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WOULD YOU RATHER: Do you value your health?

Our health should always be our top priority. However, we tend to put our health at risk a lot more than we even realise. Here are a few situations to make you consider to what extent you really value your health.

Your school is having an in-school concert featuring your favourite artiste. Seeing that you’ve already signed up to be an usher and work backstage, it is guaranteed that you will be able to meet the artiste. However, you remember that you have a follow-up appointment to check if your recently broken arm is healing properly (the doctor said it was possible that it might... read more

‘Above It All’ is back!

It always amazes me how determined we are to be successful in the midst of darkness and turmoil. Throughout the 14 parishes, you can find stories of youths daring to defy poverty, hardship or health-related issues. This was the foundation on which the first set of stories in the Above It All series were told.

It evoked compassion, insight and sympathy, as the stories of teens’ journeys were unfiltered and genuine. For one of the stories, Lady Allen was so moved that she invited the interviewee to King’s House for a chat. She also provided financial assistance for the former state... read more

10 fun facts about your eyes

1 The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.

2 Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.

3 Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about four to 13 weeks old.

4 Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.

5 You blink about 12 times every minute.

6 Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina... read more

JCC tells young entrepreneurs to ‘Own Your Future’

From left: Debbie Bissoon, TiaMoyo Lyn, Marvin Hall and Racquell Brown were speakers at the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur Conference at the Courtleigh Auditorium recently.

Inspiration – through failure, through creativity, through tenacity, through grit and through continued learning – permeated the atmosphere at the recent Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Young Entrepreneur Conference at the Courtleigh Auditorium. The theme for the third consecutive year, ‘Own Your Future’, was made tangible by the panel of young, accomplished entrepreneurs – TiaMoyo Lyn, Tyrone Wilson and Racquell Brown. As an inspiring entrepreneur in her own right, domestic abuse advocate and popular Jamaican media personality Debbie Bissoon led the Saturday event with skilful zest.... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER:Handling your assignments

Julieann T. Randall, Jamaica-born author, signs a copy of her book for Jersham Tomlinson (centre) and his brother, Liam Simpson, during a book signing and reading at the Kingston Bookshop in the Springs Plaza on Saturday, January 25.

A lot of us could safely call assignments the bane of our existence but, of course, the key to managing them is preparation, prioritising, and time management. Even then, though, assignments can still be hard, especially when circumstances are complicated. Here are some situations to examine to help you adjust your time-management skills to make assignments less painful.

You were sick at home for two weeks. You only have two days to do an assignment, while other students who were placed in groups would have gotten two weeks to get it done. The teacher refuses to give you an... read more

WOULD YOU RATHER: Dealing with animals

Interacting with the various quadrupeds and bipeds of the animal kingdom brings a lot of joy to many of us, while the rest of us may shake in terror. Regardless of whether we love them or not, animals are a part of the world, thus we all have to interact with them from time to time. Here are some scenarios to narrow down how you really feel about interacting with animals.

You are extremely afraid of cows – whenever you’re too near to them you start showing signs of panic, which sometimes agitates your asthma. You refuse to walk near cows at any time. However, while on vacation in... read more

Teenagers and personal safety

Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson (left) introduces members of the newly formed Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTEB) to Dr Horace Chang (centre), minister of national security; Fitz Jackson (second left), opposition spokesman on national security; and Calvin Allen, Senior Superintendent of Police. Occasion was launch of the PSTEB at Harmon Barracks in Kingston.

Dear Counsellor,
I am a 13-year-old girl and I am concerned about my safety. I live in a community where there are no lights on the streets, and people are not very nice to each other. I see in the news how the little children are being killed and going missing, and I am worried that it will happen to me. I am not doing my best in school because I am stressed out. Almost every night, something bad happens on the news. I feel like Jamaica is not a safe place for children. I do not want this feeling to affect me. Can you help?
GK

Dear GK,
I read your letter and I can... read more

Best Dressed Chicken celebrates 60 years with Jamaica’s students

On Tuesday, January 15, the Jamaica Broilers Group launched its Best Dressed Chicken 60 School Tour at Sabina Park. The tour is scheduled to stop at 19 locations across the island over four weeks, reaching upwards of 25 schools.

The grand finale of the company’s 60th anniversary celebrations, the school tour is a concerted effort towards investing in the development of Jamaica’s young people and is expected to touch the lives of up to 30,000 students across Jamaica, within six Ministry of Education regions.

The launch event catered to over 4,000 students hailing from St... read more

10 FUN FACTS about Coca-Cola

1. The famous bottle was once shaped like a coca bean.
2. It hits the spot for babies. (Fussing infants were sometimes given drops of the drink in the hope that it might calm them down.)
3. There are only two countries where Coca-Cola is not sold – Cuba and North Korea.
4. The manufacturers tried to replace coffee. (When Coca-Cola realised a good portion of their customers – by one estimate, 12 per cent – consumed their sugary, caffeinated drink in the morning instead of coffee, they decided to launch an aggressive marketing campaign promoting themselves as a morning pick... read more

How can I build my community?

Wennentta Hall (left) looks on as Beverly Griffiths (right), a member of the Rockfort Community Development Council, collects information from resident Roy Bailey at a social services fair held in the community.

Dear Counsellor:
I am a 15-year-old female and I live in a community where I would like to be more actively involved in its development. I am interested in seeing how I can contribute and need some advice on how to go about it.
Yours truly,
C.F.

Dear C.F.,
It is quite commendable that you are interested in community service at this age. You may contribute to your community by volunteering at your local infirmary, at the library, at the hospital, in your church, in children’s homes or homes for the elderly. You may even consider a project that will help the... read more

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