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Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:18 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Empowerment comes in many forms, one of which is being able to articulate and argue one’s point well, without resorting to conflict. The Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE) Limited has taken on the mandate to teach youths the...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, Mona, is to host a child rights competition to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:24 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

It takes courage and strength to go against the tide of stigma and negativity attached to a topic, and even more bravery to actually be vocal about something that the majority is against. Kevin Bailey is standing firm, however, in the swirling...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

When starting a business, the advice given is usually to do something you love, or to capitalise on a hobby, but how often do you hear of someone creating a business from an obsession? Well, meet Tarik Campbell-Markland, the owner of Landmark...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Arlene McFarlane was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at age three, after experiencing one crisis after another. “When I was younger, I was living in the country, and at that time there wasn’t a lot known about sickle cell, so most of the...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Losing a loved one to suicide is probably one of the hardest things to experience as often, there are more questions than answers left behind. “How did I miss that he was going through so much?”, “Why did he have to resort to this?”, “Was I always...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Aliana Palmer has made herself and her family proud after copping nine subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, bringing to 12 the number of subjects she has under her belt. The 16-year-old student said that...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is known for its sun, sea, sand and its music. People all over the world know the words to some of the most popular reggae and dancehall songs, and have even adopted aspects of the country’s culture. But how many know the process that...

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:10 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me …”- (Matthew 25:40 KJV) Looking out for your fellowman is a mandate that can be found in most religions of the world. As such, Transformed Life Church...

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

When taking a trip, it is always fun to meet new people and probably bring home a souvenir for those left at home. What is unexpected is going back with a new relative – not a distant relative, but an uncle. This is what happened to Brixton, London...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

In 2007, Etana released the music video for Wrong Address, a song depicting how residents of inner-city communities are often blackballed because of where they come from. It is a familiar refrain in Jamaica and because of this stigma, some...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:19 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

In our current economy, students at tertiary-level institutions need all the help they can get to secure jobs, pending completion of their studies. This is even more important for those who used loans for their studies and are expected to start...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Being self-motivated is probably one of the most important attributes needed to achieve one’s goals. It keeps you going even when everyone else has stopped. C’Eleen Burke is one of the lucky ones, she knows exactly what she wants to become, and is...

Published:Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Many believe that we are stewards; here to take care of what we have and also take care of each other. It is therefore our responsibility as stewards to serve when we see a need. It is on this basis that the Insurance Company of the West Indies (...

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2019 | 12:27 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“The reason I give is because I know what it is not to have,” said Dr Chris Parchment, who is living one of his dreams by making an impact on communities by hosting on health fairs and assisting students and parents. “It is something that I have...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

It is said that the two strongest gears in a car are the first gear and the reverse. The first gear is strong because the car is going from a state of idling into motion. Once the car is in motion, it is easier to get into the other gears. The...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:20 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Ask anybody, and they will agree that one’s experience shapes the person he/she becomes. You either become what you experience, or the total opposite happens. It becomes a driving force in your life to be more and do more. Kemoy Lindsay is a...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:18 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Like most creatives, Elmore Jamieson found a way to turn his creativity into profit; making work fun and putting him on the track to achieving his next step of owning a digital ­marketing ­company. Now, as the public relations and outreach...

Published:Tuesday | August 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Ask anyone. Starting a business is one of the hardest things to do. Add to that the challenges that come during the embryonic stage and the many businesses that fall apart before they get fully off the ground. However, Taneisha Dawkins is hoping...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

From a rural farming community called Somerset, located in cool, cool Manchester, hails a man who believed in himself and has attained what once seemed unachievable. André Richards, senior demographer at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ),...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

School is out and parents are in the process of getting their little ones ready for ‘September morning’. CoolMarket.com, an online shopping site where the hassle is taken out of shopping, is offering up to $500,000 in cash and prizes when customers...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

‘Problem solver’ is the term that perfectly describes Nimoy Burrowes, developer of the PEP Tutor App, which was designed to assist students with exam preparation. It must be noted, however, that software development was not the intended...

Published:Thursday | July 25, 2019 | 4:30 PMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

‘More pon plenty’ is what many Jamaicans would say if they were in the same situation as Danielle Hall, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2011 after being tested and treated for the many unknown illnesses she encountered. However, during that time,...

Published:Friday | July 19, 2019 | 5:09 PMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” –Aristotle Errington...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Having a genuine love and passion for your career is great. Add to that the drive and determination necessary, and there is no ceiling on what can be achieved. Sasha-Gay Lobban-Fullerton was primed to excel in journalism as she did not only love...

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