Education Ministry Allocating $18m To State-Run Children’s Homes for Christmas

first_img He made the announcement during the Ministry’s ‘Christmas Celebration’ cocktails and dinner, which was held at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Worthington Avenue, New Kingston, on Thursday, December 21. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be disbursing approximately $18 million to Government-run children’s homes for Christmas. Story Highlights The Minister also reminded them that once they qualify to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, “we are paying for up to eight subjects for those students (who are either) in our children’s homes, (are) wards of the State or are in the PATH”. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be disbursing approximately $18 million to Government-run children’s homes for Christmas.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says this is being done to ensure that youth in State care are afforded the opportunity to share in the joy and happiness of the Yuletide season.He made the announcement during the Ministry’s ‘Christmas Celebration’ cocktails and dinner, which was held at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Worthington Avenue, New Kingston, on Thursday, December 21.A total of $1 million was presented to each of the five institutions represented at the function by wards and their caregivers.These were Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Sunbeam Home for Boys; Mona Rehabilitation Centre; St. Anthony’s Children’s Home; and St. Mary’s Girls’ Home.The Minister assured that funds “will reach the accounts of the other children’s homes before Christmas”.Meanwhile, Senator Reid advised that the Ministry will be lobbying the Government’s provision of additional funding in 2018 to further boost support for wards of the State.“We are looking forward, in next year’s budget, to increase our contribution. It is important that we give this kind of support to make sure that our children are well taken care of,” he added.Senator Reid, in offering words of encouragement to the youngsters, reiterated the support that the Ministry offers to them, and urged them to take advantage of this.“Within the funding of our school system, we have targeted those who are wards of the State (and) those who are on the PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education), making sure that they (benefit from) five days (of) lunch (provided) in our schools (and) making sure that all of them have personal insurance coverage, whether (they are in the) primary- or the high-school system,” he stated.The Minister also reminded them that once they qualify to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, “we are paying for up to eight subjects for those students (who are either) in our children’s homes, (are) wards of the State or are in the PATH”.“In addition, we certainly (will continue to) partner with tertiary institutions to ensure that we find a way to support children coming out of State care and the vulnerable, (so) that we find a way to support them as they qualify for tertiary education,” he indicated.Senator Reid emphasised that “investing in our children is an investment in Jamaica’s future. If we want Jamaica to prosper, we have to invest in our children (and) we have to invest in them in the earliest years”.Approximately 70 wards of the State along with their caregivers, as well as youngsters from Seaview Gardens in Kingston, were treated at the event.last_img read more

Total Request Live MTV Reboots A Classic

first_img Facebook MTV Will Bring Back “TRL” total-request-live-mtv-reboots-classic Email Twitter “Total Request Live”: MTV Reboots A Classic News MTV turnaround slates classic “TRL” to return in October with multiple co-hostsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2017 – 1:53 pm GRAMMY.com”TRL,” aka “Total Request Live,” was cancelled in 2008 but MTV recently told The New York Times that the fan-favorite show will return this October.The original show featured a countdown of popular music videos while a live studio audience looked on in hopes of a celebrity guest dropping by, all hosted by personality Carson Daly. The show was pivotal in launching the careers of teen pop sensations in the late ’90s and early ’00s, including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, while N’Sync and Backstreet Boys reached their commercial height after appearing on the hit series.The new version of “TRL” will initially air for a one-hour timeslot, with the option to expand to two or three hours in the future. It will be helmed by five co-hosts, including comedian/rapper DC Young Fly and radio personality Erik Zachary.”TRL” caters to MTV’s core audience of 18- to 34-year-olds, the voices of whom MTV President Chris McCarthy wants to highlight as MTV works to reinvent itself and get back to its roots.”MTV at its best — whether it’s news, whether it’s a show, whether it’s a docu-series — is about amplifying young people’s voices,” McCarthy said. “We put young people on the screen, and we let the world hear their voices.”Bringing back “TRL” is just one way McCarthy plans to do this. “When you talk to artists and they say to you, unaware of what we’re doing, can you bring back ‘TRL’? We’d be crazy not to reinvent that.”So what’s next, by request?A new iconic studio to house “TRL” is under construction, and McCarthy’s plans to feature “young people’s voices” in his new slate of programming show promise across the network’s schedule.Get ready for New York with the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 28last_img read more

