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The 2017 Cape Scholarship
winners have been revealed.
A bit late but given nonethe-
less. I wonder why the delay?
382 schools have been awarded.
Lakshmi and SAGHS girls have
taken the President's medals.
Schools that were plagued by vi-
olence recently have won schols.
Something to think about.
St Joseph's Convent, POS and
Naparima Girls' High School won
38 schols each. Naparima College
got 21 schols. Why are the ladies
outperforming their male counter-
• Girls read more than boys.
Reading pro iciency is the basis
upon which all other learning is
• Girls spend more time and take
more pride in their homework.
• Peer pressure. Many boys feel
they are too cool for school. Stud-
ying hard is for nerds. Have you
heard of Revenge of the Nerds? I
suggest you be nice to nerds, one
will be your boss.
Gents, what is the way forward
for us? It must be a team effort.
Boys need to read more. Non
iction not comics. They need to
focus more intently on homework.
On-screen time must be dimin-
Congrats to all schols winners,
keep working hard and smart.
The race of life is not for the
swift but those who endureth till
The contentious debate on
whether or not we should
allow camera phones in our
schools continues to wage on with
the former and current ministers
of education having opposing
views (surprise, surprise).
As per usual, the former min-
ister disagrees with the current
minister's call to ban cell phones
in schools for a number of rea-
I commend this minister of
Education for being so vocal and
being one of the most hard-work-
ing ministers of government to
date, always keeping the public
abreast and never shying away
from the tough issues.
I would like to take this oppor-
tunity to proffer that if we listen to
what Minister Garcia is proposing,
it supports a greater good. While
we may argue that the presence of
camera phones enables people to
be held accountable, we also have
the major issue of sensationalism.
With the controversy surround-
ing a two-second video of what
people initially assumed was sex-
ual assault that was later revealed
to be inappropriate horseplay, we
see how these videos can do more
harm than good.
Instead of the focus being on
the inappropriateness of the
prank being played, many key-
board video analysts and detec-
tives made many an incorrect
assumption about the school and
If we continue to put focus on
these videos on social media,
won't students now feel com-
pelled to do things to be featured
and to get attention?
We must be very careful that in
trying to include technolo y and
be advanced in our schools that
we forget to think critically or at
the least, forget common sense.
Don't let Watchman get away
This letter goes out to the Po-
lice Service Commission.
It is your duty to select and
appoint Mr Wayne Hayde the next
Commissioner of Police. There is
no doubt in my mind that this is
the man for the job.
The guy is fearless, and is always
there to champion the rights and
security of those who cannot pro-
When I was studying at UWI, he
was the guild president. And I can
tell you that we the students were
well represented and protected. I
say again, he was fearless and he
was passionate in protecting the
rights and privileges of all students
He went up against the authority
when they were abusing their posi-
tion against the poor students.
He went up against a certain
fraction of the student population,
when they wanted to misbehave
and intimidate the weaker and
docile students. I say thank God
that he was there during my time
So involved and visible was he
in running the guild and so many
other activities, I wondered where
he got the time to do his studies.
He had applied and was screened
for this position before, and we let
him get away.
Let us not make that mistake
again, I say again, let us not make
that stupid mistake again.
The only thing positive that has
come out of that is that he is even
now more potently equipped, hav-
ing worked on such a high platform
as presented by the UN.
So to the Police Service Commis-
sion, please do your due diligence,
and do what is right for the people
of Trinidad and Tobago.
This 'Watchman' is the man to
watch and act on the present crime
situation of Trinidad & Tobago. You
want tangible results, this is the
way to go.
PS Mr ‘Watchman’, do remem-
ber to replace the football ield
corner flag when you are inished
EMILE JOHN RAMSAHAI
Some of T&T's
The heroes and pioneers of T&T are those who have made
signi icant contributions to our country's development in
the various ields of human endeavour such as agriculture,
business, community social work and volunteerism, culture and
the arts, economics, education, engineering and architecture,
environment, fashion and beauty pageants, law, medicine, oil,
politics, public service, radio and television, religion, science,
sports, trade unionism, writing/journalism.
