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DEAR COUNSELLOR: Sexual abuse or sexual initiation?

Dear Counsellor,
I am 16 years old. I live in the urban area of St Catherine and my parents are well known in the community where we reside. We have a helper who has been making advances and this makes me feel uncomfortable. The problem is that one evening she came into the bathroom while I was showering and performed oral sex. It was weird at first, but then I liked how she made me feel. I knew immediately afterwards that it was wrong, but it felt great. Now she is making plans for us to do more. She has pleaded with me not to tell my parents as she needs the job. But she says she... read more

Make it unforgettable make-up ideas for ball night

Face it, your make- up on ball night can be that essential thing that will absolutely make or break your entire look - no in-between! with that said, there are so many factors and themes to consider when thinking 'ball make-up'. This is where you ensure that your entire look, to this point, has coordinated nicely enough to set the stage for the grand finale, i.e your hair, outfit, and accessories must already be in tow. Now is the time to put the icing on the cake to make it one unforgettable night. We spoke with the principal of D'Marie institute, Dawn Lindo, on the topic of ball make-up... read more

Desvaun Vanriel: Striving for Lasting Success

Yet another shining story of academic success comes via current Wolmer’s Boys’sixth-former Desvaun Vanriel. The diligent youngster received eight ones and two twos overall, though he only sat nine Caribbean SecondaryEducation Certificate exams in June 2018. He did the principles of business exam in 2017, but chemistry, English A, English B, geography, information technology, mathematics, physics, accounts, and technical drawing were done earlier this year.

Despite having taken the principles of business exam the year before for an early start, Desvaun was still mildly jittery during... read more

Between the Church and medical ministry

Cars drive on the street in front of the Temple of Divine Providence, a major church in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, May 13. A new documentary about paedophiliac priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe’s most prominent Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one priest to leave the clergy. AP

Dear Counsellor,
I am 18 years old and in my final year of sixth form. I am a devout Christian and an aspiring medical doctor. I am a youth leader and youth pastor in my church. I have applied to a medical training institution and have been accepted, pending the Unit Two CAPE results. I am not financially able to pay for medical school, so I have asked the church to assist me. My church family has said that I should forego the medical aspirations and go to theological college instead. They are willing to sponsor my theological tuition but not the medical dream. I am conflicted... read more

Doughnuts for teachers

From left: Coach Clive Grossett, Gianna Lewis, Tsenaye Lewis, Liana Campbell and Gabrielle McLean, members of Wolmer’s Girls’ team, and team manager Tassianna Wikins pose with their trophies after beating Westwood High in the 2019 ISSA High Schools’ Table Tennis Championships final in March.

Honey Bun fêtes 40 schools for Teacher’s Day

KINGSTON, JAMAICA:

Honey Bun (1982) Limited, under the guidance of Chief Executive Officer Michelle Chong, has set out to truly celebrate and encourage educators across Jamaica with its great-tasting doughnuts.

The initiative dubbed ‘Doughnuts for Teachers’, launched on Teacher’s Day, Wednesday May 8, at Rousseau Primary School saw teaching staff indulging in fresh-from-the-oven doughnut treats. John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High School was among the 40 schools, in all five education... read more

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

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