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’.
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.
French police reported that a 4-month-old baby boy has been hospitalised after he was bitten by a camel at a circus in the southeastern town of Megeve. According to French Police, the mother who carried the toddler in a front sling, was looking at the camel in the enclosure, when the animal suddenly bit the baby on the head. AFP News reported that the injury to the baby who has been hospitalised is not considered life threatening.
The Chikungunya virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus has already claimed the lives of 21 people and infected some 6,000 in the region. Experts fear that people in the region still have not developed antibodies against the disease. That put the entire Latin America and Caribbean population at risk of catching the virus. The virus has arrived in the Caribbean from Africa.
A motor vehicle crash involving a Toyota Coaster bus took place along a section of Old Hope Road in St. Andrew today. The crash took place sometime after 2 pm, near the Rubis Service Station and Seymour Road. Details on what led to the crash are unknown. There were no immediate reports of injuries. If you have further details post.
French officials said on Wednesday August 20, that they want coordinated action from the UN Security Council and regional countries to fight against the militant group Islamic State, who control parts of Iraq and Syria. French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday called for an international conference to discuss IS. France has contributed weapons to help Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq. The United States has been carrying out airstrikes against the militants, including operations Tuesday that backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they pushed toward the northern city of Tikrit. The Iraqi government, whose forces buckled under a recent extremist offensive, has made the recapture of Tikrit a priority.
Novlene Williams-Mills clinched the Women’s 400m event at the Stockholm Diamond League meet today. Williams-Mills finished in a time of 50.09s, ahead of the American duo of Sanya Richards-Ross with 50.27s, and Francena McCorory in 50.65s. Jamaica’s other competitors Stephenie Ann McPherson (51.01s), and Christine Day (52.03s) were fourth and fifth respectively.
14-year-old Oshane Brown, of the St. Augustine Place of Safety, Chapelton, Clarendon have been missing since Thursday, August 14. Oshane is of dark complexion, slim build and is about 165 centimetres (5 feet 5 inches) tall. Contact the Chapelton Police at 987-2244, Police 119 or Hear the Children’s Cry 929-0431, 294-8123, 822-0483, 294-8124, 294-8125. No photograph of Oshane Brown was available.
Pallo Jordan, a South African Member of Parliament, was forced to resign from his position after news broke that he had forged an American university doctoral degree. Jordan considered as an anti-apartheid hero, also resigned from his position in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), after the Sunday Times reported that Jordan failed to finish his degree course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Sunday Times also reported that the University has no records of Mr. Jordan being bestowed with an honorary doctorate.
Two unidentified men were shot and killed in the community of Moors located in the parish of Clarendon last night. Residents in the area heard several explosions sometime after 9 pm, and during their investigations, they reportedly spotted a white moor vehicle speeding away from the scene. The bullet riddled bodies of the unidentified men were later discovered. A motive for the shooting incident has not yet been ascertained.
When did it come to this? Where do we begin to look for answers? Turns out that these are deep rooted psychological problems. And what the good Professor Hickling has concluded, might in fact be right. Jamaicans are mad people.
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