Career & Education

Andre Taylor flies high

Andre Taylor points to the
trophies he has accumulated
over the years for a track
record of excellence. (PHOTO:

IN a society where girls often outperform boys academically, Andre Taylor has given Jamaica a gentle nudge, as a reminder that boys should not be counted out. Taylor, who resides in Bermaddy, rural community in St Catherine, has provided a positive reinforcement for the status of boys in the educati ... Read More

Principal of Ferncourt High Rev'd Lenworth Sterling, seen here
with Danielle and her mother, conceptualised the trophy named in
his honour for outstanding achievement in GSAT mathematics 'I love maths'
WHILE many students admit that they fear mathematics, it is the love of Danielle Tucker's life. "I ... Read More

Edmund Bartlett addresses recipients of the Ed Bartlett Tertiary
Scholarship at the Iberostar Hotel, Rose Hall, St James on
Tuesday. (PHOTO: PHILP LEMONTE) Universities should offer student loans — Bartlett
MONTEGO BAY, St James -- East Central St James MP Edmund Bartlett has challenged tertiary institutio ... Read More

A section of the crowd of job seekers at Pier 1 in Montego Bay yesterday waiting to be interviewed
by a Bamboo Beach Club representative. (PHOTO: KIMONE THOMPSON) What is an exit interview?
Dear Career Advisor: I am seeking your guidance on two distressing situations I am now facing. I ha ... Read More

How to write a cover letter that gets noticed

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

JOB seekers often underestimate the value of a cover letter to the application process and end up writing pieces that either go to the bottom of the recruiter's pile, or worse. The cover letter is an opportunity for the job candidate to illustrate his/her communication abilities and market him/herself to recruiters. The quality of it determines whether you are called to an interview or not, so should therefore be well-written and targeted. We got some good advice from Ann Marie Thomas of the Hu ... Read More

PHOTO: Musical gifts

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

The 50 young people who were enrolled in Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica's Annual Summer Band Camp for 2015, which was held between June 20 and August 12, react to news that they would be receiving the instrument to which they were assigned. The announcement was made at the charity organisation's Summer Band Camp's Graduation Ceremony held on August 12 at FFP's headquarters in St Catherine. Members of the charity organisation and guest speaker, saxophonist Dean Fraser, encouraged them to use th ... Read More

WINDALCO offers engineering scholarships in Russia

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

UC Rusal is to keep the
Ewarton refinery open.

UC Rusal Alumina Jamaica Limited, the Russia-based parent company of WINDALCO and ALPART, announced last week that it will be offering 25 scholarships to Jamaican students to pursue undergraduate degrees in Russia, starting this school year. The scholarships will be offered in the fields of chemical engineering, mining engineering, electrical engineering, instrument engineering and mechanical engineering. They will be tenable at: * Peoples Friendship University of Russia, Moscow; * Ural Stat ... Read More

GK helps send employees' children back to school

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

The GraceKennedy head office in downtown Kingston.

GRACEKENNEDY Group of companies awarded 28 secondary and tertiary level students, who are children of its employees, with bursaries totalling $1.8 million at its head office in downtown Kingston last Tuesday. The bursary is named Carlton Alexander Bursary Programme, which started in 1989 in honour of the late Selwyn Carlton Alexander, former chairman of GraceKennedy Limited. The value of the awards this year has increased by $400,000, according to Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director of GraceK ... Read More

Jamaica Broilers awards bursaries

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

From left: Abigail Brown of Bodles; Karla Davis, group PR &
training representative, Jamaica Broilers Group; Oshane Israel
of Freetown; Christopher Levy, president & CEO, Jamaica
Broilers Group, and Joel Palmer, of McCook’s Pen.

THE Jamaica Broilers Group hosted its 2015 back-to-school awards function at its head office in McCook's Pen, St Catherine, last Tuesday. President & CEO Christopher Levy, presented a symbolic cheque for $400,000 to Diana Bryan-Christie, principal of Spring Garden All-Age School, for disbursement by the Spring Village Development Foundation to 34 pre-selected students in the Spring Village community -- home of the Best Dressed Chicken processing plant. The bursaries are awarded to students ... Read More

‘Lego yuh mind’

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Halls of Learning’s summer camp at the Stella Maris Pastoral Centre, Lego Yuh Mind, allows participants to develop valuable academic, creative and problemsolving skills through hands-on learning designed to explore ideas in science, technology, art and mathematics. Participants from as young as age three get the opportunity to build 3-D models. Halls of Learning was founded by trained teacher Marvin Hall. (PHOTO: HALLS OF LEARNING) Read More

Stationery drive

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited last week donated 50 notebooks and 50 pencils to the Rotaract Club of St Andrew's back-to-school stationery drive. The handing over took place at Sagicor's head office in New Kingston. The club's vice-president Sheldon Pinnock accepted the donation from Krystle Hawes Simpson, Financial Advisor at Sagicor. Sharing in the occasion were club members (from left) Clifton Cawley, Sherika Watson, Paige Jackson, Anna-Kae West and Angeleque Curtis. The National Road Safety Co ... Read More

M&M increases tertiary maths scholarships

Sunday, August 30, 2015    

Math champs

CIVIL engineering firm M&M Jamaica Ltd has added three tertiary scholarships to its raft of outreach intervention programmes, one of which will be awarded to a Balaclava High School student to pursue mathematics. The announcement was made at a recent ceremony at the company's offices in Kingston, where Managing Director Don Mullings, along with company director Richard Mullings and executive assistant Donnique Mullings, donated more than 50 scientific calculators and geometry sets to Balacl ... Read More

Twin excellence

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer intern | Sunday, August 23, 2015    

CSEC scholars Shauntelle (left) and Shaneque (second right) and their parents Basil Edwards and Dorain Abrahams showcase the twins’ trophy collection at
their home in Longville Park, Clarendon. Shauntelle bagged 10 ones and a two, while Shaneque copped 11 ones, all in one sitting.

A 2008 Taiwanese study suggests that twins perform poorer academically when compared to singletons, but the consistent excellent performance of Clarendon-born twins Shauntelle and Shaneque Edwards since they were two years old, pokes gaping holes in the theory. The twins achieved 11 subjects each in the 2015 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, with Shauntelle receiving 10 grade ones and a grade two, and Shaneque obtaining 11 grade ones. The results did not come as a ... Read More

Raining scholarships

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer intern | Sunday, August 23, 2015    

The 2015 cohort of Rainforest Seafoods scholarship awardees — including Calais Morrison (left) and Sean Patterson (second
right)— display their certificates in the company of CEO Brian Jardim (right), General Manager Ernie Grant (back row, left),
Corporate Relations Manager Dr Wongford Lewis (back row, second left), and HR Manager Karlene Sutherland (back row, right) at
the company’s Slipe Road head office on Monday. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

A 3.6 Grade Point Average (GPA) was not an easy feat for Calais Morrison, a first-year accounting major at the University of the West Indies. But the 20-year-old said she was mentally prepared to succeed, not only because of a personal desire to win, but also because it is a renewal condition of the Rainforest Seafoods scholarships that she maintain a minimum of 3.0. "Tertiary education is very expensive and both my parents are facing financial difficulties so this [scholarship] serves as a big help to us," ... Read More



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