Mom arrested for driving with inflatable pool on car — with kids inside

first_imgDixon, Illinois Police Department(DIXON, Ill.) — Police arrested an Illinois woman this week after they allegedly caught her driving her SUV while her children sat in an inflatable pool on the roof.Jennifer Yeager, 49, was taken into custody in Northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon after police said they got a call from a “concerned citizen” who complained about a woman cruising with two young girls on top of her car, police said.Officers tracked her down and pulled her over in her Audi Q5 at around 3 p.m. She told police that she placed the children in pool to keep it from flying away, according to a police statement.“During the course of the investigation it was learned that Yeager drove into town to inflate the pool at a friends’ house and had her two juvenile daughters ride inside of the empty pool to hold it down on their drive home,” the statement said.She was arrested on two counts of endangering the health or life of a child and two counts of reckless conduct. She was also cited for failure to secure a passenger over the age of 8 and under the age of 16.Yeager was out on bond as of late Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Women farmers make masks to protect villagers in South Sumatra

first_imgPrior to the outbreak, the women used the sewing machines to make handicrafts from purun (Chinese water chestnuts), which are commonly found in peatland.Read also: Communities more effective than bans to restore peatlandsBRG’s education deputy for campaigns, participation and partnership Myrna A. Safitri said the mask was more than just protection against the virus. “It’s also a symbol for the women’s movement in villages, which have an important role in protecting and restoring peatland.”The agency, she said, had been working with female farmers in educating them about the importance of not burning peatland, as doing so could prevent forest and land fires.“They have to be taught how to cultivate their land without burning it because they would also be affected by the big fires,” Myrna said during an online discussion on ecofeminism in peatland restoration on Tuesday. (vny)Topics : Women farmers in Menang Raya village in Ogan Komering Ilir regency, South Sumatra, have shifted their focus from weaving plant fibers to producing facemasks to help protect villagers from the fast-spreading COVID-19.Village head Suparedi said the initiative came from the farmers themselves, who made the facemasks to be distributed for free to other villagers.“They use sewing machines provided by the Peatland Restorative Agency [BRG] in 2018, as well as sewing materials to produce the masks,” Suparedi said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Lady Pirates 3rd @ Talon Relays

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates Track & Field Team traveled to Nashville early Saturday morning to compete in the 9 team Brown County Talon Relays. The Lady Pirates placed 3rd overall with 101 points and were very competitive with the runner up team Columbus North (108) & the champion team Brown County (113.5).  The girls won 2 events & placed very well in 14 of the 17 contested events.Two big highlights of the day included Championship performances by Ashlynn Meyer in the 100 hurdles and the Shot Put Team of Erin Browning & Lily Grimes. Other big scorers included the Distance Medley Relay team of Cathy Newhart, Kayla Davis, Cami Jones, and Shelby Pake as they earned Runner Up Championship status. All the ladies had great performances with some personal records and season bests. The Distance Medley Team and 4 x 400 Relay team both improved and ran season best times. Individual PRs were also marked by Davis in her 400 splits of the DMR & 4 x 400, Newhart in her 1200 DMR split, Jones in her 800 DMR split and Jaylin Hampton in long Jump.The meet ended with one of the most anticipated and closest races of the entire day when the Lady Pirate throwers took to the track in the 4 x 100 Throwers Relay. Although the girls placed 3rd only 0.14 seconds separated them from taking the gold!Greensburg Girls Meet Results: Shot Put-1st Lily Grimes & Erin Browning 71’9.25;Discus-3rd Erin Browning & Lily Grimes 183’9.5, 7th Kailee Kidd & Emily Lowe 132’3;Long Jump-4th Jaylin Hampton & Montana Whitaker 27’5; Pole Vault-4th Ellie Kramer 7’6; 100H-1st Ashlynn Meyer 16.45, 4th Mary West 17.80; 100-3rd Taylor McIntosh 13.29; 3200-3rd Shelby Pake 12:00.53, 4th Cathy Newhart 12:20.02; 4 x 100-4th Montana Whitaker, Ashlynn Meyer, Mary West, Taylor McIntosh 53.90;4 x 200-3rd Montana Whitaker, Jaylin Hampton, Mary West, Kayla Davis 1:58.01; 4 x 400-3rd Kayla Davis, Jaylin Hampton, Montana Whitaker, Cami Jones 4:28.67 (Season Best); 4 x 800-3rd Shelby Pake, Morgan Winkler, Cathy Newhart, Cami Jones 10:53.47; Sprint Medley (100-100-200-400), 5th Mary West, Jaylin Hampton, Kayla Davis, Cami Jones 2:05.63; Distance Medley (1200-400-800-1600), 2nd Cathy Newhart, Kayla Davis, Cami Jones, Shelby Pake 13:22.66 (Season Best); and 4 x 100 Throwers Relay-3rd Emily Lowe, Erin Browning, Lily Grimes, Kailee Kidd 1:09.60.The Lady Pirates will travel to Franklin Community High School for their last duel meet of the season on Tuesday, April 26.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.last_img read more

