6 Essentials To Adulting After High School

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EBSCO is Back with Three $100,000 Solar Grants Available to Libraries Worldwide in 2018

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Looking to Go Green? EBSCO has expanded this year’s EBSCO Solar Grant and for the first time will provide three $100,000 grants to libraries.

As part of our commitment to ”Going Green,” we want to encourage libraries to reevaluate their own environmental footprints. In 2016, we introduced the EBSCO Solar Grant and to date we have given nearly half a million dollars to libraries looking to install solar arrays on their campuses. This year, EBSCO Solar will fund three $100,000 grants.

At EBSCO, we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint and educating our employees and our community about the value of energy conservation and alternative energy solutions. We’ve seen firsthand the value of solar power by installing three solar arrays with more than 500 panels at our Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. Going Green has helped us offset the amount of “brown power” we buy and generate clean energy to reduce our environmental footprint.

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Published: February 12, 2018


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.




February 6, 2018



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:


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.




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


Market Access Requirements for Jamaica

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1.      JS 71: 1999 Animal Feeds (general)
2.      JS 117: 1994 Milk replacers
3.      JS 118: 1999 Poultry rations
4.      JS 119: 1998 Swine starter rations
5.      JS 120: 1999  Ruminant starter rations
6.      JS 278: 2000 Puppy rations
7.      JS CRS 29 : 2011 Poultry feed and feed ingredients




1.      JS 32: 2014            – Portland Cement (ordinary and rapid hardening)
2.      JS 33: 2014 Hot  rolled steel bars for the reinforcement of concrete
3.      JS 35: 2011 Standard hollow concrete blocks


4.      JS 112: Part 1: 1984 Method for sampling and testing of mineral, aggregates, sand and fillers. Sampling, size, shape, and classification


5.      JS 112: Part 2: 1984 Method for sampling and testing of mineral, aggregates, sand and fillers. Physical properties


6.      JS 112: Part 4 : 1984 Method for sampling and testing of mineral, aggregates, sand and fillers. Chemical properties


7.      JS 124: 2000 Aggregates for concrete
8.      JS 133: 2015 Ready mixed concrete
9.      JS 268: 2010 Bituminous materials


10.  JS 286: 2000 Aggregates for bituminous mixtures


11.  JS 301: 2013 Blended hydraulic cements


12.  JS 302: 2008 Chemical test methods for hydraulic cements
13.  JS 303: 2008 Physical test methods for hydraulic cements
14.  JS 304: 2008 Quality management requirements for manufacturers, processors and  packers of cement
15.  JS 320: 2012 General purpose hydraulic cement (performance based)


16.  JS 329: 2014 Specification for Concrete kerb units — Requirements and test methods





1. JS 170: Part 2: 1992 Water used in the preparation of cosmetics






1.      JS 20: 1987 Panel boards and panel board enclosures


2.       JS 21: 1992 Electrical installations
3.      JS 22: 2014 Lead-acid batteries of the automobile type
4.      JS 92: 1986 Insulated flexible cords
5.      JS 93: 1984 PVC-insulated cables for electricity supply
6.      JS 94: 1991 PVC insulated cables (non-armored) for electrical power cord lighting
7.      JS 132: 1987 Tungsten filament lamps for general service
8.      JS 144: Part 1: 1987 Safety of household and similar electrical appliances. General requirements


9.      JS 144: Part 2: 1987  Safety of household and similar electrical appliances.

Particular requirements for electric irons


10.  JS 144: Part 3: 1987 Safety of household and similar electrical appliances.

Particular requirements for vacuum cleaners


11.  JS 144: Part 4: 1987 Safety of household and similar electrical appliances.

Particular requirements for washing machines.


