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Rodney Mauricette Memorial Scholarship recipients encouraged to take their position at the top

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • 6 scholarships awarded with 8 grants distributed to 14 students
  • Initiative has existed since 1988
  • President of the credit union’s Board of Directors, Jusceno Jacob, very first recipient of this award

14 students whose parents are members of The Communal Co-operative Credit Union Ltd were awarded for successfully completing their CPEA exams and transitioning into secondary level.

6 scholarships awarded with 8 grants were distributed as part of the credit union’s Rodney Mauricette Memorial Scholarship Award ceremony held on Monday, 2 September 2019 at the Public Workers Union conference room.

This initiative has existed since 1988 and has sought to provide assistance to students to support them during the new academic school year.

Under this year’s theme “Time to take your place at the top,” the credit union offered words of encouragement and motivation to these students and their parents but also caution them of the challenges that lay ahead.

President of the credit union’s Board of Directors, Jusceno Jacob, was the very first recipient of this award. He encouraged students to take full advantage of this award. “I want you to encourage you to take full advantage of all opportunities that come your way. In fact, you put yourself in the way of these opportunities and don’t be afraid to try things out of fear of failure, because failure is not the opposite of success, failure is part of success.”

Shawnna Thomas-Cuffie spoke on behalf of Minister for Education, Hon. Emmalin Pierre. She reminded students that they have managed to overcome one major challenge of successfully completing their CPEA exams which is commendable, but she also warned that they must now prepare to face a new challenge of adapting to life at the secondary level.

“You are transiting from 6th grade to form 1 and the challenges will be great. You are moving from seeing one teacher all day to several teachers in one day. 35 minutes for a period and it is a lot of taking in. Sometimes you stop the teacher at the door to say ‘miss I don’t understand”, and they have to say that I have another class to get to. The challenges are great but I want to urge you that there is no challenge that you cannot meet.”

Counselling Supervisor within the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Robert Phillip, provided words of wisdom. He spoke of the benefits of having a proper foundation that will assist in advancing through secondary life. “It is important that you receive a good foundation in form 1 in order to continue doing well ta the upper levels. You have done well in your CPEA exams, but you still have deficiencies that you need to work on. Ensure that you master the basic of mathematics and english, as these will form the basis for how well you perform in the other subjects.”

Phillip also stressed the need for students to balance their academics with extra-curricular activities which are necessary to create a well-rounded individual. “Do not simply be a book worm but attempt to marry your academics with co-curricular activities. This will make you a well-rounded student. You can choose from a myriad of sporting activities, cadets, scouts, debating, drama, creative writing, among others. Try to be involved in at least two of these. Statistics show that students who are involved in extracurricular activities utilise their time more efficiently and perform well in academic endeavours.”

The benefits of consuming a proper diet and the role it plays in their education were also addressed. “Ensure that you take care of your health. Eat a well-balanced diet, and get adequate sleep. Stay away from soft drinks and junk foods. They will only make you tired and slow. Always consume adequate amounts of water. when it is time for exams, make sure you begin your revision well in advance of the actual test. Never wait until last minute to complete all revision. Remember, cramming is never the proper way to go, it will only give you an elephant of a headache, and you will not be able to recall much after the exams have ended,” said Phillip.

Rodney Mauricette served as the Communal Co-operative Credit Union’s past president from 1965 to 1993. On his retirement, the scholarship award was named in his honour for his service to the credit union movement.

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Tourism statement on the passing of Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG

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The island of Grenada woke up Saturday morning to hear the sad news of the sudden passing of a famous son of the soil, Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG.

Sir Royston was our celebrity hotelier starting his illustrious career in the hospitality industry with the purchase of Spice Island Inn over 30 years ago. He renamed it Spice Island Beach Resort, upgraded the property, added more rooms and has received numerous accolades over the years. His attention to detail, his quest for excellence and his high standards meant that Spice Island Beach Resort became one of the most prestigious hotels on the island and in the Caribbean.

Sir Royston held many roles outside of his hotel, including Director of the Grenada Board of Tourism and President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA). Indeed, he was a leader with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) for many years and one of the pinnacles of his career was being chosen as Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the CHTA. In 2019, he was awarded a lifetime achievement by the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami, Florida.

The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen, awarded Sir Royston a lifetime achievement at her Tourism Awards ceremony in 2019. She stated, “He will be dearly missed by all Grenadians for his invaluable contribution to Tourism and Civil Aviation in the country. In the conduct of his business, Sir Royston, always negotiated with the country at heart and he will also be recognised for his investment in the education of young people.”

Sir Royston is survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his four children. Chairman of the GTA, Brenda Hood, stated, “We know the road will not be easy without Sir Royston at the helm, but he laid the foundation for the next generation to carry on his wonderful legacy at his hotel.”

On behalf of the Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, the Chairman and the Board of Director and the team of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Grenada is eternally grateful for the life and contributions to Tourism and Civil Aviation of Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG. May he rest in peace.

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Michael Bascombe says his daughter is lucky to be alive

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by Linda Straker

  • Doctors have given thumbs up on Micah’s prognosis
  • Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York

Michael Bascombe, father of Micah Bascombe has described his daughter as a walking miracle and lucky to be alive, following an early Sunday morning shooting in University Heights, Buffalo, New York, USA.

“She remains conscious. The doctors have given the thumbs up on her prognosis,” Bascombe said in a Facebook post on Monday, 24 February in which he updated his friends and followers. Early Sunday morning he called on friends to pray for his daughter and the family.

“She’s a walking miracle and lucky to be alive because the bullet penetrated and exited the skull just above the left eye,” he shared in the post. He had earlier posted that his daughter continues to be in high spirits, but remains in the ICU.

“When you see your baby smile, there is nothing more you can ask for,” was the message on her mother, Hazel Ann Bascombe’s Facebook page. Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York, studying psychology.

Bascombe is well known for his sport journalism work and is presently working in the US with the Department of Homeland Security. He said the family spent most of Monday morning with the detectives of the Gun Violence Unit of the Buffalo Police Department, the Assistant Chief of Police of the University Police Department of Buffalo State and the Dean of Students of Buffalo State. “They have been collecting evidence and interviewing people who they believe could assist in their investigations,” he said.

A report in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News website quoted the police as saying that a 20-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was struck by gunfire just before 3 am near Bailey and Berkshire avenues. She was transported to Erie County Medical Centre.

Bascombe, who migrated with his family to the USA more than 10 years ago used the post to thank all those who prayed and continue to pray for his daughter and the family. “Thank you for the many calls and offer of support through this difficult time including some incredible folks at the Department of Homeland Security and the many family members who made the journey and gathered at her bedside with short notice,” he wrote.

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Arrests made in Soubise drug bust

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Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the 20 December 2019 drug bust at Soubise, St Andrew, which netted 698 pounds of cannabis.

The men, Ronald Thomas, 35 years of Post Royal, St Andrew; Rol Mc Queen, 31 years of La Fortune, St Patrick, both Fishermen, and Finbar Phillip, 43 years, Mechanic of Soubise, St Andrew will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

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Ronald Thomas

Thomas has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Drug, while Mc Queen and Phillip have been charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Drug.

One blue fishing boat with a 75 horse-power was also seized.

Police investigation continues.

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