For the fourth year in a row, Alaska’s population declined

first_imgAging | Family | Health | State GovernmentFor the fourth year in a row, Alaska’s population declinedJanuary 7, 2021 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:The Alaska flag. (File photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Alaska’s population dropped by nearly 4,000 people — or 0.5%– last year, according to estimates released from the state on Thursday.It’s the fourth straight year of declines and the biggest drop since 1988. The estimate covers the period between July 2019 and July 2020.Even though 5,000 more Alaskans were born in the state than the number of those who died, the net decline came from people moving away. Nearly 9,000 more people left the state than moved in. Also, Alaska lost roughly 46,000 jobs during this time.Alaska’s estimated population was 728,903 in July, down from 740,637 four years earlier.One group that saw an increase was Alaskans 65 and older. That group grew by 4%.Of Alaska’s 30 boroughs and unorganized census areas, 23 had population declines, led by Anchorage. The Fairbanks North Star and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs had the largest increases.Juneau’s population is 31,773 — down 286 people from the year before. There were 118 more births than deaths in the capital city, but 404 more people moved away than moved to town.The numbers are estimates, because the numbers from the 2020 census haven’t been released yet.Share this story:last_img read more

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Tobacco picks FTSE up from a five-month low – London Report

first_img Share Tuesday 16 June 2015 8:51 pm Express KCS whatsapp BRITAIN’S main share index bounced up off five-month lows yesterday, boosted by firmer tobacco stocks and a broader stabilisation in equity markets which have slumped in recent sessions on fears over Greece.The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed at 6,710.10 points – flat in percentage terms but above an intraday low of 6,656.90 points which marked its worst level since late January.Many investors remained cautious due to a deadlock in Greece’s debt talks, but some traders moved in to use the initial market pullback to buy up stocks for relatively low prices.A stabilisation in European bond markets also lifted stock markets off their earlier lows, while economic stimulus measures from major world central banks have cushioned the blows to European stock markets from the problems in Greece.“I am probably going to look to buy the dips. Whenever we’ve seen a sell-off, it’s been quickly bought into,” said Jeremy Steinson, head of trading at Killik & Co.British American Tobacco rose 2.9 per cent after being upgraded to “buy” from “outperform” by brokerage CLSA.The gains at British American Tobacco also lifted rival Imperial Tobacco by 2.2 per cent.However, mining stocks lost ground with copper prices tumbling to three-month lows, partly due to the impact of a stronger US dollar.The prospect of the US Federal Reserve signalling that its first rate increase in nearly a decade will come in September pushed up the value of the US dollar. A stronger dollar makes dollar-denominated commodities such as copper more expensive for non-US companies, and can be negative for miners. Higher US rates can also boost returns on US Treasuries, increasing their relative appeal over stocks.Among small caps, APR Energy slumped 25.6 per cent after warning its 2015 results would be significantly below market expectations.The FTSE is some six per cent below a record high of 7,122.74 points reached in late April, while it remains up two per cent since the start of 2015. Greek shares fell 4.8 per cent and the country’s banking index dropped 8.9 per cent as Greece and its creditors hardened their stances after a breakdown in talks aimed at preventing a default and possible euro exit. The leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), Thomas Oppermann, said he saw no willingness from the Greek government to reach an agreement. Tobacco picks FTSE up from a five-month low – London Report center_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: Company FTSE 100last_img read more

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Canaccord Genuity narrows Q2 loss

Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Keywords EarningsCompanies Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (TSX:CF) narrowed its net loss to $100,000 in its fiscal second quarter despite a two per cent decline in revenue. The Toronto-based global financial services firm said Wednesday that the loss amounted to three cents per share. Related news Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital That compared with a net loss of $14.8 million, or 19 cents per share, in the comparable prior-year period as the company pared expenses by just over 10 per cent to $184.3 million from $204.9 million. Revenue fell to $183.3 million from $186.6 million. “Fiscal Q2 was characterized by a challenging environment in some of our operating units, but we believe we are beginning to see signs of improved market activity across our geographies,” president and CEO Paul Reynolds said in a statement accompanying the results. “Canaccord Genuity’s global platform is very well suited to meet the evolving demands of our clients,” Reynolds said, adding that he was “confident that our improving pipeline of activity, combined with our focus on cost-containment, should provide for better results in the coming quarters.” Canaccord Genuity is an independent, full-service financial services company whose operations are divided into two segments, Canaccord Genuity capital markets operations and Canaccord Wealth Management. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Bonus chance to snag a tagged barra for 60 lucky fishos!

first_imgBonus chance to snag a tagged barra for 60 lucky fishos! Northern Territory Major Events CompanySixty lucky fishos have snagged themselves an incredible chance to catch a bonus $5,000 Charity Fish as part of the Million Dollar Fish competition. The opportunity comes thanks to a partnership between Million Dollar Fish and Great Northern.Great Northern ambassador, mad keen fisho and Outback Wrangler Matt Wright has released a bonus Charity Fish at Barra Adventures in Darwin’s rural area. Through the Wet a Line with Matt Wright competition on Mix 104.9 FM, 30 eager fishos have won a spot for themselves and a mate to have a good crack at catching it, at an invite-only event today.The special 60 will head to Barra Adventures to try their luck, and are also in with the chance to win a swag of other goodies, including a Great Northern Breakaway fishing trip to the Tiwi Islands, Great Northern Fishing Packs and official Million Dollar Fish merchandise.If the Charity Fish is not caught at today’s event, but is caught any time up until 31 March 2021 by an angler aged 18 or over, the full $5,000 prize will go to the Million Dollar Fish-affiliated charity of the fisho’s choice. The fisho will win a remote fishing charter, thanks to Barramundi Adventures, and a Million Dollar Fish merchandise pack. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ambassador, AusPol, Australia, charity, Darwin, Dollar, fish:, fishing, FM, Government, Northern Territory, outback, winlast_img read more

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Woodland Public Schools thanks retiring employees for their decades of service to public education

