2018 European Union Film Festival will make Jamaicans fall in love with Europe

“The film festival is part of efforts by the delegation to create a better understanding of Europe and European culture among Jamaicans, with whom the EU shares a long and strong partnership”

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska

Finally, a brief respite from Avengers: Infinity Wars, which is what everyone is talking about!!!

There is a free film show being hosted by European Union. Dubbed the 2018 European Union Film Festival (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2018, May 12), the free event is set to take place in Kingston between May 14 and 20.

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, dropped the free invites on Europe Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday May 8th 2018.

The ambassador, who made the announcement from her residence, is looking forward to a greater cultural exchange with the week-long festival, which is to be hosted by the European Union and its member states.

So, what kinds of films are trending in the EU?

2018 European Union Film Festival – Fortuna favours bold Jamaican view of the EU

2018 European Union Film Festival will see Jamaicans being able to view 10 films free of cost during the weeklong festival. The festival will take place in the context of the observance of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, providing a platform to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Europe.

Venues for the showings will include:

  • The Mico College University
  • Campion College
  • Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town

Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, like Barack Obama, is most likely a huge fan of Bob Marley, as they’ve included locations that represent the three Jamaicans: “We made a great effort to reach out to different communities so there would be different locations to showcase the films this year. Being able to have a screening in the Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town was very important to us as we feel the community does not have many opportunities to see films for free, and this is something we hope to replicate in the future”.

Quite a fitting honour, given that not only is Trench Town the home of Bob Marley, but the birthplace of Reggae Music and other the stomping grounds of many other Jamaican artiste.

This has caused some 32000 foreigners to visit Jamaica via AirBnB (Deer, 2017, March 3) since November 2016 just to get a taste of the Jamaican culture and experience the place for themselves.

The festival will open on Monday, May 14, at the Spanish Court Hotel with a free screening of the Italian film Fortunata. Fortunata follows an entrepreneurial young mother who overcomes problems on her way to achieving her lifelong desire of owning her own business. Here’s a preview:

Yes, for those of you who hate subtitles, most of these films are not in English. So prepared to either learn French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian or German to watch these films as they’ll be shown to the public over the period in their native languages, with English subtitles.

2018 European Union Film Festival – European Year of Cultural Heritage Diversity on show

The festival is aimed at encouraging more people to discover and engage with the European culture. As such the films represent the 28 European Union Member states. Participating countries include:

  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Latvia
  • Sweden
  • Spain
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Austria

The other films will cover the following genre:

  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • History

It’ll be not only interesting to see how Jamaicans respond to this, but how much official Press coverage from the Gleaner as well as from the Observer and other new media this event will receive, given the low key nature of the EU High Commission in Jamaica.

As more Jamaicans realize that Europe exists and French is on the rise in Africa (Deer, 2016, September 10), the desire to travel, work and study in Europe will only increase, as the only barrier is language and culture.

References

  1. Deer, L. (2016, September 10). Why French for Jamaicans at Primary Schools as Africa and Europe go Francophone. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/french-for-jamaicans-at-primary-schools/
  2. Deer, L. (2017, March 3). Ministry of Tourism says Airbnb brings 32,000 to Jamaica to Bob Marley’s Trench Town. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2017/03/Ministry-of-Tourism-Airbnb-Trench-Town-bob-marley.html
  3. The Jamaica Gleaner (2018, May 12). EU Celebrates Year Of Cultural Heritage With Free Film Festival. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20180512/eu-celebrates-year-cultural-heritage-free-film-festival
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How Database 876 helps Jamaicans find US$51000 yearly jobs in Saskatchewan, Canada

Hello Jamaican Job hunters, especially those of you looking for work in Saskatchewan, Canada. Database 876 can help you to get those jobs.

They provide assistance with ECA/IELTS application for work in Saskatchewan.

So what kind of work can Database 876 help to get in Saskatchewan, Canada?

