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Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 1:20:16 PM

Liberate yourselves from dependence, NCU head tells Jamaicans

Published in Observer Central

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter

Monday, July 02, 2012


MANDEVILLE, Manchester — New president of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Dr Trevor Gardner wants Jamaicans to stop depending on others, and instead find a path to economic independence through education. 

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University President, Dr. Trevor Gardner 

Speaking recently during his formal installation at NCU's main campus in Mandeville, Gardner said Jamaicans and their leaders needed to make a drastic change in the way they relate to others. 

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NCU wins Digital Jam 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition

Digital Jam Winners

Published in the Jamaica Observer | Monday, July 2, 2012

NORTHERN Caribbean University students Joel Dean (left) and teammate Nicholas Brown (second right) are all smiles as they accept their prizes for winning the Digital Jam 2.0 Mobile Apps Competition with their innovative and crowd pleasing Pothole Positioning System Jamaica (PPS) mobile application. 

The young men, who hail from what is known as Jamaica's 'Silicon Mountain' area in Mandeville, wowed everyone with their application that was created to assist drivers in identifying potholes on their journey and logging a hands-free report of it.

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Some members of the NCU team who participated in the competition pose with their awards

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NCU’s Morris Entrepreneurship Centre Nurtures Entrepreneurs
Published: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 7:46:41 AM

Published in the Jamaica Observer | Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Government and people of Jamaica are becoming increasingly aware that the most significant way out of poverty is to empower our people as entrepreneurs. Northern Caribbean University (NCU) also bears this burden.  The university responds to that need in several ways: one of its significant efforts is managed by the Morris Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC).  

The MEC is an outreach arm of NCU and targets micro, small, and medium sized business concerns to offer business training critical to increasing the likelihood of reaping success in business undertakings.  Training is also offered to persons who are interested in operating a business.  The clientele served by the MEC also includes current students of NCU. There are a variety of training initiatives and programmes that are offered by the MEC. 

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Participants who successfully completed the Certificate in Entrepreneurship Programme recently held by Northern Caribbean University's outreach arm, the Morris Entrepreneurship Centre  (MEC), with Mrs. Hazel Wright O'Connor (far right), Executive Director and Mr. Dwight Dunn (centre), Assistant Director.

The MEC trains its entrepreneurs in techniques in writing business plans and proposals, marketing methods, strategies in launching businesses, and strategies for growing businesses.


Saving The World, One Breadfruit At A Time

Saving The World, One Breadfruit At A Time

Published in the Gleaner | Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter


Mary and Mike McLaughlin are putting 'bresheh' back on the map.

The founders of Trees That Feed Foundation are using various fruits - especially the beloved breadfruit - to benefit countries, particularly Jamaica (they are both bonafide Jamaica-born and raised) and Haiti. 

Through the foundation, they feed people and benefit the environment by reforesting areas with trees that produce edible fruit. This improves diets, reduces foreign dependency, and restores ecological balance to the land. The non-profit organisation was ratified in 2008. 

The couple are in the island for some relaxation, but also to view breadfruit trees planted in the Swift River watershed in Portland. They visited a breadfruit orchard at the College of Arts, Science and Education and donated 500 trees to Northern Caribbean University. 


NCU a Centre of Excellence

Manchester explores knowledge based options

Observer Central

BY RHOMA TOMLINSON Observer writer | Monday, July 02, 2012 

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU), which has gained international acclaim for its student work in technology, and respect as one of the country's premier tertiary institutions, is continuing its drive for Mandeville to be transformed into an internationally recognised university town.

The institution called together a number of Manchester's business, political and civic leaders to discuss the way forward, following calls for the central Manchester town to be made into an information technology and knowledge-based hub akin to Silicon Valley. 

People go about their business in Mandeville

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NCU Hosts Leaders' Symposium

Crime a threat to Mandeville's development, says senior cop

Observer Central

BY RHOMA TOMLINSON Observer writer | Monday, July 02, 2012


MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Assistant Commissioner of Police Derrick Cochrane has warned that crime could pose the biggest threat to Mandeville's highly anticipated transformation into a world-class education and information technology hub — a status that both political, education and business leaders have been pushing for over the last few years.

COCHRINE... crime must be fought at the community level

Cochrane, who is head of the Area Three Division (St Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon) issued the warning at the recent Leaders' symposium hosted by Northern Caribbean University to discuss how best to transform the growing central Jamaica capital into a premier university town. The forum was one of a series of activities to mark the inauguration of the institution's 23rd president, Dr Trevor Gardner. 

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NCU Student Taps 1 Peter 3: 3-4

The JLC Independence Collection

Published in the Gleaner | Monday, July 2, 2012

Garfene Grandison, Gleaner writer 

JLC is a New York-based online jewellery retailer owned by three Jamaican women. Jannae Campbell has a bachelor of arts in graphic design and is currently pursuing her master in fine arts at the New York Institute of Technology, Lauren Holland is completing her bachelor in business marketing at the Northern Caribbean University, and Chantay Campbell has completed her bachelor in architecture and her master in urban design and environmental technology. These three are the creative brains behind the brand, and designs all the earrings to ensure that the designs are unique to their brand. The featured line is the Jamaican Independence collection which is a limited edition collection which is available for the Jamaica 50 celebrations. 

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra To Perform at NCU

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra To Perform In Jamaica

Published in the Gleaner | Sunday, July 1, 2012 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), one of the world's most prestigious orchestras, will perform in Jamaica under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, on September 13 at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, and on September 15 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston. 

The RPO's visit and concerts are being organised by the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, with all proceeds in aid of its music for social change programme, providing free classical music lessons for at-risk youths, positively impacting self-esteem, values and aspirations. 

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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