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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO POLICE CREDIT UNION
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LIMITED NO. 251
NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 59th Annual General Meeting of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Credit
Union Co-operative Society Limited takes place at the Bougainvillea Hall, Centre of Excellence,
Macoya, Tunapuna on Saturday 25th March, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. promptly.
1. [ a ] Credential Committee's Report
[ b ] Notice of Meeting
[ c ] Adoption of Standing Orders
[ d ] President's Address
[ e ] Feature Address
3. MINUTES OF 58TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 23-4-2016
4. BUSINESS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
[ a ] Board of Directors
[ b ] Credit Committee
[ c ] Supervisory Committee
[ d ] Education Committee
[ e ] Auditors and Financial Statements
6. NOMINATING COMMITTEE'S REPORT AND NOMINATIONS
9. CONSTRUCTION OF FLAGSHIP BUILDING
10. GENERAL BUSINESS
11. CLOSING REMARKS
tendance at any of our Branches. On the day of the meeting, registration commences at 12 noon
and ceases at 2:00 p.m. Members are required to be seated by 12:45 p.m. Annual Reports are
Monday 13th March 2017.
MEMBERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE IDENTIFICATION FOR REGISTRATION ON THE
25TH MARCH 2017.
By Order of the Board
It has only been a year since San-
dra Maria de Andrade woke up to
the wondrous world of reading.
One afternoon after work, the rub-
bish picker from north-eastern Brazil
was lying exhausted in a hammock
when her youngest son, Damiao San-
driano, invited her to take a look at a
"Mum, would you like to read with
me?" he asked. "It's a story, and it has
At the time, the 42-year-old was
unable to write her own name.
The closest to any formal education
she had ever had was a class for young
adults in which she was taught the let-
ters of the alphabet.
But she gave up, frustrated at not be-
ing able to get past the letter "e." She
recalls the experience as "an agony."
It was not until her son stepped in
that she would try again.
After a few informal lessons by Da-
miao at their home on a dirt road in
Jardim Progresso, a poor community
on the outskirts of the city of Natal,
Sandra was able to trace an "e."
Damiao helped his mother remember
the letters by explaining that "the letter
"R" is "like a 'B' but open."
The letter "h" they simply nick-
named "the chair."
Being able to write her own name
was a watershed moment. Sandra was
able to exchange her old ID which only
bore her thumbprint for one with her
"I said I will get myself a new ID to
prove that now I know how to write my
, Sandra said.
"I went there and they asked me to
sign on the paper.
"I thought, there, now I can do it, I
don't need to feel ashamed anymore."
Sandra is one of the 760 million
adults worldwide, who, according to
UNESCO figures, cannot read or write.
In Brazil, there are 12.9 million,
making up around 8.3 per cent of the
population over 15 years of age.
Sandra was forced to work from an
early age after her mother abandoned
her when she was three.
After she was taken in by her grand-
mother she was sent to live with a cou-
ple who did not allow her to go to school
She worked on the couple's farm,
crushing and grinding cassava for flour
and cleaning their house.
One day she was working in a banana
field when a group of children walked
past carrying notebooks.
"I wanted to go where they were
going," she recalls. "But they said: 'Go
back to work!' And I cried."
When she was 12, Sandra ran away
to try to find her mother.
She managed to track her down but
her mother wanted nothing to do with
Sandra, and her mother's partner tried
to hurt her, Sandra recalls.
Sandra then lived on the streets until
she was 13, when she was picked up by
a man who offered her food and a roof
over her head.
During the time they lived together,
they had three children. But it was a
life punctuated by regular and brutal
In 1996, after the man stabbed her
and ripped part of her scalp off with his
teeth, Sandra took the children and left.
She promised her children that no
man would ever hit her again. (BBC)
Sandra Maria de Andrade and her son Damiao.
mother to read
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to supporters as he campaigns for his party in the Uttar
Pradesh state elections in Varanasi, India, yesterday. Uttar Pradesh and four other Indian states are having
state legislature elections in February-March, a key mid-term test for Modi's Hindu nationalist government
which has been ruling India since 2014. AP PHOTO
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