In maths we have a journey to travel, says Samuda

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WHEN it comes to performance in mathematics, of the 169 public high schools in the country, 79 are categorised as critical, meaning that they consistently perform below the standard 50 per cent pass mark.

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Trump nominates Jamaican-born professor for judicial vacancy

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NORTH CAROLINA, United States (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a law professor who previously worked as a prosecutor, defence attorney, and journalist to fill the nation’s longest federal judiciary vacancy.Trump nominated Richard E Myers on Wednesday to be a trial judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The state’s two Republican senators recommended Myers for the job.

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ACLU files another suit on behalf of Jamaican fishermen

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THE American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed another lawsuit on behalf of three of four Jamaican fishermen, who brought a separate suit against the United States (US) Coast Guard in June for human rights violations, claiming that they were detained without due process at sea and degraded in inhumane conditions.

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‘Jamaica proving nearly anything is possible’, IDB economist

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Last December, Jamaica’s central bank posted a reggae music video on its Twitter account. Since then, more than 240,000 people have watched the video, prompting the bank to release a second video, which has already been viewed 180,000 times.

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JUTC can’t meet demand in Portmore

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THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is taking steps to meet the ballooning commuter demand in Portmore, St Catherine, by franchising 10 routes in the municipality with 100 units, inclusive of electric, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-, and compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles.

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Patients dying

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A significant shortage of equipment at several of the island’s public health facilities has resulted in deaths, junior doctors have stated.The doctors, who have been speaking with the Jamaica Observer on condition of anonymity since May, suggested that patients’ lives could have been saved if vital equipment had been available.

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Farmers receive pineapple suckers

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THE Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) yesterday handed over 70,000 MD2 pineapple suckers to farmers in St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, St James, Hanover, Trelawny and St Ann.The handing-over ceremony was held at the RADA St Elizabeth Parish Office in Santa Cruz, and was done under the 2019-2020 Production Incentive Programme. Some 4,000 farmers will benefit.

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Jamaica signs international mediation treaty

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JAMAICA is among 46 countries that recently signed a new United Nations (UN) international treaty on mediation in Singapore, at a conference organised by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and the Singapore Ministry of Law.

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More traffic restrictions to accommodate roadworks

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TRAFFIC restrictions will be implemented along a section of Constant Spring Road between Dunrobin Avenue and West Kings House Road, starting at 10:00 pm tonight.

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Mosquito control march in Lucea today

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THE Hanover Health Department will be staging two marches in Lucea today as the parish intensifies its mosquito control activities and public education campaign.The initiative has been called ‘National Call to Action Day’, a venture by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, as part of its Enhanced Vector Control Programme.Similar public education activities will be conducted across parish capitals islandwide.

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