Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Making a career out of the arts: Conroy Wilson&rsquo;s ride to success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Conroy-Wilson-s-ride-to-success-_86526 BY ALDANE WALTERS THE performing arts have been Conroy Wilson&rsquo;s vehicle to success. They have taken him, now executive director of The Ashe Company, to various positions of power in different organisations, on international stints, won him local recognition, and have even allowed him to bypass the usual undergraduate degree requirement to enroll in a master&rsquo;s degree programme. <br /> <br /> When Wilson graduated from St George&rsquo;s College in 1990, he left with only three subjects. It was what he did afterwards that has enabled him to accomplish what he has.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All the bright people were doing the sciences and I wasn&rsquo;t about to be thought of as dunce, so I went and did the sciences &mdash; biology, chemistry, add maths &mdash; much to my dismay because I had no interest or liking for any of them. I left with mathematics, English language and English literature,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer in a recent sit-down.<br /> <br /> Being unable to matriculate to sixth form with those results, Wilson decided to seek a job at National Commercial Bank.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The requirement was four subjects, but I applied anyway. They called me for an interview. I got the job as a part-time specialist cashier. After about three months, they promoted me to full-time. After working there for a little less than a year, I started realising that this was wonderful, but not for me, because I started getting very impatient with the customers,&rdquo; he said, adding that during that time, he sat and passed two additional subjects.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I applied for a job at Sagicor. Sagicor offered me a job just up the road from where the bank was to do the same thing, but for more money. I told them no.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> After this, he landed a one-year teaching stint at St Benedict&rsquo;s Primary School. Though he managed to register marked improvements in the students&rsquo; grades, it was his involvement with performing arts company, Ashe, that would earn him the most success. His involvement with the group began during his days at St George&rsquo;s, when in third form, he earned a spot in Kathy Levy&rsquo;s production Gift of Life and became a part of the Little People and Kiddie Players Clubs that gave rise to the company, in 1993.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;After I left St Benedict&rsquo;s, I started working with Ashe, as they now had a full-time programme. I started helping out in the office. So, the journey moved from helping out in the office to secretary, to assistant administrator, to administrator, to becoming academy director, to becoming ensemble director, to becoming managing director, to executive director,&rdquo; he said outlining his move up the ranks. <br /> <br /> Moving up the ranks at Ashe, he was exposed to several professional developmental courses that would eventually convince The University of the West Indies (The UWI) to accept him for their master&rsquo;s programme in communication and behaviour change at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, even though he did not hold a first degree.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I started working for Ashe in &lsquo;95, I started doing some professional courses, including administrative management for non-government organisations at Jamaica Institute of Management, now University College of the Caribbean,&rdquo; he told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He explained that he set out to complete an associate&rsquo;s in business administration with a view to matriculating to the bachelor&rsquo;s programme, but after the first class, he realised he was much more advanced.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I went on the first Sunday and they were teaching English. And I just said to myself &lsquo;Conroy, you cannot sit through this&rsquo;. What I did was write to the school and I told them all that I&rsquo;d done and said, &lsquo;Can you give me an exam for the associate&rsquo;s part and matriculate me to the other part for the degree.&rsquo; They said no. I never went back after that. A year or two after that, the late co-founder of Ashe, Joseph Robinson was lecturing at CARIMAC. They had just started offering a master&rsquo;s in communication and behaviour change, and he carried me with him as an assistant. The next year, they called him back. He said, &lsquo;Conroy, this what I told you should be doing&rsquo;. He spoke to them at CARIMAC and they asked me to apply,&rdquo; he reported.<br /> <br /> A &ldquo;long essay&rdquo; and an interview later, and Wilson was accepted into the master&rsquo;s programme.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;All of what they were teaching in theory, I was already doing practically. It would have been ridiculous not to accept me as a mature student, provided I could have kept up with the work,&rdquo; he reasoned.<br /> <br /> At the time of his application, Wilson was managing director at Ashe with an extensive, if not impressive, r&Atilde;&copy;sum&Atilde;&copy;. Listed among his accomplishments were helping develop Ashe&rsquo;s first edutainment musicale and accompanying manual,<br /> <br /> Parenting Vibes in a World of Sexuality, and leading the Ashe Ensemble across the Caribbean to perform and conduct training. He also produced and performed in<br /> <br /> Curfew, an edutainment musicale aimed at combatting gender-based violence. He won five Actor Boy Awards for this production, including best musicale, best actor, best original score, best original song and best choreography. He also helped to developed Ashe&rsquo;s Excitement, Involvement and Commitment model, which is a teaching methodology that was tested and proven at UWI. In addition, he conducted countless workshops on behaviour change, the very subject of the master&rsquo;s degree, and has worked with several international NGOs, including the United Nations.<br /> <br /> Wilson conceded that completing the master&rsquo;s was challenging, especially since it was his first time in a university setting. Despite that ,however, and the fact that he still held a full-time position at Ashe, he emerged as one of the front-runners in the graduating class.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I got myself in a group of five ladies and we worked on our master&rsquo;s together. We are the only five people who submitted our thesis within the year and a half that the masters was for,&rdquo; he reported.<br /> <br /> Since then, his professional pursuits have expanded to include lecturer.<br /> <br /> Charmaine Henry, who lectured in management studies, was one of the group of five and she asked him one day if he could be an external invigilator for a communications course. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I said yes. I came out of the presentation, went upstairs and asked, &lsquo;How do I become a lecturer here?&rsquo; They said to just apply. I applied. They called me back and I became one of three lecturers for the course at UWI, Mona,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He&rsquo;s also lectured at UWI&rsquo;s Western Jamaica campus and at Edna Maley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.<br /> <br /> If the performing arts is his first love, education would be his second. He notes an interest in the field since primary school, where he admired his music teacher and taught the benches and chairs music when she was out of class. He has done teaching stints in music at Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) and Merl Grove High School, and has helped with graduation rehearsals at St Benedict&rsquo;s.<br /> <br /> Wilson looks back to his humble beginnings and his journey with gratefulness. He grew up as the youngest of six boys in a single parent household at different locations on Mountain View Avenue.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Think of my mother alone raising five boys. My father wasn&rsquo;t there and my mother worked in the canteen of a school. She was an ancillary worker, so that was the situation. Because of our involvement in the church, we had god mothers and godfathers who assisted. I don&rsquo;t remember ever being out of anything, actually,&rdquo; he told Career & Education.<br /> <br /> Under his mother&rsquo;s roof, it was mandatory for him and his brothers to attend St Theresa&rsquo;s Catholic Church on Deanary Road, where he played the piano. It was during that time that he started doing classes with Lynette Case and completed the London Royal School of Music certificate programme. It was the late Shirley McDonald, however, who introduced him to music at St Aloysious. This continued at St George&rsquo;s, where he was put in charge of music for assemblies and ceremonies and was, in third form, awarded The Headmaster&rsquo;s Medal, a prize usually reserved for sixth formers.<br /> <br /> Productions and awards aside, Wilson, 42, said his biggest accomplishment at Ashe was re-establishing a base for the company after an act of violence against an employee forced them to flee their Nannyville Gardens home, and managing to maintain the high performing standards even after Robinson&rsquo;s passing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The biggest accomplishment would be in 2011 where we found this place (on Cargill Avenue), because we were just bouncing around. In addition, people knew Joe as the driving force and the person who was making things happen for us. Now when we perform people getting the same feeling and the standard is still high, and this is 11 years after Joe died. It is an accomplishment,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He says his story shows people, youngsters in particular, that they can do anything.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The biggest takeaway for me would be how someone can go for anything. In other words, there is no limit to what you can do or achieve, regardless of where you are from &mdash; as I am not from a rich family &mdash; regardless of who you are, and in any field, because the performing arts is thought of a as a field where you do sum&rsquo;n on the side; is not something that you can make a career out of,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Wilson, who revealed that he and Michael Holgate have just written a book called<br /> <br /> Your Empowerment GPA, is now pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Education to eventually do a doctorate in the arts as a potent means of empowerment.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am very big on the power of the mind and how people can use their mind to do and achieve anything they want. Take the leap, and if you don&rsquo;t land on a bed or something, you will get wings and fly. I don&rsquo;t believe in the victim mentality.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Find something that you are passionate about and volunteer yourself into a job. If you volunteer, there is no way they can, in good conscience, send you away without pay or a job,&rdquo; Wilson advised. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587466/253725_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587463/253721_80541_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587464/253726_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587382/253722_80540_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM 11 Habits for success in 2017: The entrepreneur&rsquo;s edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/11-Habits-for-success-in-2017--The-entrepreneur-s-edition_87142 ENTREPRENEURSHIP isn&rsquo;t easy. As owner of Adam and Eve Day Spa, Creative Media and Events, and Wealth Access Financial, Garth Walker will tell you, there are &lsquo;coffee days&rsquo; and &lsquo;tea days&rsquo;. However, if one is to be successful when taking the plunge to start a business, one must embody certain characteristics and certain habits to be sustainable, hence, successful.<br /> <br /> In addition to Walker, we called on director of Berkeley Business Academy for Youth at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Olive Davis, and two young entrepreneurs who participated in President Obama&rsquo;s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative last year, Kadeem Petgrave and Tishauna Mullings, to offer some advice to those who have dreams of owning their own business as well as those who have dared to begin.<br /> <br /> 1 MAKE YOUR VISION CLEAR WITH A PLAN<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t just visualise your goals, write them down. Make sure you understand what you are offering, the identity of the target segment and the value proposition. Make sure the problem you are solving is a real one many people have and are willing to pay for, according to market research. Then, create an action plan with deadlines that will help you to stay on track.<br /> <br /> 2 BE A STUDENT ALWAYS<br /> <br /> Never stop learning. Make every situation a learning opportunity. In addition, continuously read for awareness and expression. Read from credible sources on business, your industry and your field. Books are also a source of inspiration and lessons from the ones who&rsquo;ve gone before us.<br /> <br /> 3 BUILD A RELIABLE SUPPORT SYSTEM<br /> <br /> When you get on rocky roads you need good support, not only from your team, but also family and friends.<br /> <br /> 4 PUT FAILURE TO WORK<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s a takeaway in each failed attempt; take away the good. It&rsquo;s what you do next that matters.<br /> <br /> 5 PUT FAILURE TO WORK<br /> <br /> Work hard. One has to wake up knowing that if you don&rsquo;t run your days, they will run you. It is also important to make your commitment stronger than people&rsquo;s rejection.<br /> <br /> 6 DISPLAY CONFIDENCE WITHOUT ATTITUDE<br /> <br /> Believe in your business and be able to pitch it with passion. Don&rsquo;t allow naysayers to deter you. It will be a roller coaster ride so you must be able to stick it out.<br /> <br /> 7 HAVE A MENTOR<br /> <br /> Whether formal or informal, it is beneficial to have someone who has trod a similar path that you can bounce ideas off. They have been there and will be able to guide you.<br /> <br /> 8 LISTEN AND INNOVATE<br /> <br /> Listening is also a very good source of lessons and opportunities. Listen to your customers, the market, your team, your advisers, your heart, those who have done it before you, the old, and even the young. Having listened, study your industry, make a note of what potential competitors are doing and decide how you will innovate to better serve the needs of real people. Without innovation, there is no reason for a customer to choose you over a competitor.<br /> <br /> 9 MAKE TIME FOR LEISURE<br /> <br /> Make time for rest and play. Leisure will help to ensure that you do not wreck yourself physically and mentally. Exercise, sports, video games, movies, sleep, listening to music, baking; whatever works for you, do it.<br /> <br /> 10 GIVE BACK<br /> <br /> It is generally a good thing to seek to strengthen the fabric of your community, but giving back also has the added benefit of being a great marketing tool.<br /> <br /> 11 BELIEVE IN A HIGHER POWER<br /> <br /> Trust in a higher being can provide inspiration and motivation when you are going through a tough time, and even when you are losing faith in your own skills or that of teammates. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587388/253600_80336_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587386/253601_80338_repro_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570836/252528_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13476683/243512_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM UCC, LCA to partner on law school in Guyana http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UCC--LCA-to-partner-on-law-school-in-Guyana_87146 The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) and the Law College of the Americas (LCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Guyana to establish a law school in that country. The documents were signed on January 11. The building of the law school is to be financed through a Public Private Partnership with government expected to contribute 30 per cent of the resource. Seated from left are Courtney Wynter, Chairman, Law College of the Americas; Honourable Basil Williams, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Guyana; Dr Winston Adams, Group Executive Chairman, UCC Group of Companies. Standing from left are Professor Dennis Gayle, Executive Chancellor & Interim President, UCC; and Dr.Trevor Hamilton, Consultant, Trevor Hamilton & Associates. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13588280/253624_80340_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM PHOTO: Kirk&rsquo;s champions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Kirk-s-champions_87145 Tristan Stewart, Chairman&rsquo;s Awardee, and Toni-Kay Dawkins, Employee of the Year, are congratulated by Dr and Mrs Glen Christian on copping top honours in Kirk Distributors Limited&rsquo;s 2016 employee awards. The occasion was the company&rsquo;s 10th anniversary Long Service Awards on Saturday, January 14 at the Jamaica Pegasus. The company recognised employees who have been with the organisation since its inception, and those who have given exceptional service in 2016. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13588279/253573_80334_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM Special ed conference set for Kingston this week http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Special-ed-conference-set-for-Kingston-this-week_87143 The education ministry will this week convene a regional round conference on special education.<br /> <br /> It is set for January 24-26 at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston.<br /> <br /> The discussions will be guided by the theme &lsquo;Preparing Productive Citizens for an Inclusive Society: The Benefits of the Collaborative Process&rsquo;.<br /> <br /> It will target educational leaders and policymakers throughout the region, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). <br /> <br /> Special education coordinator for the event Dr Michele Meredith said the forum will bring policymakers, advocates and other stakeholders together to discuss the systemic, attitudinal and sociocultural issues that affect the sustained progress of efforts in special education.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Discussions will be geared around the issue of whether Caribbean children and youth are sufficiently prepared for life beyond school,&rdquo; she said. <br /> <br /> Also to be explored is &ldquo;the key collaborative relationships for the appropriate preparation of children and youth with special needs for life beyond school&rdquo;, she added.<br /> <br /> Topics for discussion are legislation and governance: policy reform for access, equity and inclusion; models of multidisciplinary support: advancing progress through the machinery of collaboration; satisfying the development continuum: early-childhood through post-secondary considerations; and social public responsibility: ensuring focused giving for personal empowerment and sustained economic development.<br /> <br /> Keynote speaker will be president and chief executive officer of Miske Witt and Associates in the United States of America, Dr Shirley Miske, who is an internationally renowned expert in inclusive education, educational quality, teacher professional development, and gender equality.<br /> <br /> Other presenters include professor of child health, child development and behaviour, Maureen Samms-Vaughan; consultant child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at the Child Guidance Clinic, Dr Ganesh Shetty; executive director of the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Dr Iris Soutar; chief executive officer of Digicel Foundation, Dane Richardson; and director of education programmes of the Jamaica National iLead Project, Dr Ren&eacute;e Rattray.<br /> <br /> Dr Meredith said the conference will mark the end of activities of the Special Education Project under the Education System Transformation Programme. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/5400192/Renee-Rattray_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM UTech job fair draws hundreds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UTech-job-fair-draws-hundreds_86496 Hundreds of job seekers, both fresh out of school and experienced workers visited the University of Technology, (UTech) Jamaica a week ago in hopes of snagging one of a number of jobs advertised by a company in the gaming and technology industry.<br /> <br /> Neither the company nor UTech &mdash; which hosted the job fair on its behalf &mdash; disclosed any identifying details about the organisation, except to say that it is expected to launch this year. <br /> <br /> In a newspaper advertisement, they called for &ldquo;enthusiastic&rdquo;, &ldquo;customer-focused&rdquo;, &ldquo;skilled&rdquo; and &ldquo;passionate&rdquo; individuals to fill line and managerial positions in &ldquo;all parishes&rdquo;. Among the positions listed were store managers, cashiers, customer service agents, maintenance workers, security officers, janitors, and couriers. There were also vacancies for operations, human resource, risk/compliance, customer service, security, inventory/supply, facilities and marketing managers, as well as accountants and market analysts.<br /> <br /> The two-day job fair, on January 12 and 13, at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, was set up to facilitate interviews by human resource professionals and faculty members who are experts in the industry. At the end of the first day, some 200 job-seekers were interviewed. <br /> <br /> According to Claire Sutherland, senior director of International and institutional Linkages at UTech, the university hosts its own job fair in March each year. On this occasion, however, the event was not limited to UTech students and alumni, but was open to anyone with the required qualifications. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a university, we consider this a very important thing for us to do in supporting the private sector and economic growth in the country,&rdquo; said Sutherland, who reported being very impressed with the turnout. <br /> <br /> Applicants ranged from students in their final year at the university, to individuals with years of experience in similar industries.<br /> <br /> One of the recruiters, who gave his name only as Oniel, told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer that many of the applicants for managerial positions did not have any work experience, so their pitches were built solely on &ldquo;passion&rdquo;, &ldquo;desire&rdquo; and &ldquo;desperation&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> Michael Joehill, a UTech past student who applied for four different positions, said he had been applying unsuccessfully for jobs since completing school and hopes that he will finally be considered. He praised the university for the initiative. