15 days agoMan Utd tell Solskjaer plans to bring in four new signings

first_imgMan Utd tell Solskjaer plans to bring in four new signingsby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer they plan to bring in four new signings next year.United have struggled to score goals this season and The Times says the board is willing to remain patient with Solskjaer as they acknowledge the scale of the task at hand in rebuilding his squad.The Norwegian has held meetings with the club’s hierarchy and they will be looking to make four signings next year, including a centre forward.United made three signings this summer, with Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James heading to Old Trafford. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Report: West Ham 0 Watford 2

first_imgWatford ended West Ham’s winning streak with a 2-0 victory at London Stadium which saw Javi Gracia’s side climb to sixth in the Premier League.The hosts went into Saturday’s contest on the back of four wins on the bounce, but saw their momentum halted by Troy Deeney’s emphatic first-half penalty and a late Gerard Deulofeu goal.Manuel Pellegrini’s men were left to rue a number of near-misses as their search for a goal proved fruitless, Michail Antonio coming closest as he twice hit the woodwork in the second half.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It represents the Hammers’ first loss since a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City last month, leaving them 12th in the table.| The skipper opens the scoring #watfordfc #WHUWAT [0-1]Listen live ⤵️https://t.co/mxkU36Cmjo pic.twitter.com/O4xpJMiObF— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) December 22, 2018West Ham threatened first and Christian Kabasele made a vital sliding interception to prevent Antonio’s dangerous delivery from reaching Javier Hernandez, while Fabian Balbuena was pressed into defensive action at the other end to thwart Deulofeu.The Hornets wasted a glorious chance to break the deadlock in the 24th minute as Jose Holebas miscontrolled when he had the freedom of the penalty area after West Ham’s plan to play him offside backfired. It did not take long for the visitors to shrug off that disappointment, Balbuena’s clumsy challenge on Roberto Pereyra allowing Deeney to open the scoring with a powerful finish from the spot.West Ham twice came close to an equaliser either side of the break, Ben Foster making a smart stop to keep out Hernandez’s volley and then Antonio’s header hitting the post. Andy Carroll’s introduction in the place of Mark Noble underlined West Ham’s attacking intent and the hosts continued to press, Hernandez fluffing his lines to shoot tamely at Foster from just eight yards out. It took a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski to push Abdoulaye Doucoure’s stinging drive over the crossbar in the 71st minute as Watford sought to put the game to bed. Doucoure then made a timely intervention to deny the lively Hernandez just as the Mexican was lining up the target. There were chances for both sides late on with Deeney shooting straight at Fabianski and Foster saving from Antonio before watching his follow-up effort hit the bar, but Deulofeu had the final say with a cool finish to settle matters after being played in by Pereyra. What does it mean? Hornets flying highWith back-to-back wins under their belt, Watford now sit in the top six heading into a busy run of fixtures that will shape their season. West Ham arguably deserved at least a point and must quickly pick themselves up from a first defeat of the month.Fostering defensive confidenceIn a game of fine margins, the calm presence of Foster was key in Watford’s triumph, the Englishman making seven saves in a display that frustrated West Ham.Balbuena pays the penaltyIt was a day to forget for Balbuena, who went off after injuring himself in conceding the penalty that ultimately cost West Ham the game. His passing accuracy of 54.4 per cent spoke volumesKey Opta Facts- Watford have won five of their last eight Premier League games against West Ham (D1 L2), winning three away from home in this run (1-0 in February 2007, 4-2 in September 2016 and 2-0 in December 2018).- West Ham have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 Premier League home games.- Deeney has scored in three of his last four league appearances against West Ham, with two of those goals coming at London Stadium.- Deulofeu scored in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in his career.- Watford ended a run of seven consecutive Premier League games in which they failed to keep a clean sheet. What’s next? Pellegrini takes his side to a resurgent Southampton on Thursday, while Watford host Chelsea on Boxing Day.  read morelast_img read more

