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After a near ten-year hiatus from the polit-
ical landscape, the Democratic Party of T&T
(DPTT) is gearing up for a rebirth as the
country heads into the 2015 general election.
The Sunday Guardian understands that the
party s leader, Steve Alvarez, has tendered his
resignation as chairman of the Statutory
Authorities Services Commission.
It is understood that Alvarez wrote to Pres-
ident Anthony Carmona just over a week ago,
advising him of his decision to resign as chair-
man of the commission, a post he held for
the last four years. The resignation will take
effect on Tuesday.
Alvarez also reportedly informed commission
members of his decision on March 19 during
the committee s 15th meeting for the financial
A copy of the minute from that meeting
stated that Sharmila Nisha Harry, deputy
chairman of the committee would function
as chairman in the interim.
Alzarez declined to comment on his resig-
nation and whether the DPTT was in fact
moving to re-establishing itself as a political
force ahead of the 2015 polls
He simply said, "Such matters would be
made public on April 2."
Sunday Guardian has been informed that
Alvarez will be holding a meeting on April 2
at Chaconia Hotel and Conference Centre,
Port-of-Spain, where he will announce the
rebirth of the party.
The DPTT was formed in 2001, mere
months before the 2002 general election, and
contested ten constituencies. The party failed
to capture any seats. It joined forces with the
United National Congress in the 2007 general
However, the party failed to make any impact
at the polls yet again. Since then, DPTT has
Over the past two weeks he has been hinting
on his Facebook page that something big is
about to happen.
His last post on the page stated, "Dates to
watch...April 2nd and April 6th. Critical to
the development of Trinidad & Tobago."
The Sunday Guardian learned that Kim
Archibald, office assistant to Alvarez, wrote
to the Elections and Boundaries Commission
(EBC) Chief Elections Officer Ramesh Nanan
last week advising him that the DPTT will be
contesting the 2015 general election. The DPTT
has been revising its vision and will be con-
testing all 41 constituencies.
The party s registered symbol is a hum-
mingbird and a hibiscus.
The DPTT has signed an agreement with
Gayelle the channel to broadcast a 30-minute
programme on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays as part of its political campaign.
Legendary West Indies
fast bowler Curtly Ambrose,
fresh from the ICC World
Cup, will deliver the keynote
address Think Big, Start
Small, at this year s Second-
ary Schools Leadership sym-
posium, which starts tomor-
row at the ballroom of the
Cascadia Hotel and Confer-
ence Centre, St Ann s, at 9.15
The event will be officially
opened by Minister of Sport
Brent Sancho, and over 300
students from secondary
schools throughout the coun-
try will be exposed to mes-
sages, motivational speeches
and dialogue with the region s
sporting heroes and icons.
The event, which is in its
16th year, is being hosted by
the Sports Desk, and has
received support from several
organisations, including the
Sports Company of Trinidad
of the Year, Cleopatra Borell,
is among six women who will
take the platform over the
four days. The students will
also hear from West Indies
women s cricket captain
Merisa Aguilliera and national
women s hockey captain
Patricia Alexis, as well as, Dr
Tonya Welch, Miss World
1986 Giselle West and inspi-
rational speaker Patricia
Former West Indian opener
Philo Wallace, former national
cricket captain Daren Ganga
and motivational speaker Don
La Foucade will also be
among the speakers.
Among the companies
associated with the sympo-
sium are: NGC, the Neal and
Massy Foundation, Scotia-
bank, Toyota, TSTT, The Fan
Club, ANSA McAL, Civil Avi-
ation Authority, Stephenson s,
Coca Cola, First Citizens, Fla-
vorite and the PTSC.
The Sports Desk is the
brainchild of Sports Editor
Valentino Singh and is a non-
profit organisation dedicated
to improving and inspiring
the lives of young people in
Singh said he was
impressed with the number
of students who registered
for the event. "Every year,
more and more students try
to be part of the event. It has
become an important event
on the secondary schools cal-
endar. Unfortunately, due to
financial constraints, we have
had to turn back over 1,000
students this year. I apologise
to all those who were not
Singh said he was excited
at the strides the organisation
made over the past year with
the formation of a youth
group. "I am delighted to see
the interest our young men
and women have in helping
to improve our society. These
youngsters were prepared to
raise their own funds through
cake sales and other small
events to bring cheer to needy
families over the past year. I
am very proud of them and
pretty soon, I expect they will
be taking over this event and
managing it themselves."
Democratic Party back on track
Alvarez resigns from Statutory Authorities...
Leader of the Democratic Party
of T&T Steve Alvarez.
Sir Curtly to address
8-9.20 am: Registration/breakfast
9.25 am: National Anthem/prayer
9.30 am: Welcome remarks: Valentino Singh, chairman, The
9.35 am: Greetings---Brian Lewis, president T&T Olympic
9.40 am: Address: The Honourable Brent Sancho, Minister
9.50 am: Song-Melisa Santana
10 am: Keynote Presentation---Sir Curtly Ambrose, former
WI and International cricket legend---"Think Big, Start Small"
10.45 am: Song: Melisa Santana
10.50 am: BREAK
11.15 am: Cleopatra Borel, Sportswoman of The Year 2015---
12: Don La Foucade, motivational speaker--- "Choices"
12.45 pm: Refreshments
9.30 am: Daren Ganga, former West Indies and T&T cricket
captain "Taking Charge"
10.30 am: Giselle West, Miss World 1986: Kern Roberts,
CEO, Memphis Rehabilitation---"Sport the best friend you
11.30 am: BREAK
12 pm: Patricia Gajadhar, inspirational speaker---"Beating All
12.45 pm: Refreshments
9.30 am: Philo Wallace, former West Indies and Barbados
opening batsman---"The Mind---a powerful tool"
10.30 am: Patricia Alexis, national hockey captain---"Belief"
11.30 am: BREAK
12 pm: Merissa Aguilliera, West Indies women's cricket
captain---"From Marac to Sydney, Australia"
1 pm: Refreshments
9.30 am: Dr Tonya Welch, sports doctor
10 am: Closing Address: Adrian Raymond, chief executive
Review of event
Presentation of prizes
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