first_imgWoodland Public Schools thanks retiring employees for their decades of service to public educationPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, June 10, 2020in: Peopleshare 0 Educators thanked for caring for community’s childrenWOODLAND — As the end of the 2019-2020 school year approaches, Woodland Public Schools recognizes retiring employees who will end their careers after decades of serving the community and ensuring all children receive a high-quality education.Read on to learn how each of the retirees dedicated themselves to honing their craft and providing for students in a variety of ways throughout the district.Sandra Austin, North Fork Elementary SchoolSandra “Sandy” Austin worked as a second-grade teacher for North Fork Elementary School from October 6, 1983 until retiring at the end of this school year on August 31, 2020. Superintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Sandra Austin (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsSuperintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Sandra Austin (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools“Sandy has one of the biggest hearts of any teacher I have known as she has been a constant caring presence in our building,” said Denise Pearl, principal of North Fork Elementary. “The students and staff adore her, always eager to come to her side for help or support.”The staff admire Austin’s dedication to her craft and her colleagues. “I don’t think she has missed a single one of our evening events for family and students, always here early to help set up and always one of the last to leave,” said Pearl. “She gives her students every opportunity to learn, recently jumping on-board with remote learning like a pro during the statewide school closure.”Although she may be retiring, many of Austin’s colleagues have already planned to request her as a substitute teacher as Sandy intends to continue teaching even in retirement.Rosemary Forsberg, KWRLRosemary Forsberg worked as a member of the KWRL school transportation cooperative’s office staff from October 3, 1994 until retiring on December 31, 2019. “Every office has a ‘go-to person,’ that person who knows how to handle the trickier situations and how everything works in the office, and Rosemary had been our go-to person for 25 years,” said Shannon Barnett, director of KWRL. “Rosemary quite literally had the ability to stay calm in a storm through so many snowstorms throughout the year when she was always the first one to make it to the office.”The staff of KWRL always appreciated Forsberg’s kind smile and cheerful disposition. “Bus drivers felt comfortable to talk with her about both their excitement over their jobs, but also to discuss the trials and tribulations they faced in their lives,” said Barnett. “She has impacted her fellow coworkers, drivers, and the community, and we wish her the best and most memorable retirement.”Sandra George, Columbia Elementary SchoolSandra “Sandi” George worked as a teacher for Columbia Elementary School from September 6, 1983 until retiring at the end of this school year on August 31, 2020. Superintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Sandra George (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsSuperintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Sandra George (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools“Sandi truly nurtures and cares for the entire Columbia Elementary family, making sure everyone is treated with love, respect, and compassion,” said Ingrid Colvard, principal. “Her mastery of early literacy education combined with her love and devotion has influenced Woodland families profoundly throughout the years.”Staff remembered many of George’s creative lessons including teaching students how to become astronauts and building moon habitats while supporting each of her students reaching rigorous academic goals. “Sandi is known as the staff caretaker; the first person to check in on her colleagues and offer support in any time of need,” said Colvard. “Her loyalty and friendship have been key elements to the heart of Columbia Elementary, and we wish her the best in her retirement.”Annette Kirby, North Fork Elementary SchoolAnnette Kirby worked as a cook for North Fork Elementary School from February 24, 1999 until retiring at the end of this school year on August 31, 2020. For more than 20 years, Kirby worked throughout the school district, starting at Woodland Middle School and working at both elementary schools, spending the past six years serving the students at North Fork Elementary.Superintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Annette Kirby (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsSuperintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Annette Kirby (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsA hard worker, her colleagues appreciated her overall attitude to her work. “She may be reserved, but she has a great sense of humor,” said Stacy Brown, director of Business Services who also oversees the district’s food services. “Some may not know this, but Annette is also an extremely talented woodworker and has made many beautiful pieces; she will be missed by all of us.”Patricia Nickols, Columbia Elementary SchoolPatricia Nickols worked as a paraeducator at Columbia Elementary School from November 1, 1995 until retiring on January 1, 2020. Superintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Patricia Nickols (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsSuperintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Patricia Nickols (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools“She is a kind-hearted person with an amazing sense of empathy and understanding of those she works with – both staff and students,” said Dale Hillman, a colleague who has worked with Pat for more than 20 years. “Her perpetual laughter brings joy to all those around her.”In addition to her upbeat attitude, Columbia’s staff appreciated Nickols’ expertise. “She connects easily with children, giving them the courage they need to take on risks in order to learn,” said Colvard. “Her ever-present smile and acceptance of each and every person will be missed, but we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”Pam Schneider, KWRLPam Schneider worked as a school bus driver for KWRL From February 22, 1993 until retiring on September 27, 2019. Schneider’s routes included navigating the winding hills and valleys of Kalama River Road where she safely transported students through rain, snow, ice, and even mudslides. “For 27 years, Pam drove one of the most treacherous routes in terms of geography and weather plus the location of her route meant leaving during the dark in the morning and, more often than not, returning to the garage in the dark,” said Barnett. “We are grateful that Pam was part of the KWRL team and we will miss her greatly.”Karen Ward, Woodland High SchoolKaren Ward worked as a paraeducator for Woodland High School from August 29, 2001 until retiring at the end of this school year on June 12, 2020. School staff admired her dedication and skill handling students with special needs. Superintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Karen Ward (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsSuperintendent Michael Green (left) and Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley (right) visited each of the retirees at their homes, including Karen Ward (pictured here). Photo courtesy of Woodland Public Schools“Karen never gets rattled and is always there to help, caring deeply for our students,” said John Shoup, principal. “She has been a tremendous asset to our life skills program as she worked to ensure our students had the best possibly learning opportunities.The staff wishes Ward the best in her retirement. “We will greatly miss Karen’s warm, friendly, genuine and loving personality,” said Shoup.Information provided by Woodland Public Schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestWoodlandshare 0 Previous : City of Vancouver to hold listening sessions on racial justice issues Next : Hundreds of Clark County mobile home owners may qualify for property tax reliefAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Alfa Romeo rumoured to debut two-door Giulia in Geneva

