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Guyana to host CARICOM consultations on use of marijuana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Nov 3, CMC – Guyana will host a consultation on the use of marijuana on Monday, November 6, 2017 as part of the efforts by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments to conduct careful in-depth research so as to inform decision making on the issue.

The Regional Commission on Marijuana, which was established by CARICOM leaders, will meet with various stakeholders including Youth and Faith-based organizations.

marijuuuThe region-wide consultations are intended to obtain information on the social, economic, health and legal issues related to marijuana use in the Caribbean.

“Such information would, among other outcomes, determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification, modelled after the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances for which many, if not all, CARICOM members are party to,” the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said in a statement.

It said that given that reclassification of the drug would make it legally accessible for all types of use, including religious, recreational, medical and research, the Regional Commission is expected also to provide recommendations on the legal and administrative conditions that will apply, as per its Terms of Reference.

Many Caribbean countries’ legislations do not currently allow for full legislation under international law and national approaches to addressing this issue have resulted in various positions.

In the case of Jamaica, for example, the Dangerous Drugs Act was amended in 2016 and legislation was passed which reduced possession of small quantities to a petty offence. It also created the framework for the development of legal medical marijuana, hemp and nutraceutical industries.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Cabinet agreed, in August 2016, to send a draft law to Parliament for its first reading. In August of this year, Belize introduced an amendment to its Misuse of Drugs Act, to deciminalise the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana.

The proposed legislation also provides for the imposition of monetary and non-recordable penalties for such amounts that are found on school premises in specialized circumstances and decriminalizes the use of the substance in small amounts on private premises.

In other countries there have been widespread public information and communications initiatives driven by both government and civil society.

In addition to national consultations, the Regional Marijuana Commission will undertake extensive secondary research to inform the preparation of reports to be submitted to the CARICOM leaders for its consideration, the Secretariat added.

So far, consultations have taken place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados and the Secretariat said that national consultations will continue in Suriname, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Belize.

The Commission is headed by Professor Rose-Marie-Bell Antoine, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and includes practitioners with expert knowledge in a variety of disciplines including medicine and allied health, health research, law enforcement, ethics, education, anthropology/sociology/ culture.

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Montserrat hosts Dominica children in relief from hurricane ravages

By B. Roach

These five children from Maria ravaged Dominica arrived on a Fly Montserrat charter flight which landed at the John A. Osborne Airport Friday afternoon, October 20, 2017.

These five children from Dominica will be attending school here for the next three months, in the first instance.

All the children have host families and culminated from an initiative taken on by the Montserrat Children’s Society on Montserrat (MCS), which was launched here in February, 2013 at the Hill Top Coffee House and Family Centre. The president is Mrs. Helena Dorsett and she informs how the “support has been wonderful.”

“Several sponsors are on board to assist in whatever way they can…weekly and monthly,” she said.

The Host Families are: Mary and Nurse Naomi Farrell, Joycelyn L. Howe, Mrs. Catherine and Rudolph  Dorsette, and Miss Lucille Irish. The other person is Miss Norma Francis who received direct assistance to bring one a young member of a family into her care.

The Farrell sisters speaking to ZJ B Radio’s Tanisha Christopher said they were prepared and able to assist in caring for the 18-year old disabled girl child to whom they have opened their doors. Mary said, “We would not know where we have to go and what we would have to do. People need people and we are one family.”

“My sister and myself when we heard about it we decided to take a child or children to assist in whatever way we can so that (they) can be relaxed and stress-free…and we are capable enough to do such,” Mary said. .

President Helena Dorsette said that in discussion with the Minister of Education Mrs. Delmaude Ryan, Director of Education Mr. Glen Francis and Ms. Elaine Ryan of the Social Services, MCS was assured that, “if we could get the children to Montserrat there was more than enough space available at both primary and secondary school level.”

Mrs. Dorsette said further, “MCS is hoping to meet with the Director of Education to fast track and arrange meets so that the children can begin school within the coming week.”