Afghan avalanches death toll tops 100

first_imgAn Afghan man walks along a path under snow-laden trees in Kabul on 5 February, 2017. Photo: AFPMore than a 100 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by days of heavy snowfall around Afghanistan, including 50 in one village, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further.The avalanches struck after three days of heavy snow, which has destroyed scores of homes and blocked roads mainly in central and northeastern provinces, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach the stricken villages.The bulk of the deaths however occurred in remote Nuristan province, where at least 50 people were killed in a single village, Mohammad Omar Mohammadi a spokesman for the ministry of natural disaster told AFP.“Avalanches have buried two entire villages in Bargmatal district, 50 bodies were recovered from one village while rescuers are trying to reach the other village,” said the spokesman.Elsewhere 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan provinces, where officials said massive avalanches destroyed 168 houses and killed hundreds of cattle.Bad weather and deep snow had hampered efforts of rescue workers to reach the isolated villages, raising fears the toll could rise sharply, according to officials.In Badakhshan province also in the northeast of the country, at least 18 people, including three women and two children, were killed when avalanches struck their houses overnight, said provincial spokesman Naweed Frotan.“Several dozens are still trapped, we are trying to rescue them,” he said, adding that many roads were still blocked.Five people were killed by avalanches in the Balkhab district of Sari Pul province in northern Afghanistan and at least 70 people trapped under the snow were being rescued, said provincial spokesman Zabiullah Amani.“The roads to Balkhab are still blocked and we are trying to open them,” he said.Freezing weather killed at least two people and over 100 animals in the western province of Badghis.In Parwan province just north of Kabul, the spokesman for governor Wahid Sediqqi said 16 people died.The government declared Sunday, a normal working day in Afghanistan, to be a public holiday to deter non-essential travel and ensure schools were closed.Heavy snowfall -Unusually, snow even fell in the southern province of Kandahar.Neighbouring Pakistan was also hit by severe weather, with at least 13 people killed in the northwest by avalanches or heavy rain.An avalanche smashed into eight homes in the village of Shershal in Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four children.The region has been hit by heavy snowfall that is four feet (1.2 metres) deep in some places.Six people who had been trapped beneath the snow were rescued.A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more soldiers were injured.Chitral district mayor Maghfriat Shah said the city’s airport was closed because of the weather.The region’s electricity supply was also disrupted after the main power line was damaged.In the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border in the northwest, three infant girls were killed and two women injured when the roof of their house collapsed in heavy rain.Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan’s mountainous areas in winter and rescue efforts are frequently hampered by lack of equipment.Despite billions of dollars in international aid after the ousting of the Taliban government in 2001, Afghanistan remains among the world’s poorest nations.Last month heavy snowfall and freezing weather killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in Jawzjan province in northern Afghanistan.last_img read more

Trump accuses Comey of cowardice over leaks

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump on Sunday accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president, days after the ex-FBI director testified that Trump sought to derail the Russian probe.“I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’”Sacked FBI chief Comey delivered his bombshell allegations at a Senate hearing Thursday, saying in his sworn testimony that he had asked a “friend” identified as a Columbia University law professor to release a memo of his conversations with the president to the press.Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russia probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.He branded the president a liar and said Trump urged him to abandon the investigation into the former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation Trump has denied.On Friday, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski criticized Comey as not “man enough” for having leaked the memo via his friend rather than doing it himself.“He gave his notes to a Columbia law professor because he wasn’t man enough to give the notes directly to the media when he wanted them out to the media,” Lewandowski told NBC’s morning show “Today.”Though Trump has lambasted Comey as a “leaker,” he also claimed “total and complete vindication” following the ex-FBI chief’s testimony, focusing on Comey’s confirmation that Trump was not personally being probed.last_img read more

No JaPa MP to join cabinet Ershad

first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad. File PhotoContradicting his party’s parliamentary party’s decision, Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Friday said his party will be the main opposition in parliament while he will act as the leader of the opposition, reports UNB.In a statement on Friday, JaPa chairman Ershad made the announcement contradicting his party’s parliamentary party’s decision to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government.”As the chairman of the Jatiya Party, I would like to inform the people of the country and party leaders and activists at all levels that the Jatiya Party will act as the main opposition party in the 11th parliament.”He further said, “As the chairman of Jatiya Party parliamentary party, I’ll be the leader of the opposition while party co-chairman Golam Quader will be the deputy leader of the opposition at the House.”Ershad said no Jatiya Party MP will be there in the cabinet. “I urge the speaker of the House to take necessary steps in this regard.”On Thursday, Jatiya Party parliamentary party decided to join the Awami League-led Grand Alliance government to make contributions to the country’s further development under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Party co-chairman GM Quader made the announcement after its parliamentary party’s meeting in Jatiya Sangsad.Jatiya Party joined the election as the key partner of the Grand Alliance and bagged 22 seats.Party senior co-chairman Raushan Ershad was the opposition leader in 10th parliament while several MPs joined as cabinet members.last_img read more

