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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Hours before their respective
schools announced the results of
the 2014 Caribbean Advanced
Proficiency Exam (Cape) yester-
day, students got the results
Results were posted online by
the Caribbean Examinations
Council (CXC) in Barbados around
10 pm on Sunday. Students were
given passwords to access their
results before the school principals
got the lists in print.
Although the results were
online, up to late yesterday, stu-
dents were yet to receive the hard
copy of their exam results from
Staff at the Ministry of Educa-
tion confirmed while the results
were released on Sunday night
and all systems were in place for
the distribution of the results, they
were awaiting the results from
The delay did not affect stu-
dents deciding their next move,
Cape is the equivalent of the
Advanced Level exam which
guides students university choic-
es.Officials said the exam slips
were expected to be in the country
by late yesterday or today and
principals would be able to collect
them from education district
Results of the Caribbean Sec-
ondary Education Certificate
(CSEC) examinations are also
expected to be released today.
According to the CXC Facebook
page, those results will be posted
online by 10 pm.
CXC results are used to assess
and certify a student s academic
achievement after five years of
secondary school and CSEC
examinations are offered under
three proficiency schemes --- basic,
general and technical.
The basic scheme provides stu-
dents with the knowledge, skills
and attitudes usually associated
with completing a secondary
course, while the general and tech-
nical proficiencies provide students
with the foundation for further
studies and entry to university and
Body temperature scanners will
be placed at ports of entry to T&T
in a bid to detect and isolate any-
one arriving in the country car-
rying the Ebola virus.
The Health Ministry s decision
to introduce the scanners is a step
being taken in some parts of West
Africa where the outbreak started
and is quickly spreading.
The outbreak, which started in
March, is the most lethal record-
ed.The Ministry of Health has
advised against non-essential travel
to Sierra Leone, Guinea and
Liberia. Travellers arriving from
countries where Ebola was endemic
are also under heightened surveil-
The ministry said its public
health emergency plans were being
reviewed and updated in light of
the public health concerns.
If a suspected case of Ebola were
to be reported in T&T, the ministry
would carry out its contingency
plan ensuring that patients are
cared for in a way that reduces the
potential for the disease to spread.
Health care workers are to use
special personal protective equip-
ment and patients are to be sent
to designated facilities for isolation,
according to the ministry s plan.
President of the Thoracic Society
of T&T Professor Terrence Seemu-
ngal commended the ministry s
effort to ensure international best
practices were followed at ports of
In a statement yesterday, he
referred to a new study which con-
cluded that the Ebola virus was
not "spread either by coughing or
Th study found that "Ebola is
not an airborne virus but rather is
transmitted via contact with bodily
fluids, such as blood, saliva, stool,
urine, semen, sweat and soiled
linen used by a patient."
Seemungal explained that Ebola
viruses consisted of several differ-
ent virus strains, some of which
caused human disease.
"Those endemic to Africa cause
fever with severe bleeding with
frequent fatal outcome in humans,
great apes and several species of
Fruit bats, he added, were con-
sidered to be the natural reservoir
for Ebola virus in Africa.
T&T readies for
CASANDRA THOMPSON FORBES
Tobago has a new political party.
Called Tobago Forwards, it was
formed by a breakaway faction of
the Tobago Organisation of the Peo-
ple (TOP) called The Forward Move-
ment Group of Concerned Members
and Supporters of the Party.
On Sunday, during a general
meeting by the group at the
Rovanel s Resort, the group voted
to form the new political party to
forward the TOP s cause.
The latest development comes
several months after the TOP and
its political leader Ashworth Jack
went dormant after being white-
washed at the 2013 Tobago House
of Assembly (THA) polls.
In June 2014, Jack had filed an
injunction to stop the faction using
TOP s name and symbol.
The new political organisation
will carry the conch shell as its sym-
bol, pending approval from the Elec-
tions and Boundaries Commission.
Among Tobago Forwards promi-
nent members is Tobago West MP
Dr Delmon Baker, who dispelled
reports he was the interim political
leader. He said while he supported
the process on Sunday, he remained
a member of TOP.
"There is no interim leader at this
time. The members agreed that the
elected interim body that was man-
aging the Tobago Forward Move-
ment within the TOP will continue
to manage the affairs of the new
movement until an election process
is called," Baker said.
"That therefore means that the
current chairman of that body, Mr
Anslem Richards, will be the person
who would shepherd the group until
such time as we have an election."
Baker said he remained a member
of the TOP until further notice.
have not yet resigned or offered my
resignation," he added.
Other Tobago Forwards members
are Stanley Beard, Merriam Cae-
sar-Moore and former THA 2013
election candidates Gladstone
Solomon and Anslem Richards, who
is the party s interim chair.
Richards said the new party
would give Tobagonians an alter-
native political choice and described
its emergence as the dawn of a new
era in the political landscape of
forms new party
Students get Cape results before principals
Tobago Organisation of the People members raise their hands during a vote to form a new political party,
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