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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Monday reported a decline in the number of candidates who registered for major exams in the 2016-2017 academic year. Director of Operations, Stephen Savoury, who delivered the CXC assessment of the exams, told reporters that there was a one to two per cent drop in the number of candidate entries in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and t Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). CSEC is offered in January for re-sit and private candidates and in May/June for in-school candidates and private candidates while CAPE is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of student. Savoury said there are several factors contributing to that decline.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Police are investigating the discovery last evening of an aircraft in Region Nine by ranks of the joint services. The aircraft was found in the vicinity of an illegal airstrip, which was discovered last week by ranks of the Guyana Defence Force. Police in a press release said that “A foreign aircraft had been frequenting the Santa Fe Area, North Rupununi, Region 9. Yesterday afternoon, acting on further information received, a party of police under the command of a Senior Officer, proceeded to the area where checks of that area led to the discovery of over a dozen ten-gallon jars in the bushes.
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada government Monday said it would launch an investigation into the reasons why the annual Panorama competition did not take place over the last weekend as Grenadians continue to celebrate the annual Carnival activities. Patrons who gathered at the Junior Murray/Rawle Lewis stand of the National Cricket Stadium were told nearly three hours after the schedule start of the event that the competition would not now take place. The organisers, Spicemas Corporation, which receives an annual subvention of EC$700,000 to stage the Carnival activities here, say they hope to stage the Panorama competition this coming weekend.
ST MARY, Jamaica – The Member of Parliament for St Mary South East Dr Winston Green has died. Green, a long-time member of the People’s National Party died at hospital last night, shortly after complaining about feeling ill. He was a dental surgeon.
HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bermuda fell off the tourism map for two decades, but ever since the financial crisis hit and dented Bermuda’s brisk reinsurance industry, the tony island — home to Michael Bloomberg — has been trying to get the travel and leisure business back that it lost. “The cruise ships still come, but the banking crisis encouraged Bermuda to evaluate the health of its tourism industry,” said Stephen King, the former managing director of Barclays Capital who recently opened the island’s first new hotel in 45 years, The Loren at Pink Beach.

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