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s really amazing&hellip;the location probably, to me, couldn&rsquo;t be any more perfect, because a lot of students live in and around the area, so I think it really gives young people [and] school leavers&hellip; a chance here. And there are a lot of positions,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Joehill says the only experience he has in a managerial position was gained while he was on a work and travel programme abroad, but he was hopeful that the recruiters would look past that and focus more on his drive. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The interviewers are using their discretion, and I guess how best you conduct yourself and explain to them that you have that mindset, you are vibrant, you are young &hellip;I think that probably [gives you] an edge without the experience,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Duwayne Beason, who is a final-year accounting student at UTech, said he is willing to start working while attending school. <br /> <br /> Stacey-Ann Belle, who has three years&rsquo; experience as a security guard, also took advantage of the fair. She says she is very optimistic and believes she will be hired.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, recruiter Joseth Brown said the job fair presented a &ldquo;wonderful opportunity&rdquo;. She added that, though there was not a rush, those who were able to take advantage of the event were privileged. The relatively slow pace and subdued atmosphere was an advantage, she explained, as it allowed the recruiters more time with candidates and gave them the chance to &ldquo;see what you don&rsquo;t see on paper&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Dorian Graham http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587353/253662_80462_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM A diamond in the rough: Bernette Harvey&rsquo;s story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/A-diamond-in-the-rough--Bernette-Harvey-s-story_86285 MONTEGO BAY, St James &mdash; Ask any child what they want to be when they grow up. You are likely to hear &ldquo;lawyer&rdquo;, &ldquo;doctor&rdquo;, &ldquo;pilot&rdquo;, &ldquo;astronaut&rdquo;, &ldquo;manager&rdquo; &mdash; areas which, to them, embody success and the promise of a comfortable future.<br /> <br /> As a young girl, Bernette Harvey, the fourth of seven children, had no such dream. She grew up in Lucea, Hanover, nurtured from humble beginnings. She attended Rusea&rsquo;s High School but for reasons she declined to share, was not able to complete secondary education. <br /> <br /> But with the birth of her first child when she was 19 years old, came an urgent sense of motivation she had barely experienced before. She wanted to work hard and provide for her child in ways that she herself did not enjoy. To that end, while working as a server in a Juici Patties outlet, Harvey enrolled in evening classes to acquire the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) subjects she missed out on in high school. She later secured a somewhat stable job as a security guard with Securipro and in 2013 was assigned to Sandals&rsquo; boutique property Sandals Inn, formerly Sandals Carlyle. <br /> <br /> But even then, her dreams seemed limited<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is it, this is as far as I&rsquo;m going to get. That&rsquo;s what I thought at the time,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer with a thoughtful shrug of her shoulder. <br /> <br /> The employees of Sandals Inn saw more. They felt she could do more and be more. To their mind, her small stature, soft voice and demure character did not fit the stereotypical profile of a security worker. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every time someone passed me at my security post, they would make this remark,&rdquo; she recalled. And the more they said it, the more she realised that she truly wanted more. She wanted growth, opportunities and benefits that her work as a security officer just could not provide. <br /> <br /> Dr Phillip Brown, Sandals Resorts director for training and development; and front office manager at Sandals Inn, Doreen Allen were prominent forces in Harvey&rsquo;s life at that time. They encouraged her to take the first decisive step, which led to her participation in 2015 in the resort&rsquo;s six-week hospitality and tourism training programme for the front desk. Upon completion, she was offered a job as a front desk agent and immediately began working. <br /> <br /> Three months into her new job, Harvey went a step further and enrolled with Sandals Corporate University to pursue certification in spa therapy. She completed a level three certificate course last year and is now a certified spa therapist at Sandals Royal Caribbean&rsquo;s Red Lane Spa, where she has been working since November. <br /> <br /> And she isn&rsquo;t done yet. Harvey, who turns 32 next month, is now enrolled in evening classes in human and social biology and principles of business to qualify for a degree in hospitality and tourism management. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;My journey at Sandals has just begun and I am excited about the many possibilities and opportunities that are heading my way. When I look at the person I was then and who I&rsquo;ve become, I feel a deep sense of pride that I&rsquo;ve come this far and that I had so much support from my colleagues. They treated me like family then and I&rsquo;m glad to be a part of them now,&rdquo; she told Career & Education.<br /> <br /> She has her eyes set on becoming a manager either in the spa or other areas within the hotel operation in the next five to 10 years.<br /> <br /> Harvey was awarded the resort&rsquo;s Diamond Talent of the Year for 2015. It was a shocking win for her, something she didn&rsquo;t expect because she thought she wasn&rsquo;t doing enough. Needless to say, the award has boosted her confidence level and challenges her to exceed her own expectations and limitations. <br /> <br /> Outside of work, she volunteers with the Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the luxury-included resort. She said she is inspired to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of others, particularly because she has personally benefited from kindness and an outstretched hand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is often said that where you come from doesn&rsquo;t define you, but your determination and choices to rise above your means,&rdquo; Sandals&rsquo; regional public relations manager for the Montego Bay region Khadine Daley told Career & Education. &ldquo;Bernette Harvey is a true example of one who will grab the opportunity if given the chance. With her daily passion for work and life she will continue to sparkle like the beautiful gem she is.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587352/253709_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587348/253706_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587351/253710_80532_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM Second set of upskilling courses roll out tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Second-set-of-upskilling-courses-roll-out-tomorrow_87148 The second in the series of capacity-building courses under the Upskilling and Retooling Jamaica Initiative gets under way tomorrow at HEART Trust/NTA locations and other tertiary institutions across the island.<br /> <br /> The programme, which focuses on technical skills and leadership training, involves collaboration between the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) and HEART Trust/NTA.<br /> <br /> Among the areas covered are food preparation, floral arrangement, vehicle maintenance, business planning, effective communication, executive strategy management, and transformational leadership.<br /> <br /> The three-year programme, which was officially launched in November 2016, aims to train a minimum of 3,000 individuals annually, in order to improve employee readiness, retention and productivity in particular impact sectors targeted by the Government for growth and expansion.<br /> <br /> Chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr Grace McLean, said the objective is to equip all Jamaicans with professional certification while facilitating continuous capacity-building.<br /> <br /> Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Consultancy and Institutional Capacity Building Department Manager Nicole Berry Stanford told JIS News that 2,488 individuals participated in training within the first two months of the programme.<br /> <br /> She is anticipating an overwhelming response to this second batch of training sessions.<br /> <br /> The programme is managed through the Leadership Academy by the JCTE and the Professional Skills Academy by the HEART Trust/NTA. Professional development certification is issued to participants upon successful completion of the training. <br /> <br /> Jamaicans 16-99 years are invited to register for the free professional skills courses. No prior qualifications are needed. For further information call 929-7299, 395-1522, 598-2049 or send an e-mail to upskillingandretoolingjamaica@gmail.com<br /> <br /> The Upskilling and Retooling Jamaica Initiative is part of the Government of Jamaica&rsquo;s strategic priority for human capital development. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12362548/Heart-Trust-NTA_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM How to prepare for an internal interview http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-prepare-for-an-internal-interview_87136 Carolyn Marie Smith Dear Career Advisor:<br /> <br /> I read your articles with great interest. I would like some general guidance on how to approach an internal interview. Specifically, where you already work in the organisation and are interviewing for a higher position and will be competing against others from the organisation as well as external individuals.<br /> <br /> Thanks in advance.<br /> <br /> Regards,<br /> <br /> Rachael<br /> <br /> Dear Rachael:<br /> <br /> Thank you for reading the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer and specifically for your interest in the career articles. <br /> <br /> We trust you will find the suggestions below useful.<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t assume you have an edge<br /> <br /> Being an internal candidate does not mean that you have an advantage. The fact that the position has been advertised internally as well as externally should be taken as an indication that management is desirous of identifying the best candidate. Of course, there might be instances when external notification of vacancies appears to be a mere formality, but you should not assume that this is the case.<br /> <br /> Be prepared<br /> <br /> Prepare as thoroughly as you would for a regular interview. Practise articulating your responses to potentially rigorous questions. Ensure that you are able to provide verbal evidence of your capabilities to deliver on the job requirements.<br /> <br /> Know your worth<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t assume that because your are an internal applicant that the interviewers will know the value you are currently bringing to the organisation. Details of your performance might be known by your immediate supervisor but not necessarily to the panel you will face. <br /> <br /> Ascertain your internal reputation<br /> <br /> Get feedback from colleagues and supervisors as to how you are perceived in the performance of your current job or past roles. The feedback they provide will be useful in your preparation for addressing missteps, unfair reputation, or weaknesses. For example, if you are known as an excellent teacher or line staff, it might be difficult for some to perceive you as being able to effectively transition into the role of a visionary administrator.