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President of the Prisons Officers Asso-
ciation Ceron Richards says officers are
hoping newly appointed Justice Minister
Prakash Ramadhar will deal with issues
plaguing the Prison Service.
"We are very happy the PM revoked the
appointment of the old minister cause we
believe... the minister was not up to the
challenge in treating with the security
needs of the Prison Service both at an
organisational level and at an individual
level," he said.
Richards said unless those areas were
dealt with the service would be unable to
deal with other issues such as rehabilita-
"We need a minister who is up the chal-
lenge. However, we are very concerned
with the announcement that the minister
chosen is heading two ministries. We are
wondering what that will mean to the
Prison Service. We are concerned about
it, and whether or not he will place suf-
ficient emphasis on the Prison Service that
is littered with serious issues," he said.
Richards said there were structural
issues, health and safety concerns, safety
and security problems, and others to deal
with in the Prison Service.
"We are very concerned he can deal
with it. Now he has two major ministries
to deal with.
"We would rather it was given to some-
one with less responsibility who can focus
on the major organisation called prison."
He said the association was looking for-
ward to congratulating their new line min-
ister at the earliest opportunity as they
sought his handling of the outstanding
A High Court judge has scolded party promoters
who compromise the safety of their patrons by over-
selling their events.
Justice Frank Seepersad gave the stern criticism in
the Port-of-Spain High Court as he ruled in favour
of Hyacinth Seaton, who injured her knee while attend-
ing the National Political Calypso Monarch competition
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in July 2007.
"Promoters are in the money-making business but
they should not do so at the expense of the safety of
their patrons," Seepersad said.
Seaton sued Randy Glasgow Entertainment Ltd, the
promoter of the event, and the Ministry of Sport, the
operator of the facility, for negligence as she claimed
her injury would not have occurred if she had been
warned of hazards in the car park.
According to her evidence, Seaton and her friends
were directed to park next to the Jean Pierre Complex
and told to walk a short distance to the venue.
She claimed while on her way she tripped over a
ground-mounted light and damaged her knee. Although
the injury did not debilitate her, she claimed she still
suffered from periodic pain.
In its defence, the company denied responsibility
claiming its staff were not in control of the car park.
However, this claim was refuted by another attendee
of the event, who was called as a witness by Seaton.
In his oral judgment, Seepersad said he believed the
version of the event presented by the patrons.
"Given the nature of the protrusions on the ground,
Seaton should have been diverted to a different path,"
He also said that there was strong evidence that
more patrons than originally planned for were allowed
to attend the show, highlighting the need for the pro-
moter to provide additional parking and security.
While Seepersad found that the company was liable
to pay compensation to Seaton, he dismissed the case
against the Sport Ministry as he said it was not respon-
sible for the venue during the period it was rented to
Seaton s compensation is to be assessed by a High
Court Master on a date which is yet to be determined.
Seaton was represented by Winston Seenath and
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh
plans to open three new primary schools
in PNM constituencies after Carnival.
These include the long-awaited Rose Hill
RC, Paramin RC and the Point Cumana
RC Schools, which he said fell in the con-
stituencies of Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley, Diego Martin North/East MP Colm
Imbert and Port-of-Spain South MP Mar-
Speaking at the opening of the Egypt
Village Primary School in Point Fortin,
he said close to $2 billion was spent on
school repairs and construction over the
past four and a half years, the most by
"I am pretty sure that after Carnival we
will be opening the Rose Hill RC Primary
School in Laventille, in Marlene McDonald s
constituency. We will be opening the
Paramin RC School in Mr Imbert s con-
stituency in Diego Martin North East and
the Point Cumana RC School in the mem-
ber of Diego Martin West Dr Rowley s con-
stituency. Just after Carnival we will be
opening these schools," Gopeesingh said.
Since 2008, those schools were scheduled
to be rebuilt under the PNM, but even
when the PP took office in 2010 they were
not, which led to protests by parents and
Students of the Rose Hill RC School have
been sharing a compound with the All Lady
of Laventille RC School. Parents there
reported that it had created an ongoing turf
war and students were being bullied.
Gopeesingh added that out of the $2 bil-
lion spent on infrastructure, $650 million
went to school repairs and $250 million
was used for 53 new Early Childhood Care
and Education (ECCE) centres.
Despite the lowered outlook for T&T s
revenue, Gopeesingh said, construction of
approximately 31 schools would continue.
He said even if the 2014/15 budget was
revised, work on schools that were already
under construction would not be stopped
as Government would be liable to pay con-
tractors for loss of earning.
Bands Association pres-
ident David Lopez is
urging business owners
to invest in children s
Lopez was speaking yesterday at the media launch
of Republic Bank s Parade of the Bands "Love Notes"
at Eastern Girl s Primary School on George Street,
"I am urging corporate sponsors to take charge
and invest in our future. Take a page from Republic
Bank and invest in our youths. Don t sit down and
criticise, so all can participate," he said.
Lopez said the Mas Academy Outreach Programme
would continue in schools from Chaguanas to Sans
"We are a creative people. We must have the oppor-
tunity to express ourselves," he said.
The programme taught children papier mache,
wire bending and how to understand and use colours,
The students displayed different pieces of costumes
which they learnt to make at the academy.
They also displayed the costumes which will be
used in the upcoming Red Cross Kiddies Carnival.
The band called Metamorphosis has sections named
Leaf, Plant, Flowers, Honey Bee, Butterfly, Fruits and
NCBA head urges
banks to get involved
overselling of events
Prisons officers happy
to have new minister
Pupils of the Egypt Village Government School pose for a photograph as they enjoy eating their apple during the opening ceremony of
their new school yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Govt to build three schools in PNM areas
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