Dorsette also informed that some Staff of Social Services department, who are also members of MCS, assisted with vetting the families. The MCS president is also hoping that, “with the direct communication links which have been established ‘before’ the children came up, will cement the relationships between families, and arrangements can be made between the families to determine whether they want, (can accommodate) the children to complete the Academic school year on Montserrat.”

Some of the children gave brief accounts of their experience through hurricane Maria which originated from a tropical wave, becoming a tropical storm on September 16, east of the Lesser Antilles with remarkably favorable environmental conditions enabling the storm to undergo explosive intensification as it approached the islands.

Maria reached Category 5 strength on September 18 as it made landfall on Dominica, producing extreme winds across the entire island.

It is reported that afterwards, Maria reached its peak intensity over the eastern Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 175 mph (280 km/h).

The children upon arrival in Montserrat also expressed their joy at being in Montserrat, especially it was their first time being in Montserrat. One said: “Someone told me that I’m going to enjoy my experience in Montserrat. It’s a small island and everyone knows each other and they are very friendly and very great people…it’s amazing I saw the volcano and I was very happy cause that was my first time.”

While the president wishes to express thanks to the Executive and Members of MCS for support, she also sends thanks to individuals, businesses and individual sponsors, who at the end are soliciting assistance with the difficult situation of books, uniforms etc. “If there is any assistance with the books we will appreciate…” Mary Farrell said, as otherwise to that if all food, clothing, shelter, “we are ok.”

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Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Young Montserratian Attend BerkleeCollege of Music

SALEM, Montserrat – A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help a young Montserratian attend the school of her dreams.

Vocalist Nia Golden successfully auditioned and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is the first Montserratian to do so. 

Her mother Nerissa Golden, Founder and Editor of Discover Montserrat has opened a GoFundMe page to assist with her tuition.

Click to Donate Now!Nia was unsuccessful in her request for a scholarship from the Government of Montserrat as it is not seen as a priority area for study.

The goal is to raise US$ 33100 by November 2017 so she can complete her paperwork and begin school in January 2018.

GoFundMe Campaign for Nia Golden to Attend Berklee College of Music →

 “You can give anonymously online or offline and every contribution will count towards the goal,” said Nerissa Golden. “Nia has benefited tremendously from the Montserrat Foundation started by the late Sir George Martin. Rebecca Chalmers, Cris van Beuren and Ines Lapa saw her potential and worked with her. Ines Lapa helped with her online audition and that is why we have reached this stage.”

Nia plans to study for a bachelors in Vocal Performance and Film Composing. “I really love to perform and write my own songs. Also I want to create iconic music that audiences will remember when they watch a movie,” Nia shared. “My mom and a few organizations helped me to attend the Berklee Five Week Summer Camp in 2016 and it confirmed that this was where I wanted to study. The school is located in Boston, and is right in the heart of a lot of creativity and I will have many opportunities to grow as an artist.”

“I am really proud of Nia and what she has accomplished so far. I want to see her go as far as she possibly can and I hope everyone will contribute as much as they can to this goal. I am thankful that the opportunity exists for us to crowdfund her future,” her mother stated.

Follow Nia’s journey on her Facebook page at .

Links to Performances

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Caribbean countries meet to create pathways to food and nutrition education

BRASILIA, Brazil, Oct 3, CMC – Delegates from several Caribbean countries are meeting here this week to discuss a new vision for school feeding programmes that is being promoted through regional and national interventions based on the fundamental elements of education for sustainability and the production of food for schools.

The interventions aim at strengthening the process of how policies for food and nutritional education in schools are institutionalized in 17 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

school feedingThe International Congress of School Feeding Programmes, being held from October 3-5, brings together nutrition and education experts from Brazil, Latin American and Caribbean countries to discuss and disseminate good practices, as well as provide the necessary inputs for building of knowledge of content, methodologies and didactic-pedagogical procedures necessary for the development of qualitative actions of food and nutritional education in schools.

