Escape to Reality: Turn Off the Video Games

first_imgVisitation at national parks has declined significantly, reports University of Illinois at Chicago, correlated with rising use of video games and home entertainment.  “My concern is that young people are simply not going outdoors or to natural areas,” said a biology professor at the school, “but are instead playing video games, going on the Internet or watching movies.” Kids need vigorous physical activity and fresh air, the wholesome food of healthy living, instead of the processed junk food of artificial reality.  We all do.  Get outdoors and see the real world; escape to reality.  Let the Creation Safaris Photo Gallery inspire you.  Then turn off the computer and go take a hike.    Though the researchers measured national park attendance, we should remember that national parks are mere artificial boundaries put around particularly interesting parts of creation.  Don’t feel you have to pay the $20 entrance fee to experience the benefits of outdoor activity.  Many of the most striking pictures in the gallery were taken outside the national parks.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cathay signals move to 10-abreast Boeing 777s

first_imgHONG Kong’s Cathay Pacific has indicated it will move to more cramped 10-abreast economy seating in its Boeing 777s, joining a growing trend among operators of one of the world’s most popular airliners.Cathay chief executive Ivan Chu revealed the intention to move from the current nine- abreast economy configuration in an interview with the The South China Morning Post.“If you look at the Boeing 777s, which everybody uses from the Gulf to the US to European carriers and ourselves, the standard is 3-4-3. I think we are moving towards that stage, it’s very clear.” Chu told the paper.Chu promised to maintain the airline’s 32-inch (81.3cm) seat pitch but the width of seats would reduce by up to 1.5 inches (3.8cm) if Cathay follows the lead of other airlines that have adopted the configuration. Cathay offers a generous 18.5-inch wide seat on its nine-abreast B777-300ERs but only 17.5 inches on its regional 777-200s, according to SeatGuru.The airline’s cabin crew union warned the changes would be bad for passengers but Chu said scarce landing and take-off slots in Hong Kong meant the move was necessary.The move is expected to add  up to 35 more economy seats on regional aircraft and at least 17 more on long-haul flights. The Post calculated this would add nearly 1.1 million extra seats per year to the 70 Boeings in the Cathay fleet and amount to 4 per cent seats a year.“We want to generate more seats per slot, that’s the key thing,’’  Chu said. “That’s why we are doing it. It’s very important we do it.’’The decision comes as airline yields, a measure of average fares, are falling globally and airline executives say passenger choices are increasingly being made on price.The International Air Transport Association said recently the average global yield to June  had continued to trend downwards in US dollar terms.“However, adjusting for distortions associated with movements in the US dollar shows that downward pressure on underlying (is constant exchange rate) yields has actually intensified over the past six months or so,’’ the association said, noting this was tied to a moderation in demand.The 10-abreast 777 economy configuration,, although disliked by passengers, has become more common among operators of the aircraft.Airlines which have already moved to the seating include Air Canada, Emirates, Etihad, Air New Zealand, KLM and American Airlines.Airlines which still operate nine-abreast economy seating include Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, British Airways and Delta Air Lines.last_img read more

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European boost for SA renewables

