Sophia Afflick once lived in a chicken coop in St Thomas with her children. She had moved from her house in Commodore, Portland after she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2010. "There was an abandoned fowl coop in the yard and things became so desperate that I decided to fix it up as best as I could and live in it...Where I was, I didn't know that things would turn around for me. Maybe I would have died, but I am a survivor today because of Yohan Blake and Food For The Poor," she said.
A Jamaican woman, Janice Smith had her name written down in the history books on May 2, 2016. This after she became the second African American woman to command a US Naval flight ship. Smith is a native of Morris Hall District in St Catherine and attended Bog Walk High School: http://bit.ly/27bTxVi
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Former dancehall artiste Lady Saw, will be performing at the White House on Wednesday. According to the icon, who recently converted to Christianity, the opportunity was presented by God. "It's not all about me, it's all about God and I feel honoured to be an ambassador for Christ. I have to give him all the glory and honour," Saw told The STAR. The recording artiste, who now performs under the name Marion Hall, was known for her hardcore delivery and strong stage presence. But that has changed with her conversion to Christianity. "Sometimes I don't know what to expect. God has a way of just doing things direct on his time, not my time. A lot of times I will go out to minister and God let me do something else. But Whatever God does it going to be something awesome and wonderful because I don't know yet," she said: http://bit.ly/1tCnP4t
Cherry Gayle and her two children have been subject to a life of hardship brought on by their physical appearance, ailments, and impoverished circumstances. Gayle,42, lives in a single room board structure in Thompson Pen, St Catherine, with her two children, Mary Brown, six, and Maria Davidson, 14. Gayle told THE WEEKEND STAR that she is currently unemployed, Mary's father is dead, and Maria's father is absent from their lives. Her main source of income is her two brothers, one of whom sells doughnuts, while the other sells CDs. "Me no like depend pon people, a June me born!" Gayle asserted. "Mi work hard, enuh. Mi can wash, me can tidy up house, me can do everything. Mi used to work at a ackee factory. Mi husk the ackee and put it in a bath, but no ackee no deh a the factory so me affi stop work," she explained:http://bit.ly/1U3r1PV
Richard Gayle has been plying the streets of Spanish Town from the tender age of 10 years old, after his father abandoned him along with his mother and siblings. But, instead of allowing turbulent beginnings to break him, he used it as motivation to make something of himself. From doing odd jobs to establishing his own donut selling business, 42-year-old Richard Gayle has managed to school his six children and five other children, as well as build his home, and purchase multiple vehicles. "Me neva get an education, but me have strong business head," Gayle affirmed."Mi mother used to wash people clothes, but sometimes she neva have nothing, so we used to tear the old sheet, or old skirt, and wipe car glass with it. Then we take the money go school and give we mother to cook for us," Gayle added: http://bit.ly/1U3WC63