The Congress will focus on three main areas and is expected to generate the opportunity to meet and discuss different perspectives and approaches of the main theme “Food and Nutrition Education”.

The organisers said that discussions will be held through lectures, workshops and exhibitions on topics such as the development of food and nutrition Education concepts, methodologies, best practices, and policies for school feeding programmes, as well as national developments and their impact on School Feeding Policies.

At least 17 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean including Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada are attending the talks being held within the framework of a regional project entitled “Strengthening School Feeding Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Since 2009, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Brazilian Government, represented by the National Fund for the Development of Education (FNDE / MEC) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC / MRE), under the International Cooperation Programme, have been carrying out this regional project.

It is part of the agenda of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) with the aim of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 on eradicating hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition.

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EU disburses EC$806,000 in humanitarian aid to Dominica

TRINIDAD-POLITICS- Rowley disappointed in response to invitation extended to Dominicans

PORT OF SPAIN,Trinidad, Sep. 22, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has expressed disappointment at negative comments following an invitation extended to displaced Dominicans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Rowley, who was a guest on the local television station – TV6, on Friday morning, said he was disappointed with reports of some saying  that humanitarian gesture was a means of the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM), securing votes in upcoming elections.

DominicaHowever, the Prime Minister told the host of  TV6’s morning edition, that  he would not dignify that claim with a response.

Asked if he expected political backlash over his decision to ease immigration restrictions and allow Dominicans into the country, Rowley said: “No I don’t. It is my view and I believe genuinely that the vast majority of people in T&T are decent and caring people. And from that standpoint I don’t expect that, that would cause any political calamity for me and the PNM.”

Rowley said the decision is a response to a specific natural disaster for a specific period of time and for Dominicans, “to return from whence they came.”

He however added, that under the United Nations charter to which the twin island republic is a signatory, if people arrive in the country without a place to stay, they would then become wards of the State.

“There is a United Nations charter where we are signatories where such person can be viewed as a refugee and you are duty-bound not to turn them back. They will become a ward of the State…if Dominican refugees come here in any significant number we in Trinidad and Tobago have the ability to treat with it because it would be a situation we had not planned for before, the circumstances would require we put our best foot forward. But I don’t expect an overwhelming number of people to do that,” Rowley said.

During Thursday’s post cabinet press briefing, the Prime Minister said his administration will wave the immigration requirements for residents  of Dominica for a period of six months as the CARICOM member state rebuilds.

He also said places could be made available in schools across the twin island republic for Dominican children to continue their education.

“In situations like these, whatever we have available to us, we the people have always been generous are and willing to share…..for the next six months, TT will open our doors, our homes, our pots and I daresay out schools to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica,”Rowley then said.

He said those Dominicans taking up the offer must be able to clearly identify friends or family who will be able to accommodate them.

The Prime minister  said arrangements will be made for  any citizen who has accommodation and is willing to help provide shelter .

He stressed that Dominicans who choose to come to the country, will not be classified as refugees.

From Roseau to Loubiere, a reflection of the fury of a hurricane

September 22, 2017

By Peter Richards

ROSEAU, Dominica, Sept 22, CMC – When I lived in Dominica, nearly two decades ago, it would take me at least 15 minutes to walk from the capital, Roseau, to Loubiere in the south.

On Friday, it took me nearly two hours. I had no choice. Transportation was impossible given the widespread disaster that Hurricane Maria brought to this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that was just emerging from the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika two years ago.

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My home in Loubiere (CMC Photo)

Unofficially, the death toll from Monday’s storm that, in the words of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit “brutalised” the island, is as high as 60, depending on who you meet. But, so far, the official death toll is 28.

The figures vary because the authorities have not been able to visit some of the villages that were hit by the storm with winds in excess of 180 miles per hour. As I joined in the exodus of people making the daily walk to Loubiere and other villages such as Point Michel, Grand Bay, Bagatelle, Petite Savanne and Soufriere among others, the talk centered on many people who were killed on Monday night and have since been buried.

