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Fenton Tops 2018 CXC CSEC

Katrice Fenton is the Salutatorian for the 2018 Montserrat Secondary School. She has been named as the top student in this year’s CSEC Examinations. Congratulations are well in order for Katrice and her runner-up Shekanah Irish.

Also in news out of the UK – Danae Daley topped our locals with eight Grade 1s and three Grade 2s, upset because she didn’t get a Grade 1 in music, especially she plays at up to two R C churches sometimes on Sundays.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Education, Fenton successfully passed 10 subjects with eight at Grade one level and two at Grade two.

Shekanah Irish

53 students wrote the CSEC exams in May/June. There were 352 subject entries in the 2018 CSEC Examinations at General and Technical Proficiency Levels. Based on the provisional results Grades I – III passes were obtained in 256 of them yielding a pass rate of 73% down from the 75.8% obtained in 2017.

Of the 22 subject proficiencies taken at CXC CSEC examinations, 100% passes were recorded in 11 of them namely: Principles of Business, Agriculture SA, Industrial Technology Building, Industrial Technology Electrical, Information Technology, Technical Drawing, Electronic Document Management and Preparation (EDPM), Principles of Accounts, Geography, Additional Mathematics and Physical Education (PE).
Pass rates ranging from 90% to 97% were recorded for Office Administration, Physics and Chemistry. While Biology recorded a pass rate of 86%. Modern Foreign Languages recorded pass rates of 78% and 73% for Spanish and French respectively. Social Studies English B and Integrated Science returned pass rates below 50%.

A pass rate of 66.7% was recorded for English A, similar to that obtained in 2016. Math recorded a 47% pass rate down from the 56.9% pass rate obtained in the 2017 exams.

Notable student performances in the examinations are set out below:
Passes in ten subject areas were obtained by:
Katrice Fenton – eight Grade 1s; two Grade 2s
Passes in nine subject areas were obtained by:
Shekanah Irish – six Grade 1s; three Grade 2s

Kijahrie Barzey, Yanick Henry, Jaide Holder, Shenika Jarvis, Sydni Lee-Buffonge, Rhoniil Lewis, Eldina O’Garro, Jayden Ryan, Shaynae Taylor Lee each recorded passes in eight subject areas.

Eight students recorded passes in seven subject areas, four students recorded passes in 6 subject areas while 5five students passed 5 subjects.

A key indicator for the Ministry of Education is the percentage of students in the year five cohort who obtain five or more CSEC passes including English and Math. This year 43% the year five cohort obtained Five plus CSEC passes including Math and English. This performance is a notable 6%, an improvement on the 37% obtained in 2017.

The school extended 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 thanked members of the community who assisted by tutoring students in the absence of their substantive teachers.

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Police HQ flag at half mast in remembrance of former Chief Minister Bertrand Osborne.

A National Day of Mourning in honour of former CM Bertrand Osborne OBE, OD (declared a public holiday)

The Government Information Unit yesterday, informed that the Government of Montserrat has declared Friday, September 14, 2018,

Former Chief Minister of Montserrat Bertrand Osborne.

a National Day of Mourning, as a mark of respect for the late former Chief Minister, Bertrand Osborne OBE, OD.

Mr. Osborne will be laid to rest on Friday, September 14 and will be accorded a national funeral service by the Government of Montserrat.

The release also informed that National Day of Mourning will “therefore be observed as a public holiday.”

The Government has advised that “In accordance with Government of Montserrat’s standard practice for national mourning, persons observing national mourning and those wearing plain clothes when on duty should wear dark colours.”

The island’s fifth Chief Minister died at his residence on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Flags at Half Mast on Passing of Former Chief Minister Osborne

Police HQ flag at half mast in remembrance of former Chief Minister Bertrand Osborne.

Meanwhile, Her Excellency, Acting Governor Lyndell Simpson has instructed all flags (Union Flag and Montserrat Flag) to be flown at half-mast in observance of the passing of former Chief Minister, Bertrand Osborne OBE OD.