12.  JS 151: 1988 Wooden base blocks (for mounting electrical accessories)


13.  JS 164: 1988 Service –entrance and branch circuit breakers
14.  JS 168: 1989 Construction and test of electric storage-tank water heaters
15.  JS 178: 1990 Method of test for measuring the performance of household


16.  JS 195: 1991 Electrical appliance protectors
17.  JS 216: 1992 Safety requirements for electric fans and regulators


18.  JS 219: 1992 Meter mounting devices
19.  JS 226: 1993 The power requirement of data processing equipment
20.  JS  247: 1992 Dry type transformers
21.  JS  253: 1993 Ballasts for tubular fluorescent lamps
22.  JS 257: 1991 Safety requirements for mains operated electronic and

related apparatus for household and similar general  use


23.  JS 263: 1992 Single-phase and three-phase distribution transformers
24.  JS 283: 2000 The use and installation of standby and emergency power equipment




1.      JS 25: 2010 Transportable gas containers
2.      JS 30: 1974 Manhole step irons
3.      JS 31: 2014 The repair and rebuilding of low-pressure welded steel transportable gas containers
4.      JS 33: 2014 Hot rolled steel bars for the reinforcement of concrete


5.      JS 41: 2014 Inspection, retesting and use of transportable gas   containers
6.      JS 42: 1984 Manufacturing of steel wire rope slings
7.      JS 76: 1980 Construction of portable metal ladders


8.      JS 239: 1994 Domestic cooking appliances using kerosene
9.      JS 244: 2006 Pneumatic tyres for passenger cars
10.  JS 262: 1992 Motor vehicle brake fluid
11.  JS 269: 2006 Pneumatic tyres for vehicles other than passenger cars


12.  JS 277: 2014 Household-cooking appliances using liquefied petroleum gases
13.  JS 296: 2004 Hot-dip zinc and hot-dip aluminum/zinc profile steel sheets for roofing
14.  JS 322: 2012 Transportable gas cylinders- Fully wrapped composite cylinders
15.  JS 323: 2012 Transportable gas cylinders – Periodic inspection & testing of composite gas cylinders





1.      JS 36: 1991 Processed foods: General requirements
2.      JS 60: 1977 Grapefruit segments
3.      JS 61: 1977 Coffee


4.      JS 62: 1977 Macaroni and noodle products


5.      JS 64: 1977 Mayonnaise, salad dressing and French dressing


6.      JS 75: 2014 – Vinegar
7.      JS 84: 1984 Grapefruit juice


8.      JS 87: 2008  Salt
9.      JS 88: 1984 Ketchup


10.  JS 91: 1984 Orange juice
11.  JS  96:1999 Cocoa powders and dry cocoa –sugar mixtures for direct consumption
12.  JS 101: 1985 White sugar
13.  JS 102: 1985 Brown sugar
14.  JS 103: 1985 Powdered (icing) sugar
15.  JS 104: 1985 Sugar for canning
16.  JS 145: 2014 Breads


17.  JS 171: 2002 Liquid whole milk (cow’s)


18.  JS 172: 1987 Reconstituted milk
19.  JS 173: 1987 Recombined milk


20.  JS 174: 2002 Liquid low fat (half skimmed or partly skimmed)  cow’s milk and liquid non-fat (skimmed) cow’s milk
21.  JS 215: 1998 Jerk seasoning and jerk sauce
22.  JS 261: 1998 Jams, Jellies and marmalade


23.  JS 276: 2000 Canned ackee in brine
24.  JS 328: 2014 Food grade acetic acid (Diluted)


25.  JS CCS 41: 2008 Brewery products: beer, stout, shandy, malt


26.  JS CRS 18 : 2011 Honey
27.  JS CRS 28: 2012 Poultry and poultry products


28.  JS CRS 44 : 2010 Rice
29.  JS CCS 52: 2005 Grading and quality requirements of table eggs


30.  JS CRS 1: 2010 Packaged water


31.  JS CRS 3: 2010 Packaged natural coconut water


32.  JS CRS 19: 2010 Cassava bread
33.  JS CRS 22: 2010 Achar, amchar and Kuchela
34.  JS CRS 27: 2010 Fruit and vegetable juices and drinks and fruit nectars


35.  JS CRS 35: 2010 Spices and sauces
36.  JS Codex Stan 192 : 1995 Food additives





1.      JS 1 Part 1: 1992 The labelling of commodities
2.      JS 1: Part 2: 1992 The labelling of footwear


3.      JS 1:  Part 3: 1995 The labelling of precious metals  and their alloys
4.      JS 1:  Part 4: 1991 The labelling of household electrical appliances
5.      JS 1: Part 6: 1977 The labelling of panty hose