first_img8 December 2011 South Africa has formed a partnership with four European countries and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to source funding and expertise to support the country’s ambitious plans for the scale-up of renewable energy. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the UN climate summit (COP 17) in Durban on Wednesday by representatives from South Africa, the UK, Norway, Germany, Denmark and the European Investment Bank.Expertise, funding The first task of the partnership will be to help South Africa to develop operational financial mechanisms and secure funding to enable the scale-up of renewables envisaged by the South African Renewables Initiative (SARi), which forms part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan. The SA-European partnership is seen as a growing one which will draw in additional partners over time. “It is also intended to demonstrate and share learning from an innovative large-scale collaboration to mobilise investment into climate-compatible infrastructure and green growth,” the EIB said in a statement on Wednesday. Speaking after Wednesday’s signing in Durban, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the South African Renewables Initiative would not only promote increased use of renewable energy, but would also boost the development of new “green” industries, and create jobs in renewable energy and its value chain.Industrial, job creation benefits Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said renewable energy represented “an opportunity for Africa … African countries need to become producers as well as consumers of tomorrow’s technologies. “As South Africa begins to roll out large-scale renewables, we are seeking to do this in a way that maximises industrial and job creation benefits,” Davies said. “The South African Renewables Initiative aims to unlock the environmental, industrial, and economic benefits that large-scale renewable energy offer to South Africa, without imposing an unacceptable burden on our economy, public finances or citizens.” Simon Brooks, EIB vice-president for climate action, said the bank “looks forward to working with South African partners both to share experience from renewable energy projects around the world and to see how best to support individual schemes.” Also present at Wednesday’s signing were Chris Huhne, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change; Norwegian environment minister Erik Solheim; German environment minister Norbert Rottgen, and Denmark’s climate and energy minister, Martin Lidegaard. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Elders bid dignified farewell to their leader

