Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 21st 2014 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, February 21, 2014
Prof Liam Teague, Guyanese
women s and children s right
activist Karen de Souza and vul-
canologist Dr Richard Robertson,
from St Vincent and the
Grenadines, were named yester-
day as the 2014 laureates for the
Anthony N Sabga Caribbean
Awards for excellence.
Making the announcement at
Tatil building, Maraval Road, Port-
of-Spain, was Michael Mansoor,
chairman of the awards Eminent
Persons Panel (EPP) selection com-
Teague was selected in the cat-
egory of arts and letters, De Souza
for public and civic contributions
and Robertson for science and
Teague, an accomplished pan
musician, is a professor of music
at the Northern Illinois University,
and performs throughout the
world, including T&T.
He is the arranger for this year s
Panorama Large Conventional
Band finalist PCS Nitrogen Silver
De Souza is the co-founder of
Red Thread, an advocacy organ-
isation which provides service and
support, education, and advocacy
for victims of rape and domestic
and other forms of violence and
for the lowest-waged sectors of
Robertson is the director of
UWI s Seismic Research Centre at
St Augustine, is a geologist and
vulcanologist whose work has been
ground-breaking in the study of
volcanoes and the geology of the
region. A world expert, he is active
in public education on the issue
and has published academic books,
and numerous refereed articles and
Each laureate will receive a
cheque for $500,000, a medal and
a citation at a ceremony expected
to be held in early May, Mansoor
To date close to $10.5 million
has been given in the awards,
which began in 2005.
In explaining how the candidates
were selected, Mansoor said nom-
inees were screened and selected
by nominating committees in five
territories: Guyana, Barbados,
Jamaica, T&T and the Organisation
Eastern Caribbean States.
A country nomination commit-
tee selects one nominee in each of
the categories and presents their
credentials to a regional panel of
The first Eminent Persons Panel
(EPP) was chaired by the late pres-
ident Sir Ellis Clarke in 2006.
Saying the selection process was
"anything but easy," Mansoor
added: "As the impressive group
of laureates we ve accumulated
over the years attests, we have a
college of 20 men and women from
all the islands of the English-
speaking Caribbean. We have sci-
entists, writers, a filmmaker, energy
entrepreneurs, archaeologists, First
Liam Teague named as Sabga laureate
Chairman/Emeritus of Ansa McAl Group of companies Anthony N Sabga, from left, shares a light moment
with Sister Paul D'Ornellas, Judy Chang, Maria Nelson and Michael Mansoor during the announcement of the
2014 the laureates of the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence Awards at Tatil Building.
Maraval Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
After registration chaos...
The University of the West Indies
(UWI), St Augustine, has extended
today s deadline for students to reg-
ister for the new Gate e-Service to
In addition, the registration centre
on campus, Daaga Hall, will now be
opened from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday
to Friday. In a media release on behalf
the Tertiary Education Minister Fazal
Karim, UWI also advised students
that other registration centres were
available, including the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex
(EWMSC), Mt Hope, TTConnect,
the National Energy Skills Centre
(NESC) and Metal Industries Com-
pany (MIC) locations throughout the
Frustration by UWI students
attempting to register for the new
system was reported in a T&T
Guardian article yesterday when stu-
dents complained of a slow system
Specifically, students were having
trouble meeting the requirements of
the new Gate e-Service, which
included providing documents like
their acceptance letter, recent tran-
scripts, national identification card
and original birth certificates.
Also, students were facing diffi-
culties with accessing a scanner to
upload their documents.
The new system is intended to cre-
ate online profiles for each Gate (Gov-
ernment Assistance for Tuition
Expenses) recipient and to eliminate
the need for students to fill out and
submit hard-copy forms each semes-
ter.Dr Camille Samuel, vice-president
of Student Affairs at the College of
Science, Technology and Applied Arts
of T&T (Costaatt), another tertiary-
level institution required to adopt
the new system, said it had several
benefits. Samuel explained the Gov-
ernment would be in a better position
to track students GPAs (Grade Point
"In that way, they could check
whether you are eligible for funding,"
Samuel said via telephone yesterday.
If a student s GPA dropped below
a certain level, funding could be
denied the next semester, until grades
were improved, she added.
Samuel also explained the Gate e-
Service provided Government with
the ability to track students who were
registered at multiple institutions.
"So they can make sure people are
not wasting money," she said.
When asked how the transition
was going at Costaatt, Samuel said
the college had taken an approach
of allowing students to enroll for
classes first, then tackle class-by-
class to have them registered for their
online Gate profiles.
"We prioritised for classes to go
so it would not interfere with their
studies," she said.
She said personnel at Costaatt were
also trained to register students from
morning into night classes as well.
She conceded there would be traf-
fic on the Web site which could slow
down processing times for the appli-
cations but that was to be expected
with any new system.
Another way Costaatt was assisting
their students was by providing scan-
ning and uploading services for them.
"We are working toward a smooth
transition," she added.
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