Database 876 Limited – High salaries in the wild prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan is the seventh-largest Canadian province with a total area  of 651,036 sq. km and a population of only 1.13 million. This is far more than Jamaica’s 10,991 km² which support a population of  2.881 million.

Database 876 can offer you work in the following areas in Saskatchewan, Canada, a very wild part of Canada that has a lot of resources and is desperately in need of skilled labourers!! Here is a video on that part of Canada, in case you have any doubts!!

You can upload your resume for free but must pay a registration fee of JA$1500 to the following NCB Bank Account to avoid it being deleted:

  1. Account name: DATABASE 876
  2. Account number: 404290932
  3. Account type: SAVINGS

Albeit a bit of a hassle to go to bank to register, it’s pretty universal. Plus they’ll have your resumes marketed to these 3900 companies, a convenience for both American companies seeking Jamaican talent and Jamaicans seeking work abroad. Companies abroad are looking for workers of various types:

  • Summer workers
  • Part-time workers
  • Full-time workers

Database 876 multiplies you job-hunting opportunities, allowing you to update your resume anytime you gain new qualifications. They have business hours from Monday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, being closed on Saturday only.

Despite the rough work conditions, jobs in that part of Canada pay above US$986 (JA$122,342.57) a week (Lam, 2017, December 22) or just over US$51,000 (JA$6,328,063.94) a year.

Engineering

  • Civil engineers
  • Drafting technologists and technicians
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • Engineering managers
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Mechanical engineers

Medicine

  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical sonographers

Skilled Labourers

  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics
  • Cabinet makers
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Industrial mechanics
  • Machinists
  • Meat cutters
  • Motor vehicle body repairers
  • Welders

Agriculture

  • Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
  • Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
  • Managers in aqriculture

Sciences

  • Biologists and related scientists
  • Chemical technologists’ and technicians
  • Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

Construction and Civil Engineering

  • Architects
  • Land surveyors
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians

Information Technology

  • Software engineers and designers
  • Web designers and developer
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

Social Workers

  • Psychologists
  • Social and community service workers
  • Early childhood educators and assistants

Management

  • Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • Financial and investment analysts
  • Management consulting
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  • Managers in Professional occupations in business
  • Managers in social, community and correctional services
  • Manufacturing managers
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • Utilities managers

All of this, however, is possible once you have a properly done resume. So are you interested?

If so, you can  share this information with your friends as sharing is caring.

Here’s the link:

Website: http://www.database876.com/

Tel: 1-(876)-816-4911

Email: my876feedback@hotmail.com

References

  1. Lam, S. (2017, December 22). The average Canadian salaries by industry and region. Retrieved from https://careers.workopolis.com/advice/how-much-money-are-we-earning-the-average-canadian-wages-right-now/

How Jamaicans can cut Glass Bottles without a Glass Cutter

So you have a lot of Wine bottles lying around and possibly some Red Stripe Bottles.

While you could gather them and even start collecting them for sale (Deer, 2018, January 14), you could cut them as shown below.

You may even use them to make your own rooftop garden (Deer, 2013, July 31)!

How to cut glass bottles – String and Fire Method

The main method of cutting any bottle is by using the String and Fire Method.

This involves soaking a string in alcohol or Acetone and then wrapping it around the bottle at the point that you want to cut.

Then you light the string while it is wrapped around the bottle on fire as shown in the video below.

How to cut glass bottles – The Cooking Oil Method

Another method of cutting glass involves using cooking oil.

In this method you fill the glass contain to the level you want to cut it. Then you place the glass bottle in a basin and fill it to the same level of the water in the bottle you want to cut.

Then you pour some cooking oil into the basin until the water is evenly covered with a layer of oil. Then heat up a piece of metal, such as a nail or a knife edge with a blowtorch until it is red hot.

Then quickly drop it into the water as shown in the video below.

In an instant the glass bottle is cut and cut perfectly as well, as the water –oil layer makes sure the heat is delivered precisely.

The main problem these methods are that it results in imperfect cut, requiring you to use a sand paper with a gentle grade to rub down the jagged edges. Hence I’ll introduce you to the next method!

