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"I still don t feel like an over
achiever. I just feel like a regular
Jane. I hope when I go away to
university, I will be able to make
my parents proud again," said
Soliel Sachi Baldeosingh, one of
this year s President Medal win-
She was among six students
honoured by President Anthony
Carmona for their achievement
in the national examinations yes-
terday at the President s Medal
presentation ceremony at the
National Academy for the Per-
forming Arts (NAPA), Port-of-
Addressing the students, Car-
mona called on the awardees and
all those from their generation to
rise above the example set by the
older citizens and be true patriots
of the country who does selfless,
"When you are engaged in the
business of goodness, goodness
has no reciprocity," Carmona said.
Baldeosingh and Sandeep
Maharajh were presented with
the President s Medal Gold in
Caribbean Advance Proficiency
Baldeosingh was a student of
St Augustine Girls High School
(SAGHS) while Maharajh was a
former student of Presentation
Baldeosingh would begin read-
ing for a degree in law at the Lon-
don School of Economics.
Though she has achieved praise
for her achievement in CAPE,
Baldeosingh said she never
believed that she was the type of
person to win the President s
Medal, but now that she has, she
knows that she must continue to
"I feel nervous," Baldeosingh
told T&T Guardian. "Going off
to England is the beginning of
something new, and I hope that
I can make it at the university
level. I hope I can live up to this."
Maharajh s family and school-
mates were there to celebrate his
"It feels great of course to be
able to attend this function. Last
my friends receive the award and
now I am here. I am proud that
I am able to continue my school s
tradition of excellence. I feel hon-
oured to join this elite group of
President Medal winners,"
Maharajh is now a medical stu-
dent at the University of the West
Indies (UWI). However, his expe-
rience has not been ideal.
"I started UWI in September
and the work is building and get-
ting harder. I don t want to sound
controversial, but I wish that the
infrastructure of the UWI campus
could reflect the high level of
scholars in the institution,"
The President said more stu-
dents need role models at every
level and decided to extend the
President s Medal to students
writing the Caribbean Secondary
Examination Certificate (CSEC)
and Secondary Entrance Asses-
ment (SEA) Examination.
This is the second year stu-
dents outside of the CAPE degree
were honoured for their achieve-
ments in their exams.
We need more role
Top students honoured by President
Misprint on tariff card
causing maxi confusion
One week after new maxi taxi
fares along the East/West cor-
ridor took effect passengers says
they are confused over the short
drop fee. Commuters polled at
the City Gate Hub in Port-of-
Spain said they were unsure of
the correct short drop price.
The confusion arose owing to
a misprint on the tariff cards dis-
played in maxi taxis working
along the Eastern Main Road.
Brenton Knights, vice president
of the Route 2 Maxi Taxi Asso-
ciation, said the cost for short
drops on the Priority Bus Route
(PBR) is $4 and the cost for short
drops are on the Eastern Main
Road is $3.
"In one of the papers we clar-
ified that short drops along the
Eastern Main Road are $3 and the
Bus Route short drops are $4, but
you will still get people who are
confused. I just think that it is
the transition period that is going
on now," Knights said.
The fare increase began on
Marcial McLean, a commuter
from Mt Lambert said "It is about
time that they raise the fare. I
think it was too cheap before."
She said she thought the price
for the short drops were $3.
"It should stay to three. If you
want to go from here to there on
a short drop, people should not
have to pay $4," McLean said.
Another passenger, who only
identified herself as Patrice, said:
"This morning I was on the main
road to go from Curepe to Mt
Hope and I did not notice a dif-
ference. I then took the bus route
to Port-of-Spain. I guess I paid
$5. I did not realise that the fares
went up," she said.
Nicole Derrick, of Laventille,
also said she did not notice a
change in fares.
"I have been travelling whole
week and no one has charged me
$4 for a short drop. The whole
week I have been tavelling and
they have not charged me an extra
dollar," she said.
When asked about the dispar-
ity in the different experiences
the commuters had, Knights said
the drivers are still becoming
accustomed to the new price.
"When you introduce something
that is relatively new, it takes time
to adjust. We are not encounter-
ing any major problems. Some
drivers are still charging the old
prices and they have to get accus-
tomed to the prices," Knights said.
OTHER TOP ACHIEVERS
Rajeev Ram, a Lower Six student
from Naparima College, San
Fernando was named the most
outstanding student at CSEC. He
sat the examinations for 16
subjects in Form Five and earned
13 distinctions and three "normal
"I want to be a doctor, but so
much more. I have always been
different and curious about so
many things, so I also want to
have my own business. I want to
go into different fields. All these
different subjects will help me
focus on my dreams," Ram said.
Ram was honoured alongside
Jesse Ramkhalawan, from SAGHS.
Ramkhalawan earned eleven
distinctions, winning her the
President's Medal silver.
Ramkhalawan said she wants to
study Quantum Mathematics and
work for the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (Nasa).
Shivanna Chatoor, the first place
winner in SEA was also honoured.
Now attending Naparima Girls'
High School, San Fernando
Chatoor won the President's
Medial gold for primary education.
Her classmate and Cameel Juman,
originally from Grand Memorial
Presbyterian School, San Fernando
was given the President's Medial
Police officers help a visually impaired woman to cross lower High Street, San
Fernando yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
House pays tribute
to Martin Joseph
Glowing tribute was paid to for-
mer national security minister
Martin Joseph in the House of Rep-
Joseph, who was MP for St Ann s
East from 1995 to 2002, drowned
on Monday at Grange Bay, Tobago.
Joseph, 64, was also a senator
from 2002 to 2010. He was the
deputy campaign manager for the
People s National Movement and
key strategist for the 2015 general
Sports Minister Dr Rupert Griffith,
said Joseph was an "easy-going and
down-to-earth man who never ran
One minute s silence was observed
as a mark of respect for his pass-
Griffith said he remembered
Joseph s commitment to work and
his lack of fear to challenges.
He said Joseph "stayed the course
in doing the people s business." He
said the country was "poorer today
by the loss of this great son of the
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley said Joseph was fully committed
to serving this country and "stayed
the course, which was a difficult
Rowley described Joseph was "a
gentleman, not boisterous, not
unreasonable and not a show-off."
He said Joseph s death was a great
loss to the country and the party.
"We are having difficulty replacing
him," Rowley added.
House Speaker Wade Mark also
joined in the tributes saying Joseph
was "extremely hard working (and)
a man dedicated to his responsibil-
ities in public life."
Joseph is to be buried at the
Lapeyrouse Cemetery today follow-
ing this morning s funeral service
at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in
HELPING THE BLIND
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