The flags around the Government Headquarters will remain at half-mast up to the end of the day of Mr. Osborne’s funeral, as a symbol on national mourning.

The islands fifth Chief Minister died at his home on Tuesday, September 4 2018. Bertrand Osborne served as Chief Minister from October, 1996 to August, 1997.

Half-masting of flags is a standard practice by the Government of Montserrat whenever the nation is mourning the loss of persons who have served Montserrat with distinction and at the highest levels.

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Antigua Observer Newspaper

Scare for Antiguans travelling on JetBlue flight

Antigua Observer Newspaper


A passenger on board a Jet Blue flight gave a scare to a number of Antiguans and Barbudans and other travelers when he became unruly and violent on the aircraft en route to New York.

One passenger told OBSERVER media the man ripped a few seats on the flight and tried unsuccessfully to pry open the emergency exit in midair.

The traveler said six other passengers rushed from their seats to prevent the man from opening the exit. They wrestled with him and subdued him while the flight diverted to Bermuda where he was removed from the flight.

A JetBlue spokesperson confirmed the 740 flight diverted due to an unruly passenger, according to Bernews in Bermuda.

The news agency quotes the airline as saying, “On Aug. 24, flight 740 from Antigua to New York JFK diverted to Bermuda due to an unruly customer. Local law enforcement met the aircraft to remove the customer, and the flight then continued on to New York.”

The aircraft left the LF Wade International Airport around 8 p.m., not long after the passenger was taken away.

In addition to the police, the Emergency Medical Technicians and Bermuda Fire and Rescue personnel attended the scene.

No one was injured on the flight but an Antiguan passenger said he was scared during the ordeal as he highlighted that not only was his life at risk, but there were dozens of other passengers on board.

He said he had no idea what to think when the incident began to unfold but later passengers said they believed the unruly traveler was struggling with mental issues.

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Police officers and rescue workers search for survivors from a building damaged by a landslide caused by a powerful earthquake in Atsuma town in Japan

Powerful quake paralyses Hokkaido in latest disaster to hit Japan


By Kaori Kaneko and Chang-Ran Kim
People look at an area damaged by an earthquake in Sapporo in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 6, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

By Kaori Kaneko and Chang-Ran Kim

TOKYO (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake paralyzed Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, killing at least seven people, triggering landslides and knocking out power to its 5.3 million residents.

The death toll from the 6.7-magnitude, pre-dawn quake was likely to rise as rescuers searched houses buried by landslides.

About 33 people were missing and 300 were injured, public broadcaster NHK said. Four people were in cardiopulmonary arrest, a term used before death is officially confirmed.


The quake was the latest in a string of natural disasters to batter Japan after typhoons, flooding and a record-breaking heat wave within the past two months.

Aerial footage showed dozens of landslides exposing barren hillsides near the town of Atsuma in southern Hokkaido, with mounds of red earth and toppled trees piled at the edge of green fields.

The collapsed remains of what appeared to be houses or barns were strewn about.

“It came in four big jerks – boom! boom! boom! boom!” one unidentified woman told NHK. “Before we knew it our house was bent and we couldn’t open the door.”

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said 25,000 Self-Defense Force troops would be deployed for rescue operations.

The island, a tourist destination about the size of Austria known for its mountains, lakes and seafood, lost its power when Hokkaido Electric Power Co <9509.T> shut down of all its fossil fuel-fired power plants after the quake as a precaution.

It was the first time since the utility was established in 1951 that had happened.

Almost 12 hours later, power was restored to parts of Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, and Asahikawa, its second-biggest city.

The government said there was damage to Hokkaido Electric’s Tomato-Atsuma plant, which supplies half the island’s 2.95 million households. It could take a week to restore power fully to all residents, Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said.

All trains across the island were halted.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party begins a leadership contest on Friday but said there would be no campaigning through to Sunday. Abe and rival Shigeru Ishiba both canceled campaign media appearances slated for Friday.


Television footage from Sapporo showed crumbled roads and mud covering a main street. Police directed traffic because signal lights were out while drink-vending machines, ubiquitous in Japan, and most ATMs were not working.

