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National Award recipi-
ent Ivan Bocas has passed
away at the age of 68. He
died from heart failure at
the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex (EWMSC)
in Mount Hope on Thursday
at 11.55 pm while undergoing
T&T Guardian understands
that Bocas was complaining of
chest pains and discomfort on
March 16 and was taken to the EWMSC where he was treated
and warded. He was, however, discharged last Thursday. After
returning to his home at Centenary Street in Tunapuna, he
complained about feeling unwell. He subsequently died while
being attended to by doctors at the EWMSC.
Bocas leaves behind his wife of over 43 years, Parbatee. Bocas,
a father of five, received the Humming Bird Silver Medal in
1993 by then president, the late Noor Hassanali. Bocas was
recognised for his loyal and devoted service in the field of
Culture and the Arts as he was one of the country’s famous
master craftsmen in the field of metal sculpturing.
Bocas was also a former handicraft and development officer
at the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and
Gender Affairs (now Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism).
He retired from the ministry in 2009.
Bocas was also a past chairman of the Tunapuna Carnival
Committee and a Carnival bandleader. He was also a lover
of the national instrument, the steelpan.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian, Bocas’ son, Machishmo,
38, described his father as someone who was very passionate
about the culture of T&T.
Bocas’ funeral service will be held at 12 noon tomorrow at
the Church of Jesus Christ for Latter Day Saints in Arima.
The cremation is at 2 pm at the Belgrove’s Crematorium
Chairman of the Unit Trust Corporation
Krishna Boodhai has been recognised as a
distinguished alumnus by Henley Business
School Alumni Association T&T. Boodhai,
who completed his MBA in 1998, was the
first local graduate of Henley Business
School, a highly-ranked UK-based insti-
Speaking at a meeting of the association re-
cently, Boodhai urged alumni of the triple-ac-
credited institution to be agents of change in
society and to use their leadership roles towards
sound corporate governance practices at com-
panies, clubs, NGOs
and associations. The
alumnus stated that
the skills and knowl-
edge learnt during his
to him having a suc-
He advised those
present to get fa-
miliar with the Cor-
Code created in
2013 as a framework
for measuring good
ance and based on
the principle of comply
Boodhai also stated that the code made provisions for
board evaluations however, he questioned the extent to
which such evaluations are done by local companies. Other
areas addressed in his discourse included the role of company
directors as well as the reporting lines and responsibility for
National Award recipient dies
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huts built by farmers who some-
times spend nights in the forest-
ed area to look over their crops
during reaping season.
After driving for about 15 to
20 minutes, you will reach a fork
in the road (where the road be-
comes two divergent)—the left
will take you to the volcano and
the right to the hidden beach.
Taking the road to the volcano
first, I was surprised to see how
the site had changed since I first
visited in 2016.
Six carat sheds now surround
the volcanoes, where visitors
can cook and relax. There is a
chulha (a clay fireside) in each
shed, and one shed is even being
built two storeys high. By us-
ing the trunks of gru-gru palm
trees for the huts, benches and
tables and carat leaves for the
roof of the sheds, the workers
of the National Reforestation
Programme have left the de-
velopment with a natural feel
that machine-cut timber and
concrete would have surely
The three volcanoes, the largest
of which is some 40 feet in diameter,
have been fenced using whitewashed
bamboo as a preventative measure against
a potentially dangerous accident.
Thick, grey mud flows continuously down-
hill from the largest cone, mixing and merging
with the mud from another smaller cone. The
mud rushing downhill and trailing away into
the forest is quite a sight. There is also a small
fenced pond and beautiful landscaped areas
with bright, vibrant flowers in bloom.
As beautiful and serene as the site was, I was
bubbling with excitement (pun intended) to
find the famous hidden beach.
Leaving the site behind, we then took the road
to the right and drove for about ten minutes
through more teak fields until the road ended.
You can see the shoreline from this point but
to get to the beach itself, you have to follow
a narrow, winding dirt track through a thick
canopy of trees.
The walk is relatively safe but there is a sharp
drop to the left that can send you deep into a
valley where a thin river flows, so don’t wander
off the track.
One of our guides, farmer Sookdeo ‘Gou-
ti’ Ragoonanan led the way. For the first five
minutes, the sights and sounds of deep forest
will chill you. That is until you hear the call of
waves crashing against the shoreline and smell
the unmistakable tang of the sea and you are
spurred to walk faster.
Ragoonanan said most days red howler mon-
keys and macaws are visible in the trees, and
he pointed out many different types of flora
and fauna along the track.
After about ten minutes of walking you will
reach to the end of the path, where you must
navigate between gru-gru palm trees with sharp
spikes on their branches and trunks before you
burst out onto the sea shore.
The shoreline is covered with small,
smooth round rocks. When we visited there
were several jellyfishes washed up, so be
cautious if you are going into the water.
It is advisable to get a guide before ven-
turing on the beach trail because although
the track is clear, it’s no fun getting lost
in the bushes.
beach a fun
Chairman of the Unit
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