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Remembering Margaret Antoine
Sunrise: 4th May, 1964
Sunset: 26th October, 2016
A Life Lived Well Can Never Be Forgotten
Margaret has been a stalwart with the Group for the past 17 years, where she was initially assigned to our
Legal Department before her tenure in the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer -- Operations and
She touched the lives of many, as she was always a very solution oriented, dedicated, candid, jovial, empathetic and
Our deepest condolences are extended to Margaret's family and those near and dear to her.
In order to reduce the involvement of youth in
violent crime, Government needs to introduce a
range of measures aimed at "nipping it in the bud."
This as young people took over the roles of members
of the government and opposition yesterday in Par-
liament for the 14th National Youth Parliament debate
They agreed that poverty was the major contribut-
ing factor to the ever-increasing and widespread
Introducing the motion at the start of yesterday's
debate for government to urgently put measures in
place to reverse the increasing involvement of youth
in violent crime in the country was opposition leader
Darshan Gopaul, of Iere High School, who argued
that it was an over-arching problem with far-reaching
The students portfolios mirrored that of the gov-
ernment and opposition leaders and their respective
Among the suggestions from the 33 secondary
school students were an immediate increase in men-
torship programmes; additional school counselors;
the use of sports at all levels, including early childhood
and primary school; greater emphasis of religious
and moral teachings; counseling for single mothers
with at-risk children; increased foster care facilities;
fines for parents who fail in their duty to ensure chil-
dren attend school and greater re-integration of
former convicts into society.
Sachin Jaganath, of Hillview College, who filled
the role of house speaker, was forced to urge members
to observe the various standing orders several times
throughout the proceedings as "piccong" was
exchanged among the government and opposition
Lopinot/Bon Air West MP and social development
and family affairs minister, Kobe Sandy, of Vessigny
Secondary, said while youth crime was an international
problem and not unique to T&T, it was not a problem
which could be stopped but one which could be alle-
viated by tackling poverty.
Claiming that parenting was perhaps the most
difficult job in the world, Sandy said poor parenting
was often a reason why young people left home and
sometimes ended up in a life of crime. He suggested
the introduction of foster parenting with stricter
controls by the police and authorities.
Community development, culture and arts minister,
Oshean George, of Speyside Secondary, said music
was one way to reach youths as there was no law
to fix crime.
Education minister Sonali Sooknanan, of Hillview
College, called for greater focus on rebuilding religious
and ethics teachings as she referred to an analysis
of this year's scholarships awards which revealed that
the majority of awards were secured by students
from denominational schools.
"This is no coincidence," she said, adding that
those schools placed an emphasis on promoting per-
sonal values and instilling morals in students.
Opposition member Shenese Paul, of UTT, said
young people alone could not be blamed for crime
and its continuation. She urged government to stop
delivering empty promises and address the root causes
of crime and its consequences.
Observing the proceedings yesterday was House
Speaker Brigid Annisette-George and Opposition
Senator Wade Mark, along with Independent Senator
Dr Dhanayshar Mahabir.
Youth Parliament offers solutions...
Focus on violent crime
Kobe Sandy, of Vessigny High School, makes his
contribution during the 14th annual National Youth
Parliament, in the Parliament Chamber, Tower D,
Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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