Janielle Josephs overcoming doubt

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Charokee Young of Hydel competes with Janielle Josephs (right) of St Andrew High School in the Girls’ 17-19 years old 400m event at the G.C. Foster Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 11, 2018.

St Andrew High School for Girls’ Janielle Josephs continues to rise to the occasion since her commendable performance in the Class One 400m at last year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs). ‘Driven’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘determined’ are some of the adjectives that embody this student athlete. Described by her friends as reserved, yet witty, she has ambitious goals to represent Jamaica once again this year on a global platform. She gave The Gleaner an exclusive interview to discover the personality behind the performance.

Why did you start doing track and field?

Well, I think there are two stories to this. For me, initially, back in prep school, I wanted to miss school, but for my mother, a teacher saw me running and saw the talent and encouraged her to put me in tracks.

Why did you want to specialise in this event in particular?

I don’t know. I felt like 400m is a little different because I realised that it is the man with the best strategy and who can execute it properly. So I think it is different, and not many people realise that and can master it.

What would you consider your greatest achievement so far?

I think my greatest achievement would be CARIFTA and World Juniors. CARIFTA was my first (national) team. I had been trying for so long, and I went and came third in the 400m. To make a World Juniors team, that is the highest level you can reach as a junior, so I am very proud to reach that far.

What would you consider your greatest challenge?

Well, I think my greatest challenge is believing in myself sometimes. I think I’ve struggled with that over the years; like, I don’t see my talent. People always tell me, but I don’t see it.

How did you overcome this challenge?

My coach, my mother, my teammates motivate me and tell me that I am talented and I am a star. Now I believe it more since I see myself improving in high-school track and field, because honestly, I didn’t think I would ever make it back in Class Four when I just started.

What are the personal goals that you have set for this season?

This season, I just want to run better than last year, make another national team or two, and, again, hopefully, I will be on the podium at Champs.

What subjects do you do in high school, and which is your favourite?

Well, right now, in upper sixth [form], I do Caribbean studies, geography, sociology, and environmental science. I think I like geography sometimes, and environmental science because I think my teacher is nice and encourages me to like the subject more.

Do you have any other interest or hobbies outside of track and field?

So, my other hobby would be dancing. I like to dance, but I can’t dance. Other than that, if I am not dancing, I am probably listening to music or reading.

What do you like to read?

I think right now, I fall in the young-adult category, or romance.

Who is your favourite artiste, and which of their songs is your favourite?

My favourite artiste right now, even though he is not an English singer, but a Spanish singer, is Ozuna. I really like his voice; it’s just smooth. The music, the beat, everything, it is just great. Right now, I think I like Devuélveme.

Which athlete is your greatest inspiration, and why?

Wayde van Niekerk. Well, I think that run that he did at the Rio Olympics out of lane eight, that was a world record to me. That was such a stellar run. It was beautiful and from then, he has been my favourite athlete.

What qualities do you possess that enable you to be successful?

My determination. Sometimes people try to put me down, but I try to rise above that and stay determined to do my best always.

How do you balance your athletic life and academic studies?

To be honest, it gets hard sometimes. The work keeps piling up, and I have training, but I try to do the work in a timely manner, most of the time, to get everything done. You know, I am training every day, so I try to do the work when I go home or sometimes in my free sessions.

Who has supported you during this time, and what has been their impact on you?

I would say that my biggest supporters are my mother and my coach. They made me a better person, made me believe in myself and want to achieve more.

What advice do you have for students who want to achieve the same level of success?

I would want to encourage you to keep doing your best. Stick to it. Sometimes it may not start out how you want it to, but it is just the determination to keep going. Just do your best, and that will take you places.

Contributed by David Salmon.

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Disgruntled Employees Win Nearly Four Times as Many Cases at IDT

Over the last three years, disgruntled employees have won almost 4 times as many cases brought before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal, IDT, when compared to employers.

That’s according to a review of cases heard by the tribunal between 2016 and 2018.

