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Teachers and students throughout
the Caribbean can look forward
to benefiting from a memoran-
dum of understanding signed on
September 5 between Caribbean
Examination Council (CXC) and Columbus.
The plan is to utilise Columbus capacity
to power updated Web sites with integrated
technologies, which will allow students, includ-
ing the hearing and visually impaired, the
ability to access their sites. This is the world
CXC will offer in the not too distant future
to students across the region with the help of
Columbus International (Columbus), the local
office of the cable provider said in a state-
Wendy McDonald, director of corporate and
government affairs for Columbus Communi-
cations Trinidad Ltd, said in the statement:
"This new partnership will see the council
benefiting from Columbus extensive regional
fibre optic and broadband capacity, as well as
utilising its digital television platforms to bring
cutting-edge classes to students across the
Caribbean, and we are thrilled that we will
be associated with this reality."
Columbus said this is the vision of CXC
registrar Dr Didacus Jules.
"It is going to push us big time into the
digital realm. All of our syllabi will now be
online. CXC will be able to offer new gener-
ation subjects such as CAPE music, and CAPE
performing arts. We see the MoU as a symbol
of not just a "material alliance, but an alliance
"The need for Caribbean students to be
more competitive and innovative is driving
CXC s push to utilise digital media to deliver
more current and value-based courses. Stu-
dents will not be the only ones benefiting
from this new collaboration with Columbus,"
Jules said in the statement.
Columbus said one of the initiatives ema-
nating from this MoU is to enable the 6,000
teachers who mark examination papers annu-
ally to do it electronically at home rather than
travel to testing centres or to other islands.
"It is a logistical challenge each year to
move more than 2000 teachers in the span
of two weeks across the Caribbean to mark
papers. Working with Columbus will allow us
to capitalise on their bandwidth access to
make this process more cost efficient and
seamless," Jules explained.
School teacher Heather Thomas of Corpus
Christi College is happy over this develop-
Thomas usually travels to Barbados every
year for three to four weeks to mark papers.
In the statement, she said: "I like Barbados,
but I am happy to know that I can stay at
home and spend more time during school
vacation with my husband and three girls
while I continue to do the work I like to do
through this e-marking initiative."
A CXC teacher for 20-plus years, Sonia Hill
of Diego Martin Senior Comprehensive School
said she s proud that CXC has embarked on
this initiative which will benefit teachers and
Columbus said once its network is fully
deployed, every single primary and secondary
school that their footprint passes, in countries
they serve, will receive free broadband, free
educational cable TV and discounted telephony
In the statement, McDonald said, "Currently,
there are approximately 300 schools in
Trinidad that are already beneficiaries through
Columbus Triple A programme."
Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) and ETERNOC
Ltd have conducted a three-day course on
concrete technology and best practices in
The course, held at Chaguanas from August
27-29, attracted a cross-section of industry
In a statement, TCL said Danny Jairam,
local concrete specialist, owner of Etercnoc
Ltd and the main facilitator of the seminar,
is a strong advocate of ongoing education and
the need for construction personnel to be
always equipped with up-to-date knowledge
about cement and concrete.
In the statement, Jairam said he has seen
a clear deficiency in the understanding of
concrete, which has led to numerous problems.
He said the seminar had achieved its objective
of fostering greater product knowledge.
"He stressed the importance for all con-
tractors and builders to have a sound aware-
ness of proper construction practices and to
be well-informed on the properties of concrete
and its proper usage, especially the smaller
entities, as they primarily service the home-
owner market where there is no policing of
construction practices," Jairam said in the
Avaleen Mooloo, TCL Group civil engineer,
said in the statement she was impresed at
the content of the seminar, which looked at
health and safety issues in relation to con-
crete; various components of concrete; testing
techniques for fresh concrete as opposed to
hardened concrete; the way in which test
results should be interpreted, etc.
In the statement, Mooloo said one of the
highlights of the seminar was a visit by Dr
Robin Osborne, a retired UWI professor in
the department of civil engineering, who
delivered a presentation titled, Concrete
Points to Ponder.
Jairam said he chose to work with TCL
not only because of the company s policy
for educating the public on the best practices
and uses of cement and concrete, but also
because he has shared a long-standing rela-
tionship with TCL.
"TCL has always shown an interest in
developing in the minds of their customers,
a better understanding of cement and, by
extension, concrete. I have been working
with the TCL Group for many years to convey
messages on the proper use of cement and
concrete, along with methods of using
cement wisely and economically, without
compromising quality," Jairam said in the
Rhea Yaw-Ching, corporate vice president of sales and marketing for Columbus, and Dr Didacus
Jules, CXC registrar, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding on September
5 in Antigua. Looking on are Michelle Stephens, assistant registrar, business development at
CXC, left, and Jamal James, country manager, Columbus Antigua.
to benefit from
ETERCNOC partners with TCL
To educate stakeholders
on new technologies
Danny Jairam, owner of Etercnoc Ltd, with Avaleen Mooloo, TCL Group civil engineer.
Marabella Family Crisis Centre recently got a
financial boost of $40,000 from First Citizens.
Established in 1992, the Marabella Family Crisis
Centre is a non-profit social change agency
involved in the process of transformation within
the Marabella community and environs.
Terrence Boissiere, chief executive officer of
the centre, thanked First Citizens for its continued
support over the years and the recent contribution
which assisted in off-setting refurbishment
expenses and the rebranding of the centre s football
First Citizens donates $40,000 to Marabella Family Crisis Centre
Terrence Boissiere, left,
chief executive officer of
the Marabella Family
Crisis Centre, with
Jacqueline Juman, First
Citizens south cluster
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