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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Red Bank Primary and Infant Department is now safer and more secure thanks to the recent installation of a perimeter fence around the school compound with the help of the Sandals Foundation, Canadian Rotary and the school’s fund-raising actvities.

A news release said that the school, which was previously only 55 per cent enclosed, sought assistance to complete the project and repair damage to the existing fence line.

With the constant flow of public traffic on the school compound and the ease of access that compromised the security and supervision of the more than 150 students, the Sandals Foundation saw it necessary to help.

“The security of the school site over the years has always been a problem and we have been victims of vandalism. On numerous occasions we have returned to school after the weekend or holiday periods to find windows broken out, walls defaced or the school’s water tank empty,” school principal, Clover Evans, said.

The project, which received a $250,000 donation from the Sandals Foundation, was also supported by Canadian Rotary and funds raised independently by the school.

“I am thankful to all our donors,” said Evans. “Thank you Sandals Foundation for always extending a generous hand to our school. We are glad to have our school grounds now secure and we can now focus fully on educating our students without worrying about safety issues or loss of school equipment.”

Executive director of the Sandals Foundation, Heidi Clarke, said the Foundation remains committed to helping schools across the Caribbean create the safest and most conducive learning environment for children.

“While it is critical that students have the resources they need to excel, we cannot undervalue the importance of ensuring that their learning environment is also safe and encouraging to the positive development of our children. We are very happy to be able to assist the Red Bank Primary and Infant School and in this regard, and we hope that the added security will be another factor that helps the students excel,” Clarke said.

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I’ll hear you more,

To the bottom of your story,

And never interrupt you.

Shakespeare, Pericles V, 1

 

How many people can actually tell their story and not be interrupted by the person listening? Hardly anyone, for as soon as you start to tell your tale, you are interrupted by whatever story the listener has to tell as they jump in and counter your discourse. Men involved with women, put up your hand if you agree.

Perhaps the only individual who pays rapt attention and does not interrupt is the psychiatrist who listens to the patient and merely nods with assent and says, “I see, I see.” One other such person is the bartender who listens with great interest, real or imagined, to the imbiber across the counter and agrees with everything that he says. “Yes man, true words, woman is nutten but crosses.”

Both are remunerated for listening, one by the hour, and the other by the amount of drinks that can be served. The point is, those people are paid to listen. No wonder lots of people complain that they are either not heard or worse, not understood. “You just don’t understand why I do what I do, you just don’t understand.”

We’ll see who understands, right after these clearly understood responses to my ‘Cheating triggers’ rant last week.

 

Hi Tony,

Regarding what you said about the various triggers for cheating, some men may not realise that they want sex until the woman presents the opportunity and sends her siren call to her prey, then the trigger is cocked. Those women provide the ammunition and make themselves the target.

Gary

 

Hey Tony,

I’ve just read your footnote to the ‘Cheating triggers’ article and feel duty bound to respond, regarding those schools that fail to show up for the return matches after losing heavily in the first leg. What has happened is that the competition has become a foregone conclusion with the big schools dividing the spoils every time. The matchups you referred to cannot be considered true competition. The small fry were just being set up for big teams to amass huge scores, like lambs to the slaughter.

Fara

 

There’s this comedy stand-up routine by the late American comedian Bernie Mac that must rank among the funniest of all time. I saw it on BET‘s Def Comedy Jam many years ago, but if you Google it, you can watch it for yourself. It’s called, ‘You just don’t understand’, and I guarantee you’ll laugh your head off.

‘You just don’t understand,’ isn’t that what men say to their women all the time? “Honey, it’s a man thing, you just don’t understand.” How true it is. Speak to any man who’s involved with a woman in any form girlfriend, fiancée, live-in love, common-law or married and you’ll hear the cry, “You just don’t understand.”

And what, pray tell, don’t women understand? Oh, let me count the ways. First let’s discuss sports. Sports must be the most important element in a man’s life, yet women just don’t understand it.

Just recently, legendary football great Neville Oxford of KC and national fame brought up the topic with me, and lamented how many women don’t appreciate or understand the passion that men have for sports.

We always meet up at KC Manning Cup matches, rain or shine, and sometimes get soaked by the rain that occurs there. After one particularly heavy deluge, many cellphones started to ring from concerned spouses who expressed bewilderment why grown men would suffer in the rain just to watch schoolboys kicking a ball around.

