Less than 100 of over 700 QC students attended school on Monday

first_imgSchool bomb/shooting threats…as School of the Nations heightens securityBy Rupadai SeenarineFearful for their children’s lives, many parents on Monday refrained from sending their children to Queen’s College and to the Bishops’ High School on Monday after threats of shooting and bombing were made against the school on Friday last.Guyana Times understands that both schools saw a reduced attendance on Monday.A Police officer stands outside of the School of the Nations security checkpointStudents who were present throughout the day at Queen’s College indicated that of an average 700 population at the school, less than 100 students turned up for classes.The position not to send their children to school was taken by parents even though security was beefed up at the schools.At Queen’s College, additional security was provided by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) at both entrances, the head teacher’s quarters, in front of the school and in the vicinity of the drive-thru. Both gates remained closed during the instructional period and the gates were manned by security guards who checked persons as they entered.When this publication contacted the administration of Queen’s College about the poor attendance, the teachers were adamant that the attendance was normal. However, this is a far cry from what the several students at the school told this publication. The school’s administration confirmed that increased security measures were requested and implemented over the weekend.Public Relations Officer of the Education Ministry Ephraim Haley stated that a visit was made to the schools and while there were Police officers at the gates, he did not inquire about the decrease in population and further disclosed that no reports were made in that regard.Vehicles waiting for security checks before entering Queen’s College compoundSchool of NationsMeanwhile, over at School of Nations, a new security hut was constructed. There, students were scanned and bags are to be searched for any illegal items upon entry.Last Friday, Queens College and the Bishops’ High School were on lockdown after social media accounts created on Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram, which were reportedly sending threats to Nations, gave a bomb scare to Queens College while threatening to shoot the Bishops’ High School.Parents were not allowed to enter the premises but forced to wait outside until classes were dismissed. As customary, they would utilise the Thomas Road entrance to collect their kids. This was blocked, and vehicles were not allowed to enter.At the Bishops’ High School, there was a similar scenario as students waited inside the premises until their parents arrived.Meanwhile, at Nations, parents met with security officials and the school’s administration for another meeting on security measures that were implemented ever since it’s Director, Dr Brian O’Toole was shot at his home on Sunday evening.The Professional Guard Services was engaged to provide baton services at the institution and it was disclosed that a lockdown situation was more likely to be adopted.On Monday, officers carried out basic security searches on students before they entered the compound.last_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

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Indian Culinary Tour Beckons Foreign Foodies

first_imgWant to combine wanderlust with a desire to sample authentic Indian dishes in traditional kitchens or scenic spots across the country? As a personal touch, you could also shop for the ingredients in some of the vibrant and bustling open-air marketplaces that India offers. All this and more could be yours for a price, thanks to the genre of culinary tourism.As gourmands from Britain, the United States, Scandinavia, Europe and Africa troop into India to experience its food culture, tour groups and exclusive food travel consultants have come up with special packages to offer the best of the country’s food regime.Whether it is the age-old Mughlai fare of old Delhi, rustic dishes of rural Rajasthan or the quintessential fishy affair in West Bengal, the Indian food-travel trail runs deep and promises to throw up surprises.Mexico resident and global traveller Katja Gaskell, co-founder of globetotting.com, an online travel portal that caters to families, has designed a nine-day tour of Rajasthan for families that includes “a jeep safari and picnic lunch in rural Rajasthan, a royal dinner in a magnificent fort setting and cooking lessons with a local family where you’ll learn how to create your own Rajasthani meal.”Gaskell said, “This nine-day holiday explores the history and culture behind some of the region’s most celebrated dishes and will teach visitors that there’s more to Indian cuisine than simply chapatis and curries.”While a fitting rural setting is the draw for tourists from Britain, picking out fish and exotic produce like yam lures gastronomes to narrow their narrow alleys of southern Kolkata’s Jadubabur Bazar or Lake market.Tailored for them is an offbeat walking tour offered by Calcutta Walks, a city-based walking tour company.In the “Bengali Cooking Lessons” tour, enthusiasts can learn the art of making Bengali staples like loochi (leavened round flour bread), chholar daal (Bengal gram curry), rice dishes, Bengali chicken curry or jhol (broth) and vegetarian items like baingun bhaja (eggplant fritters).But the real deals are the iconic fish receipes (hilsa, rohu and bhekti or Indian carp) with a hint of the trademark mustard.“We teach them to cook rohu/katla fish made with mustard or doi (rohu or Indian carp infused with the flavours of mustard and curd), shorshe baate diye maachh or doi maachh (mustard fish and curd-flavored fish) and bhetki fillet. The lessons end with desserts like payesh or kheer, malpua and jaggery-based caramel custard,” said Calcutta Walks founder Explorer Ifte.The advantage of a trip to the market is that it familiarizes one with the ingredients that go into these dishes.After the exercise, tourists can then get hands-on training in cooking from either a regular homemaker or owners of the city’s acclaimed restaurants.For Prashant Kalra, founder and proprietor, Delhi Food Tours (DFT) are a way for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to get back to their roots.“We rarely have any Indian guests as our products are designed to introduce people to India. We have had a few NRIs who are coming home after a long time or bringing their children here for the first time,” Kalra said adding that DFT has serviced guests from 35 countries since its inception in 2011.DFT’s outings, dubbed “a food tour of India within the geographical confines of Delhi,” takes one through six different restaurants with a signature tasting of teas from across India. One can savour cuisines from Goa, Lucknow, Chennai, Gujarat, Punjab and Delhi itself in a span of three to four hours in these restaurants.Besides, cooking classes for tandoori cuisine to biryani, pakoras, parathas, korma, daal and phirni and other basic items are held at the Kalra family’s private farmhouse, 20 minutes from south Delhi.So strap on that backpack, roll up your sleeves and sharpen those kitchen knives for a session of Indian cooking!  Related Itemslast_img read more