Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 17th 2014 Contents It was perhaps no surprise that this
week's Saturday Night Live took aim at
The Hobbit, since Martin Freeman
hosted the episode.
Freeman played a variety of
characters throughout the episode,
from a Kenny G-esque saxman to a
clueless groom. But none of them
compared to him combining his two
iconic roles---Bilbo Baggins and The
Office's Tim---in one sensational sketch.
The cold open kicked things off with
some jokes about torture, as Charlie
Rose interviewed the two psychologists
who devised the CIA's interrogation
techniques. Rose claimed he was quite
familiar with torture, since he's been
"isolated in a dark room for the last 20
years." And it's hard not to be amused
by hearing the dignified Rose talk about
the Cheesecake Factory.
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SNL sketches The Hobbit
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
in The Hobbitt.
At just 14 years old Derrick Sharbodie had to learn
to fend for himself after his parents died. He had to
work to provide for himself and go to school to try
and get an education and he had to do it all while living
in a rough neighbourhood on Nelson Street, Port-of-
Spain. He did not let these negative experiences deter
him from becoming a success and he would eventually
inspire hundreds of youth to stay on the straight and
narrow, while reaching for their dreams through the
various programmes that he set up at the St James
Police Youth Club at Sierra Leone Road, Diego
Sharbodie was recently the recipient of the
Commonwealth Youth Worker Award for the
entire Caribbean. The award ceremony is held
every year for the 53 nations of the Common-
wealth during Youth Work Week in Novem-
Sharbodie, who will now serve as a Com-
monwealth youth ambassador, was selected for
the prestigious youth award not only because
of his work at the youth club but for his out-
standing work helping young people through
drug prevention as well. He does this as a
community police officer and co-ordinator
of Project Excel, a drug prevention pro-
He received the award at a ceremony
hosted at the UK Houses of Parliament,
in London. He hopes that the award will
inspire all police youth clubs around the
believed in his vision, like his wife Christine who gave up her job to
help out, it became a haven for youth in the area, he said while speaking
to the T&T Guardian during an interview at the youth club.
This is also a way of life for his family as his two sons, aged 17 and
six, are very active members.
His work with youth began almost immediately after he left secondary
school, he explained.
"When I left St James Government Secondary School," said Sharbodie,
"I went back to the principal and one of the teachers and asked them
if they could assist me with getting a job. They said they would help
but only under one condition and that is if I come in and talk to the
students about life after school and through my language and my
experiences I had more of an impact on them."
He felt such a connection with the youth he mentored that he began
to research and study how he could help them prevent substance and
drug abuse and help them boost their self-esteem. It was not until
he became a police officer in 1989 that his calling became clear. The
coup in 1990 also made him realise that there was no time to waste.
Said Sharbodie: "When I became a police officer and I saw the
number of young people being arrested and charged for offences
because they were naive, it was amazing. When the coup took place
it was 114 young men, it made me realise I can t procrastinate because
young people are being lost so I went out and I started to do lec-
He believes it is his mission to let young people know that they are
precious and it is because of this that he had to find a place that teens
can call a home away from home.
"We got our centre in 1998. It was abandoned, it was just a shell,"
said Sharbodie. "At the time Senator Wade Mark asked me to look
at the location on Sierra Leone Road and tell him if I wanted it and
I said yes. The American Embassy came on-board and did some refur-
bishment for us and the British High Commission came and did some
work on the centre The Canadian High Commission helped us with
When I became a police officer and I saw the number of young people
being arrested and charged for offences because they were naive, it
was amazing. When the coup took place it was 114 young men, it
made me realise I can't procrastinate because young people are being
lost so I went out and I started to do lectures.
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