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Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:29 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...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:19 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

There is a running joke on social media that the sun that we are experiencing today is not the one we played in about 20 years ago. But what if it is not a joke? Suzanne Stanley, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Environment Trust,...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:08 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Fate is an idea that many believe in, while others say that each person controls his own destiny. Is it just coincidence if the very thing you were running from catches up to you, or is it fate? Monique Pryce is finding out that being fated to...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:28 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Eight years ago, Paul Johnson found himself feeling sluggish and lacking energy when he needed to work. He thought that all he needed was an energy drink, a pick-me-upper, because he did not get enough rest the night before. This continued for a...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:07 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Having the odds stacked against them often causes people to think that they will always fail. However, American-Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross stated, “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known...

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:12 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Michael Reynolds vividly remembers the day and time when he officially became a father. He welcomed his son, Neo Jackson Reynolds into the world on February 21, 2017, at 9:44 p.m., and as long as he lives, he will never forget that day. The first-...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:12 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Asheki Spooner, executive director of Advocate for C.H.A.N.G.E Jamaica, a non-profit organisation, has embarked on a mission to tackle what she describes as absentee fathers. Advocate for C.H.A.N.G.E Jamaica was born out of a class assignment. “We...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:11 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

While systemic lupus erythematosus mainly affects females at an average age of 22 years old, it often breaks out of these parameters, affecting children and even men. Though male lupus survivors are few, they are still fighting, enduring and living...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

The Issa Trust Foundation, a non-profit organisation, has been making significant contributions to the health and education sectors in Jamaica. The foundation was established in 2005 by Couples Resort and Spa, which is a part of the House of Issa...

Published:Friday | May 24, 2019 | 12:22 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

During pregnancy, parents usually debate their ­preference for their baby’s ­gender, but what is sure is that they want a healthy baby – one born without ­complications; with all 10 toes and 10 perfect fingers. It is ­probably the same prayer that...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:18 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Young people, especially those of the millennial and Generation Z cohort, have recognised the need to start their own businesses as their main source of income. They also see the need to graduate from tertiary institutions with a degree to either...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:05 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Today is World Lupus Day, and everyone is called to participate in observing the day by bringing awareness to the disease. Meet Heather McKoy, a wife, mother and manager who has been living with systemic lupus erythematosus for the last 17 years...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:08 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

In the hills of St Ann abides a farming community called York Castle, located in Claremont. It is in this same community that Shania Williams is growing, learning, and influencing. Williams grew up in a family that was not rich and, as a result,...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:16 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Donna Marie Vernon, a crane operator at the Kingston Freeport Terminal Ltd, enjoys a very active lifestyle. However, at age 24, Vernon’s world was rocked when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. “I was working as a female machinist at a factory...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:15 AMVanessa James/Gleaner Writer

Nattecia Bohardsingh’s experiences as St James Festival Queen brought her into circles where she was often asked which university or college she attends because of her poise and intelligence. Since the truth was that Bohardsingh was not enrolled in...

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...

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