Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 12th 2017 Contents A10 news
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Cupid, who died
on October 9 at
age 88, was
a pioneer of
and Point Fortin
Borough Day, and played a
crucial role in developing
support systems for community organisations involved
in the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition.
In paying tribute yesterday, the National Carnival Com-
mission (NCC) said Cupid had been a stalwart and team
member for decades until his retirement four years ago.
The NCC statement continued: "When it came to culture,
nothing was out of Cupid's scope as he advocated everything
from Carnival traditions and history to celebrating diverse
elements like Parang, Patois, local arts and crafts, folklore
and traditional tales from colonial days."
Cupid was also "the architect in the shape and scope
of not just our beloved festival, but carnivals all
around the globe," the NCC said.
"It was at the Commission, however,
that Cupid would have his greatest im-
pact as one of the primary architects
of the revival of the Canboulay Riot
Re-enactments, held each year on Car-
nival Friday at Piccadilly Greens, Port of
NCC chairman Kenneth De Silva said:
"John charted an untrodden path in cele-
brating our rich and diverse cultural herit-
age. He worked hard and he worked without
thanks. For him, the journey was equally as im-
portant as the destination.
"He has been instrumental in keeping many Car-
nival elements alive; everything from the Canboulay
Riots Re-enactment, which we can safely say is John's
godchild, to the parades of the traditional mas char-
acters like the Fancy Sailor, Dragon Mas, Bat Mas,
Wild Indian Mas. You name it, once it
was Carnival and culture, John was piv-
otal in bringing it to life."
Ample Limited chairman and man-
aging director Alfred Aguiton recalled
when he, as NCC chairman, appointed
Cupid to the Commission's board and
later selected him to run the NCC Re-
gional Carnival Committee.
"John was a professional colleague, a
personal friend, and a proud compere.
He made an inestimable contribution to
Carnival and to culture.
"We irst met in 1967 at the Montreal
Expo and in the years that followed de-
veloped quite a friendship. When I was
appointed to chair the NCC Board years
later, I had no reservations in recom-
mending that John be a commissioner
given his resourcefulness, insight, and
passion about all things Carnival and
"In the end, he gave his life to Carnival
and he gave life to Carnival; identifying
and promulgating what he used to refer
to in his newspaper column as the 'rich
leaf-mould of the culture of Trinidad
"He did it all for love and not for
money, and is truly one of this nation's
most energetic and genuine patriots and
not a 'paytriot'."
Ministry clari ies
new squatter deal
Only holders of certi icates of com-
fort (COC) on upgraded squatter sites
are able to purchase the land they oc-
cupy once they ful ill all the require-
ments of the State Land Act (1998),
the Housing Ministry has said.
The ministry made this clear after
Housing Minister Randall Mitchell
spoke in Monday's budget debate
about a new thrust concerning hold-
ers of COCs. The ministry felt de-
scription headlines "Pay To Squat"
and "Squatters can now buy land",
The Squatter Regularisation Pro-
gramme, which was born out of the
State Land (Regularisation of Ten-
ure) Act 1998, allows for unlawful
occupiers of state land in designated
areas who have been living there
prior to 1998, and who are in receipt
of COCs, to be offered statutory
deeds or deeds of lease for the lots
they occupy. However, the lots must
have received necessary infrastruc-
tural upgrades in accordance with
The ministry added that accord-
ing to Section 15(3) of the Act, once
necessary upgrades are made to the
sites, a premium must be charged
for the land prior to the grant of the
leasehold title to the land. Cabinet
agreed that the premium charged
for the lots be 25 per cent of the mar-
ket value of the land in accordance
with the Commissioner of Valua-
Final stage in the three-step pro-
cess will be offer of the deeds of lease
in exchange for a premium.
on fraud charges
An accounts clerk has been granted
$80,000 bail on allegations that she or-
dered $29,000 worth of premium alcoholic drinks
under the company's name that she worked for
at the time.
Ornella Grant, 27, of Buena Vista Street, St James
allegedly ordered the premium drinks via the Un-
ipet company she had been employed with at the
time in 2015. The order was received, the police
A report was subsequently made to the Fraud Squad
and an investigation launched. She was arrested and
charged on two counts of larceny. Charges were laid
by PC Woodruffe, assisted by Sgt Samuel.
Grant appeared before Port-of-Spain magistrate
Cheron Raphael who granted her bail to reappear
on November 6.
In an unrelated matter in the the San Fernando
Magistrates' Court on Monday, 37-year-old Ebony
Ryan, an employee of Gulf City Mall, along with
her common-law-husband, Sterling Thomp-
son appeared before magistrate Natalie Diop
charged with conspiracy to defraud the Na-
tional Lotteries Board of a quantity of cash.
The couple was was charged by WPC Janelle
Lively, assisted by Sgt Smith and ASP Ghi-
The couple was granted bail to reap-
pear on November 6.
Both Fraud investigations were led
by head of Fraud Squad acting Senior
Supt Totaram Dookhie.
John Gladstone Cupid
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Links Archive October 11th 2017 October 13th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page