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 O'Meally-Nelson blames MPs for politics in school boardrooms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/O-Meally-Nelson-blames-MPs-for-politics-in-school-boardrooms_17809333 DR Blossom O'Meally-Nelson, a former pro-chancellor of the University of Technology and educational development consultant, has warned members of school boards not to allow political loyalties or other partisan alliances to colour their decisions and operation. General News Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Shantayaé Grant to be UWI valedictorian http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Shantaya--Grant-to-be-UWI-valedictorian_17777007 SHANTAYAÉ Grant, Jamaica Observer teenAGE writer, has been selected as a valedictorian for the 2014 graduating class of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kisha-Ann Brown - A career in manufacturing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Kisha-Ann-Brown---A-career-in-manufacturing_17776489 AN improvement in Jamaica's gross domestic product depends heavily on the sustainability of our manufacturing sector, and on the work of professionals like Kisha-Ann Brown, a manufacturing excellence and brand technical manager at Red Stripe. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT St Aloysius shines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/St-Aloysius-shines_17793473 ST Aloysius Primary has been blazing a trail of excellence, quietly embodying The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany's motto, Peace and love. The Duke Street school, established in 1868, has maintained a standard of academic distinction over the years, coupled with achievements in sports, and producing students who have succeeded in every imaginable career. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Get to work! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Get-to-work_17794254 REGARDLESS of the industry you work in, communication is a key business skill. However, at times you may forget that you're in a professional environment and become too familiar with your work colleagues. It's OK to spend a bit of time catching up in the mornings, but you have to strike a balance between conversations that promote productivity and those that are meant to help you relax. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Heritage Education honours early childhood teachers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Heritage-Education-honours-early-childhood-teachers_17759734 THREE early childhood education teachers have been honoured by Heritage Education Funds International for their outstanding contribution to the sector. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sports scholarship to benefit Tivoli students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Sports-scholarship-to-benefit-Tivoli-students_17793483 FOR Popeye Whittingham, giving back has been a constant dream of his, but the means to do it had proved elusive for a while. Now he is managing to give back in a meaningful way, starting with his old school, Tivoli Gardens Comprehensive High. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Why birds matter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Why-birds-matter_17795610 Taejon Powell (right) and Christopher Gordon, grade four students at Trafalgar Christian Preparatory School, complete Nature Detective forms in a tree while looking for bird nests and insects recently as part of the activities to mark International Migratory Bird Day on October 11. The activities included a presentation on 'Why birds matter, and was co-ordinated by National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Energy talk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Energy-talk_17745547 Tamayo Hutton (right), student in the executive MBA programme at the Arthur Lok Jak Graduate School of Business located on the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, chats with Dr Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), following Dr Smith's presentation, "Enabling conditions for using renewable energy in the Caribbean" at the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum held in Trinidad on October 9. Hutton attended the conference as a guest of the CDB in keeping with his keen interest in competitiveness, particularly examining the protection and sale of intellectual property and how, through strategic alliances, ideas can be marketed profitably. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT How to turn your passion into a business http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-turn-your-passion-into-a-business_17777518 THERE'S a popular Confucius saying: "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life", that chef Brian Lumley left with a group of University of the West Indies students at their recent Entrepreneur Builder club meeting. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Here's how you use it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Here-s-how-you-use-it_17777233 General Manager of Digicel Business Jason Corrigan gives Latoya Jones some tips for using her tablet during the handover of 250 tablets at the Sam Sharpe Teachers' College in Montego Bay on October 15. Digicel Business, one of the four approved tablet suppliers for E-Learning Jamaica's Tablets in Schools Pilot project, handed over the tablets during a special function held at the school. Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Donald Quarrie tech http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Donald-Quarrie-tech_17673178 Akela Lawrence and Kevin Gordon, head girl and head boy at Donald Quarrie High School, are delighted as they test features on one of several new computers handed over as a part of a Jamaica Private Power Company(JPPC) library handover on October 2. Looking on from left are Petrena Watson, JPPC's human resources manager; Maxine Lawrence, vice principal and Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer in the Ministry of Education. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT From the dance floor to the canvas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/From-the-dance-floor-to-the-canvas_17745662 HAND stands, head stands, back flips, glides and hat tricks are what Scion Derby does best, ruling the dance floor at weekly talent shows. Local Education Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Pembroke Hall Primary's success experiment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Pembroke-Hall-Primary-s-success-experiment_17740376 IT has been 47 years since Pembroke Hall Primary School first opened its doors to students, and over the years the St Andrew institution has been living up to its motto, 'Only the best is good enough'. Local Education Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Daymond Halsall: The locksmith http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Daymond-Halsall--The-locksmith_17758715 DAYMOND Halsall entered the locksmith business in 1996 at age 24, and has stayed to this day, mainly because of how the business has evolved. Local Education Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT What never to do at work http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/What-never-to-do-at-work_17760725 THE attitude you bring to your job can mean the company's success or failure; in fact, you may not realise how critical employees are until your one bad action creates a domino effect for the company. Local Education Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Got an idea? How to make the bosses hear you http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Got-an-idea--How-to-make-the-bosses-hear-you_17755198 IN any organisation, feeling as if you're counted is a gateway for motivation. But in many cases workers are presented with a hierarchical system, which means that many times their opinions don't get counted, even though they may have the solutions to the company's problems. Local Education Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Carreras awards over $3 million in scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Carreras-awards-over--3-million-in-scholarships_17746312 FOR the academic year 2014/2015, Carreras awarded a total of 30 scholarships valued at $3.7 million -- seven bursaries, seven teachers' college scholarships, seven community college scholarships, five national scholarships, and four visual and performing arts scholarships. Local Education Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT CMI students to receive $5-million tuition grant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/CMI-students-to-receive--5-million-tuition-grant_17732492 FIFTY students pursuing undergraduate studies at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will this academic year receive a total of $5 million in tuition grants from the National Youth Service (NYS) under its Access to Higher Education Partnership Programme (AHEP). Local News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Client financial education is Michelle Sinclair-Doyley’s business http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Client-financial-education-is-is-Michelle-Sinclair-Doyley-s-business_17723526 MICHELLE Sinclair-Doyley was appointed manager of client financial education at JMMB in January. She has also served the group as a personal portfolio manager, marketing sales officer, senior administrative supporter and legal secretary. All Woman Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT How to negotiate the right salary, before you take the job http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-negotiate-the-right-salary--before-you-take-the-job_17728277 WITH a less than robust job market, finding employment isn't easy, and you may be tempted to take whatever you can get so you can pay your bills. But just because you may be desperate to find something so you can start paying back your student loans or finally move out of your parents' home, be careful not to show potential employers just how desperate you are. In fact, showing desperation may backfire, in that you may be offered a lower salary than you're worth, or you may be forced to sign a contract that won't be beneficial in the long run. Local Education Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Personalise your workspace... without getting too personal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Personalise-your-workspace----without-getting-too-personal_17721234 THE appearance of your workspace can either inspire or discourage productivity, and many people use their cubicle walls to express their personality. For those without much of an attachment to the company the space is usually bare; for others, it's a second home. Local Education Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Starting over in mid-life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Starting-over-in-mid-life_17728274 IN years gone by, it was normal for an employee to stay in one job from graduation to retirement, but this is no longer the case. In fact, it is becoming common practice for people to switch career gears after spending the majority of their lives in a particular industry. Local Education Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT JMMB provides over $3m in scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JMMB-provides-over--3m-in-scholarships_17721876 OVER three million dollars has been donated by the Joan Duncan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the JMMB Group, to provide financial support for 29 students attending secondary and tertiary institutions islandwide. Local Education Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT J Wray & Nephew awards scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/J-Wray---Nephew-awards-scholarships_17720794 J Wray & Nephew Limited recently reaffirmed its commitment to education by awarding secondary and tertiary scholarships to 47 students. Among the grantees were students from Waterhouse and Seaview Gardens in St Andrew, and Siloah in St Elizabeth. The company also provided grants to children of employees. Local Education Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT