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Guyana national Debra Amata has
topped the SEA examination in Toba-
go.The 12-year-old Signal Hill Govern-
ment Primary School student moved
to Tobago in 2014 with her parents,
who are both medical doctors attached
to the Scarborough General Hospital.
A very outspoken Debra scored
238.298 points and told the media her
success was due to her spirituality, par-
ents and teachers
"I prayed, I thanked the Lord for his
many mercies and I thank my teachers
for preparing me. My parents also
allowed me to do extra curricular activ-
ities. I did tennis, gymnastics, football.
I read a lot of books and I went to Bible
study," she said.
Her mother, Dr Vivienne Amata, said
her daughter was a well-rounded stu-
dent and she was very proud of her
achievements. She also had a word of
advice for parents:
"I am ecstatic. She was very consistent, very dis-
ciplined, she worked every day but she was also on
the school's football team, gymnastics and she played
tennis so she had a ball, she enjoyed herself. Let
the children enjoy themselves... they are still children
and this is just the foundation."
SEA teacher Ms Roberts said Amata was a diligent
and self-motivated student and the result
was no surprise to the staff.
"There are no words to express how I
feel. I'm elated, I'm overjoyed and I am
extremely thankful," Roberts said.
The second placed student was 11-year-
old Shane Telesford, of the St Nicholas Pri-
vate Primary School, while third place was
J'da Nicome, 12, from Scarborough RC.
The top three students all passed for their first
choice Bishop's High School.
Speaking to the media yesterday, THA Secretary
for Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, Huey
Cadette, said Tobago scored better at this year's
He said the number of students scoring above
90 per cent slightly increased this year. He added
there was also a remarkable decrease in the number
of students scoring in the 30 percentile range and
He said no student who wrote this year's exam-
ination would be required to resit next year.
Some 836 students sat the exam in Tobago this
tops in Tobago
One day after the State was ordered
to pay $.4 million in compensation
to a man arrested during the State of
Emergency (SoE) on gang-related
charges, the State has signalled its
intention to appeal.
Kevin Stewart won his claim for
wrongful arrest, false imprisonment
and malicious prosecution stemming
from his arrest under the Anti Gang
Legislation during the 2011 SoE.
Ruling in his favour on Tuesday,
Justice Joan Charles found that the
police had no evidence and fabricated
the case against Stewart.
A release from the Office of the
Attorney General yesterday stated: "The
Attorney General of T&T has been
advised by his attorneys, including emi-
nent Senior Counsel, that there are
substantial grounds for appeal. In the
circumstances, a Notice of Appeal will
soon be filed seeking the urgent hearing
of this matter."
Stewart was arrested and charged
with being a gang member involved in
trafficking narcotics in August 2011.
However, the State discontinued the
case a month later because of insuf-
In the hard-hitting judgment, Charles
accused ASP Mohammed and ACP
Frederick of "gross dereliction of duty,"
and a junior officer "of lying and of
having an improper motive for arresting
Stewart was represented by attorney
Police recovered a compact rifle during
a search exercise in Morvant on Tuesday
night. The Commando Mark 3 carbine
was found by officers of the North East-
ern Division Task Force (NEDTF) when
they searched an abandoned house in
Mon Repos Road they believed to be used
by criminals to stash their illegal items.
The gun, modeled after "Tommy Guns"
popularised by American gangsters during that
country's prohibition era was taken to the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, for ballistic
testing as police believe it may have been used
in a recent shooting at a basketball court in
the community in which one man was shot in
his back. In addition to the illegal gun, police
also recovered 190 grammes of marijuana in
an empty lot of land. Police said the "Kush"
marijuana, originating from Columbia, has a
street value of close to $5,000. No arrests were
made. The exercise was co-ordinated by Sgt
Taylor, Cpl Small and PCs Antoine, Duncan,
Voisin, Mootoor, Highly, Marshall and WPC
Gun found in
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Signal Hill Government Primary pupil
Debra Amata, who topped the SEA
examination in Tobago.
PHOTO: CASANDRA THOMPSON-FORBES
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