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Facelift for Roaring River Early Childhood School

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – The Roaring River Early Childhood Institution has been selected as the Westmoreland parish project for Labour Day 2013.The school will see major upgrading of its bathroom facilities, ceiling, as well as the painting of walls and other refurbishing work.Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, in welcoming the project, told JIS News that he is expecting to see a large turnout of persons giving valuable service to the school and their community on Labour Day.For her part, Principal, Lucretia Burt, expressed gratitude that her school was chosen as the parish project, noting that the refurbishing work will lift the morale of the teachers and make learning easier for the 30 students in attendance.“We are looking forward to have the improvement done on the school, and we are happy that it is the Labour Day project for the parish. It is very important to have a school like this in the community. It is the only school in the community that hosts so many children and the parents are part of the school’s work in progress and their input will be greatly appreciated,” Ms. Burt said.In the meantime, Mayor Moore informed that there has been a steady stream of persons and organisations who have been registering Labour Day projects with the Westmoreland Parish Council.The Mayor said that several pedestrian crossings will be painted throughout the parish. This, he said, will aid in the safety of children and other persons on the roadways.He further informed that a bus shed will be erected on the Llandilo road, in front of the School of Hope, and the team will finish one that was erected last year at the Sheffield All Age School.“I want to encourage all the residents in the areas that we are doing projects to come out and get involved,” he urged.“Wherever we do a project, it is for the people of the community, so we want all the communities to get involved wherever we are working on Labour  Day,” the Mayor said.He explained that the projects are geared towards protecting the most vulnerable in the various communities.  The theme for Labour Day 2013 is “Lend a Hand…Build our Land.CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUSlast_img read more

Educators Endorse ‘School Days Count’ Initiative

first_img Guidance Counsellor at the Clonmel Primary and Junior High School, Charmaine Forbes, says the plan has her full endorsement. Story Highlights It was launched on February 8, in Port Maria, St. Mary, by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson. Educators are welcoming the Government’s $5.9-million incentive programme, which is aimed at increasing secondary-school attendance by students benefiting under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). Educators are welcoming the Government’s $5.9-million incentive programme, which is aimed at increasing secondary-school attendance by students benefiting under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The programme, dubbed ‘School Days Count’, is a two-year initiative and will roll out between February and April in 34 institutions that have below-70 per cent attendance levels.It was launched on February 8, in Port Maria, St. Mary, by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson.Speaking with JIS News, Principal of Jackson Primary and Junior High School in St. Mary, Michelle Thomas, highlighted that it was a positive a move that will result in added benefits to the children.“It is a very good initiative, and it will increase the attendance,” she states.Guidance Counsellor at the Clonmel Primary and Junior High School, Charmaine Forbes, says the plan has her full endorsement.“I am glad that they are rolling it out so that everybody can buy into it,” she shares with JIS News.For his part, Teacher at the Port Maria High School in the Parish, Joel Bromfield, welcomed the initiative and notes that students who attend school on a regular basis, generally tend to perform better.“I am appealing to the parents… send them out, because you want them to succeed and this increases the likelihood of them achieving more,” he states.The Programme will offer a range of cash and non-cash incentives to parents and schools to boost student turnout. These include 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, to students who will be starting tertiary studies in September 2018.In addition, there will be a combination of initiatives such as a media campaign; Attendance Fairs in 13 of the most affected schools; and ongoing parent education and interactions in the 34 schools that have recorded attendance compliance rates of below70 per cent.There will also be a ‘Never Been Absent Stars’ (NBA) competition within the targeted schools, aimed at identifying PATH beneficiaries who have not been absent over the period September 4, 2017 to March 28, 2018.All winners will be awarded NBA badges, and will be eligible to compete for one of five book vouchers valued at $15,000. Additionally, under the Competition, ten grade-11 PATH beneficiaries, will be identified and awarded scholarships.Meanwhile, Minister Robinson tells JIS News that the culture of seeing Fridays as not important for children to attend school must be broken.“Friday is an important day, and we are depending on the Councillors, the Members of Parliament, [and all] positive role models who can instil in students and parents that staying in school is important,” she reasons.She cited a survey which found that as many as 72.2 per cent of non-compliant PATH students oftentimes do not attend school on Fridays, adding that up to 53.2 per cent of them stop attending school prior to the end of the term.Also, administrators at PATH have noted with concern the decline in attendance among its beneficiary students at the secondary level, particularly over the last five years, with compliance rates as low as 35 per cent in some schools, during academic year 2015/2016.Minister Robinson states that her Ministry’s safety net assessments have indicated that a child with an annual 85 per cent attendance, would have missed the equivalent of up to six weeks of classes, or 180 lessons.“It follows therefore that the onus is on all parents to ensure that their children attend school, at all times, to ensure that they benefit optimally from the education opportunities being offered, whether they are PATH beneficiaries are not,” she states.Director of PATH, Elsa Marks-Willis, says that while public education surrounding the consequences of chronic absenteeism is critical, “it must be balanced with promotion of the benefits of regular attendance”.PATH is an initiative by the Government of Jamaica with support from donor partners such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral and bilateral agencies.It is aimed at delivering benefits by way of cash grants to the poorest and most vulnerable persons in the society.The programme is administrated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and the main objectives are to increase educational attainment and improve health outcomes of the poor, break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, reduce child labour by requiring children to have minimum attendance in school, and serve as a safety net by preventing families from falling further into poverty in the event of adverse shock.last_img read more

