Students Must Be Fluent In English Language

first_imgEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has underscored the critical need for Jamaican students to be fluent in English Language, noting that this is critical for the country’s progress. He said that the English is the language of professionalism, scientific discovery, and commerce, and the Ministry in promoting literacy in the language. “There can absolutely be no compromise about this, and teachers… and those of us who are engaged in promoting education, must learn to be fluent in English and we must instruct in English in order that even if we use our own native language, it must be used as a tool to the English Language and not as a substitute therefore,” he stated. The Education Minister was addressing the official launch of the Jamaica Reading Association’s Literacy Conference yesterday (Nov. 9) at the Mico University College in Kingston. He commended the organization of staging the event, and urged the members to continue dedicating their time and efforts to the advancement to literacy in the island. He said that renewed focus must be placed on literacy in an effort to ensure greater advancement of the nation’s future leaders. “The deficit in literacy and the decline of the habit of reading are, in fact, the major cramps to the outcomes and advances of education in Jamaica and by derivation the development both of the human capital and indeed, the economic fortunes of our nation”. Let us get it clear, education is the number one investment that any nation can undertake,” he stated. “We believe that if we can only ‘buss’ a tune or if we can wiggle down a catwalk or sometimes people believe that if they can figure out the intricacies of the lottery scam then, somehow you can get ahead in life and it doesn’t really matter if you can read or write,” he lamented. The Education Minister further encouraged parents and teachers “to get it right from the earliest stages,” noting that too much money is being spent on remedial education. He informed that some $20 billion of the education budget every year goes to remedial work. The conference was held under the theme: ‘Jamaica is Fifty – Get into High Gear with Literacy’. Representatives from literacy groups across the island and the wider Caribbean attended the function.last_img read more

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Customer bills to be reduced from San Onofre settlement

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers will soon see a reduction in their bill.The bill reductions will begin in October as the Settlement Agreement for the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) takes effect following approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Originally set to begin in November, SDG&E sought CPUC approval to accelerate the reductions one month sooner to provide bill relief for customers.“We’re happy to reach the final chapter in the SONGS settlement and provide these savings for our customers,” said Dan Skopec, SDG&E’s vice president of regulatory affairs.There are two aspects to the customer bill reductions: a one-month refund of approximately $13.80 per typical residential customer beginning October 1; and an ongoing average bill reduction of about $1.32 per month for a typical residential customer. CARE residential customers will see a one-month refund of approximately $8.50 and an ongoing average bill reduction of $0.81 per month. Bill reductions for non-residential customers will vary depending on a number of factors.In 2013, Southern California Edison, as the majority owner and operator of SONGS, closed the plant and began decommissioning activities.The Settlement Agreement and resulting bill reductions come after a multi-year investigation by the CPUC into the closure of SONGS and related costs. In 2014, the parties reached a settlement regarding the allocation of costs between the utilities and their customers, which was approved by the CPUC. After allegations of improper communications between SCE and the CPUC surfaced, however, the CPUC reopened the proceeding to investigate the claims and determine if the alleged communications impacted the previous settlement. No violations were alleged to have been committed by SDG&E and no penalties were assessed on SDG&E. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 24, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, Customer bills to be reduced from San Onofre settlement SDG&E accelerates reductions to provide bill reliefcenter_img Mike McKinnon III Posted: September 24, 2018 SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing around 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information, visit SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook. last_img read more

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Transat passengers rerouted from Santa Clara to Jardines del Rey

first_imgTransat passengers re-routed from Santa Clara to Jardines del Rey Share MONTREAL — Air Transat is re-routing Santa Clara, Cuba flights scheduled for May 2 to Jardines del Rey airport in Cayo Coco due to the closure of Santa Clara’s airport following a storm. Air Transat says it will organize the transfer of passengers to their final destination.Passengers travelling from Montreal to Cayo Santa Maria on flight TS714 scheduled for May 2 will now depart Montreal on May 2, at 9:35 a.m. Flight TS715, scheduled to depart Santa Clara airport, will now depart from Jardines del Rey airport in Cayo Coco at 2:30 p.m. Hotel operations are functioning normally. Transat says updates on flight operations for the coming days will be made available on Transat’s website. Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Tags: Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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