Full Day Kindergarten in S.D. 60 begins this year

first_imgFull Day Kindergarten will be implemented in ten District 60 schools this year.The Ministry of Education made the announcement this week. It is offering 250 Full Day Kindergarten seats in the local school district beginning this September.Seats were determined based on the district’s proposal and its share of total Half Day Kindergarten enrolment as of September 2009.- Advertisement -Schools that will be designated Full Day Kindergarten in September include: Alwin Holland, C.M. Finch, Ecole Central English Program, Duncan Cran, Robert Ogilvie, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Upper Halfway, Buick Creek and Wonowon.Meanwhile, Full Day Kindergarten will be implemented over two years to allow some school districts and independent schools time to plan programs, recruit and train additional teachers, and accommodate expanded kindergarten in classrooms.So, the following schools will continue with Half Day Kindergarten for one more year, and then transition to Full Day Kindergarten in September 2011; Baldonnel, Bert Ambrose, Ecole Central French Immersion Program, Charlie Lake, Clearview, Prespatou and Upper Pine.Advertisement Parents who would like more information about kindergarten programs are encouraged to speak with the Principal at their local school or to call the School District 60 Board Office at 250-262-6000.You can also download the attached form from School District 60.last_img read more

Consumers Urged to Make Wise Purchases this Christmas

first_imgStory Highlights The Christmas season for many Jamaicans can be a joyous and wonderful time; however, after it has passed, many consumers regret transactions that were done in the marketplace.Speaking at a recent press briefing at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) Chairman, Kent Gammon, said that among the reasons for regret is buyers’ remorse.“When you go and make a very expensive purchase and you think you may have made a wrong choice, you may think that you have been overly influenced by a very crafty vendor. You must be aware of that, and it is something you need to guard against,” he says.He encourages consumers to not be overzealous in purchasing products, but to be wise in making decisions before buying.“Make sure that you can fit it within your budget, because it is very frustrating when you go over your budget and you can’t meet your other expenses as they come along,” Mr. Gammon tells JIS News.The Chairman is also urging consumers to only buy items that come with warranties, especially when purchasing electrical products.“You are required by the Consumer Protection Act to have a warranty, so you need to insist on it, and if you do not get one, please let us know in writing and we will certainly pay a visit to that provider. There are sanctions under our Act, because we need to have you protected when you spend your hard-earned money,” Mr. Gammon says.The Chairman further notes that consumers should ensure that the electrical appliances are working before leaving the store and that they have their receipts, “so that if you have any problems, you have redress”.For the 2017/18 financial year to date, the electrical equipment and appliances category has generated most complaints, accounting for 34.47 per cent of the total complaints made by consumers.The CAC is advising consumers to read all labels and manuals carefully; observe the manufacturer’s instructions in the use of any product purchased, as abuse or misuse may void the warranty coverage; ask about return policy and warranty; and to utilise the services of a store or certified electrician if installation is required.Meanwhile, Director at the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA), Orine Henry, says the Authority is partnering with the CAC for the Christmas season to focus on toys, electrical appliances, Christmas lights, processed foods and clothing and shoes in terms of labelling.“What we are asking consumers to do is to be very careful when they are purchasing toys. Look at the labels and ensure that you take particular care (when looking) at hazard warnings and anything that could cause choking,” Ms. Henry says.Persons are also being encouraged to get safety gear for items such as bicycles, scooters and skateboards.As it relates to electrical appliances, consumers are being asked to look at labels to ensure that the manufacturer’s name, number and address are present as well as the serial number for the product and the supply voltage.“You also look for the approved certification mark, and a popular one is Underwriters Laboratories (UL)… . Once you see that mark, it is saying that the product has been certified,” the Director states.On another matter, Ms. Henry says consumers should ensure that the Christmas lights that are being purchased have the requisite labelling information and that they are working before leaving the store.For processed foods, Jamaicans are encouraged to be extremely careful by looking at the labels, ingredient listings, date marks and net quantity declarations.Ms. Henry adds that persons should purchase their products from reputable sources.“We are imploring consumers to make sure that you are informed at the point of sale,” she tells JIS News.The CAC is a fully funded Government agency, which was established to inform, educate and empower consumers to protect themselves in the marketplace.The Commission conducts market research, provides complaint-resolution services and runs an active consumer-education programme. The CAC operates under the Trade Act of 1955 and the Consumer Protection Act of 2005. The Christmas season for many Jamaicans can be a joyous and wonderful time; however, after it has passed, many consumers regret transactions that were done in the marketplace. “When you go and make a very expensive purchase and you think you may have made a wrong choice, you may think that you have been overly influenced by a very crafty vendor. You must be aware of that, and it is something you need to guard against,” he says. Speaking at a recent press briefing at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) Chairman, Kent Gammon, said that among the reasons for regret is buyers’ remorse.last_img read more

Man who raped Southern California toddler gets 85 years

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 19, 2019 Man who raped Southern California toddler gets 85 years AP, AP Posted: June 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A registered sex offender who raped a 3-year-old girl in her San Diego home has been sentenced to 85 years in state prison.Forty-seven-year-old Francisco Diaz was sentenced Monday.Authorities say last August, Diaz broke into a neighbor’s Oak Park home and assaulted the toddler. When she cried out, he removed her from the house and was taking her to his home when the girl’s mother saw him.A state website says Diaz was convicted in 2007 of annoying or molesting a child. last_img read more