Announcing the 3rd Edition of WRITIVITY

The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) is pleased to announce the staging of the fourth edition of its educational workshop, WRITIVITY, which begins on Monday, August 13 and will continue until Friday, August 17, 2018. Inaugurated in 2015, the WRITIVITY workshop is designed for Grade 10 – 11 students, who are preparing to sit Visual Arts examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The workshop is coordinated by NGJ’s Education Department and forms part of the gallery’s summer educational programming. The main goal of WRITIVITY is to assist students with the development of their visual arts reflective journal, which is a key component of CSEC’s School-Based Assessment (SBA) submission. By participating in this programme, students will be taught how to properly prepare entries for the journal, analyze art pieces and conduct art-related research, within sessions that utilize the NGJ’s art collection and document resources.

Registration for the WRITIVITY programme is free and there is also limited space for participants, as such interested persons should make contact with the National Gallery’s Education Department as soon as is possible via the following telephone numbers: 876 922 – 1561/3 (Lime landline), or 876 618 – 0654/ 5 (Digicel fixed line).

All activities for WRITIVITY will be held at the National Gallery of Jamaica from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A link to the WRITIVITY Time Table can be accessed here.

ISO and Climate Change

There has been a fierce debate on the climate issue for a long time, and doubts have been raised about the human impact on the earth’s climate, as well as what this might mean. However, even at the highest political level in some of the most powerful countries, the case to disregard human impact on climate change is slowly disintegrating.

The world is slowly getting to where it wants to be, where a blanket understanding of climate change is concerned. There is also a gradual acceptance that the consequences of climate change have now joined war as the major perceived threats of the future; these two areas are also inextricably linked.

While several countries look to solve the challenges faced, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accepts that this cannot happen without collaboration. The climate has no borders, and neither does ISO. One example of the work the ISO has done is the development of the ISO 14080 on greenhouse gas management, which is designed to be an umbrella standard for all types of organizations that develop and identify methods for analyzing needs and implementing climate actions.

To read more about what the ISO is doing about climate change, read here.

 

 

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ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Out Now!

Food safety is about the prevention, elimination, and control of foodborne hazards, from the site of production to the point of consumption. Since food safety hazards may be introduced at any stage of the process, every company in the food supply chain must exercise adequate hazard controls. In fact, food safety can only be maintained through the combined efforts of all parties: governments, producers, retailers and end consumers.

Aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size or sector, ISO 22000:2018Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain, translates food safety management into a continuously improving process.

The new edition brings clarity of understanding for the thousands of companies worldwide that already used the standard. Read more here

Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme at the BSJ.

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The BSJ will offer training and business support services to MSME through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) Programme.

This grant assistance provides funding of up to J$300,000 for accessing services to improve business operations and promote trade.

For information on if you qualify or how to apply, visit: http://dbjvoucher.com/

Free Open Source – Part 1

Free Open Source Software

Since the invention of the computer, humans have become dependent on the internet and software/applications. Buying software can be expensive, especially for persons who need access to multiple software to do a particular job.  With free open source software, the cost to do your job is drastically minimized.  Below are a few software you can use:


Software Description

 

GIMP

Gimp is a powerful image editing software and is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

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INKSCAPE

Inkscape is a free multiplatform vector drawing software and is widely used by graphic designers for custom logo designs or vector drawings. Inkscape is a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

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XMIND

With Xmind you can create your own flow charts, and organization charts. Useful for your everyday meetings.

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OpenOffice

OpenOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office suite. The powerful all-in-one  software enables you to create and edit your documents.

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LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux. It is a free alternative to the Microsoft Office Suite providing document production and data processing.

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CamStudio

Create your own video tutorials in a flash using this awesome screen recording software.

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PSPP

PSPP is a free alternative to SPSS. Perform descriptive statistics, run T-test, linear  regression and more. Designed to perform analysis as fast as possible.

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Organize and manage your projects using openproj. This is a free alternative to Microsoft Projects.

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LimeSurvey Using Limesurvey is a very easy and exciting way to create and upload online surveys using its built in PHP functions. Questionnaires are created with just the click of a button.