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The 2017 Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 1.  RELATED TAGSAlfa RomeoGiuliaCoupePerformanceGenevaGeneva Motor ShowNew VehiclesPerformance VehiclesAlfa Romeo GiuliaAlfa Romeo SpAAutomotive ReviewsCars and Car DesignCoupesCulture and LifestyleGeneva Motor ShowPassenger CarsSedansSports CarsSUVs and Crossovers advertisement Alfa Romeo is currently making excellent cars, but they feature a rather small line-up – the 4C sports car and the impressive Giulia sedan, followed by the Stelvio SUV due out soon.One report from Motoring suggests the Italian automaker plans to debut a two-door version of the Guilia, called the Giulia Sprint, at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Exact details are still unknown, but we assume it will share similar mechanicals as the four-door Giulia sedan, including the suspension tuning and the 505-horsepower, twin-turbo V6 from the Giulia Quadrifoglio.What we don’t know is if the wheelbase will be shortened for the coupe; it’s possible Alfa Romeo will have the Giulia Sprint’s wheelbase identical to the sedan, much like the BMW 3 and 4 Series. center_img ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio last_img read more

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Be first to greet new students: Volunteer for Fall Welcome

first_imgNew Student Welcome Programs and Residence Life are recruiting engaged faculty and staff across campus to assist with Fall Welcome, a new campuswide initiative. Volunteers will assist with a variety of events and tasks during Fall Welcome. This is a great opportunity to join in the tradition of welcoming new students and families to CU-Boulder.You could be the first person new students and families interact with when they arrive on campus, so we are looking for enthusiastic and engaging volunteers who are committed to welcoming students in an inclusive and positive way. Click here for volunteer opportunies. Faculty and staff volunteers will receive a t-shirt, hat, “ask me” button and meal card for their volunteer service.With programming beginning on Friday, Aug. 14 and going through Friday, Sept. 4, there are more than 100 different Fall Welcome sessions and events. Below are a few examples of how you can help welcome new students to campus.Move-In Official International Student Move-In Day: Friday, Aug. 14 Official Move-In Day: Tuesday, Aug. 18 Official Move-In Day: Wednesday, Aug. 19 Official Move-In Day: Thursday, Aug. 20Key Events during Fall Welcome CU Kick Off: Thursday, Aug. 20 Connect at the Rec: Thursday, Aug. 20 Convocation: Friday, Aug. 21 UMC Fall Fest: Friday, Aug. 21Please contact Heidi Vielhaber with any questions.Note: Existing parking permits will not be honored anywhere on campus from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Aug. 19 and 20 (including East Campus). Please plan to use alternative transportation to get to campus, including walking and biking or taking the bus to campus. Visit the Move-in information website to learn about your options. Published: Aug. 4, 2015 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Gov’t Promises Schools More Computers