Risk-taker Solskjaer embraces Man Utd’s wild side

first_imgWhen Liverpool went four points clear of Manchester City on Friday night, not even the most optimistic Reds supporters expected the lead to last more than 24 hours.But Crystal Palace’s surprise tactical victory at the Etihad Stadium was evidence not only of Liverpool’s ability to push the champions all the way, but of Man City’s increasing vulnerabilities.Elsewhere on a narrative-heavy weekend of football, Leicester City reminded us why they should play counter-attacking football more often with victory at Chelsea, while Manchester United got off to a flying start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thanks to his bold commitment to attacking football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Here are five tactical things you might not have noticed from the weekend’s Premier League action…Solskjaer’s risk-taking unleashes Man Utd’s wild sideSolskjaer’s first game in charge of Man Utd was characterised by quick forward passes, energetic movement, and – above all – risk-taking.They played with great bravery and creativity, charging around with the joy of prisoners unshackled after an unexpected revolution. Victor Lindelof’s one-two and run into the final third typified their aggressive attacking game, and although the increase in forward-thinking football was largely psychological, Solskjaer deserves credit for his tactical decisions.Their possession was meaningful, minimising the defenders’ time on the ball and using narrow wingers to create multiple short-passing options in the centre of the park. Marcus Rashford operated like a false nine at times, dropping very deep to link with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial as they drifted infield.United had clearly been told to move the ball as quickly as possible with one or two-touch football. A big feature of their game was forwards dropping off and tapping a one-touch pass back where it came from, dragging defenders out of position and keeping the ball moving.Ander Herrera was notably improved, his ability to play clever passes under pressure helping United to get beyond the first line of the press and play expansively in the Cardiff half. The Spaniard’s neat, weaving interplay will become a crucial aspect of Solskjaer’s football ,as will the performances of Nemanja Matic. He cleverly dropped in between the two centre-backs when appropriate, which allowed United to spread wider and get the full-backs further forward.They will face tougher tests than this, but it was very encouraging to see Solskjaer recognise that the fluidity, intelligence, and positional interchanging of Martial, Rashford, and Lingard is United’s greatest asset.Cardiff Man Utd tacticsLeicester are back, but Puel could still be moved onOrdinarily a big win at Stamford Bridge would provide security for a manager on the brink, but Claude Puel may in fact have hastened his own demise on Saturday.Leicester’s 1-0 victory at Chelsea was reminiscent of their title-winning campaign – suggesting the Foxes should be led by a counter-attacking manager, rather than one set on prosaic possession football.Leicester sat in a hunched shell, accruing just 28 per cent possession, to stop Chelsea from passing the ball through the centre of the pitch.It worked well. The vast majority of Jorginho’s passes went sideways to the wingers, who, with no other option, promptly swung crosses into the box (36 in total, a season high for Chelsea). Unsurprisingly, Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire easily dealt with these.It was classic Leicester, a reminder of how well the team – and Jamie Vardy in particular – could be playing.The former England striker has struggled to fit into Puel’s usual system but was back to his old self on Saturday, chasing down long balls and scoring the winner from a quick break.Elsewhere, Ricardo Pereyra’s and James Maddison’s tendency to run with the ball also proved well-suited to a counter-attacking philosophy.Ozil proves his worth with intelligent displayUnai Emery is getting a reputation for strange tactical choices at the beginning of matches.It was certainly odd to line up against such a narrow team as Burnley in a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Mesut Ozil expected to create chances for the two strikers in a No. 10 role.Unsurprisingly, Sean Dyche’s defensive shell held out through the centre, although ultimately they were beaten thanks to Ozil’s reading of – and adaptation to – the game.For a central attacking midfelder Ozil spent a remarkable amount of time on the flanks, his pass map revealing a performance that could be called a “false ten”.He drifted into channels on the outside of Burnley’s narrow four-man midfield, linking neatly with wing-backs Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles to ensure Arsenal’s possession dominance never became aimless.Ozil played a crucial role in the early opening goal, without which the match could easily have swung the other way. His cross to Kolasinac was special, but from a tactical perspective his involvement in the build up down the right was just as important.Within 15 minutes on Saturday it was clear that Ozil is a better option for Arsenal than Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Ozil passes GFXPIC: All Ozil’s passes vs Burnley (Black = successful) Stones struggles underline City’s Fernandinho reliancePep Guardiola has been guilty of too much squad rotation in recent weeks, culminating in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in which only five of his starting 11 could be considered first choice.Injuries have played their part, but this weekend he had three of his best players on the bench, plus he decided to replace Fernandinho with John Stones when he had the manpower necessary to avoid such an unusual move.It was no surprise Nicolas Otamendi struggled against the speed of Palace’s breaks, while Stones was directly at fault for two of Palace’s goals.What makes Fernandinho so unique for a defensive midfielder is his agility and technique; without him, City’s expansive formation meant Palace could counter in the spaces around the flat-footed Stones.His poor mobility saw him turned in the build-up to the first two Palace goals, first failing to properly tackle James McArthur before Jeffrey Schlupp fired in a equaliser, and then losing his man in the move that led to Palace’s free-kick from which Andros Townsend gave the away side the lead.Fernandinho remains an under-rated component of this City team and, judging by Saturday’s game, arguably the only irreplaceable player in Guardiola’s team.Hodgson out-tactics Guardiola to stun CityBy contrast, Roy Hodgson’s midfield selection was perfect.Schlupp played in central midfield for perhaps the first time in his career, the plan being to inject some counterattacking directness into the centre without losing defensive sturdiness.Schlupp consistently burst beyond Ilkay Gundogan and Stones – most notably to score Palace’s first goall – often moving into a wide left position to double up with Max Meyer.Schlupp’s selection meant Hodgson switching from 4-4-2 to 4-5-1 with Townsend moving to the right wing, a clever tweak from the former England manager that exploited City’s historic weakness on this side.Townsend’s cutting infield drew City in, creating space for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to drive directly at Fabian Delph – who has always struggled to defend one-on-ones. It was Wan-Bissaka’s burst past Delph that led to Palace’s match-winning penalty.Schlupp touches GFXPIC: All Schlupp’s touches vs Palace Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Has 2 Top 15 Teams On “Upset Alert” In Week 9

first_imgDesmond Howard on the College GameDay set.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Desmond Howard and Rece Davis on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Week 8 of the 2019 college football season featured arguably the most-shocking upset of the season, when then-undefeated Wisconsin lost to Illinois. Will we get any big upsets in Week 9?ESPN’s Football Power Index has two notable teams on potential “upset alert” heading into the ninth week of the season.Here’s who could potentially go down on Saturday.No. 6 Penn State at Michigan StateUpset chance: 30.1 percent A general view of Michigan State's stadium.EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)No. 15 Texas at TCUUpset chance: 46.1 percent A general view of TCU's football stadium.FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of play between the Kansas State Wildcats and the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)***What upsets are you picking on Saturday?last_img read more

