A passenger in a route 42 minibus was on Sunday arrested following the discovery of pistol and several matching rounds of ammunition on his person.According to reports, at about 14:10h, Police acting on information intercepted the minibus along the Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara, and conducted a search.During the search, one occupant was found with a .32 pistol along with eight matching rounds of ammunition in his possession. The illegal gun and ammo were found tucked in his pants waist.He was taken into Police custody and is expected to be charged shortly.
The Guyana Power Light (GPL) Inc will be conducting line maintenance from February 27 to March 1 and several communities may experience power outages according to a statement from the company.The maintenance will commence on Wednesday, February 27, at Cove and John on the East Coast of Demerara from 08:00h to 17:00h.On Wednesday, February 28, it will continue in Zeeburg on the West Coast of Demerara from 08:00h to 17:00h.The maintenance process will conclude on Thursday, March 1, in Georgetown in areas including North and South Ruimveldt, Lamaha Park and Springs, Tucville, Festival City, Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Shirley Field Ridley Square, Alexander Village and River View, Ruimveldt, also from 08:00h to 17:00h.GPL advises persons residing in these areas to be on the lookout when these activities are being conducted.
2017 NGSA resultsBY VAHNU MANIKCHANDAfter years of Guyana struggling with low pass rates in Mathematics at theEducation Minister Nicolette HenryNational Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examination, new measures implemented have resulted in improved performances recorded this year.This was revealed by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Friday as she announced the results of this year’s NGSA.Given the continued poor performance in Mathematics; one of the core subjects, President David Granger through his Cabinet stepped in to have an emergency Mathematics intervention plan.This move resulted in the Ministry implementing recommended measures such as training of teachers in content and methodology, developing learning communities where teachers were able to share information and experiences regarding mathematical concepts, and the recruitment of monitors and coordinators to ensure that the emergency plan was implemented in the classrooms.Enhancement of public relations, parental involvement in the education of children and acquisition of support materials for students such as mock exams were also among the new initiatives undertaken by the Ministry.These measures, Minister Henry noted, have been fruitful given the improvedA packed room in the boardroom of the Education Ministry where the 2017 NGSA results were announced on Fridayperformances at Mathematics, which recorded a whopping 32 per cent increase when compared to last year in the number of students who obtained 50 per cent and more pass rate.Over the past three years, the trend of Maths performance is 37.49 per cent pass rate in 2015, 13.85 in 2016 and 45.6 per cent this year. This year, the students were tested in this subject based on their knowledge, algorithmic thinking and reasoning.Nevertheless, the similar increasing trend was also seen in the other subject areas.In 2015, English recorded 45.88 per cent, 41.62 per cent the following year and in 2017 54.1 per cent pass rate of students gaining more than 50 per cent. “This is the first time in many years that we were able to get over 50 per cent passes in a subject area and that is absolutely phenomenal,” the Minister stated.For this subject, the candidates were tested in the areas of reading, comprehension and vocabulary; structure and mechanics; content, focus, vocabulary, language and organisation.The figures for Science were 44.12 in 2015, 27.55 in 2016 and 46.3 per cent this year. In this subject, they were tested for knowledge, comprehension and application.Meanwhile, there was a 46.5 per cent pass rate recorded in 2015 for Social Studies, 46.1 per cent in 2016 and 47.6 per cent in 2017. Knowledge, conceptual understanding and use of knowledge were the areas tested.Going forward, Minister Henry outlined that the Ministry has very ambitious but realistic targets that would ensure the students can realise their full potential. She noted that they will be focusing on these structural interventions undertaken to work assiduously to achieve their objectives.“We believe here in education that if we are to increase across the board in terms of quality and delivery, our objective is to ensure that irrespective of which school you would be placed or which region you’re from that you are reaching your best potential,” she asserted.Zooming in on the measure implemented, the Minister underscored the importance of some such as parental involvement. She noted that the Ministry cannot achieve its goal if parents are not involved in the process and play their part in moulding the children. “So it’s a collaborative process,” she posited.Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson said this year’s stellar performance represents a turning around in the education sector. He noted that the Ministry will retain and build on those plans and measures that have worked so far to repeat this year’s performance in the future.On this note, he urged that support be placed behind these students. “We will hold high expectations of our students. If you don’t feel our children can perform they will not perform, if you believe that there is something in them that will make them do well you will push and cause them to do well…,” Hutson remarked.Furthermore, the Chief Education Officer outlined that going forward, the issue of accountability will be brought into focus.“Accountability of student’s performance at the level of the school and classroom will be brought sharply into focus. Schools have to perform, we can’t have schools that are not performing for decades and nothing is done about that. Schools must perform,” he stated.Moreover, Hutson warned the education officers at the different level not to be complacent following this high of success, which was achieved in such a short time.“Our watch words will be sustainability and continued improvement because there’re times when we could become cocky and believe that we’re doing well and we lose focus… So we have to sustain what has worked and is working even after we get as close as possible to the 100 per cent mark,” noted the CEO.Cabinet in October of 2016 had mandated that a strategy be established targeting improvements in students’ performance in the core subject areas. That plan, which was spearheaded by the Chief Education Officer, was subsequently approved and implemented.
-submitted The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers participated in the Dawson Creek Atom Tournament over the weekend. Games results are as follows:Game 1The Pimms Production Atom Flyers played Ft. Nelson Fury on Friday night. The Flyers won 11 – 2. Jacob Lang and Aaron Kosinsky each got hattricks, with Teagan McMullen, Trey Hipkiss, Austin Crossely, and Thomas Pope contributed with singles. FSJâ€™s Damen Kraeleman also netted a goal on a penalty shot. Coleman McAffery faced 13 shots between the pipes for FSJ.Game 2The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers played Fairview Jr. Kings on Saturday morning. The Flyerâ€™s held on to a 6-5 win. Jacob Lang and Adom Bowie rallied for 2 goals each, with singles coming from Trey Hipkiss, and Thomas Pope. Jessie McArthur played strong in net facing 22 shots.- Advertisement -Game 3The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers final game in round robin play saw the 9 year olds face off against Peace River Mustangs Saturday afternoon. FSJâ€™s Teagan McMullen scored the only goal for the Flyerâ€™s in an 8-1 loss to the Mustangs. Game 4The Flyerâ€™s secured 4th place out of 7 teams after round robin play and had to face the Peace River Mustangs again in the semi-finals on Sunday. FSJâ€™s Damen Kraeleman opened the scoring early in the first period to put the Flyerâ€™s up 1-0. This would end up being the Flyerâ€™s only goal of the game, as the Mustangs rallied back for a final score of 5-1. The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyers finished in 4th place.The Pimmâ€™s Production Atom Flyerâ€™s travel to Nampa, AB next weekend as they resume All Peace League action against the Peace River Mustangs.Advertisement
1 Cameron Jerome’s double fired Norwich back into the Championship top two as they ended a five game win-less run and swept aside a feeble Bolton.The Canaries came racing out of the blocks and deservedly got their reward on 11 minutes when the ex-Stoke man struck.Showing his Premier League experience, Jerome nodded down a long ball, before collecting a return pass and firing confidently home.Bolton boss Neil Lennon looked short of ideas on how to stop the rampaging hosts, who went close to a second through Kyle Lafferty and Steven Whittaker efforts.Nathan Redmond’s trickery and pace was causing all sorts of problems for the retreating Trotters, and the England Under-21 international almost found the net, only for Andy Lonergan to tip the ball onto the post.But just five minutes later Jerome showed his team-mate how it was done, lethally meeting Gary O’Neill’s corner for his eighth Championship goal this season.Knowing another goal would see them topple league leaders Derby on goal difference, Norwich proceeded to go in search of a third.However, Lonergan’s heroics in the Bolton prevented such a scenario occurring, and with time ticking away Lee Chung-yong grabbed a late consolation for the visitors. Norwich striker Cameron Jerome scores against Bolton