first_imgGov’t Promises Schools More Computers TechnologyJanuary 20, 2012 RelatedGov’t Promises Schools More Computers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Julian Robinson, says more computer equipment will be provided soon for educational institutions, under the Government’s e-Learning Jamaica Project. “In the coming months, the e-Learning programme will roll out additional lap tops to be delivered to 176 institutions, to support Grades 10 and 11 and group lab technology deployment strategies,” Mr. Robinson said. He was addressing the launch of a science and technology workshop at the Christar Villas Hotel, Kingston, Thursday (January 19). He stated that computer equipment and networks will also be delivered to an additional four high schools and 16 independent schools, and systems administrators will be trained. In addition, Interactive Whiteboards will also be installed in schools. An interactive whiteboard is a large, interactive screen connected to a computer and a projector. The e-Learning Jamaica Project is an innovative education initiative, which utilises Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the delivery of subjects. It is targeted at high school students, employs both formal and informal methods of teaching and seeks to improve the quality of education, enhance the learning experience and ensure high levels of passes in the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) tests. The State Minister noted that so far, under the technology infrastructure component of the project, audiovisual equipment have been delivered to 166 public high schools, 16 independent high schools, eight teachers’ colleges, five community colleges and six special schools. He also informed that computer equipment and networks have been installed in 162 public high schools and eight teachers’ colleges. Mr. Robinson stressed that educators need to seize the opportunities for enhancing student learning through emerging technologies, noting that, globally, educators are distributing tablets in schools for radical classroom development. “It is now therefore no longer an option, but an imperative, that our schools examine more formal ways of incorporating these newer technologies into the learning system,” he said “We have a text savvy generation that we can meet where they are with the current technologies,” he pointed out. He noted however, that the introduction of newer technologies into schools by itself is not sufficient to transform the educational system, nor does it guarantee improvements in the quality of education or raise attainment. The State Minister commended the Mutual Building Societies Foundation for undertaking the science and technology workshop, under its Centres of Excellence initiative. Programme Manger for the Foundation, Dr. Renee Rattray, explained that the $100 million school improvement project was born out of a partnership between the Victoria Mutual and Jamaica National building societies. It focuses on a number of rural high schools, namely, Porus and Mile Gully in Manchester; McGrath in St. Catherine; Godfrey Stewart in Westmoreland; Green Pond in St. James; and Seaforth in St. Thomas. “These six schools have been taken on by the building societies and we are making them into Centres of Excellence, which means we are building capacity, with the Principals and the senior management in the schools, and we are trying to improve the Math, English and the Science and IT scores,” she said. The workshop is geared at science and IT teachers from these schools, and is intended to give them strategies they can use to improve teaching and learning in the classrooms. RelatedGov’t Promises Schools More Computerscenter_img Advertisements RelatedGov’t Promises Schools More Computerslast_img read more

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CSJP’s PeaceMobile Moves into Gordon Pen

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) has welcomed the community of Gordon Pen, St. Catherine, to its family with the use of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, at an event held today (January 17), at the Eltham Park Primary School and Gordon Pen Football Field in Spanish Town.“The PeaceMobile marks entry into new communities and forms part of the CSJP’s comprehensive public education programme, as it easily galvanizes rapid community support and builds awareness,” said Communications Officer at the CSJP, Leroy Porteous.The CSJP’s expansion into new communities, he said, is being facilitated through a recent injection of 7.25 million Pounds Sterling grant from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as a result, more than 7,000 young people across the island are set to benefit from the expansion of services under the CSJP. RelatedCSJP’s PeaceMobile Moves into Gordon Pen The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) has welcomed the community of Gordon Pen, St. Catherine, to its family with the use of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, at an event held today (January 17), at the Eltham Park Primary School and Gordon Pen Football Field in Spanish Town.“The PeaceMobile marks entry into new communities and forms part of the CSJP’s comprehensive public education programme, as it easily galvanizes rapid community support and builds awareness,” said Communications Officer at the CSJP, Leroy Porteous.The CSJP’s expansion into new communities, he said, is being facilitated through a recent injection of 7.25 million Pounds Sterling grant from Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as a result, more than 7,000 young people across the island are set to benefit from the expansion of services under the CSJP.In addition, several government and private sector agencies have partnered with the CSJP, in an effort to bring their services into the communities where residents can easily gain access.Residents of the Gordon Pen community, Mr. Porteous added, have benefitted immensely from the services of these stakeholders, including the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Tax Administration of Jamaica, National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Restorative Justice, Dispute Resolution Foundation, Community Security and Safety Branch, National Housing Trust and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning.“As a result of the PeaceMobile and Information Village, residents of the community were able to submit applications for birth certificates, tax registration numbers (TRN), and National Insurance Scheme (NIS) cards,” Mr. Porteous said.He added that the first 100 applications submitted to the RGD would be processed at no cost to the residents.Mr. Porteous also highlighted that the CSJP will be continuing its quest to implement its social intervention programmes in three additional communities by the end of the fiscal year, namely, Central Village and Greendale in St. Catherine, as well as White Hall/Red Hills Road in St. Andrew.The Communications Officer noted that Gordon Pen is the 47th community that it operates in thus far, and that entry into the other communities will bring the total number to 50.The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative focusing on building community safety and security, and reducing poverty. CSJP’s PeaceMobile Moves into Gordon Pen JusticeJanuary 18, 2013Written by: Toni-Ann Rankinecenter_img RelatedCSJP’s PeaceMobile Moves into Gordon Pen Advertisements RelatedCSJP’s PeaceMobile Moves into Gordon Penlast_img read more