Florida AD Sends Message To Other Power 5 Programs

first_imgFlorida football players celebrating a touchdown.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Lamical Perine #22 of the Florida Gators is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a fourth quarter rushing touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)With an annual rivalry game against Florida State, and upcoming series with Utah, Miami, Colorado, and Texas, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin has some solid football games in place. Today, he publicly made it known that he wants to add to future schedules soon.Typically, teams schedule games outside of the public eye. Reports may leak out about things that schools are planning, and the occasional FOIA request will show the games that may have been in the works.Stricklin brought the process into the public today. He took to Twitter to call on any Power Five programs that want to ink the Gators to an upcoming home-and-home series.Attention ADs from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12 … @GatorsFB is looking to add additional Home-and-Home series against P5 opponents. Let’s connect and schedule quality games the fans want to see! #GoGators— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) October 22, 2019 This seems to signal in a new era of Florida scheduling, as well.The Colorado series, which features a scheduled 2028 game in Boulder, is set to be the first true out of state non-conference road game since the Gators lost at Syracuse in 1991.We’ll see if Stricklin is truly willing for a trip that far again, but games at Utah and Colorado are promising, and they definitely liven up a schedule that has never really ventured out of SEC territory to this point.So far, the responses are…maybe a bit less exciting than Stricklin had hoped: pic.twitter.com/g0nVod0NsQ— Troy Dannen (@Tulane_AD) October 22, 2019Tulane is having a breakout year, and there are certainly worse things than a trip to New Orleans, but we’re excited to see a ramp up in the Gators, and other SEC powers, scheduling, as the tide has turned toward potential College Football Playoff contenders beefing up their future slates.As of now, here is what Florida has coming up in the non-conference:2020: vs. Eastern Washington, vs. South Alabama, vs. New Mexico State, at FSU 2021: vs. FAU, at USF, vs. FSU, vs. Samford 2022: vs. USF, at FSU, vs. Utah 2023: vs. Charlotte, vs. FSU, at Utah 2024: vs. Miami, at FSU 2025: vs. USF, at Miami, vs. FSU 2026: at FSU 2027: vs. FSU 2028: vs. Colorado, at FSU 2029: at Colorado, vs. FSU 2030: vs. Texas, at FSU 2031: at Texas, vs. FSUThe Florida State series continues on through 2037, alternating between Tallahassee and Gainesville.last_img read more

13 photos of Pakistani cricketers removed from HPCA stadium

first_img Indo-Asian News Service DharamsalaFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 20:46 IST Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar’s photos have been removed from the HPCA stadium (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPhotos of Pakistani cricketers including Imran Khan and Wasim Akram have been removed from HPCA stadiumThe removed photos also included those of Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar and Javed MiandadThe HPCA stadium had hosted a warm-up tie between Pakistan and Indian Board President’s XIThirteen photos of Pakistani cricketers, including Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, that were hung inside the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharamsala were removed on Tuesday, an official said.”We have decided to remove all the photos of Pakistani players from our stadium to express solidarity with the families of CRPF martyred troopers in Pulwama attack,” HPCA stadium Manager Col H.S. Manhas told reporters.The removed photos included those of Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar and Javed Miandad.The HPCA showpiece stadium, some 250 km from the state capital, figured first on the international cricket map in 2005 when it hosted a warm-up tie between the touring Pakistan team and the Indian Board President’s XI.Officials said most of the removed photos were of the warm-up tie between Pakistan and India.The Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 killed 40 CRPF troopers.Also Read | Photos of Pakistan cricketers removed from Jaipur stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Photos of Pakistani cricketers removed from Mohali stadium after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | No place for Imran Khan portrait at Cricket Club of India after Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Absolutely crystal clear: Shahid Afridi on Imran Khan’s Pulwama reaction For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIANS Tags :Follow PakistanFollow Pakistani cricketerFollow PhotoFollow Photo removedFollow HPCA stadiumFollow DharamsalaFollow Imran KhanFollow Wasim AkramFollow Shahid AfridiFollow Shoaib Akhtar 13 photos of Pakistani cricketers removed from HPCA stadiumPhotos of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Javed Miandad among others have been removed from the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamsalaadvertisementlast_img read more

‘Teaching is My First Love’ – PM Award Recipient

first_img She embarked on a 10-year journey out of education, which had been her mainstay for 17 years and ventured into unfamiliar territory. Proud of her long and distinguished career in education, moulding students from the primary to the tertiary levels, Mrs. Eves-McKenzie says that things might have turned out differently, as there was a time when she stepped away from the profession. Retired Educator, Patricia Eves-McKenzie, is honoured to be a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for doing something that she loves. Retired Educator, Patricia Eves-McKenzie, is honoured to be a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for doing something that she loves.Proud of her long and distinguished career in education, moulding students from the primary to the tertiary levels, Mrs. Eves-McKenzie says that things might have turned out differently, as there was a time when she stepped away from the profession.She embarked on a 10-year journey out of education, which had been her mainstay for 17 years and ventured into unfamiliar territory.Patricia Eves-McKenzie first entered the classroom at Mona Preparatory School in September 1967 as a young graduate straight out of Shortwood Teachers’ College.She remained at Mona for one year, after which she moved on to the then Tarrant Junior Secondary (now Tarrant High) School where she remained for nine years. There she taught mathematics, English, Spanish and music.She would eventually become the first Vice-Principal of the newly opened Edith Dalton James Secondary (now High) School and served that institution for seven years. Following her stint at Edith Dalton James, Mrs. Eves-McKenzie decided to step away from the classroom for other pursuits.During the 10 years away from the classroom, Mrs. Eves-McKenzie’s love for teaching never waned, and she continued to provide support for students.“I did not leave the profession totally, because I travelled around the island with the team that was adjudicating the inter-schools debating competitions,” she informs. “I also did a stint with the Children’s Own, where I went into schools and helped to train the teachers on how to use the (publication) in language teaching, so I was not totally away from it,” she adds.She would eventually return to the field of education in January 1994 as principal of Dunrobin High School.She says it was the late Albert Karram, who was a leader in her church at the time, who encouraged her to take up the job as principal.“That man brought me to tears when he told me that the children needed me. I sat and cried.”“So I went back. I had to. I really did not think I had a choice, because teaching was my first love and my students are precious to me,” she continues. In February 1998, after leaving Dunrobin, Mrs. Eves-McKenzie took her skills to the tertiary sector, lecturing at the University of Technology (UTech), where she remained for 18 years until her retirement in September 2016. At UTech, she lectured in psychology and counselling.Mrs. Eves-McKenzie tells JIS News that although she taught students at all stages, she believes that it was at the high school and university levels that her impact was greatest.She finds the greatest joy in seeing her students do well in their chosen fields and reaps great satisfaction from seeing them succeed. “I have always tried to motivate the students to be their very best in every place that I have been. That has been my mantra, and I feel that I am satisfied that I have seen my students excel,” she adds.Mrs. Eves-McKenzie tells JIS News that on the day of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation awards ceremony, “I walked into Jamaica House and a gentleman in full khaki police regalia looked at me and said, ‘My teacher; you taught me at Tarrant and today you are being awarded. I am honoured for you’.”.“That made me proud to see him standing there knowing that he is making a meaningful contribution to society,” she remarks. She further recalls that, recently, one of her students, whom she challenged to tap into his true potential, attained his professorship.“He called me and said, ‘You have to sit in the front row when I am doing my inaugural lecture’. I was overwhelmed. For me, they just need to be their best. That is enough for me,” she says. Mrs. Eves-McKenzie tells JIS News that she remained in teaching because she felt that she had something to offer.She says that for every group of students who began school, she would decide to stay with the group until they had completed their studies, and that the cycle kept repeating itself.“At UTech, I would be backstage at graduation when they would get their degrees, sharing their joy, because I know where many of them are coming from. I was always there to say to them there is another level and they must go for it,” she notes.Although officially retired, Mrs. Eves-McKenzie continues to help out at UTech, assisting in shaping the lives of her students.“I continue to journey with them and it is very fulfilling to see someone make changes that improve the quality of their life,” she beams. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Maggie Gyllenhaal Named ACLU Ambassador for Privacy and Security

