FAO SUBREGIONAL COORDINATOR HIGHLIGHTS CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE REGION
Speaking at a Press Conference on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Coordinator of the FAO Subregional office, Barbados, Mr. John Ronald Dipchandra (Deep) Ford, said there are critical issues facing the region. Mr. Ford was a member of the FAO delegation to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Mr. Ford mentioned the need to find alternative crops because of the decline of banana and sugar production; to stimulate opportunities for sustainable livelihoods; to use technology to create enabling environments; to get youths involved in the agriculture industry; and the increasing food imports into the region.
To this end, Ford pointed to the increase of non-communicable diseases in the region and linked to this poor eating habits and lifestyles among people. Therefore, he issued a call to parents and communities to make life style changes.
Ford added that negative impacts to agriculture have increased because of climate change thus the region needs to address sustainable systems in agriculture.
16th July, 2013
2) Chief of Police, Commissioner Keith Miller will be relieved of his duties as of Monday July 15. While his successor is yet to be announced, some members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines are already celebrating his departure.
The Hon Nigel Stephenson said he was engaged in a conversation yesterday with some members of the force who was already celebrating the commissioner’s departure.
According to Stephenson the officers complained that they are unhappy with what the police force has become, and are now hoping that it will be the institution that it once was.
Vincentians have an integral role to play in the growth and sustainable productivity of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Those were the words of Lauron Baptiste the opposition candidate contesting the next general election in the area of North Windward.
Baptiste said he recognizes that all political parties and independent candidates believes that they can generate economic growth for this country but for some it is simply an idea which they have no intention to develop.
He further added that Vincentians care more about how they will be cared for than what politicians know and consequently the New Democratic Party will be meeting the needs of Vincentians.
Baptiste also pointed out that the rate at which St. Vincent and Grenadines grows is dependent upon the best operating performances of our industries.
He gives the assurance that the NDP when ushered into office will be implementing measures that will return profitable outcome in the sustainability of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
1) Opposition Senator and lawyer, Vynnette Frederick was, yesterday afternoon, slapped with nine charges following the dismissal of six charges that were brought against her in 2012.
Andrew Pilgrim, QC, a Barbadian, who is a member of the defense team, said the nine charges are alarmingly similar to those that were before the court before.”
According to reports Frederick was charged with making false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence.
The six charges dismissed yesterday relates to evidence that Frederick submitted as part of private complaint against Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves after the December 2010 general elections.
The elected representative for South Leeward speaking on Fredrick’s arrest last evening said it was something akin to the French revolution.
Fredrick’s appeared in Family Court this morning where nine charges by President of the Family Court Colleen MacDonald. She pleaded not guilty to them all. The next court date is July 31st, 2013 in Mesopotamia before magistrate Rickie Burnett.
REGISTRATION of FORM 1 STUDENTS – Buccament Bay Secondary School
May you kindly air this public service announcement daily until the event has past?
We do thank you in advance.
Registration for the Common Entrance students to the Buccament Bay Secondary School will take place on Thursday 18th July 2013, beginning at 9 a.m.
To complete the registration processes, please bring along your child/ward with the following:-
1. An original Birth Certificate & 1 Photocopy of the Birth Certificate
[The original Birth Certificate will be given back to you upon verification]
2. Original Common Entrance Result Slip
3. 2 Passport size pictures
4. Book Loan & Ancillary Fees ($230.00) that is:
Rental of some text books = $50.00
Exercise Books per doz. = $24.00
Activity Fee = $50.00
School Hand Book = $11.00
School Tie = $35.00
P.E. Uniform = $60.00_
Please be reminded that only the parents or guardians must accompany the students.
Other representatives WILL NOT be accepted.
Kay Martin-Jack (Mrs.)…
History was created in Barbados for the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus and the Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC) when the UWI Open Campus was bestowed institutional accreditation status. The ceremony was held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the BAC’s headquarters in St. Michael, Barbados and was streamed live across the Caribbean to the various locations of the Open Campus in 16 countries.
In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of the (BAC), Ms. Yvonne Walkes, stated that “institutional accreditation by an authorised agency such as the BAC will give learners and the wider national community greater confidence in the quality of the overall operations of your Open Campus. International accreditation further signals to the international tertiary education and training community Barbados’ commitment as a nation to the provision of high quality post-secondary/tertiary education and that our country’s training provides value for money.”
She stated that in order to achieve this status, all aspects of the educational institution have to be reviewed and examined including their vision and mission, the standards of their educational provisions, their goals and objectives and the effectiveness of their administrative process and other areas. In doing so, they have established that the educational institution is operating at a high level.
Ms. Walkes further said that this accreditation that the BAC offers also provides an opportunity for educational institutions such as the Open Campus to aim to improve the quality of their operations on a regular basis and the process to get there requires a lot of dedication and evaluation of the various processes and services involved.
“Accreditation bodies such as the BAC seek to engage the services of competent independent evaluators to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of providers. The preparation for accreditation, including the self-evaluation process and the site visit, calls for substantial investment of time and effort by tertiary educational providers, accreditation bodies and persons who serve on evaluation teams. As you know the cost of the visit of the evaluator team is borne by the provider.”
At the close of her remarks, Ms. Walkes presented the Certificate of Institutional Accreditation to Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald. In expressing her deep appreciation to the BAC for the signal honour of being the first institution to achieve accreditation from the BAC, the Principal stated that the “accreditation process for the Open Campus was not an accident, but began as a result of careful consideration and deliberations by the Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris, and members of the Executive Management Committee of the UWI”. She also revealed that the road to achieving accreditation was not clear-cut, because of the regional spread of the UWI Open Campus. She, however, gave much credit to the staff and students of the UWI Open Campus who worked assiduously to ensure that the self-study process and the accreditation visit were successful.
Quoting from Philip Crosby that “quality has to be the fabric of the organization, not part of the fabric”, the Principal opined that the accreditation exercise brought about the realisation that quality is indeed the fabric of the Open Campus. She added that the Open Campus “… used the institutional accreditation standards of the Barbados Accreditation Council as a catalyst for self-evaluation. It did not hide from the truths that the evaluation revealed but genuinely looked at how it could address them – at how it could turn weaknesses into strengths.”
Professor Simmons-McDonald emphasised that the achievement of institutional accreditation for six years after only five years of existence was “a ‘major endorsement of the quality of our programme offerings and services to our students and it validates the University’s decision in 2007 to establish an Open Campus. Ours is indeed a Campus for the times, a Campus for the Future!”
The ceremony was chaired by Ms. Valda Alleyne, Executive Director of the Barbados Accreditation Council. In attendance were Mr. Kenneth Walters, Deputy Chairperson, Barbados Accreditation Council, Chief Education Officer, Mr. Laurie King, Board member of the Barbados Accreditation Council; Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald; Deputy Principal, Professor Vivienne Roberts, staff of the BAC, and staff and alumni of the University of the West Indies Open Campus and other University personnel.
The SVG Gospel Fest Committee will open Gospel Fest 2013 with an evening of “Lifting Jesus Up” on Sunday at the Victoria Park.
The opening will feature top local gospel artiste along with featured performances from a guest artiste.
Admission to the opening is ten dollars. It will commence at 6pm.
Zonal Showcases including workshops and crusades will take at various venues around the country during the month of April.
The Ministry of Education in conjunction with the St. Martin Secondary School is working to design a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)Program, which will be available to all students throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Ministry has been working with specialist teachers in the areas of Physics, Biology, English and Mathematics who would be part of a summer camp team.
Some of the courses available are game development, web design and concentrated physics. This new thrust is expected to allow students to confidently assess, interpret and manipulate information in order to increase their knowledge and proficiency.
Share holders of the building & Loan association are concerned about the affair of the association and would like Luke Browne to stop speaking in Public forum on the matter which is a request by the shareholders members.
Outlining some concerns with the association which triggered the intervention of the FSA.
Jerry George, a member of the share holders association said the person who started the chattering about the association should stop. All this came as a result of Luke Browne’s letter at the beginning of the year.
The committee met with the FSA, and George said there was a program where Luke Browne was involved he said they thought since there has been an agreement on both sides, they believe the person who started this should be influenced to stop speaking on the matter, because every time that person appears it reminds persons of the dire situation of the BLA. He further disclosed that they wrote to the FSA to ask them to use their influence to stop Mr. Luke Browne from being out there engaging in various public forum on the subject.
George said when people talk to the Building and Loan they talk more of the share holders but the depositors have much more at stake than the share holders he said the share holders had up to about 60 million and the depositors had up to 100 plus million so should be spoken to directly by the FSA
Chairman of the BLA Junior Bachas said in a press briefing earlier this week said meeting with the FSA said they understand the situation that they have to deal with they have I.T challenges, governance issues in relation to legislation and rules, management of liquidity as there are large request for redrawal so they have to fine a way to manage. And its within their best interest
He said they want they general public to understand and cooperate with their effort and understand that and help in what ever way as in withdrawing your request for refund and let them manage the liquidity in a better will be useful.
A call is again being made to the governing party the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government to pack up and move out. The call reiterated by Senator and Lawyer Dr. Linton Lewis has been enunciated by other members of the Opposition party the New Democratic Party for some time now.
Dr. Lewis yesterday said the government is unable to respond to criticisms from the NDP by coming forward with meaningful solutions to rectify the ills in our society, leaving persons to wonder what exactly the government is doing.
He further added that since the ULP has lost its creative and productive juice, they should put the country first and allow the New Democratic Party to return the country on a successful path.