Thursday 2 April, 2020

Year in Review: Community smiles and tears in 2019

Top Girl in the island in the 2019 Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination hugging her little brother.

Top Girl in the island in the 2019 Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination hugging her little brother.

Many parents and children had reasons to smile this year, but unfortunately many communities had reasons to cry tears of sadness as well.

When we reviewed our community section for the past 365 days of 2019, these stories stood out as the most read or shared stories:

1. PHOTOS: All smiles; 2019 Common Entrance results are back!

Fewer students sat the Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination also known as the Common Entrance Exam or 11-plus. Though none of the sitters got a raw score of 100 on the English paper, a whopping 35 students attained 100 on the Mathematics paper. With some eight boys scoring zero in Maths, this and other stats from over the years have caused the Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw and the Prime Minister to seriously toss out the idea of finding an alternative to the 11-plus exam.

2. Met Office: Why Barbados feels extra hot these days

Hot days and even hotter nights had Barbadians wondering, 'what was going on?' The winds were so light at that time in September that the Met Office was not even able to record the speeds.

3. 12 Things schools tried to ban or outright banned in Barbados

As one rural secondary school sought to enforce an archaic rule on its rule book about male students and facial hair, it brought into question, what else did schools try to ban over the decades. Also the question was asked about when does enforcement come in play. What spurs it?

4. Lottery winner sends friend to collect hundreds of thousands

In this economic climate, it seems that some Bajans rather not have the whole island knowing when they come into some lucky winnings. 

In a press release from the Barbados Lottery, Wiggins confirmed that the win will make a major difference to his friend’s life. “I am grateful, because I was experiencing some financial difficulties,” is what he said the winner told him to say.

5. VIDEO: Loud explosion triggers rescue attempt in fatal Warrens fire

The residential and business community in Warrens rallied around this incident quickly and with fervor but unfortunately the result was not a positive one. Despite the efforts of many, their quick reflexes and abilities to be resourceful in the face of danger, three lives were lost in the morning blaze. Loop remembers this family even now at this time. R.I.P

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