A nightmare – Nunavuts annual suicide numbers

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s annual suicide numbers are in and to put it simply – it’s a nightmare.A record number of people killed themselves this past year in Nunavut.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the numbers and the response from Iqaluit.last_img

Traditional food sources help offset high grocery bills in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith the high cost shipping people living in northern and remote communities struggle with expensive grocery bills.APTN’s Delaney Windigo is in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and has a story of one family using traditional methods to offset those costs in northern Ontario.last_img

Feds urged auditors to refocus Aboriginal jobs program review documents show

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal officials asked the auditor general earlier this year to adjust the scope of his review of a key Indigenous skills training program, fearful the audit would miss its mark.Michael Ferguson’s teams are focused on how effective two Indigenous employment programs are at helping people find work — a measure that Employment and Social Development Canada argued takes too narrow a view.In a July 14 letter sent to the lead auditor, a department official argued a change in focus was needed because zeroing in on whether participants got jobs “may not fully consider the objectives of the Indigenous labour market programs.”The letter urged Ferguson’s team to change its audit plan to “reflect the objective of continuous growth and learning,” reads the letter obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.The documents say the department expected to get its first look at the preliminary report this week.A spokesman for Ferguson said the letter is part of regular discussions about an audit’s design to make sure the findings and recommendations are useful for the government.“Ultimately, in accordance with our regular audit process, we obtain acknowledgment of the suitability of the criteria used in each audit from the audited entity’s management,” Vincent Frigon said in an email.Neither Frigon nor the department would say what happened after the concerns were raised, citing confidentiality until the audit is public.Ferguson’s auditors are looking at how the department managed, delivered, and monitored programs, but also how it has reported results since April 2010, almost a year after the Aboriginal skills and employment training strategy and the Skills and Partnership Fund were launched.The department says that over the last seven years, both programs have helped over 350,000 Indigenous people, with almost 133,000 landing a job and more than 60,000 going back to school.The strategy is set to expire in the coming months and the Liberals have promised to have a new program in place by April, a few weeks before Ferguson’s review is expected to come out in May.Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups, such as schools, have also argued that a new jobs strategy should provide more money for groups delivering training programs and focus on the fast-growing cohort of Indigenous youth.A key request from Indigenous groups is to shift the focus to building employment skills, including for those already in the workforce, rather than measuring success by whether someone in the program lands a job.The government expects that over the next decade, about 400,000 young Aboriginals will join the workforce, adding to the almost 900,000 already of working age.last_img read more