<br /> <br /> Inform your current boss<br /> <br /> Be open and honest with your current boss. Don&rsquo;t let your participation in the interview be a surprise. Bear in mind, too, that it could become a surprise for you if at the interview you discover that your current boss is a member of the interview panel. Explain why you are interested in the position and ask for suggestions as to how you might best present yourself as suitable for the opportunity.<br /> <br /> Research, research, research<br /> <br /> Be thoroughly conversant with the job requirements, the deliverables of the job function, and the strategic goals for the functional area.<br /> <br /> Be professional<br /> <br /> Be professional in your manner of dress and deportment. Even though some members of the interview panel may be close associates, maintain professionalism. At the same time, balance your interaction by being cordial and collegial.<br /> <br /> Demonstrate enthusiasm<br /> <br /> Be sure to convey that you are not only prepared but you are enthusiastic and eager to function in the role for which you aspire.<br /> <br /> All the best!<br /> <br /> Carolyn Marie Smith is associate vice-president of student services at Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Manchester. Submit questions to her at <br /> <br /> careeradvisor@ncu.edu.jm<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13587309/253579_80339_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 22, 2017 3:00 AM YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS using business for social good http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/YOUNG-ENTREPRENEURS-using-business-for-social-good_86093 Not many people think of business as an engine of social regeneration, but when designed as a social enterprise, it is capable of not only earning profits, but providing a social service which empowers people and communities as well. <br /> <br /> Although initially unaware of the model of business they were dabbling in, entrepreneurs and life-long best friends Kadeem Pet-Grave and Simier Landsend launched a company at the start of 2015 that has so far proven both financially and socially promising. It educates vast numbers of students about Jamaican heritage and culture, and provides employment for several university students. <br /> <br /> Welcome to EducaTours JA: one of several social enterprises being nurtured by the JN Foundation through the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) in concert with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). <br /> <br /> The innovation provides primary and high school students with the opportunity to witness classroom lessons come to life through bus tours to places of historical, cultural and economic significance in Jamaica. The lessons on each trip are complemented by computerised game applications which seek to reinforce students&rsquo; knowledge, and there are plans to add augmented reality to further enrich the experience.<br /> <br /> Based at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where the young men, both in their early 20s, are reading for their undergraduate degrees in entrepreneurship, EducaTours was not an overnight achievement. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We pitched the idea to various persons; however, it all fell on deaf ears, as nobody took on the project. But one teacher who saw the vision of the industry became one of our first participants on a tour for students, which we did at no cost,&rdquo; Pet-Grave explained. <br /> <br /> The experience was a success and &ldquo;word began to spread&rdquo; about the duo&rsquo;s innovation in education circles, paving the way for other opportunities for the young team. <br /> <br /> For 2015, EducaTours conducted bus tours for more than 1,000 students, and over the next two years it plans to expand its services to cater to more than 20,000 students, locally and regionally. The objective is to expand the gamification tour experience to include exchange-type programmes for students in neighbouring Caribbean states. <br /> <br /> Becoming entrepreneurs was seeded and nurtured early in the minds of the young men. As teenagers attending Jamaica College, Pet-Grave said Landsend constantly talked about the need to operate their own business. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I always knew that I wanted to do business, but if you asked me what pulled me, I would say him,&rdquo; said Pet-Grave, pointing to Landsend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Every day he used to preach that he doesn&rsquo;t want to work for anybody; that he wants to have his own thing,&rdquo; Pet-Grave continued. <br /> <br /> And there were other inspirations, such as well-known young entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson, who also attended Jamaica College and started his eMedia Interactive company while at The UWI. <br /> <br /> The pair also internalised unobtrusive lessons from their parents and grandparents and from other experiences they garnered while at university. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;When I was a child, I would travel abroad to spend the holidays with my mother, who lives [in the US]. Every time we are enjoying ourselves, she would say she has to go, because she has work in the morning,&rdquo; said Landsend. &ldquo;So I wanted to be in a position, when I became an adult, where I could say...&rsquo;I am coming in late tomorrow, because I&rsquo;m with the children.&rsquo;&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Pet-Grave also closely observed his grandfather, who he describes as an entrepreneur and inventor, and took note of his drive. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;He would make wash pans and watering cans from zinc in the pan shop. He also owned a church, bar and lumberyard. He did many things,&rdquo; the young man recounted. <br /> <br /> And, as a participant in US President Barack Obama&rsquo;s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, last October to November, Pet-Grave also gained invaluable experience. The five-week programme took him to the US for the first time, opening his mind to new ideas and ways of thinking. He also had the opportunity to work at a tour company in Miami, Florida, named Dragonfly Expeditions, which sparked some of the ideas to further mould the EducaTours experience. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;At Dragonfly Expeditions I learned the art of storytelling, among other things, from my mentor Charles Kropke, the CEO,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Storytelling was big part of the trip for me.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s also a big a part of the duo&rsquo;s business. Although they are the face of EducaTours and deal with its day-to-day operations, each experience is written by chief creative officer, David Wright. He writes the content for various scavenger hunts for the game applications, as well as the scripts for the tour guides, and relates the stories about each of the places to be toured.<br /> <br /> The business also employs a graphic artist, who designs the look of the games and content to meet the taste of its young audience; and students at The UWI are employed as tour guides. <br /> <br /> The content of each tour is prepared and agreed with the students&rsquo; teachers, who provide the subject they wish to explore with their students. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;First the students take part in the guided tour, and following the tour, the gamification comes into play, where the tour guide provides the students with the tablets, demonstrates how it works, and they all run out to begin doing the scavenger hunt,&rdquo; Landsend explained. <br /> <br /> Each hunt is tailored to a particular syllabus and is tweaked based on the objective of the lessons outlined by the respective teacher. <br /> <br /> The young men envision EducaTours soon becoming a tool in the thrust towards regional integration, as they expand their services to include cultural exchanges between Caribbean states. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t look at us as a tour company,&rdquo; Pet-Grave urged. &ldquo;We are not doing what other tour companies are doing. We are creating an experience which allows students to interact at different levels.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570836/252528_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570832/252527__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570833/252530_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM 5 STEM-based social media careers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/5-STEM-based-social-media-careers_85833 You love social media, but have you ever thought of it as a career option?<br /> <br /> In its latest issues, STEM Jobs magazine highlighted 10 of the top jobs in the field, ranked by salary. From jobs in data to design, there are social media careers perfect for everyone&rsquo;s talents and interests. Here&rsquo;s a look at five of them.<br /> <br /> 1 DATA SCIENTIST<br /> <br /> Data scientists study trends, collect data, and make predictions based on their findings. You basically get to set the trends and call the next big apps. Not only are you analysing data, but you also pitch your ideas to companies to help them stay relevant and ahead of the curve. Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, and Vanderbilt are all universities to look into if this career is for you. The average salary is US$110,620 and<br /> <br /> Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter are some of the biggest social media companies hiring.<br /> <br /> Harvard Business Review called it the sexiest job in the 21st century, saying, &ldquo;Think of him or her as a hybrid of data hacker, analyst, communicator, and trusted adviser. The combination is extremely powerful &mdash; and rare.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> 2 SOFTWARE DEVELOPER<br /> <br /> Software development is one of the highest paying social media careers. Software developers were probably the first ones to say, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s an app for that&rdquo; because they created it. As a software developer, you get to design and improve upon the programs and software that keep everyone&rsquo;s favourite games and social media platforms running. Youngstown State University, Western New England University, and Winona State University offer programmes to train you for this in-demand career. For job opportunities, check out<br /> <br /> Instagram, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.<br /> <br /> Even if you&rsquo;re not a computer science major, there are lots of opportunities to learn more about software development. As online jobs become more common, skills like coding will become even more necessary, prompting lots of colleges to offer more courses in that field. At the University of Texas, for instance, students can take a class in the communication school where they learn to build their own app.<br /> <br /> 3 PARTNER PROGRAM ANALYST<br /> <br /> This is the perfect social media career for anyone interested in STEM and communication. As a partner program analyst, you are the intermediary between marketing and engineering. It is your job to see gaps and hear from clients, then work with engineers to solve problems and better market your product. For college options, check out Arizona State University, John Carroll University, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Facebook, Instagram, and ,LinkedIn are all hiring.