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Caribbean Library Associations

  1. LIAJA – Library and Information Association of Jamaica:  The initiative to establish a library association was led by Mr. A. S. Bryant, the first Director of the Jamaica Library Service, as such a body was regarded as an ‘essential part of library organisation in the island.’ Accordingly in 1949, a year after the Jamaica Library Service was established, the Provisional Library Board approved the convening of a meeting of all persons working in libraries or having an interest in library development. The meeting was a success as 94 persons met at the St. Catherine Parish Library on July 14, 1949 and passed a resolution that the Jamaica Library Association be formed.
  2. ALJAS – The Association of Librarians in the Jamaica Library Service (ALJAS) was formed in 1975 by a group of “forward thinking” Librarians who sought to provide an avenue through which matters relating to the particular concerns of the group could be most suitably addressed.
  3. CIIP – The Cayman Islands Information Professionals (CIIP) is the first professional library and information science association in the Cayman Islands. It was founded in 2013 by information specialists, living and working in the Cayman Islands.
  4. ACURIL– The Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) originated as part of a movement for Caribbean cooperation at the university level, initiated in the late l960’s by the Association of Caribbean Universities (UNICA). At that moment Sir Philip Sherlock, of the University of the West Indies, at Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, was its Secretary General.
  5. COMLA – Commonwealth Library Association: COMLA supports library associations in the Commonwealth by promoting the interests of libraries and librarians and facilitating networks for information delivery and exchange. Its membership comprises national library associations and major library institutions in countries that do not yet have an association. From 2002 librarians have been eligible to become individual members.
  6. LATT – The Library Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT) was incorporated by Act No. 11 of 1985, which was assented to on 21st March, 1985.
  7. CARALL – Caribbean Association of Law Libraries: Established in 1984, the Caribbean Association of Law Libraries [CARALL] continues to be the only forum that focuses solely on the Caribbean law libraries and law librarians. The Association is committed to regional co-operation and networking among the libraries. It gives the Law Libraries of the Caribbean an opportunity to forge links, discuss  common problems and the information needs of their clientele and create ways in which greater regional Law Library co-operation could be achieved.
  8. LAB – Library Association of Barbados:
  9. LAB – Library Association of Bermuda: an active organization of enthusiastic professional librarians and paraprofessionals from all types of libraries in Bermuda. Whether it’s a small or large library, school media centre, college library, law or medical library, the goals of the members are the same. The librarians in Bermuda strive to enhance learning and to ensure access to information for every person on the rock.
  10. NALIP – National Association of Library and Information Professionals – Saint Lucia:  NALIP seeks to promote the value of Libraries and information units. Facebook page

Call for Experts to Building and Associated Materials Technical Committee

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica announces a call for experts to provide technical support to the Building and Associated Materials Technical Committee.

 

Scope of work:

 

The Committee is mandated to adopt, adapt international standards and review Jamaican standards relating to the construction industry for the purpose of ensuring that industry practices are aligned with international best practice and reflect the parameters that are applicable to Jamaica.

 

Eligibility requirements:

 

Interested persons should have extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry, especially related to Structural Steel and Treated Lumber.

 

Interested persons are invited to contact Mrs. Sherieka Satchell-Knight at

Tel: (876) 632-4275, (876) 618-1534 ext. 3221, (876) 303-0818 or via email at ssatchell@bsj.org.jm

6 Essentials To Adulting After High School

If you are about to leave high school or you’ve already graduated, you need to get these six essential items, as they are critical to ‘adulting’. This is the number one channel for tons of great life skills information and advice. Here you will find life hacks and tips that will get you ahead. If this is your first time, thanks for dropping by.

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Launch of the Household and Similar Electrical Appliances Standard

You are invited to attend the launch of JS IEC 60335-1 Household and similar electrical appliances – Safety – Part 1: General requirements on 02 March 2018 in the BSJ’s Multi-purpose Facility situated at 6 Winchester Road, Kingston 10 starting at 10:00 a.m. under the theme “SMARTELECTRIC”.

 

The purpose of the launch is to raise awareness regarding the safe use of household electrical appliances and explore the associated, ever-evolving, technologies involved (smart applications) and attendant concerns and issues. Additionally, the launch will seek to outline public education programmes aimed at encouraging compliance with the standard. This forum will also be used to challenge the general public to make smart choices when choosing electrical appliances.

 

For further information and confirmation of attendance, kindly contact Mrs. Sherieka Satchell-Knight by telephone at 618-1534, 632-4275 Ext. 3221 or via email at ssatchell@bsj.org.jm.