“Without electricity, there’s nothing I can do except to write prescriptions,” a doctor in Abira, the town next to Atsuma, told NHK.

Media reported a baby girl at a Sapporo hospital was in critical condition after the power was cut to her respirator. It wasn’t clear if the hospital had a generator.

The quake hit at 3:08 a.m. (1808 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 40 km (25 miles), with its epicenter about 65 km (40 miles) southeast of Sapporo, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. In Atsuma, it registered a 7 on Japan’s 7-point quake intensity scale, the agency said, revising an earlier measurement.

Hokkaido’s main airport was closed, at least for the day. Debris and water could be seen on the terminal floors.

Kyodo news agency said more than 200 flights and 40,000 passengers would be affected on Thursday alone.

The closure comes just days after Kansai Airport, another major regional hub, in western Japan, was shut by Typhoon Jebi, which killed 11 people and injured hundreds.

The storm, the most powerful to hit Japan in 25 years, stranded thousands of passengers and workers at the airport, whose operator said it would resume some domestic flights on Friday.

In July, torrential rain in west Japan caused flooding that killed more than 200 people and widespread destruction. That was followed by a heat wave that reached a record 41.1 Celsius and led to the deaths of at least 80 people.


Farming, tourism and other services are big economic drivers on Hokkaido, which accounts for just 3.6 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product, but there is some industry. Kirin Brewery and Sapporo Breweries both said factories were shut by the power outage.

A series of smaller shocks followed the initial quake, the JMA said. Residents were warned to take precautions.


By the afternoon, backhoes and other earth-moving equipment in Atsuma had begun clearing debris.

Japan is situated on the “Ring of Fire” arc of volcanoes and oceanic trenches that partly encircles the Pacific Basin.

Northeast Japan was hit by a 9 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011, that triggered a tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people and led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Hokkaido’s Tomari nuclear power station, which has been shut since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, suffered a power outage but officials said it was cooling its spent nuclear fuel safely.

Saturday marked the 95th anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.9 and killed more than 140,000 people in the Tokyo area. Seismologists have said another such quake could strike the capital at any time.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko and Chang-Ran Kim; Additional reporting by William Mallard, Osamu Tsukimori, Aaron Sheldrick, Elaine Lies and Takaya Yamaguchi; Writing by Malcolm Foster; Editing by Paul Tait, Robert Birsel)

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Bertrand Osborne dies at 83

It was by no means surprising on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. how quickly the word resounded worldwide that former Chief Minister, the Honourable Bertrand Osborne, OBE had died at his home, after a lengthy illness, which he endured mostly at his home. In 2014 he was honoured with the National Order of Distinction award

Not surprising, as the condolences and tributes kept pouring in over the internet and as announced on ZJB Radio, since the news.

Premier Donaldson Romeo

The Hon. Premier in a statement of condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat, “Premier the Honourable Donaldson Romeo expresses heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of former Chief Minister Honourable Bertrand Osborne.”

The statement reads, “It is with deep regret and profound sadness that the Government and people of Montserrat, express sincere condolences, on the passing of a former Chief Minister of Montserrat, Honourable Bertrand Osborne…”

The statement provides the information that Mr. Osborne, served as the Chief Minister of Montserrat from November 1996 to August 1997, but was a member of the Legislative Assembly continuously from 1987 until 2001 serving as the leader of the National Development Party (NDP).

Osborne at St Patrick’s Church Plymouth

As the Premier ends his condolences: “We all pray that God will bring comfort to his wife Lystra Osborne, his children and the entire Osborne family during this time of bereavement.

As we honour his legacy, may his soul rest in eternal peace.”

At the same time Leader of the Opposition Easton Taylor Farrell, while on behalf of the parliamentary opposition extending condolences to the Osbornes family assuring them that “our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time,” said: “On reflecting on the life  of Mr. Osborne it is safe to say that he was a man of integrity, a role model, an individual who has helped to shape the lives of so many who knew him.  He was truly a man who was dedicated to service to his people. His business and political contribution has helped to shape the future of this island.”