This series, sponsored by First Citizens, briefly pro iles some
of our heroes and pioneers. In this instalment we note some of
our pioneering females.
1932: Gladys Ramsaran, irst to be admitted to the Bar
1936: Audrey Jeffers, irst to be elected to Port-of-Spain's City
1937: Thelma Lane, Lady Calypso, irst to record a calypso
1948: Isabella Cabral, irst to obtain a pilot's licence
1950: Beryl Archibald-Chrichlow, irst mayor (San Fernando)
1955: First set of women to drafted into the Police Force (in-
cluded Jessica Phillips)
1961: Isabel Teshea, irst to be elected to House of Represent-
1963: Isabel Teshea, irst to serve as a Cabinet minister
1966: Lilas Wight, irst to be elected to the Legislature
1972: Marie Elizabeth Bourne, first judge
1977: Calypso Rose/McCartha Lewis, first to win Road March
1978: Calypso Rose, first to win the Calypso Monarch crown
1979: Monica Barnes, first senior counsel
1980: Jean Permanand, irst solicitor general
1995: Pamela Nicholson, first MP from Tobago
1995: Kamla Persad-Bissessar, irst attorney general
1999: Wendy Yawching, irst female airline captain
2010: Marcia Ayers-Caesar, first chief magistrate
2010: Kamla Persad-Bissessar, irst prime minister
Among our nation's other
pioneering and trailblazing women:
Lady Thelma Hochoy (1910-2010), Rhonda Maingot (1946-
)—social welfare; Christina Lewis (1919-1974), Belvidiara Ma -
resse-Paul (1838 1900), Cleopatra Romilly---social activism; Pat
Bishop (1941-2011), Champa Devi (1923-2001), Thora Dumbell
(1924- ), Beryl McBurnie (1914-2000), Julia Edwards (1933-2017),
Molly Ahye (1933- ), Rosalind Gabriel (1948- ), Lil Hart (1930-
1991), Joyce Kirton (1932- ), Marjorie Padmore (1928-1981),
Drupatee Ramgoonai (1959- ), Bernadette Scott (1946- ), Daisy
Voisin (1924-1991), Olive Walke (1911-1969), Elsie Lee Heung
(1925-2006)—culture and the arts; Mother Francis Xavier, Ann
W Murray (1886-1988), Anna Mahase, Alma Jordan, Paula Lu -
cie-Smith (1960- )—education; Molly Gaskin—environment;
Janelle Penny Commissiong (1953- ), Wendy Fitzwilliam (1972- ),
Giselle Laronde (1963- )—fashion and beauty; Barbara Hull (1939-
), Elizabeth Quamina (1929-1997)—medicine; Muriel Donawa-Mc-
Davidson (1929-2001)—politics; Gene Miles (1930-1972). Joyce
Wong-Sang (1931 2017)---public service; June Gonsalves, Barbara
Assoon, Aunty Kay/Kathleen Warner (1904-1996), Hazel Ward
(1933-2014), Ann Austin, Salisha Ali (1951-1987), Allyson Heze -
kiah-Hennessy (1948-2011)—radio and television; Maura Imbert
(1929- )—astronomy/science; Lystra Lewis (1924-2009), Lynette
‘Granny’ Luces (1928- ), Jean Pierre (1944-2002), Giselle Salandy
(1987-2009)—sport; Daisy Crick (1898-1979), Elma C Francois
(1897-1944), Clotil Walcott (1925-2007)—trade unionism; Olga
Mavrogordato (1903-1993), Therese Mills (1931-2014)—writing/
n Pro iles on our heroes & pioneers can be obtained
from the free downloadable e-book at http://www.safa-
ripublications.com/ irstcitizenstt/heroespro ilestt/...ap-
proximately 370 individuals are pro iled in the various
A woman holding a child walks across the dilapidated train line bridge at Bayshore, Marabella, Thursday.
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
Garcia right to ban cell phones in school
Why girls rule
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