How to cut glass bottles – The Nichrome Wire Method

A better method involves using an old charger and a nichrome wire to heat the bottle precisely at the spot you want to cut.

This delivers the heat to the exact spot and thus allows you to cut the bottle very precisely. Best to use ice cold water to dip the bottle in as the colder the water the cleaner the cut!

With a little practice, you can make works of art using this method. You can always use a glass cutter which you have to buy of course, so these methods are best as any Jamaican can afford them.

How to cut glass bottles – The Solder Iron Wire Method

This involves using a solder iron to heat and cut out specific shapes in the glass bottle.

This method is more for the artisan who want to make artistic designs in bottles. Careful though, as this method is very frustrating and requires patience as the cracks have a mind of their own!

Sharing is caring so share this interesting DIY with your friends!!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, July 31). How to Cut Glass Bottles to make a Rooftop Garden Wick-Based Hydroponic System. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.ca/2013/07/how-to-cut-glass-bottles-to-make.html
  2. Deer, L. (2018, January 14). How Jamaicans can make money from collecting Red Stripe Bottles. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/red-stripe-bottles-jamaican-money/

 

How Jamaicans can build a Portable Solar Water Heater

Need to have hot water in the morning!!? Also, does it have to be portable?

Then this handy DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project is for you to make a Solar Water Heater. This is very similar to using sunlight to distill water (Deer, 2013, February 5) or make a solar foundry (Deer, 2013, April 16) using a Fresnel lens.

However the gear required is a lot different as this video explains

You’ll need:

  • 50″ Copper tubing
  • Black paint
  • Tower clips
  • 20″ by 20″ board
  • 27″ by 27″ plyboard
  • 2 23 1/8″ lengths of lumber
  • Two 20 1/8″ lengths of lumber
  • Pipe to hose garden adapter
  • 10 Countersunk screw

You basically will follow the instructions as show in the video and build the Water Heater. It produces a sustained temperature of 73.8889 C (165 F) at a flow rate of 0.5 gallon per minute.

This is more than sufficient to produce hot water using the sun for any application on a given sunny day.

Sharing is caring so share this with your friends who need a portable water heater!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, February 5). How to Make Distilled Water using a Solar Desalinator. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-make-distilled-water-using-a-solar-desalinator/
  2. Deer, L. (2013, April 16). How to upgrade your Solar Desalinator to a Solar Cooker and make a Solar Foundry for Vacuum Pyrolysis. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-upgrade-your-solar-desalinator.html

Artistic Dimensions, a festival for all ages, raises funds for Arts Students

Kingston, Jamaica makes way for the 6th staging of Artistic Dimensions, a festival for all ages. The event serves to preserve Caribbean culture and identity. Proceeds benefit the Artistic Dimensions Fund which provides financial assistance annually to struggling yet promising students of the Arts.

In the first few years, funds raised could only cover one student, however in recent years enough funding was raised to cover 2 students. Join us as we continue to increase these numbers.

 

Artistic Dimensions 2017 showcased filmmakers from Jamaica, Florida, Kenya and Trinidad and Tobago, along with special guest performances from Nickeishia Barnes and much more. 2018 will see more talents on display and even more involvement from countries across the Caribbean.

  • DATE: JUNE 3, 2018
  • VENUE: EDNA MANLEY COLLEGE OF THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
  • TIME: 12noon – 10pm

JPent Studios is the entertainment conglomerate for the Caribbean focusing on Film and the Performing Arts. It is our aim to uplift the younger generation through the Performing Arts and Education with the attempt to preserve the Caribbean’s rich and unique culture.

It focuses on satisfying the need for increased platforms from which young entrepreneurs may showcase their Art and make it possible for them to create sustainable careers.

Through Theatre, Film, Event Planning, the Visual & Performing Arts, we focus on the distribution and promotion of positive, and entertaining material which speak to universal solutions.

For more information please contact jpentstudios@gmail.com, 876-824-1432 / 876-779-5281