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CHARLES KONG SOO
Enjoy the Carnival but don t be
distracted from the serious issues
facing the country.
This was expressed by temporary
Senator Stuart Young, the People s
National Movement (PNM) can-
didate for Port-of-Spain North/St
Ann s West.
He was speaking at the Red Cross
Kiddies Carnival at the Queen s
Park Savannah, yesterday.
Young said, "Coming to the end
of this week where we saw dis-
missals in the constitutional offices
of the President of the Senate and
Attorney General, it s such a pleas-
ant and positive sight to come down
to the children s Carnival and see
our young children participating in
our culture. "But we should not
forget the importance of the issues
that are taking place in the country
right now. What is happening in
the political climate is something
that every right-thinking citizen
should be very concerned about."
He said it was unprecedented to
see in one week the removal of an
AG, a Minister of National Security
and a President of the Senate with-
out proper explantation. Young said
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar said the country was on
the cusp of an election and citizens
must be on the alert and ready.
My position a big
Newly appointed Sport Minister
Brent Sancho, who brought his
young family to the Kiddies Car-
nival, said his position was a big
challenge and something he def-
initely was up for.
Sancho said he had only been a
week on the job, but some progress
had already been made and he was
looking forward to continued
advancement and working with the
different sports organisations.
He said he was pushing sports
forward; the ministry had a "couple
bad years" and hopefully he could
turn it around and make it a beacon
Stephen Gooding, designer of
Belmont Boys RC School band A
Sailor-Bration said his masquer-
aders were a little nervous going
on stage as there was a change on
the programme. He said small
bands had to come on before the
individuals and many of their
members didn t turn up but they
came in time and they enjoyed
themselves. Gooding said the plus
was they could go home early.
Enjoy Carnival but don't be
distracted from serious issues
Govt spends $18m on
centres for at-risk youth
Cabinet has approved $18.7 million
for the refurbishment and upgrade
of Youth Empowerment Centres, for-
merly known as Youth Development
and Apprenticeship Centres (YDAC).
The $18 million will also be spent
on programme development, aimed
at addressing young males in danger
of becoming delinquent.
This was revealed on Friday by Min-
ister of Gender, Youth and Child
Development Clifton De Coteau at
the signing of an MOU between his
ministry and the University of T&T
(UTT) in a bid to transform the cen-
tres in a holistic way.
The centres will assist with societal
reintegration through the development
of a viable interdisciplinary team and
Besides providing state-of-the-art
and modernised educational institu-
tions, the Government will also estab-
lish rehabilitation centres for males
in conflict with the law.
Attending the signing at the min-
istry s Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain,
office was Tertiary Education Minister
Fazal Karim and Stacy Roopnarine,
Minister of State in the Ministry of
Gender, Youth and Child Develop-
De Coteau said the findings of the
Executive Report of the Committee
on Young Males and Crime, also
known as the Ryan Report, and a
report commissioned on the YDAC
facilities in 2012 by his ministry
showed that today s males were faced
with gaps and challenges.
"This partnership with UTT is
devoted to addressing the young males
in our community. They are the ones
who are especially disproportionately
susceptible to the allure and dangers
of gang and criminal culture and vio-
lence. The ministry understands that
when some youth are idle they are
more susceptible to criminal and
deviant activities. With this in mind,
we focused on bringing further devel-
opment to our current youth facilities,"
De Coteau said.
Last December, the ministry refur-
bished five youth facilities which will
engage young males in health, pro-
ductive, social and educational activ-
De Coteau said it was also recog-
nised that young girls were also faced
with their own challenges that needed
"Worrisome school girl dropout and
teen pregnancy have prompted this
ministry to swiftly commit itself to
the development of two additional
Youth Empowerment Centres specif-
ically for our girls who are in especially
The centres will assist with
through the development
of a viable interdisciplinary
team and partnership.
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