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Two prisoners serving life sentences for mur-
der may never be free men again. However, one
of the rehabilitation programmes in the prison
service has afforded them the freedom to express
themselves through art.
Alladin Mohammed and Leslie Huggins, so
captured the imagination of San Fernando mayor
Kazim Hosein during the 2015 Prison Expo at
Gulf City Mall that he commissioned them to
do two historical paintings---one of the original
Town Hall constructed in the 1930s and another
of a building when San Fernando achieved city
status in 1988.
One of the paintings, which will be displayed
on the walls of the San Fernando City Corpo-
ration, was handed over to Councillor Robert
Parris on behalf of the mayor recently at the
launch of the Prisons Outreach Community Car-
Acting Commissioner of Prisons Cecil Duke
lauded Hosein s initiative, saying it is the first
time in the history of the rehabilitation pro-
gramme that a prominent public official had
given inmates such a task.
"This is one part of the whole reintegra-
tion process. We are hoping the wider soci-
ety will grasp what we are trying to sell,
embrace it and help in achieving the objec-
tive of reintegrating these individuals when
they return to society."
The inmates thanked Hosein for the
opportunity and his confidence in their
ability to undertake the two projects.
Incarcerated for the past two decades,
Mohammed, 41, has become the prison s
One of his top students, Huggins, has
been incarcerated for the past 17 years.
He said art has changed his entire mind-
set.Huggins is hoping to one day be rein-
tegrated into society.
"I have plans to set up an art studio
and bring in trouble youths and introduce
them to art, to see what they have, train
them and teach them to market their work
so they could earn an income and society
would be a better place," he said.
Secondary school students can now
show their artistic perception and inter-
pretation of integrity and ethics.
Using various materials such as paints,
paper and watercolour, students can col-
laborate on a design for the project based
on that topic.
The Integrity Commission launched its
annual secondary schools Do Right Poster
Design Project on the theme of Integrity
and Ethics at the National Museum and
Art Gallery in Port-of-Spain. This com-
petition is in collaboration with the Min-
istry of Education.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia said:
"The use of art will enforce the structure
of integrity of our foundation blocks."
Zainool Hosein, (retired) chairman of
the Integrity Commission, said the project
started in 2010.
Caribbean Airlines has for
the sixth consecutive year,
emerged as the Caribbean s
Leading Airline at the 23rd
Annual World Travel AwardsTM
The World Travel AwardsTM was
established in 1993 to acknowledge,
reward and celebrate excellence across
all key sectors of the travel tourism
and hospitality industry. Today, the
World Travel AwardsTM brand is recog-
nized globally as the ultimate hallmark
of quality, with winners setting the
benchmark to which all others aspire.
This year s awards function was held
at the Sandals Resort in Ocho Rios,
Jamaica, on Saturday.
Caribbean Airlines representatives at
the event included Trudy Chin, general
manager (Ag) Caribbean Airlines, Jamaica
and head of Corporate Communications,
Dionne Ligoure, who accepted the award
on behalf of the airline.
Alladin Mohammed is serving life
sentence for the murder of his common-
law-wife Sheila Ramkissoon.
Leslie Huggins is incarcerated for the
1998 murder of Thackoor Boodram. He
along with Damien "Tommy" Ramiah,
Bobby Ramiah, Seenath "Farmer" Ramiah,
Michael "Rat" Maharaj, Samuel Maharaj,
Daniel "Fella" Gopaul, his brother Richard
Huggins, Mark "Bico" Jaikaran and Junior
"Heads" Phillip were sentenced to death by
Justice Stanley John.
In 2008, his sentence was commuted to
SERVING LIFE SENTENCES
• Each school is allowed one poster
design on the theme of Ethics and
• The poster must be properly
• A 250-word description of the
process engaged by students and
teachers must be submitted along
with the poster no later than
Suggested topics include:
• Do right in schools, in the
• Keeping parks and environment
• Being alert and watchful in
• Avoiding fights and conflict
• Being honest and kind
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