first_imgMaggie Gyllenhaal, award-winning actress and star of the upcoming HBO series “The Deuce,” has signed on as the American Civil Liberties Union’s ambassador for privacy and security.“We as a democracy should have a greater say in how the government uses the incredibly powerful tools at its disposal to conduct mass surveillance and restrict liberties in the name of supposed national security goals,” said Gyllenhaal. “I’m proud to join the ACLU in its fight to ensure that people retain control over their private lives.”In her role, Gyllenhaal will support the ACLU’s work to rein in the government’s surveillance practices, to ensure that meaningful privacy protections mitigate intelligence agencies’ collection of citizens’ data, and to help inform citizens of their privacy rights and the ways in which they can hold local law enforcement departments accountable when they use invasive technologies against ordinary people.She will also combat government efforts to weaken cybersecurity and speak out on other government abuses in the name of the so-called “war on terror,” such as the indefinite detention without charge or trial of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.In her first effort on behalf of the ACLU, Gyllenhaal sent an email today to the organization’s supporters asking them to back efforts to free Mohamedou Slahi, a Mauritanian citizen and the author of the bestselling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” who has been detained at the prison without charge or trial since 2002.“Mohamedou is not only the central character in the moving and eye-opening book Guantánamo Diary — he is a man of flesh and blood,” she wrote. “He has spent the last 14 years in Guantánamo Bay prison as an innocent man. And he urgently needs our help.”Gyllenhaal is an Oscar-nominated actress whose film work has included, “Secretary,” “Crazy Heart,” “Dark Knight,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” and many more. Last year, she starred in the BBC/SundanceTV original series “The Honorable Woman,” for which she garnered a 2015 Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy Award nomination. More recently, she narrated “Truth and Power,” a documentary series on Pivot TV exploring the invasive use of technology by our government.Launched in October 2013, the ACLU’s Ambassador Project pairs artists from television, film, music, and comedy with issue priorities. Like other ambassadors, Gyllenhaal will promote ACLU work online and in the media. She joins an impressive ACLU ambassador roster: Michael K. Williams on ending mass incarceration; Demian Bichir for immigrants’ rights; Harry Belafonte on the overincarceration of juveniles; W. Kamau Bell for racial justice; Lewis Black for voting rights; Melissa Etheridge for marijuana reform; Jesse Tyler Ferguson on marriage rights for same-sex couples; Sasheer Zamata on women’s rights; and Marlee Matlin for disability rights.More information about the ACLU Ambassador Project is here.last_img read more

Critical Care Nurses Leave for More Specialised Training

The nurses have already completed seven months of didactic training in Jamaica under the one-year critical care training programme, which began in October 2018. The nurses will complete the last five months of their training in the UK, which entails immersed clinical experience. Story Highlights Thirteen critical care nurses and two nurse educators will head to the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday (June 12), to receive further specialised training at the Leeds Teaching Hospital. This bilateral arrangement has been facilitated under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and the Government of the UK. Thirteen critical care nurses and two nurse educators will head to the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday (June 12), to receive further specialised training at the Leeds Teaching Hospital.This bilateral arrangement has been facilitated under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and the Government of the UK.The nurses have already completed seven months of didactic training in Jamaica under the one-year critical care training programme, which began in October 2018. The nurses will complete the last five months of their training in the UK, which entails immersed clinical experience.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, hosted a farewell reception for the nurses at the Commission’s location in Kingston on Thursday (June 6).Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who was in attendance, said the partnership will help to further build the capacity of Jamaica’s nurses in specialist nursing, which has been a key challenge in the public health sector.“You are going to be creating value for public health in the UK and, in turn, the people, Government and institutions in the UK will create value for you, so that you become better at what you do and your mission of choosing this profession will be better for it,” he said.The Minister shared that he has visited the Leeds Teaching Hospital which has “an amazing operation”, and in his interactions has learnt that the staff is looking forward to welcoming the Jamaican nurses.“They are looking forward to learning from you as well as to give you the opportunity to learn from the institution and the persons who are there, and strengthening their faculty and what they are offering to the citizens in and around those parts of the country,” he said.Dr. Tufton encouraged the nurses to embrace and enjoy the experience, noting that the benefits of the programme go well beyond the technical competences they will be learning.“You’re going to be given the exposure of a new environment and culture. You will be given the opportunity to see a new approach, a new society and how that society functions and that will only make you a better professional and a better world citizen,” he said.The Minister also told the nurses that they should see themselves as pioneers under this programme, and seek to spread the Jamaican culture as ambassadors for Jamaica.In his remarks, the British High Commissioner wished the participants well on their journey, and briefed them on some of what to expect during their stay.He told the nurses that as the first cohort under the programme, they have a “double responsibility” to learn and then impart what they have learnt to their local counterparts, “and to be the role models that others will follow. So, you have [a] special pioneering role.”During the immersed clinical experience, the nurses will be rotated across intensive care nursing sub-specialties. The participants will return to Jamaica in November for final examination and be retained in the local workforce for a period not less than two years. read more