Ag. Governor and Deputy Governor the Hon. Mrs. Lyndell Simpson

 Ag. Governor and Deputy Governor the Hon. Mrs. Lyndell Simpson was also quick and in a press statement described Mr. Osborne as “a great man who maintained a deep sense of humility, integrity and dedication to the public service and the people of Montserrat.

She said “the many facets of his extraordinary life and legacy to include managing MS Osborne Limited for 46 years (1967 – 2013) will live on in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege to know him, learn from him, and work alongside him.

“Montserrat has lost a leader,” she says, adding “an exemplary man of deep principles and patriotism.”

She, on behalf of the Montserrat Public Service “most respectfully conveys its sincerest condolences to Mr Osborne’s bereaved wife, children, family and loved ones.”

Osborne at Tree planting at Germans Bay with St Patrick’s club

TMR will memorialise in a next issue, the Hon. Mr. Osborne following a memorial service to be held in his honour on Friday, September 14, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre at 10.30 a.m. following which his funeral service will begin at 2.30 p.m. at the R. C. Church in Lookout.

Staff of The Montserrat Reporter derived from Montserrat Reporter founded by Mr. Osborne’s National Development party in 1985, offers their sincerest condolences.

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MCC begins a new college year

Beginning with the principal, staff and students of the Montserrat Community College processing in through the rear door of the St. James Anglican Church, Salem promptly at 9.00 a.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018, to a hymn played by Miss Anne-Marie Dewar at the organ; followed by the singing of the Territorial Anthem, then by an Invocation led by Pastor Peter Buffonge, the MCC began in its fourth Convocation.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding – in all your ways acknowledge him and He will direct your path,” the pastor quoted from Solomon, and then prayed, “…You are still God of Montserrat and you are still in charge, and today we ask that You will guide throughout this physical school term, through Jesus name…” The term runs from September 2018 to June 2019.

Then the singing of a popular hymn ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ preceding the Welcome by new principal Mrs. Geraldine Cabey, appointed, 

beginning August 27, 2018, according to BY DISCOVERMNITEAM · August 10, 2018.


Mrs Cabey in her welcome to the attendees, official and otherwise, addressed the students congratulating them for making the decision to pursue post-secondary education at the Community College.

“I feel as excited as you do today,” she began. “…We are both charting new territory. The only difference is, that my life’s experience would have better prepared me for the challenges ahead, but together and with yours truly as your leader, I will be pulling you along this journey.”

Saying to the students, “We are mindful that you had alternate choices but let me assure you have made the best choice. Why is that so? You get to spend an additional two years with your parents, with Montserrat – You get that time to grow a little more in preparation for the external world. 16 years plus in my estimation is still a bit young to send you abroad.”

She assured further: “In addition, you have today of faculty, administrative staff, to look out hostelry for you. You will not be in an environment where you will you will just merely be a statistic. We will get to know you by name; we will look out for you; we will seek you when we think you are falling behind. It will only happen for you at the MCC.”

Boasting of the Colleges exam achievements – “We boast one of the highest in the region’” amassing a pass rate for the past three years over 90%, “in fact this year 92%.

In closing her welcome remarks Mrs Cabey promises that at the next gathering, “we will welcome our technical and vocational students.” A call that has been made over and over.

Miss Stevikha Foster, 2nd-year student introduced the guest speaker to deliver the feature address. Miss Sonia Smith, Miss Foster announced Miss Smith as having hailed from Cork Hill, receiving a Certificate in Public Administration from the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library and Information studies at the Mona campus, Jamaica. She is currently the Librarian the Montserrat Public Library. Stevikha welcomed Miss Smith whose very involved in church and community activities, with a motto = “With God all things are possible.”

Beginning by addressing two questions to the students, thus, with some suggested answers: – First: What is your purpose for being here?

I want to remind you, you are just beginning the journey into lifelong learning because we never stop learning…

“Purpose is the essential element of you.  It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfil.” So knowing your purpose is important.

