Careers & Education

Teachers, Thwaites again on collision course

Thwaites... urged teachers to take their leave outside of the 190 days stipulated for instructional delivery in the academic year.

WITH anger simmering inside the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) over Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' strong objection to teachers taking vacation leave during instructional days, the head of the teachers' union is warning that the arrangement cannot be changed without consensus. At the same ... Read More

Solid gold PHOTO: Solid Gold
Students who were awarded NCB Employees Co-operative Credit Union 2014 Treasure Chest Solid Gold GSA ... Read More

FOSTER… the ministry has embarked on a programme to
rationalise basic schools by merging them into infant
departments of primary schools Gov't moves to further strengthen early childhood education programme
THE Ministry of Education is targeting the merger and/or construction of 200 early childhood institu ... Read More

THWAITES ... move triggered by declining GSAT numbers Private schools in trouble
SOME private high schools will have to close next month as they are unable to stay open without the ... Read More

Nicola Scott is ATL's Team Member of the Year

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Scott receives her award from ATL Group deputy chairman and chief executive officer Adam

"THE first thing I saw from ATL were the uniformed technicians and their trademark service vans. I admired them so much, and I said to myself, 'That's where I need to be'," explained ATL's Nicola Scott. Fast-forward 14 years and Scott still radiates eagerness and enthusiasm, making every day reminiscent of that Monday many years ago when she first set foot through ATL's doorways. A true team leader, 'Nicky', as she is affectionately called by everyone, was on the receiving end of praise and ac ... Read More

The wealth advisor

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Jean-Ann Panton, wealth
advisor at Stocks and
Securities Limited.

FOR the last six years, Jean-Ann Panton has been serving Stocks and Securities Limited as a wealth advisor -- a professional who, in addition to maximising returns on clients' financial investments, has to constantly keep abreast of everything happening on the stock market. This week, Panton, who spent nine years serving as a client service officer and two years as manager of client services at Stocks and Securities Limited, shares with Career & Education an insight into her career. Who i ... Read More

GraceKennedy revives popular Jamaican birthright programme

Sunday, August 17, 2014    


AFTER being on hiatus for a period of six years, GraceKennedy has announced that it is reviving its Jamaican Birthright programme. The programme started in 2004 with the aim of giving second and third-generation university students internships at GraceKennedy in Jamaica, exposing them to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities and professional tutelage. "The programme started in 2004 and was hugely successful. Everyone is excited that it's coming back, and we're exci ... Read More

Environmentally aware

Sunday, August 17, 2014    


Michael Fraser, LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) project co-ordinator, and Kelia-Gaye Dunbar (back right), LASCO Distributors Limited marketing manager, share a moment with students of St Jago Cathedral Prep's Environmental Club, winners of the LASCO REAP competition recently. The school was presented with the first of 10 new computers for their lab. Sharing in the moment is Victoria Smikle (back left) and Nadia Guy from the school. Environmentally aware --> Read More

JSIF's birth certificate programme opens doors for 12-y-o

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

birth certificates.(Graphic by Calvin Roache)

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Tashana, who has her eyes set on becoming a lawyer, will take the first step towards that dream in September when she enters first form. This, however, could not have been achieved without a small miracle which to others might seem insignificant, but which means the world to Tashana. In the past year, Tashana's guardians were able to secure the birth certificate which allowed their ward to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test. Before that, her chances of taking the exam, much le ... Read More

Two named NCB Foundation all-island champions

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Longinius (left)
and Andrene
the first allfemale
duo to
win NCB
Top Champion

THE NCB Foundation has named two young women -- Andrene Hutchinson and Jenelle Longinius — its All-Island National Champions, awarding each scholarships valued at $500,000 to attend university this semester. The awards were a first for NCB, which had in 2006, when the Foundation began, only planned to award an All-Island National Champion Boy and Girl from two of the 14 parishes. However, in 2011, three scholarships were awarded, and in 2012, two top-performing males were given scholarsh ... Read More

Student athlete Zinedine Russell scores big

BY SHANTAYAé GRANT Career & Education writer | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

RUSSELL… it’s about not giving up

SHE was not surprised when she blew through her Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams; in fact, 15-year-old Zinedine Russell was "happy and relieved... and my reaction was just a smile". The Convent of Mercy Academy 'Alpha' high achiever decided to test the waters with CSEC mathematics in 2012, and her success in the subject encouraged her to pursue additional mathematics, principles of accounts and English language in 2013, ... Read More

Shadine Shaw — The broadcast engineer

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Shadine Shaw

WHEN she pursued an undergraduate degree in electronics at the University of the West Indies, Shadine Shaw had no intention of working in media, much less becoming one of only a few female broadcast engineers in the island. The 29-year-old, who grew up at Up Park Camp, currently heads the engineering department at the Creative Production and Training Centre. She describes her day-to-day job as one that requires her to maintain all production equipment, and also ensure they work properly, and do ... Read More

Talking tech

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Talking tech

tTech directors (from left), chief executive officer Edward 'Teddy' Alexander; sales and marketing chief Chris Reckord; operations manager Norman Chen, and network infrastructure manager Hugh Allen discuss their new operations. In an effort to improve and enhance the delivery of services offered in the technological sector of Jamaica, tTech — one of Jamaica's information technology and consultation firms — on July 16 launched an updated business services portfolio that caters to supp ... Read More

Ambitious Leticia hopes to cop Sandals' Ultimate Team Member title

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Leticia Connell-Mills flashes a happy smile as she poses with the Resort Team Member of the
Year Award presented to her at the Sandals Whitehouse’s Annual Prestige Ceremony.

LETICIA Connell-Mills' favourite quote, 'Ambition is the gas of life, so press on it!', is her leading philosophy that has taken her on a journey of proud achievements. With its fair share of bumps and smooth trails in between, Connell-Mills has arrived at one of her destinations, picking up the top accolade of Resort Team Member of the Year for Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa. She is again on her way, with the hope of receiving yet another honour as Ultimate Team Member of the Year ... Read More



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