first_imgThe Elders do not claim to know all the answers but they firmly believe that each and every individual can make a difference and create a positive change in society.(Image: The Elders Organisation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Katy Cronin Chief Operating OfficerThe Elders+44 7788 710 789RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s close friends express the world’s grief • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • Women’s rights start with girls• Happy birthday, Archbishop Tutu• A nation of paradoxes: RobinsonMelissa Jane Cook“The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all,” says Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations and the chairman of The Elders.A stalwart, indomitable individual, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Tata Madiba – was a man driven by courage, truth and an innate desire to do what was right. Armed with a fighting spirit and a tenacious vision he founded The Elders, “an independent group of global leaders who believe strongly in advocating peace and human rights”. Together they forged a bond with an aim “to act boldly, speak difficult truths and tackle taboos”.British entrepreneur Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel initiated the idea of The Elders to Mandela, the world renowned anti-apartheid activist and former South African president. With the help of his wife, Graça Machel, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, The Elders were established and a conversation was started. The idea they discussed was a simple one: how could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?This international non-government organisation of Nobel laureates, public figures, elder statesmen, peace activists and human rights advocates, envelops “almost 1 000 years of collective experience” to work on solutions for seemingly overwhelming problems. Chaired by Annan, the collective works tirelessly to resolve global disputes and overcome obstacles. In warring regions charged with hostility, each elder strives to construct building blocks for peace and reconciliation, and, throughout the world, they promote equality for girls and women, as well as sustainable development.Independent voice“They are not bound by the interests of any nation, government or institution but represent an independent voice,” states The Elders website. “They are committed to promoting the shared interests of humanity, and the universal human rights we all share. They believe that in any conflict, it is important to listen to everyone – no matter how unpalatable or unpopular this may be.”The Elders do not claim to know all the answers but they firmly believe that each and every individual can make a difference and create a positive change in society. At the group’s launch on Mandela’s 89th birthday, 18 July 2007, he called on The Elders to act as “a fiercely independent and robust force for good, tackling complex and intractable issues – especially those that are not popular”.He expressed his hope that the group would “work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair”. He added: “Using their collective experience, their moral courage and their ability to rise above the parochial concerns of nation, race and creed, they can help make our planet a more peaceful, healthy and equitable place to live… Let us call them Global Elders, not because of their age, but because of their individual and collective wisdom. This group derives its strength not from political, economic or military power, but from their independence and integrity.”Mandela did not play an active role after founding The Elders, but he was an Honorary Elder and the inspiration for the group’s work. Tutu served as the chairman for six years before he stepped down in May 2013; he remains an Honorary Elder.At the inauguration, an empty chair was on stage for Aung San Suu Kyi, the human rights activist who was a political prisoner in Myanmar at the time. Those who were present at the launch were Annan, Jimmy Carter, Machel, Mandela, Mary Robinson, Tutu, Muhammad Yunus and Li Zhaoxing. Members not present at the launch were Ela Bhatt, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Lakhdar Brahimi and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Martti Ahtisaari joined The Elders in September 2009 and Hina Jilani and Ernesto Zedillo joined the group in July 2013.Peace-building effortsSince 2007, The Elders have worked on peace-building efforts in Ivory Coast, Cyprus, Israel and Palestine, the Korean Peninsula, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Sudan and South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. They have also worked to encourage inclusive and peaceful transitions in countries affected by change in the Middle East and North Africa. Their work and aims include:● Ivory Coast: In May 2011, following months of post-election violence, Annan, Robinson and Tutu travelled to the country to encourage a process of national reconciliation and healing.● Cyprus: The Elders have visited Cyprus several times, and in February 2011 launched a documentary about the search for the thousands of missing persons killed during inter-communal violence and conflict in the 1960s and 1970s. The film follows four local teenagers – two Greek Cypriots and two Turkish Cypriots – who join Tutu, Carter and Brahimi to learn more about the island’s painful past.● Middle East: The Elders made their second visit to the Middle East in October 2010. They aim to promote “a just and secure peace for all” that embraces human rights principles under international law, and guarantees the right to live in equality, dignity and security to all Palestinians and Israelis.● Equality for women and girls: The Elders call for an end to the use of religious and traditional practices to justify and entrench discrimination against women and girls.● Sudan and South Sudan: The Elders support efforts to build the conditions for long-lasting peace, good governance and development.● Zimbabwe: The Elders are actively engaged in supporting initiatives to address the humanitarian crisis in the southern African nation and efforts to build a stable, prosperous and secure future for its people.● Myanmar: The Elders support efforts to achieve a peaceful transition to democracy in the country and the release of all political prisoners.● Eliminating nuclear weapons: The Elders strongly support efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons worldwide. There are more than 20 000 nuclear weapons in the world that have the capacity to destroy life on Earth several times over.● Every Human Has Rights: Inspired by The Elders, the Every Human Has Rights campaign reintroduced the Universal Declaration to millions of people around the world. It aims to unite them in upholding the values that bind our human family.CourageIn his 2007 speech at the founding, Mandela said: “I am also certain that that they will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair. But I wish them well, and hope they succeed in bringing light to some of the darkness that afflicts our world, and new energy to areas where others have become weary because of the endless conflict.”Machel, Mandela’s widow and the former first lady of Mozambique, said: “When Nelson Mandela brought The Elders together in 2007, he challenged us to reach out to those who most need our help, to give a voice to the voiceless.”As a collective, The Elders have the ability and the power, the networks and the influence to make a difference. Mandela described their mission: “They can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. They will reach out to those who most need their help.”With their founder now gone, The Elders will carry on in the spirit of Mandela, who once explained the African concept of ubuntu: “We are human only through the humanity of other human beings.” The word can be translated as “human kindness”.In their wordsA delegation of The Elders travelled to South Africa to honour the memory of Mandela after his death, saying:Tutu: “God was so good to us in South Africa by giving us Nelson Mandela to be our president at a crucial moment in our history. He inspired us to walk the path of forgiveness and reconciliation and so South Africa did not go up in flames. Thank you God, for this wonderful gift, who became a moral colossus, a global icon of forgiveness and reconciliation. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland, said: “The most impressive man of my generation has passed away. No one has influenced my life more than president Nelson Mandela. Anyone supporting the just struggle for democratic change in Southern Africa cannot have been untouched by president Mandela’s life.”Bhatt, founder of India’ Self-Employed Women’s Association, said: “The world has lost a great leader. Madiba showed the people of the world that great nations are built with moral courage and collective strength, with justice and equal opportunity, with truth and reconciliation, with love and forgiveness, with vision and wisdom. He was indeed the Gandhi of South Africa. His spirit lives on in the people of South Africa and in the hearts of all who loved him.”Brahimi, the former foreign minister of Algeria, said: “Men and women everywhere feel they have lost someone very close to them, a man they loved deeply and respected and admired profoundly. It was such a privilege to have known him, to have listened to him a number of times, to have participated, however modestly, in his gigantic achievement: the end of apartheid and the restoration of lasting peace and reconciliation in South Africa.”Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway and the deputy chairwoman of The Elders, said: “Six years after his release from prison, I had the great honour as Norway’s prime minister, to be the first foreign guest to visit Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and see the tiny cell in which he spent 18 of his 27 years in jail. It was an incredibly moving and unforgettable experience. He embodied the greatness of human dignity and restraint under terrible pressure.”Carter, the former American president, said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Nelson Mandela. The people of South Africa and human rights advocates around the world have lost a great leader. His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world’s leading democracies.”Robinson, the former president of Ireland, said: “Nelson Mandela was a much-loved citizen of the world. His death leaves us bereft – it is felt by all of us as a personal loss. It was an honour, and also very humbling, to be invited by Mandela to join The Elders. We will strive to uphold the values of justice, of listening, and of mutual respect for others that he embodied.”Commitment to peaceThe Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan (chairman), Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Harlem Brundtland (deputy chairwoman), Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Hina Jilani, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo. Desmond Tutu is an Honorary Elder. The Elders no longer hold public office and they are independent of any national government or other vested interest. As integrity is a hallmark of ethical leadership, these men and women have earned international trust, and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive authority.“The Elders share a common commitment to peace and universal human rights, but they also bring with them a wealth of diverse expertise and experience:• The peace makers, with decades of experience mediating and resolving conflicts around the world;• The peace builders who have helped post-conflict societies to heal wounds and rebuild;• The social revolutionaries who transformed their own countries – whether by reducing poverty, improving the status of women, or championing nonviolent struggle; and,• The pioneering women who have governed their countries, led international institutions and spearheaded movements to empower women.“An Elder is also a change maker – someone who can lead by example, creating positive social change and inspiring others to do the same,” states The Elders website.last_img read more

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Sourcingmap Synthetic Fiber Hairpiece bob Hairstyle Short Full Wig,

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-12-23 20:38:50Reviewed Item Sourcingmap Synthetic Fiber Hairpiece bob Hairstyle Short Full Wig, BlueRating 2.9 / 5  stars, based on  2  reviewsPrice£6.34 Great for a fancy dress for the character joy out of inside out. My daughter needed a blue wig for a cosplay and this wig is acceptable for it. It is obviously for role play or fancy dress as it is very shiny. You could not wear it pretending that you died your hair blue, no. I would say it is just ok as there is not enough hair, in my opinion and the white of the cap can be seen if not styled properly. It is comfortable to wear, the cap is quite deep, unlike other wigs my daughter has. She has very long hair and this wig takes it all. But as i say, not enough hair. Great for a fancy dress for the character joy out of inside out. Key specs for Sourcingmap Synthetic Fiber Hairpiece bob Hairstyle Short Full Wig, Blue:Product Name: WigStyle: Bob Short Style; Material: Synthetic FibersColor: Blue; Deepth: 14cm/ 5.5″Interior Girth (No Stretchy): 46cm/ 18″; Weight: 105gPackage Content: 1 x Short Bob Wig My daughter needed a blue wig for a cosplay and this wig is acceptable for it. It is obviously for role play or fancy dress as it is very shiny. You could not wear it pretending that you died your hair blue, no. I would say it is just ok as there is not enough hair, in my opinion and the white of the cap can be seen if not styled properly. It is comfortable to wear, the cap is quite deep, unlike other wigs my daughter has. She has very long hair and this wig takes it all. But as i say, not enough hair. Great for a fancy dress for the character joy out of inside out. My daughter needed a blue wig for a cosplay and this wig is acceptable for it. It is obviously for role play or fancy dress as it is very shiny. You could not wear it pretending that you died your hair blue, no. I would say it is just ok as there is not enough hair, in my opinion and the white of the cap can be seen if not styled properly. It is comfortable to wear, the cap is quite deep, unlike other wigs my daughter has. She has very long hair and this wig takes it all. But as i say, not enough hair. Great for a fancy dress for the character joy out of inside out. My daughter needed a blue wig for a cosplay and this wig is acceptable for it. It is obviously for role play or fancy dress as it is very shiny. You could not wear it pretending that you died your hair blue, no. I would say it is just ok as there is not enough hair, in my opinion and the white of the cap can be seen if not styled properly. It is comfortable to wear, the cap is quite deep, unlike other wigs my daughter has. She has very long hair and this wig takes it all. But as i say, not enough hair. last_img read more

