Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2013 Contents A33
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"Tweet", "dad dancing" and "geekery"
are three of more than 1,200 new or
revised words in the latest version of the
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) released
The dictionary said in a quarterly update
on its Web site that it had expanded its
entries for "follow" (verb), "follower"
(noun), and "tweet" (noun and verb) to
include social media terms that have
exploded in the past six years.
According to the dictionary, tweet is
now a posting on the social networking
service Twitter as well as its more tradi-
tional meaning: a brief high-pitched sound.
"Crowdsourcing", "flash mob", "geek-
ery" and "dad dancing" also earned a
place in an OED now containing 823,000
"Crowdsourcing" is defined as the prac-
tice of obtaining information or services
by soliciting input from a large number
of people, typically via the Internet and
often without offering compensation.
A "flash mob" is a large group of people
organized by means of the Internet, or
mobile phones or other wireless devices,
who assemble in public to perform a pre-
arranged action together and then quickly
'Tweet', 'dad dancing' and 'geekery' make Oxford Dictionary
The Single Fathers Association
of T&T (SFATT), is shining the
light on the good fathers in this
This NGO has been hosting a
series of programmes in recent
days and tomorrow, will stage the
first ever Father s Day parade. The
parade will begin at 8 am at the
Emperor Valley Zoo, Port-of-
Spain and culminate at the Grand
Stand where there will be a show
featuring several live acts.
The organisation s Facebook
page said the events that took
place over the last week were a
fun way of highlighting the impor-
tance of fathers to their children,
in both nuclear and single parent
SFATT executive member
Gareth Lalla told the T&T
Guardian in a telephone interview,
the parade which already has over
1000 participants, is not a march
or a protest, rather a massive gath-
ering to pay public tribute to
fathers across T&T. He said too
often fathers are viewed as irrel-
evant and that must stop.
"The parade is just one way the
association will try to change the
general notion that father s are
irrelevant and just "bank
accounts," said Lalla.
He said fathers are often treated
with bias and discrimination when
it comes to court matters involving
custody and domestic cases.
"They are also treated unrea-
sonably when interacting with any
other institutions such as the hos-
pitals and the police service.
"When a report is made, the
man is already branded guilty
before the whole story is told.
Even when a man has a court
order with access to a child, if he
is being denied that access, when
he goes to the police station to
make a report, there is no justice.
"This is not so in the reverse.
There have been times when
fathers doors have been broken
down and they were arrested in
the face of such," Lalla said.
He said the association will
continue with its open forum
meetings throughout the year and
it is also partnering with other
NGOs that share the same inter-
T&T Guardian's senor political reporter Richard
Lord with his sons Alpheus and Adone.
PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD LORD
STORIES FROM SINGLE FATHERS
Working in the newsroom of a newspaper
like the T&T Guardian usually means long
and unsociable hours, which are not ideal
for single parents. Senior political reporter
Richard Lord and graphic designer Dennis
Taye Allen, are two men who have the unen-
viable task of balancing their long working
hours with and taking care of young sons.
I understand the challenge
Lord s sons Alpheus, 12 and Adone, 10,
have been with him since birth, after he
separated from their mother. Lord said
although he enjoys fatherhood, it is awfully
challenging at times.
"Time management is a serious problem
for me because my job is extremely demand-
ing---having to work late hours and early
mornings. They are always on the go like
myself," said Lord.
He said sometimes his sons have to attend
late night assignments with him if there is
no one available to look after them.
"We are up every day from 5 am in the
morning. On a normal work day when it s
not hectic, we get home at 8 pm," said Lord
who lives in Curepe.
Lord related the evening routine as: get
home, do homework, make dinner and pre-
pare for the next day s school and work.
Asked if he would do it all over again,
Lord said being a single father or mother
is too challenging.
"I came from a single parent family so
I know how much stress is involved. It is
because of my upbringing that I am able
to take care of these kids like I do."
For the rare bit of recreation, Lord ensures
his boys catch a movie or visit the mall.
They have my last name
Dennis Allen became a single parent when
he and his partner split up in 2007. His
sons Taye Jr 13, and Irian 12, are their father s
They already know what it is to work on
a shift system, as they often keep him com-
pany at the office.
"My kids grew up in the office. I have to
thank my co-workers for being so patient
and understanding," said Allen.
He also praises his sons for being patient
as well, because they are often forced to
stay late hours in the office with him.
"It s hard seeing your kids in their school
clothes going home at midnight because
that s the time you finish work."
He said the pace has affected his boys as
they often get angry and tend to bicker a
"There are a lot of separation anxiety
issues that they still have. Sometimes they
want to spend time with their mother, but
that s really her call," Allen explained.
The 42-year-old s personal life has also
been affected being a single father.
"I have no social life. There is no "me"
time, my social life is with my boys. I mean
now that they are a bit older, I don t have
to worry about finding them a sitter, but I
still don t leave them unsupervised for too
long," he said.
So would he do the single parent thing
all over again if he had a choice? Allen says
he if he did, picking the same kids would
be a "no-brainer" because they are his life,
but raising children alone is not an ideal
"I would look for a more stable environ-
ment to raise them in.
"Hey, I gave them their first names and
my last name, so until they are able to do
it all for themselves, I will do it...accept my
Guardian sub-editor/designer Dennis Taye Allen with his sons Taye Junior, left, and
Irian, about to leave home to spend a day together watching football.
PHOTO COURTESY DENNIS ALLEN
The Father's Day Parade around the Queens
Park Savannah will feature the Prisons March-
ing Band, USC Marching Band, Port-of-Spain
Pathfinder Marching Band, Police Academy,
Prisons Services, Fire Services, Police Mounted
Branch, Police Youth Club, Scouts, SFATT mem-
bers, Motorcycle club and cartoon characters.
For further information contact: Gareth Lalla
716-0405/399-3388, Darell Phillip 684-1704 or
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