Seven truckloads of garbage collected on International Coastal Clean-up day

THE JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) is reporting that seven truckloads of garbage were hauled away from its 2018 International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, a flagship event undertaken at the Palisadoes go-kart track in Kingston. The event was JET’s 25th annual beach clean-up of the Palisadoes strip marking ICC Day, which took place on Saturday, September 15. More than 1,700 volunteers joined JET on ICC Day 2018, collecting more than 1,000 bags of garbage weighing an estimated 15,488 pounds from the Kingston Harbour coastline.

The number one item collected at the clean-up was plastic... read more

Hampton student off to Monroe College

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (third left) shares smiles with scholarship recipient, Mickaylia Johnson (fourth left); Custos of St Elizabeth Beryl Rochester (second left); Johnson’s mother, Shernette Brown (second right); IBI ambassador Alethia Peart (right); and chairman of the adjudicating panel, Peter Goldson.

The govenor General’s 2018 IBI-Monroe Scholarship recipient, Hampton student Mickaylia Johnson, will commence reading for a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems, which she will complete in 2022.

This four-year scholarship is facilitated by a partnership between the governor general’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) and New York-based Monroe College, which began in 2014 and has so far benefited three students.

Commenting on her selection, Johnson said, “It’s a dream come true and I’m really happy and grateful for the opportunity to be able to take the next... read more

‘Vybz’ up your pot with Dacres Backyaad Jerk Seasoning

When he last spoke with Youthlink, he had said it would take another five or 10 years for his goal of having his own line of products marketed to consumers.

“I’m confident about my jerk sauce and a host of others. I want that when you see Maggie, Miss Birdie or even Grace, Chef Dacres is right there, too,” were his exact words.

It hasn’t exactly been five years – actually it was only last year that we interviewed the most talked about young chef in the east, Chef Dacres. What has he been up to? Well, on some kitchen shelves and soon, within supermarkets and wholesales, you... read more

Malta promotes higher education with back-to-school cash prize

Ellisse Campbell, assistant brand manager of stouts and Malta at Red Stripe (right), presents the cash prize cheque to Venekia Thompson (centre) who is supported by her mother, Madgelyn Thompson (left).

Nineteen-year-old Venekia Thompson, a final-year student of the University of the West Indies, western Jamaica campus, is thanking her lucky stars after becoming one of the first winners in the Malta Back-to-School Scratch and Win competition. Thompson, who hails from Rhine Park in Montego Bay, said that with the financial windfall she is now one step closer to completing her bachelor’s degree.

“I feel really good about the win. School is coming up in two weeks and this will help greatly in paying for my tuition,” expressed Thompson, who is studying accounting and operations... read more

UWI students told to take personal security seriously

Warren Wilson (left), head of sales support at JN Bank, passes on words of wisdom to Neisha Brown (right), first-year information technology student at the University of the West Indies, Mona, during orientation activities at the institution on Thursday, August 23. Looking on is Kevin Downswell, Jamaica National Group brand ambassador and gospel artiste.

More than 6,000 first yearstudents were welcomed to the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies during orientation activities at the institution on Thursday, August 23,and Friday, August 24.

The students were provided with relevant information on a range of topics, including security, budgeting and healthcare, during the two-day exercise.

Director of security at UWI, Mona, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Keith Gardener, cautioned the students to take their personal security seriously. He advised them to be aware and alert of their surroundings and, if... read more

Youthlink listening to its readers

Guests felt appreciated by The Gleaner for inviting them to the Youthlink brainstorming session and are looking forward to seeing the changes in the September product. Front row (from left): Robert Hart, Nadine Quest, Jordane Smith, Chadai Martin, Tameika Campbell, Tashante Lindsay, Broderick Smith, Bryony Bonnick, Nadine Smith-Williams, and Felicia Stephens. Back Row (from left): Wayne Chambers, Richard Hines, Carmelita Boothe Benderson, Kareem LaTouche, Latoya Brown Williamson, Burchell Gibson, and Reginald Campbell.

In A bid to continually improve Youthlink, a publication that caters to high-school students, The Gleaner invited several highschool students and administrative personnels for a meeting about the product. “We wanted to do this for some time now, because we value the readers of our magazine. So naturally, we were excited to hear their views about what we are doing right and what we need to improve,” stated Kareem LaTouche, Youthlink coordinator.

The brainstorming session, which was chaired by Burchell Gibson, circulation manager, got under way quickly, with everyone introducing... read more

Supreme Ventures ends first week of robotics camp with awards, scholarships

Two young people walked away from the first week of the Supreme Ventures Junior Creators Camp with scholarships valued at $50,000 each, while some 40 others finished the week strong, receiving items and gift vouchers from Sangster’s Book Store to assist them with their back-to-school expenses.

The children completed a week of exploration and hands-on practice into the world of robotics engineering taught by Marvin Hall and the Halls of Learning Team, as well as self-development classes presented by Rise Life Management. The participants had the opportunity to engage with the latest... read more

RadioShack opens new store in Kingston

RadioShack team members get animated with a fellow gadget lover at the grand opening of the new RadioShack store in Kingston on Saturday. Jamaica’s trendy electronic store opened its third location to much excitement in the Mall Plaza, Constant Spring Road.

Oo theheels of the opening of its second store in Bogue, Fairview, RadioShack, Jamaica’s new electronic store, opened its third store in the Mall Plaza, Constant Spring Road, on Saturday, May 19.

Kingstonians now have the latest in technology at their fingertips. The new RadioShack store offers a wide range of products, including recreational drones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers, wireless headphones, smart and LED TVs, Android boxes, Android phones and other accessories. Additionally, the chain also offers affordable and flexible financing plans to its customers.

“We’re really... read more

Jamaica Represented in IDB Development Work, Using The Impact of Art in Urban Environments and Changing Mindsets in Latin America and the Caribbean

Jamaica will be represented in the upcoming Inter-American Development Bank's ongoing mission of facilitating the immense artistic creativity of the Hemisphere and the relationship between art and development.

The IADB in 2018 created the moving art installation, titled Sidewalk of the Americas, with the first exhibition of the installation being staged in Mendoza Argentina, where the work of 83 artists was displayed as part of the III Ibero-American Forum of Mayors.

Citing the project as a great success, the IDB Creativity division explained that it was a success because... read more

Toyota Jamaica gives away over $7mil in BUS DI SCHOOL Competition

MAY 18 2018: Transportation challenges for one lucky primary/preparatory or secondary/high or junior high school will be resolved, and the students will be able to go places if the school is selected as the winner of Toyota Jamaica’s 2018 Bus Di School Competition.

The news comes as Toyota Jamaica announces the 2018 Bus di School competition. The motor vehicle company invites schools to submit entries for their chance to win a 2019 Toyota Hiace Bus valued at over J$6.7million along with one year free scheduled maintenance up to 30,000km and free license/registration. Toyota Jamaica... read more


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