“There were at least 14 people that died in the storm in Point Michel,” said Vincent john, while Thomas Kentish, the former Windward Islands cricketer, described the hurricane and the aftermath as “brutal.

“It is brutal, boy Peter, it is brutal,” he said.

Another of the walkers, John Vincent, said “I am even afraid to mention the word, Maria. It is terrifying.

“In fact the wind was so strong it was actually communicating, saying something we could not understand. But it was so powerful that it was actually saying ‘get out” it was hollering and, clearly I understood what we went through”.

His remarks about the wind reminded me of an earlier conversation with Chris Rolle, who when I lived here, used to be a transcendental meditation (TM) follower.

“I was whistling, it was singing, it was, I can’t say, but it was not normal,” he said, recalling how he sat in his home, a stone throw from the official residence of President Charles Savarin.

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Roman Catholic Church in Newtown

“I was doing nothing and just wondering, what next,” he added.

On the way to Loubiere, we are passed by some people, armed with suitcases, others pushing wheelbarrows with goods surely that were not bought from any of the stores.

It’s like an organised system. Young men armed with cutlasses make their way into the capital and even where some businesses have survived the onslaught of the hurricane, seem to think it is their duty to loot. They also did not confine their activities to businesses.

“They take our fridge, our computers, like it is theirs,” one woman bemoaned, while others were resigned to the fact that their homes would be “looted” because “you could stay on the road and see right through the house”.

As we walk towards our destination, we come across a writing on a piece of wall.

“Jesus is coming soon. Satan the dog is doomed. Mystery Babylon is doomed. To god be the glory”.

The Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, one of the villages that divide Roseau and Loubiere, is providing much more than spiritual help to the battered residents.

In front of the church, several clothes lines have appeared, as the residents take advantage of a river nearby that has changed course and made the once main road, its new path to flow.

Children run happily in the yard, oblivious to the pain and suffering that the hurricane brought upon their parents, who have also found shelter in the ground floor of the church.

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Anchorage Hotel

The road to Loubiere has changed dramatically. Now you have to climb hills and mountains of debris and mud, galvanise, some with rusty nails still protruding, streams and rivers, which until Monday were not part of the network.

Dominica used to be green with envy. The rolling hillsides underscored the “nature isle” tag that had been placed on the island. The flora and fauna were sights to behold.

“Dominica is a desert, from green to brown in just eight hours. Transformed from lush greenery to desert brown, “said Jano Jacob, a local writer, adding “the rivers vomited wood and mud, left in basins since Erika two years ago.

“We went through a nuclear hurricane, “he added.

The hotels along the route have also suffered, and it is not likely that they will be receiving guests in any hurry. The destruction, as in other parts of the country, according to reports, is indeed intense.

Despite, the company, the walk is extremely tiring but at least I am entering the village of Loubiere, but just before I do, a friend tells me to prepare myself for the worse.

I looked to the left for divine intervention. The Roman Catholic Church, which on many Sundays brought nearly the entire village together in prayer, stood like a shell as water from the nearby river meandered across its new found route, with big boulders as its only stumbling block, albeit for mere seconds.

He was indeed right. After going through the mud and rivers to reach my home in Loubiere, where in the past, I sat in the verandah and watched the junction as traffic and people crossed each other like an international airport, each going about their respective businesses. I was stunned.

While the structure stood there, it had no windows, the roof had disappeared and my room was no longer visible.

A 32-seater bus that belonged to the Voice of Life radio station, a good half a mile away was parked neatly among the rocks that the river had brought down from the interior. My Aunt, Lucy Alexander, a retired public servant and her two daughters, who had to be rescued from the house, are now in a shelter.

“But there is hope, by the grace of God we have life, pray for us,” she said in a Whatsapp message to her daughter in the United States.

And as I started the journey back to the capital, Roseau, I reflected on the situation in other parts of the country, where efforts are now underway to try and reach villages cut off by a rampaging Hurricane Maria.

