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

Some of the most inspiring stories involve struggles that the protagonists face. These experiences often cause the storyteller to go through periods of doubt and fear and moments when they feel like giving up. The fact that they come out on the...

Published:Friday | April 12, 2019 | 12:08 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Nattecia Bohardsingh has led a very interesting life which can be summed up by the quote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Throughout her journey, and what she is yet to...

Published:Thursday | April 11, 2019 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

April 5 was a day of educating and equipping the youths with the tools they will need to enter the workplace or develop the mindset needed for entrepreneurship when Angel’s Care Foundation hosted its youth-empowerment seminar. A number of experts...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:10 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

June 5, 2001, is a date that Lori-Ann Williams will never forget as it is the day that her 12-year-old self was told that she had an incurable illness, lupus, which she would have to live with for the rest of her life. Williams, a lupus warrior...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:21 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

According to entertainment personality Will Smith, “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” Johnique Duhaney has been making many lives better with...

Published:Friday | March 29, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

In certain circles, the word ‘dope’ has a negative connotation because it is the street name for illicit drugs. In more recent times, the word has also been used as a slang to describe something that is very good. Today, however, dope is an acronym...

Published:Saturday | March 23, 2019 | 12:06 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

It is often said that if you do what you love, then you will never work a day in your life. This maxim rings true for Tamara Ford, a new caterer and pastry chef operating out of east Kingston. Ford started catering for events because of her love...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:09 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Renee Shorter-Morgan was living the life – she had a loving husband, two beautiful children, and gainful employment with the ability to do what she wanted when she wanted to. This, however, was before she was diagnosed with the dreaded disease...

Published:Friday | March 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Lupus is a disorder of the immune system that, instead of defending the body, produces antibodies that attack and damage healthy cells. As a result, people living with lupus experience almost crippling pain, and, in many cases, their organs are...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:12 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica (LFJ) has been helping lupus warriors fight the dreaded disease for some 30 years. Lupus is a disorder of the immune system which, instead of defending the body, produces antibodies that attack and damage healthy...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:11 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value” and this is the aim of Kemoy Bowen, whose only dream is to be the best person and role model for his son. Born in Mount Salem, St James, Bowen...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:21 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme for 2019 is ‘#BalanceforBetter’. The aim for this year is to create a more gender-balanced world. However, the theme can be applied to the many female lupus warriors who are making strides on a...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:20 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.” Mario Samms lives by this biblical verse each day and assists others as much as he can, and his position as justice of the peace (JP) in St Thomas helps him to achieve this. Samms...

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:07 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“No matter what storm clouds may rock this ship of mine, t he light of my Saviour will lead me safely through the night.” These lines from the famous gospel song have been offering comfort to Kanesha Campbell as she mourns her 17-year-old...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:07 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own”. – Cesar Chavez Kanene...

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:11 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

‘Just do it’ is the slogan for the Nike brand, but Romone Robinson uses it as advice to the youth who want to be successful. Robinson is the epitome of ‘millennial success’, in that he has done well in education by achieving...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Imagine waking up each day to constant reminders of your goals but having those goals seem out of reach. So, you work hard and push just to get your fingertips on the very thing that has eluded you for so long. Elicia Roberts has a dream and is...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

"An aspiration is the main fuel for progress because an aspiration transforms ordinary people into extraordinary achievers," said Patrick Hylton quoting N.R. Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys, India's number-two information technology company....

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."- Audrey Hepburn, British actress.Sujae Boswell and Kemoy Lindsay have made this discovery and have decided to give back to the...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Dr Emir Crowne is gaining a reputation as being one of the Caribbean's most outspoken sports attorneys.A senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Crowne is famous for his representation of sprinters Dominique Blake and Riker...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Females are faced with difficulties on a daily basis. Many of these issues could have been avoided however, with the proper guidance and teachings from their parents and guardians.The I'm Glad I'm a Girl Foundation is located on the all-female...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." - Christopher Reeve, American actor.Chupse is a business that employs some of the heroes who Reeve mentions. It employs adults with...

Published:Friday | December 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

EduFocal, an online learning platform, has implemented measures to allay parents and students' concerns about the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).The small company started in 2012, and, according to Godiva Golding, the content and operations manager at...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Kimone Rose, Miss Clarendon Festival Queen 2018, has been working to show why she has rightly earned the crown.The 25-year-old is embarking on a project to fight the stigma attached to mental illness in Jamaica. To accomplish this, she is starting...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Mount Airy All-Age School on Tuesday night emerged the 2018 winners of Television Jamaica's Junior Schools' Challenge Quiz (JSCQ).The first-time victors closed the 16th season of the competition with a 33-26 win over Broughton Primary School.The...

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