The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) on Friday announced that there is an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students scoring between Grade One and Three after the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results were analysed.It also stated that despite a drop in the number of persons writing the exams, there was an increase in the number of subjects being written by students. The results were officially released on Friday in Anguilla.During the presentation of the results, it was noted that 55,130 males wrote the exams compared to 77,544 females.However, there was a decline in the performance in Mathematics when compared to 2015. Overall performance in Mathematics saw a 13 per cent decrease. Candidates recorded a 44 per cent pass rate in Mathematics this year as opposed to 57 per cent in 2015.Glenroy Cumberbatch, a Registrar at CXC in Barbados noted that there has been a general decline in the Science subjects over the past two years. Also, a decline in Information Technology was also recorded.On the other hand, English Language saw an improvement from 60 per cent in 2015 to 67 per cent in 2016.Meanwhile, the performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) saw the region attaining a success rate of 90 per cent. The official results for both exams were released on Friday night at 22:00h.Guyana has been struggling to boost its student performance in Mathematics and English, but last year the country saw improved pass rates at the level of CXC and CAPE. This prompted Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine to register commendations to the students for their overall performance.Chief Education Officer Olato Sam had also disclosed, with respect to Guyana, that the analysis of the 2015 CSEC results revealed that the overall pass rate at the General and Technical proficiencies for Grades One to Three was 62.72 per cent as compared to 60.21 per cent in 2014, while the overall 2015 Grades One to Four pass rate was 84.4 per cent.Of the 35 subject areas written in 2015, 15 recorded excellent performance with the Grades One to Three passes exceeding 75 per cent. In addition, satisfactory performances were recorded in 13 subjects, where the Grades One to Three passes surpassed 50 per cent and Grades One to Four passes were in excess of 75 per cent.With CXC’s 2016 results out, observers are awaiting the breakdown to confirm whether Guyana has also registered a decline in the areas of Mathematics, Science and Information Technology compared to last year’s figures.What is certain at this point is that in order for students who wrote the CSEC to uplift their results, they must return all borrowed textbooks that were issued by the Ministry.The Education Ministry in a recent release had outlined that “Students who fail to return the textbooks, which were loaned to them by their school, will not be able to access their CXC results. This request is in keeping with the Ministry’s Textbook Policy, which states: “Learners must return books before Progress Reports, Examination Results, Recommendations, or References are uplifted.”The Ministry said it was forced to adopt this “unfortunate position in an effort to provide adequate textbooks and similar opportunities to the next batch of students.”
Two persons are now in Police custody after some 29 kilograms of compressed marijuana was unearthed on Wednesday morning in a vehicle in which they were travelling.According to reports, acting on information received, the Police intercepted the motor car about 08:00h at Number Five Village, West Coast Berbice.The vehicle, which was Georgetown-bound, had two occupants and during a search, the ranks found the illegal substance concealed in the trunk.The suspects, both of whom hail from the East Coast of Demerara, were arrested. They are currently being processed for court.
The Grande Prairie club did well at this Sundays 26th annual Northern Time Trial Championships on the Cecil Lake circuit.This event also serves as 2 Challenge Cup events. GP’s Blaine ‘Cannonball’ Richter won the morning 16 km time trial with a 21:20. Team mate Richard Fletcher was second at 21:38 and Pat Ferris third at 24:06. Tanner Broadbent of GP was 4th at 24:38 and Bob Andrews 5th at 24:44.Blaine Richter lead his GP A team of Richard Fletcher, Garth Campbell and Tanner Broadbent on to win the afternoon 40 km team time trial with a 59:08 minute time. The Blizzard A group of Bob Andrews, Pat Ferris, Les Elliott and Gilbert Bilodeau was second at 1:02:27. Blizzard B of Darren Guliov, Roger St. Jean, Kent Pedersen, Kevin Shaw and Cam Chiorando were third at 64:39.- Advertisement -The Blizzards still won the Sunday race series with 67 points to GP’s 38 and DC’s 4. The Blizzards are leading the series with 4 races to go.Thanks to Patricia Emery, Pat Andrews, Bob Andrews and Claire Richter for timing and organizing!Other 16 km times were Roger St. Jean was 6th at 24:53, Garth Campbell 24:54, Kevin Shaw 26:28, Richard Wood/Warren Miller 27:01, Sam Keats 27:28, Jamie Maxwell 27:56, Barb Polehoykie 27:57, Floyd Polehoykie 28:02, Francis Plum 28:08, Owen Giebelhaus 28:23, Ken Nix 28:54, Eric Wolf 29:18, George Gamble 31:39 and Cherie Dunn 37:28.Advertisement Other Team Time trial times were: Sandy McDonald, Jolea Bilodeau, Sam Keats and Barb Polehoykie 4th at 1:09:47, Ken Nix, Dean Lowry, Jamie Maxwell and Dean Lowry 5th at 1:11:32 for 5th, Kevin Fell, Owen Giebelhaus, Warren Miller and Francis Plum 1:14:03 for 6th and Christina Woodruff, Kathryn Fairweather, Eric Wolf and Melanie Chapple 1:22:08 for 7th.Coming up:-Thursday night Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm-Sunday road race on the Club Championship Montney Highway- Rose Prairie road loop at 10: 00 am. It starts at the intersection of the 246 road and the old Montney highway.
