first_imgA Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman has said that the Education Ministry is yet to send a file or a list of documents over to the Police with information regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct over at The Bishops’ High School.Teacher Coen JacksonThis comes days after the Education Ministry claimed that it sent a file to the Police after it would have completed its investigations into the allegations.On Friday when Guyana Times contacted the Commander for an update on the investigation, he said, “The only thing we got is a call from the Minister telling us to go ahead with the investigation…they have not sent any file or a list saying that this is the information we have.”He, however, noted that the Police were in the process making contact with victims to receive their testimony, but they were yet to contact the implicated teacher, Coen Jackson, about the allegations.Meanwhile, the Bishops’ High School Old Students Association (BHSOSA) has decided to offer mentoring and counselling for psychological trauma to students and teachers at the institution in light of the damning allegations of sexual misconduct at the school. The decision was taken at the BHSOSA’s extraordinary meeting on Tuesday last.Education Minister Nicolette HenryThe Association, in a statement, revealed a number of recommendations it would be collaborating with the administration to implement. In addition to counselling, the body would also be collaborating with the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA): to train teachers how to handle complaints of abuse, particularly sexual abuse; sensitise the male students of the school about sexual harassment, abuse, gender equality and ethics; and facilitate sensitisation sessions to equip students with the necessary information on abuse and the process of reporting any act of abuse or victimisation.Commander Marlon ChapmanThe BHSOSA is also working with the administration to implement an anonymous reporting system and for the adoption of a child protection policy within the school.“BHSOSA unequivocally condemns any act of sexual misconduct and abuse against students in and out of The Bishops’ High. We recommend that the Ministry of Education immediately commissions an inquiry into the issue of sexual misconduct, abuse and subsequent reporting in the school and that policies and protocols are put in place to ensure that such behaviour is eliminated and students are encouraged to report such matters without fear of ridicule or repercussion,” the statement said.“BHSOSA thanks the general public and interest groups for their concern with the safety and well-being of the students of The Bishops’ High School and requests their continued support as we seek justice for victims of abuse,” the statement concluded.Jackson is accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher when he began grooming female students for sexual activities after they would have attained the age of 16 – the legal age of consent. He has vehemently denied the accusations, but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are both in their early 20s.last_img read more

first_imgPEACE RIVER, A.B. – The Fort St. John Huskies were on the road Saturday to Peace River to take on the North Peace Navigators for game two of the semi-finals.There was no scoring for either team in the first 20 minutes of the game. Shots on goal were 11-7 for the Navigators.In the second period, the deadlock continued as the Huskies and Navigators could not score a goal. Shots on goal were up to 19-16 for the Navs at the end of the second.- Advertisement -The Huskies were able to start the third period with a power play advantage of 1:05.It wasn’t until 3:22 when Jared Winkel would break the deadlock by scoring an unassisted goal making the score 1-0 over the Navigators.Then with 5:59 remaining in the period, Alex Nimmo would score a power play goal with assists by Aiden Craig-Steele and Jeridyn Loewen making the lead 2-0.Advertisement In the final minute of the game, the Huskies were shorthanded as Jeridyn Loewen would receive a two-minute penalty for tripping.With 14 seconds left in the game, the Navigators would score their only goal, on a power play, making the final score 2-1 for the Huskies.Up next, the Huskies are home on Monday, March 4, as they host the Navigators for game three of the semi-finals. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The guidelines, published in the CDC’s Dec. 16 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, said the new test can be administered in place of the 100-year-old tuberculin skin test, which involves injections on the forearm delivered through six tiny prongs and requires patients to return to their physician days later to interpret results. The CDC said studies have found QuantiFERON-TB Gold more sensitive than the skin test in some instances. “QuantiFERON-TB GOLD represents a breakthrough in TB diagnosis and control and offers several important advantages, including the fact that it is more accurate than the (tuberculin skin test) and only requires one visit,” David DeBiasi, director of community health and tuberculosis services for the American Lung Association of Virginia, said in a statement prepared by Cellestis. QuantiFERON-TB GOLD also is able to detect latent or nonsymptomatic TB in individuals while eliminating candidates who have had vaccinations for TB, a common cause for false-positive readings with the skin test. The blood test is highly specific because it measures immune responses to peptides that simulate tuberculosis proteins not present in the vaccine, the company said. The company’s parent, Australia-based Cellestis Ltd., is publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. VALENCIA – A one-step blood test for tuberculosis developed by a local company could be used alongside the traditional skin prick test, according to new guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency this month posted criteria for using the QuantiFERON-TB Gold test developed by Cellestis, Inc., of Valencia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May approved the test for use to diagnose tuberculosis infection. It will qualify for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement beginning the first of the year. Tuberculosis remains a problem in the United States – more than 14,000 cases were reported in 2003, according to the CDC. “One of the greatest problems in combating this disease has been the reliance on an antiquated detection method,” Dr. Tony Radford, managing director at Cellestis, said in a statement. “These guidelines represent a significant advancement in the detection and potential elimination of TB in the United States.” last_img read more