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Education: 2017 CSEC Results released – QC shines in top performers

Education: 2017 CSEC results…QC shines in top performers’ row

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are usually taken by students after five years of secondary school, and mark the end of standard secondary education.

Michael Bhopaul of Queen’s College [QC] was yesterday recognised as the student with the highest number of grade one passes, when Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, officially announced the results of the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate [CSEC] examination.     

Bhopaul, according to the Minister of Education, secured a total of 24 grade ones [with 21 distinctions] and one grade two.  

But he wasn’t the only QC student in the spotlight yesterday. Among the others recognised for their outstanding performances were: Rawleeta Barrow (19 Ones), Roshawn Cummings (16 Ones), Jelena Arjune (14 Ones, 4 twos), Sydney Fraser (13 Ones, 3 twos), Cheri Frank (13 Ones, 2 twos), Jeevan Dalip (13 Ones, 1 two), Stephen Lewis (13 Ones, 1 two), Alyssa Nurse (13 Ones), Vishal Jack (12 Ones, 4 twos), Amisha Mohanlall (12 Ones, 3 twos), Diego Barnett (12 Ones, 2 twos), Leonardo Gobin (12 Ones,2 twos).  Continue reading

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 FUNERAL FOR CTK’S – RALPH ROACHFORD

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 FUNERAL FOR CTK’S – RALPH ROACHFORD
By Waltie Ainsworth

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Mr. Ralph Roachford

The dean of acolytes within the Willingboro Christ the King (CTK) Episcopal Church, Mr. Ralph Roachford has died. Ralph wielded tremendous influence within the church organization and was 82 at the time of his death.
Ralphs great grandparents were from Barbados but he was third generation Brooklynite. He never lost the Bajan accent or a taste for fine foods and liquor from the region. He was also somewhat of a techno geek. He loved technology because in his head, it was the only thing in the marketplace that was going down in prices as against food, fuel, furniture and funerals.

A special mass and tribute is planned for dearly beloved Ralph on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10.00 am at his home church CTK on Charleston Road in Willingboro NJ, just off of Route 130.   Continue reading

AIR GUYANA AIRLINE LAUNCH SLATED FOR MASHRAMANI

AIR GUYANA AIRLINE LAUNCH SLATED FOR MASHRAMANI

By Waltie Ainsworth

Any day now the new and improved reconstituted Guyana Airways will take to the friendly skies covering international ports such as Havana Cuba, Toronto Canada, Miami Florida, Kingston Jamaica and the traditional JFK in New York.

This new airline will bear the insignia of Air Guyana under a special arrangement with FLY JAMAICA.

Mashramani is our indigenous word which means celebration after a cooperative effort, and is observed annually on February 23rd, which is also the date that Guyana celebrates its Republican status. Air Guyana will take to the air during this special season promising low fares, comfortable accommodation, on-time arrivals and departures, good food and superb ambiance.   Continue reading

President Obama Lauds Caribbean Roots Media Icon Gwen Ifill

President Obama Lauds Caribbean Roots Media Icon Gwen Ifill

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Gwen Ifill

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Nov. 15, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama was among thousands around the world paying tribute to Caribbean-roots media icon Gwen Ifill, who passed away Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 61.

Ifill, who was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor of PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS, was born in New York City to a mother from Barbados and a father who was a Panamanian of Barbadian descent and a church minister.     Continue reading

50th Independence Anniversary Message from Victoria’s Hugh A. Saul, Honorary Consul, Guyana Consulate Belize

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Hugh A. Saul

Hugh Saul   May 26 2016

50th Independence Anniversary Message from Victoria’s Hugh A. Saul, Honorary Consul, Guyana Consulate Belize

Guyana 50th LogoMay 26th 2016, marks the 50th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence, which took place on May 26, 1966. Fifty years, is but a short time in the life of a country, and today as we reflect on our Independence, we are mindful of the struggles of our forefathers who, over many centuries toiled, fought, resisted and in some cases died, in the cause of freedom and basic human rights. Our forefathers joined our Amerindian brothers and sisters in British Guyana by force of European arms, as they were transported from Africa, Portugal, China and India to create and develop what is now Guyana.

Guyana’s march to Political Independence was not an easy one. Our forefathers survived slavery, indentureship, colonial domination, physical and emotional hardships as they journeyed towards political independence.

Today, as we extend that struggle towards economic independence, we are mindful of the challenges that lie ahead of us as we march on this road, which hopefully, will bring prosperity to all of Guyana’s sons and daughters. Continue reading

Other flours: major weapons in the fight against diabetes and other non-communicable diseases:

Other flours- cassava, sweet potato and breadfruit- are increasingly being regarded as major weapons in the fight against diabetes and other non-communicable diseases- says top agricultural expert.

[Demerara Waves – 2 November 2015] – International Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) Representative to Barbados, Ena Harvey said her organisation was pushing the use of high-fibre root crops in the Caribbean as part of a regional food and nutrition security.

“Root crops are very high in fibre, low glycemic content so that they are good for diabetes-based diets, and you know we have a tsunami of non-communicable diseases here in the Caribbean so we are looking to get persons to use more root crop-based foods,” she told Demerara Waves Online News ahead of the Pacific-Caribbean Agriculture-Food Forum on Agriculture which begins Monday in Barbados.  Continue reading

Jamaica calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery

Jamaica calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery

Downing Street says David Cameron does not believe compensation is the right approach ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica

Portia Simpson Miller, the Jamaican prime minister, called for non-confrontational discussions about reparations in 2013.
Portia Simpson Miller, the Jamaican prime minister, called for non-confrontational discussions about reparations in 2013. Photograph: Collin Reid/AP