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Slashing L.A. Unified bureaucracy may be tougher than it seems

first_img“It’s possible to move the huge aircraft carrier, but it’s tough to change course,” said Bob Stern, director of the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles. “And it takes a long time with a concerted effort to work with the superintendent, the board and the union.” Nobody denies that the ratio of administrators to teachers is higher now than it was six years ago at the 708,000-student district. The Bureau of State Audits found nonschool positions grew 12 percent from 1999 to 2005, with most added to the division overseeing a $19.2 billion building program. Salaries and benefits for support-services employees increased 44 percent in the same period, even as salaries and benefits for school-services workers rose just 26 percent. Los Angeles Unified’s bloated bureaucracy, long decried by the mayor and teachers’ union, has now become a key issue for the district’s new superintendent and a hot-button topic in the school board race. Superintendent David Brewer III has vowed to cut inefficiencies at the Los Angeles Unified School District after a scathing audit found the nation’s second-largest district is disorganized, lacks financial controls and suffers from a “pervasive” lack of accountability. With just a week before the election, school board candidates Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan have waded into the debate on how to pare the massive bureaucracy. By all accounts, any changes face challenges – including navigating a range of competing and powerful interests. But LAUSD General Counsel Kevin Reed said many nonschool positions are paid for with capital funds that cannot be used to pay for teachers. And he said increased costs reflect growth in facilities, information technology, school police, inspector general and other departments. Emphasis on schools Still, efforts to change the situation are complicated. Four years ago, when LAUSD was divided into local districts, Lauritzen fought to reduce their number from 11 to four. But after lengthy negotiations he was able to cut only three districts. “The board member has to try to accomplish the possible, and the leader in that is the superintendent,” said Lauritzen Chief of Staff Ed Burke. “Although the goal is to cut the bureaucracy, implementing it becomes very difficult because you have to convince other board members and the superintendent to put it in effect.” Lauritzen believes schools should be given more autonomy to reduce the need for districtwide staff, Burke said. “The emphasis should be on the schools to make sure they have the resources, and not create more people downtown to help the schools,” he said. Galatzan says schools should have more control of their own funds and said she would ask City Controller Laura Chick to oversee an audit of all contracts, the downtown administration and all nonschool staff. To ensure Valley schools are getting their fair share, Galatzan advocates performance contracts for local district superintendents and senior staff downtown. She also said many management functions can be consolidated. “Tamar is part of a reform slate, and it means you’re going to go in fighting the bureaucracy from Day One,” said Galatzan campaign manager Mike Trujillo. “You now have a board going in seven different directions.” 10 percent staff cut Deputy Mayor Ray Cortines, education adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said the recently released audit is an important step in identifying how to streamline the district. The audit said superintendents of the eight local districts within the LAUSD had not been given the authority, responsibility and resources to accomplish their goals. It also noted a lack of benchmarks to measure program effectiveness and no consequences for noncompliance with administrative directives. Cortines said he believes the district can cut at least 10 percent of its central staff and redirect the savings to schools. Cortines also said the mayor would like to encourage the superintendent to eliminate nonessential positions that don’t serve the classrooms and schools and don’t provide local services. “I think the superintendent has taken the first right step, and now we have to see what he does with it,” Cortines said. “He is going to have to make some tough decisions. If local district office personnel don’t have the authority and the responsibility, eliminate them and save millions.” Brewer said he will seek to empower local district superintendents and move people out of the central office. Positions will be cut, but details won’t be available until the second phase of the audit is completed. That phase, which will cost more than $1 million, is expected to be completed early this fall and focus on instruction, operation and finance. If the audit finds programs aren’t working, Brewer said he’ll eliminate them. “I don’t believe in setting arbitrary targets. It could be less (than 10 percent); it could be more,” Brewer said of possible cuts. “What drives that decision is analysis. “We will find out how much we can save, and when you look at the overall budget, and not only in central, we may be able to find savings throughout the system.” `Tough, tough battle’ Brewer is expected to unveil some immediate changes in June when he releases a five-year strategic plan. He also already has announced plans to appoint a transformation team – including a chief academic officer and chief professional learning officer – to restructure business operations and develop a comprehensive instructional plan. But Stern, with the Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, said Brewer has a difficult road ahead. “It’s always tough changing the bureaucracy. I wish him luck but it’s a tough, tough battle to do it,” he said. “People hate change, but change is important.” That change could come if Galatzan and mayoral-backed candidate Ed Vladovic prevail in the May 15 election, giving Villaraigosa majority support on the school board. Philanthropist billionaire Eli Broad, who has contributed more than $25,000 to the campaigns, including Galatzan’s, said reform can come with board members who support the mayor’s agenda. “I think it’ll be helpful to get four members on the school board that are prepared to work with the mayor on education reform,” he said. But the real question will be how a reform slate will translate into consistent, strong action to break up the bureaucracy, said Michael Kirst, a professor of education and business administration at Stanford University. “Assuming the (audit) is true, some kind of drastic overhaul of the bureaucracy is desirable,” Kirst said. naush.boghossian @dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 2