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Walwyn silent amid outrage over ‘top student’

The usually vocal education minister Myron Walwyn has opted to be silent as calls mount for him to be more transparent and fair regarding his choice of the territory’s top student in recent exams administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

In a statement to some media houses on Friday, Walwyn announced that the territory’s top CXC student is Gabriella Chicester, who was enrolled in the recently established Grade 12 at Elmore Stoutt High School – a public institution.

But some education stakeholders who contacted BVI News Online said the top performer should be Chris-Tiann Roberts of St George’s Secondary – a private school, which did not subscribe to the minister’s recent push to introduce Grade 12 in the education system.

Stakeholders, who asked not to be named out of fear of the education minister, think the private school student was not named top performer, because that would be a blow to the minister’s decision to introduce an extra school year (Grade 12) in the school system.

In essence, they theorize that the education minister is trying to save his own face and to punish the private school. Hence his ‘willy nilly’ decision to go against a regionally accepted norm in assessing who is the top CXC student.

CAPE has no place in assessment

Across the Caribbean, countries determine their top CXC performer based on a single CXC exam known as the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC).

That is because CSEC is the only mandatory exam, and arguably the only one that provides a level playing field for assessing all (not just some) students leaving secondary schools.

Other CXC exams – including the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) – are not mandatory in secondary schools, and are not pursued by an overwhelming majority of students leaving secondary schools across the region.

Here in the British Virgin Islands, CAPE is also not mandatory, and it is not yet clearly structured in the education system. In other words, students who pursue CAPE do so on their own accord.

That controversial exam, nonetheless, is what the education minister said he brought into the equation to declare Chicester the territory’s top CXC student.

Had CAPE not been considered, the top student would instead be Roberts, considering that she is the most successful in CSEC – the only CXC exam that is mandatory here.

Roberts was successful in a whopping 12 CSEC subjects; 11 of which the minister said were attained with Grade One – the highest grade possible. Those grades placed Roberts among the best CSEC performers in the history of CXC across the entire Caribbean.

Hidden grades

Chicester, on the other hand, passed 10 CSEC subjects. The education minister did not reveal her specific grades – something his critics say is questionable. Chicester’s grades would have been necessary for the public to judge her CSEC performance against Roberts’.

What the minister did, however, was to disclose that Chicester passed two subjects in CAPE – the exam that, as stated before, is not mandatory and not pursued by most students in the British Virgin Islands and other countries across the Caribbean.

One of the disgruntled education stakeholders told BVI News Online: “No one is disputing that both students performed well, but the fact remains that one did better than the other. The minister should come clean, and stop putting the students through this distress. He does not have to take anything away from Gabriella Chicester. But he should also declare Chris-Tiann Roberts is the top CSEC or CXC student too. He can’t just do things as he finds them convenient. There should be clear guidelines – clear to all of us, not just to him and to his friends.”

When contacted, the education minister, Walwyn, declined to respond to the call for transparency and fairness. He told BVI News Online to contact a particular examination officer on Monday.

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CXC looking to increase e-marking

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 15, CMC – The Barbados-based regional examinations body, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), has announced plans to increase electronic marking of annual exams.

CXC’s Director of Operations, Stephen Savoury, said that since e-marking was introduced in 2013, this year saw the most papers being graded using this method, and all but four subjects were marked electronically.

Stephen Savoury- CXC’s Director of Operations (CMC Photo)

“In the 2017 effort 231 papers were marked electronically … there were three e-book markings and then we had 73 e-coursework marks.  And overall, over 700,000 candidate papers were scanned, and approximately 8,000 markers were invited to participate,” Savoury said, adding that the Council is now focused on improving the quality of its assessments.

“We expect that e-marking is not only here to stay but we want to improve it as we go forward, and we want to ensure that … there is a richness of experience for all involved,” he said.

The introduction of e-marking was a break away from the traditional face to face assessment, where markers – mostly teachers – gathered at marking centres across the Caribbean to grade the annual secondary school examinations.