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St. Catherine Festival Queen Embarks on Literacy Project

first_imgRelatedGraduates Urged To Get Involved In Transformation Process St. Catherine Festival Queen Embarks on Literacy Project CultureJanuary 15, 2015Written by: E. Hartman Reckord Photo: JIS PhotographerMiss St. Catherine Festival Queen 2014, Danene Cruickshank, speaks to students at the Children’s First Achievement Centre in Spanish Town, after the launch of a Literacy project at the centre today (Jan 14). RelatedNYS Introduces New Programmes to Empower Young People RelatedNYS to Help Participants Complete Tertiary Education St. Catherine Festival Queen Embarks on Literacy ProjectJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Students of the Children’s First Achievement Centre (CFAC) in Spanish Town will benefit from a Reading and Literacy Project, being undertaken by reigning Miss St. Catherine Festival Queen, Danene Cruickshank.The project, which will begin on January 23, was officially launched today (January 14) at the CFAC’s Adelaide Street location.Each year, winners of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) parish and national Festival Queen competitions, are asked to establish community and national projects geared towards education, children and youth development.Miss Cruickshank said the idea to start the programme was conceptualized, while offering her services as a volunteer at the CFAC, where she observed that the students had challenges with reading and writing, and were performing below their grade levels.She noted that “many of the students have reading issues because they are not certain of letter blend. Some are not able to identify vowels or to spell words correctly.”As part of the project, she said that teachers at the facility were trained at the Mico Care Centre to administer the Mico Diagnostic Kit, which will be used to assess each student’s reading level in order to provide the appropriate materials and instructions.Teachers will receive guidance and instruction from literacy specialists and special educators from the Mico University, in executing the project. Students will attend the literacy classes on Fridays.Miss Cruickshank, who works as a Guidance Counsellor at the CFAC, said she is nervous but also excited about the project.“I think there are students here, who have special needs, and I want to assist them because they can learn and I want it to happen,” she said.The St. Catherine Queen is urging citizens of Spanish Town to support the work of the centre, by volunteering their services. Teachers as well as persons, who are interested in special education, are welcome, she said.“We could use the help because, even though we have our trained teachers, there is a lot to manage since every student is at a different level,” she pointed out. Miss Cruickshank is hoping that the project will continue throughout the remainder of the school year and beyond.“My hope is that it will keep going and the children do not leave the same way they came in and they will see the importance of literacy,” she said.Attending the launching ceremony were the Mayor of Spanish Town, Councilor Norman Scott, as well as officials from the JCDC, and Mico University.The CFAC is a non-government organization, which caters to at- risk youth, ages 10-16, as well as their families. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsStudents of the Children’s First Achievement Centre (CFAC) in Spanish Town will benefit from a Reading and Literacy Project, being undertaken by reigning Miss St. Catherine Festival Queen, Danene Cruickshank.The project, which will begin on January 23, was officially launched today (January 14) at the CFAC’s Adelaide Street location.Miss Cruickshank said the idea to start the programme was conceptualized, while offering her services as a volunteer at the CFAC, where she observed that the students had challenges with reading and writing, and were performing below their grade levels. Advertisementslast_img read more

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