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek’s first Premier League goal and a penalty from Alexandre Pato on his long-awaited debut gave Chelsea a commanding lead at half-time.After a subdued opening 20 minutes, in which Chelsea were content to control possession, the visitors broke through at the end of a fine passing move.John Obi Mikel started it by upping the tempo, Pedro spread the ball wide for Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spaniard’s cross was turned in by Loftus-Cheek, via a deflection off Joleon Lescott.Pato, brought in in January on loan from Corinthians, had come on shortly before the first goal after Loic Remy went off injured.And he got his first goal from the spot in injury time, after being flattened by a falling Aly Cissokho in the box.Pedro had had Chelsea’s first chance of note, with a right-efforted that just cleared the angle of post and bar.Rock-bottom Villa were not cowed by the Blues, though, and Rudy Gestede and Carles Gil both forced Thibaut Courtois into saves.Jordan Ayew, the hosts’ stand-out player in the first half, then rolled a shot just wide of the post, while Loftus-Cheek did the same at the other end after robbing Idrissa Gueye.As well as Pato, Chelsea gave a debut to January signing Matt Miazga as part of a reshuffled back four, with John Terry and Gary Cahill both out.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Gestede, Ayew.Subs: Bunn, Okore, Bacuna, Lyden, Veretout, Grealish, Sinclair.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy. Subs: Begovic, Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Creationists Let Facts Speak for Themselves in Mainstream Science Publication