By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – Fort St. John residents trickled in to City Hall on Thursday to see what the City is doing to tackle global warming.The open house was to generate feedback on the ‘Sustainability and Climate Change’ update to the Official Community Plan.The OCP is basically a map that charts the future of Fort St. John. It’s also a framework through which policies and procedures can be developed to make decisions relating to land use and development.As outlined in the Local Government Act, municipalities must include greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in their community plans.Fort St. John has a target of reducing emissions by 1% below 2007 levels by 2020. Then, the reduction target increases to 6.5% below 2007 levels by 2025, and then 12% below 2007 levels by 2030.Advertisement The City plans to do this through a number of ways, including the implementation of an improved land use pattern, an improved public transportation network, and a focus on increased alternative energy usage.The City is also proposing a number of guidelines that will be added to the Development Permit Areas section. The guidelines range from water conservation to energy conservation.For a copy of the proposed Environmental Sustainability update and the Development Permit Areas update, click on the attachments below. Photo: Planning Consultant Jake Hughson from Urban System (the company that help put the plan together) explains details of the OCP to Fort St. John resident Brent Hodson – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
It also notified shipping companies to make alternative short term arrangements to move their natural gas, and reports indicate at least four did—including Crew Energy—which halted production in the Montney.The outage is the latest to hit Calgary-based producers after a winter of unplanned and maintenance shutdowns on TransCanada and Spectra Energy gathering lines which also reduced production for companies here in Northeastern B.C. and Northwestern Alberta. At last report the Alliance Pipeline System was still closed preventing the average transportation of 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of liquids rich natural gas from Northeastern B.C. and North Dakota, to the Chicago area.The pipeline operator is Calgary based Keyera Corporation, and it says a brief operational error during maintenance activity last Wednesday morning allowed poisonous hydrogen sulphide to enter the main line at a gas plant located about 60 kilometers southwest of Valleyview.The plant is designed to remove sulphur from as much as 250 million cubic feet of sour gas per day, and Keyera President David Smith is quoted as saying “Under normal operation there are a number of different fail-safes that would catch this, but it appears in this case they didn’t work the way they should have”.- Advertisement -However, the H2S was detected by monitoring equipment after the release was reported and Alliance says the incident is the first for the fourteen year old system.The pipeline is a jointly owned by an affiliate of Enbridge and Veresen, and Alliance closed the nearly four thousand kilometre system Friday morning, without saying, how much H2S had entered the line, or giving any clear indication how long it’s expected to take to remove it.The tainted gas was stopped in Southeastern Saskatchewan and targeted for disposal by flaring at a compressor station east of Estevan, and Alliance says there’s no public health risk provided it stays in the system.Advertisement
0Shares0000Patriota denied reports that former Barcelona and Paris Saint-German star Ronaldinho was to run for a seat in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais © AFP/File / MARVIN RECINOSRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Dec 16 – A far-right Brazilian party on Friday denied reports that World Cup-winning footballer Ronaldinho is to be one of its candidates in elections for the Senate.“There is no agreement between the party and Ronaldinho for him to launch a bid for a Senate seat,” the party, Patriota, said. Patriota is led by Jair Bolsonaro, a firebrand former army officer dubbed the “Brazilian Donald Trump” who is riding high in opinion polls ahead of next year’s presidential elections.O Globo’s website reported Thursday that former Barcelona and Paris Saint-German star Ronaldinho was to run for a seat in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.The article showed a photograph of Ronaldinho with Bolsonaro, with the footballer holding a copy of a book by the politician.Patriota’s president Adilson Barroso said: “He is not a member of our party, but the door is open and it would be an honour to have him with us.”Ronaldinho, 37, won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Jose Mourinho was fined and threatened with a one-match stadium ban because his comments may have suggested implications of bias, talkSPORT has been told.Darren Bailey, the FA’s director of football governance and regulation spoke to Drivetime to clarify the rules regarding the commenting on match officials after a game.The Chelsea manager has appealed the decision to fine him and consequently Bailey was unable to speak on the situation as the case is active.However, he did clarify the position of the FA and said they are not trying to stifle a manager’s freedom of expression.