6.      JS 1: Part 8: 1999 The labelling of animal feeds
7.      JS 1: Part 9: 2014 The labelling of toys & playthings
8.      JS 1: Part 10: 1982 The labelling of adhesives (for wood) [synthetic resin (phenolic and arninoplastic) and polyvinyl acetate]


9.      JS 1: Part 11: 2014 The labelling of furniture
10.   JS 1: Part 12: 1983 The labelling of industrial gloves
11.  JS 1: Part 13: 1985 The labelling of phonograph records, tapes cassettes and sheet music


12.  JS 1: Part 14: 1993 The labeling of staples and nails (previously labelling

of fasteners

13.  JS 1: Part 15: 1992 The labelling of household chemicals
14.  JS 1: Part 17: 1986 The precautionary labelling of hazardous industrial chemicals
15.  JS 1: Part 18: 1999 The labelling of textiles and related products
16.  JS 1: Part 20: 1988 The labelling of pre-packaged goods


17.  JS 1: Part 21: 1996 Energy labelling of appliances and products


18.  JS 1: Part 22: 1989 The labelling of agricultural seed packages


19.  JS 1: Part 23: 1993 The labelling of finishes


20.  JS 1: Part 24: 1999 The labelling of fruit juices


21.  JS 1: Part 25: 2006 The labelling of cigarette packages


22.  JS 1: Part 26: 2014 The labelling of tissue products and wipes
23.  JS 1: Part 27: 1998 The labelling of retail packages of pesticides


24.  JS 1: Part 29: 1999 The labelling of products and equipment containing or manufactured using ozone depleting substances and/or their substitutes
25.  JS 1: Part 30: 2001 The labelling of brewery products (beer, stout, shandy,  malta)
26.  JS 165: 1988 Content of warranties for goods


27.  JS CRS 5: 2010 Labelling of pre-packaged foods


28.  JS CRS 37:2010 Labelling of retail packages of aerosol insecticides






JS 211: 1992 Wines
JS 214: 1992 Liqueurs/Cordials
JS CRS 25: 2008 Rum



JS 73: 2013 Synthetic laundry detergent powder
JS 90: 1983 Safety of toys and playthings
JS 279: 2000 Performance packagings for the transportation  of dangerous goods
JS 282: 2000 General purpose disinfectant
JS 325: 2013 Safety and performance of football goals
JS 327: 2014 Blood bank and transfusion services
JS CCS 0045: 1999 Rev. 2005 Safety matches
JS CRS 17: 2010 Gold articles



Food Regulations


  1. Processed Food Grades & Standards Regulations, 1964
  2. The Processed Food (Prepared Syrups) Regulations, 1974
  3. The Standards (Labelling of Processed Food


Technical Regulations

  1. The Zinc Coated Roofing Sheets Control Order, 2000
  2.  The Trade (Plastic Furniture Control) Order, 2003
  3.  The Trade (Plastic Furniture Control) (Amendment) Order, 2004
  4.  The Trade (Wooden Furniture Control) Order, 2004
  5.  The Trade (Sleep Product Control) Order, 2004
  6. The Trade (Household Paints Control) Order, 2004
  7. The Zinc Coated and Aluminum/Zinc Coated Roofing Sheets Control Order, 2004
  8. Jamaican Standard Specifications for Blended Hydraulic Cements Order, 2006
  9.  The Trade (Prohibition of Importation) (Used Tyres) Order, 2012
  10. The Trade (Prohibition of Importation) (Used Tyres) (No. 2) Order, 2012


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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10 Captivating Jamaican Love Stories @natlibja

Originally posted by the National Library of Jamaica

In this season of love, we’re taking a look at 10 of Jamaica’s most captivating love stories. These stories of triumphant love gripped the nation and became indelibly entwined in the country’s social history and lore.