first_imgSalvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has four science degrees and is working on a PhD. For his previous entries on CEH, see his Author Profile.(Visited 739 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Salvador CordovaJoseph Deweese has so far managed to continue as a mainstream scientist while openly professing his belief in creation. He is simultaneously an associate professor of Biochemistry at Lipscomb University and an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.Deweese has published in various top science journals (including Nature) on the Topoisomerase family of enzymes.  He (with yours truly) recently published a paper in the journal FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) in connection with the conference on Experimental Biology in Orlando, Florida, this past April. Source: https://www.fasebj.org/doi/10.1096/fasebj.2019.33.1_supplement.793.4(For the record, aside from Deweese, I do not know my co-authors’ views on creation, so I cannot speak to whether they agree with my characterizations in the headline.)Although Joe’s publications in the mainstream make no mention of the Creator, in other venues he defends his creationist views with evidence from biochemistry.Topoisomerase Type IIA. Credit: Senor Cristobbal, WikipediaWhat Makes Topoisomerases Special?Topoisomerases are a family of enzymes that manipulate the topology of DNA. The Topoisomerase IIA enzymes help to “unwind” DNA. During unwinding, while one part of the DNA strand unwinds, other parts would become tighter and tighter, and tangle unless cut and reconnected periodically during the unwinding operation. Watch this video on YouTube to see how the enzyme works.Here is a diagram of the topoisomerase Type IIA enzyme. The red and blue domains are identical and are coded from the same gene, but they have to connect to each other to make a workable unit.Note how the two identical copies nicely dock with each other to make a working machine. It is not a trivial task to design the right sequence of amino acids such that two topoisomerase polypeptides make the right fold in the first place. But they also have to create locations where the copies can connect to each other in order to form a working machine (a homodimer), as in the diagram.The really amazing thing is that not only do the two identical pieces connect to each other to make a working unit, they act as moving parts in a process that accomplishes the following:Detect and locate DNA that needs to be untangled (in order to relieve topological strain)Cut the DNA using energy from ATP (an ATP site is provided on the topoisomerase)Untangle the DNA after cuttingRe-connect the DNA strands where it was cutReMine’s book argues that life is structured in a way to defeat evolutionary theories while making a single Creator evident.A Mechanism Unreachable by EvolutionEvolutionary biologists believe that such enzymes can evolve naturally, but rarely do they address the mechanical feasibility of evolving such machines by aimless natural processes, such as natural selection.One can see at a glance some of the issues of forming such a machine from scratch by random mutation alone. But neither can this enzyme form incrementally via natural selection. What good is a proto-topoisomerase that cuts DNA randomly? Or one that cuts DNA and then doesn’t stitch back together the cut strands? Or one that cuts DNA and doesn’t untangle it? Or one that does all the above but can’t sense and then locate that DNA that needs to be untangled?As suggested above, a further evolutionary problem is that human Type II topoisomerases are formed as two identical parts (a homodimer), but in bacteria such topoisomerses are made of 4 parts from 2 copies from two different genes, making it a “hetero-tetramer.” This makes no sense from an evolutionary standpoint, but it makes total sense in intelligent design.The notion that biology is designed to resist interpretations of common descent is articulated  in Walter ReMine’s book The Biotic Message. His book provided much inspiration for me to persist in searching for evidence of creation when many times I was on the verge of giving up. However, it says in Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, it is the glory of kings to search out a matter.” If an Intelligent Designer wanted to assure those willing to see the truth that life could not have been evolved by common descent, but also wanted to conceal this fact to those willfully blind to seeing miracles of creation, then enzymes like topoisomerase are one example. This is especially true since it took space age science to unravel the layers upon layers of design that God has concealed for his glory for several thousand years, but now allows men (kings) in the present day to search the truth out to their glory.Piling on the ComplexityFinally, as reported in our abstract and poster at the Orlando conference, even beyond the problems for evolution mentioned above, in humans, the topoisomerases have an additional layer of immense sophistication: the post-translational modifications (PTMs).Some of the post-translational modifications are depicted here.In our Abstract, we describe the possible consequences of PTMs. We show that 191 of the 1,531 amino acids in Topoisomerase IIA are subject to PTMs – known as phosphorylation, ubiqutination, acetylation, methylation, and sumoylation. In fact, “read”, “write”, and “erase” are the very words biologists themselves have adopted from computer scientists to describe the processing of PTMs.A suite of machines that perform the “read”, “write” and “erase” modifications has to be recruited to modify the topoisomerases based on cell type and cell phase. In other words, different cells in the body will have different PTMs depending on their type, and PTMs will vary depending on their stage in the cell duplication cycle. This level of complexity boggles the mind. It requires a large suite of specialized molecular machines to manage all the post-translational modifications, in addition to many other machines for reading and translating the genes and folding the polypeptides into the proper shape, then connecting them. Unless all these accessory enzymes are built correctly and perform their jobs correctly, the topoisomerase cannot do its vital task.But even with all that we’ve discovered, we’ve only scratched the surface of how all of this complexity works!Topoisomerases are a good example of why we “are fearfully and wondefully made” (Psalm 139:14).Hear Joseph Deweese’s testimony on YouTube.last_img read more

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Infographic: How much do you know about breast cancer?

first_imgWith October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the aim is to increase knowledge about the disease. If it is detected early, effective treatment can lead to a positive prognosis. We’ve collected handy information in an infographic.Early detection of breast cancer can save lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Words and research: Priya PitamberDesign and infographic: Sandile KhumaloOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in South Africa. It brings a nationwide initiative by public and private healthcare to raise the level of attention given to the disease and spread knowledge about prevention, detection and treatment.Click on the image for a larger view.Sources:Cansa South African Governmentlast_img