DBJ Has Facilitated US11 Billion in Investments Under PublicPrivate Partnership

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has successfully completed 25 transactions under the Government’s Public-private Partnership (PPP) and Privatisation Programme since 2009, facilitating approximately US$1.1 billion in investments.DBJ Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, said the amount includes US$303 million in sales and US$808 million in private-sector capital investments.He was speaking during a regional market sounding forum at the DBJ’s Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (June 12).Notable among the portfolio of PPPs, Mr. Reynolds said, are privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), Kingston Container Terminal (KCT), and Wigton Wind Farm Limited, the latter of which, he noted, was “massively” oversubscribed.More than 31,000 persons responded to the initial public offering (IPO) of Wigton shares through the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), which raised the targeted $5.5 billion.This represented the largest IPO in the JSE’s history, the Managing Director further pointed out.Meanwhile, Mr. Reynolds advised that the DBJ is working on several additional PPP projects.These include the National Education Trust Schools Solar Project; the Rio Cobre Water Treatment Plant Project; the National Water Commission’s Northern Parishes Non-Revenue Water Project; the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Centres of Excellence in Oncology and Nephrology Project; the Jamaica Mortgage Bank’s privatisation; and divestment of the Government’s shares in the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).Mr. Reynolds said the PPP programme, for which the DBJ is the chief implementing agency, is central to the Administration’s growth agenda.He noted that the objective is to engage the private sector in the delivery of infrastructure and services that are critical to Jamaica’s economic development.Mr. Reynolds encouraged stakeholders attending the forum to familiarise themselves with the additional projects being pursued, which are detailed in an investment opportunity booklet provided at the event.The market sounding session was arranged to highlight several of these engagements being undertaken in areas such as water, health, energy, and logistics.“We know that presenting a portfolio of projects is of interest to potential investors… and this market sounding session achieves that purpose. It’s a source that you can use for your decision-making in the selection of the projects in which to invest,” Mr. Reynolds said.He assured that “we, at the DBJ, are available, willing and able to share our strategies with you in walking through the process”.The four-day conference, which concludes on Thursday (June 13), is being held under the theme ‘Delivering Economic Growth through Partnerships: Financing Regional Infrastructure, SMEs & Innovation’. The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has successfully completed 25 transactions under the Government’s Public-private Partnership (PPP) and Privatisation Programme since 2009, facilitating approximately US$1.1 billion in investments. DBJ Managing Director, Milverton Reynolds, said the amount includes US$303 million in sales and US$808 million in private-sector capital investments. He was speaking during a regional market sounding forum at the DBJ’s Private Equity and Infrastructure Development Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (June 12). Story Highlights read more

Road Repair and Beautification Project for Mobay

A number of communities in Montego Bay are to benefit from road repair and beautification works under ‘Operation Restore Paradise’. Story Highlights “We will do some patching of potholes, some painting of curb walls, and repair of some drainage systems,” said Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis.   “We will be looking at replacing street name signs and [painting] pedestrian crossings,” he added. A number of communities in Montego Bay are to benefit from road repair and beautification works under ‘Operation Restore Paradise’.“We will do some patching of potholes, some painting of curb walls, and repair of some drainage systems,” said Chairman of the St. James Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis.  “We will be looking at replacing street name signs and [painting] pedestrian crossings,” he added.Mayor Davis was addressing councillors and city stakeholders at the Corporation’s monthly meeting on Thursday (June 13).He said that the project is estimated to cost over $25.3 million, and dialogue is being held with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to assist with funding.Mayor Davis said that the programme will benefit communities such as Barnett Lane, Railway Lane and Hart Street.The work will be done by citizens from the respective communities and supervised by the security forces, he indicated.“What we are seeking to do is build bridges between the security forces and some of these communities,” he noted.Mayor Davis said the objective is to complete the project during the 90-day period of extension for ‘Operation Restore Paradise’, which will end in August.He noted that the work to be undertaken will beautify the city and make it easier for locals and visitors to get around.“Oftentimes, persons come into this city and find it difficult to [navigate] because some areas do not have street signs. As a result, we are seeking to cover those areas,” he said.The St. James Municipal Corporation and the police launched ‘Operation Restore Paradise’ on May 20 as a one-week initiative aimed at restoring and maintaining law and order in St. James.Focus was placed on enforcing the statutes related to traffic, public health and public order and sensitising citizens about the various laws, rules and regulations.The project involved collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Island Traffic Authority, Transport Authority and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard.A decision was undertaken to extend the project for a further 90 days to build on the success of the measures undertaken.Operation Restore Paradise is part of the social intervention aspect under the State of Public Emergency (SOE) that is currently under way in the parish. read more

