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Police Constable Shaquille
Mondesir, who died in an ac-
cident on Monday morning,
will be buried with full mili-
tary rites tomorrow, his father
retired police officer Reynold
Mondesir, 21, of Embacadere, San Fernan-
do, and his colleague PC Dayne Horsford,
27, were involved in an accident at around 2
am on Monday on the Churchill-Roosevelt
Highway near the Courts Megastore in San
Juan. Horsford's Tiida hatchback skidded off
the roadway and slammed into a concrete
wall. Both men were flung from the vehicle.
Mondesir landed head first in a nearby drain
where he drowned.
He will be laid to rest following a funeral
service at the Revival Church of Assembly
in San Fernando.
Mondesir's father described him as a man
of impeccable character and the only one of
his five children to follow him into the Police
"I guess he liked that line of work. He was
a man of real character and I am only just
realising how many lives he touched," he said.
"I wish I had spent more time with him and
let him know how proud I am of all the things
he had accomplished."
He said three years after Mondesir joined
the TTPS, he was offered a position on the
San Fernando Task Force which he accepted.
"He was making waves in his career because
he always put his best foot forward in any-
thing he did," his father said.
killed in crash
Boy who fell off
RADHICA DE SILVA
Tisean Alexis, 8, the pupil who fell off
a railing at the Fifth Company Baptist
Primary School last month, underwent
open reduction surgery at the Eric Wil-
liams Medical Sciences Complex.
His mother Curlanne Charleau said she is
disappointed that since Alexis got injured on
the school compound on May 17, no one from
the Education Ministry had taken an interest
in his case.
"My son has been hospitalised and neither
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia or the
Junior Minister Dr Lovell Francis, who is our
MP, has offered any assistance to us," she said.
Charleau said Alexis was admitted to the
hospital on Monday and underwent a surgical
procedure to repair the broken bones in his
face around midday Tuesday. She said doctors
performed an open reduction internal fixation
(ORIF) procedure to fix severe bone breakage
in which steel plates were inserted to keep the
bones stable and help prevent infection so they
Charleau, who said she is struggling to pay
her son's medical bills, added: "I am proceed-
ing with legal action against the ministry once
I can find a lawyer. Nobody in the ministry
is asking how my child doing or feeling. The
teachers are calling to find out and they have
contributed towards helping me but my child is
in so much pain and it hurts that the Ministry is
not taking responsibility for what happened."
She said before her son was injured, parents
had expressed concern about condition of the
railings from which he fell.
Three years after the United Nations General
Assembly approved June 21 as International Day
of Yoga, the Indian High Commission in T&T is
moving ahead with plans to raise awareness of
the benefits of yoga and the critical role it plays
in disease prevention and health promotion.
At the launch of the Yoga Awareness Programme at
the Normandie Hotel, St Ann's on Tuesday, Indian High
Commissioner Bishwadip Dey outlined the advantages
of yoga. He said the ancient Indian tradition is a flour-
ishing concept in T&T and he is heartened to see how
many people actually practised it daily.
Dey said recent medical research had confirmed the
many physical and mental benefits of yoga. He said
it was one way to bring harmony in all walks of life,
balances the mind and body and is an extremely sub-
tle science which had its origin thousands of years ago
before the first religion or belief system .
"Yoga works on the level of one's body, mind, emotion
and energy," he said.
Among its benefits are improving physical
fitness, assisting in managing lifestyle dis-
eases such as diabetes, hypertension, hypo-
tension and respiratory diseases, reducing
depression, fatigue, anxiety and stress, reg-
ulating menopausal symptoms and creating
a healthier body and mind that can overcome
hurdles to live a fulfilling life.
Chairman of the International Day of Yoga in T&T
Committee (IDYTT), Deoroop Teemal, said a number
of activities are planned for the month. On June 15, at
the Divali Nagar in Chaguanas, yoga exercise will
be conducted by the Yoga Meditation Society
from 6 am to 10 am during which participants
will chant 108 Surya Namaskar.
This will be followed by a yoga awareness
campaign at select schools from June 17 to 26,
a yoga session at the Chaguaramas Boardwalk
at the Divali Nagar on June 25 from 9.30 am
Teemal said feature speakers at the yo-
ga-fest will educate the public on the benefits
of Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest holistic
healing systems, which was developed more
than 3,000 years ago in India. It is based on the belief
that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance
of the mind, body, and spirit.
In addition, two young people will be honoured for
their outstanding contribution to yoga.
Education Officer in the Ministry of Health Ayana
John said the ministry is partnering with the IDYTT and
the Indian High Commission for the third consecutive
year and had introduced yoga sessions for staff which
proved to be a beneficial for people operating in that
She said ministry officials included yoga in recent
World Mental Health Day celebrations to demonstrate
to people suffering from depression how it could assist
them to achieve a more relaxed and balanced psyche.
John commended the Indian High Commission for its
continued efforts to work with government agencies to
tackle the scourge of non-communicable diseases and
promote preventative health. She said the ministry was
happy to join with those who shared the same goals.
Endorsing yoga as an art-form which could be in-
cluded in the training component for national athletes
was T&T's first female boxer Ria Ramnarine. She said
it was a practice she was willing to include in holis-
tic training for the mind, body and soul of the people
training under her.
Ramnarine said yoga was a "good work out" which
also enhances the mental capacity of athletes.
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