Levaugn Gayle is champion speller 2018

The seven-letter word that evokes images of spewing lava currently threatening Hawaii was the one that brought Levaugn Gayle the win in Wednesday's Little Bee Competition.The six-year-old, of Sandhurst Early Childhood Development Centre, correctly spelled “volcano” and beat a field of nine of his peers to snatch the 2018 title. He was also judged top boy.

Pension saving isn’t only for ‘old people’

Current data indicates that most Jamaicans who are currently employed may have no income but the meagre payments from the State-run National Insurance Scheme (NIS) when they retire.

Children in charge

In recognition of Children's Day, Sagicor Group Jamaica hosted 14 of its team members' children at a “Children in Charge” day where they were exposed to Sagicor culture and a range of career options at the financial services company. They were later assigned to various departments and had a power luncheon with members of the senior leadership team.Children's Day was observed on Friday, May 18.

St Hugh’s, CASE win mural design competition

St Hugh's High School sixth-former Sabrina Johnson went to her 1:00 pm Information Technology exam on a high on Tuesday.An hour and a half earlier she was named winner in the secondary school category of the Forestry Department's 80th Anniversary Mural Competition, which will earn her the honour of having her art painted on the wall at the agency's entrance on Grove Road in Constant Spring Gardens, St Andrew.

Teachers learn how to draw

Thirteen art teachers from nine inner-city schools, most at the primary level, had the chance to go back to art school two Fridays ago when the MultiCare Youth Foundation (MYF) staged a hands-on drawing workshop at St Michael's Primary School on Tower Street, downtown Kingston.It was the second this year in an ongoing series of train the trainer workshops, and part of the foundation's support for development of the visual arts in the 31 schools it serves.

Please help me with my résumé!

Dear Career Advisor:My name is Georgia. I have been trying to secure a new job but to no avail. Can you please take a look at my résumé and let me know what I am doing wrong?I have attached the résumé for your perusal.Thanks in advance.Georgia R Dear Georgia R

Five financial habits to avoid in your 20s

Long-term financial planning may not be at the forefront of one's mind when they're a 20-year-old university graduate. As grants manager at the JN Foundation Rose Miller puts it, money management, the stock market, and retirement planning are remote ideas for many young people. But she warns that a lack of focus during one's 20s when it comes to money will begin to take its toll by the time one is in one's 30s.

Mandeville-based university bags International Business Model Competition

 MAN DEVILLE, Jamaica — Northern Caribbean University (NCU) beat a field of 5,000 competitors from 500 universities in 30 countries across the world to win the 2018 International Business Model Competition (IBMC) in Utah, USA, a week ago.They were awarded the “travelling” trophy along with a cash prize of US$30,000 at the event May 10 and 11 event.

Seabed Authority offers Russian marine training programme

Russian research and development company JSC Yuzhmorgeologiya has opened six slots for candidates from developing States under its 2018 contractor training programme, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) has announced.The training programme will be administered in two parts as follows:

Professor Dale Webber appointed next principal of The UWI Mona

The University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellery announced on Friday that Professor Dale Webber, current Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research has been appointed principal of the Mona Campus in Jamaica. He will succeed Professor Archibald McDonald, effective October 1, 2018.

Peter Rabbit entertains GSAT students

THE antics of Peter Rabbit and his merry band of relatives in the movie Rascal, Rebel, Rabbit provided a fun-filled afternoon for 68 students from Allman Town Primary School, arranged by JN Fund Managers Limited.

Look to expand to Alberta, says Jamaican High Commissioner to Canada

THE Jamaican High Commissioner to Canada, Janice Miller, says government agencies and corporate companies in Jamaica should look to expand their footprint in Alberta, one of the fastest growing provinces in Canada.

A Reflection on Personal and Professional Life

2016 was one of the most interesting in past memory. There were several surprises that keep many people asking why and are still trying to comprehend some of the unnerving events. 

Giving back to UWI

Members of The University of the West Indies (UWI) alumni, representatives of corporate Jamaica, well-wishers and students, gathered at the UWI Chapel last Sunday, after the inaugural Global Giving Week - a week of fund-raising for the UWI.

Shanique Fagan: IT is a grand opportunity for girls

 SHANIQUE Fagan is grateful for the exposure she received at the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Girls in ICT Day Caribbean Hackathon last year.Fagan, who was a part of the winning Northern Caribbean University (NCU) team, believes that it is an experience that any girl who has an interest in information technology (IT) must have.

Faces of autism Javed Henry: The future accountant

WHEN Joan Parker learnt she was pregnant, she expected a healthy, bouncing baby, and right up until her child turned two, she believed things were going as planned.

Girls in ICT hackathon spurs interest

OVER 800 girls across the Caribbean participated in the International Telecommunication Union's second annual Girls in ICT Day Hackathon last Thursday.Simultaneously held in Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, the Jamaican component, staged by SheLeadsIT in partnership with Change Makers Development, saw 20 girls' teams gathered at the Mona Visitors' Lodge to vie for prizes.

MOE’s special ed policy to be ready for September

THE special education policy being formulated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) is expected to be ready for implementation in September.Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer in the MOE, told reporters and editors at last week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange that the special education policy is going through the process to be sent to Cabinet for approval, which is expected in short order.

Romaine Daley is a winner

LOSING his mother at the tender age of seven, just four years after losing his father to migration, could have ruined Romaine Daley's life, but it didn't.Instead, he looks at his journey as a book — a non-fiction story with many chapters and myriad characters. The death of his mother serves as the preface.