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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, June 7, 2013
HAMID LATIFF, a popular Trinidad and Tobago Ballad singer appeared
at the now opened Callaloo Caribbean Kitchen Restaurant in Long
Beach California situated at 4137E Anaheim st. (562 230 7530).
Hamid sang a number of great hits of the late Frank Sinatra such as
Strangers in the Night, All the Way, I have got you under my skin, Fly
me to the Moon and You make me feel so Young. He was highly
applauded by the packed house, accompanied by the back-up music of
popular pianist Ralph Davies. Also appearing was popular Long Beach
Pannist and versatile musician Amanda Duncan . The audience included
many Trinidadians and West Indians as well as people from United
States and Canada. Good luck and best wishes to Callaloo Caribbean
Kitchen Restaurant who were very appreciative of the local singer. We
enjoyed exciting Caribbean dishes at the restaurant during our trip.
FAMILY COURT OF
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE
Ms Candis Mack
KALIFA SARAH CLYNE
Residents of Sea Lots have not
yet got the walkover promised to
them but almost four months after
a car accident killed three residents
and injured three others, a $2 mil-
lion "safety zone" has been handed
over to the community.
During a commissioning ceremo-
ny at Production Avenue on
Wednesday evening, acting perma-
nent secretary Roger Israel said the
safety zone was the first phase of
work to make the area safer.
He said discussions were contin-
uing about a proposal to put a
walkover near the lighthouse near
He added: "This is a work in
progress. Everything is being meas-
"It is not perfect. Perfect solutions
for the entire region are yet to come
but it is effective."
A spokesman for the Ashara foun-
dation, a foundation set up in mem-
ory of the six accident victims, Ken-
roy Dopwell, urged residents to use
the measures provided.
Ashara is an acronym formed
using the first initials of victims of
the three people who died in the
accident---Akasha Paul, eight, her
sister Shakira, seven and their moth-
er Haydee, 28---as well as injured
victims Abigail Assing, 31, 20-year-
old Ryan Rampersad and Amanda
"We have gained a safety zone
that I hope every resident will use.
Use the safety zone and the traffic
light. I don t want to experience
another February 24," Dopwell said.
He said the community was happy
about the measures implemented
but there were already a few prob-
He said a blind spot near the traffic
lights at the lighthouse made it
impossible for pedestrians to see
vehicles heading east, and the
walkover was still needed.
"We know what society thinks of
us and we know that they are going
to be mindful of stopping by that
corner in the dark," he said.
"It will be disturbing if someone
presses that light and gets access to
cross and a motorist breaks the light
and hits a resident," he added.
National Security Minister
Emmanuel George, who was Works
and Infrastructure Minister at the
time of the accident, also asked res-
idents to use the zone provided.
"You are playing with death.
Please use the lights and stay behind
the barriers. They are there for your
He also advised them not to
protest or burn tyres in the road to
get the Government s attention.
"Come and see me first. Let s talk.
Speak directly to the powers that be
in order to get amenities in your
community," he added.
Acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure Roger Israel uses a slide to give a project
overview of pedestrian crossing activity at the launch of the Ashara crossing zones at Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, on
Wednesday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
The safety zone includes:
A decreased speed limit of 30
mph (50 kph) on the Beetham
Bhagwansingh's Hardware and
St Vincent Street.
A pedestrian walkway,
protected by railings and
chequered boxes and lines
painted on the roadway to
encourage drivers to slow down.
A new traffic light near the
A traffic signal for
pedestrians near the market.
Sea Lots residents get $2m safety zone
IN THE ZONE
A vehicular accident
on February 24, which
killed three Sea Lots res-
idents, resulted in the
start of a community
foundation aimed at
helping other citizens
deal with the loss of
lives to road accidents.
The Ashara founda-
tion, named after the vic-
tims of an accident which
saw the Sea Lots com-
munity protesting and
calling for justice, was
formed as an advocacy
group against irrespon-
sible driving on the
nation s roads.
"Out of evil, comes
good," said Ashara
spokesman Kenroy Dop-
well while speaking at the
of the Ashara safety zone
"Today may not be a
happy moment but it
means the community is
safer," he said.
Dopwell said the acci-
dent had actually
brought the community
He added: "The love I
Ashara aims to help deal with road deaths
felt in this community after
February 24 was something
that was never felt before.
"We had to do what we did
on February 25 (protest) to gain
attention and show the seri-
ousness and need to get safety
for residents of this commu-
nity and citizens of this coun-
Works and Infrastructure
Minister Suruj Rambachan
congratulated Dopwell and the
entire community on the ini-
tiative and said his ministry
would contribute $10,000 in
the form of prize money for a
community-based art and
He said the competitions
would be used to send an
important message to the
"I believe there are heroes
in Sea lots and I would like to
use this money for a compe-
tition to write essays about Sea
Lots heroes." he added.
Rambachan also challenged
residents to take the wall spray-
painted with protest messages
near Pioneer Drive and paint
it with images of the vision of
what residents wanted for their
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