The newly-formed Pomeroon Farmers’ Association was on Monday gifted a 15 horsepower Power Tec outboard engine from the Pomeroon Oil Mill Inc.Alfro Alphonso and Sons Enterprises General Manager Eric Gomes handing over the engine to Pomeroon Farmers Association member Rudolph GarrawayHanding over the engine, Alfro Alphonso and Sons Enterprises General Manager Eric Gomes said that the company decided to assist the farmers in the Pomeroon River who could not afford to transport their produce to market at Charity. Accepting the donation, association member Rudolph Garraway said that the group was very pleased with the gesture, as it was a timely one and would be used to assist farmers to transport their produce to market at Charity. He said that the Pomeroon farmers, especially those living in the canals, were very poor and the Association was formed to bring some relief to them.
1 Ashley Young Ashley Young has ended uncertainty over his future by signing a new contract with Manchester United.The midfielder’s deal had been due to expire next summer and he has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Tottenham reportedly monitoring his situation.But talkSPORT revealed earlier this month that Louis van Gaal wanted to keep hold of the 30-year-old after he impressed in the Dutchman’s debut campaign at the helm.Now Young has put pen-to-paper on a new three-year contract, with the club holding an option to extend it for a further year.Van Gaal said: “We are delighted that Ashley has signed a new contract. Ashley is a very multi-functional player. He took to the wing-back position with great confidence and flourished on the wing throughout last season.“Ashley is always very professional and has a great presence in the dressing room.”Young, who has made 115 appearances for United since arriving from Aston Villa in 2011, added: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract.“The spirit and motivation amongst this team is very high and we are all determined to make this a season to remember.“All I have ever wanted to do is play football and to be able to continue to do that at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family.”
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, made the disclosure at the official launch of National Mathematics Week on Monday (April 16) at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, St. Andrew. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be implementing an initial one-year campaign to encourage more Jamaicans to embrace mathematics. Mr. Bernard noted that the main objective of Mathematics Week “is to help to change the attitude and views of students, teachers and, of course, the wider society about the subject”. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be implementing an initial one-year campaign to encourage more Jamaicans to embrace mathematics.The objective is to promote the importance of mathematics to national development and change attitudes towards the subject.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, made the disclosure at the official launch of National Mathematics Week on Monday (April 16) at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, St. Andrew.Mathematics Week is being observed from April 15 to 20, under the theme ‘Math Counts’.Mr. Bernard noted that the main objective of Mathematics Week “is to help to change the attitude and views of students, teachers and, of course, the wider society about the subject”.He said that the Mathematics Unit, through its public education initiatives, workshops and seminars, is working to make the subject more appealing and reinforce the idea that maths counts.The Permanent Secretary noted that while there have been some improvements at the primary level, the current levels of performance in the subject remain a concern.“So, to address these concerns, we are broadening the programmes with the aim of changing long-standing fears and misconceptions about the subject,” he said.For his part, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, noted that the Ministry continues to work to improve performance in mathematics at all levels of the school system.He noted that the National Standards Curriculum, which is being introduced from grades one to nine, is designed to facilitate greater levels of application in learning, with emphasis on project-based and problem-solving activities to facilitate enhanced learning outcomes.Senator Reid said that at the primary level, the Ministry has recorded improved performance of students in the Grade Four Numeracy Test as well as in the Grade Six Assessment Test (GSAT).“Our grade-four averages moved from 60 per cent in 2016 to 67 per cent in 2017. In GSAT, we have moved from 59 per cent to 63 per cent, and for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) from 49 per cent to 52 per cent,” he informed.Activities for Mathematics Week include a Maths Road Show to be held on April 17 at the Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland, under the theme ‘Maths in your World’.The event will engage members of the public in identifying areas in their everyday life where they are using maths.The main event for the week will be the staging of a National Mathematics Exposition on Thursday, April 19 at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The expo is intended to provide students, teachers and parents with an opportunity to interface with maths in the real world.The day’s activities will include a maths extravaganza from noon to 2:00 p.m., which will feature cultural performances under the ‘Math Counts’ theme.Several exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate how maths applies to their profession or the industry in which they operate.