Education and Community Engagement Play a Major Role in Fighting Crime

“Education has a real effect on crime. We have to make sure that we start with the very young and have the community involved. It takes a village to raise the child,” Dr. Francis said.  Head of the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, Dr. Rupert Francis, says that education and community engagement can play a major role in fighting crime in Jamaica.“Education has a real effect on crime. We have to make sure that we start with the very young and have the community involved. It takes a village to raise the child,” Dr. Francis said.He was speaking at a public forum on ‘Community Policing: The Role of the Citizen’ at the University of Technology’s (UTech) in St. Andrew on June 13. The event was part of Diaspora Day of Service activities, a signature feature of the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference.Dr.  Francis, in highlighting the importance of police engagement with the citizenry, noted that crime in Los Angeles was reduced by 50 per cent over a five-year period through community policing.“If this could happen in Los Angeles, why not here? We need community policing, we need the community back,” he said.“Jamaica is our community and we have to take care of it,” he added.Executive Director, Youth Crime Watch of Jamaica, Kethania Griffiths, for her part, emphasised the importance of partnerships among various stakeholders in addressing crime.“Collaboration is where we know what each other is doing and get to work together in building a safer Jamaica,” she said.The Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will take place from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The event is being held under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.The objectives are to finalise and endorse the draft National Diaspora Policy for presentation to Cabinet; report on the outcomes from the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference; examine global trends and events in diaspora host countries and the inherent issues, challenges, and opportunities that will significantly impact the diaspora.The conference will also establish specific actionable outcomes, including matters that the diaspora will wish to endorse for implementation.The event will feature a Youth Forum, which will engage young Jamaicans in a bid to deepen connections and nurture their involvement in the nation’s affairs.  Head of the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, Dr. Rupert Francis, says that education and community engagement can play a major role in fighting crime in Jamaica. Story Highlights He was speaking at a public forum on ‘Community Policing: The Role of the Citizen’ at the University of Technology’s (UTech) in St. Andrew on June 13. The event was part of Diaspora Day of Service activities, a signature feature of the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference. read more

3K5K RunWalk to Support Health and Food Security Initiative

Story Highlights About 200 persons are expected to participate in the Farm Up Jamaica Run/Walk scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 5:00 a.m. at Emancipation Park in Kingston.The race is being held in conjunction with the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, under the theme, ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.It will have a 3K and 5K component, which will see runners beginning at the Emancipation Park and returning to the venue. Following the race, there will be the presentation of prizes and plaques and an address by Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith; and President, Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations (UJAA), Lesleyann Samuel, are also expected to speak.Race Coordinator, Neil Curtis, told JIS News that the Run/Walk is about health and food security.He said that Farm Up Jamaica, a diaspora organisation, aims to reduce the importation of foreign foods into Jamaica, increase Jamaica’s exports, and educate young people and farmers in the best practices of climate smart organic agriculture.“It is about increasing the health of Jamaicans by creating an option for organic food when you go to the supermarkets. Right now you only have what is available, but we want that local-grown organic food,” he said.Mr. Curtis said the project, which began in 2013, has trained about 600 young people in the art of organic sustainable climate smart agriculture.“We have done a number of research and development that relates to soil cleaning of the bauxite land and even some of the conventionally farmed lands. We figured how to regenerate those lands without using chemicals by using organic techniques and we have done that very successfully,” he added. The race is being held in conjunction with the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, under the theme, ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’. It will have a 3K and 5K component, which will see runners beginning at the Emancipation Park and returning to the venue. Following the race, there will be the presentation of prizes and plaques and an address by Dr. Julius Garvey, son of National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. About 200 persons are expected to participate in the Farm Up Jamaica Run/Walk scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 5:00 a.m. at Emancipation Park in Kingston. read more

JCPD to be Made Body Corporate

Speaking with JIS News in a recent interview, she explained that as a Body Corporate, the JCPD will have the power to act on cases of discrimination against persons with disabilities. Story Highlights Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says the Council is to be transitioned to a Body Corporate once the Disabilities Act comes into effect. Dr. Hendricks said this transition will give the Council greater autonomy to carry out its mandate of supporting and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities. Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says the Council is to be transitioned to a Body Corporate once the Disabilities Act comes into effect.Dr. Hendricks said this transition will give the Council greater autonomy to carry out its mandate of supporting and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities.Speaking with JIS News in a recent interview, she explained that as a Body Corporate, the JCPD will have the power to act on cases of discrimination against persons with disabilities.“The JCPD currently is a department within the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. To give us the authority and legal power we need, the JCPD cannot remain as it is and so it has to become this body with the authority to bring to book, whether private sector or government, entities that discriminate against persons with disabilities,” she said.Dr. Hendricks further noted that in the process, there will also be a disability rights tribunal, which will hear matters of discrimination against persons with disabilities.“The JCPD will investigate cases of discrimination that will be brought to them… and taken to the tribunal for adjudication,” she pointed out.“We are working on a new structure that will provide us with greater resources and enable us to ensure the implementation of the Disabilities Act. The Act mandates that the JCPD be established as a Body Corporate to ensure the implementation of the Act,” the Executive Director said.The Disabilities Act is complemented by the regulations and codes of practices, which are being developed by the JCPD.The Act makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica. This legislation protects and promotes the equal rights of the disabled and prohibits discrimination against them. read more

