By Jamar Grant, Jamaica Beacon Journalist Buena Walters from Darliston in Westmoreland took home $1 million after being crowned 4-H Female Ambassador of the Year, with a winning project inspired by her mother’s illness. The Manning’s School student received the award at the 4-H National Achievement Day Expo, held at Denbigh in Clarendon last month. She told The Beacon that she felt an explosion of excitement when she was announced the winner. “I was jumping all over the place celebrating,” she added. “I have been admiring this title since I was in grade two… It is the title that every 4-H Clubite wishes to achieve.”Read More →

Despite illness rendering her virtually immobile, Rachel Thomas has continued to display dogged determination in pursuit of initiatives geared towards youth empowerment and community development. “I don’t use that (illness) as an issue; the important thing is just to know that I can reach someone,” she told The Beacon. “With my immobility, I want persons to see that regardless of what is happening to you, as long as you are able to do something, do it. There is always something you can do for others.” Thomas’ immense contribution has not gone unnoticed by the Ewarton Community Development Committee (Ewarton CDC) in St. Catherine. The committeeRead More →

Kevin Morrison is now convinced that, despite initial apprehension, he made the right choice. He recently opted to treat patients diagnosed with the highly contagious and deadly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which scientists and medical experts globally are still to struggling to fathom. “I was scared on the first day when they asked me if I wanted to work with the patients – everybody generally was afraid,” Morrison said last leaving before commencing duties as a nurse at St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in St. Ann. He added: “In that moment when I felt afraid, I also felt that I had a purpose; I feltRead More →