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guardian.co.tt Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Wednesday 24th May, 2017
from 9am -- 11am at the Piarco International Airport
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago ('the Authority')
will be conducting a full scale Emergency Drill on
Full Scale Emergency Drill at
The public is advised that there will be an interruption in vehicular traffic flow to and from the
airport to facilitate easy access by emergency response agencies. The Police will be controlling
and directing traffic accordingly.
The purpose of this simulation exercise is to test and evaluate the preparedness of the
Authority and relevant stakeholders to respond in the event of an incident at the Piarco
International Airport. This exercise is conducted in compliance with Trinidad and Tobago Civil
Aviation regulations to ensure that the highest level of safety and security measures are in
place at the airport.
The travelling public is asked to communicate with their respective airlines to confirm flight
times during this period. We thank the public for their support as we continue to maintain the
highest level of safety and security at our airports for the benefit of all of our customers.
Cotton Tree golf celebrates 15 years
Established as a Non-Governmental Organisation
in 1993 The Cotton Tree Foundation set off with a
mandate to improve life chances for constituents of
St.Ann's,Cascade,Belmont,East Dry River and en-
virons through providing educational services. Ten
years after its establishment came the launch of the
foundation's Annual Charitable Golf Tournament,
a venture which has served as the organisation's
main fundraising initiative ever since.
Tomorrow marks the 15th edition of the tournament
which tees off at its traditional venue at St Andrew's
Golf Club in Maraval attracting some top golfers as well
as others who play the sport purely for recreation. But
all participants shall playing to the benefit of the organ-
isation's continued commitment to its various outreach
programmes such as its pre-school, home work centre
and vacation camps for children as well as other life-skills
and parental support programmes.
"We rely a lot on donors and sponsors, but in addition
to that our golf tournament is essential to our operations,"
said Terri Lewis, Administrative Coordinator of CTF. She
added "We reach out to several companies and corporate
entities to be a part of the tournament not only by donating
but by also registering teams if there are any golfers from
within those companies."
Sponsorship for the tournament is based is via a four-
tier system from highest (platinum sponsorship) to lowest
(bronze sponsorship) which also dictates how many teams
each donator is allowed to submit. A platinum level spon-
sor can register six teams of two persons each, while gold
sponsors are entitled to five teams, silver - four teams, and
bronze sponsors - three teams. There is also an avenue
for "unattached teams" to participate.
Traditionally, participants such as former West Indies
cricketers Brian Charles Lara and Desmond Haynes and
football icons Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy and Trent
Noel have brought prestige to this event. More seasoned
golfers have also taken a swing at the prizes with the likes
of Carlos "Sexy" Baynes, Dave Rajkumar and several top
youth players frequenting the event. In fact organisers
have observed a trend where a lot more junior golfers are
taking up the challenge and have been able to make good
use of the platform. CTF Chairman, Samuel Martin says
this is as a direct result of the foundation's desire to make
the tournament much more than a fundraiser. "One of the
things we do for golf development is that we have each year
encouraged juniors and teams from secondary schools to
participate in the tournament to get the experience and
improve their skills."
Fifteen years on and the golf tournament remains critical
to the work of the Cotton Tree Foundation as it maintains
its commitment to offering services such as a pre-school
and homework centre which operates four days per week,
catering to children, ages 6 t0 10 years old.
Esther Archer, Community Outreach Officer of the
CTF explained, "Embedded within our homework cen-
tre there are remedial classes, therapeutic screening and
President Anthony Carmona, patron of the Cotton
Tree Foundation (right), greets Brian Charles Lara
ahead of tee-off at the 2016 Cotton Tree Foundation
Charitable Golf Tournament.
psycho-educational assessment by local and
foreign psychologists to identify the needs,
abilities and challenges of the children before
the necessary referrals are made."
Quite naturally, there is also a sporting aspect
to the foundation's operations that is usually ex-
ecuted through its yearly July/August vacation
camp and more recently, an 8-day Easter Camp,
which was piloted in 2017 according to Archer.
"Our Easter camp is our newest programme
and specifically targets children from the age
of 6 to 17 to encompass that adolescent group.
We focus on both the popular sports and oth-
ers such as Table Tennis and Badminton." She
explained further, "There is also character
development, life-skills training and a fitness
programme, teaching them the importance of
regular exercise and healthy lifestyle choices."
The CTF has also expanded its range of
services to include partnerships with other
Non-Governmental Organisations in devel-
oping community-building initiatives. The
foundation aims to build community capacity
by addressing and facilitating its needs through
services such as a parental support program,
common sense parenting as well as an inter-
net safety program which teaches parents and
children how to identify potentially dangerous
instance of cyber bullying and other internet
When the one-day tournament tees off on
Wednesday, competitors will play under the
2-ball/better-ball stableford format guided
by the rules of the T&T Golf Association. It is
unclear whether these juniors, if lucky enough
to score a hole-in-one on the 7th hole, will be
allowed to drive away in the brand new Porsche
Macan from Lifestyle motors. It is worthwhile
to note however that no player has ever won
the hole-in-one prize at CTF tournament in
the four years that it has been offered.
There is also an overall challenge trophy up
for grabs, with several other prizes available for
players who excel in categories for women, men,
mixed and junior teams.
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