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The gamut of gestures in speech and action that yesterday greeted the 180 milestone celebrations of the oldest media house in the Western Hemisphere suggested that The Gleaner Company has had a compelling effect anywhere in Jamaica where life unfolds.

BPO firms struggle to fill vacancies - study

Based on the HEART Trust/NTA Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry Sector Study published earlier this year, 68 per cent of the BPO companies surveyed said they had vacancies, with 64 per cent reporting that they had difficulties filling them.

Look to ICT for growth, say experts

Despite noted growth in the agriculture and tourism sectors, it appears that the future of jobs in Jamaica will be in sectors closely linked to information and communications technology (ICT). Running a close second in the job-creation line-up is the business processing outsourcing (BPO) sector, experts say.

Digicel boss wants Jamaican challenge

Barry O'Brien, chief executive officer of Digicel, said Jamaica should seek to learn from social-media campaigns like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in order to gain support for local causes.

Rastafarian shows off 10-foot dreadlocks

The dreadlocks of Rupert Rickards are more than 10 feet long, and the Rastafarian says it requires two bottles of shampoo and half a bottle of conditioner each time he washes his hair.

Mixed reaction to CXC exam screening

One in three high schools across the island is failing to register more than half its grade 11 cohort for mathematics and English Language Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, data from the Ministry of...

Specialist coaches for math revolution

Starting today, the education ministry will be sending out 80 mathematics coaches and specialists to 150 primary and secondary schools to coincide with the onset of the new academic year.

Ministry targets behaviour modification for students

A strategy that is being used in 21,000 schools in the United States to prevent behavioural problems and develop social skills among students is being implemented by Jamaica's Ministry of Education.

Roger will be missed

I REMEMBER in 2012, after I used this column to chastise him for cutting the budget of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) by 67 per cent, Roger Clarke, just before Parliament was called to order, shouted from the Chambers, "What kind of...

14 from the west get GG awards

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth:FOURTEEN RESIDENTS of the county of Cornwall received the Governor General's Achievement Award last Thursday.

Former Maroon colonel laid to rest

WESTERN BUREAU:THE BODY of former Accompong Town Maroon Colonel Sydney Peddie was laid to rest in the graveyard of the Accompong United Church in St Elizabeth last Saturday.

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