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Calypso icon Lord Nelson, right, shows comedienne Nikki Crosby his dancing
skills, during his performance at Battle of the Sexes, held at the Jean Pierre
Complex, Port-of-Spain, on Friday night. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
The National Institute of
Higher Education, Research,
Science and Technology (Ni-
herst) has signed sponsorship
agreements with four organi-
sations to produce a video se-
ries and photo book about the
region's deep sea environment.
Collaborating with Niherst on
this unique regional and educational
project are Shell T&T Ltd, the Massy
Foundation, Sagicor Life Inc. and the
German Embassy of Port-of-Spain.
The sponsorship agreement was
signed on Friday.
Niherst president Sylvia Lalla said
the project aims to raise awareness
about the variety of sea life exist-
ing 1,200 metres below the sea off
Trinidad's east-coast. She said little
was known about the deep-sea en-
vironment until 2013 and 2014 when
marine biologist Dr Judith Gobin, a
senior lecturer in the Department
of Life Sciences at UWI, St Augus-
tine, was invited to accompany an
international team of scientists on
an exploration mission.
During the trip aboard the ex-
ploration vessel Nautilus, four new
deep sea cold seeps were discovered
at a depth of 130 kilometres off the
east coast of Trinidad, along with
a multitude and variety of sea-life.
Researchers explored several blocks
off Trinidad's east coast, while a
more extensive sweep was made off
Grenada's north coast in the vicin-
ity of the underwater volcano, Kick
Its was the first time in T&T
that high quality videography and
photography of depths greater than
2,500 feet was acquired.
Gobin said the findings led uni-
versity officials to review their
classroom material as some of the
items discovered at such depths de-
bunked traditional teachings.
The trip was led by renowned deep
sea biologist Dr Robert Ballard and
filmed by National Geographic.
Gobin has been given permission
to use the expedition's footage and
findings in a five-series documenta-
ry and photo book. The photo book
will be titled Deep Sea Wonders of
the Caribbean, while the documen-
tary series will feature segments
from exploration trips in Grenada
and T&T, as well as the deep-sea en-
vironment and careers of a deep-sea
Along with Niherst and UWI, St
Augustine, the project is being exe-
cuted by the Caribbean Council for
Science and Technology (CCST).
Fidelity, prayer and cake are
the secrets to a long and fruit-
This was the advice of centenari-
an Pearl 'Sweet Pea' Cyrus during a
belated birthday celebration at her
Rousillac home on Sunday.
Pearl celebrated her 100th birth-
day on January 31, and although she
can't walk and has been blind for
several decades, her sense of hu-
mour has not been dulled by age.
She was visited by MP for the
area, Nicole Olivierre, and Siparia
Regional Corporation chairman Dr
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian during the visit, Cyrus
spoke about her childhood years,
saying her primary school days
were her best.
"I was born in 1917, the year
the first Guardian newspaper was
printed," she said.
"My school days were my best
days, my days the Weslyann Pri-
She later went on to teach at the
same school although she would
not stay for long.
When she became pregnant in
1934 she left her teaching job to
raise her children.
She would go on to have six
children, three of whom are alive
today. She has 25 grandchildren, 35
great-grandchildren and 16 great,
Though her husband passed
away in 1981 at age 70, Cyrus has
persevered through the years.
In passing on advice to the
younger generation, she said the
secret to a long and fruitful life
was strong family values.
"Stay with one man, have your
children and use your time raising
them and taking care of your fam-
ily," she advised.
"All this running around young
people doing...it's why the coun-
try is in this state. You need to pay
attention to your family."
Cyrus said her favourite meal is
rice, peas and chicken as she ad-
monished youngsters to look after
themselves as well.
"Eating is my middle name, I love
to eat because you have to take care
of yourself, people get too busy and
forget their own selves."
She is also a strong advocate
for prayer, saying God has been
her greatest source of strength
throughout her lifetime.
And when she felt she had
enough of the questions, she ques-
tioned Olivierre about the cake she
was promised, telling all present
she needed something to "munch."
When the cake was cut and she
was being fed pieces, she requested
something to drink, with the con-
dition she be given anything but
Olivierre suggested juice but she
dismissed that, asking if there was
Her easy-going manner made it
clear why her family flock to her
and turn to her in times of crisis,
her granddaughter and caretaker
"She has always been the peace-
maker in the family, she is a very
peaceful person," she said.
"Ever since I know myself, she
does not worry about anything."
Stacy and her husband, Mc
Guiness Pacheco, live with Cyrus
and take care of her on a daily basis.
Stacy said her grandmother was
indeed a 'Sweet Pea' and although
she was a diabetic and suffers from
hypertension, she has not shown
any signs of dementia.
"She is lucid and knows
everything going on around her,
she has a great sense of humour,"
Stacy said her grandmother took
on the task of raising her since she
was eight months old and she feels
honoured now to return the favour.
La Brea MP Nicole Olivierre, right, and chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation Glenn Ramadharsingh
celebrate with Pearl Cyrus and her family during her 100th birthday at her home at Rousillac on Sunday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Rousillac centenarian celebrated
Sweet Pea Cyrus
shares her secrets
New series shows T&T's deep sea life
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