“Robbie, women just don’t understand,” said Neville, after his phone call ended. It’s not just about watching a football game, it’s meeting up with old friends and past schoolmates, reliving and rehashing our past glories, plus shooting the breeze with bredrin and bredrin. It’s buying chicken soup, penny bun and cheese and boiled corn from the vendors.

I make sure that I take home two boiled corn for my wife after every match, to score some points. No boiled corn tastes as good as those from those vendors at the matches, which adds to the experience.

Yes, it’s sort of male bonding, and even if you aren’t into the male bonding scenario such as going to the bars and such, attending these schoolboy football matches is a great pastime, but women just don’t understand.

When I tell my better half that there’s a KC match on a Saturday, I can see her countenance change, for Saturdays are the days when we hang out. “Match this Saturday again, you going to match in the rain?” But the prospect of two hot, sweet boiled corn salves the angst and is the Balm of Gilead. So even if women just don’t understand, we can ease their discontent.

Another area where women don’t understand is when men get sick. I saw this caption on WhatsApp that said, “Only a woman who experiences the pain of childbirth can understand how a man with a cold feels.”

It’s a known fact that when a man catches a simple cold his world comes to a screeching halt and so should everyone else’s. My bredrin caught a cold the other day and is experiencing a living hell. “Honey, I’m dying, I can’t take it anymore, my nose is stuffy, I’m burning up, I’m in pain, I’m dying.”

He says that his wife just humours him and takes it lightly, all because she just does not understand. “Teerob, can you believe she still wants me to do the chores in the state that I’m in?” I told him, “Bredrin, it’s just a little fresh cold, it’ll soon pass.” He still insists, “She just doesn’t understand.”

I remember my parents too, as my mom appeared to never get sick. In reality, even if she did, her mommy duties never stopped and her routine was never broken. But dear dad, whenever a cold brushed him, the entire household came to a halt. Women just don’t understand. Hmm, maybe a man’s cold is really worse than a woman’s.

Another area where women just don’t understand is that of sex. You know that I’d eventually get to that. Women just don’t understand that a man will get involved with sex no matter what the circumstances are. If the woman is upset or angry with the man, she will not have sex with him. Conversely, a man does not care. She’ll remonstrate, “How can you approach me for sex after that argument we just had?” His response, “Huh, what does having an argument have to do with no sex?”

The man does not care if she’s vexed as a Tasmanian Devil, or moody as a petulant child, when he wants his pounding of flesh, he wants it. Apologies to Shylock and his legendary pound of flesh.

Women will give various reasons not to indulge, “Shh, mommy is in the house, the kids might wake up, my head hurts, I just washed my hair, I’m still angry with you.”

I have a friend who once broke his leg, and even while in the cast he insisted on having sex with his woman. That’s just how men operate when it comes to separating sex from everything else, there are no impediments, no hindrances. Women just don’t understand.

Men expect the same courtesy from women, so even when she’s not feeling well, mash up, pop down, bellyache, headache, two broken arms, he’ll say, “Cho honey, just roll over, lay still, I’ll do the work.”

There are too many variables to obstruct sex, while the only one to prevent a man is serious illness or loss of erection. Apart from that, it’s 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 lift off. Women just don’t understand.

Women don’t understand that men still look at other women even if they’re in a committed relationship. It’s a man thing and doesn’t mean anything at all. So many women get irate, incensed, upset and even violent if their man even looks at another woman. “I saw you looking at that pretty girl, you disgusting louse.”

Women don’t understand that not because a man looks at another woman means that he’s up to something untoward. That’s why so many guys are terrified to even glance casually at any other female if their woman is present. It’s no big thing, and women just don’t understand.

Now, do men understand? That’s for another day.

More time.

seido1yard@gmail.com

 

Footnote: I’m watching with great interest the situation where students are locked out of schools for arriving late. I can’t say that I agree with locking them out, for they’ll just be on the streets creating more mischief. But punitive measures have to be taken. The president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association expressed that most of those habitual latecomers are also the troublemakers and delinquents in the school system. They are the ones always in trouble and with low grades. The parents, when summoned do not show up, and teachers certainly will not go to their homes out of fear. I suggest having a school area designated for them, where perhaps they can be counselled. Anyone who thinks that running a high school is easy, should think again. Between children, parents and even teachers, it’s a challenge. Even some former prison warders wouldn’t tackle that task.