Forty Educators to Receive 2019 Prime Ministers Medal of Appreciation

The awards will be presented by Mr. Holness, who will also deliver the keynote address. Forty educators with over 1,250 years in combined contribution to Jamaica’s education system will receive the 2019 Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA) for Service to Education at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 26. Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, head dignitaries who will attend the event, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on the lawns of Jamaica House.The awards will be presented by Mr. Holness, who will also deliver the keynote address.The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education is awarded annually in observance of Education Week and is presented to teachers with a minimum 15 years’ service to education in Jamaica, whose contributions are deemed outstanding.This year’s recipients are: Janet Paulett Able-Simpson, Central Branch All-Age School, Kingston; Professor Ibrahim Aladeusi Ajagunna, Caribbean Maritime University, Kingston; Marcia Fernica Ankle, Rock River All-Age School, Clarendon; Lurlene Delzeta Bryan-Davis, Bridgeport High School, St. Catherine; Barrington Cromwell Buchanan, Black River High School, St. Elizabeth; Dorrett R. Campbell, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; and Janice Angela Cunningham, Jessie Ripoll Primary School, Kingston.Also being recognised are: Celestine Delores Dalrymple-Collins, Cornwall College, St. James; Dr. Dosseth Marie Edwards-Watson, Trench Town Polytechnic College, Kingston; James Adolphus Folkes, Bethlehem All-Age and Infant School, St. Elizabeth; Dotlyn Francis-Young, Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High School, Kingston; Olga Meleta Griffiths, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, St. James; Clayton Orlando Hall, Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Kingston; Janet Jacqueline Haye, Lime Hall Primary and Infant School, St. Ann; Lincoln Garth Heron, Retrieve Basic School, Westmoreland; Molly Maureen Jacas, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; Richard Thomas James, Ocho Rios Primary School, St. Ann; Mohan Kumar Kuttikkalayil, Morant Bay High School, St. Thomas; Gerald Alphonso Lawrence, Anchovy Primary School, St. James; Glenroy James Messam, Red Hills Primary School, St. Andrew; Robert Delano Miller, Northern Caribbean University, Manchester; Kenneth Anthony Morrison, HEART Trust/National Training Agency, Kingston;Also included are: Wayne Dave Mullings, Louise Bennett Coverley All-Age School, St. Andrew; Mark Donald-Burn Nicely, Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Kingston; Marcia Carline Claudia Palmer, Bridgeport High School, St. Catherine; Carmelita Evadne Patterson, Watsonton Primary School, Clarendon; Ouida Natalie Peterkin, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, St. James; Reverend Jennifer Esmelda Porteous-Brown, Manning’s School, Westmoreland; Olive Barbara Robinson, Winston Jones High School, Manchester; Conrad George Romans, Black River Primary and Infant School, St. Elizabeth; and Elaine Patricia Roulston, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston.The other recipients are: Claudette St Clair Shaw-Brown, Clan Carthy Primary School, Kingston; Susan Natalee Simms, Glendevon Primary and Junior High School, St. James; Sharon May Smith-Whyte, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; Terry-Ann Simone Thomas Gayle, Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Kingston; Jean Aeleen Thomas-Manning, Central High School, Clarendon; Everett Jean Thomas-Ramsay, Churches Teachers’ College, Manchester; Dr. Dian Allison Williams-Medley, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Portland; Phillip Anthony Wilson, St. Andrew Technical High School, Kingston; and Gerald Thomas Winkler, Montego Bay Christian Academy, St. James. To be considered for the award, recipients must have shown evidence of community involvement including participation in civic and club activities.Educators involved with uniformed groups and programmes fostering community development and creativity in the service rendered may also be considered.The award is presented to persons who are Jamaican citizens, but in exceptional circumstances, a person who is not a citizen may be recommended for the award. Story Highlights Forty educators with over 1,250 years in combined contribution to Jamaica’s education system will receive the 2019 Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation (PMMA) for Service to Education at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 26. Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, head dignitaries who will attend the event, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on the lawns of Jamaica House. The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education is awarded annually in observance of Education Week and is presented to teachers with a minimum 15 years’ service to education in Jamaica, whose contributions are deemed outstanding. read more

Stakeholder Trust Identified as a Pivotal Economic Driver

Engendering greater stakeholder trust across the public and private sectors to drive efficient service delivery is deemed pivotal in any thrust to secure higher levels of sustainable economic growth.This is the view of American bestselling author, Stephen Covey, who was speaking during the 37th Annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Mr. Covey noted data from a study of 41 countries which he said shows that territories with the greatest levels of trust had the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per-capita incomes, and better economic performances.He also pointed out that in a “high-trust” culture, “persons are 32 times more likely to take a responsible risk, leading to innovation”.Mr. Covey indicated that high trust cultures are created from within organisatons, and challenged the conference’s participants to commence the process of exploring and initiating cycles of economic growth generation, that will result in improved societies.He contended that the process of engendering internal trust will dovetail into relationship trust, organisational trust, market trust, and eventually societal trust.Mr. Covey further emphasised that key elements in this dispensation are: integrity; declaration of intent; capability; and maintaining a good track record.Exhibiting these positive traits, he argued, will prove inspirational to other persons; boost productivity and innovation; and result in greater output and, ultimately, economic growth, adding that “trust is an economic driver, not merely a social virtue”.The conference, which was staged by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) in tandem with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ), attracted approximately 600 of the region’s accounting and business professionals.Key topics discussed under the central theme: ‘Navigating Global Disruption: Creating Opportunities’ included: information technology; education; business best practices; climate change; trade; and health. Engendering greater stakeholder trust across the public and private sectors to drive efficient service delivery is deemed pivotal in any thrust to secure higher levels of sustainable economic growth. This is the view of American bestselling author, Stephen Covey, who was speaking during the 37th Annual Caribbean Conference of Accountants, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Mr. Covey noted data from a study of 41 countries which he said shows that territories with the greatest levels of trust had the highest gross domestic product (GDP) per-capita incomes, and better economic performances. Story Highlights read more

