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Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Masanori Nakano
Cieanna Smith


Primary schools get math app

All primary schools across the island will now have access to the 'Calculation Time' mathematics application (app), which is designed to improve students' knowledge and appreciation of the subject.

The app, which was officially launched at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, in New Kingston, last week is one of the methodologies used under the 'Calculation Time' programme, which aims to make learning mathematics fun for students.

The programme, which is a collaborative effort between the Governments of Japan and Jamaica, was first introduced to the country in 2011 in seven pilot schools. It has since been extended to 65 schools. It is incorporated into the curriculum for 15 minutes for 90 days.

Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Masanori Nakano, said the Calculation Time initiative, which also incorporates the use of songs, toys, workbooks and domino cards is a "very innovative way to make math fun."

He said it is important that students learn to better understand the subject, "as nowadays mathematics is gaining more and more importance to pursue any kind of study, even including humanity courses."

St Ann based attorney at law Cieanna Smith, is urging Jamaican authorities to begin preparing early for the advent of robots in the society, despite her belief that such an occurrence could be some distance away.

Smith, who returned to the island recently after taking part in the We Robot 2016 Conference at the University of Miami School of Law in the United States, says laws governing robotic technology should be properly regulated in Jamaica.

"We need to start planning early to ensure that these laws are properly drafted and robotic technology properly regulated. Should we have robots integrated in our society in Jamaica, the primary focus should be on the privacy of individuals." Smith told The Gleaner last week.


Jamaica urged to draft laws to govern use of robots

A St Ann company, Infinity Business Solutions Global is in the process of importing mosquito repelling wrist bands which will aid anti-zika efforts.

Company spokesman Jemone Richards told The Gleaner: "This is our effort to help raise awareness of the Zika virus and to help Jamaicans fight the effect of what this virus can do to us."

The wrist bands are deet free, being made of all-natural products such as citronella.

"This means the band is safe for use by pregnant women, children and adults. You wear it just like you would wear a piece of jewelry."

The bands are durable, Richards pointed out, noting that each one lasts approximately 320 hours of constant wearing and exposure to air.

However, if it is replaced in the plastic wrapper when not in use, its longevity would be preserved.

One wrist band is effective within a radius of three to four feet.


Jamalco extends helping hand

Jamalco has taken another step in its outreach efforts to offer a helping hand to communities within its operating areas through the establishment of a monthly outreach programme for indigents.

Under the direction of Community Relations Officer Natalee Irving, volunteers from the South Manchester Community Council dedicated their time and energy to an indigent from the Asia community in South Manchester recently. The volunteers spent hours transforming the home of Beverly Reid by providing indoor and outdoor clean up services. The volunteers washed bed linens, cleaned the house and offered grooming services to the beneficiary.

Recipient Beverly Reid was very thankful and filled with joy when she was presented with a box of groceries and cleaning items that were sponsored by Jamalco through its community outreach programme. She expressed how appreciative she was for the care and assistance she received and was very grateful that the company reached out to her in her time of need.