CXC explained that the goal is to improve the validity of the tests undertaken and the reliability of scores issued.

“Some of the proposed benefits of e-marking include continuous marker monitoring and the presence of systems to eliminate errors from incorrect transcription or addition which are a feature of the system used,” CXC said.

Savoury also disclosed that e-testing was introduced in the 2016-2017 academic year, for the multiple choice papers (Paper One) in the January and May-June exams.

“For CAPE, there were 11 territories that were tested electronically, 32 subjects, and they were just short of 2,000 candidates that were tested. For CSEC, seven territories participated electronically, there were 30 subjects that were tested, and a total of 7,827 candidates who participated.  At CCSLC (Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence) there were four territories, six subjects, 789 participants,” Savoury told reporters.

According to him, effective January 2018 all subjects will be tested online for both Paper One and Paper Two, “and we will be going forward with this, moving through to ensure that all of our territories have the option of doing this particular e-testing in their individual territories.”

He added that CXC’s long-term goal is to offer more frequent exams in addition to the January and May-June sessions across the region by 2020.

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Arts Council gets ready for third year music festival

Juilliard School of Music play at RC Church last year

The Montserrat Arts Council has announced the return of Montserrat-born, Miss Robyn Quinnett, return to the island in August 2017 with a delegation of professionally trained musicians, some by the world renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York. 

This year marks the 3rd Annual Montserrat Music Festival and this year’s delegation includes Robyn Quinnett, Molly Goldman, Julia Henderson, Josh Henderson, Mikael Darmanie, Anton Rist, Edwin Rist, Yonni O’Donoghue and Sonja Osborne.

The music workshop for young people between the ages of 8 and 16 years old will offer classes in violin, cello, clarinet, flute and piano. The workshop, conducted by the 9 member team, begins on August 21st and culminates with a closing recital on August 25th. Registration for the workshop is now closed as the allocated spaces have been filled.

The team will be featured in a concert on Saturday 26th August, 2017 at 7PM at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. They will also visit the homes for the elderly and the Montserrat Children’s Society summer camp.

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MSS reports on its CXC Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) 2017 Exam Results

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The Montserrat Secondary School has received the preliminary results for students who wrote the CSEC EXAMINATIONS in May/June 2017, and the principal Mrs. Cherlyn Hogan publishes this fairly comprehensive report:

Seventy-six (76) students entered to write CXC exams this year.  The students wrote a total of four hundred and sixty-eight (468) subject entries in the 2017 CSEC Examinations at General and Technical Proficiency Levels.  Based on the provisional results Grades I – III passes were obtained in three hundred and fifty-five (355) of them yielding a pass rate of 75.8% down from the 79.8% obtained in 2016.

Of the 23 subject proficiencies taken at CXC CSEC examinations:

100% passes were recorded in eight of them namely: Principles of Business, Agriculture Single Award (SA), Food and Nutrition, Building Technology (Woods), Information Technology, Technical Drawing, Electricity and Physical Education (PE). 

 (2) Pass rates ranging from 90% to 97% were recorded for Biology, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts and Electronic Document Management and Preparation (EDPM).

(3) Pass rates ranging from 80% to 86% were recorded for History, French, Geography and Physics.

(4)  Social Studies and Visual Arts returned pass rates of 43.9% and 40% respectively.

A pass rate of 66.2% was recorded for English A, down from 76% in 2016.  Math recorded a 56.9% pass rate up from 53% obtained in the 2016 exams.

