the three designer finalists -- Guyanese Andy Cummings, Trinidadian Carla Gittens and son of The Rock, Kurt Campbell to make a winning impression while presenting individual themed collections for the season four finale of the hit TVJ reality show, Mission Catwalk. Local Lifestyle Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Vows - Straight To The Heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Straight-To-The-Heart_17927973 If the groom was the least bit anxious, there were no outward signs of frayed nerves to suggest it. Richard Howard Delano Forbes Jr, looking absolutely smart in a cobalt blue Carlton Brown tuxedo, was a picture of calm waiting in the front pew of the Webster Memorial United Church for the much-anticipated arrival of his bride, Ro-yen Simone Chin, on Saturday, November 8. Local Lifestyle Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Dr Sophia Gordon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Dr-Sophia-Gordon_17940842 Dr Sophia Gordon stands out even in a crowd of industry movers and shakers. Always impeccably groomed, this evening is no exception. She's chic in the season's hot colour: winter white -- it's an elegant LWD by Calvin Klein -- and her camel-coloured Louis Vuitton clutch is the perfect finish. We invite her to share cocktails with us. Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'EVA... Fabulous' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-EVA----Fabulous-_17941102 Cover Image Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Konshens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Konshens_17886029 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Reservations — Bourdain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Reservations---Bourdain_17948190 The gastronomical results of celebrity chef and globetrotter Anthony Bourdain's week long trip to Jamaica last June (plus more) will be aired at 9:00pm this evening on CNN. SO shares exclusive photos of Bourdain in Portie ahead of this evening's reveal. Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Gardening Nov 16 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening-Nov-16_17924089 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Video: @ 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Video----23-_17931133 The gathering was impressive — indeed they were able to choose from the Discovery 4, Range Rover Evoque and Jaguar XF to make their entrance on the black carpet—  thank you Gary Dixon — heels must be protected at all costs -- and eschew all thoughts of crossing a road! The mood inside was decidedly upbeat, the bar premium, the Jacqui Tyson fare exquisite and guitarist Seretse Small an excellent choice. There was more however, like the opportunity to secure membership and a coveted spot @ 23 for the festive season. Reservations open on Tuesday, December 9. For membership... let's just say one is invited and the delivery date for the card is the first week of December — The plush black carpet feels so good and the doormen are super efficient! Local Lifestyle Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Saluting and applauding excellence, longevity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Saluting-and-applauding-excellence--longevity_17952071 Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has come a long way since opening its first branch on Water Lane in downtown Kingston in 1878. More than a century later, the financial institution, not comfortably resting on its laurels as one of the country's leading titans of banking (with 14 branches, as well as money transfer, wealth management and property services divisions), is surging forward to keep pace alongside competitors with super-attractive lending rates to borrowers. Local Food Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VOWS - A Perfect Fit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/VOWS---A-Perfect-Fit-_17863387 How They Met... All Woman Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:19:00 GMT 'EYE-TTENTION' WITH MAC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-EYE-TTENTION--WITH-MAC_17916967 We're all about eyes this week with sultry, piercing looks courtesy of MAC. Local Lifestyle Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Day-to-Night Hairstyles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Day-to-Night-Hairstyles_17916876 Take the party from day to night this upcoming holiday season with these four easy, super-cute day-to-night styles for hair of all lengths, spotted about town and inspired by our celeb hair crushes of the week. Stay chic with these styles on your next day-to-night outing. Local Lifestyle Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT For Dinesh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/For-Dinesh_17927764 The invitation invited family and friends to join the Dadlani family at the dedication ceremony of the Dinesh Dadlani Playground at the Mount Alvernia Prep School on Friday, November 7. Local Lifestyle Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT For The Love Of It http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/For-The-Love-Of-It_17927641 It was a fairy-tale ending for Alliance Investment Management exec Ro-yen Chin. With approving nods coming from the pews at the sight of her stunning Lazaro Perez-designed mermaid wedding gown, the bride walked up the aisle of the Dawn Leyow-styled Webster Memorial United Church on the arm of her father Robert Chin to wed Phase 3 Productions CEO groom Delano Forbes, Jr . Local Lifestyle Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT All Glammed Up For JCC Ball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/All-Glammed-Up-For-JCC-Ball_17907286 Strapless satin gowns and classic bowties were de rigueur as the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) and their partners gave back in style to inner city development projects at their Grand Charity Ball last Saturday. So while the generous business community sipped cocktails and danced the night away, Your Saturday Social team was on fashion watch. Local Lifestyle Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT MoBay's Round Of Applause! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MoBay-s-Round-Of-Applause-_17940040 The Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It series continued its savoury journey Tuesday evening with a delightful stop at the beautiful and historical Bellefield Great House on Barnett Estate. Local Lifestyle Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Lesson To Savour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Lesson-To-Savour_17924306 No deals were closed but there were expressions of interest galore last week Friday afternoon as 11 students — VMBS scholarship awardees and the children of staff members — joined Devon Barrett, general manager of VM Wealth Management, and Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker in The Jamaica Observer's 2014 celebration of Salut! Applaud It! at the Half-Way-Tree corporate offices of Victoria Mutual. Local Food Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: 20 Reasons To APPLAUD IT! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/20-Reasons-To-APPLAUD-IT-_17926568 For the 20 specially invited children of Jamaica Observer vendors who entered the newspaper's boardroom on Monday afternoon for a five-course luncheon, it was an education in fine culinary dining. The bright-eyed guests, ranging in ages from six to 12, and all primary school-aged pupils, were feted at the launch of the Observer's Salut! Applaud It! week by Managing Director Danville Walker and the initiative's partners Jamaica Broilers, represented by its President and CEO Christopher Levy and his divisional sales and marketing manager Joan Forrest Henry; and Victoria Mutual, represented by Devon Barrett, general manager of the company's Wealth Management division, and his sales and client relations manager colleague Karlene Mullings. Local Food Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Trevor The Corn Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Trevor-The-Corn-Man_17926926 It's 11:00 am Tuesday in Trench Town and Trevor Lindsay aka Corn Man is spotted on the corner of Collie Smith Drive and Spanish Town Road stirring his pot of corn. It's a fascinating watch: the stir, the lift, the placement in the husk, a drizzle of Chiffon margarine and finally three pieces of perfectly placed dried coconut. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT