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Throngs of Trincity residents
yesterday came out to protest the
construction of a proposed five-
storey building by Bhagwans-
ingh s Hardware.
Bearing placards at the proposed
site at Trincity Central Road, and
accompanied by their Arouca/Mal-
oney MP Alicia Hospedales, the
residents chanted in unison "Bhag-
wansingh must go!"
Hospedales said the residents
decided to protest because they
were not consulted about the devel-
She said they were alarmed to
see that a fence was erected on the
bank of a water channel, while a
guard booth and tool shed were
built days after the sod was turned
in August.The site is a stone's throw
from the Trincity roundabout.
"The Tunapuna/Piarco Regional
Corporation stepped in an issued
a work stop order after a complaint
was made. The residents are con-
testing the decision by Town and
Country Planning Division to
approve the construction of such
a facility without consultation,"
She said the community was
already overwhelmed with flooding,
traffic congestion, and an overbur-
dened sewage system. The devel-
opment, she said, would only add
to their woes. Some of the areas
likely to be affected are Roland,
Sunrise, Cassleton and Dinsley,
The residents said they heard
that upon completion of the build-
ing, it will be rented as commercial
Yesterday, chairman and CEO of
Bhagwansingh's Group of Com-
panies Helen Bhagwansingh said
tomorrow the company will issue
a statement on the matter.
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Sir George Alleyne, chancellor
of the University of the West
Indies (UWI) says that an inves-
tigation should be done into why
more young males drop out during
their course of study than females.
He made the comments as he
delivered the opening address at
the graduation ceremony at the
university's Faculty of Medical Sci-
ences yesterday evening.
Alleyne noted that while the ratio
of females who graduated outnum-
bered males, there was a higher
percentage of males who were
dropping out during their study.
He said the gender/sex balance
might suggest, to some, a societal
problem. Alleyne said the question
which needed to be asked was: to
what extent does the balance rep-
resent women placing higher value
on tertiary education?
The gap with female graduates
outnumbering males was also seen
in the US, he said.
Subesh Ramjattan, philanthro-
pist, businessman and counsellor,
was awarded an honorary Doctor
of Letters degree.
In his address to the graduates,
Ramjattan repeatedly urged them
to develop a sense of duty and
reclaim the moral high ground.
Ramjattan said there was a need
for greater charity.
He urged the graduates to invest
in the growing children. He also
said it was a gross injustice to with-
hold care from the elderly, children
etc.His care for others, he said, came
from his mother who told him to
never look down on someone unless
you were willing to help them back
up.Ramjattan told the graduates to
become aware of the opportunities
to make a difference.
Trincity residents protest
Probe why males drop out of study
A model shows off a dress from Scavenge Kouture Collection, which is made
of waste material including coconut shells, during the opening night of
Caribbean Fashion Plus Week at the Cascadia Hotel, Ariapita Road, St Ann's,
Port-of-Spain, on Friday. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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