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A safe home for her family was all 35-year-old
Carolyn Gilbert wanted.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity T&T, her family
of ten from Gasparillo now has a three-bedroom
home in which they all feel safe and secure.
"A week before we got the house, a man was shot
near by us. Honestly, before, we used to be looking
outside the widow all hours of the night hoping that
we remain safe. Now all we have to do is lock our
doors and relax comfortably in our new home," Gilbert
Gilbert spoke the T&T Guardian on Monday after
the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
between Habitat and the Hilton Trinidad and Con-
ference Centre at the hotel in Port-of-Spain.
Gilbert, her husband Omesh Seepersad and their
eight children are among the 240 families across
T&T Habitat for Humanity has helped over the past
Gilbert said her former home was a two-bedroom
wooden structure that had a leaking roof and out
door bathroom facilities. Now her children, ranging
in ages 19 years to four-months-old are all comfortable
in their new home. Her eldest child, Lauralee is now
doing culinary classes in her community.
Gilbert s husband, who is a mechanic, said he was
so grateful for the new home.
"We no longer have to worry about a leaking roof
or getting buckets to collect water. When the rain
fell, we could not even cook. That is to show how
bad the roof was. I used to go to work without food.
Now everything is plenty better," Seepersad said.
Gilbert s family pays $500 a month over a period
of 30-years in order to pay back for their three-bed-
Family of ten
gets new home
For planassing his sister with a
cutlass while under the influence of
"demon alcohol," a Debe labourer
was on Monday fined $300 and
ordered to pay $500 in compensa-
The maximum penalty for the
offence is $400.
Mitra Bunseelal, 40, pleaded guilty
in the San Fernando Magistrates Court
to assaulting his sister by beating her.
Prosecutor Sgt Gordon Maharaj said
around 6.30 pm last Friday, Radica
Ramroop was at her Debe home when
Bunseelal struck her several times with
the flat side of a cutlass.
She made a report to the San Fer-
nando Police Station and PC Barry
Seekumar conducted inquires and
subsequently arrested the accused.
Upon arrest, Bunseelal told him,
"Boss ah make a mistake."
Defence attorney Ainsley Lucky
asked Magistrate Natalie Diop for a
bond, explaining that "the whole inci-
dent on February 20 was fuelled by
demon alcohol. Things went awry,
tempers flared and here we are."
Under a sober head this incident
would not have happened, Lucky said.
In open court, Bunseelal apologised
to his sister who accepted the apol-
However, she said: "He beat my
father on several occasions...I accept
it (the apology) but I need a protection
for my father and myself."
The magistrate advised her to seek
Bunseelal has two convictions dat-
ing back to 1993 and 1997 and two
pending matters in 2012.
In passing sentence, the magistrate
said it was a relatively serious offence
and his sister received bruises to her
back, arms and body.
"There is nothing more humiliating
than being subjected to a beating,
especially in circumstances where the
person engaged in the act is doing it
with vigour, using a weapon. It is trau-
Bunseelal was allowed time to pay
Habitat for Humanity steps in to help...
centre, a recipient of
a new home,
courtesy Habitat for
Humanity T&T, is
moved to tears
during her testimony
at the signing of an
MOU between the
NGO and Hilton
Conference Centre at
the hotel, Lady
Young Road, Port-of-
Spain, on Monday.
Also in photo is
Man admits to beating sister with cutlass:
'Demon alcohol made me do it'
San Fernando deputy
mayor Junia Regrello
has slammed the
National Carnival Com-
mission (NCC) for its
paltry allocation of $1.3
million for celebrations
in the city.
Giving a Carnival
round-up at yesterday s
Regrello who served as
this year s convenor of
Carnival said the San
Fernando Carnival Com-
mittee (SFCC) felt dis-
respected that out of the
$170 million the NCC
got from Government,
they were given scraps.
He said San Fernando
Carnival could rival the
mas in Port-of-Spain
but the lack of support
had stymied the growth
of many bands.
He added that the
SFCC was able to save
$164,000 for prize
money by cutting back
on infrastructure but
that led to no judging
point on Coffee Street
and a lack of bleachers
"We continue to be
handicapped by the gulf
and San Fernando, which
seems to be widening as
we go along. When you
look at NCC s allocation
for 2015, out of $170 mil-
lion, we got $1.3 million.
This year NCC got an 87
per cent increase and we
only got $1.3 million
again. That is difficult
for us to work with.
"Last year we got a
Petrotrin of $50,000
and $25,000 from
TSTT. That did not
occur this year. We
know that they are
going through difficult
times but we had com-
mitments and nobody
responded to our
requests for funding,"
He said if corporate
toward Carnival, it
would take the burden
off the State but no one
wants to sponsor.
Confident that the
People s National Move-
ment would be in Gov-
ernment in 2016,
Regrello also promised
a better Carnival, which
would see a San Fernan-
do version of the
Champs in Concert
Regrello, who was the
chairman of PanTrin-
bago s events committee
in 1998 when they first
hosted the show, said
San Fernando Carnival
was a unique product
that needed to be mar-
"We will have it on
the Friday after Carnival
because we don t want
to clash with PanTrin-
bago s show."
Convenor slams NCC's paltry funds...
Regrello: Sando mas
can rival Port-of-Spain
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