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 Clan Carthy Primary gets tablet computers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Clan-Carthy-Primary-School-teachers-get-30-tablets_17264401 THE teaching staff at Clan Carthy Primary School were recently presented with 30 tablet computers, under the government's Tablets in Schools initiative being implemented by eLearning Jamaica. Local Education Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: JTACCU bursaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JTACCU-bursaries_17259727 Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (back row, fifth left) pose with recipients of bursaries from the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Co-operative Credit Union. Children of members of the union who performed exceptionally well in their Grade Six Achievement Test were presented with bursaries worth $400,000 during an awards function at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston last Friday. Also pictured is President Elect of the JTA Doran Dixon (left) and Credit union executives Acting General Manager Winston Reid (sixth left) and Human Resource Manager Diane Shin. Local News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Nine rural schools to be upgraded http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Nine-rural-schools-to-be-upgraded-_17256875 SOME $160 million has been allocated to undertake expansion and rehabilitation works at nine schools in rural Jamaica, ahead of the 2014/15 academic year, which begins in September. Local News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT St Thomas high schools to pool resources http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/St-Thomas-high-schools-to-pool-resources_17251747 EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has established a joint committee to identify areas of mutual interest and cooperation among three St Thomas high schools, with the goal of improving education outcomes. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Parents have a place in school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Parents-have-a-place-in-school_17208028 SCHOOLS are opening their doors to parents who want to learn how to help educate their children. General News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Latin America’s education system under pressure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Latin-America-s-education-system-under-pressure_17235566 LIMA, Peru — Every week, public school students in Latin America are deprived of the equivalent of one full day of class, according to a new World Bank report. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Canada gears up for express entry of skilled migrants http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Canada-gears-up-for-express-entry-of-skilled-migrants_17185247 THE Citizenship and Immigration Minister in Canada, Chris Alexander, recently met with stakeholders and business leaders about the January 2015 launch of Express Entry — a faster and more effective way for Canada to welcome skilled economic immigrants. Local News Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cavelle Johnston: lead attorney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Cavelle-Johnston--lead-attorney_17227289 SHE wears many hats but humility is the main one. Local Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT How to survive the politics of the workplace — Pt 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-survive-the-politics-of-the-workplace---Pt-2_17227492 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, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nadine Valentine gets grant to research wellness tourism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Nadine-Valentine-gets-grant-to-research-wellness-tourism_17228247 THE Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has awarded Nadine Valentine, an office manager at the University of the West Indies (UWI), a US$2,500 tuition grant to conduct research on wellness tourism in Jamaica. Local Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nathaniel Peat: Enterprising entrepreneur http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Nathaniel-Peat--Enterprising-entrepreneur_17235401 GROWING up in the United Kingdom, multi-award winning entrepreneur Nathaniel Peat was faced with stereotypes of what West Indian children were perceived to be. Such stereotypes at the time, according to Peat, were that these children were underachievers, drug users, and instigators of crime. Local Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Digicel Foundation supports families of children with special needs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Digicel-Foundation-supports-families-of-children-with-special-needs_17228219 NEARLY 400 caregivers of students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities or emotional and behavioural problems have benefited from a specialised training seminar hosted by Digicel Foundation between July 19 and 24. Local Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ministry again cautions over textbook purchases http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ministry-again-cautions-over-textbook-purchases_17229337 THE Ministry of Education says it is providing most of the textbooks required at primary schools, and reiterates its call for parents to desist from purchasing unnecessary books. Local Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT STEM academies to foster human capital development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/STEM-academies-to-foster-human-capital-development-_17229382 MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites says the plan to introduce academies that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is aligned with the Government's strategic objective of fostering sustained human capital development. Local Education Sun, 27 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_17229392 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 Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT In recognition of our nurses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/In-recognition-of-our-nurses_17228088 In recognition of Nurses Week, several nurses from various departments at Savanna-la-mar Public General Hospital were treated to lunch and dinner at Sandals Negril as a token of appreciation for their hard work and significant contribution to the health industry. Here some of the nurses share lens time with regional public relations co-ordinator for Sandals Resorts in Negril, Trevesa DaSilva Ashman (left). Local Education Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 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