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Koraput villagers use own funds to construct irrigation system

first_imgAround 60 agrarian families of Odisha’s Koraput town have used their own funds and labour to build an irrigation system to get extra water for their fields. These families of the ‘mali’ community live at Pandiki Maliguda street of ward number 14 of Koraput municipality. Though Pandiki Maliguda became a part of the Koraput municipality around seven years ago, the families still continue to earn their living by cultivating paddy, vegetables and flowers. Inhabitants of Koraput town still call Pandiki Maliguda a village.The families were facing a water crisis during the summer months. “As their demand for a small project to irrigate their fields was not fulfilled by the administration, they decided to bring water to their fields on their own” said a resident of Koraput, Ch. Santakar.There is a check dam and water reservoir uphill near the village. “We decided to lay a pipeline on our own to transport water to our fields. All families donated money and labour for the purpose and our dream irrigation project was established about a year ago at a cost of ₹1.80 lakh,” said Mukund Nayak, an inhabitant of Pandiki Maliguda.Thirty-six pipes of eight inch diameter were used for the project. According to Mr. Nayak, the project has already started showing results as hey were able to cultivate vegetables and flowers even during this summer, when there was no rain.Efforts laudedGoura Patnaik, Executive Officer of the Koraput municipality, lauded the efforts of the families and said efforts are on to provide piped drinking water supply to Pandiki Maliguda street within a few days.last_img read more

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a month agoKeylor Navas assures PSG fans no split loyalties facing Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Keylor Navas assures PSG fans no split loyalties facing Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas has assured PSG fans there’ll be no split loyalties tonight.Keylor will be between the posts against former club Real Madrid for their Champions League opener.And he took to social media, stating: “Many memories, many experiences and much love, but only one goal: WIN”.Significantly, the goalkeeper posted the message in French and Spanish.Muchos recuerdos, muchas vivencias y mucho cariño, pero sólo un objetivo: GANARBeaucoup de souvenirs, beaucoup d’expériences et beaucoup d’amour, mais un seul objectif: GAGNER#icicestparis#PSGRMpic.twitter.com/bhtbySOlWP— Keylor Navas (@NavasKeylor) September 17, 2019 last_img read more

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Jim Harbaugh Shares What He Likes About Donald Trump

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks content from the sidelines.MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh isn’t on a campaign trail, but the Michigan head coach manages to put himself in the news almost every day, not unlike a certain Republican presidential candidate. After Harbaugh blasted the NCAA, SEC, ACC, and others over the recent vote to ban satellite camps, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum compared him to Donald Trump, and he didn’t mean it in a flattering way. We don’t know Harbaugh’s political leanings, but he is spinning the comparison into a compliment.Harbaugh on being called Trump of college football: “The thing I like about Donald Trump is he’s not afraid to fight the establishment.”— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) April 14, 2016You can definitely draw that line from Trump to Harbaugh. We doubt you’d see Trump dancing on stage with Migos, though like Harbaugh and recruits, he may if he thought it’d give him a leg up with voters.last_img read more

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Parents Encouraged to Take Advantage of Options in Purchasing Textbooks

first_img Speaking with JIS News, Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, outlines some of the options that parents can explore to ensure that their children are equipped with the necessary books for the new school year. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging parents to take advantage of the varied options to minimise expenses for the purchase of textbooks for the 2018/19 academic year. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging parents to take advantage of the varied options to minimise expenses for the purchase of textbooks for the 2018/19 academic year.Speaking with JIS News, Communications Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, outlines some of the options that parents can explore to ensure that their children are equipped with the necessary books for the new school year.Among the options are school-book rental schemes and using social media platforms to facilitate book exchanges or buying books advertised on these platforms at a discounted rate.Another option, she recommends, is the purchase of books from independent distributors who have established relationships with schools to supply textbooks at a reasonable cost.Ms. Campbell is advising parents to check that these online books have the current information that is being used by the teacher.“The CAC is all about ensuring that parents are empowered with whatever information or tools are available, so the online access is very important. However, I would caution that students who may choose to use online versions of a textbook to ensure that it is the correct edition, because sometimes there are slight revisions or very significant revisions that will entail an entire chapter being inserted, or the text may be time-sensitive,” she tells JIS News.Ms. Campbell also recommends that parents check whether the books are under revision. This can be done by comparing the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) with that of the most recent edition.The ISBN is a 10- or 13-digit number that identifies a specific registered book, an edition of a book, or a book-like product (such as an audio book).“Check to make sure that they match, because a book may carry the same writer, same title – everything – but that critical line …which says revised edition (with the year) is vital, as it may impact critical material,” she explains.Ms. Campbell notes that an important part of planning are the orientation exercises hosted by schools, and urges parents to attend these sessions as they can give parents valuable information to assist in managing back-to-school expenses.“Ensure that you participate in the orientation sessions and that you take notes. If the opportunity arises, ensure that you meet your child’s homeroom teacher, and network with other school officials and parents to find out what are the critical items that you need to get,” she says.Students are also encouraged to take note of any information from the schools during the first week about books that may no longer be relevant for the course or will not be used in the first term.“The teacher will be able to tell them if they need ‘literature book A’ for the first term, but don’t need the other two until later down in the year, so you only need to purchase one instead of three at once. You can delay buying those until you are in a position to do so. It is important that you talk to your child. We want parents to exhaust these opportunities before they go off and purchase new books in stores,” Ms. Campbell says.She also advises parents to check with community civic groups, including churches and parent-teacher associations (PTAs), for any opportunity to access used books at special prices.Additionally, Ms. Campbell is also encouraging parents to use the Price Inquiry Tool Portal on the CAC’s website in their planning and management of purchases.“What we are asking parents to do is, if they have access to the Internet, they can visit our website at www.cac.gov.jm and use the price enquiry tool to select the store from one of the 90 outlets.They will see the prices, and they can plan for the amount of money they have to spend, what they can purchase now, versus what they can purchase in a couple of weeks,” she says.Parents can also use the CAC Annual Textbook Survey on the website as a shopping guide.This year’s survey indicates that there is an overall two per cent increase in the average price islandwide for all texts out of 90 retailers surveyed.Of the 90 bookstores visited between July 23 and 27, some 26 are located in the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Area (Kingston, St. Andrew, Portmore and Spanish Town) and 64 from other urban and rural towns of all the parishes, including St. Catherine.A total of 133 popular textbooks were surveyed, consisting of 90 secondary-level, 30 primary-level and 13 infant-level textbooks covering 17 subject areas.The results of the survey revealed the following: a five per cent increase in prices for infant-school texts, with an average cost of $1,224.95 in 62 per cent of the stores; a four per cent price increase for primary-school texts, with an average cost of $1,566.73 in 64 per cent of stores; a one per cent decrease in grades seven to nine texts, with an average cost of $1,795.85 in 39 per cent of stores; and a one per cent decrease in CSEC/CAPE texts, with an average cost of $3,578.36 in 23 per cent of stores surveyed. Story Highlights Among the options are school-book rental schemes and using social media platforms to facilitate book exchanges or buying books advertised on these platforms at a discounted rate.last_img read more

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