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_imgCunard’s three-ship royal tourCunard’s three-ship royal tour gives Australians a regal bucket list experienceAustralian cruise guests for whom a single voyage on one of Cunard’s fleet of magnificent Queens merely whets the appetite, have the exciting option again in 2019 of sailing back-to-back on all three ships including a fabled Transatlantic crossing on flagship Queen Mary 2.Proving the popularity of the three-ship Cunard royal tour more than 650 Australians are currently delighting in the amazing experience during voyages on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.And as the entire Cunard fleet assembled on August 10 in Southampton, these Australian guests – 253 from NSW, 141 from Queensland and 121 from Victoria, and the remainder from other states and territories – were treated to a spectacular flyover by the Royal Air Force’s world famous ‘Red Arrows’ display team.The 2019 packages travel to destinations including Iceland and the Baltics, Norway and the Mediterranean – and of course the most iconic voyage – a Transatlantic Crossing on Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2.“Sailing on all three Cunard Line ships experiencing fantastic destinations and all the delights of Cunard’s White Star service on back-to-back cruises is one of those must do travel experiences for 2019,” said Ryan Taibel Vice President, Sales & Marketing Cunard.“There are so many unique aspects of this Cunard experience and sailing on all three Queens is perfect for the many Australian travellers who believe that one voyage is simply never enough.”The current three-ship Cunard experience has included a Queen Mary 2 crossing from New York to Southampton, a two-week Queen Elizabeth voyage that includes Iceland plus calls to Rotterdam and Belfast, and a Queen Victoria voyage that includes the beautiful fjords of Norway.A Note on the 2019 Cunard Three Ships PackageFares for a 35-night Three Queens package, departing Southampton on July 28, 2019 start from $9,777* per person double occupancy. The first sector of the cruise onboard Queen Victoria visits ports in Iceland and British Isles. The second cruise onboard Queen Elizabeth takes in the highlights of the Baltic region, while the final leg onboard Queen Mary 2 is an iconic Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York.For more information and to book, contact your travel consultant, call Cunard on 13 24 41 or visit www.cunard.com*subject to availability, conditions apply.About CunardCunard is a luxury British cruise line based at Carnival House in Southampton, owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998. It has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, celebrating 175 years of operation in 2015. There are three Cunard Queens in its fleet – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. For more information, please see www.cunard.comSource = Cunardlast_img read more