Not so smooth start to new school year in western Jamaica

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Inadequate Internet connectivity and the lack of devices dogged yesterday’s start of the new academic year across sections of western Jamaica.During a visit to Montego Bay High School for girls, Principal Gairy Powell disclosed that there were complaints that the online learning platform was plagued by connectivity and other issues. However, he was quick to point out that some of the issues were expected.

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Police: Murder of bartender a contract killing

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WILLIAMSFIELD, Manchester — Police theorise that yesterday’s shooting death of bartender Wendy Harrison at her home bar was a contract killing. But her murder has left many residents of this Manchester community puzzled.Acting commander in charge of the Manchester police, Deputy Superintendent Lloyd Darby, told the Jamaica Observer that the police were probing angles into the killing.

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Back-to-school jitters amid issues with Internet, device access

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THE reopening of schools virtually yesterday was fraught with widespread reports of lack of access to smart devices and the Internet, and administrators not being able to make contact with their students.The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is hopeful that there will be improvements as the roll-out of virtual learning continues, but said there does not appear to have been much improvement with connectivity issues since the last school term.

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Parents nervous about virtual classes as schools push to get all involved

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SCHOOLYARDS normally teeming with children for back-to-school were empty yesterday with the reality of an ongoing pandemic sinking in even further.A pivot by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, from physically reopening schools to having students across the island remain at home as they have been for the past seven months meant continued adjustments for parents, teachers and their students for the new school term.

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Birthday Wish

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YOUNG Tenille Richards had one wish as the new school year got under way yesterday — to get assistance to acquire much-needed back-to-school supplies.The teen, who turns 16 today, was lost in her thoughts when the Jamaica Observer approached her just outside the vice-principal’s office at Enid Bennett High School, formerly Bog Walk High, in St Catherine, yesterday.

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Leaving no one behind

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FACED with the possibility that as many as 40 per cent of their students would not be able to access online learning, principals and teachers at several schools in inner-city communities in the Corporate Area are pulling out all the stops to ensure that no one is left behind.

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It’s rough, but…

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CHRISTINE Powell is operating with a smartphone that shuts down when it feels like, but it will have to do for her seven-year-old daughter Samoya Sinclair as she begins online learning.With the novel coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of face-to-face classes at this time, Powell’s priority is ensuring Samoya does not miss out on her lessons.

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Better to stay 6 feet apart than 6 feet under, says new JHTA president

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CLIFTON Reader, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), has called on Jamaicans to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe and reduce the impact of the pandemic on the country.

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St Thomas communities hit by flooding

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RESIDENTS of some communities in St Thomas western seem to have been the hardest hit by yesterday’s flood rains from a tropical depression which developed into Tropical Storm Delta since passing by Jamaica.

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CCRIF expands coverage to the private sector, launches new products for C’bean utilities

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GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands (CMC) — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF SPC) says it has launched a new parametric insurance product which has been developed for the electric utility sector in the Caribbean.

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