Notable student performances in the examinations are set out below alphabetically by surname:

  Passes in eight subject areas were obtained by:

Thiren Allen               –           3 Grade 1        2 Grade 2        3 Grade 3       

Enver Browne           –           4 Grade 1        2 Grade 2        2 Grade 3

Jadon Daniel             –           3 Grade 1        5 Grade 2                   

Veron Duberry           –           2 Grade 1        3 Grade 2        3 Grade 3

Christal Edgecombe –          4 Grade 1        3 Grade 2        1 Grade 3

Stévikha Foster         –           4 Grade 1        4 Grade 2                   

Mikala Gittens           –           2 Grade 1        3 Grade 2        3 Grade 3                   

Nia Golden                 –           3 Grade 1                                5 Grade 3                   

Geneve Meade           –           1 Grade 1        3 Grade 2        4 Grade 3

Lanicia Robinson     –           4 Grade 1        1 Grade 2        3 Grade 3       

Jayesh Sadwahni      –           7 Grade 1        1 Grade 2

Jameina St. Hill         –           2 Grade 1        1 Grade 2        5 Grade 3

Alene Weekes            –           3 Grade 1        3 Grade 2        2 Grade 3


Kadesa Cabey, Twila Fenton, Mackeda Madden, Joel Mendes, Kenecia Powel, Akeem Richards, Chenece Semper, Joyann Tuitt and Kenneth Walcott, each recorded passes in seven subject areas.

Twelve students recorded passes in 6 subject areas, while seven students passed 5 subjects.

Forty-two of the 65 students (64.6%) who wrote 5 or more subjects, obtained passes in at least 5 subject areas, with 46.1% of them gaining passes in 5 or more subjects including English and Math.  80% of this group of students gained passes in at least 4 subject areas.

Boys performed exceptionally well in the technical areas of Industrial Technology Building and Electrical, Technical Drawing and Visual Arts as well as in PE and Sport, gaining 100% passes in these areas. In the other areas, the performance of the girls was better than that of the boys. The narrowest performance gap was observed in the Math and English, with a 2.9 and 2.8 percentage difference in performance.

A key indicator for education is the percentage of students in the year five cohort who obtain 5 or more CSEC passes including English and Math.  This year 38% of the year five cohort obtained 5+ CSEC passes including Math and English.  This performance exceeds the 35% internal target which was set for the school.

The school extends congratulations to the students who were successful, to their parents for their support and to the teachers for their hard work and dedication.  The school also extends sincerest gratitude to the members of the community who assisted by tutoring our students in the absence of their substantive teachers.

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Natalee Holloway

Human remains discovered after 12-year search for American student in Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aug. 17,  CMC –  There is another twist to the mystery surrounding the disappearance of American high school graduate Natalee Holloway  following the discovery of human remains in this Dutch Caribbean territory.

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Natalee Holloway

Holloway, 18, was with friends on a post-high school trip to Aruba in 2005 when she vanished, leaving her loved ones wondering for years what happened to her.

For years, speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch national last seen with the Alabama teen at a tourist bar on the island.

With the discovery of the remains, Holloway’s father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on NBC Television Wednesday that the remains are now being DNA-tested to confirm if they are Natalee’s remains.

“We’ve chased a lot of leads, and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years,” Holloway told NBC, showing hope that the lack of answers that has tormented him for more than a decade may be coming to a close.

Holloway said that the discovery was the result of an 18-month investigation with Ward, a search that was documented for a television show that debuts Saturday.

Previous theories stated that Holloway was hidden in a construction site or dumped in the sea, although an informant, a man identified by the television programme – only as Gabriel, said she was buried at an Aruban park.

Gabriel said that he lived with a friend of van der Sloot’s named John, who relayed that Holloway began foaming at the mouth and died after being given a date rape drug.

Van der Sloot is currently serving nearly three decades in prison for the murder of another young woman in Peru.

The now 30-year-old admitted to police in 2010 that he strangled Stephany Flores, 21, in his Lima hotel room after she learned of his connection to Holloway’s disappearance.

A transcript of Van der Sloot’s confession shows that he said he could give information about the Aruba case to police in exchange for a deal on the Peru killing.

US Federal prosecutors also filed charges against him in 2010 for allegedly trying to extort money from Holloway’s mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, by giving her false information about the whereabouts of her daughter’s remains.

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The Montserrat Reporter - August 18, 2017