Maurice and Valerie Facey

Valerie and Maurice on their wedding day

Valerie Hart-Collins came to Jamaica from Europe at age 17. She arrived at Kingston Harbour on the banana boat the MS Bayan. As the boat approached the pier, she leaned over the rail of the boat’s deck to gaze at the beautiful city. It was then that Maurice Facey first laid eyes on the woman that would become his life partner. Within a year they fell in love and Maurice asked her to marry him. But Valerie’s parents refused to give their permission. They disapproved of Maurice as a mixed race Jamaican and insisted that Valerie was too young to get married. Still, the young lovers were unshaken and determined to become man and wife.

Valerie’s parents retained the legal services of none other than the eminent Norman Manley to prevent the wedding and even orchestrated to have Valerie arrested on the grounds of working in Jamaica without a permit. Valerie chose to spend the night in prison rather than be deported and separated from her love.

At the intervention of the then Governor of Jamaica, Sir Hugh Foot, they were finally allowed to marry without parental consent. It was a sensational scandal in 1950s Jamaica. Valerie and Maurice were married in a packed St. Andrew Parish Church in Half Way Tree. Hundreds of Jamaicans had come out to see the obstinate young lovers who had caused such a stir.

Their story certainly didn’t end there, however. In his early days as a businessman, Maurice experienced setbacks. In 1956 after the collapse of a business project, the family sold their Norbrook home and its entire contents. The Faceys and their two children left the house with nothing but the clothes on their backs. During these difficult times, Valerie remained by her husband’s side. Maurice Facey lived to become one of Jamaica’s most successful and wealthy businessmen. They were married for 61 years before Maurice died in 2013.  Looking back on their relationship, Valerie has said, “It was a marriage made in heaven…there is no marriage that is easy but I think we had a very good marriage, we fought the battle well.”

Valerie speaking into a microphone while Maurice looks on








“10 things you didn’t know about Valerie Facey.” The Jamaica Gleaner, 5 January 2014, http://jamaicagleaner.com/gleaner/20140105/out/out2.html

Allen, Desmond. “Valerie and Maurice Facey: A 60-year marriage that should not have been.”, The Jamaica Observer, 21 April, 2013. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Valerie-and-Maurice-Facey–A-60-year-marriage-that-should-not-have-been_14109521

“Portraits -Valerie Facey – Lucky Victim of Fate” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdkGu1uD2Xg



Louise Bennett and Eric Coverley

Louise and Eric stand beside a table in their home in Gordon Town

What can we say about the beloved Miss Lou? Simply that to know her was to love her – and perhaps no one knew her better than Eric Coverley. Louise Bennett met Eric ‘Chalk Talk’ Coverley, a popular actor and talent scout, in 1936 at a prize-giving concert at her alma mater, Excelsior. She asked him for autograph and he congratulated her on her performance. Eric invited her to be part of a Christmas concert at the Coke Memorial Hall (after asking her mother’s permission of course). The rest, as they say, is history.

They remained close friends for many years, during which time Louise lived in England and New York. While on a trip to New York in 1953, Eric called Louise on her birthday. They reconnected and began working together, co-directing a folk musical called, Day in Jamaica.  Eric would often escort her home after a performance or engagement before having to rush away to catch a late train back to where he was staying. It was one such night when he said to her, ‘Louise I can’t stop a minute to talk with you. It seems that I will just have to marry you.” In true Miss Lou fashion, Louise responded “Coverley, is that the way you propose? That could never be a proposal!”. She must have accepted because they were married on May 30, 1954 in Harlem. He was 42, she was 35.

The Coverleys on their wedding day

After returning to Jamaica in 1955, both continued their work in the arts. Enfield House, their home in Gordon Town, was the site of many celebrations and gatherings. Though they never had any biological children together, Eric and Louise often welcomed the children of extended relatives and community members into their home. They brought up these children together with Fabian, Eric’s son from a previous relationship.

When Eric’s health began to decline, he and Louise moved to Canada in 1987 to join Fabian who lived in Toronto. Eric died at age 91 in 2002 and Louise would follow four years later in July 2006.

Click here to view the NLJ’s Miss Lou Archives – including published and unpublished materials, photographs and audio-visual materials housed at the National Library of Jamaica.


Morris, Mervyn. Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture, Kingston: Ian Randle Publsihers, 2014.

“The Mother of Jamaican Culture Remembered”, The Jamaica Gleaner, 3 June 2012, http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120603/ent/ent5.html

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