Over the three year period, the IDT adjudicated 115 cases. Of that number, employees have won 46 per cent of the cases heard by the tribunal.

Over the same period, employers have found favour with the IDT only 12 per cent of the time. The other matters have either been settled or withdrawn. The IDT is the final adjudicator on labour disputes in Jamaica.

Two weeks ago, the government revealed it settled with the former Human Resources Manager at Petrojam, Yolande Ramharrack, instead of facing the IDT.

The Government decided against pursuing the matter despite what they say were credible grounds for dismissal.

Mrs. Ramharrack was eventually awarded more than $13-million in a severance deal that jolted the country. She took home more than 4-million dollars after deductions.

That has since thrust the IDT into the spotlight, with many business owners expressing their fear of taking matters to the tribunal.

The statistics over the past three years suggest those fears are real. Since 2016, the IDT has heard 115 cases. Of that number, the employees have been heavily favoured in decisions versus employers.

Over the last three years, the IDT has ruled in employees’ favour in 52 matters brought to the tribunal. That’s the equivalent of a 46-per cent success rate for employees.

In one of those cases, Vanguard Security Limited and Roshane Duffus, the employee won the matter, despite admitting to wrongdoing. It was revealed during the hearing that Vanguard Security, didn’t have the employee sign his charge sheet. It was also revealed the security company didn’t deliver the termination papers for the employee to the address listed on his file.

The IDT found that it’s possible the employee neither knew of his infraction nor was informed of his termination in awarding him a settlement.

Employers received favourable decisions from the IDT in only 14 matters. That’s the equivalent of a 12 percent success rate in decisions handed down by the IDT, over the three year period under review.

Over the period, Unions have also found success with the Tribunal. Since 2016, Unions have been before the IDT on seven occasions.

On only one occasion did the Tribunal rule against a trade union. In 2016, the University and Allied Workers Union, UAWU, brought Noranda Bauxite Company before the Tribunal seeking, to have a Productivity Incentive Scheme implemented. The IDT ruled in favour of Noranda.

On another occasion, the Union representing Petrojam workers settled with Petrojam. The union was seeking a wage increase. Over the three year period only 1 matter brought before the IDT was withdrawn by the complainant.

An additional 43 matters were settled before the IDT completed hearings into the cases. This accounts for 36-per cent of cases heard by the IDT over the period. Of the settlements, the IDT helped a disgruntled employee reach a mutual agreement with an employer through the tribunal.


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Most Windrush victims J’can, says Ahmad – Compensation details to be known in weeks

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British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad has revealed that more than half of the British government’s Windrush Generation cases registered under the compensation scheme are Jamaican.

“We know the 12,000 people who have registered for the compensation scheme; we know them by nationality. But what we do not know is, of those, how many would come within the scope of the compensation scheme. Many would have just made an enquiry in the hope that they might qualify, but find that they were not in the UK in the period concerned,” Ahmad told The Gleaner yesterday.

“And what I do know, overall, is that roughly 60 per cent of the Windrush cases – in terms of severity or just genuine enquiry – are from Jamaica. It is safe to say that Jamaica will be a very significant proportion of any payout. That is a given,” explained Ahmad.

Thousands of Jamaican Windrush victims are awaiting the verdict on their applications and should know in a matter of weeks if they qualify for compensation under the British Home Office Compensation Scheme, following the closure of the consultation period last November.

“Right now, there are assessments going on within the Home Office to push things through and to see how much the scheme should be and then to secure funding from central government,” Ahmad said yesterday.

He explained that British Home Secretary Sajid Javid told the British Parliament “a few weeks ago” that the compensation scheme would be announced to the House.

“Although no timeline was attached to Javid’s statement, he did say that it would have happened in the next few weeks, so we are waiting for that,” Ahmad said.

He said that Queen’s Counsel Martin Forde, the independent adviser appointed to oversee the development of the compensation scheme, has been given free rein and that he was not restricted in terms of what he may consider for compensation or the value of the payout.

“He was given full remit to make recommendations as to who would qualify,” the high commissioner stated.

