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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 17, 2015
A 53-year-old man was remanded in police custody
Monday after being charged with stealing $11 from a
appeared before deputy
Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington in the San
Court on Monday.
He was charged that
on December 14 at
Todd s Street, San Fer-
nando, he broke and
entered the Krishna
Mandir and stole $11 from
a donation box. The
money was the property
of devotees at the mandir.
He was charged by
police constable Samm
of the San Fernando
Rampersad was not
called upon to plead as
the charge was laid
asked Rampersad where
he lived, he said Church
Street, Duncan Village,
But Wellington told
him there was no address
before the court for him.
He was remanded into custody until December 22 for
his address to be verified.
A faulty breaker triggered Tuesday night s blackout
in northwest Trinidad, says Trinidad and Tobago Elec-
In a statement issued to the media yesterday, the
commission said the source of the outage was traced
to an "apparent cable fault" leading to the breaker at
PowerGen s Flament Street sub-station.
As a result of the breaker failure, customers from
Morvant to Cocorite, including Maraval and Santa Cruz,
lost supply at approximately 6.45 pm.
Engineers using alternative feeders were able to restore
supply to most customers by 9.30 pm, with the others
being completed by 1 am yesterday.
The commission is conducting further investigation
into Tuesday night s incident with the goal of preventing
The failure occurred as both companies are in the
delicate final phase of switching over from the aging
PowerGen plant by year s end.
By January 1 next year, the electricity supply to Port-
of -Spain and environs will come via two new 132kV
underground cables that will bring power from the
720MW TGU plant in La Brea and Trinity power and
PowerGen in Pt Lisas.
T&TEC apologised to customers for any inconvenience
caused as a result of the outage.
No bail for
Seven-time National Steelband Panorama winner
Phase II Pan Groove Steel Orchestra and Hadco, a San
Juan-based importing and distributing company, yes-
terday announced its intention to align brands in a
that would allow the
steel orchestra to retain
its name and identity.
"We will be known as
Phase II Pan Groove, in
partnership with Hadco,"
said band manager Errol
Skerrit at the media
launch of the project at
the company s premises
on Bhagoutie Trace, San
"We recognise it is a
long and cumbersome
title but we will be fight-
ing to retain it," he added.
John Hadad, co-CEO
of the company, said the
in the promotion of steel-
bands was the first of its
kind "and probably an
organic fit for a band
such as Phase II which
has always been a band
that has moved to the
beat of its own pan."
He added: "This rela-
tionship is like family. We
treat every one of our 750
employees like family and we welcome Phase II to our
We want to support pan and the sustainable growth
and development of it in T&T and globally and, more
importantly, make pan more accessible and to ensure that
our youth can pursue a real future in this industry."
Hadco is a company formed 23 year ago by three Hadad
brothers (John, Robert, and Joseph) with a passion for
Skerrit said the trio had been regular visitors to the
panyard for many years and probably knew more about
the Phase II organisation than many current band mem-
Band leader and musical arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
said it was a "real blessing" for the band.
"It is truly my pleasure to announce this partnership.
This is new for Hadco and new for the industry. Phase
II is known for being a leader and we are grateful for the
vision and the support from a company like Hadco," he
Hadco and Phase II are expected to work
together on a number of projects, including the
revitalisation of the panyard on Hamilton Street,
Woodbrook, creating a new merchandising
programme and pan for the youths while ensuring
that the band continues to play and promote pan all
through the year, assisting it with events and
Phase II Pan Groove Steel Orchestra had been
sponsored by Petrotrin since 1999 and according to
manager Skerrit the decision to part ways with the
energy company was amicable.
The occasion was also used to premiere Phase II's
Panorama 2016 selection, titled Mad Music. It is
composed by "Boogsie", with lyrics by Nigel Rojas,
sung by Keith Luca, and arranged by Dante Pantin.
Hadco signs on
as Phase II's
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