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Two weeks after being sum-
moned to appear before the St
George East Licensing Commit-
tee, the director of the Town and
Country Planning Division
(T&CP) sent a representative to
court yesterday to ask for time
to formulate a response in rela-
tion to commercial and residential
usage in Woodbrook.
Representing the director was
Ricky Cedeno, who appeared
before the head of the commit-
tee, Senior Magistrate Annette
Mc Kenzie, in the Port-of-
Spain Fourth Court around 2.30
The committee is yet to rule on
an application for the renewal of
a special licence to Chrisanto Hor-
Horsham, 37, is part owner of
Frankie s Restaurant and Bar on
Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook.
He was one of three business
owners who faced objections from
residents opposed to the licences
The other two were Lisa Jones-
Seecharan, who runs La Habana,
and Kurt Ho Hing, who runs
Tequila Twist, both also on Ariapita
Avenue. Jones-Seecharan and Ho
Hing reached a compromise with
residents two weeks ago.
On May 1, Mc Kenzie sum-
moned the T&CP director to
answer questions relating to com-
mercial and residential activities
Representing Horsham was
attorney Russell Huggins while the
objectors continue to be repre-
sented by Robin Montano.
Joining his colleagues at the
bar table, attorney Keith Scotland
told the court he had been
retained by the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation with a view to
assisting the director, should it
Glancing at Port-of-Spain
Mayor Louis Lee Sing and Wood-
brook councillor Cleveland Gar-
cia, who were seated in court,
Scotland said the corporation was
well placed to assist in clearing
up questions over the residential
and commercial usage in Wood-
Questioning the corporation s
involvement, Mc Kenzie clarified
the issue as she stressed the direc-
tor s help had been sought "so the
committee could be guided."
Objecting to the corporation s
once again being made a party in
the matter, Huggins argued that
land usage was determined by
Town and Country and not the
Montano said the objectors had
nothing to do with the corpora-
tion s move to retain counsel.
Cedeno later told the court the
director wanted more time to brief
professional officers who had
recently started charting the area s
He said the town planner would
have to be informed about the
questions raised by the court
before attending, hence the
request, as the short notice had
not allowed for any measures to
be put in place in time for yes-
terday s hearing.
Among the problems highlighted
by the objectors were excessively
loud music, people urinating on
walls, a lack of parking, unruly
patrons and improper garbage dis-
The committee was expected to
visit last week to see where the
objectors lived and witness first-
hand how they were being affect-
ed.The matter will resume next
Frankie's bar licence case...
City official wants
more time to reply
In 1863, St Mary s College was
established by the Holy Ghost Fathers
and its then 14 pupils had to pay to
attend the school.
The students wore straw hats on
weekdays as part of their uniform.
Today, 15 decades later, with over
27,000 past and present students, the
school and its founding fathers have
been recognised by the Port-of-Spain
City Corporation for their success.
Both institutions were presented with
keys to the city of Port-of-Spain at a
civic reception in Lord Harris Square
on Wednesday by Mayor Louis Lee
He said the city had "a responsibility
to recognise this once-in-lifetime mile-
stone with a meaningful and tangible
expression of gratitude."
Lee Sing, who once lived about 100
metres from the college on Frederick
Street when he was a child, said the
city was grateful to present the key in
recognition of the life-long contribu-
tions of St Mary s and the Holy Ghost
Fathers, which he said were "inseparable
to the development" of T&T.
He added: "It is my belief we are
here firstly to recognise the discipline,
dedication, commitment and endurance
of the Holy Ghost Fathers to persevere
against all odds and, despite all chal-
lenges, planned and developed one of
the first educational institutions in the
Lee Sing hoped both institutions
would have a never-ending history in
Tony Lee, CEO Radio OCM Limited,
gave a background of both institutions
and highlighted the success of St
Mary s, also known as the College of
Immaculate Conception (CIC).
He said by 1913, 50 years after the
college started, attendance reached 278
pupils and it had won each of the coun-
try s three available scholarships.
"Over its 150 years existence in
Trinidad, St Mary s College has pro-
duced many outstanding citizens in all
spheres of national and international
life," Lee said.
During the ceremony, the audience
was treated to a steelpan performance
of God Bless Our Nation by students
of the college. To close, the students
also sang their school song.
City honours Holy
Ghost Fathers, CIC
As Lottomania gripped T&T
on Wednesday, with thousands
vying for a chance to win the $20
million jackpot, Senate President
Timothy Hamel-Smith warned
money was not the answer to
people s problems.
He was speaking at a Parliament
outreach seminar at the Rio Claro
West Secondary School.
Delivering the feature address,
he said it was time for citizens to
unite and work towards changing
the negative aspects of the T&T
culture. (See page 14)
"People are rushing now to play
the Lotto but money is not the
answer to our problems. We must
face ourselves in the mirror and
ask ourselves are we disciplined
and tolerant of others? Do we
show respect for one another?
Are you performing to the best
of your ability?" Hamel-Smith
He said adults in T&T had cre-
ated an environment of lawlessness
from which crime flourished.
"We are teaching our children
to grow up in a culture of revenge
which breeds murder. If we, as a
mass of people, can rethink and
change our culture and behaviour
we can mould the character of our
people," Hamel-Smith said.
He said an important compo-
nent of that was to rebuild family
He added: "Family is the build-
ing block of the country. To make
a country perform at optimum
level we have to build our fami-
"We have to be better parents.
We know there are men who are
fathers yet they do not participate
in their children s lives. This has
to change and we as a collective
mass can transform our country."
Hamel-Smith urged the stu-
dents to perform to the best of
He also spoke about the role of
MPs and lamented that the West-
minster system of government had
"The Westminster model is not
working in the way we intended.
Our parliamentarians cannot per-
form at optimum level because
they have to perform several roles
at the levels of constituency, com-
mittees and chambers.
"It seems there is not a sepa-
ration of power between the Exec-
utive and the Legislature. As an
MP, you may be a member of Cab-
inet and you may have to sit on
several committees of Parliament
in addition to debating legislation,"
He told students they should
come together as a group and make
recommendations for constitu-
manager of Parliament Jason
Elcock said the Parliament out-
reach seminars were meant to pro-
vide a better appreciation of the
role of Parliament in sustaining
democracy and promoting good
governance. He hoped youths
would develop a sense of civic
pride and patriotism.
Money not answer to our
problems, says Hamel-Smith
Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing presents the key to the City of Port-of-Spain
to Fr Gregory Augustine, provincial superior of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Fr
Ronald Mendes, principal of St Mary's College. At extreme left is deputy mayor
Councillor Keron Valentine and at right, Most Reverend Joseph E Harris,
archbishop of Port-of-Spain. The presentation at Lord Harris Square, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday was to commemorate the Holy Ghost Fathers on the 150th
anniversary of their arrival in Trinidad and establishment of St Mary's College.
PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE
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