RCMP send Underwater Recover Team to Gillam in search for Northern BC

first_imgThere will be no access to media of the dive area or to the divers.Updates will continue to be provided by News Release and on the Manitoba RCMP social media accounts.GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP are sending an underwater recovery team to the Nelson River near Gillam.The RCMP are still searching for the Gillam area for Bryer Schemeglsky and Kam McLeod.  The two were last seen in the area on July 22, 2019.The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team will arrive in Gillam Saturday night and will start searching the Nelson River on Sunday.There is no official word on why the dive team was called in, but a reporter with the Globe and Mail tweeted the following. While driving north from Fox Lake Cree Nation on PR 290 this aft @RenataDAliesio and I were turned back by RCMP. A rowboat the police found banged up in the Nelson River May have spurred them to bring in a dive team. Renata’s story: https://t.co/9QAdL2ZI57#canadamanhunt pic.twitter.com/5wwEwsM8GG— Melissa Tait (@meltait) August 4, 2019The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba.  In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province.  So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips. UPDATE – As the search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmeglsky continues, we are able to provide the following update.On Friday afternoon, RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today.center_img Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911.  Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20.  The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later.  This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta.The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba.  The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019.last_img read more

Afghan women push for voice in talks fearing loss of rights

first_imgHerat (Afghanistan): Afghanistan’s women are demanding a seat at the table in negotiations over the country’s future, determined to prevent the gains they have made since the 2001 fall of the Taliban from being bargained away. But already, they are meeting resistance to having a strong voice in the talks. Women’s rights activists are not just concerned about the Taliban, who were notorious for their repression of women during their rule. They are just as worried that religious conservatives, warlords and strongmen who dominate Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed leadership and whose attitudes toward women often differ little from the Taliban will trade away their rights to reach a deal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPressure is on for a peace accord as the United States seeks to end its long military presence in Afghanistan. For women, the stakes are high. The advances they have made are important for example, women are now members of parliament, and their rights are enshrined in the constitution, including the right to education. But the gains are fragile and limited, and nearly 18 years after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban, Afghan women still live under a crushing weight of discrimination. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWhat laws that do exist are little enforced, activists say, giving male relatives and tribal councils almost complete say over women’s and girls’ lives. That leaves them vulnerable to violence, early marriage and exclusion from work and education. The 2018 Women, Peace and Security Index rated Afghanistan as the second worst place in the world to be a woman, after Syria. Strong participation in talks is “not a gift, it is our right,” said Suraya Pakzad, an activist. “We, the women of Afghanistan, are suffering, fighting to bring peace in Afghanistan, to change Afghanistan.” “We will not allow anyone to push us, to force us to go back,” she said. “We know how to raise our voices.” Activists are pressing for at least a third of participants in any negotiations to be women. But so far, the door has been largely closed to them. President Ashraf Ghani appointed only five women to a 37-member council created to shepherd negotiations.last_img read more

American soccer stars Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe shine at OUAB discussion

