Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 24th 2015 Contents A14
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Minister of Rural Development and Local Gov-
ernment Franklin Khan says the future of the
City of San Fernando is under threat and runs
the risk of dying. He also challenged mayor
Kazim Hosein to help save the city.
Although he painted a picture of
doom and gloom as he addressed the
San Fernando City Corporation civic
awards reception and interfaith
service commemorating City Day
last Wednesday, Khan told Hosein
the task is not insurmountable.
He advised Hosein, "As a Council,
you have to sit and talk, employ strate-
gic thinking and not engage in small talk
about box drains and pavements.
"You have to handle it because your
strategic positioning as a city is under
threat. You have the human capital,
you have the resources within the
people of the city. Sit down, talk,
strategise and come up with
meaningful plans to help your city,
to better your city," Khan challenged
Khan said the problems of the 27-
year-old city and 170-year-old
municipality run much deeper than
traffic congestion, vagrancy, garbage
disposal and collection.
"High Street continues to
diminish because there are so
many challenges. Is traffic, is a
hill, you can t walk and shop in
comfort. Vendors blocking stores.
Your so-called economic base is
under threat, your commercial centre
is under threat."
He said the city once referred to as the
industrial capital of T&T has lost that legacy
to Point Lisas, where even the South Cham-
ber of Industry and Commerce, now
renamed the Energy Chamber, has also relo-
"San Fernando is not the industrial capital
of T&T. The industrial capital now lies in Point
Khan also noted the exodus of energy sector
corporate headquarters from San Fernando to
Port-of-Spain, as well as the services sectors,
"which are closing down one by one.
"A lot of them are relocating to Chaguaramas
or to Point Galeota and we have to take serious
cognisance of that. The future of the city is now
under threat because the economy base of the
city is now severed."
Khan said while the completion of the highway
to Point Fortin will solve traffic problems in the
city, the economic problems will be heightened
because it will create a freeway from Golconda
straight down to Icacos.
"There is absolutely no traffic signalling. It
will be a freeway, a continuation of the Solomon
Hochoy highway so nobody has to pass through
San Fernando again."
"I see this new venue becoming the best little pan theatre,
where we will not only play the instrument, but this space
must become a place where we learn to tune the instruments
and arrange the music scores."
So said former Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing in deliv-
ering an address at the launch of Newtown Playboys Steel
Symphony s pan theatre located at 64 Tragarete Road, Newtown,
on Saturday evening.
Lee Sing said the well-appointed, aesthetically-pleasing
space must add to the creativity needed to make the steelpan
instrument "look and feel better." He added: "This must be
a space where we hold sessions to talk about pan, not only
of yesterday, but we must spend more time talking about the
pan of tomorrow. We must spend time in this space addressing
relevant issues, and we must document everything we do."
Delivering welcome remarks was deputy mayor of Port-
of-Spain and Playboys manager Keron Valentine. He told the
gathering, comprising a wide and varied cross-section of the
population, that there was "no longer a Kuei Tung in
Newtown," in obvious reference to the parting of ways
with long-standing adviser to Carib Woodbrook
Playboyz Steel Orchestra, Brian Kuei Tung. He
offered a "special thank you" to Lisa Nagir,
owner of Shianne s Food Palace, for her sup-
port in facilitating use of her establishment s
car park for the occasion.
Attendees were told that Woodbrook Play-
boyz, formerly housed a few yards away at 57
Tragarete Road, was on the southern or Woodbrook
side of the district. The new location (No 64) is on
the northern or Newtown side, hence the name New-
Checks have revealed that Newtown Playboys
Steel Symphony is not a rebranding of the original
Playboyz, as many may have been led to
believe, but a new entity. Carib Woodbrook
Playboyz is still operational. Its instruments
are now housed on the compound of Media
21 on Nizam Street, St James, and its members
have already begun rehearsing for participation
in the 2016 National Steelband Panorama Com-
Providing entertainment on the evening s playbill
was a large contingent of artistes, inclusive of vocalist
Marilyn Williams, parang group Mucho Tempo,
steel orchestras Supernovas, Petrotrin Phase II Pan
Groove, San City, Massy Trinidad All Stars and
music group the A Team.
opens pan theatre
Three days after he was released on $75,000 bail
for allegedly stealing $64,000 from his neighbour s
house, a Debe man appeared in court yesterday
accused of stealing from the same house.
This time, Devanne Timothy Din Din, 24,
appeared before Magistrate Margaret Alert in the
San Fernando Fourth Court yesterday charged with larceny
from a dwelling house.
Last Thursday, Din Din appeared before Magistrate
Nanette Forde-John in the San Fernando First Court also
charged with larceny from a dwelling house.
On both occasions, it was the same home he allegedly
broke into. The first time, it is alleged he stole $64,000
in cash. On the second occasion, he allegedly stole $1,500.
Yesterday, Alert ordered the defendant be sent to St
Ann s Psychiatric Hospital for evaluation on the request
of his attorney Shaun Teekasingh.
Teekasingh told the court that Din Din s father, Deonarine
Din Din, said he had problems with his son before.
Teekasingh said he also faced some difficulties while
trying to get instructions from Din Din. Alert asked if the
arresting officer also faced the same behaviour from the
defendant and was told yes.
She remanded Din Din, who stood emotionless, to St
The matter was adjourned to December 7.
for accused thief
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