Westmoreland Schools Celebrate

“Overall, I think our students did very well; knowing that it was a new exam, the grades are great,” she noted. Two primary schools in Westmoreland are celebrating the results from the first sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which were announced on June 21. Two primary schools in Westmoreland are celebrating the results from the first sitting of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which were announced on June 21.In an interview with JIS News, Principal of the Mount Airy Primary and Infant School, Karen Anderson-McKenzie, said she is pleased with the marks earned by the grade six students.“Overall, I think our students did very well; knowing that it was a new exam, the grades are great,” she noted.She said there were passes for schools such as Munro College, Jamaica College, Hampton School for Girls, Frome Technical, Rhodes Hall High, St. Hilda’s High School for Girls, Belmont Academy as well as The Manning’s School.“There were also many surprises (as) students that we thought were struggling did exceptionally well in the exams,” she noted.Of the 60 students, who sat the exams at Mount Airy Primary, 22 got into their preferred schools.Top-performing girl of the institution, Andrea Barnes, who received a placement score of 344.8, said she was elated with her resultsShe told JIS News that she was nervous prior to the exams. However, she soon discovered that “they were not as hard as I was expecting them to be.”“(I was worried) because it is a new exam and we did not know much about it,” she said, noting that in preparing for the exams she mostly studied with other students.Andrea said she is happy to have been placed at her institution of choice, The Manning’s School.For his part, top-perfuming boy Tian Raye Barnes, who earned a place at Munro College, told JIS News that preparation was key to his success.“I studied hard and got enough rest at night and I feel really good about my results,” he said.He said he was very nervous going into the exams. “I did not show it, but in my mind I was nervous,” he noted. The top boy earned a placement score of 365.2Tian Raye’s grandmother, Precious Gayle, said that she was jubilant when she received news that her grandson earned a place at the school of his choice.“When he told us, we were screaming and shouting ‘go Tian Raye, go!’” she told JIS News.The grandmother said she sensed no nervousness from him on the day of the exams as he put up a positive front.Over at Petersfield Primary and Infant School, Principal Susan Rattray Hammond, told News that the results of the exams were as expected. A total of 113 students sat the exam.“We are happy for the results that we received, we are celebrating as a school because we believe that the results were successful and (I am) grateful for the efforts of the teachers and parents, as well as the students who did their best”, she pointed out.“(It was) a lot of hard work that went into preparing the students, because we are aware that this particular set of students have been taught in a particular way, and now have to transition into being assessed in a different way, so extra work went into changing the instruction methodologies to properly prepare the students,” she added.Mrs. Rattray Hammond noted that as part of preparations for the exams, students did extra classes before and after school and on weekends.“The students that took advantage of these offerings and, as expected, would have done much better, as they got more in terms of how to respond to questions, be critical thinkers and explain their responses,” she said.The principal also lauded PEP’s scoring method which, she said, allows for greater focus on the student’s critical thinking skills rather than percentage grades.“ One of the things that I like about this exam report is that it is not hung up on the percentage grades, because we need to move away from the grade and focus more on the child and I like that aspect of the PEP,” she noted.“I am happy that (PEP) is not grade focused, and the public will have to adjust to that, because our children are more than just grades or percentage marks on a paper,” she argued.PEP scores were reported using a scaled score.A Student Summary Report has been provided for parents, which details the performance of their children. This report includes the students’ scaled scores, placement as well as an interpretation of the scores.Petersfield Primary students earned places at schools such as Belmont Academy, The Manning’s School, Rusea’s High, Frome Technical High and Petersfield High.The school’s top-performing boy and girl were Jadon Forbes and Tiandra Green, respectively, both of whom were placed at The Manning’s School.Proud father of the top-performing boy, Richard Forbes, told JIS News that he is happy about his son’s PEP results.“I am feeling good that he got the school of his choice, the school I attended as well,” he said.“He was (nervous) about the math, but after doing it he said it was easy,” he added.PEP replaced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. In an interview with JIS News, Principal of the Mount Airy Primary and Infant School, Karen Anderson-McKenzie, said she is pleased with the marks earned by the grade six students. Story Highlights read more

PHOTOS Dr Chang at 20th Anniversary of Duhaney Park Police Station

National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (right), converses with Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gary Francis, during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Duhaney Park Police Station, in St. Andrew, on June 29. Dr. Chang delivered brief remarks during the event, which was held at the station. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (left), shares a light moment with Opposition Senator, K.D. Knight, during a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Duhaney Park Police Station, in St. Andrew, on June 29. Dr. Chang delivered brief remarks during the event, which was held at the station. Senator Knight is a former National Security Minister.

RGD to Hold Consultation with Marriage Officers

The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be staging a Marriage Officers’ consultation on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The consultation will take place at the Fellowship Tabernacle, 2 Fairfield Avenue, Kingston 20, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. It is free and open to all marriage officers. Story Highlights The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be staging a Marriage Officers’ consultation on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.The consultation will take place at the Fellowship Tabernacle, 2 Fairfield Avenue, Kingston 20, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon. It is free and open to all marriage officers.For more information, persons can contact the RGD’s Marriage Unit at 876-619-1260; 876-749-0550, ext. 6234-7 or 876-579-5710. They can also email Normalyn.bell@rgd.gov.jm or Ventora.cyrus@rgd.gov.jm for more details.Speaking with JIS News, Marriage Unit Supervisor at the RGD, Normalyn Bell, said the consultation is part of the RGD’s efforts to educate marriage officers and to hear their views and concerns.Discussions will focus on matters relating to the registering of marriages and other legal Issues.She said the session is also important to ensure that “error-free marriage duplicate records are available to satisfy the requests of our valued customers for certified copies of their marriage certificates”.“We seek to remind them of their responsibility and the steps and process that are compulsory in conducting the marriages, and how they can avoid making errors which cause delay in the production of the certificates,” she added.Miss Bell said the RGD will be arranging another consultation for officers in western Jamaica. Currently, there are over 1,772 active marriage officers in Jamaica.She said that officers attending the session should come with an open mind to learn and to get their questions answered.“Every day is a learning day, and so they would have a copy of the Marriage Act and we would also be giving them copies, and so we want them to come with an open mind and have questions to fill their curiosity,” she said.The RGD Supervisor said that marriage officers can also visit any RGD office islandwide for information on matters relating to the registration of marriages. For more information, persons can contact the RGD’s Marriage Unit at 876-619-1260; 876-749-0550, ext. 6234-7 or 876-579-5710. They can also email Normalyn.bell@rgd.gov.jm or Ventora.cyrus@rgd.gov.jm for more details. read more