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Shamika and I have been besties since pre-
school. We went to the same primary school and
now we are in the same class at secondary school.
We get along like sisters; we love the same music,
clothes hairstyles and we even picked the same
subjects to do for CSEC. It is no surprise them
that we have the same taste in boys.
Shamika was with her ex, Deandre from first
form to third form but now that they are no
longer together I find myself attracted to him. I
think he likes me too because he kinda drops
hints now and again.
I don't know if going out with him would be
a problem to Shamika but I am willing to try
since he is soooooo cute. I don't know how to
ask her or if I should just go out with him a bit
and keep it on the down-low until I'm sure.
What should I do?
The mere fact that you wrote in suggests that
deep down you realise that this situation is not
ideal and the end result could mean a significant
change in the relationship that you have with
your best friend. If you and Shamika have the
type of friendship that you described then what
I can deduce is that you are closer than most
sisters. Going out with her ex- boyfriend is going
to hurt her and she will feel betrayed (even if
she says otherwise).
Girls have a list of unwritten rules similar to
the "bro code" and not going out with a friend's
ex is one of them. Do you honestly want to take
the chance and ruin more than a decade of
friendship for a relationship that may not last?
Think about it.
I would strongly suggest that you say nothing
to your friend but more importantly, I further
suggest that you do not think of having any type
of relationship with this young man. Once you
raise the topic with her there is no going back.
Undoubtedly she will wonder whether you liked
him while they were still together and even though
you try to reassure her that you most definitely
were not there is a part of her that may not
believe you. Trust is important to any relation-
ship so you should not do anything to jeopardise
that. Additionally, your reputation at school could
be ruined as well as the fact that you will not
be able to talk to your best friend about your
boyfriend without things being very weird.
Cherish the friendship that you share with
Shamika and focus on your studies for now. You
are at a stage in your life where mixing up pri-
orities can seriously impact the rest of your life
in a negative way.
Don't be like the dog with the bone. This
relationship may not last and your friendship
could be ruined in the process causing you to
lose both ways.
... I like my best friend's former boyfriend
Rio state to vaccinate
SAO PAULO - Rio de Janeiro state
plans to vaccinate its entire popula-
tion against yellow fever as a pre-
caution amid Brazil's largest outbreak
of the disease in years.
The Health Ministry has confirmed
more than 300 cases of yellow fever
so far during Brazil's summer rainy
season. Over 100 of them died. Much
of Brazil is considered at risk for the
mosquito-borne disease and people
in those areas are supposed to be vac-
Rio state was not in that at-risk
area for this outbreak and it has not
had any cases. But the World Health
Organization expanded its vaccination
recommendation to include parts of
the state in January.
The state said Saturday it expects
to reach a 90 percent vaccination rate
this year. It will need 12 million vac-
cine doses to do that. (AP)
ROYAL TANTRUM! BOY
THROWS FIT MEETING
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
LONDON -- A 2-year-old boy in
England wasn't very impressed with
a chance to meet Queen Elizabeth
II and showed it by throwing a tan-
trum in front of her majesty.
Little Alfie Lun was set to hand
the queen flowers at the unveiling
of a new war memorial in London
on Thursday. Instead, he wriggled
out of his mother's arms and
attempted to sit on the ground.
Eventually his mom was able to pick
Alfie up again and he reluctantly
handed the queen the bouquet. The
90-year-old queen is also a great
grandmother and didn't appear fazed
by the meltdown. She smiled at the
boy and his parents throughout the
Barn yarn: retirees knitting
sweaters for chilly chickens
MILTON, Massachusetts - Sweat-
ers for chickens? It sounds like a
joke, but a plucky group of retirees
in suburban Boston has hatched a
plan to keep poultry warm during
the New England winter.
The unusual project began after
members of a knitting club at Fuller
Village, a retirement home in Milton,
Massachusetts, heard about the hard-
ships that some chickens suffer this
time of year.
Certain breeds shed their feathers
and grow new plumage in the winter
months. Others imported from trop-
ical climates just aren't suited for the
Organizer Nancy Kearns said the
project benefits birds kept on a neigh-
boring estate known as the Mary M.B.
Wakefield Charitable Trust.
"I don't think in my wildest dreams
I ever thought anybody made sweat-
ers for chickens," said Barbara Wid-
mayer, 76, who started knitting when
she was 15 years old.
Among the sweaters Widmayer
crafted by hand was one for Prince
Peep, a rooster native to Malaysia.
"There's so much going on these
days that's kind of contentious in the
world," she said. "It was actually very
calming to me to work on this." (AP)
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