The Windrush Generation refers to immigrants who were invited to the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries to help rebuild after the war. The name derives from the ship MV Empire Windrush, which, on June 22, 1948, docked in Tilbury, Essex, bringing nearly 500 Jamaicans to the UK.

In recent years, thousands of Caribbean people who subsequently arrived in the UK, even as children, were threatened with deportation in what became known as the Windrush scandal. They were told that they were in Britain illegally, despite having lived and worked in the country for decades.

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I will save MBU – Dino Williams

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Dino Williams (left) of Montego Bay United getting the better of Ricardo Dennis of Boys’ Town during a tussle for the ball in a Red Stripe Premier League match at the Barbican Field on Wednesday, January, 17, 2018.

Despite being far from his best goal-scoring form or physical condition, Montego Bay United (MBU) striker Dino Williams is confident he will get the goals his team needs to avoid relegation this season. Williams, who has struggled with a groin injury for the last three seasons, did surgery a few months ago and has only been back playing for a little over a month.

But the ace striker knows how important he is to the MBU attack and how much the team relies on him for goals, and he has no doubts about bagging at least a goal a game for the remaining six fixtures they have to honour to bail his team out of their relegation woes.

“I did a surgery a few months ago, so I am just coming back, I am not a hundred (per cent), but it can work,” he said. “It’s been five games, and I have scored two goals so far, and I think this is the best one (game) I have had. I feel much lighter, and I feel much sharper than the couple games that I played before, and I am not feeling any pain, so I am feeling all right.”

Assured and confident

MBU took a point after drawing 1-1 at Humble Lion on Sunday and although it was not the most favourable result, Williams seemed assured and confident that the team will survive relegation, and he believes he has a big role to play along the way.

“I know we will survive,” he said. “We just have to work as a team and get the job done, starting next week. Even though we got a point on the road, it’s a good point, but we have to do the business at home next week. So next week we have to go out and get the three points. But the team is looking towards me also, and the only thing I can do is get into training, work hard, and try to get some goals and see if I can help my team. With seven games to go, I am going to see if I can get eight to nine goals in those seven games. We have to go out and put in the work and do our best,” he continued.

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Insurance hazard – Study finds most motorists driving without coverage

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Peter Levy
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Dr Lucien Jones, chairman of the National Road Safety Council.

More than half the vehicles in Jamaica are uninsured, a statistic that is of huge concern to road-safety officials and one which the police consider “frightening”.

A study conducted by the Jamaica National Group, based on data culled from Tax Administration Jamaica and the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ), shows that up to 57 per cent of vehicles were not covered by an insurer in 2016. Of a gross figure of 609,086 vehicles registered, only 259,269 were insured.

But other data which the researchers gleaned from TAJ and IAJ are in conflict with those statistics, indicating a slightly lower variation. That analysis shows that of 537,449 motor cars, motorcycles, tractors, trailers and trucks, 52 per cent had no insurance policies.

Peter Levy, president of the IAJ, disputes those numbers, arguing that his organisation estimates that a little more than two-thirds of vehicles are insured.

“We believe that the range of uninsured vehicles suggested in the [research] is higher than the actual figure. Our estimate is in the region of 30 per cent,” the insurance honcho told The Gleaner, adding that IAJ data indicate about 350,000 insurance policies.

“This is still too high in our opinion. That is why we are working with eGov Jamaica to bring online a database of insurance information for vehicles, to aid in enforcing the law and end the practice of forging cover notes and certificates,” said Levy.

The study was quick to point out challenges in ascertaining the exact number of registered vehicles and called for a coherent database of the country’s vehicle inventory.

“There seem to be some issues establishing the number of vehicles on the road based on TAJ data. Also, we should note that some registered vehicles are not in use, laid-up awaiting repairs, written off, stolen and scrapped, for sale and sitting on second-hand car lots, and so the owners may legitimately have chosen not to insure them,” Levy said.

He implored motorists to get insured despite sometimes prohibitive price points.

“One of the things we encourage people to do is if you have an insurance company that is telling you something that you don’t like, go shop around, because they don’t all operate by the same set of rules,” he said.

Vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Dr Lucien Jones, toldThe Gleaner that while he is alarmed by the figures cited in the study, he believes they could possibly be higher. He hinted that the IAJ insurance estimates could very well include fraudulent policies.

“If that number is indeed correct, then that is a huge number. It’s a manifestation of the rampant indiscipline and illegality happening in the country,” said Jones. “Part of the reason why so many people are driving without an insurance is because in many instances, people have forged insurance papers. They are complicit with other agencies, so there’s a big racket going on in the country.”

Jones said that while the NRSC was primarily focused on reducing traffic injuries and deaths, the non-insurance crisis was a major cause for concern.

“It’s the law, and it’s not just a matter of driving safe, it’s protecting those others who, in case there’s a crash, there’s some kind of compensation,” said Jones.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Calvin Allen, who heads the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch, said many motorists are before the court for insurance breaches.

“We shouldn’t have none at all driving without insurance, but sadly – and the insurance company is the right entity that is in the position to give that sort of feedback – it is something that we have to look at and examine, especially against what we know when a person is driving without insurance coverage, and the injuries that one can sustain from a collision,” he said.

“That person has nothing to get because the vehicle is not insured, so it is very serious. It is a very serious and frightening revelation.”

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Player power! – RSPL footballers call for new union

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Boys Town FC’s Shaquille Bradford tries to prevent Dwayne Ambusley (left) gaining possession during a Red Stripe Premier League match at the Barbican Stadium on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
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One of the duties of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) is to protect the rights of all 12 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clubs, and the welfare of each club’s players. However, some footballers believe that it is not doing enough regarding their collective bargaining for matters concerning their welfare.

UWI FC forward Ryan Miller is one such player, who said that players need a better collective voice, especially when negotiating for salaries and insurance coverage.

“We players locally need a steady background, someone who’s there while we are playing,” he said. “Most of the time, while players here are playing, we find ourselves in situations where we need to negotiate transfers or salaries, and we don’t really have an agent to do that for us, so that’s a big problem.”

Such an organisation, as sought by players, would be administered by players and past players alike, to ensure that those entrusted with the responsibility of negotiating, can do so from a position of experience, having played in the RSPL at some point in their careers. This would be in the mould of the Professional Footballers’ Association in England, which takes a similar membership structure.

Montego Bay United (MBU) player-coach Dwayne Ambusley strongly supports this, especially in light of his team’s past issues with monies owed to it and its players by league organisers.


“Most likely, it would be more beneficial [because] if players have basic needs or issues with their clubs, they could put it to that association,” he said. “The association would deal with their welfare on that basis. Players have always been mistreated in the Premier League, based on what I’ve seen in my time playing here and players that I reason with.”

He went on to explain what that mistreatment consists of.

“Players being promised things, because sometimes, it may not even be in writing,” he said. “Or a club says, ‘This is what you’ll be getting (in terms of salary),’ but because it’s not in writing, they (players) can’t do much.

“Also, in terms of injuries and so forth, certain clubs, you get an injury and it’s drawn out, you been there waiting for some answers on certain things that should be done. Probably, the surgery is delayed and the player doesn’t hear anything about it and gets frustrated and probably moves on to another club.”

Ambusley believes that his teammate Dino Williams would probably have been better served by a more proactive union last season while playing with a groin injury and having his surgery delayed until last summer. While Williams took the decision himself to play through pain until the end of the season, because MBU lacked attacking options, Ambusley said he could have been in a difficult situation. He said that had Williams worsened the injury and then learnt that he had to end his career after surgery, he would have received no compensation or benefits because there is no one bargaining for his welfare.

“He would have been phased out just like that. There’s nothing to represent the players in terms of welfare. In any other work environment, he probably would have had something put in place to protect him.”

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Michael Ricketts said he is all for the idea of players forming their own union.

“Anything that is going to positively impact players’ welfare, the JFF ought to support that,” he said. “We wouldn’t want players to be overbearing and unreasonable, but we would support any initiative that would benefit the players as far as their progress and welfare are concerned.”

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Psych evaluation ordered for accused baby snatcher


Parish Court Judge Vaughn Smith has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Peta-Gaye Ffrench, who is accused of stealing a day-old baby from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital on January 9.

The evaluation was requested by Ffrench’s attorney Rachel Donaldson.

Ffrench, 28, was arrested on February 5, when she attempted to register the infant at the Registrar General’s Department in Twickenham Park, St Catherine.

Officials at the agency became suspicious after she gave conflicting information about the child’s birth.

The alleged baby snatcher was taken into custody by the police and later charged with child stealing.

The infant was subsequently returned to his family after the results from a DNA test confirmed that he was the stolen child.

Ffrench was remanded and is scheduled to return to court on March 13.

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Morris soars at SMS Flights Classic

Scientific and Medical Supplies (SMS) director Darren Lau (right), and Marlena Biart (centre), also representing SMS, present Sean Morris with his trophy for winning the SMS Flights Classic, held at the Constant Spring Golf Club at the weekend.

Sean Morris captured the SMS (Scientific & Medical Supplies) Flights Classic title in stellar style with steady and impressive rounds of three under par 67 each day. Morris ended the tournament 13 shots ahead of Justin Burrowes, who was tied with William Knibbs on 147.

The tournament, which was held at the Constant Spring Golf Club this past weekend, was well supported with over 80 players in the field. Constant Spring members Bruce Levy and Sean Garbutt walked away the first and second prizes in the men & men senior seven-to-12 category.

In the Men Super Senior zero-to-12 group, Jamaica Golf Association president, Peter Chin, took the winner’s title with 152 strokes. The second-place finisher was Michael Bradford on 161. Runaway Bay-based Fitzroy Hurst finished third on 163 and Michael Richards finished in fourth place, tied with Carlysle Hudson. Richards had the better final 18 round. Lincoln Williams won the Men Super Senior 13-24 title (169).

National representative Jodi Barrow took the ladies zero-to-12 prize with a two-day score of 156. Alison Lynn emerged the winner in the ladies’ 13-18 category with 186, while Diane Hudson was first in the 19-24 ladies’ segment with 182.

Over the two days of the SMS Flights Classic, a total of 24 junior golfers came out to test their skills against the course. Radino Lobban from the Sandals Foundation topped the boys 18 and Under group with 169, ahead of Luke Wright on 178. Tristan Brown shot an impressive 150 strokes over two rounds to top the Boys 15 and Under competitors. Second was Matthew Grant with 161.

Nine golfers turned out for the Boys 11-13 competition in which Aman Dhiman finished in the top spot with 154. Trey Williams took second place with 170 and Brady Holmes was third on 180.

Justine McKenzie won the Girls 18 and Under with 199 and the best one day Junior was Winni Lau on 78 strokes.

Michael Lowe shot even par 70 to emerge the best one-day player of the tournament.

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Paulwell: Gov’t failed to implement bad gas recommendations

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Shadow Minister on Energy Phillip Paulwell is scolding the Government for what he calls a failure to implement recommendations from the 2016 bad-gas saga.

In a statement yesterday, Paulwell called on Energy Minister Fayval Williams to update the nation on the implementation of recommendations by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) that investigated the substandard product in the market in 2015.

“I am asking the minister to clarify whether the PTRC and the relevant agencies had ceased its implementation meetings since October 2016 and what steps she intends to take to ensure that all the recommendations are implemented to guarantee quality standards in Jamaica’s petroleum sector,” said Paulwell.

He was responding to a Sunday Gleaner article in which mechanics and a Petrojam employee expressed concerns about the quality of the gas currently on the market, pinpointing issues with a number of vehicles and saying it could cause lasting damage.

“I am extremely surprised to hear of new reports of the possible existence of bad gas in the petroleum retail sector, as Cabinet had accepted the report from the PTRC on August 22, 2016, and agreed to implement a series of recommendations. Apart from the ministerial document setting out specifications for unwashed gum, it was now apparent that both Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley and Prime Minister [Andrew] Holness, in his capacity as minister of energy, failed to follow up and to ensure that the events of 2015 were not repeated,” Paulwell said in a statement yesterday.

No excuses

He said the report was fully accepted by the Holness Cabinet, and as a result, there should be no excuses for the failure to implement the recommendations.

Yesterday, three regulatory and oversight groups also responded to the concerns that the country might be heading towards another round of bad gas, saying that they have no evidence of contaminated fuel in the marketplace.

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) and the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) insist that, so far, they have not received any such reports.

“This morning, members of the respective boards of directors and relevant executive teams convened a joint meeting to discuss the concerns raised. The CAC has reported that, to date, they have not received any complaints regarding engine damage due to alleged compromised fuel,” a release issued by the groups said yesterday.

The entities said despite having no evidence to corroborate fears of bad gas, they will be increasing monitoring of the sector to give the public greater confidence in the integrity of their fuel supply.

“All fuel entering the market, through legal means, at the point of import or refinery must be certified by the BSJ/NCRA prior to release. Any fuel which fails the specification is detained and barred from release in the market until found to be satisfactory,” the release said. It also urged consumers with complaints to report them to the BSJ and the CAC.

Paulwell is also seeking, among other things, an update on the drafting of a new Petroleum (Quality Control) Bill and Regulations and the establishment of a petroleum inspectorate in the BSJ fully equipped to test samples of petroleum throughout the chain of custody.

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Praught-Leer ‘complete’ after family connection

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Commonwealth Games 3000m steeplechase gold medalist Aisha Praught-Leer at The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited in Kingston on Friday, February 15, 2019.

The winsome smile Aisha Praught-Leer wears on her face these days is not only because she is inching closer to the top tier in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

The Commonwealth Games champion toldThe Gleaner that she is also beaming because of the rewards she is reaping now for deciding to unearth the roots of her biological father, Joseph Grant.

Praught-Leer, who was born and raised in the American midwest, sought answers to lingering questions in her head about her biological roots in 2013, and, after she reconnected with Grant, she decided to represent Jamaica in athletics.

The 29-year-old admits that it was a daunting task, but she is happy she took the risk as she now feels like a complete person.

“I always knew I was Jamaican,” she said. “That was always part of my upbringing, but I never had a personal relationship with my father.

“My mom and dad, who raised me, provided me with a beautiful life. I wanted for nothing growing up, but there was always a question, but I couldn’t really go there until I was ready,” she said.

“I used to think that maybe if I meet my Jamaican family, maybe they don’t like me. There is a few elements of changing your life and uprooting everything you thought you knew about yourself, to letting more information in, and you see so many stories of where it just doesn’t go well. But luckily for me, it went well and it provided a fullness to my life, that wasn’t there.”


Praught-Leer’s mother, Molly lived with Grant in Jamaica during their relationship, but went back to the United States when she was three months pregnant with the distance runner as the relationship had broken down.

She raised Praught-Leer with her husband Jerome Praught, whom the national record holder credits for understanding her wish to want to connect to her roots.

“I am so lucky and thankful that the family who raised me and the family of my genetics have come together and made it really smooth and positive, and everybody is interested in how we can get to know each other,” she said. “It was important for me to express to my father, who raised me, that ‘you are still my father, but he (Grant) is also my father, and you (Molly) are my mom. I just give my parents credit for being so open-minded. We can have honest conversations and accept each other.”

She continued: “When we were in Rio de Janeiro (for the 2016 Olympic Games), it was remarkable because both of my families stayed together. My American parents and my Jamaican father stayed in the same AirBNB. And that explained how my American parents are.”

Whenever she visits Jamaica, Praught-Leer skips the hotels in Kingston and on the north coast for the easy streets and gentle hills of Bog Walk, St Catherine where her father is from.

“It is just my way of trying to deepen my relationship with my father’s family, and so I always stay there,” she said.

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