Confirmed: 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit California





A preliminary magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck Southern California today, the United States Geological Survey has confirmed.

The quake struck in Anzha around 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.



  
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Thwaites calls for assessment of Grade 7 students

Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites has urged secondary school principals to ensure that teachers do an assessment of each student entering grade seven before the start of instruction. This the minister says will give the teachers a better understanding of the areas that need special attention. Minister Thwaites was addressing an education symposium on August 19, at the St. Peter and Paul Church in St. Andrew. The minister also commended students, teachers and principals for the work they did in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. The symposium, which was attended by scores of principals and school board chairmen, was held under the theme: ‘Changing the Education Landscape: Modernising Teaching and Learning for Relevance’.
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Former Haitian President challenges judge conducting criminal inquiry

The dean of the capital’s first instance court in Haiti, Raymond Jean-Michel, confirmed on Tuesday August 19, that he has received a copy of a motion seeking recusal and disqualification of Judge Lamarre Belizarie on grounds of bias. The motion comes from the lawyer of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Aristide has decided to challenge a judge conducting a criminal inquiry into acts of corruption, misappropriation of public funds and laundering of drug money blamed on his administration from 2001 to 2004. Law experts however are divided on whether the challenged magistrate should refrain from further actions in the cases, while the request for recusal is being studied by higher judicial authorities. Last week, pro-Aristide protesters also attacked a UN vehicle, prompting two UN staff to flee for their lives. UN soldiers, in armoured vehicles, were immediately deployed in the area to restore order.
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Toddler hospitalised in France after camel bites head

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No Chickungunya antibodies developed

No Chickungunya antibodies developed
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Motor-vehicle crash along Old Hope Road

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St James parish council honours reverend for 37 years of service to the parish.

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