<br /> <br /> 4 MEDIA SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN<br /> <br /> This social media career is for problem solvers. As a media systems technician, you need to be able to identify problems and develop solutions. Not only should you remain current on popular platforms and software, but also always be learning the newest platforms to stay relevant and knowledgeable. The average salary is US$55,000 and<br /> <br /> Google+, Pinterest, and Reddit are some of the companies hiring for this position. Aiken Technical College, Iowa Central Community College, and Salt Lake Community College are some of the schools that offer programmes for this field.<br /> <br /> 5 THREAT DETECTION ANALYST<br /> <br /> As a threat detection analyst, you are responsible for defending your company from online threats. You&rsquo;ll work with firewalls and data encryption programs, research security trends, and look for threats before they even infiltrate. Dakota State University, Fitchburg State University, and Siena Heights University offer programmes for this career and<br /> <br /> Google+, Instagram, and Vine hire threat detection analysts. The average salary is currently US$90,120.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570284/252568_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570286/252386_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM Government inks deal for hospitality school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Government-inks-deal-for-hospitality-school_86527 The Government has partnered with professionals from international tourism training institutions for the design and development of a hospitality school, which is set to be opened in 2018.<br /> <br /> Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said professor emeritus of management and tourism studies at George Washington University Donald Hawkins will be leading a team tasked with developing the design of the institution and its programmes.<br /> <br /> Other members of the team are Project Manager Dr Tony Tse, facility designer Kaye Chon from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and hotel and curriculum specialist at George Washington University, Professor Larry Yu.<br /> <br /> The team, at the end of its 50-day term, is expected to produce a business plan that will serve as a guide for the establishment of the school.<br /> <br /> Minister Bartlett, along with Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid, and Professor Hawkins signed the agreement during Wednesday&rsquo;s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House. Bartlett said the hospitality school is central to the Government&rsquo;s push to build out the tourism experience and the development of the country&rsquo;s capacity to retain its position as a leading destination.<br /> <br /> He said the instituion will focus on training people for middle- and upper-level positions in the industry.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The focus of the institution will be heavily hands-on, and so we will be training for competence as well as for pedagogy,&rdquo; he said, noting that the school will be constructed in close proximity to a hotel to allow students to have practical experience in the relevant aspects of the industry.<br /> <br /> Cabinet, on Monday, approved arrangements for the establishment of the school, which will be the first of its kind in the country.<br /> <br /> The facility is expected to deliver training on the five networks for visitor experience &ndash; gastronomy, knowledge, shopping, health and wellness, and sports and entertainment &ndash; on which the Government has placed strategic focus for the growth of the sector.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570805/252567_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM Does an incomplete degree help or hurt my chances of getting a job? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Does-an-incomplete-degree-help-or-hurt-my-chances-of-getting-a-job-_86048 Carolyn Marie Smith Dear Career Advisor: <br /> <br /> I did courses towards an associate degree in business studies some time ago. However, even though I have credits from the course, I did not complete the programme to get the actual degree. Do I have to state that I started this degree programme on my r&eacute;sum&eacute; or can I leave it off? <br /> <br /> Thanks for your reply. <br /> <br /> Yours truly,<br /> <br /> S G<br /> <br /> Dear S G:<br /> <br /> Thank you for your question, which is a common concern for a number of people. <br /> <br /> Traditionally, the rule of thumb says omit all incomplete programmes as the disadvantages of including it outweigh the advantages. The chief disadvantage is that you could be perceived as lacking the tenacity to complete something you have started. <br /> <br /> There are, however, a few things that you will need to consider before deciding whether to include it or not. Carefully consider the questions below. Your circumstances and responses will help you decide whether it will be advantageous.<br /> <br /> i. Have you simply taken a break from doing the programme?<br /> <br /> If yes, include it and indicate the expected date of completion.<br /> <br /> ii. Will your reason(s) for discontinuing the programme cast you in a negative light to potential recruiters?<br /> <br /> If so, by all means, omit the course details.<br /> <br /> iii. Are you taking steps to complete the programme in the near future?<br /> <br /> Consider the implication this might have on your taking up a new job from which you might require time-off or special consideration to complete the programme. You might therefore want to include it for transparency.<br /> <br /> iv. Have you completed another degree programme at an equivalent or higher level?<br /> <br /> If your answer is yes, do not mention the incomplete programme, especially if you have no intention of completing it. <br /> <br /> v. Is the incomplete programme aligned to your current career aspirations?<br /> <br /> Include it if this is the strongest evidence of training you have in the field.<br /> <br /> vi. Were there courses done in the incomplete programme from which you have developed skills that are of specific relevance to your projected career path?<br /> <br /> If yes, include the name of the institution, the period of study and list two to four of the courses that are relevant. For example, you might list the accounting courses you have mastered, if you are applying for a position in the accounting field.<br /> <br /> vii. Would omitting the incomplete programme reveal a significant gap in your employment or education history?<br /> <br /> If so, include it, indicating &lsquo;incomplete&rsquo; or state the number of courses remaining or approximate the percentage of completion. Be prepared to state your reason(s) if called for an interview.<br /> <br /> Carefully evaluate your responses to the preceding questions and if you see where it might be of benefit to include the incomplete programme, consider re-arranging your r&eacute;sum&eacute; to give prominence to your experience and skills by placing the section captioned &lsquo;Education&rsquo; lower or towards the bottom of your r&eacute;sum&eacute; (if it&rsquo;s a one-pager).<br /> <br /> Lastly, remember that your r&eacute;sum&eacute; is not a one-size-fits-all document and therefore what is included in the pursuit of one job opportunity might not necessarily be as important for others. The document should therefore be specifically crafted for each opportunity.<br /> <br /> Sincerely,<br /> <br /> Career Advisor<br /> <br /> Carolyn Marie Smith is associate vice-president of student services at Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Manchester. Submit your questions to her at careeradvisor@ncu.edu.jm<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11975061/CAROLYN-SMITH_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM 11 Habits you need to succeed in 2017: The students&rsquo; Edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/11-Habits-you-need-to-succeed-in-2017--The-students--Edition_85000 New Year&rsquo;s resolutions have been a ritual for people all over the world for thousands of years. At the end of each year, we make lists of things we want to accomplish in the following year. It helps us to go into the New Year with an optimistic mindset to be better than we were the year before. But it can be difficult to maintain those goals for the duration of the year, even for students. Educator, author and Career & Education columnist Dr Karla Hylton, LASCO Teacher of the Year from St Elizabeth Technical High School Kerene Nelson, and the 2017 Rhodes Scholar Shakeba Foster shared some habits that students can develop to give them a better chance of academic success in 2017.<br /> <br /> 1 BE DISCIPLINED AND RESPONSIBLE<br /> <br /> Observe the institution&rsquo;s rules, attend classes punctually and complete all assignments in a timely manner. <br /> <br /> 2 BE A FOCUSED AND ACTIVE STUDENT<br /> <br /> Pay keen attention during the instructional process and take notes. During class or study time, limit distractions by getting rid of all gadgets, cellphones, even friends who are likely to waste your time. Actively participate in the teaching/learning process by asking questions, sharing your thoughts and willingly collaborating in pair or group activities. Speak up and seek clarity from teachers if there is something you do not understand. They are there to help you. If you still do not understand, seek help from peers or other capable resources.<br /> <br /> 3 REVIEW (REWRITE OR DISCUSS) NOTES WITHIN 24 HOURS<br /> <br /> Create a consistent, daily study routine for revision. This means that you try to study at the same time and same place, every day. This creates a study habit that becomes routine. Start with the most difficult subject first, whether it&rsquo;s an assignment or review.<br /> <br /> 4 SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED WITH OTHERS<br /> <br /> Repetition helps with learning. It helps you to have an idea of how much you understand and you will be better able to apply what you have learnt to other subjects as well as real-life situations.<br /> <br /> 5 BE AN AUTONOMOUS LEARNER<br /> <br /> Learning should not only happen in a classroom setting. Explore the known and unknown and expand your horizon. You can do this by reading books, browsing the Internet or just speaking to people who may have knowledge that you do not.<br /> <br /> 6 SET SCHEDULES<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t try to do things &ldquo;as they come&rdquo;. This usually leads to a heavy concentration on the areas you like and too little on areas in which you are weak. Instead, assess your weaknesses and strengths as early as possible and allow more time for working on weak or demanding areas. If you have trouble remembering what you are scheduled to do each day, try using an agenda or setting alarms.<br /> <br /> 7 COMMIT<br /> <br /> One cannot expect to reap success without having committed to a process. To be successful in any academic pursuit, there must be a willingness to always set and follow defined study schedules and put away distracting elements at these specific times regardless of feelings.<br /> <br /> 8 DO NOT PROCRASTINATE<br /> <br /> Employ a balanced approach with academics and recreation. At the beginning of school terms/semesters, there tends to be a feeling that there is &ldquo;enough time&rdquo;. But don&rsquo;t be fooled; a term or semester is just enough time to learn all the material and get the best possible grade. Start working hard from the very start. <br /> <br /> 9 TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY <br /> <br /> Physical activity is good for both your body and your brain. Exercise daily, eat a balanced diet, and drink lots of water. Sleep is valuable as it increases performance. A well-rested brain will absorb what is taught and what is studied more effectively than a sleep-deprived brain.<br /> <br /> 10 TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND<br /> <br /> Include leisure/relaxation into your day. A day should never be spent solely on academics. Once you have started serious work very early, there will be enough time to relax and have fun. Do just that: have fun, relax, enjoy yourself. Then get back to working hard.<br /> <br /> 11 DEVELOP A RELIANCE ON GOD<br /> <br /> School can sometimes present difficult and unusual situations that can cause students to become distracted from what is important. Reliance on God helps you to deal with situations that may be new to you and gives you peace of mind in knowing you are not alone. For those who are more spiritual than religious, meditating might be useful.<br /> <br /> &mdash; Dorian Graham<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13444613/241991_r400_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570560/252357__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570562/252356__w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM PSOJ, UWI to hold research, development talks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/PSOJ--UWI-to-hold-research--development-talks_86495 BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career&Education writer honeyghanp@jamaicaobserver.com Citing the ever increasing demand for new, better, and more more advanced technologies in almost every sphere of the lgobal marketplace, president of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Paul B Scott has argued that companies need to rely on continuous research in order to reinvent themselves and remain sustainable.<br /> <br /> To that end, Scott announced on Tuesday that the PSOJ and the University of the West Indies, Mona will be forging a partnership to drive research and development in business.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Development of business requires research and development; there is no doubt about that. You have to look at what it is like today in the global marketplace to realise that every single day the marketplace is becoming more globalised,&rdquo; Scott said at the launch of the 18th staging of the UWI Mona&rsquo;s Research Days at the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The problem with globalisation is that everything happens so much quicker. That is why it so absolutely imperative that the private sector goes into a partnership with those that can deliver efficient research that is relevant to their companies&rsquo; goals. And we support research and development, done efficiently and scientific as it is at the UWI. You have our support and confidence,&rdquo; he continued.<br /> <br /> Scott told the Jamaica Observer that while no formal agenda has yet been drafted between the two groups, he is excited about the dialogue to be had and the potential benefits to be reaped by both. <br /> <br /> This year, UWI Research Days, scheduled for February 1-3, will be held under the theme &lsquo;Driving Development through Research and Innovation&rsquo;. They will showcase research from over 70 areas across the university&rsquo;s programmes and for the first time, will feature work from all campuses. The days will also include live concerts featuring original work produced the faculty of Humanities and Education.<br /> <br /> Chairperson of the Steering Committee for UWI Research Days Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer lauded Scott for having recognised the impact that the university has been making in the wider community while noting that UWI is in the best position to cater to the demands of local businesses.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Partnerships such as these show the importance of UWI Research Days, which is relevant to this country. UWI facilitated and executed research is necessary, because since we are a local institution, we have an understanding of the local situation &mdash; culturally, economically, politically, and socially,&rdquo; Professor Eldemire-Shearer reasoned.<br /> <br /> Agreeing with their arguments, Professor Archibald McDonald, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the university, said such partnerships have been his dream.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Three years ago at my inauguration, I made a commitment to reposition our research by putting emphasis on projects which have the potential to contribute to growth and development in Jamaica and the Caribbean,&rdquo; Professor McDonald said while noting that he was happy to see this vision become a reality.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We value the opportunity as an academic community to share our knowledge with the people we benefit most &mdash; the public. For the university, research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve,&rdquo; Professor McDonald said.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13513384/248197.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553609/251384_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM Alpha launches new-look website http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Alpha-launches-new-look-website_86497  <br /> <br /> Alpha Institute and the Religious Sisters of Mercy who operate the school have launched a redesigned website.<br /> <br /> The new-look product &mdash; alphaboysschool.org &mdash; was designed by Nestor Matilla (http://mountgrovemusic.com/) and built by Joan Cerdas (mrkowalsky.com) at no cost to Alpha.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;alphaboysschool.org will help us to better stay engaged with you, our friends and family,&rdquo; the institue said. &ldquo;Alpha is grateful to Mr Matilla and Mr Cerdas for taking the first steps and all of you who continue to walk the journey with us.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cerdas is a Costa Rican citizen currently residing in Paris, France. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Ever since I heard about Alpha and its mission I always wanted to be part of it. As a musician, web developer and reggae fan I hope to keep being part of Alpha&rsquo;s cause,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Despite a series of name changes over the years, the mission of the institution &mdash; which began operating in 1880 as Alpha Cottage, then changed to Alpha Industrial School, later to Alpha Boys&rsquo; School and is currently styled as Alpha Institute &mdash; has remained constant. It supports youth at risk through employment training and care for the whole person. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The new website will help us to achieve that mission,&rdquo; Alpha said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We encourage you to explore the new website. For visitors in Jamaica and out, the new website is easy to use and full of news and information. We hope the new interactive design will encourage you to browse and stay a little while online. If you are looking for ways to connect offline, please visit the &ldquo;Get Involved&rdquo; page to find out how we can stay in touch.<br /> <br /> There are other features, which include an online shop with Alpha&rsquo;s hand-crafted speciality wood pieces and classic screen printed Alpha gear; information about academic and vocational training, and community volunteerism<br /> <br /> Alpha is a non-profit vocational and education school. We rely on the input and contributions from many sources. Alpha staff and students are grateful to Nestor Matilla and Joan Cerdas for the generous donation of this new website.<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/11757585/alpha_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM UCC accredited by UK body http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UCC-accredited-by-UK-body_86493 The University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the largest, private, non-affiliated tertiary institution in Jamaica and the Caribbean has received international institutional accreditation status from the United Kingdom-based Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC). <br /> <br /> ASIC is an independent body specialising in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online and distance education providers in the United Kingdom and overseas. It is approved by the United Kingdom Government as an accreditation agency, and is a member of the British Quality Foundation as well as the CHEA International Quality Group in the United States.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am pleased to inform you that it was recommended that the University College of the Caribbean be institutionally accredited,&rdquo; Professor John Wilson, head of accreditation at ASIC, advised in a recent letter. He noted that UCC &ldquo;has many areas of strength and good practice and, in particular, has been awarded commendable grades overall and thus, designated as an ASIC Premier Institution.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This decision follows a visit by an ASIC accreditation review team to Jamaica last October to assess UCC and its partner institution, the Caribbean School of Medical Sciences of Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Professor Bernadette Warner, VP for Academic Affairs and Internationalisation at UCC, in welcoming the attainment of ASIC accreditation, said it confirms that the institution meets high standards of education, welfare and good practice. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This accreditation will reassure our students and stakeholders that UCC is a good choice, and that they will be provided with professional teaching, valuable qualifications and a positive learning experience,&rdquo; Professor Warner stated.<br /> <br /> Professor Dennis J Gayle, executive chancellor and interim president at UCC, said the international institutional accreditation status provided by ASIC &ldquo;represented a well-earned accolade to the continuing quality assurance efforts of the UCC community&rdquo;. He added that formal institutional accreditation processes were inherently valuable because of the need for systematic and documented institutional self-assessment.<br /> <br /> The UCC, which was previously registered and recognised as a &ldquo;tertiary institution&rdquo; by the University Council of Jamaica, the local accreditation body, was also recently registered and recognised by that body as a &ldquo;university college&rdquo;, the first private institution in Jamaica and the Caribbean to have formally achieved such a status.<br /> <br /> UCC was established in January 2004 from an amalgamation of the Institute of Management Sciences and the Institute of Management and Production.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13570578/252506__w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM How to raise respectful children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-raise-respectful-children_85795 Dr Karla Hylton A few years ago, it would be unheard of to have students addressing teachers using slang such as &ldquo;hey&rdquo; or &ldquo;hi&rdquo;. Instead, it would be &ldquo;Good morning, Good afternoon, or Good evening, Miss or Sir&rdquo;. Nowadays, there is a deficit in good manners among too many of our youngsters. <br /> <br /> No child is born having good manners. It is something that adults, in particular parents, must teach them through good communication but most importantly, by example. Good manners are a prerequisite for building a good community and nation since respect is the core of all successful relationships. We must respect each other whether or not they are less fortunate than us. Lack of respect is the root of bullying which is becoming a dangerous, negative force in schools.<br /> <br /> In my days as a student, if a teacher came into the classroom, we would all immediately stop our conversations and stand in recognition of an adult presence. The practice reinforces the authority of adults. Many schools still adopt the custom, but unfortunately not many enough.<br /> <br /> I personally feel that there should be zero tolerance to disrespect shown to teachers and other staff at our educational institutions. Educators, that include private tutors, must assert their right to be shown respect. In my opinion, much for this disrespect is rooted in the parents&rsquo; own disregard of the teaching profession. Teaching is often considered a lower class profession and is regarded as &lsquo;a career choice for those who can&rsquo;t do better&rsquo;. Perhaps it is time that parents remember that they are who they are because they were taught by teachers. <br /> <br /> While frustrating, all parents must actively work to teach their kids the value of respect to all persons. Impudence from students is not only shown towards adults but is also evident among peers. I have seen students bumping into other students without saying a simple &lsquo;excuse me&rsquo;. This is unacceptable.<br /> <br /> TIPS TO TEACH RESPECT <br /> <br /> &bull; Show respect &mdash; It is a two-way street and you must lead by example. It&rsquo;s important that as adults we show teenagers respect even when they are being disrespectful to us. It means having the capacity to apologise if you as the adult did something wrong. <br /> <br /> &bull; Model respect &mdash; Kids learn more from what you do than what you say. This means that you demonstrate respect to them as well as to others even if you do not like the person. Do not be caught making disparaging remarks about others, especially your child&rsquo;s teachers. Your child hears everything you say and will likely follow your lead.<br /> <br /> &bull; Respond to disrespect with a plan &mdash; Regardless of what your child may say to you that is disrespectful, always respond calmly. For example, you could say, Please do not speak to me that way. Do not deviate from this response, even if he/she continues to show disrespect. By replying in this manner, you are showing your child that his efforts to anger you has failed.<br /> <br /> &bull; Expect respect &mdash; Many kids will rise to the occasion when you have reasonable expectations. Make them known to your child and always give encouragement. Set rules and expect compliance.<br /> <br /> &bull; Acknowledge disrespect &mdash; We are often tempted to let certain behaviours slide. Be sure to call kids out when they show disrespectful behaviour. It is best to do this immediately. If tolerance is demonstrated, then this will lead to further insolence. <br /> <br /> &bull; Praise respect &mdash; When kids are respectful and make good choices, recognise and praise it. This will boost their self-esteem and motivate them to continue respectful behaviour.<br /> <br /> &bull; Separate &lsquo;adult&rsquo; from &lsquo;peer&rsquo; &mdash; Many parents and some teachers try to become their teen&rsquo;s or student&rsquo;s friend in an effort to connect with them. The fact is, the position of &lsquo;parent&rsquo; or &lsquo;teacher&rsquo; demands more respect than simply being &lsquo;friend&rsquo;. Maintain your role as a responsible adult. <br /> <br /> &bull; Monitor media &mdash; Many lyrics of popular music show disrespect towards adults. Talk about these things. The same applies to certain movies and TV shows. You may need to place sanctions on the music and shows that your child listens to or views.<br /> <br /> Dr Karla Hylton is the author of Yes! You Can Help Your Child Achieve Academic Success and Complete Chemistry for Caribbean High Schools. She operates Bio & Chem Tutoring, which specialises in secondary level biology and chemistry. Reach her at (876) 564-1347, biochemtutor100@gmail.com or khylton.com. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13493310/246335_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:00 AM PHOTO: The president&rsquo;s books http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-president-s-books_86531 Professor Stephen Vasciannie (right), president, University of Technology, Jamaica, presents a collection of law publications which he authored to University Librarian David Drysdale during a tour of the Calvin McKain Library on the Papine campus on Wednesday. Sharing in the presentation is Glenda Dalling, librarian. The entire collection consisted of 10 books and 10 offprints. In making the donation, Vasciannie underscored that &ldquo;the library is the heart of the institution&rdquo;, and expressed hope that the collection will serve as good resource material for students and will encourage UTech, Ja faculty members to pursue increased research and publication. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13573062/252570_79256_repro_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 15, 2017 3:00 AM Turning resolutions into visions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Turning-resolutions-into-visions-_85796 At the start of the new year many people make resolutions, commitments and plans to make the new year better than the previous one. Usually they focus on shedding some bad habits and cultivating new ones, or on improving their health, social status or financial standing. Unfortunately, some of these are often short-lived, becoming forgotten long before the end of the year. <br /> <br /> For that reason, JMMB has, for the past four years, been seeking to help its employees uncover the secret to not just keeping their resolutions, but transforming them into visions and later, reality. To that end, the financial group hosts annual vision board parties, the most recent of which was Thursday evening at its New Kingston head office, with over 20 staffers in attendance and several others from other branches islandwide joining via video conferencing . The session was led by educator, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Nicole McLaren Campbell. She is the founder and director of AIM Educational Services, and a Career & Education columnist.<br /> <br /> According to Campbell, vision boarding allows individuals to constantly improve on themselves and can be applied to individuals&rsquo; short-term and long-term goals. <br /> <br /> She guided the participants through a process of explaining why vision boards work, had them outline four broad goals that are important to them, and had them cut images from magazines that matched the aforementioned goals. Later, each participant wrote a letter detailing the goals to their future selves. They were sealed and handed over to Human Resource Administration Manager Simone Dunbar, who will mail them to the participants in six months&rsquo; time.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The workshop was designed to provide team members with an opportunity for self-reflection in developing plans and goals, by visualising the future they want to create,&rdquo; Dunbar noted. &ldquo;We encourage team members to utilise the skills and lessons learnt in the session and transfer these to other spheres of influence, and to host similar exercises with family and friends.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> It has so far been working for Express Transaction Officer Kenney Brown.<br /> <br /> Two years after her first session she has bought a car, adopted a healthy lifestyle &mdash; which includes losing 60 lbs &mdash; and has got a puppy, all things she had pasted on her vision board. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Following the doctor&rsquo;s recommendation to lose weight in order to improve my health, I decided to add this goal to my vision board,&rdquo; Brown said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;It helped me to take ownership of myself and take immediate action. My vision board also serves as a constant reminder of where I want to be in the future. I have positioned it in a prominent place so that I can hold myself accountable, and my team members and friends also remind me of my vision,&rdquo; she added. <br /> <br /> Disbursement officer at JMMB&rsquo;s Haughton Terrace branch, Jody Henry tells a similar story of having goals on her vision board materialise. Having participated in the first vision board session in 2014, she has seen many of her goals become a reality &mdash; home ownership, becoming healthier, completing an associate&rsquo;s degree in business administration, and now pursuing a bachelor of science degree in general management. <br /> <br /> The board, she says, serves as a road map to her life and she ticks off each milestone achieved along the way.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Commitment and the meaning that I&rsquo;ve attached to my vision board are the secrets to my success,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> For Kenney, vision boarding is a better alternative to setting new year resolutions, since it keeps one more accountable to oneself.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Creating your vision board is more than crafting a work of art. Instead, it is shaping the masterpiece of your future self,&rdquo; she said, noting that the letter the participants write to themselves during the session will serve to highlight the progress that would have been achieved over time and point out areas that need improvement. <br /> <br /> She concedes that she is still a work in progress, but maintains that she is proud of her achievements to date and is looking forward to continuing to shape her future self. Other goals outlined on her long-term vision board, she said, include having her own family and career advancement.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553664/251398_sld_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553665/251393_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553666/251394__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553667/251396__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553669/251392_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 08, 2017 12:00 AM 9 Habits you need for success in 2017 &mdash; the employee&rsquo;s edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/9-Habits-you-need-for-success-in-2017---the-employee-s-edition_85824 Successful people will tell you that success &mdash; however you define it &mdash; doesn&rsquo;t happen overnight, nor is it a final destination. It springs from constant work, passion, preparation, diligence, perseverance, continuous learning, sacrifice, and learning from failure. It is the result of habits cultivated over time and practised every day. <br /> <br /> We spoke with a few of Jamaica&rsquo;s successful leaders &mdash; including Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker; chairman and CEO of the Musson Group of Companies, and Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica President P B Scott; and lecturer in French and coordinator for modern languages at the Cave Hill campus of The University of the West Indies, Dr Desrine Bogle &mdash; to zero in on some habits you need to succeed in your job/career. Here is some of what they shared:Be punctual<br /> <br /> Remember when you&rsquo;re graduating from college or high school that you&rsquo;re not the only one, and when you do get the job, you&rsquo;re not the only person who will be starting to work there that year. So how do you separate yourself from the pool? The first thing is to be punctual and get to work early. That will separate you from the average employee in Jamaica because it&rsquo;s the early bird that gets the worm.<br /> <br /> Cultivate skills that <br /> <br /> Ask yourself, &lsquo;If I&rsquo;m a manager why am I going to remember an employee?&rsquo; Do you speak a language? Are you computer literate? There must be something that you bring to the table that others don&rsquo;t, something that pertains to the job. It&rsquo;s great if you can play netball but that&rsquo;s not why we&rsquo;re hiring you, so find out what skill you have that the company will find valuable.<br /> <br /> Be meticulous<br /> <br /> Don&rsquo;t present sloppy, half-done projects. Be thorough and pay great attention to detail. Your work will stand out and your boss will be impressed.<br /> <br /> Be dependable <br /> <br /> Return phone calls and get it done when you say you&rsquo;re going to get it done. Become the can-do person.<br /> <br /> Be motivated/persevere<br /> <br /> Motivation is cultivating an indomitable spirit to withstand the discouragement, failure and disappointments which may come your way. Motivation may be internal or external; the most important is your personal desire to achieve. Motivation keeps you focused on the goal.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Visualise/Focus on the outcome<br /> <br /> When you visualise, you see yourself as having already achieved the goal, which has a very positive effect on your motivation level. If you want a home, choose or draw a picture of the dream home and keep it somewhere you can see it daily. The &lsquo;taste&rsquo; of success you get from visualisation fuels your passion and drive to achieve. <br /> <br /> Tell your manager something he/she didn&rsquo;t know before<br /> <br /> For this to work, it has to be something that impresses, something that will make him/her go, &lsquo;Wow! I didn&rsquo;t know that.&rsquo;<br /> <br /> Read<br /> <br /> A voracious reading appetite will serve you well in life in general, but make sure you read up about your professional area. Things are constantly changing and you need to keep abreast to stay on top.<br /> <br /> Dress for the job you want, not for the one you have<br /> <br /> It may seem superficial, but people tend to judge us (consciously or not) in part based on how we look, so why not dress as if you&rsquo;re ready for a promotion? Like it or not, clothing makes a statement about who you are and where you want to go. It doesn&rsquo;t necessarily mean a suit and tie every day, however, but it be at least appropriate, if not professional.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12681764/187183__w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553609/251384_w300.jpg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13553607/251400__w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 08, 2017 12:00 AM STETHS hopes greenhouse tech will return it to &ldquo;glory days' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/STETHS-hopes-greenhouse-tech-will-return-it-to--glory-days-_85837 The administration of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz is using greenhouse technology to teach agricultural science and to combat praedial larceny at the institution.<br /> <br /> Principal Keith Wellington reported that with greenhouse technology, the hope is that STETHS can return to its glory days of being one of the top educational institutions that have agriculture as a major focus.<br /> <br /> Wellington said STETHS is formerly one of the top producers of chicken meat and other agricultural produce, but it has suffered over the years at the hands of praedial larcenists.<br /> <br /> He said greenhouse technology will ensure that production of crops returns in a big way, while students will continue to be involved in the vocation.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What we have been trying to do in recent times is to focus on agriculture using technology. We have a greenhouse in place that we use to teach our students and we use smaller plots for tutorial purposes,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Wellington pointed out that while STETHS has access to a wide expanse of land, it is open to the community and argued that if the property can be securely fenced, it would boost both livestock and crop production.<br /> <br /> STETHS has a student population of 1,780 and an academic staff of 96. In 2016, it became the first school to cop both the Principal and Teacher of the Year awards in the same year. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552770/251291_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 08, 2017 12:00 AM Is social media harmful to children? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Is-social-media-harmful-to-children-_85122 The response will vary depending on whom you ask, but for the students who won the second annual Burger King Prep and Primary Debating Competition recently, social media does have value for Jamaica&rsquo;s children.<br /> <br /> According to the St Andrew Preparatory School team of Ayla Pessoa Rollins, Anna Madden and Rheana Williams, who opposed the moot: &ldquo;Be it Resolved that Social Media is Harmful to the Development of Jamaica&rsquo;s Children, &ldquo;social media facilitates networking and connecting and making friends with persons not in the same physical space, aids social interaction and cognitive development and provides entertainment&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> They conceded that the technology does present some potential danger, but argued that parental guidance and adult supervision are essential to protecting children while allowing them to enjoy the benefits of social media. <br /> <br /> St Andrew Prep accused the team from Our Lady of the Angels, which was proposing the moot, of wanting to &ldquo;take Jamaica back to the Stone Age&rdquo; and pointed to examples of teachers using social media like WhatsApp to establish and maintain study groups for the benefit of their students.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The NIA (National Integrity Action) uses social media to communicate, Burger King uses social media to congratulate competition winners and UNICEF use social media to promote children&rsquo;s rights,&rdquo; St Andrew argued further.<br /> <br /> Our Lady of the Angels &mdash; represented by Omario Norman, Danielle Kelly and TeAndre Griffiths &mdash; countered that &ldquo;many of the visuals and language on social media are offensive to children and adults and its disadvantages far outweigh its positives&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Social media encourages children to sit for hours playing games and being unproductive and encourages cyber bullying. It has a dark side inhabited by paedophiles and can impair physical and mental health&rdquo;, they argued.<br /> <br /> Competition judges Germain Barrett (chief judge), Jamie Ann Chevannes, and Sherona Forrester, praised St Andrew Prep for their &ldquo;energetic and convincing arguments&rdquo; and awarded St Andrew&rsquo;s Madden &ldquo;Best Debater of the Season&rdquo; which comprised five rounds and featuring schools from Kingston and St Catherine. &ldquo;Outstanding Debater&rdquo; awards were presented to Our Lady of the Angels&rsquo; Norman, Jada Smith of Duhaney Park Primary, Pessoa Rollins of St Andrew Prep, and Jessica Betty from Wolmer&rsquo;s Prep. <br /> <br /> Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager of Restaurant Associates Limited, operators of Burger King in Jamaica noted that &ldquo;the competition which is presented with the support of the National Integrity Action and<br /> <br /> TVJ, challenges young debaters to think responsibly and express themselves logically on national issues&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is designed to help our young debaters develop their opinions and their communication skills,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Nikiita Pearce (St Andrew) and Julienne Swaby (Our Lady of Angels) received &ldquo;Champion Coach&rdquo; Awards.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13552753/251283_w300.jpg Local Education Sunday, January 08, 2017 12:00 AM UWI launches TV service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-launches-TV-service_84645 The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in partnership with CaribVision, the regional cable service of the Caribbean Media Corporation and the RJR Group in Jamaica have launched UWI-TV, a new multimedia public information and education service.<br /> <br /> UWI-TV went live on December 1, 2016 &mdash; initially for three hours per day &mdash; and offers a variety of programmes showcasing the scholarship and varied public events and activities that take place at the university daily.<br /> <br /> The partnership with CaribVision will deliver UWI content to millions of viewers in 22 Caribbean country markets as well as the large Caribbean diaspora communities in New York, Toronto, Montreal, London and Europe. UWI-TV&rsquo;s cable service will be complemented by a robust web and social presence, allowing users to view programmes in real time or on demand.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are now in a new phase of television,&rdquo; said UWI Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Technology has enabled us to view programming on a variety of platforms. It has compelled us to create programming more quickly and more efficiently. The UWI has decided to use the opportunity that these new technologies offer, to share ideas, to dig deeper, think broader, reach higher for our understanding of our region and our world, to forge ahead with a pantheon of ideas. For us, the medium is the message.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> TheUWI-TV initiative forms part of the Triple A Vision outlined in the university&rsquo;s new strategic direction: alignment between industry and academia for wealth creation and distribution; expansion of access to tertiary education and increased agility to global opportunities.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Local Education Sunday, January 08, 2017 12:00 AM GT Taylor looks to experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/GT-Taylor-looks-to-experience_85188 There may be a reduction in emerging acts on next year&rsquo;s Boom GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza. Event founder GT Taylor said he will bank on experience.<br /> <br /> The annual event&rsquo;s 16th staging took place Christmas Day at Luana Sports Complex in Black River, St Elizabeth.<br /> <br /> A number of aspirants dotted the line-up, but it was seasoned acts Sanchez, Freddie McGregor, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Kiprich, and Ninjaman who stood out.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We will be focusing on performances, less artistes, more performance time. We will be focusing on artistes with catalogues. What patrons are asking for is longer performances from artistes,&rdquo; said Taylor.<br /> <br /> The upcoming artiste has been a fixture of &lsquo;Extravaganza&rsquo; over the years, but has added to lengthy line-up, resulting in a drawn-out show.<br /> <br /> This year, there was a venue change from Independence Park which hosted the show since 2001. Taylor said the move to nearby Luana Sports Complex paid off.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The venue change worked extremely well for the event. We worked hard to make the venue the best on the south coast and patrons went away happy.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ndash;&ndash; Howard Campbell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/12503038/175929_w300.jpg Local Education Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:00 AM