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Sunday, October 1, 2017
CEO of the American Cham-
ber of Commerce of T&T
(AmchamTT) Nirad Tew-
arie says the vulnerability of
countries should be a factor
in determining who quali ies
for global aid assistance. He
was speaking Friday at a Digi-
cel T&T, Joint Chambers and
NGOs press conference to
announce a hurricane relief
initiative at the Digicel Hospi-
tality Suite, Queen's Park Oval
in Port-of-Spain on Friday.
"When the multilateral
institutions make decision
about who is eligible and who
isn't for aid they often use per
capita GDP in which Caricom
seems to be a high income
region," he said, adding that
this did not take into account
small market size, or geo-
"There is ODA (of icial de-
velopment assistance) aid
globally for countries in the
world which is inaccessible
because we are de ined as
high income countries. This
underscores the need for
stress vulnerability which is
a factor that must be consid-
ered in determining the level
of status of development."
Tewarie said funds raised
by the Pan American Devel-
opment Foundation, Guard-
ian Media and AmchamTT
are expected to increase as
members continue to donate.
Dax Driver, CEO of the En-
er y Chamber, said several
containers left the Pt Lisas
Port Friday morning for Dom-
inica following the island's re-
cent devastation by Hurricane
"The roads were damaged,
the trees were down and it is
hard to get to outlying villages
and some items have been
taken by helicopter to the vil-
lages," he said.
Describing the outpouring
of support from T&T citizens,
director of the Living Waters
Community Rhonda Maingot
said: "What is amazing is peo-
ple want to help but there is
no place to stay or to sleep."
Sacha Thompson, chairman
of Digicel Group, appealed
to members of the public to
contribute to hurricane relief
via the telecommunication gi-
ant's text-to-donate platform.
"By texting the word 'HELP'
to 5151, $5 is contributed to
the relief and rebuild efforts,"
Pantin hailed as 'true patriot'
Clive Pantin, who wore many
hats, including politician, edu-
cator, national sportsman and
philanthropist, died yesterday at
age 84. His funeral will be held at
11 am on Tuesday at the St The-
resa's RC Church and will be of-
iciated by the current principal
of Fatima College, Fr. Gregory
In 1973, Pantin became Fatima
College's irst lay principal.
His son, veteran journalist Ber-
nard Pantin, who is expected to
deliver the eulo y at the funeral,
said his father lived a "very full"
"He has had such a wide and
varied life which is something we
are all very proud of because it
was very full when you look at all
the different things that he did,"
the younger Pantin said.
"We are very proud of the out-
pouring of comments from peo-
ple, it is sad in its own way but
it was testament to who he was
and we are all very appreciative
of what people think,."
Education Minister Anthony
Garcia, who like Pantin also held
the post Fatima College principal
before eventually becoming a
Cabinet member, described his
predecessor as a stalwart .
Between 1986 to 1991 Pantin
served as a senator with the Na-
tional Alliance for Reconstruc-
tion (NAR) and was Education
"Mr Pantin, over the years, had
established himself as a stalwart
in education and in general, a
true patriot of Trinidad and To-
bago. With a stellar career in edu-
cation spanning from the irst lay
principalship of Fatima College
and subsequently assuming the
of ice of Minister of Education,
Mr Pantin will be remembered
for his willingness to serve and
his commitment to all people,"
Garcia described Pantin's
passing as "a loss that cannot be
measured or explained."
"The work and commitment
of men like Clive Pantin are an
example that all our young peo-
ple should strive to emulate," he
Pantin was the founder of the
Foundation for the Enhancement
and Enrichment of Life (FEEL)
which became an effective vehi-
cle to assist in the alleviation of
poverty and hunger throughout
the country. FEEL was recently
engaged by the Education Minis-
try to support its hurricane relief
efforts, Garcia said.
Before making his name as
a principal, politician and phi-
lanthropist, Pantin attended St
Mary's College. He also played
football for the national team
from 1957 to 1962 and repre-
sented the country in hockey.
As a mark of respect, a min-
ute's silence was held before kick
off at all Secondary School Foot-
ball League games yesterday.
Pantin was described as an "avid
supporter of the SSFL".
Former Central Bank Governor
Jwala Rambarran said it was be-
cause of Pantin that his mother
insisted he attend Fatima College.
"My lasting memories of Mr.
Clive Pantin are that of an ex-
emplary teacher, leader and pa-
triot. He was a towering igure of
strength, who never waned in his
support and love for his students,
family, and the less fortunate in
our society," Rambarran said.
Opposition Senator Dr Bhoe
Tewarie took to social media to
offer condolences to the Pantin
family on the loss of "an illustri-
ous son of T&T who gave much
New coffee concept comes to T&T
With T&T's foreign exchange
shortage nearing a critical low,
the Starlite Group is trying to
stimulate economic growth
while cutting back on the need
for US dollars with the opening
of Nova Coffee Trinidad.
At the launch of the latest ad-
dition to the South Park Mall in
San Fernando yesterday, Star-
lite Group managing director
Gerald Aboud said because im-
portation of green coffee beans
from the world's best suppliers
is prohibited in T&T, they had
to ind the middle ground be-
tween local and international
beans. Bean can be imported if
they are roasted, but after they
go through that process, are at
their best for up to one week.
Together with the Tex-
as-based coffee consulting irm
Brewed Behaviour president
Tracy Allen, Nova Coffee will
be roasting the Brazilian beans
themselves so that customers
can experience it at its freshest.
"If you import roasted, you
pay four times the price and
the coffee never tastes as good.
This needs to change. We do
not have the altitude for Ara-
bica beans here and those are
the best quality. This means
we must ind a middle grown
between our local and inter-
national coffee bean options,"
"Not only this, but by roasting
all the beans ourselves, we can
save foreign exchange, invest in
the local industry, and we can
also export. Coffee is one of the
largest traded commodities in
the world and we can be a part
of this trade."
Explaining his decision to
add coffee to the Starlite Group,
Aboud said the industry has al-
ways been his dream and the
brand is in line with his belief
that there must be a greater
thrust for local input in busi-
San Fernando Mayor Junia Re-
grello said it is an exciting time
to invest in the city because of
the San Fernando Waterfront
Redevelopment Project, which
is scheduled to start in the com-
ing weeks and promised local
"Contrary to popular opin-
ion, as Mayor of San Fernando,
I am excited by what is ahead
from a business perspective.
With these two initiatives as
mentioned before, the city is
taking off, businesses are thriv-
ing and exciting times await San
Fernando," Regrello said.
The Mayor of San Fernando Junia Regrello, centre, cuts the ribbon to formally open the Nova Coffee Shop yesterday
at South Park, San Fernando. Left, is Owner Gerald Aboud and coffee maker Tracy Allen.
San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, left, enjoys a cup of coffee with Nova
Coffee Shop owner Gerald Aboud during the formal opening of the Coffee
Shop yesterday at South Park, San Fernando.
PICTURES TONY HOWELL
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