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Some 200 children from Mayaro ended
a recent vacation camp with mixed emo-
tions after enjoying five weeks of fun activ-
ities, sports, music, field trips and inter-
active learning. The feedback from the
campers, five to 12 years, demonstrated that
they have entered the new school academic
year with great self-confidence and opti-
Appropriately code-named Steam (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), the
camp was organised by energy company
bpTT which reaffirmed its longstanding social
investment in the potential of the youth of
the country, a release said.
The camp was conducted at the bpTT
Mayaro Resource Centre.
For Fay Ramnath, ten, who entered Stan-
dard 5 at Poole RC Primary School earlier
this month, her first-time experience at the
camp was "truly enjoyable". "I took part in
several sports, such as football and basketball
and revised school subjects like mathematics
and English, The best part was meeting chil-
dren form other schools and the field trips
and fun activities. It was a great five weeks
I will make sure to take part next year," said
an elated Fay. "It was the best camp ever.
I made a lot of new friends and learnt new
things. The teachers were patient and made
you feel at ease. The field trips were special.
I will go back to school in September prepared
to do better in my studies. My parents are
also happy that we had this camp," said Adia
Merrique, nine, of Rio Claro Seventh-Day
Adventist Primary School.
Mother of two, Judith Bruce, of Pierreville,
Mayaro, the five-week camp was a dream
There are so many
reasons for Kate
Winslet to feel great
about the new Steve
Jobs movie that it
doesn t matter that
critics panned the
2013 film Jobs, which
was also about the
Apple Computer co-
"I have no reservations whatsoever and so excited
to be a part of this project," Winslet said in a
recent interview at the Toronto Film Festival. She
plays Joanna Hoffman, who worked closely with
Jobs from the early days of Apple Computer.
Winslet s confidence comes in part from the
approach taken by the film s Oscar-winning team:
writer Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle.
Both have a knack for tackling contemporary sub-
ject matter. But Winslet also feels that with a
figure as prominent in the public conscience as
Jobs, it s hard to do a critically acclaimed biopic.
So she s happy it wasn t made that way. "It s actu-
ally very much not that. It is deliberately not that.
Aaron Sorkin decided that there was no interest
for him in writing it in that way," explained Winslet,
who was in Toronto to promote another film, The
Based on Walter Isaacson s book of the same
name, the film was shot like a play, rehearsed like
one, and told in three acts. "Each act covers a dif-
ferent year: 1984, 88, and 98 in Steve Jobs creative
working life," Winslet said. "We shot each act in
chronological order, one act at a time. While the
actress expressed that making the film was edu-
cational, she also admits it was a "tough, but fas-
cinating process." "It was very, very challenging.
It s 187 pages of continuous dialogue of just people
talking," she said. (AP)
BpTT campers 'steaming' with self-confidence
come true as two of her three children were Steam
campers. "This camp is a great benefit not only to
the children but to the parents as well. It is difficult
to find wholesome activity for the children to be
engaged in during the vacation period. The great thing
about the camp is that it is free of charge and the
children get to take part in all kinds of positive things.
They also make new friends who they may meet in
secondary school," said a happy Bruce, whose other
child was too old to attend the camp.
Another parent, Dian Omalo, of Begorat Village,
Mayaro, said bpTT filled the role of a "giant surrogate
parent" by taking care of the children during a very
challenging period for the real parents. "Most parents
cannot afford to pay for their children to attend a
vacation camp. Sometimes it costs around $400 a
week for a camp. With bpTT, this is all free. I am
really happy for this," said Omalo, whose daughter,
Tieshelle, six, was a bpTT Steam camper.
The campers were divided into three age-groups
to ensure full and active participation: Pioneers five
to seven years; Juniors eight to ten years; and Seniors
11 to 12 years. Camp Director was bpTT s Nadia Portillo,
while Neil Roopnarine continued his responsibilities
from previous camps as Sports Director. A corps of
bpTT s Brighter Prospects scholarship students per-
formed responsibilities as Camp Counsellors.
Matthew Pierre, community liaison officer, bpTT,
congratulated the Steam campers, some of whom
were accompanied by their parents, for their exemplary
behavior during "five wonderful weeks of fun, excite-
ment and learning". "This vacation camp was organised
to make sure that the bright young minds of Mayaro
were engaged in wholesome activities during the hol-
idays. We are sure you are better prepared for the new
school year and the years ahead. I also want to reassure
the parents here today of bpTT s commitment to the
annual camp and other educational initiatives," Pierre
said.Kate Winslet has
about Jobs movie
Children and counsellors enjoy themselves
during the bpTT Steam camp which was
conducted at the Mayaro Resource Centre.
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