“We get the passion, we get the emotion, we get that managers want to blow off some steam – we’re not for blocking their comment,” he said.“What we do is lay some parameters around it so people can understand what is expected of them.“If in a post-match interview, or indeed any stage, you want to make a comment on the performance of a match official, we don’t have a problem with that.“Where we do have a problem is when people start to stray into implications of bias, if they start to attack their integrity or if they are particularly personally offending.“English football needs to be seen to be clean and straight. If there are any suggestions that anyone involved in the game has problems with their integrity or are making decisions, for the wrong reasons then we’ve got a problem.“All we are trying to do is protect the wider fabric of the game and be clear that we are not stopping reasonable comment of a performance.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre So whereas Davis had the dot-com boom, Schwarzenegger had the real-estate bubble. Like Gray, Arnold signed on to spending patterns that presupposed permanent prosperity – a foolish and foreseeable error, especially last summer, when the housing market was already in trouble. Now, only four months after assuring us that the budget was balanced and had a $4 billion reserve, state number-crunchers predict a $10 billion shortfall over the next two years. The state’s financial situation is dark – Gray, actually. IN hindsight, it’s only fitting that Arnold Schwarzenegger swept into office by recalling Gray Davis. Because the way things are going these days, we find ourselves recalling Davis all the time. Davis, you might, er, recall, was given the boot for allowing California to run up a massive budget deficit. Under his watch, Sacramento locked itself into outrageous spending patterns based on the assumption that the dot-com boom would last forever. It didn’t, Gray got dumped, and along came Arnold, who has proved to be little more than a Davis sequel. Although Schwarzenegger proposed strong spending restraints in 2005, they were crushed at the polls thanks to heavy opposition from the labor unions and other special interests. At that point, Arnold seemed to lose all interest in fiscal responsibility.
GARDAÍ have been left red-faced this evening – for illegal parking at a soccer match.An Armed Response Unit vehicle was parked up to watch a game this evening between Donegal Gardai and Sligo Gardai at the LYIT soccer pitches in Letterkenny.But the LYIT campus – notorious for its lack of parking – operates a strict policy on vehicles parking on either double yellow lines, or on grass verges. As you can see from this Donegal Daily picture however there are strictly no exceptions.Even Gardai must abide by the law.And so LYIT parking staff have attached a large white sticker to the Armed Response Unit vehicle.Signs warning of the parking restrictions are just a few yards away. “There are no exceptions to the rules, not even for the guards,” said one member of LYIT staff.“It’s not a fixed penalty notice, just a warning. And clamping can often follow if the restriction continues,” she added.Last we heard the match was tied at 0-0.BREAKING THE LAW! GARDA CAR GETS RED CARD FOR ILLEGAL PARKING AT SOCCER MATCH was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGarda carILLEGAL PARKINGsligo
RTE’s North West correspondent Eileen Magnier will share her experience in the media business at the Donegal Women in Business Networking Event.Eileen Magnier (centre) will speak to Donegal businesswomen.She will be guest speaker at the network’s biggest event of the year in An Grianán Hotel on Wednesday, September 11.This is a cross border event with the Donegal Women in Business Network and Women in Enterprise Derry. Hardworking businesswomen from Donegal and Derry will talk in an interview style show, and there will be a questions and answers session.Business experts will have tables open to discuss the industry and offer advice to all attendees.The theme of the event is “Gathering of all Past, Present & Future” members. It will take place at An Grianán Hotel Burt on Wednesday September 11. Registration is at 10.45am. Admission fee is €15.Places are limited and registration is essential. You can register by emailing Rachel – RWasson@donegalenterprise.ie / Grace Ann – firstname.lastname@example.org / or Denise -email@example.com by Monday 9th September. RTE’S EILEEN MAGNIER TO TEACH DONEGAL BUSINESSWOMEN A LESSON was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Women in Business Networking Eventeileen magnerRTE