Transfer of teachers stalled states Education dept in notification

first_imgKolkata: The state School Education department on Friday brought out a notification, stalling the transfer process of teachers both in the primary and secondary level until further notice.”All kinds of teachers’ transfer orders are stopped until further order. No application or cases for transfer of primary or secondary teachers will be entertained until further notice,” the notification stated. “We want to have a clear idea of the transfer of teachers that have taken place in the last few months, before further going for teacher transfer. So, we have stalled it for now,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of the state School Education department said that instructions in this regard have already been issued to the district inspector (DI) of schools and also to the headmasters of the state schools. It may be mentioned that after the incident at Daribhit High School in North Dinajpur, where two students were killed in a clash that broke out over teacher recruitment, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had directed all the DIs to submit a report to the department by October 5, stating the student and teacher strength, the infrastructure of the schools under their respective jurisdiction and other details. “The DIs are expected to submit their report by today (Friday). We will examine the vacancies at the schools on the basis of the report. In recent times, there has been a number of teacher transfers. In Daribhit High School, there was no need of Urdu teachers and neither was there any vacancy. But the school was in the process of recruiting a teacher for Urdu, which led to the unfortunate incident,” the official maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Education department wants to have a clear picture of the strength of teachers and students, the vacancies, transfers in recent times and other nitty gritties to prevent such incidents in future. It may be mentioned that on September 25, Chatterjee held a meeting with the District Inspectors (DIs) and expressed his displeasure over the decision of shuffling teachers at Daribhit High School in Islampur and reprimanded some of them for their aggressive role in the recruitment or shuffling of teachers.last_img read more

Amazon Wants a Hit Series of Its Own

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 7, 2014center_img Amazon wants a House of Cards of its own.The digital retailer and streamer of programming through its Prime Instant Video service is hoping to seduce binge watchers by creating original content, treading a similar path forged by Netflix to swelling viewership and artistic acclaim.But Amazon will not rely on network executives to program its airwaves, because viewers themselves have been tasked to decide which series will get the green light.For the second year in a row, the company’s production arm, Amazon Studios, has released 10 pilots for free online streaming, sponsored by Geico. Viewers will have approximately two months to rate, criticize and opine, upon which Amazon will proceed with production based on crowdsourced feedback.Related: Amazon Just Bought a Video-Game CompanyWhile last April’s initial run featured eight comedies and six children’s shows, this is the first time that the company is tossing hour-long dramas into the mix in hopes of conceiving a flagship series of its own. These include cop drama Bosch and post-apocalyptic The After, from the creator of The X-Files.Budgets and production value are on par with that of network competitors, Ron Price, director of Amazon Studios, told The Verge.This year’s batch of shows also includes three more comedies and five additional kids’ series. Last year’s running yielded Alpha House and Betas, about dating app developers in California seeking an investor, though neither resonated to the extent of Netflix’s award-winning hits like Cards and Orange Is the New Black.Related: Your Amazon Prime Subscription May Get More Expensive Register Now »last_img read more

Jeff Bezos Reveals 3 Strategies for Amazons Success

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img “It remains Day 1.” That’s how Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, signed off in his 2018 letter to shareholders. He’s been propagating the “day 1” mantra for decades, and it’s meant as a reminder that Amazon should never stop acting like a startup — even though the company now boasts more than 560,000 employees and more than 100 million members of Amazon Prime, the company’s paid service for free shipping on select items.Here are some of the most useful nuggets of wisdom Bezos shared in his letter and during a recent onstage interview.1. Standards are contagious.Bezos says he believes high standards are teachable rather than intrinsic. “Bring a new person onto a high standards team, and they’ll quickly adapt,” he writes. “The opposite is also true.”If a company or team operates with low standards, a new employee will often — perhaps even unwittingly — adjust their work ethic accordingly. He also says that high standards in one area don’t automatically translate to high standards in another — it’s important for people to discover their “blind spots.” Try making a list of your duties, then ask trusted colleagues to tell you which responsibilities are your greatest strengths. If certain things from the list don’t come up during the conversation, it might be useful to think about how you can up your personal standards in those areas.Related: 22 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Jeff Bezos2. Set clear, realistic expectations.If you’re looking to raise your standards in a particular area, the first course of action is to outline what quality looks like in that area. The second is to set realistic expectations for yourself — or for your team — regarding how much work it will take to achieve that level of quality.Exhibit A: You won’t find a single PowerPoint presentation at an Amazon company meeting. Instead, teams write six-page narrative memos to prepare everyone else for the meeting. Bezos says the quality of the memos vary greatly because writers don’t always recognize the scope of the work required to reach high standards.“They mistakenly believe a high-standards, six-page memo can be written in one or two days or even a few hours, when really it might take a week or more!” Bezos writes. 3. Stay involved with the people you’re serving.Whether you’re selling a product or service, it’s a good idea to make sure you never lose touch when it comes to the people you’re serving — no matter how high up the ladder you climb.Bezos says he still reads emails from his public inbox (jeff@amazon.com) as a way to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s happening with Amazon customers. He says he believes focusing on what customers are saying is much more important for success than focusing on what competitors are doing, and he often compares customer feedback to company data to see where they misalign.“When the anecdotes and the data disagree,” Bezos said at a recent leadership forum at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, “the anecdotes are usually right.”Related: 16 Incredible Amazon Prime Facts and Stats April 23, 2018last_img read more