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 Jobseekers making good pace through HEART Trust/NTA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jobseekers-making-good-pace-through-HEART-Trust-NTA_18477639 THE HEART Trust/NTA has been increasing its efforts to facilitate the employment of its trainees and the hundreds of persons seeking employment through its job placement programmes. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Pretty girls, all in a row http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Pretty-girls--all-in-a-row_18476802 These three beauties from Hillel Academy, from left, Ella McConnell, Emily Vaz, and Leah McConnell, were spotted at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica's annual Run for your Heart awards ceremony at the Altamont Court Hotel on February 24. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Just say no http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Just-say-no_18482696 Rose Miller (centre), project manager, JN Foundation, chats with (from left) Tajaria Bryan, Sharrona Creary, Tashay Spence and Kishakina Hylton at the Jamaica Cancer Society and partners anti-tobacco forum for students held Thursday at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. The theme was 'It's your body...protect it... say no to tobacco smoking'. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Quit making excuses! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Quit-making-excuses-_18477259 SITUATIONS often occur in our lives which may set us back 10 steps, but at the end of the day our professional growth in business is still important and sorry excuses don't cut it. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Legacy Scholarship application process opens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Legacy-Scholarship-application-process-opens_18429197 THE Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation and the University of Birmingham have now opened the admission process for the 2015/16 University of Birmingham and Jamaica National Foundation Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship, which is in its second year, will see one Jamaican student being accepted to study for a one-year master's degree in a business-related field at the UK-based institution beginning in October 2015. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 80 graduate under Learning for Life programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/80-graduate-under-Learning-for-Life-programme_18477260 EIGHTY Jamaicans have been certified in bartending and agriculture under the Diageo Learning For Life skills training programme which is held in association with the Heart Trust/NTA. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT JMMB supports youth entrepreneurship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JMMB-supports-youth-entrepreneurship_18477595 Winning duo Remon Goldbourne and Yanique Dickson show a component of their innovative prototype Digital Farm, to Kim Mair, CEO, Joan Duncan Foundation, and Burchell Whiteman, acting president, UTech at the finals of the Business Model Competition held recently. In a continued commitment to encouraging youth entrepreneurship, the Joan Duncan Foundation, philanthropic arm of the JMMB Group, acted as lead sponsor of the competition. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 50 primary schools set for bathroom upgrades http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/50-primary-schools-set-for-bathroom-upgrades_18417295 FIFTY primary schools will receive new and upgraded sanitary facilities by the end of May as a result of the Food for the Poor and Ministry of Education sanitary upgrade project. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT 15 complete UWI virtual training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/15-complete-UWI-virtual-training_18477675 FIFTEEN students, the first cohort to complete the postgraduate diploma in education programme of the School of Education, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, facilitated by the Single Virtual University Space (SVUS) were commended by UWI Vice Chancellor Professor E Nigel Harris at a recognition ceremony on February 5. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT UWI competition launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-competition-launch_18477150 O'Shane Reid (centre), vice president, University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students, explains the annual guild entrepreneurship competition to, from left, Julian Robinson, Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining; Yaneek Page, entrepreneur and TV show host; Kadamawe K'nife, lecturer at UWI, and Desmond Mitchell, Pitch consultant at Start-Up Jamaica. The guild competition will see students at the institution having the opportunity to walk away with cash prizes valued approximately at $180,000 for their entrepreneurial pursuits. The students are to submit business models and pitch their business plans to a panel of judges. Local Education Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Admiral Bailey slapped with fraud charges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Admiral-Bailey-slapped-with-fraud-charges KINGSTON, Jamaica – Entertainer Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey was on Monday slapped with several fraud-related charges. Local Education Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:21:50 GMT The importance of business research http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-importance-of-business-research_18432008 TRYING to land an investment in your start-up business can be an uphill task and usually it's a business pitch that makes or breaks a good deal. Local Education Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Glenmuir wins Rita Marley Foundation competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Glenmuir-wins-Rita-Marley-Foundation-competition_18429126 CLARENDON'S Glenmuir High beat five other schools to win the inaugural Rita Marley Foundation public speaking competition held on February 12 at the University of the West Indies. Local Education Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT The importance of good communication skills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-importance-of-good-communication-skills_18431033 IT is said that great communication skills are the ticket to success in the academic and business world, and in the workplace having excellent speaking skills can help you at every stage of your career. Local Education Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT UWI research to benefit Mona residents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-research-to-benefit-Mona-residents_18398063 RESEARCH done in two communities in the Mona Valley has revealed that a significant number of residents are participating in the global internet revolution, but suffer from lack of adequate accessibility. In addition, the University of the West Indies, Mona study shows that while the residents may have profit-making opportunities at their fingertips, for various reasons they are unable to convert the opportunities into actual ventures. Local Education Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mock exams for grade four literacy test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Mock-exams-for-grade-four-literacy-test_18385905 THE Ministry of Education says a decision has been taken to provide support for the administration of a mock examination for the 2015 grade four literacy and numeracy tests. Local Education Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT MSBM post-graduate programmes ranked among top 200 in the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/MSBM-post-graduate-programmes-ranked-among-top-200-in-the-world_18408568 THE Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at the University of the West Indies is highlighted among the 1,000 best business schools in the world, according to Eduniversal, a global ranking and rating agency specialising in higher education, based in Paris, France. Local Education Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT How to be a good entrepreneur http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-be-a-good-entrepreneur_18397981 GETTING started in business isn't easy, and maintaining a profitable enterprise after the initial start-up can be difficult, especially if you don't have good business sense. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sisters in air traffic control http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Sisters-in-air-traffic-control_18398041 FOR Kadisha and Allison McIntosh, being air traffic controllers is a job they wouldn't trade for the world. The sisters have always done almost everything together, and so it was no surprise that fate determined that they would also have the same careers. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Youth intervention programme launches phase 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Youth-intervention-programme-launches-phase-2_18396165 FOLLOWING the success of last year's programme, phase two of The Re-Birth Project -- an intervention initiative for at-risk youth and their parents -- was launched at the Spanish Court Hotel recently. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Social media pros and cons for your business http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Social-media-pros-and-cons-for-your-business_18398039 SOCIAL media is a good thing, but it can also be very harmful. It is a great way to build your business, but it can also destroy it in a split second. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Kaveen Balasal's strategy for success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Kaveen-Balasal-s-strategy-for-success_18398055 CUSTOMER service is paramount within the hospitality and tourism industry no matter where in the world you go. Once visitors have discovered a destination's natural beauty and the unique characteristics of its physical offerings, it's the people who set that place apart from its competitors. This is the reason Kaveen Balasal says she's dedicated to developing the people in the industry into exceptional, motivated beings. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT School for the blind on drive to increase enrolment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/School-for-the-blind-on-drive-to-increase-enrolment_18385811 THE Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is on a drive to increase enrolment at the institution. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT SJF sponsors CSEC oral exams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/SJF-sponsors-CSEC-oral-exams_18385799 SOME 4,000 students have been assisted with funds to cover the cost of their CSEC Spanish orals this year. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica Day to be celebrated February 27 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamaica-Day-to-be-celebrated-February-27_18385670 COME Friday, February 27, schools from across the island will once again celebrate Jamaica Day, with children being encouraged to draw inspiration from persons who have led in the country's progress. Local Education Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT