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 Gov’t moves to increase girl coders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Gov-t-moves-to-increase-girl-coders_18015549 TWENTY-FIVE female students, aged 11 to 15 years, are being trained to become coders as part of the Government's thrust to increase skills in information technology for national development, and boost the number of women in the male-dominated field. All Woman Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Forkfuls Of Inspiration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Forkfuls-Of-Inspiration_17926640 Ten young students from Jamaica College (JC) spent a memorable Tuesday afternoon at the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, breaking bread with Richard Byles, Sagicor president & CEO (himself an alumnus). This the result of the Observer's Salut! 'Applaud It!' initiative --! where the power players of industry meet the future exactly where they are. Local Education Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Raining good http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Raining-good BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from Iris Gelly Primary School for the Jamaica Observer’s Salut! Applaud It! luncheon last Wednesday at Rainforest Seafoods’ headquarters on Slipe Road. Local Education Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:00:45 GMT Best life forward http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Best-life-forward THE Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It! luncheon was hosted by NCB Foundation at the NCB headquarters recently. The Foundation took the opportunity to toast 12 past and present scholarship recipients as well as to cultivate the necessary table skills that the young and aspiring professionals will need during their careers of choice. See more in Thursday Life. Local Education Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:04:37 GMT CaPRI criticises screening students for CSEC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/CaPRI-criticises-screening-students-for-CSEC_18002691 THE Caribbean Research Institute (CaPRI) says that there is little evidence that teachers or administrators are using the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results to target and improve weaknesses among students. General News Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Brimmer Vale makes positive strides http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Brimmer-Vale-makes-positive-strides The iLead education programme, managed by the JNBS Foundation and the Ministry of Education, is supporting 15 of the weakest- performing schools in the parishes of Portland, St Mary and St Thomas (Region 2), as well as education officers in this region, in order to turn around performance in the schools in a sustainable manner. To maintain the attention on the work of this project, this week we start the first in a series of features on schools participating in the programme. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:02 GMT Make the most of your job — even when you want to quit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Make-the-most-of-your-job---even-when-you-want-to-quit_17974878 IMPRESSING your boss can be an uphill task, and you may be counting the days until you can tell him to take this job and shove it. But until then, and regardless of the position you hold in the organisation, making the most of the job is what matters. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Easy as A-B-C http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Easy-as-A-B-C_17989287 Kindergarten students from Morris Knibb Prep pause for a photo during school last Thursday, November 20. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS) Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Youngster's selfless gesture inspires Rock River development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Youngster-s-selfless-gesture-inspires-Rock-River-development_17981918 FOUR years ago, 10-year-old Wajay Jonas made a bold move. Bothered by the poor sanitary conditions at his then primary school, Rock River Primary, the youngster set out to make a change by writing to corporate Jamaica for help. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Young scholar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Young-scholar_17989289 Little Sydnee Hemans accepts her certificate for getting a perfect score in language arts from board member Rachaell Morgan at Hagley Park Prep School's annual awards ceremony on Thursday, November 20. (PHOTO: KENYON HEMANS) Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Fishermen get basic seamanship and navigation skills training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Fishermen-get-basic-seamanship-and-navigation-skills-training_17982098 FISHERMEN across 57 beaches in 11 parishes received certificates in safety at a graduation ceremony on November 19. Their training formed part of the Jamaica Fishermen Co-operative enhancement of the cold chain supply and safety project, which benefited 2,000 fisherfolk and 400 fish vendors. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Digicel Foundation celebrates 150th school built in Haiti http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Digicel-Foundation-celebrates-150th-school-built-in-Haiti_17982664 THE Digicel Foundation last Wednesday celebrated one of the finest moments in the history of education in Haiti with the opening of its 150th school in the country. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT How can I make myself more valuable? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-can-I-make-myself-more-valuable-_17981717 IT is no one's wish to hear that their role in an organisation is not relevant, or that their name would be at the top of the list if the company was to undergo a redundancy exercise. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Newell High gets agri boost http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Newell-High-gets-agri-boost_17983163 THE agricultural programme being offered at Newell High School has been boosted with a new hydroponics unit, 24 goats, five beehives, 15 rabbits, 70 white leghorn layers and various farm tools. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT The ABCs of making your time at university count http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-ABCs-of-making-your-time-at-university-count_17983220 THE last time many of us revised our ABCs was when we were in kindergarten. But this simple concept can be applied to tertiary education. How? Concepts such as philanthropy, friendship and networking will come alive by the use of the alphabet as a mnemonic. By following this simple but comprehensive outline you will be able to make the most of your university experience. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Make some money on the side http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Make-some-money-on-the-side_17982487 LIVING hand to mouth is no joke, and more and more people are taking up second jobs or jobs on the side just to be able to survive. Many employers don't mind you moonlightling once there's no conflict, and if you have the time, and it won't impact on your regular nine-to-five, there are ways to make a few extra bucks. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT The role of your HR department http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-role-of-your-HR-department_17974833 "The human resource and administration department provides the company with a structure, and the ability to meet its business needs through managing the company's most valuable resources -- its team members," says Jason Brown, human resource officer. Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Let's talk Let's talk pharmaceuticals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Let-s-talk-pharmaceuticals_17988836 From left, Professor Errol Morrison, director general, National Commission on Science and Technology; Dwight Gray, Apotex regional head -- West Indies; Heather Campbell, sales and marketing manager, Cari-Med Ltd, and Dr Glen Christian, managing director, Cari-Med, chat at a recent seminar held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Cari-Med was celebrating the 20th year of providing continuing education seminars for pharmacists and the seminar was held in partnership with Apotex Inc, Canada's leading manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Thwaites: Education system must meet needs of labour market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Thwaites--Education-system-must-meet-needs-of-labour-market-_17982270 EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has reiterated calls for the education system to produce graduates who can meet the requirements of the labour market. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT How to get rich by 35 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-get-rich-by-35_17938667 NO one's goal is to end up a pauper, and while we work for our bosses and collect our pay cheques at the end of each month, our aim is really to get rich fast and retire early in comfort. Local Education Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Merl Grove ambassadors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Merl-Grove-ambassadors_17945712 Tasha Kay Duhaney (centre), Miss Merl Grove 2014, is flanked by first and second runners-up Kasey Blake (right) and Cailia Adams. The girls participated in a school ambassador pageant on November 8, held to select an official school representative from the student body. Tasha Kay emerged winner from a field of 20 contestants. Local Education Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT How to deal with a difficult boss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-deal-with-a-difficult-boss_17931062 WORKING in a toxic environment with a hoggish boss can drain away the fun you are entitled to have while doing your daily tasks. Local Education Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT PBS to open learning lounge for teachers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/PBS-to-open-learning-lounge-for-teachers_17925769 PRODUCTIVE Business Solutions (PBS) will be opening a custom-designed learning lounge by mid-December to provide free advanced training for teachers who have received tablets from PBS under the government's tablets in schools pilot project. Local Education Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT FFP helps young medical student http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/FFP-helps-young-medical-student_17940815 THE charming smile reserved for patients on the wards at the Kingston Public Hospital would have, up to recently, belied the struggles Cordell Green was facing. Local Education Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Hello from May Pen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Hello-from-May-Pen_17945348 This group of girls from May Pen Prep paused to say hi to the Observer team during a school tour last Tuesday. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Local Education Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT