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 Shashana Lawrence is LASCO Nurse of the Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Shashana-Lawrence-is-LASCO-Nurse-of-the-Year_17210381 CRITICAL care nurse Shashana Lawrence was in disbelief on being declared the 2014/2015 LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year. General News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT JTA braces for legal action from losing presidential candidate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JTA-braces-for-legal-action-from-losing-presidential-candidate-_17210037 Dr Mark Nicely, president of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) says his organisation is preparing for the possibility of legal action following the count of votes in their presidential elections on Friday last by Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ). General News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT The outbound logistics manager http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-outbound-logistics-manager_17186232 AFTER serving as a telemarketer, secretary, receptionist, data entry clerk, export account clerk, export account representative and export customer service team leader, Rennae Ennis-Lutas says none of these jobs have been as satisfying as her one-year stint as outbound logistics manager at Red Stripe Jamaica. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT AC tech with the Midas touch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/AC-tech-with-the-Midas-touch_17178430 AN eternal optimist who is as jovial and hardworking as he is dedicated to his purpose, Sandals Royal Caribbean's Prestige Team Member of the year, Earl Cummings, embodies excellence. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Glenmuir wins in photo competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Glenmuir-wins-in-photo-competition_17186224 JODI Morgan, final-year student at Glenmuir High, has been named the most outstanding participant in the 2014 Jamaica National (JN) Foundation Resolution Project. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT She's a winner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/She-s-a-winner_17145610 Wadada Dixon of Watsonton Primary School in Clarendon, winner of the best poem award in the LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP), shares lens time with Stephen Newland, LASCO REAP programme director, at the awards ceremony at Hope Gardens recently. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Book lists reduced for new school year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Book-lists-reduced-for-new-school-year_17194514 THE Ministry of Education says book lists distributed by schools for the next academic year have been significantly reduced compared to previous years. The reduction is a result of the ministry's recent decision to restrict supplementary textbooks to only those it approved and to limit the quantity required per student in each grade. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT West End graduation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/West-End-graduation_17178482 Carisha Crowl (left), teacher at West End Early Childhood Institution in Negril, Westmoreland, presents tokens of appreciation to Kendra Johnson of the Sandals Foundation during the institution's recent graduation ceremony. West End is one of 26 schools across the Caribbean which have been adopted by and receive support from the Sandals Foundation, including participation in the organisation's Reading Road Trip. Education is one of the Sandals Foundation's focus areas. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Edufocal awards top GSAT, CSEC students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Edufocal-awards-top-GSAT--CSEC-students_17193477 EDUFOCAL has awarded nine students for performance in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Career talk for Campbell's Castle Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Career-talk-for-Campbell-s-Castle-Primary_17148469 JUST over 100 students at Campbell's Castle Primary School in south Manchester recently benefitted from a presentation that focused on careers in the engineering field. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Here Sir! Calabar history http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Here-Sir--Calabar-history-_17198880 Former Prime Minister P J Pattersoon (second left), as well as Dr Vin Lawrence (left), Calabar High Principal Albert Corcher (second right), and Rev Karl Johnson (right), chairman of school board, peruse a copy of The History of Calabar High School 1912-2012 written by Arnold Bertram (centre). Occasion was the official launch of the book at Sagicor Auditorium in New Kingston last Thursday. Patterson, himself a Calabar old boy, in his guest address, praised Bertram -- also a Calabar past student -- for his acumen for diligent research. Patterson described the book as "a compelling narrative, combining social history with appreciation of the political process" which Bertram uses to trace the development of the school. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Local News Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Two St Elizabeth schools to be upgraded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Two-St-Elizabeth-schools-to-be-upgraded_17194523 TWO schools in St Elizabeth are to benefit from improvement works which will create a more comfortable environment for students and teachers. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Top GSAT students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Top-GSAT-students_17178481 After being named the top GSAT student overall and receiving prizes for scoring the highest grades in five GSAT subjects, Mount Airy All-Age graduate Brittanie Morgan (third left) needed some help holding all her awards during the school's recent graduation ceremony. Here she receives support from Mayor Bertel Moore (right); Principal Karen Anderson McKenzie (third right); guest speaker Evelyn Walden-West (second left); and Sandals Foundation representatives Kendra Johnson (left) and Trevesa DaSilva Ashman, who also chaired the ceremony. Mount Airy All-Age is one of 26 schools across the Caribbean which has been adopted by and receives support from the Sandals Foundation. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bill Express invests in education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Bill-Express-invests-in-education_17178524 BILL Express has pumped $540,000 into this year's Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) Top Achievers' Awards. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Grace Foster-Reid's sweet life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Grace-Foster-Reid-s-sweet-life_17186389 WERE it not for the closure of several bauxite plants in Jamaica, Grace Foster-Reid, a trained engineer, says her dreams of becoming an entrepreneur would never have been imagined, much less realised. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Talking logistics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Talking-logistics_17186406 Governor general Sir Patrick Allen (second left) and executive director of Mona School of Business Management (MSBM) Professor Densil Williams (centre), peruse the latest issue of the MSBM Business Review Magazine at a special presentation at King's House earlier this month. Also pictured are veteran journalist and editor of the magazine Claude Robinson (left), contributing editor Dennise Williams and former governor general and chairman of the Business Review Advisory Board Sir Kenneth Hall (right) . This issue of the magazine focuses on the proposed logistics hub. Local Education Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT YEA pushes for introduction of entrepreneurship in schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/YEA-pushes-for-introduction-of-entrepreneurship-in-schools_17185956 CURRICULUM specialists are to meet with representatives of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) to discuss the inclusion of entrepreneurship, or elements of it, in the curriculum of secondary and primary schools. Local News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Principal accused of exploiting parents seeking GSAT transfers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Principal-accused-of-exploiting-parents-seeking-GSAT-transfers_17148912 THE principal of a prominent St Andrew-based high school is coming under heavy criticism from teachers who are not in agreement with a new decision to have parents of recently-placed GSAT students pay a non-refundable fee before their application for transfers can be considered. Local News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT $29-m upgrade for two St Elizabeth schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-29-m-upgrade-for-two-St-Elizabeth-schools-_17146358 SUCH problems as chunks of ceiling falling during class and animals wandering on to the school premises should soon become things of the past at Austin Primary School in Myersville, St Elizabeth. Better conditions are also coming for Bethlehem All-Age and Infant School in the community of Malvern in the parish. Local News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaican awarded scholarship to Spain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamaican-awarded-scholarship-to-Spain_17144907 THE Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and Spanish Company INDRA Sistemas have awarded a scholarship to Marva Campbell, officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, to pursue the prestigious master in diplomacy and international relations for the academic year 2014/2015 at the Diplomatic School of Madrid (Spain). Local Education Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Online shopping tips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Online-shopping-tips_17088338 SUMMER is here and we know it's a season of relaxation and fun, especially in the form of retail therapy. But for those of us who can't find what we want in our local stores and for some reason or the other can't take the trip abroad, there is a solution -- online shopping. Local Education Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cacoon Castle Primary gets help http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Cacoon-Castle-Primary-gets-help_17019544 LIKE several multigrade schools in rural Jamaica, the struggles faced by the administrators of Cacoon Castle Primary School in Hanover are many. The infrastructure needs improvement; there is a lack of adequate water supply during the dry season; and a general inability to cater to students with special needs. Local Education Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Top speller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Top-speller_17084822 Tonasha Campbell, winner in the Nannyville Uprising Youth Action Club Spelling Bee competition, tries out the new Android 4.2 tablet presented to her recently at the Nannyville Community Centre by Robert Whitehorne (left), system solutions manager at Productive Business Solutions (PBS), and Gregory Douet, senior account manager, PBS. The tablet was a gift from PBS, leading provider of IT solutions to educational institutions. This is the third win for Tonasha, whose mother Nicole Sterling says she has been reading well in advance of her years since she was five. Tonasha's ambition is to be a scientist and to get her first degree at 20, beating her sister Toni-Jo Murray who got hers at 21. Local Education Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT How to survive the politics of the workplace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-survive-the-politics-of-the-workplace_17136907 FORGET reality TV shows like Survivor; the workplace is one of the best training grounds for you to learn and display your survival skills as it will present you with some of your greatest battles and life lessons. If you can fight workplace battles and win, you can win on any other battleground, for the skills you acquire will help you in other areas of your life. Local Education Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sam Sharpe lecturers gets shipping and logistics training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Sam-Sharpe-lecturers-gets-shipping-and-logistics-training_17138287 LECTURERS at Sam Sharpe Teachers' College in Montego Bay are undergoing training in international shipping and logistics in order to equip themselves to train teachers in this subject ahead of its introduction to schools by the Caribbean Examinations Council next year. Local Education Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT