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

Brandon Brady still painting

Painter Brandon Brady says it only takes him a day to complete a portrait.

AT 21 years old, Brandon Brady, a past student of Spalding High, is taking on the painting world one detail at a time. As far as memory allows him, his fascination with art has been ever present, and because of that, he is using his gift to send a message to some of his customers as his young business continues to grow.

The Kingston native has, if nothing else, faith.

“Nowadays, people tend to request portraits, although I still do a little commercial painting,” he explained.

Now that his hobby has been transformed into a dependable income, Brady has developed a... read more

DEAR COUNSELLOR: Teens and mental health

I attend a prominent high school in St Andrew. I live with my maternal grandmother and my younger sister; she is 15 years old. This is my problem. My sister has been having episodes of hearing voices and doing things that can be described as ‘crazy’ and/or ‘unusual’. She has been to a psychiatrist and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. These are some of the things she has been doing. She has a hard time concentrating or following a train of thought in discussions, whether at home or at school. Sometimes she says she sees and hears things that no one else sees or... read more

Gabrielle Burke LED BY FAITH

The Tension and anxiety had become so thick in the examination room that you could almost touch it. Yet, while one nervous and equally jittery youngster closed her eyes to whisper a prayer before the touchdown of the day’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) paper, she hadn’t just prayed for herself, she prayed for the roomful of classmates and associates, asking the Lord to lead them all through what may.

Gabrielle Burke does not like to be called a Christian, but her decision, two years ago, to give her life to the Lord has made the brilliant teenager a better human,... read more


I AM a 14-year-old male and I have found that every ‘free’ moment I have, I use it to masturbate. It feels good to masturbate. No one knows that I masturbate. I am a B+ student and I am great at athletics and badminton. I know that I like girls, but I know that it is not legal nor the right time to engage in sex with a girl. However, when I masturbate, I feel as if I am doing something wrong. Can this cause me harm? Is it wrong to masturbate?
– M.B.

Dear M.B.,
Masturbation, as you already know, refers to touching your own sex organs for pleasure.... read more

Richard ‘Awire’ Lecky and the 5150 PROJECT

Richard ‘Awire’ Lecky, caught in mid-air performing a stunt alongside 5150 Trails co founder Nature Boy.

RICHARD ‘AWIRE’ Lecky wants to get 5,150 Jamaicans involved in the sport of mountain biking, and if ever you should ask just why that specific number, he’ll say, “It’s a crazy idea.”

The owner of 5150 Trails, Lecky’s business name is derived from the police code of the same sequence which actually means ‘crazy’. His intentions are to simply create an experience for mountain bikers of all abilities and to spread the word about mountain biking.

“If you want to come and ride, I would provide you with a bike, gears and a place to ride,” he told Youthlink.

The day’s... read more


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