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Children’s hospital gets help from diaspora group

The Bustamante Hospital for Children received a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Diaspora for Children Foundation, to assist with the fight against the coronavirus.

The donation includes 360 PPE gowns, 1300 disposable face mask with ear-loops, 720 N95 masks, 224 face shields, 1750 Powder free nitric exam gloves, 2400 Rhino Original Nitrile powder free gloves , 175 cloth face covering, 35 wipes and 22 hand sanitizers.

Dr, Michelle-Ann Richards-Dawson, the hospital’s Senior Medical Officer, in accepting the donation noted that it will boost the assurance of the healthcare workers as they continue to fight during this pandemic.

“The foundation is pleased to make this donation to the hospital as we play our part in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The children are our future and we know how strained the health care facilities have been,” said Mr. Ibrahim Konteh, the foundation’s Executive Director.

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Bright future for cruise shipping, says port boss

The Port Authority of Jamaica has expressed confidence in increased cruise shipping activities across all cruise ports islandwide.

President and Chief Executive Officer Professor Gordon Shirley said that, “we are beginning to see cruise shipping restored to normalcy and bookings are on the increase”.

The CEO expressed optimism in the expected return on investment in the upcoming season. “We are even more hopeful that as a result of the investments the organisation has made in cruise infrastructure this year, the calls for next year’s season will surpass those slated for this year.”

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Unemployment rate drops in July, but women not fearing well

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is reporting that the unemployment rate for July 2021 was 8.5 per cent. This is 4.1 percentage points lower than the 12.6 per cent out-turn for the corresponding period last year, according to STATIN’s Labour Force Survey for the month.

Director General Carol Coy said that data from the survey show that the number of unemployed persons went down by 49,200 or 30.4 per cent to 112,500.

“The number of unemployed males fell by 43.4 per cent. In comparison, the number of unemployed females declined by 17.5 per cent,” she said.

Ms. Coy indicated that the unemployment rate for youth, aged 14 to 24, was 23.9 per cent, 6.4 percentage points lower than the July 2020 out-turn of 30.3 per cent.

The Director General advised that the rate for male youth was 18.4 per cent and 30.8 per cent for females.

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Flow Vax Day
Flow Vax Day

Wayne Marshall (seated) has full support as Nurse Britiana Brown administered a jab at a Flow Vax Day. Cheering on Marshall are (from left) Stephen Price, Flow’s general manager and vice-president; Michel Gantois, CEO of Jamaica Public Service; Elon Parkinson, public relations and communications manager at Digicel; and Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of the Courtleigh Hotel Group.

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Hospital Facelift
Hospital Facelift

JP Farms General Manager Mario Figueroa (centre), Annotto Bay Hospital Matron Claudia Hardy-McLennon (left), and CEO Marsha Lee, mark the completion of the Jamaica Producers Group-led renovation to the Annotto Bay Hospital Male Medical Ward with a symbolic ribbon cutting.

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Pineapples
Pineapples

A representative from the Annotto Bay Fire Station shows off her freshly picked JP St Mary’s pineapple alongside JP St Mary’s Assistant Depot Manager Simone Saunderson during a handover of care packages with the vitamin C-rich fruit to the Fire Brigade. The donation by JP St Mary’s is part of an overall initiative to encourage essential workers to eat healthy foods to boost their immune systems.

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Flow Vax Day
Flow Vax Day

Wayne Marshall (seated) has full support as Nurse Britiana Brown administered a jab at a Flow Vax Day. Cheering on Marshall are (from left) Stephen Price, Flow’s general manager and vice-president; Michel Gantois, CEO of Jamaica Public Service; Elon Parkinson, public relations and communications manager at Digicel; and Kevin Hendrickson, managing director of the Courtleigh Hotel Group.

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Jamaica, US in technology, cyber-security talks

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks said that the island’s relationship with the United States under the Biden-Harris administration remains strong, and that Jamaica continues to value its enduring partnership with the US.

She was speaking at the end of high-level consultations on information and communications technology (ICT), cyber-security and energy in Arizona and Washington DC.

“It is a distinct pleasure to host my Jamaican and American colleagues, as it is a fitting end to a productive week of engagements between the Government of Jamaica and our partners in the US Government, private sector, and academia,” said Ambassador Marks.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Daryl Vaz led Jamaica’s 12-member delegation. It included Minister of Education and Information Faval Williams; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Senator Aubyn Hill, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security Senator Matthew Samuda, and head of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dr. Wayne Henry.

Fair exam results, says education minister

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams said the results of this year’s secondary school external examinations were satisfactory, particularly given the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic.

Students across the island sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in June and July.

For public schools, 38.2 per cent of students had a passing grade for CSEC Mathematics, while in Applied Mathematics for CAPE, 47.3 per cent of students had a passing grade.

Mrs. Williams noted that the Ministry will “need to make changes in their approach across the education system to help students raise their mathematics scores”.

“I want to commend all the students, who persevered and did their examinations under very trying and challenging circumstances this year. I also want to encourage those who may not have done as well as they would have liked to look for opportunities that will contribute to improved performance,” the Minister said.

For CSEC, 30,188 students from public schools were registered to sit the examination, of which 27,789 (92.1 per cent) sat papers across 34 subjects ranging from Agricultural Science to Principles of Accounts.

Of those students who registered and sat the exams, 23,760 or 85.8 per cent received Grades One, Two or Three in at least one subject.

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