Megan Rapinoe (center) and Abby Wambach (right) speak to OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker during an OUAB event on March 28 at The Ohio Union. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorTwo of the most prominent American female athletes visited Ohio State on Monday night to discuss a wide variety of topics in a crowded Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The event, put on by OUAB, featured former U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach and current midfielder Megan Rapinoe. The duo sat down with OSU women’s soccer coach Lori Walker for a talk about women’s rights, gay rights and Wambach’s retirement. Those in attendance listened to the moving words and topics that the athletes presented. Wambach and Rapinoe are coming off a FIFA Women’s World Cup title, the third in U.S. history. The duo described their feelings when meeting President Barack Obama and riding on floats through New York City for their championship ticker-tape parade.However, these women had a much larger message to leave with students.Both Rapinoe and Wambach have come out as lesbian in recent years, and wanted to let people who are struggling with their sexuality know it is OK to be gay. The World Cup champions described the points in their life when they discovered they were gay, and the triumphs and struggles they encountered while doing so.Wambach said she plans to release a book toward the end of the year describing not only her successes in life, but also her failures and darkest moments. The all-time leading goal-scorer in the history of international women’s soccer said she will open up in ways that no one knows about, and that some of the details in the book might be shocking to some readers. Even so, Wambach said she is not scared about unleashing this information, and she is completely comfortable with who she is.For the first time publicly, Wambach announced she will join former U.S. women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain and donate her brain for concussion research. Rapinoe said she would follow suit, as well, although she noted she doesn’t use her head quite to the extend Wambach does. Rapinoe talked about her engagement and upcoming marriage to singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone and her excitement surrounding the event. The USWNT winger was recently inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and is a large proponent of the LGBT community.Rapinoe said she feels that her advocacy role is not only about the story of her own sexuality, but to make other people of the LGBT community feel comfortable with who they are and to “be your best you.”Throughout the discussion, Wambach touched on her recent retirement from soccer, and what her future plans are both in life and in the realm of the game. The 35 year-old said she knew it was time for her to retire when then-teammate Kelley O’Hara came in as a substitute and scored a goal against Germany in the semifinal of the 2015 World Cup. Wambach said at that moment she felt that she could leave the team after being a leader and member since 2001 and it would be “in good hands.”The former teammates in Wambach and Rapinoe remain great friends, and Wambach said she plans to remain involved in the game of soccer, specifically with the USWNT. The champions will also drive to become even bigger advocates within the LGBT community and always remind people to not care and to be happy with who they are.A full story about Rapinoe and Wambach’s decision can be read here. read more

NFL week 5 guide to fantasy football

Play ‘Em Sam Bradford: Bradford has looked impressive as a rookie so far this season. Last week against Seattle, he threw for 289 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. This week, Bradford faces a Detroit defense that ranks 26th in passing defense and has allowed at least two touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in three of its first four games. If you’re looking for a bye-week quarterback, consider Bradford. Eli Manning: Last week against Chicago, Manning threw for 195 yards and no touchdowns, but the Giants’ defense was the main focus. This week, Manning faces an awful Texans secondary. Look for Manning to rebound against a defense that allows 338 yards passing per game. Jamaal Charles: Charles has scored one touchdown in his 2010 campaign, but look for success this week against the Colts. Through four games, running backs have averaged 22 points in standard scoring leagues against the Colts’ defense. Charles will continue to split carries with Thomas Jones, but Charles’ seven yards per carry is worth noting. Mark Clayton: It’s hard to believe how well Clayton has fit so well in the Rams’ system after being traded from Baltimore. Clayton caught five passes for 72 yards last week against Seattle, but was targeted 14 times. He will continue to be consistent against a Lions defense that surrenders 27 points per game. Marques Colston: It’s time to wake up, Marques. Colston has been irrelevant in the Saints’ passing game this season, with 190 receiving yards in four games. Believe it or not, Colston hasn’t had more than 70 yards in a game. Expect Colston to find the end zone against a subpar Cardinals defense. In his last game against Arizona, Colston had eight catches for 114 yards with a touchdown. Bench ‘Em Carson Palmer: Last week, Palmer threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns. However, the Bengals trailed early, which allowed Palmer to air it out. Palmer’s next challenge is to face a Tampa Bay passing defense that ranks 10th in the league. The Bengals will utilize the running game, since that has been Tampa Bay’s weakness. Darren McFadden: McFadden is battling a hamstring injury that could cost him a start this week. Whether McFadden is healthy or not, look for Michael Bush to get a majority of the carries. The Chargers hold their own against the run and McFadden’s last game against San Diego wasn’t impressive, as he had just 68 yards and lost a fumble. Terrell Owens: Owens shocked us all with his performance last week, 222 yards and a touchdown. For those of you trying to get on the T.O. bandwagon, get off. Owens will continue to be mediocre as the Bengals try to find an identity on offense. LaDainian Tomlinson: As expected, Tomlinson had a monster game against Buffalo, with 133 yards and two touchdowns. This week the Jets face a Vikings unit that allows 87 rushing yards per game and is coming off a bye. The Vikings will crowd the box and force Mark Sanchez to make plays downfield. The Vikings haven’t allowed a touchdown to an opposing running back in their last two games. read more