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.

Download

XMIND

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

Download

OpenOffice

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

Download

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.

Download

CamStudio

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

Download

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.

Download

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

Download

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.

Download

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.

Craig McNally maybe contact via email @ thetalktank@gmail.com

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE: – NHMJ – IOJ JAMAICAN GANJA: SETTING the RECORD STRAIGHT

 

February 6, 2018

NHMJ – IOJ   JAMAICAN GANJA: SETTING the RECORD STRAIGHT

 

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), takes pleasure in inviting you to a Public Forum on ganja for media personnel, to be staged on February 26, 2018 at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

 

Jamaica has had a long and interesting history of un-official as well as official involvement with the Cannabis plant. In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest globally in the medicinal and recreational use of the plant, and this has stimulated a multi-billion dollar industry.

 

Given the surging interest and enthusiasm there have been claims, counterclaims and misinformation. The NHMJ firmly believes that the Media has a critical role to play in setting the record straight and the general education of listeners and readers. It is in this regard that we are staging the Public Forum especially for the Media:

Title: JAMAICAN GANJA – SETTING the RECORD STRAIGHT

Venue: PCJ Auditorium

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Moderator: Professor Ronald Young

 

We have assembled a powerful line up of knowledgeable speakers to cover the following topics:

  1. Wayne McLaughlin (CARITOX/UWI): Current Laboratory Research Findings on Jamaican Ganja
  2. Hawthorne Watson (Former Head of SRC): Pioneer Research and Government’s Involvement Starting in the 1960’s
  3. Lilyclaire Bellamy, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO): IPR Issues and Challenges
  4. Kathie Lennon, Ganja Growers and Producers Association (GGPA): Farming Practices, Strains and the UN Alternate Development Programme for Ganja in Jamaica
  5. Professor Wendell Abel: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
  6. Lisa Dawes: Pioneering work at a Rural Hospital
  7. Cannabis Licensing Authority: Licensing Status and Issues

In addition we have invited other resource personnel from the GGPA and the Cannabis Commercial Council as well as recipients of Provisional Licences to participate.

 

Each panelist will be allowed a seven-minute presentation. A “Question and Answer Session” is scheduled to take place after all presentations have been concluded.

 

We look forward to your affirmative response as together we seek to set the record straight and advance the interest of Jamaicans in this lucrative industry.

 

FREE ADMISSION

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General Contact information: Mrs. Tracy Commock, Director – Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ); e-mail: info@nhmj-ioj.org.jm, Phone: (876)948-8116 / (876) 922-0620/6

 

Are you limiting yourself? Break free in order to advance

Written by ,  LinkedIn Top Voice of 2016, SVP Marketing & Client Success

In life there are always reasons why something didn’t happen. You didn’t get a job because a younger candidate will work for less. Your big idea wasn’t considered because you’re just entry level. You didn’t get a promotion because you’re a woman and your company is run by an all-male board. But what if the problem isn’t life? What if it’s you constantly reaching for an excuse?

Everyone has circumstances they can’t control, and unfortunately workplace biases and hurdles exist that likely won’t go away anytime soon. Rather than limiting ourselves based on preconceived beliefs, what if we strive to give it 110 percent in order to break down barriers and really support each other to get ahead?

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Jamaican Football Standards @StandardsJa

#FootballStandards Check out this amazing video about the Standards for Safety & Performance of Football Goals.

#JamaicanStandardforSafetyandPerformanceofFootballGoals #JS325 #FootballStandards #JamaicanFootballStandards

Contact the Bureau of Standards Jamaica for a copy of this standard:
6 Winchester Road, P.O. 113, Kingston 10, Jamaica
Tel: (876) 926-3140-5; Fax: (876)929-4736
Website: http://www.bsj.org.jm