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LEARNING that you have tooth decay can be upsetting, but you’re not the only one getting this news at the dentist’s office.

There are many types of dental fillings, and both metal and metal-free fillings are available. The best type of filling for a cavity will depend on many factors, including the cavity’s size and location, and your dentist can recommend the best type for your situation.

 

Metal fillings

Dental amalgam fillings, also known as silver-coloured fillings, are made of a mixture of metals. These are comprised of liquid mercury and powdered copper, silver and tin. The mercury reacts with the other components, binding them together into a durable material. Dental amalgam’s durability makes it a good option for large cavities in the back teeth. Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for more than 100 years.

Gold fillings are also made of a mixture of metals, including gold and copper. They are also known as inlays or onlays. These are the most durable type of filling and can last for more than 20 years.

 

Metal-free fillings

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-coloured fillings, are made of a mixture of resin and glass. These fillings look more natural than metal fillings, but they may need to be replaced more often.

Glass ionomer fillings are also tooth-coloured, and they’re made of powdered glass. These fillings form a chemical bond with the teeth after application.

 

Potential advantages of metal-free fillings

While both metal and metal-free fillings can be used to repair cavities, there are a few situations in which dentists may recommend the latter type. Since metal-free fillings are the same colour as your teeth, they look more natural than their metal counterparts. This may be an important consideration if you have a cavity in one of your front teeth or if you’re concerned with the appearance of your filling.

Glass ionomer fillings have another potential advantage. These fillings may release fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent future decay.

 

Safety of metal fillings

For those who may have concerns about the mercury content in dental amalgam fillings, scientific studies have consistently found dental amalgam to be safe. The type of mercury found in dental fillings isn’t the same kind that can build up in fish and cause health problems.

Further, studies haven’t found any links between dental amalgam fillings and health problems in the general population.

Some people may have allergies or sensitivities to the materials used in metal fillings. For these people, metal fillings can cause contact reactions, such as sores inside the mouth. If you have any allergies or sensitivities to metals, like copper or tin, let your dentist know.

If left untreated, cavities will only get worse. So, if your dentist says you need a filling, don’t delay. Many types of metal and metal-free fillings can be used to repair tooth decay. If you have questions or concerns about dental filling materials, talk to your dentist.

 

Dr Sharon Robinson DDS has offices at the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa, located at shop #5, Winchester Business Centre, 15 Hope Road, Kingston 10. Dr Robinson is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica, School of Oral Health Sciences. She may be contacted at 630-4710. Like their Facebook page, Dental Place Cosmetix Spa.

 

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Director-Master Teacher Unit at the Jamaica Teaching Council Dr Joseph Thomas has explained that the Master Teacher is a professional teacher who has demonstrated the mastery of the art and science of teaching, by achieving excellence in current practices, through a comprehensive assessment process.

The Master Teacher is required to have a significant impact on the teaching and learning process.

He said the Master Teacher programme was developed out of deliberations between the Education Ministry and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association in order to:

(1) Retain proficient teachers in the classroom and enhance student learning

(2) To recognise and motivate Jamaica’s best teachers

In addition, this process was designed to:

(1) Recognise and reward master teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching

(2) Provide incentives for teachers to pursue further academic training and professional development

(3) Encourage the creative utilization and integration of technologies in curriculum and instructions

(4) Encourage involvement in and documentation of action research and educational projects relevant to teaching and teachers’ professional development

(5) Provide additional educational leadership in schools, for training and mentoring of beginning teachers

He noted that over the years, Jamaica has lost many competent and qualified educators for various reasons. He contends that one of the main reasons is because educators are not recognized and/or motivated. Dr Thomas suggested that the Master Teacher pathway was one of the avenues that has been used to stem migration.

The benefits attached to the Master Teacher designation includes

(1) An increase in salary up to the vice principal scale

(2) Being considered a trainer of trainers as the Master Teacher exhibits a level of mastery in their subject area

The Master Teacher programme is open to all teachers at the early childhood, primary and secondary levels of the education system and the application period is opened each year in October.

 

Prepared by the Ministry of Education

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