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Youthlink CSEC seminar takes over Ocho Rios

The Gleaner’s Youthlink continued the 19th staging of its annual CSEC seminar on April 5. As with all the other seminars, the main goal was to highlight these challenging topics students may face in the upcoming examination period and preparing them to tackle these topics as best as possible. Routinely, the five-segment seminar commenced in Savanna-la-Mar then moved to Montego Bay for the western sections. Ocho Rios initiated the seminar for the central areas of the island.

Students got the opportunity to compete, as always, in exciting maths and English competitions to win prizes,... read more

ChavanNelson Foundation empowers youth

#NUHLimits ambassador Pricella Dawson poses with a student from Mount Alvernia.

This year, the ChavanNelson Foundation (CNF) Limited relaunched its #NUHLimits_CNF Empowerment Programme for youth at four high schools in four parishes: Clarendon, Hanover, St James and Kingston & St Andrew. Between February 1 and March 27, the #NUHlimits_CNF stopped at Denbigh, Rhodes Hall, Papine and Mount Alvernia high schools.

The #NUHLimits_CNF is more than just a programme of motivational sessions; it is a statement of resilience and audacity in the face of failure, negativity or disappointment. In times such as these, students need to hear from other young people who... read more

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica expands clean-up network

Twenty-one groups, including community-based organisations, NGOs, businesses and schools, collected clean-up kits at the launch of 2019 Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Clean-up Network activities in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Thursday, March 28.

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has announced the expansion of its Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Clean-up Network, which will support 21 community clean-ups in Jamaica in 2019. The announcement was made at the launch of this year’s cleanup network activities at the Shaw Park Hotel in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Thursday, March 28. The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Clean-up Network brings together community-based organisations, NGOs, businesses and schools which will partner with JET to host community clean-ups across the island throughout the year.

“The work of this diverse group of clean-up network... read more

No shame in my game

In the back row, Tyheissa Williams, Desnoes and Geddes Foundation member (left); Edith Kahn (centre), nurse at Confidence Sanitary Napkins Limited; and Shelly-Ann Weeks (right), founder of HERFlow Foundation, join students from St Alban’s Primary, St Andrew Primary, Dupont Primary, Lister Mair/Gilby School for the Deaf and Holy Trinity High School at the Writing HERStory youth empowerment conference. The students were among more than 100 girls who benefited from the initiative.

More than 100 girls benefit from menstrual education conference

Growing up can be exciting, especially for a young girl blossoming into a teenager. She embraces the changes that come with new opportunities and looks forward to new experiences. It’s no different for 14-year-old Mckayla Fitzgerald, a student of the Lister Mair/Gilby School for the Deaf, who attended the recent Writing HERStory Conference at the Institute of Jamaica, downtown Kingston.

“I love to learn, and I enjoy learning new things about myself every day. I work hard and I always try to do my... read more

Texting is the new drunk driving

From left: Melanie Kells, principal of AISK; grade-eight students Yanhua Liang and Nikole Okonmah; and Seth Grennell, senior driving instructor, Grennell’s Driving School.

Hyundai creates safe driving education programme for teens

“What are you wearing tonight? I’m wearing that outfit I bought last week.” Glancing at this message on your smartphone seems simple, but engaging in this form of distracted driving can cause a life-threatening accident.

Now more than ever, we are compelled to stay connected so we can always be in the know. We find ourselves using our phones while doing several tasks, including driving. Doing the latter falls within the category of distracted driving, which refers to an attempt to engage in any... read more

SJF stages expanded CSEC Spanish orals workshops

CSEC cheque handover: Josep Bosch, Spanish Jamaica Foundation president, and Patricia Mumby Lalor from the Ministry of Education pose with students at the the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College.

The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF) recently partnered with the Ministry of Education and the National Association of Spanish Teachers (ANPE) to stage Spanish Immersion Days in Kingston, St James, Manchester and Clarendon, targeting students sitting the upcoming Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Spanish exams. These informative question-and-answer sessions saw native speakers interacting with students in practical conversational scenarios to bolster their oral skills as they prepare for what is traditionally the most challenging aspect of the exam.

This was the... read more

MSBM promotes technology as tool for transformation

Dr Karen Loch, team leader and professor, international business, Georgia State University, with Craig Perue, senior consultant, Centre of Excellence, Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), at the public lecture on Strategy Transformation Enabled by Information Technology, hosted by the MSBM on Thursday, March 14.

As many companies adapt to the shift of information technology to drive better decision-making, the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at The University of the West Indies (UWI) has posited that the practice of strategy is not isolated from technology but rather that the adoption of information technology should be considered a part of change fulfilment.

This view was expressed by Dr Karen Loch, professor, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, during a public lecture and knowledge-sharing session hosted by the MSBM and the Quality Assurance Unit, UWI, on... read more

Kareem LaTouche, Youthlink Coordinator

The Gleaner’s Youthlink hosted the 19th staging of its annual CSEC seminars on April 3, 2019. The event was established to highlight challenging topics students may face in the upcoming examination period and prepare students to tackle these topics as best as possible. Habitually, the five-segment seminar would commence in Savanna-la-Mar then on to Montego Bay. This year’s seminar saw over 400 students participating. Students also got the opportunity to compete in fun math and English competitions to win prizes, courtesy of Youthlink, and also showcase their talents as DJs. Andrea Hill,... read more

Limitless joy Student with disability finds fulfilment in culinary arts

Smiles galore as (from left) Shenelle Wise shares a photo op with her teacher, Jeanneail Shields, and classmate Keon Harris at Malta’s International Day of Happiness treat.

LIKE MANY other teenagers, Alishka Fletcher dreams of greatness. The 17-year-old student of the Randolph Lopez School of Hope is determined to become a culinary master despite her limitations. With a beam in her eyes and a broad grin, Fletcher shared the story of how she discovered her love for cooking. “My father is a chef and I want to be as good as him one day,” said the young dreamer.

Fletcher attributes her cooking skills to the time spent in the kitchen with her dad preparing meals for the family. “I love making dinner with my daddy. Most times we cook together, but sometimes... read more

Simply Sasha Project engineer shines at NFE

Dr Paul Aiken (right), dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, had the attention of Kevin Franz (left), senior VP at New Fortress Energy (NFE) during an LNG presentation at the campus during its recently held Research Day. Also in the photo (from second left) are Sasha Lewis, recent graduate of the UWI and now project engineer at NFE; Zoran Watkis, project engineer at NFE and recent graduate of UTech; Evan Hubbard, senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Technology at the Caribbean Maritime University; and Danar Royal, marine operations coordinator at NFE and a recent CMU graduate.

If the sky is truly the limit, then 24-year-old Sasha Lewis has one simple message – getting to the sky does not happen overnight. “It takes hard work, determination and believing in yourself,” she noted. “These are qualities I’ve had to apply throughout my life, to date, and especially while studying at UWI, majoring in electronic engineering, a field that would generally be dominated by males.”

It was the constant probe as to why things work the way they do that fuelled the Clarendon-born’s desire for all things invented. “I always had an interest in taking things apart to see how... read more

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