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DEAR COUNSELLOR: Embracing womanhood

Dear Counsellor,
I am 14 years old and I have a concern. I am a young man who has seen some of my female classmates experience ‘accidents’, and I see how embarrassed and ashamed they respond to what I believe is a natural occurrence. My mother is a community health aide and she pretty much tells me most things about puberty and how to treat my female classmates, especially during that special time of the month. My male friends think that I am weird and that it is not normal for boys to respond as I do. I know that I have a level of maturity beyond my years. What do you think,... read more

Meet Team Greatness

Stylo G (second left), the ‘Touchdown Boss’, poses with members of Team Greatness.

A GROUP of young people, connected by their attendance at Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) extra classes at Half-Way Tree Primary School, have fused passion with purpose in forming what they call ‘Team Greatness’. The name says it all; these students are on the threshold of great things in life and are either attending university or gearing up to do so. Their organisation allows them to raise funds to assist with tuition through staging different events throughout the calendar year.

Leader Marcus Blackstock, who tutors the classes, explained. “The aim is to... read more

5 tips to living a life worth living

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
– Joseph Chilton Pearce

Nowadays, the goal of many millennials and ‘Gen Z-ers’ is to “live their best life”. The saying, which gained popularity, thanks to the song I’m Living my Best Life by Lil Duval, and the numerous Internet memes associated with it, is synonymous with enjoying life to the fullest – living life on ‘my’ terms, doing things that are worth ‘my’ while and, ultimately, being happy. Like most clichés, however, this is much easier said than done.

Life is full of obstacles – a dreary job, a... read more

5 tips to living a life worth living

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
– Joseph Chilton Pearce

Nowadays, the goal of many millennials and ‘Gen Z-ers’ is to “live their best life”. The saying, which gained popularity, thanks to the song I’m Living my Best Life by Lil Duval, and the numerous Internet memes associated with it, is synonymous with enjoying life to the fullest – living life on ‘my’ terms, doing things that are worth ‘my’ while and, ultimately, being happy. Like most clichés, however, this is much easier said than done.

Life is full of obstacles – a dreary job, a... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: Birds of a feather

Dear Counsellor,
I am 13 years old. My parents have been separated since I was 10. My grades are average; I represent my school in Festival and football. I am attending a rural high school and I have been in a lot of trouble at school lately; not because I want to, but because I am friends with children who get into trouble at times. I am always called up to the principal’s office just because these boys are my friends. I have known them since primary-school days. I agree that they break school rules, and hide from classes sometimes, but they are great friends. We talk about sports,... read more

Natalege Mundle is Miss Hopewell High 2019

The second staging of the annual Miss Hopewell High beauty pageant took place at the school on April 17. Ten students were selected to challenge each other to see who has what it takes to be Miss Hopewell 2019.

Leading up to the final night of competition, the contestants carried out community service and also helped around the school so as to foster the ideal image of a well- rounded student and set a good example for the others to follow. The event commenced with a very lively introduction from the school committee, followed by a fashion show with household paraphernalia, which... read more

GownGoals for the right shape and size

Uzuri’s mermaid or trumpet gowns, as well as those gowns with a larger-than-life flare that meets the calves, tend to flaunt the curvy hourglass figures while it gives support to the busty females by clinging to the chest and torso. It is usually not suitable for apple- or pear-shaped ladies, only because it does nothing special for the shape. It works for tall and slim body types, but if you are too petite, it may leave you feeling too skinny or lacking in shape.

All that you set out to do for the final year of high school has been accomplished, and now it’s time to prepare for graduation and the grand ball celebration. All of a sudden, searching for the right gown has taken the lead over everything else, so much so that the feed of your social media pages is showing more content related to make-up artists, dress designers, and also shopping for the ball. That’s okay. The content displayed will only help the process of finding the one dress that will have every girl, including #GownGoals under your ball-night photos. The only thing that can ruin... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: Approaching someone about their hygiene

Dear counsellor,
I am currently in grade nine and I have a schoolmate who persons have been deliberately avoiding because of an odour issue. The odour is quite offensive and no one is willing to approach her to have the matter addressed. She is very aggressive and disrespectful, and persons are afraid of her. Teachers do not seem to notice and, therefore, nothing is done. As a young girl myself, I believe that we should be our brother’s/sister’s keeper and help each other. I am not friends with this girl, and we are not in the same class, so I do not want to be embarrassed by her,... read more

What happened to the ‘Prinzessin Victoria Luise’ off the coast of Kingston?

On A dark night during the winter of 1906, a lone ship sailed ahead, marking the beginning of a promising voyage that would later end in misfortune. Such is the case of most naval tragedies, the most widely referenced of these being the sinking of the Titanic; however, there is one voyage marred by tragedy involving Jamaica that is often overlooked: the loss of the Prinzessin Victoria Luise.

In the late 1800s, transatlantic travel by ship was growing increasingly popular; however, these journeys were not usually for pleasure. This began to change with the construction of the... read more

Dealing with crime in the community

Members of the Jamaica Defence Force at a crime scene in Rose Heights, St James, where five persons were shot, two fatally.

Dear Counsellor:
I LIVE in a community that is experiencing a crime wave that we have not seen before. I am 16 years old, and I have two younger sisters, 12 and nine. I have seen where girls a little older than my sisters have been used by ‘bad men’ in my community. Counsellor, I love my sisters, and I swear that if anyone thinks that he is going to abuse my sisters, he is wrong. I am willing to go to whatever lengths to protect them. I do not believe that the police can help because this thing has been going on for the longest time, and nothing is happening. I am a student at a non-... read more

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