My second question is this – what are your core values?  What do you believe in?  Who do you believe in? What drives you to want to achieve your very best?  What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

“ – we may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” Today I am not ashamed to say that my belief in God has helped me to be where I am now. You must have that strong fighting instinct at your core that says no matter what I face I will push forward to accomplish my dreams.

Miss Smith then offered some suggestions as she outlined – The Four C’s of Success – Creativity and Innovation; Critical Thinking; Communication; and Collaboration.

“Remember to develop the 4C’s’” she said – “The possibilities are endless as you use these tools with your core values at your center.

This is your opportunity to write the sentences of your life. Sentences make up paragraphs.  Paragraphs become chapters and chapters eventually become books. What will the book of your life look like when it is written? 

“Remember that life is a journey with many stops and interruptions along the way. Take the opportunity and move forward in spite of the interruptions.” 

The proceedings continued with the hymn ‘I give my hands’ followed with brief remarks by Hon. Delmaude Ryan, Minister of Education, Health, Social Services, Youth affairs and sports.

A presentation of the full-time students 2018-19, the recital of the Students’ Pledge by the CAPE and Nursing Assistants and the Convocation preceded the presentation of gifts to the speakers and the principal before the recessional march of faculty and students to end.

Mrs. Cabey had informed that the school Body contains 17 first-year student and 27 returning students enrolled in the Caribbean Advanced proficiency examination (CAPE) programme. Eight students are enlisted in the Nursing Assistant Training programme.

College to offer technical and vocation programs

In closing her remarks Mrs Cabey pledged. “Am truly committed to the vision and mission of our institution the Montserrat community college.  I hereby confess. That I view the principalship our institution, not as a job. For me it is a lifestyle being part of the teaching profession has always been a lifestyle.

I intend to ensure that it continues to be the cornerstone one of sustainable development in Montserrat. That is why at our next gathering I would love to extend Welcome to our technical and vocational students we are gonna to make it happen this year.

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Trinidad and Tobago observing 56th anniversary of independence

Trinidad and Tobago observing 56th anniversary of independence

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 31, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago observed its 56th anniversary of political independence from Britain on Friday with the traditional military parade and differing statements from the politicians regarding the socio-economic development of the oil-rich twin island republic.

While President Paula Mae Weekes noted that independence is a work in progress she urged citizens to continue ensuring the development of the country.

“Fellow citizens, on 31 August 1962, Trinidad and Tobago shook off the reins of colonialism and dared to go it alone. To the tolling of bells, the Union Jack was lowered for the final time and the red, white and black hoisted to signal the birth of our nation.”

She said since that time Trinidad and Tobago has enjoyed a relatively stable democracy, significant economic transformation and general improvement in the quality of life of its citizens.

But she said considering the current challenges of crime and the economy, plus the island’s use of the London-based Privy Council as its final court, the world economy and global climate change, she asked how independent Trinidad and Tobago is.

“Political separation from the United Kingdom was only the first step of our long journey of self-discovery.

“Independence has never been a static notion. It implies the constant working-out of identity and purpose, sovereignty over one’s decisions and taking responsibility for one’s actions.”

In his message Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley the anniversary of independence provides citizens with another opportunity to reflect on the meaning of citizenship and the value of its national identity.

“The world has brought us news of nations gripped by civil war, anarchy and terror. In many countries people do not enjoy the freedoms we may be tempted to take for granted. That our democracy has remained intact these 56 years is no small feat.

“This deserves celebration given our status as one of the most multi-cultural societies in the western world. We have largely used our diversity as a bridge to make connections with each other. We’ve enjoyed a deep harmony that is intrinsic to our identity as nationals of this beloved country. We must guard our unity zealously. This defence is especially needed in turbulent times,” he said.

Rowley said that it is times of difficulty that the urge to retreat to narrow interests and partisan lines can become the strongest.

“But we must resist this and seek instead an agreeable guidepost. But how do we find common ground in an often polarising environment?,” he asked suggesting that the country remember the words of the first prime minister Dr. Eric Williams who said “whatever the challenge that faces you, from whatever quarter, place always first that national interest and the national cause”.

Rowley said he has no doubt that “we will do what is needed to create sustainable growth and national development. It is our responsibility as loyal citizens to ensure that our children can be proud of the decisions that we must make today”.

However, Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar said the independence anniversary provides an opportunity “to undertake a sober, piercing assessment of our progress and the difficulties that still lie ahead.

“The question must be asked: Have we achieved the Trinidad and Tobago which the leaders of our fight for independence envisioned more than half a century ago? In answering this question, we must decide whether we wish to maintain the status quo, or determine the future that we want for our children and grandchildren.

“There is no question that our country today faces significant issues, and there appear to be no moves by the current administration to deal frontally with the problems affecting people, including escalating crime, inadequate health care, reduced opportunities for education of our young people, job losses, high cost of living, and a declining economy,” she said.

She was critical of the government’s “silence” over the decision to shut down the oil refinery at the state-owned oil company, PETROTRIN, saying that the government had “failed to articulate a plan to address the issue of the state-owned company’s debt, and the long-term impact of the restructuring exercise on Trinidad and Tobago’s economy”.

Meanwhile, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin laRocque has in a congratulatory message paid tribute to the creativity and dynamism of the people of Trinidad and Tobago as well as recognising the “significant contributions” that the country has made to the regional integration process.

“Additionally, Trinidad and Tobago, as a founding member of the Community and lead Member State on regional security and energy issues, continues to make significant contributions to Caribbean integration and to the promotion and attainment of citizen and energy security,” he said.

United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, said that Washington and Port of Spain “have always enjoyed rich cross-cultural exchange, friendship, and the shared goal of building a more safe and secure region as underscored in the Caribbean 2020 strategy.

“We are grateful for the continued strong partnership as our countries work to deepen cooperation on trade, energy, and opportunity for all,” he said.

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ExxonMobil makes ninth discovery offshore Guyana

ExxonMobil makes ninth discovery offshore Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Aug. 30, CMC – The US based oil giant, ExxonMobil has announced the discovery of approximately 197 feet (60 metres) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir at the Hammerhead-1  – the ninth discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block  and the fifth within the last year.

President of ExxonMobil, Steve Greenlee says the Hammerhead-1 discovery reinforces the potential of the Guyana basin, where ExxonMobil is already maximizing value for all stakeholders through rapid phased developments and accelerated exploration plans.

“The Development options for Hammerhead will consider an ongoing evaluation of reservoir data, including a well test,” Greenlee said.

Discoveries of approximately four billion oil-equivalent barrels were made prior on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Liza Deep, Payara, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger, Pacora and Longtail with the potential for up to five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels per day by 2025.

A second exploration vessel, the Noble Tom Madden, is due to arrive in Guyana in October to accelerate exploration of high potential opportunities and will commence drilling at the Pluma prospect, approximately 17 miles (27 kilometres) from Turbot.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres .

ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is the operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.

First oil is expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2020.

Meanwhile, the government continues to put systems in place for the management of revenues from this new developing natural resource. Just recently, a green paper on the National Resource Fund (NRF) Guyana’s version of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) was laid in the National Assembly.

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Dr Jules and Dir Henri Yacou shake hands at OECS HQts

OECS and CGSS of Guadeloupe Sign Cooperation Agreement on Healthcare

General Director of the CGSS, Mr. Henri Yacou, signs Protocole d’Accord (MOU) in General Director of the CGSS, Mr. Henri Yacou, signs Protocole d’Accord (MOU) in Guadeloupe. (OECS Photo)

The OECS Commission has in an OECS Media Statement informed the following:

On Thursday, August 23, 2018 — Efforts to facilitate the ease of access to medical care in the French Departments of the Eastern Caribbean for nationals of OECS Member States were reinforced by a recent cooperation agreement signed by the OECS Commission and the General Social Security Fund of Guadeloupe (Caisse Generale Sécurité Sociale – CGSS).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS Commission and Mr. Henri Yacou, General Director of CGSS.

Inter alia, the Agreement seeks to:

  1. Address the administrative, logistical and financial barriers that OECS Member States face when accessing health services in the French Departments in the Eastern Caribbean; and
  2. Facilitate the exchange of information and capacity building in an effort to support the development of regional approaches to health services and the portability of health benefits backed by adequate health insurance.

The MOU follows a visit of the CGSS General Director, Mr. Henri Yacou, and his team to the OECS Commission’s offices in Saint Lucia in June, 2018.

Dr Jules and Dir Henri Yacou shake hands at OECS HQts

Dr. Didacus Jules said, “We are very aware of the exorbitant costs associated with extra-regional travel for medical care. The Commission has been actively seeking to create linkages with our French neighbours to expand access to specialised healthcare within the region and this agreement with the CGSS in Guadeloupe is a materialisation of these efforts. We look forward to deepening areas of cooperation in the years ahead.”

Mr. Henri Yacou informed, “It’s a real pleasure to have signed this agreement between CGSS and OECS.”

“I sincerely wish that this project will facilitate the free movement of citizens of the OECS to access health care in the best conditions possible.”



The CGSS team is presently working on a plan for:

  • A pilot project in the OECS with a French health insurance company;   
  • Unique identification numbers for citizens of Member States; and
  • A financially and legally secure partnership with hospital establishments of Guadeloupe, Martinique and St Martin.

 The Agreement came into effect in July 2018 and will last, in the first instance, for a period of three years.

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Antigua Observer Newspaper

Police investigate killing in Potters

Antigua Observer Newspaper
August 30, 2018

Undertakers from the Barnes Funeral home leaving with the body of a transgender woman of Potters who was killed on Wednesday. (Photo by Theresa Goodwin). Inset – Arnold better known as “Angel” in happier times (social media photo).

The police are questioning a man in connection with the killing of his partner, a transgender woman, who was found dead yesterday in the Potters Village home they shared.

The suspect reportedly turned himself over to the police shortly before midday on Wednesday and allegedly told them he had killed his wife. Up to last night lawmen had not officially released the name of the deceased or the circumstances that led to the death but one relative confirmed the deceased was Arnold Joseph.

Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Lesroy Bagot was only able to confirm to OBSERVER media late yesterday that “a man was stabbed to death” sometime on Wednesday. There was an apparent lack of awareness of the situation as lawmen   had earlier told our news agency the deceased was female, but then later advised us that the victim was a male, according to relatives.

At least one of the deceased person’s friends has sought to bring awareness to the issue, indicating that the victim “Angel”, was her “best friend.”

Stansha “Tranz” Barbie, a known transgender, has been mourning the loss of her friend on social media and she indicated that the deceased identified as transgender also.

A trans woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth.

In one of several Facebook live posts, she claimed that the deceased, whom she called “my transgender sister”, was in an abusive relationship and she often encouraged her to leave.

 Residents living in the area, close to the two-storey apartment where the body was found, also identified the deceased as “Angel” or “Arnold.”

It is alleged that “Angel” was involved in an argument with the suspect and was moving from their home when the tragedy unfolded.

Shem Mathew, a neighbour who lived in the downstairs section of the apartment, said he last saw “Angel” at the entrance of the apartment door shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday before he left for work.

Mathew said it was only after he arrived at work he received a phone call from his wife who gave him the bad news.

The visibly shaken man, who had returned to the scene, said he is saddened by the death of the individual.

“When I came out this [yesterday] morning I met her on the gallery bringing out some stuff and then the guy half opened the door telling her to leave the television until he is able to buy one for himself. It is quite unfortunate,” Mathew said.

He also indicated that he has had to intervene in several disturbances between the couple for the past few weeks at the house.

On the scene, there was a bag containing a number of items,  suggesting that someone was moving from the house.

Neighbours expressed condolences on the scene.

Meanwhile, family members who arrived on the scene of yesterday’s killing broke down in tears as they tried to come to terms with the reality of what had happened.

They huddled together and looked on as investigators went in and out of the apartment complex gathering evidence

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