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a month agoMauricio Pochettino remains top of Real Madrid shortlist

first_imgMauricio Pochettino remains top of Real Madrid shortlistby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino remains Real Madrid’s number one target, should they part ways with Zinedine Zidane.World Cup winner Zidane is already under pressure to keep his job after re-joining the club towards the end of last season.It is not clear whether Pochettino wants to leave Spurs, considering he signed a five-year contract extension in 2018.But the Mirror says Real will be ready to pounce if the Argentine hints at wanting to leave North London.Los Blancos are convinced of Pochettino’s pedigree after he guided Spurs to the Champions League final last season.Some reports have suggested Pochettino is frustrated with Spurs after last summer’s transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star South Carolina Quarterback Commit Brandon McIlwain Weighing Football, Baseball Options After Spurrier Retirement

first_imgFour-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain looked like South Carolina’s quarterback of the future after making a good impression at the Elite 11 this summer, but with the abrupt retirement Steve Spurrier and his skyrocketing stock as a baseball prospect, he is rethinking his commitment. McIlwain received a visit from Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on Wednesday.Just had a home visit with Coach @RickyRahne ! .#PSU pic.twitter.com/ZytwCXKD8G— Brandon McIlwain (@BFMcIlwainqb12) December 3, 2015His mother, Lena McIlwain, reveals more about his pending decisions in a recent Facebook post. McIlwain is still considering South Carolina, but needs to hear from whomever takes over for Spurrier first. He’s also being recruited by other programs, and has emerged as a top prospect in the MLB Draft. WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg shared her post on Twitter.Not a big recruiting guy-but these posts sent to us-USC QB commit Brandon McIlwain’s mom a former Channel 4 staffer. pic.twitter.com/Nqumnh4N3w— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 3, 2015lena mcilwain brandon psu coach lena mcilwain brandon future mlb Yesterday, McIlwain was ranked eighth in an ESPN list of the nation’s top prep and college baseball [email protected] is number 8 on ESPN’s list! pic.twitter.com/BI6K4JtqYh— RockNorthBaseball (@crnorthbaseball) December 1, 2015As a potential first round pick in the MLB, and a Top 10 quarterback recruit, McIlwain has some serious decisions to make, especially with uncertainty surrounding the South Carolina job. It is hard to blame him for whatever he choses.last_img read more

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Back-to-School Message by Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid

first_img Together we must build on that partnership and stakeholder engagement this year as we continue to work for the educational development of our children and overall economic growth in our country. My fellow Jamaicans, as we begin this new school year 2017 / 2018, we do so with much optimism and confidence that this will be a very good year for the education of our young people in Jamaica.Much work has been done to lay the foundation for improved student performance. School plants have been renovated, furniture and other equipment have been provided and most important, the first tranche operational grants have been sent to our schools in good time to allow for the smooth re-opening of our institutions.Last year, we experienced a tremendous partnership among stakeholders – teachers, the Jamaica Teachers Association, students, parents, school board members, administrative, ancillary, and staff of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Together we must build on that partnership and stakeholder engagement this year as we continue to work for the educational development of our children and overall economic growth in our country.So we start this new school year with a great sense of hope that our united efforts will lead to better education outcomes.The encouraging results from our students’ performance in the GSAT exams and improvements at the CSEC, CAPE, NVQJ and City and Guilds levels point to the progress being made through new initiatives to improve outcomes. With the continued excellent guidance of our teachers and application of our students we will see good results.I turn now to our plans and policies for the education system for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year.We now spend over thirty seven billion, six hundred and ninety nine million, six hundred and twenty four thousand, three hundred and sixty one dollars (37,699,624,361) on secondary education which includes Salaries, Grants, TVET, ICT, Science, Infrastructure, furniture and nutrition. That means we are spending between $176,994 and $190,000 per capita at the secondary level.We will honour our commitment to increase funding to Primary, All Age and Junior High Schools for the academic year 2017/2018 with a budget of $1B outside of salaries.In the meantime, we have adopted a non-obligatory policy towards the payment of parents’ contribution. We are however encouraging parents to contribute to their schools once agreement has been reached and approved by the Board of Governors.New policies are also in place to help schools address pressing problems and help with their cash flow.i. The first tranche has already been disbursed from June 2017.ii. The second tranche to be disbursed in the second week of September.iii. The third tranche in the second week of December.iv. The fourth tranche will be paid in the second week of April 2018All other support grants to school including STEM, TVET, Curriculum, Infrastructure repairs are being disbursed.In addition to the support mentioned earlier, we are also providing other areas of support for the new school year:These include payment for: • Additional teachers for those schools that require special support based on the nature of the students and special programmes being offered.• Twenty five (25) temporary Deans of Discipline• Over 1000 young persons to be engaged as lab technicians, Safety and Security Support Officers, Clerical Officers and environmental Wardens will be placed in selected schools.• Payment of 913 cooks across the system to the tune of 274.8 million.• Upgrading of canteens and provision of equipment to the tune of over $200 millionThis administration believes no child should be left behind because of the family’s economic circumstances. So the Government has increased funding for students on PATH to ensure they receive lunch for five days per week and literature books commencing with the grade 7, 10 and 11 in this new term at a cost of $116 million.Payment for insurance will also be made for students on PATH and wards of the State at a cost of $26M.PATH allocation of $2000 will be used to cover the cost of ID and uniform related items. Book vouchers are being provided for the neediest students up to $ 2000 per student. Total to be spent is $50M.Transportation will be provided for students on PATH in eight parishes.This will be done in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) as well as the Ministry of Transport and Mining. A total of $200M will be allocated for this activity.At the early childhood level, many of our institutions need help. As part of the efforts to improve standards and give our children a strong foundation as they begin their education journey, theMinistry will be taking over a number these schools. In addition with the support of the Ministry, 117 basic schools will be converted into 56 Infant Departments.Our mantra Every child can learn, every child must learn is at the centre of what we do. So we are ensuring that our children with special needs are not left behind. The Ministry’s Special Education Unit will place one thousand, four hundred and seventy four (1,474) students in special education facilities at a cost of fifty seven million, seven hundred and eighty six thousand, two hundred and forty dollars ($57, 786, 240), for 2017- 2018.Of course, among the most essential tools for students are textbooks. Therefore under the National Textbook Loan Scheme and the Primary Textbook Programme, the Ministry of Education is spending approximately eight hundred million ($800,000,000.00) on books for the new school year. The delivery of books to schools has started and will be completed by October 6, 2017.With regard to nutrition, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information School Feeding Unit in collaboration with the Nutrition Products Limited will continue to provide funds and or snacks to schools directly for the School Feeding Programme.The Ministry is happy to report that the delivery of furniture to schools primarily for students started from the second week in July and will be completed by the last week of September.To ensure that critical infrastructure issues are addressed, we have identified 172 schools for upgrades from the Schools Maintenance Project at a cost of Five Hundred and Fifty-four Million ThreeHundred and Three Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Dollars ($554,303,880.00).This infrastructure upgrade also addresses sanitation concerns. Forty two schools still utilize pit latrines as the only means of faecal disposal. As such, Seventy-six million dollars ($76,000,000.00) has been allocated in the 2017 – 2018 budgets for 35 schools under the Ministry’s Sanitation Programme.Schools are being encouraged to ensure that safety and security committees are in place and that the safety and Security Guidelines are utilized within the schools to treat with this area.We began the phased roll out of the new national curriculum last year and for this year it will be fully implemented in all grades up to grade 9 in the first term of the new school year. The Alternative Pathway for Secondary Level Education will also be launched in 84 schools.In the meantime, the Career Advancement Programme has been expanded as the flagship programme for the creation of an additional two years at the secondary level. Over 123 schools have been approved to offer the programme to date and others are being processed.My fellow Jamaicans, this year we have another great opportunity to redouble our efforts to help create an education system which enables every child to achieve his or her full potential.As we do so in a spirit of unity and partnership, this will be to the benefit of all of us in the short, medium and long term. Together let us rise and build Jamaica, land we love.Thank you. My fellow Jamaicans, this year we have another great opportunity to redouble our efforts to help create an education system which enables every child to achieve his or her full potential. As we do so in a spirit of unity and partnership, this will be to the benefit of all of us in the short, medium and long term. Together let us rise and build Jamaica, land we love. Story Highlights My fellow Jamaicans, as we begin this new school year 2017 / 2018, we do so with much optimism and confidence that this will be a very good year for the education of our young people in Jamaica. last_img read more

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